Premier Vietnam

  • Vietnam is a nation best explained through its stories. When you’re surrounded by the limestone karsts of Halong Bay, the splendour of Hanoi Opera House or the reflections of a Buddhist monk in Hue, it’s easy to understand why. The landmarks, history and people of this country are utterly unique. Liberating themselves from the Chinese in the first millennium and from the French, Japanese and Americans in the second, the Vietnamese have a prevailing sense of self. Timeless food, religion and courtesy are the order of the day, yet the symbols of colonial culture remain.

    Exceptional Experiences

    • Enjoy a café sua da with the locals at the birds’ club at Tao Dan Park
    • Learn to make Pho at the famous Red Bridge Cooking School
    • Enjoy an introduction to Vietnamese calligraphy
    • Enjoy a spiritual discussion with Buddhist monks in Hue
    • See the wonderful Halong Bay in a five~star luxury junk

    Itinerary

    • Days 1 Ho Chi Minh City

      On arrival you will be met and transferred to the Villa Song, your riverfront home for the next two nights. Meet your leader and travelling companions over dinner at Cuc Gach Quan.

      Accommodation: 
      Villa Song
    • Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City

      Take a tour of several icons including the Post Office, Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Reunification Palace and the former CIA offices. No visit to Ho Chi Minh City would be complete without a bowl of pho and a trip to Fanny’s, the famous French ice cream parlour.

      Accommodation: 
      Villa Song
    • Day 3 Ho Chi Minh City ~ Hoi An

      Watch the city come to life in peaceful Tao Dan Park as you sip a ca phe sua da (coffee). Freshen up before the flight to Hoi An, where you’ll settle into the hotel and take a walking tour before an evening of leisure.

      Accommodation: 
      Anantara Hoi An Resort
    • Day 4 Hoi An

      Feel the wind in your hair on a cycling tour through the countryside. Ride at a leisurely pace through palm forests and fields of water buffalo. Stop for lunch then ride or take your private vehicle back to town.

      Accommodation: 
      Anantara Hoi An Resort
    • Day 5 Hoi An

      Enjoy a free morning to make your own discoveries. Your tour leader will be on hand to offer suggestions. Discover the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine at the renowned Red Bridge Cooking School then dine on the fruits of your labour.

      Accommodation: 
      Anantara Hoi An Resort
    • Day 6 Hue

      Travel to the ancient capital by road, dissected by the gentle Perfume River. Cycle through the streets and discover why the Citadel and Forbidden Purple City have been World Heritage listed by UNESCO. Dine at Y Thao Garden tonight.

      Accommodation: 
      La Résidence Hotel & Spa
    • Day 7 Hue

      Travel along the Perfume River to Emperor Tu Doc’s tomb. Highlights of today will include learning the art of Vietnamese calligraphy and holding a discourse with a local monk about Buddhism.

      Accommodation: 
      La Résidence Hotel & Spa
    • Day 8 Hanoi

      Fly north to the capital of Hanoi and visit the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda and Hanoi’s Old Quarter. The evening is at leisure to make your own discoveries.

      Accommodation: 
      Sofitel Legend Metropole
    • Day 9 Halong Bay

      Arrive at Halong Bay and board the luxurious Violet Jasmine, styled after 1930s Indochine. Drop anchor near a secluded beach and make the short trek to a nearby summit for panoramic views. Swim, recline on sun lounges and visit a local fishing village. Watch sunset from a kayak or row boat.

      Accommodation: 
      Violet Jasmine
    • Day 10 Halong Bay

      Board a private boat to cruise the bay’s most untouched areas. Swim, relax on the beach or explore mysterious tunnels and caves. Back on board, lunch is prepared by your private chef.

      Accommodation: 
      Violet Jasmine
    • Days 11 & 12 Hanoi

      Return to Hanoi where you have free time to explore or relax at the hotel. Your leader can provide suggestions. In the evening, sit in the audience for a performance of the famous water puppets followed by a final group dinner at Madame Hien’s. The next morning you are transferred to the airport for your departure.

      Accommodation: 
      Sofitel Legend Metropole

Inclusions

All accommodation, private transportation, the services of an exceptional local leader & local guides at some sites, are included in the price of Reserve tours. Please see below for all other inclusions relevant to this itinerary.

What's included in the cost
  • Domestic economy class flights, with airport assistance, as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Breakfast daily, 7 lunches and 6 dinners.
  • Private sightseeing (including all entrance fees) as outlined in the itinerary.
  • Comfortable private transportation with driver. Other modes of transportation include luxury junk boat & bicycle.
  • Snacks and refreshments along the way.
  • Tipping & porterage taken care of by tour leader along the way.
  • Airport meet and greet service.
  • Departure transfer.
Not included in the cost
  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Airport taxes
  • Laundry
  • Gratuities

Visit the Contact us page for help with booking flights and extra accommodation, or organising visas, transfers and insurance.

Prices

The price of your journey will vary depending on whether you wish to book a group departure, or take a private journey.

Group price:
US $4935
  • Villa Song - Ho Chi Minh City

    Like stepping back in time to your very ownFrench colonial villa set beside the ambling Saigon River, Villa Song Saigon is a true departure from the rush of the city it inhabits. Set in a peaceful neighbourhood away from bustling Ho Chi Minh City, but just a 10-minute speedboat ride from the centre of town, this beautiful hotel captures the elegance of a time gone by. Swaying palms shade the edges of the pristine pool, breakfast is served on an elegant riverside lawn, friendly staff welcome you with fresh juice on arrival, and the relaxed opulence of the newly refurbished whitewashed hotel lends an air of romance to your escape. The rooms are well appointed and tastefully fitted out with handcrafted timber and quality detailing, in keeping with the colonial architecture and capturing the boutique essence of Reserve travel. Sit back on your balcony overlooking the Saigon River and enjoy the tranquil peace of your surrounds in the centre of a bustling metropolis.

  • La Residence Hotel & Spa - Hue

    A handsome hotel set on the banks of the Perfume River, La Residence boasts elegant Art Deco architecture and sprawling views across the river to Hue’s citadel. Formerly the residence of the French Governor in the 20s and 30s, the hotel has an opulent air, enhanced by the colonial art-laden walls, lofty ceilings, louvered shutters, hardwood terraces and classic furniture. Each room has its own private balcony blessed with expansive views, ideal for watching the citadel as the sun drops in the early evening. The warm salt-water pool on the banks of the river is the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploration. Enjoy the quality treatments available at Le Spa, dine on high end French-Vietnamese fusion cuisine in the elegant restaurant, and step back into the romantic world of a time gone by. It has been said that La Residence is like escaping into the pages of an Agatha Christie novel, embrace the heritage and chic opulence and tumble into the story.

  • Jasmine Junk - Halong Bay

    The World Heritage Listed Halong Bay is one of the true jewels of Vietnam, and a place that can only truly be experienced by cruising its azure waters, exploring its many caves and villages, and spending the night gently rocking on a classic junk boat with a drink and book in hand. The Jasmine Junk is a 1930s Indochine-style boat designed to make your time on Halong Bay truly memorable. The ultimate boutique cruising experience, a truly Reserve experience. Replete with ornate hardwood details, beautiful decking with uninterrupted views of the bay, an intimate restaurant serving beautiful fresh food, and 22 luxurious rooms, the Jasmine Junk is new and artfully crafted. Take in the breathtaking views and warm sunshine from the open deck, take to the water on kayaks, or curl up in one of the intimate lounges and while away your time on the water.

  • Sofitel Legend Metropole - Hanoi

    One of only five Sofitel Legends in the world, the Sofitel Legend Metropole is one of Hanoi’s most famous landmarks, and one of Asia’s oldest five star hotels. Another classic French colonial structure, The Metropole lies in the heart of the French Quarter, across from the Hanoi OperaHouse. It has a rich heritage, one that it proudly showcases with daily tours that uncover everything from the bomb shelters used during the Vietnam War to the room keys from 1901 that are displayed in the hotel’s foyer.  The hotel’s history is also evident in its impeccable old world service, take high tea at the beautiful street side French café, indulge in a chocolate buffet while you listen to jazz at Le Club, sip cocktails while lounging by the inviting pool – no ask is too much. Expect the chic elegance of the French and the languid ease of Vietnam rolled into a peaceful escape in the centre of bustling Hanoi.

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    Getting there and away

    To compliment your journey, we recommend adding Cambodia Unveiled or Mystical Myanmar to the beginning or end of your tour.

    Private & tailor-made journeys

    All of our itineraries can be taken as a Private Journey. Simply choose the dates that suit you, and your travelling companions, while we take care of all the arrangements. We can also amend this itinerary to suit your needs and interests. The only limit is your imagination! Contact a Reserve Specialist to start planning your ultimate journey.

    Guaranteed departures

    We want you to be able to book your Reserve journeys with confidence, which is why every itinerary has at least one guaranteed departure date. This means you can plan your journey ahead of time and take advantage of airfare sales knowing that the tour is guaranteed to run. For this tour the guaranteed departures are:

    20 Sep 14 ~ 01 Oct 14

    14 Mar 15 ~ 25 Mar 15

Price from:
US $4935

Essentials

12 Days
Breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 6 dinners.

Scheduled Departures

19 Apr 14 - 30 Apr 14
20 Sep 14 - 01 Oct 14
25 Oct 14 - 05 Nov 14
13 Dec 14 - 24 Dec 14
07 Feb 15 - 18 Feb 15
14 Mar 15 - 25 Mar 15
02 May 15 - 13 May 15
19 Sep 15 - 30 Sep 15
Guaranteed departure date

Maximum passengers: 12

Private Journeys

Private Journey departures available on request.

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