Vietnam Tour Bundle

Vietnam

LADY HAU DINNER CRUISE Glide along the Saigon River on-board a beautifully restored rice barge from the Mekong Delta. Originally used to ferry goods to and from floating markets, today the Lady Hau offers a unique dining experience. This 3 hour dinner cruise is the perfect way to finish a hectic day in the city and enjoy the unique flavours of Vietnamese cuisine at its best. SAIGON STREET EATS Eat like the locals do in Ho Chi Minh City on a 2.5-hour walking tour with an in-the-know guide. Sample culinary delights that have made Southern Vietnamese cuisine famous, from 'banh mi' sandwiches to popular rice dishes - enough for dinner and dessert. Taste Saigonese coffee, beer and street food from local vendors as you explore markets and caf�s while the sun goes down. STORY OF SAIGON Discover the story of Saigon, from a city of conflict to a modern metropolis on this fascinating half-day tour. You'll visit key locations such as the Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and the War Remnants Museum, to learn about the city's transition from war-torn Saigon to urban Ho Chi Minh City, and end your day with a sunset speedboat ride along the Saigon River. HANOI STREET EATS With food stalls on every corner, Hanoi is famous for its street food cuisine. This local street eats walking tour has been designed to enable you to enjoy some of the very best of Vietnam's street food. You'll be guided through the narrow, chaotic streets of the Old Quarter stopping along the way to sample some of the many local delicacies on offer. HANOI HIGHLIGHTS MORNING TOUR See the very best of Hanoi's cultural highlights on a guided morning tour. Visit the incredible Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, explore the One Pillar Pagoda and the iconic Presidential Palace before heading to the ancient Temple of Literature, learning about the stories of Hanoi's incredible 1,000 year history along the way. HANOI AFTERNOON WALKING TOUR Discover the heart and soul of historic Hanoi on a walking tour to the city's top sights and exclusive visits to Hanoi's hidden destinations. Kick back on a cyclo and wander on foot to the central Citadel, Cua Bac Church, Quan Thanh Temple and Tran Quoc Pagoda while taking time to explore the Old Quarter's lesser known market streets and cultures along the way. Learn about the ancient history and modern charm of this bustling urban hub at a pace perfect for cultural discovery. WATER PUPPET SHOW Visit Hanoi's central Water Puppet Theatre, where the artists have been performing for many years. This North Vietnamese art was created quite by accident, when rural North Vietnam became flooded during performances. As a consequence, this unique art has been practiced for generations. The show lasts in 1 hour.

DepartingValid for select departures from 1 April - 31 Dece

FROM $185*
From $185*

Quick Vietnam Motorcycle Adventure, 6 Days

Vietnam

HIGHLIGHTS: Self-guided package - Ho Chi Minh City - Dalat - Motorcyle Tour - Lak Lake - Buon Ma Thuot - Nha Trang This is a self Guided package that includes all accommodation, transportation and activities as detailed in itinerary. Embark on an action-packed trip looping around Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Dalat nestled in the highlands, the seaside town of Nha Trang and back to Saigon. Hop on a 3 Day/2 Night motorcycle tour with an experienced guide to see the beautiful countryside of Vietnam and peek into the lives of the local K'ho villagers. Relax in Nha Trang, take an optional snorkel tour or simply a free day to wander around town. Your exciting trip will come to an end back in Saigon. Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) - Dalat. Depart Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and make your way to Dalat, located in the Langbian Highlands at 1,500 metres. This city spreads across a series of pine-covered hills, offering some lovely scenery quite different from the rest of Vietnam. Get some free time to explore Dalat at night. Overnight in Dalat. Day 2: Dalat to Lak Lake (Easy Riders 3 Day/2 NightMotorcycle Tour). The next day, embark on an action-packed 2-day motorcycle tour to Nha Trang with the Easy Riders for an in-depth exploration of rural Vietnam with beautiful countryside scenery and a peek into local villager's daily life. Today's Easy Rider adventure will take you to visit Crazy House, an abstract creation resembling a giant tree, incorporating sculpted designs representing animals, mushrooms, spider webs and caves. Stop by Dragon Pagoda, visit flower farms, tea and coffee plantations and a mushroom farm. Taste Vietnamese weasel coffee at a Chon Cafe for a quick pick-me-up. Continue to Elephant waterfall and eccentric Linh An Pagoda with its many-armed statues and giant smiling Buddha. See how Vietnamese silk is made at a factory and visit the Jun Minority Village to peek into the lives of local villagers. Make your way to Lak Lake for a good night's rest. Overnight in Lak Lake. Day 3: Lak Lake to Buon Ma Thuot (Easy Riders 3 Day/2 Night Motorcycle Tour). Continue your leisurely motorcycle trip to Buon Me Thuot passing through the serene forest surrounded by beautiful nature. Take photos of local people farming and fishing. Trek to the top of Elephant Rock Mountain. Take the Ho Chi Minh Trail to visit Dray Sap and Dray Nu Falls. Swim in a fairy pool and let the water massage you as it crashes down. Get a good night's rest in Buon Ma Thuot. Overnight in Buon Ma Thuot. Day 4: Buon Me Thuot to Nha Trang (Easy Riders 3 Day/2 Night Motorcycle Tour). Depart from Buon Me Thuot to Nha Trang today on your last motorcycle leg of the trip. Stop to enjoy the best coffee in Vietnam, visit rubber, cashew and black pepper plantations. Stop through an Ede minority village on the way and see the local way of life. Travel through the historic Phoenix pass (affected by Agent Orange in the Vietnam War. Stop through a fishing village, see Cham Tower, home of the Champa people. Finish your day in Nha Trang around 5:00 pm. Day 5: Nha Trang Free Day, Vietnamese Meal with a Local Family and Night Bus (D). Enjoy a free day of relaxing in Nha Trang after your long journey. Go to the beach, take an optional snorkel tour or walk around town. Then, meet a real Vietnamese host and dine in their own house, you'll experience the daily local food. What to expect? Think gourd and shrimp soup, fried fish with fish sauce or caramel pork with a healthy side of steamed vegetables and so much more All our hosts can personalize their menu to meet your preferences, what are you waiting for? Pack up your belongings and in the evening you will take a 9-hour night bus back to Saigon. Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Upon arrival to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) this morning, your trip will come to an end with unforgettable memories of an incredible journey.

Departing18 February 2015 -30 March 2016.

6 days
FROM $818*
6 days From $818*

Vietnam in a Banana Leaf, 15 Days - SAVE $100*

Vietnam

HIGHLIGHTS: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Nha Trang - Hoi An - Hue - Halong Bay - Hanoi. DAY 1: HO CHI MINH CITY. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is characterised by a vast array of sights and sounds, and is a fascinating blend of old and new, East and West. The huge number of people rushing about their daily lives in Vietnam's largest city gives it a dynamic atmosphere and the French influence is evident in the excellent baguettes and coffee on offer. Much of city life takes place on the busy streets lined with shops, stalls and vendors, who have their wares spread out on the footpath and sell everything from soup to sophisticated electronics. If you arrive early, this city has a vast array of sights and sounds to explore: ancient pagodas and cathedrals sit squarely up against the former Presidential Palace, historic Dong Khoi Street (the Rue Catinat from Graham Greene's novel, The Quiet American) and the bustling markets of Ben Thanh and Cholon (Chinatown). DAY 2-3: MEKONG DELTA - OVERNIGHT TRAIN. Head down to the Mekong Delta and visit unexplored Ben Tre where coconut is everything and anything. The fertile delta is famous for its abundant harvests of tropical fruits and flowers as well as boating along the canals. On arrival, we board our private boat and cruise along the maze of waterways to visit some local cottage industries. Then head to our overnight homestay along the water. We'll be sleeping on simple camp beds in dorm-style rooms with all meals included. Bedding and mosquito nets are provided. Shared toilet and bathroom facilities are basic. Rising early to the sounds of the delta coming alive, we enjoy a simple breakfast before boarding our boat, and catching a bus back to Ho Chi Minh City. Board an overnight train to Nha Trang (approx 11 hours). Although conditions are basic, overnight trains are all part of the experience and the best way to travel long distances with the locals. Sleeper trains typically have four berth compartments (occasionally six berth depending on seasonal variations and group configuration), which have bench seats that convert into sleeping bunks. A sheet, pillow and blanket are provided, although some travellers prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet. On occasion, passengers of different genders will be required to share a compartment and there will be occasions where you'll be sharing with local travellers or travellers who are not part of your group. Most trains have a dining carriage serving simple food, but some travellers take the opportunity to stock up on fresh bread, cheese and fruit prior to departure. Included activities Mekong Delta - Boat cruise and homestay. DAY 4-5: NHA TRANG - OVERNIGHT TRAIN. Arrive in Nha Trang at approx. 5am and transfer to your hotel. Once referred to as the 'Cannes of the Orient', Nha Trang's sandy palm-lined beach and island-dotted bay still make an idyllic picture, and a cosmopolitan feel prevails in the town itself. Spend your days here soaking up the sun on a lovely beach, exploring the local markets or checking out the ancient Cham Towers nearby. Make sure you try some of the excellent seafood restaurants. Board an overnight train bound for Danang (approx. 8 hours) late evening on day 5. DAY 6-8: HOI AN. Arrive in Danang and travel by minibus to Hoi An (approx 1 hr). Recently declared a World Heritage site, Hoi An is being beautifully restored and preserved. Known as Faifo to early western traders, it was one of South-East Asia's major international ports during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Today, parts of Hoi An look exactly as they did more than a century ago and it retains the feel of centuries past, making it the sort of place that grows on you the more you explore it. It's also a shopping mecca - with much to browse and buy. Choose from original paintings, handcrafted woodwork, ceramics, embroidery, lanterns and more. Hoi An has also become famous for its tailoring, with a great variety of fabrics and tailors to choose from. Bring your favourite piece of clothing or even just a picture, and you'll be able to have it copied. There's no better way to explore the peaceful countryside of Hoi An than by bike. Your leader will take you to places few tourists get the chance to see, past green rice paddies and small creeks, this is a true insight into country living in Vietnam. Included activities Hoi An - Ancient town. DAY 9-11: HUE - OVERNIGHT TRAIN. Departing Hoi An, we can stop at China Beach (known officially as My Khe Beach) before crossing the dramatic Hai Van Pass to the picturesque fishing village of Lang Co. After a quick stop, continue on to Hue (approx 5 hrs including stops). As the former imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue holds the treasures of Vietnam's royal past and is a curious mix of bustling streets and tranquil settings. You have a free day to explore. The Dong Ba market, which sells everything imaginable, is a great place to spend some time. Visit the Imperial Citadel, including the Forbidden Purple City. The latter was almost totally destroyed during the Vietnam War's Tet Offensive, but the foliage-covered ruins are still atmospheric and the gaping holes left by bombs give an idea of the destruction wreaked upon the country during the war. Enjoy a dragon boat cruise on the Perfume River, and a visit to Thien Mu Pagoda, considered by many to be the unofficial symbol of Hue. It's an active Buddhist monastery with its origins dating back to 1601. One of the most poignant displays is a car belonging to a former monk who, in 1963, drove to Saigon and set himself alight to protest against the treatment of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese regime. We also visit one of the royal tombs, that of Emperor Tu Duc, with its central lake set amid a grove of frangipani and pine trees. Board an overnight train bound for Hanoi (approx. 12 hours). DAY 12: HANOI. Arrive in Hanoi very early (approx. 4am) and transfer to the hotel. The capital of Vietnam is a charming city with a population of over six million. Hanoi is famous for its beautiful lakes, shaded boulevards, verdant public parks and its thriving Old Quarter, which is an architectural museum piece with blocks of ochre buildings retaining the air of a 1930s provincial French town. As Vietnam develops to compete with other South-East Asian countries, the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake reflects the contrasts of modern office buildings, old Buddhist temples and the tangle of ancient streets in its still surface. Take a walking tour of the Old Quarter. You'll visit the Dong Xuan market, the biggest wholesale market in northern Vietnam, stroll through the ancient '36 streets' where you can discover an amazing selection of shops selling everything from souvenirs to exquisite silk clothing, beautifully embroidered tablecloths. Your leader will point out some of the unique architecture around Hoan Kiem Lake and the myths and legends of the lake. Included activities Hanoi - Walking tour. DAY 13: HALONG BAY. Drive through the Red River Delta to Halong Bay (approx 4 hrs), stopping en route for refreshments at a handicraft village run by disabled people. Halong Bay is a breathtaking secluded harbour with 2,000 limestone islands rising from the emerald waters of Bac Bo Gulf. One of Vietnam's most scenic regions, this area of about 1,500 sq km is dotted with innumerable beaches and grottos, created over thousands of years by waves and wind. Board our boat and cruise the breathtaking bay with its limestone karsts rising from the clear emerald waters. We enjoy a sumptuous seafood lunch on board, explore some of the limestone caves in the area and go swimming during the warmer months. Stay overnight in a hotel in Halong City (Bai Chay). Included activities Halong Bay - Boat cruise. DAY 14-15: HANOI. Take the ferry, followed by a bus back to Hanoi (approx. 3 hours) for some free time and a optional final group dinner. The trip ends in the morning on day 15. There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

DepartingValid for select departures 15 February 2015 - 30

15 days
FROM $955*
15 days From $955*

Vietnam in a Banana Leaf, 15 Days

Vietnam

HIGHLIGHTS: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Nha Trang - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Halong Bay. DAY 1: HO CHI MINH CITY. Accommodation: Saigon Royal Hotel or similar, Ho Chi Minh City. Xin chao Welcome to Vietnam. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is characterised by a vast array of sights and sounds, and is a fascinating blend of old and new, East and West. The huge number of people rushing about their daily lives in Vietnam's largest city gives it a dynamic atmosphere and the French influence is evident in the excellent baguettes and coffee on offer. Much of city life takes place on the busy streets lined with shops, stalls and vendors, who have their wares spread out on the footpath and sell everything from soup to sophisticated electronics. If you arrive early, this city has a vast array of sights and sounds to explore: ancient pagodas and cathedrals sit squarely up against the former Presidential Palace, historic Dong Khoi Street (the Rue Catinat from Graham Greene's novel, The Quiet American) and the bustling markets of Ben Thanh and Cholon (Chinatown). DAY 2-3: MEKONG DELTA - OVERNIGHT TRAIN. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner. Accommodation: Mekong Delta homestay, Mekong Delta. Head down to the Mekong Delta and visit unexplored Ben Tre where coconut is everything and anything. The fertile delta is famous for its abundant harvests of tropical fruits and flowers as well as boating along the canals. On arrival, we board our private boat and cruise along the maze of waterways to visit some local cottage industries. Then head to our overnight homestay along the water. We'll be sleeping on simple camp beds in dorm-style rooms with all meals included. Bedding and mosquito nets are provided. Shared toilet and bathroom facilities are basic. Rising early to the sounds of the delta coming alive, we enjoy a simple breakfast before boarding our boat, and catching a bus back to Ho Chi Minh City. Board an overnight train to Nha Trang (approx 11 hours). Although conditions are basic, overnight trains are all part of the experience and the best way to travel long distances with the locals. Sleeper trains typically have four berth compartments (occasionally six berth depending on seasonal variations and group configuration), which have bench seats that convert into sleeping bunks. A sheet, pillow and blanket are provided, although some travellers prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet. On occasion, passengers of different genders will be required to share a compartment and there will be occasions where you'll be sharing with local travellers or travellers who are not part of your group. Most trains have a dining carriage serving simple food, but some travellers take the opportunity to stock up on fresh bread, cheese and fruit prior to departure. DAY 4-5: NHA TRANG - OVERNIGHT TRAIN. Accommodation: Cuong Long hotel Nha Trang or similar , Nha Trang. Arrive in Nha Trang at approx. 5am and transfer to your hotel. Once referred to as the 'Cannes of the Orient', Nha Trang's sandy palm-lined beach and island-dotted bay still make an idyllic picture, and a cosmopolitan feel prevails in the town itself. Spend your days here soaking up the sun on a lovely beach, exploring the local markets or checking out the ancient Cham Towers nearby. Make sure you try some of the excellent seafood restaurants. Board an overnight train bound for Danang (approx. 8 hours) late evening on day 5. DAY 6-8: HOI AN. Accommodation: Hai Yen hotel or similar, Hoi An. Arrive in Danang and travel by minibus to Hoi An (approx 1 hr). Recently declared a World Heritage site, Hoi An is being beautifully restored and preserved. Known as Faifo to early western traders, it was one of South-East Asia's major international ports during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Today, parts of Hoi An look exactly as they did more than a century ago and it retains the feel of centuries past, making it the sort of place that grows on you the more you explore it. It's also a shopping mecca - with much to browse and buy. Choose from original paintings, handcrafted woodwork, ceramics, embroidery, lanterns and more. Hoi An has also become famous for its tailoring, with a great variety of fabrics and tailors to choose from. Bring your favourite piece of clothing or even just a picture, and you'll be able to have it copied. There's no better way to explore the peaceful countryside of Hoi An than by bike. Your leader will take you to places few tourists get the chance to see, past green rice paddies and small creeks, this is a true insight into country living in Vietnam. DAY 9-11: HUE - OVERNIGHT TRAIN. Accommodation: Victory Hotel Hue or similar, Hue Departing Hoi An, we can stop at China Beach (known officially as My Khe Beach) before crossing the dramatic Hai Van Pass to the picturesque fishing village of Lang Co. After a quick stop, continue on to Hue (approx 5 hrs including stops). As the former imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue holds the treasures of Vietnam's royal past and is a curious mix of bustling streets and tranquil settings. You have a free day to explore. The Dong Ba market, which sells everything imaginable, is a great place to spend some time. Visit the Imperial Citadel, including the Forbidden Purple City. The latter was almost totally destroyed during the Vietnam War's Tet Offensive, but the foliage-covered ruins are still atmospheric and the gaping holes left by bombs give an idea of the destruction wreaked upon the country during the war. Enjoy a dragon boat cruise on the Perfume River, and a visit to Thien Mu Pagoda, considered by many to be the unofficial symbol of Hue. It's an active Buddhist monastery with its origins dating back to 1601. One of the most poignant displays is a car belonging to a former monk who, in 1963, drove to Saigon and set himself alight to protest against the treatment of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese regime. We also visit one of the royal tombs, that of Emperor Tu Duc, with its central lake set amid a grove of frangipani and pine trees. Board an overnight train bound for Hanoi (approx. 12 hours). DAY 12: HANOI. Accommodation: Van Mieu Hotel or similar, Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi very early (approx. 4am) and transfer to the hotel. The capital of Vietnam is a charming city with a population of over six million. Hanoi is famous for its beautiful lakes, shaded boulevards, verdant public parks and its thriving Old Quarter, which is an architectural museum piece with blocks of ochre buildings retaining the air of a 1930s provincial French town. As Vietnam develops to compete with other South-East Asian countries, the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake reflects the contrasts of modern office buildings, old Buddhist temples and the tangle of ancient streets in its still surface. Take a walking tour of the Old Quarter. You'll visit the Dong Xuan market, the biggest wholesale market in northern Vietnam, stroll through the ancient '36 streets' where you can discover an amazing selection of shops selling everything from souvenirs to exquisite silk clothing, beautifully embroidered tablecloths. Your leader will point out some of the unique architecture around Hoan Kiem Lake and the myths and legends of the lake. DAY 13: HALONG BAY. Meals included: 1 lunch. Accommodation: Entity Hotel or similar, Halong City. Drive through the Red River Delta to Halong Bay (approx 4 hrs), stopping en route for refreshments at a handicraft village run by disabled people. Halong Bay is a breathtaking secluded harbour with 2,000 limestone islands rising from the emerald waters of Bac Bo Gulf. One of Vietnam's most scenic regions, this area of about 1,500 sq km is dotted with innumerable beaches and grottos, created over thousands of years by waves and wind. Board our boat and cruise the breathtaking bay with its limestone karsts rising from the clear emerald waters. We enjoy a sumptuous seafood lunch on board, explore some of the limestone caves in the area and go swimming during the warmer months. Stay overnight in a hotel in Halong City (Bai Chay). DAY 14-15: HANOI. Accommodation: Van Mieu Hotel or similar, Hanoi. Take the ferry, followed by a bus back to Hanoi (approx. 3 hours) for some free time and a optional final group dinner. The trip ends in the morning on day 15. There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

DepartingValid for select departures 1 April - 31 December

15 days
FROM $1,055*
15 days From $1,055*

Complete Vietnam Ways Pass, 16 Days

Vietnam

HIGHLIGHTS: Self-guided package - Mekong Delta - Saigon - Dalat - Nha Trang - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Halong Bay Independent self guided travel pass: choose what you want to see, when you want to see it and where you want to stay. Your Trip manager organises and books everything for you so there are no hassles, you can just relax and enjoy the experience. Day 1 Mekong Delta Highlights Adventure 2 Day/1 Night (Multi Day Tour). Get to know the famous Mekong Delta and discover the traditional vietnamese way of life on an amazing 2-day trip. Begin your adventure from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and see bustling floating markets, riverside villages, beautiful landscapes. Highlights: Experience traditional life in the Mekong Delta, visit the colorful and busy Cai Rang floating market, cruise through narrow waterways and enjoy local food. Day 2. Mekong Delta Highlights Adventure. Day 3 Saigon & Cu Chi Tunnels Day Trip (Day Tour). Learn about the history of Vietnam as you visit Saigon and the Cu Chi Tunnels - an amazing complex of underground tunnels used during the Vietnam war. Day 4 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Dalat (Public Bus). Today you will take a transfer from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Dalat by Public Bus. Dalat looks like a cross between Vietnam and the French Alps, many of its hotels and buildings were built in a European/French style. At 1,475 meters, the city is dotted by pine forest and picturesque lakes. Day 5 Countryside Motorcycle Adventure (Day Tour). Take an exciting motorcycle tour around Dalat, passing by beautiful lakes, waterfalls, and lush forests. Drive through the countryside and discover the local culture. Day 6 Dalat to Nha Trang (Public Bus). Today you will take a transfer from Dalat to Nha Trang by Public Bus. Day 7 Vietnamese Meal with Local Family (Day Tour). Our local hosts from Nha Trang, Vietnam are eager to receive you in their homes and treat you with the local daily food Vietnamese people have every day - does it get more authentic than this? Day 8 Nha Trang to Hoi An (Public Bus). Today you will take a transfer from Nha Trang to Hoi An by Public Bus. If you want to soak up the flavors of old Vietnam, Hoi An is the place to be. It was an international trading post as far back as the 17th century and influences of Chinese, Japanese and European architecture are still remarkably well preserved. Day 9 Love of Life Bicycle Day Trip (Day Tour). Ride through the Vietnamese countryside just outside of Hoi An to see the true way of life for farmers tending to their rice fields, women watering their vegetable gardens, fishermen hanging their catch out to dry and local shopkeepers waiting for their next customers. Ride from Hoi An city center to the beach and take a boat ride back in time for a well-deserved authentic lunch. Day 10 Hoi An to Hue (Public Bus). Today you will take a transfer from Hoi An to Hue by Public Bus. Hue is Vietnams cultural, intellectual and spiritual capital where you can find tombs and temples, palaces and pagodas, delicious cuisine and fascinating history. Day 11 Tombs & Pagoda Day Trip (Day Tour). Go back in time by walking through the elaborate tomb complexes of venerated Vietnamese emperors and imagine what it must have been like to live here during the golden years of the dynasty. Don't miss out on a visit to the Forbidden Purple City, one of the largest and most well-preserved royal cities in Vietnam. Day 12 Hue to Hanoi (Public Bus). Today you will take a transfer from Hue to Hanoi by Public Bus. This is where exotic old Asia and modern Asia blend harmoniously. Hanoi is renowned for its old architectural style while evolving gracefully into a modern metropolis. Vietnams capital is a tangled web of little roads and hawkers plying their trade in colonial hats as they sip coffee. Day 13 Halong Bay Adventure 3 Day/2 Night (Multi Day Tour). Cruising through the tranquil waters in the Bay of Tonkin among 3,000 islands is an experience you cannot miss Visit the largest cave in Halong Bay, go kayaking through a floating fishing village, catch some sun aboard the boat and go for a swim with friends. Sleep peacefully aboard your boat and wake up early to catch the sunrise over the tranquil waters. Highlights: Spend 3 days cruising around the gorgeous Halong Bay, enjoy incredible sunsets over the bay's limestone cliffs, relax in the sun or take part in various water activities. Day 14 Halong Bay Adventure. Day 15 Halong Bay Adventure. Day 16 Hanoi. Enjoy your free day in Hanoi or add an optional extra activity.

Departing18 February 2015 -30 March 2016.

FROM $1,169*
From $1,169*

Vietnam Express Northbound, 10 Days - SAVE $100*

Vietnam

HIGHLIGHTS: Ho Chi Minh City - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Halong Bay Day 1-2 Ho Chi Minh City. If arriving early, explore the diverse range of sights in Ho Chi Minh's tourist spots, get a bird's-eye view from a rooftop bar or slurp a steaming Vietnamese pho at a street stall. Delve into an underground world of guerrilla warfare in the incredible Cu Chi Tunnels before visiting the War Remnants Museum. Day 3-4 Hoi An. Make tracks to Hoi An and discover centuries-old temples, charming houses and gilded community halls. The many art galleries, shops and cafes are also a great way to while away time in one of Vietnam's most charming riverside towns. Day 5-6 Hue. Enjoy a stop at picturesque China Beach en route to Hue. Sense the spirits of the Nguyen dynasty while exploring intricate tombs, palaces and pagodas within Hue's crumbling citadel walls. Take in the peace of this area while cruising on the calm waters of Perfume River. Day 7 Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam's enthralling capital city, and enjoy a hearty breakfast at KOTO restaurant. Head to Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum to rub shoulders with locals who pay their respects to the country's revolutionary leader here. Afterwards, perhaps head to the evocative Old Quarter to discover 36 streets of exotic sights and intriguing bargains. Day 8 Halong Bay. Head out on an overnight Halong Bay cruise on a private junk boat. Floating on the turquoise waters that flow between the stunning weathered limestone peaks is sure to be one of the tour highlights. Day 9-10 Hanoi. Back in Vietnam's capital, there's free time for some optional last minute activities including a cyclo tour or shopping expedition. Or simply relax with a bia hoi in an atmospheric street cafe and recount highlights of a memorable trip.

DepartingValid for select departures 13 February - 30 Septe

10 days
FROM $1,205*
10 days From $1,205*

Vintage Vietnam, 15 Days - SAVE $100*

Vietnam

HIGHLIGHTS: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Nha Trang - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Halong Bay Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Your trip starts today with your arrival in Ho Chi Minh City. No activities are planned until your evening group meeting, so you may arrive at any time. Please check the welcome board or reception desk, located on the ground floor of the hotel, for information on your upcoming tour. This will advise you of your tour leader's name, telephone number and the time and location of your group's Welcome Meeting. Normally, the meeting is at 6pm. Until your meeting we encourage you to get out and discover the delights that Vietnam has to offer. Make sure that you take a hotel business card so that you will be able to find your way back to the hotel. Please note that your tour leader will collect your travel insurance details at the meeting, so please bring them with you. The meeting is followed by a Welcome Dinner at one of Ho Chi Minh City's many fantastic eating spots. Day 2 Mekong Delta. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a buffet breakfast at KOTO restaurant today. This restaurant is designed to give street children an education in hospitality. After breakfast you will drive south to Cai Be for a boat cruise along the intricate and beautiful waterways of the Mekong Delta. The Mekong Delta is renowned for its fertile land - rich in tropical fruits, flowers and rice. For this reason, it is often referred to as the rice bowl of Vietnam. You will visit an orchard in your cruise, where you will have the chance to taste some tropical fruits, before moving on to visit some local cottage industries. As the sun starts to drop you will continue to your homestay, where you will be sleeping for the night. Here you will enjoy a beautiful home cooked meal of local specialties. You will be sleeping in a dorm style room, with single camp beds. The beds will be fitted with bedding and mosquito nets. Keep in mind that the bathrooms and toilets are very simple, and will only have cold water available to them. This is very much in keeping with the spirit of adventurous travel that you have undertaken to partake in. Day 3-4 Ho Chi Minh City - overnight train. You will awake early with the locals today, and after breakfast you will be taken to visit the bustling Cai Be floating market - a place awash with colour and activity. You will then return to Ho Chi Minh City via Cu Chi Tunnels. Cu Chi is actually the name of the district that covers an extensive underground network (approximately 200 kilometres) of tunnels dug initially by the Viet Minh and later expanded by the Viet Cong. The tunnels contained hospitals, plus accommodation and schools, and were used extensively for refuge and storage and also utilised as a military base for the Viet Cong close to Saigon. The 1968 Tet Offensive was launched from Cu Chi with surprising effect. A section of the tunnels has been widened to allow tourists to get a feel for what the life underground must have been like (please note that this will be hot and sweaty and also a bit claustrophobic). Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam and the nation's economic capital; after visiting the tunnels you will partake in a short city tour that will take you to the Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral, and will allow you to admire the many beautiful French colonial buildings, such as the main post office and the former Hotel de Ville (city hall). You will then board an overnight train to Nha Trang. Overnight trains are not renowned for their cleanliness or opulence, but this is a true local experience, and it is also the best way to cover a long distance in Vietnam. The trains are usually made up of four berth compartments, and sheets and blankets are provided, Some travellers prefer to bring their own sheets, but this completely up to you. There is a chance that you will be sharing your berth with people of different sexes and on occasion with people outside of your travel group. There is a simple dining cart on the train, but it can be wise to stock up on bread, fruit and other delicacies prior to departure. Day 5-6 Nha Trang. You will arrive in Nha Trang today, and spend the day exploring this idyllic seaside town. With palm trees, white sandy beaches and a hip cosmopolitan atmosphere, Nha Trang is often referred to as the Cannes of the Orient. You will venture out on a boat to explore the nearby islands, as well as a fishing village. You will also have the chance to snorkel in the pristine water, feast on a fresh seafood buffet and enjoy soaking up some sunshine on the deck of the boat. Day 7-9 Hoi An. You will take a short flight to Danang today, from where you will embark on a short minibus ride to Hoi An. Hoi An was originally a Cham port town, but has been influenced by a myriad of traders from various cultures. There is a distinctly Chinese appearance with pagodas and assembly halls scattered along the small streets. Hoi An was once a bustling port in centuries gone by, before the river silted up. Today it is a delightful backwater town with an air of liveliness about it. The tranquility and charm of Hoi An, coupled with its low tiled houses, makes it one of the most delightful places to visit in Vietnam. It is a consistent favourite among travellers and staff alike. A tour will take you to an historic house (formerly home to a prominent trader), the Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese assembly hall and a museum. You get the chance to learn how to prepare Vietnamese cuisine in a cooking class. Better still, you get to enjoy the fruits of your labour You will enjoy a free afternoon to make the most of delightful Hoi An and its surrounding areas. The market is a good place to buy silk that can be made up into fine garments, all within a day. Close to town there is a nice beach, which can be reached easily by bicycle. Day 10-11 Hue. You will leave beautiful Hoi An today for Hue, stopping at China Beach (known locally as My Khe Beach) and passing through the beautiful Hai Van Pass - a scenic, mountainous stretch of highway with views across Lang Co beach. You will also stop at this beach for lunch. Hue is the hub of Vietnam's historic past. The former imperial capital, Hue is an eclectic mix of busy streets and peaceful beauty. You will visit the Imperial Citadel here, including the Forbidden Purple City. The latter of these was almost completely destroyed during the Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War - but its humble, foliage-covered ruins remain a testament to its proud history, and offer a little insight into the horrific damage endured during the war. You will take a boat cruise on the Perfume River next, before visiting the Thien Mu Pagoda - the unofficial symbol of Hue. The Pagoda is an active Buddhist monastery that dates back to 1601. You will also have the opportunity to visit the elaborate royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, with its beautiful lake, frangipani and pine trees. While you are in Hue, you will also enjoy lunch at a local nunnery or monastery - this not only allows you to sample some of Hue's famed vegetarian food, but also offers an insight into Vietnamese Buddhism. This is also presents an opportunity for you to help keep these institutions alive through donations. Day 12 Hanoi. You will fly from Hue to Hanoi today. Hanoi is one of Asia's most enchanting cities. The northern capital is a quiet contradiction to its southern counterpart. Its relaxed ambiance is a joy, and exploration by foot or bicycle is recommended. The shopping is fun and the many lakes and parks provide enjoyable escapes from the city. You will take a guided half-day tour of Hanoi, visiting the major sights, including the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, and paying a homage to Vietnam's most famous revolutionary, Ho Chi Minh. We also visit the Fine Arts Museum, considered as one of the crucial museum in maintaining and promoting the treasure of cultural, artistic heritages of Vietnamese ethnic communities. In the evening you get to enjoy a performance of the unique Water Puppets. Day 13 Halong Bay. You can leave your luggage behind at the Hanoi hotel and pack an overnight bag. It is a three-hour drive to famous Ha Long Bay, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Vietnam's most spectacular natural wonders. The views of sailing junks navigating past over 3000 limestone islands with rocky outcrops are nothing short of spectacular. You will travel to Bai Chay (Halong City West) where you will board a boat for an exploration of the bay, enjoying a seafood lunch and dinner (non-seafood also available), as well as spending a night on board. We visit one cave in the area and, in the warmer months, you can enjoy a swim. Conditions may be somewhat more communal compared to the usual hotel setting, but spending a night on the bay is such a wonderful experience. If the weather is obliging, the views at sunset are especially incredible. There are only limited numbers of cabins on each boat, so the Single Supplement does not apply on the Halong Bay cruise, as all accommodation here is on a twin-share basis. All boats used by Peregrine have twin-share cabins with en suite facilities and air-conditioning. You may also have the chance to do some kayaking (optional and extra cost involved) while on Halong Bay. Day 14-15 Hanoi. In the morning you will sail back to the port, where you will disembark and drive back to Hanoi. Arriving back in the capital, you will have free time to wander around and enjoy some of the city's other attractions. Perhaps some shopping on Hang Gai Street, or afternoon tea at the Metropole Hotel? You enjoy a final dinner in a Hanoi restaurant - a chance to farewell your fellow travel companions and new-found friends. Your trip will come to an end after breakfast on day 15.

DepartingValid for select departures 13 February - 30 Septe

15 days
FROM $2,215*
15 days From $2,215*

Vietnam offers a fascinating blend of cosmopolitan cities and pristine beaches set against a backdrop of breathtaking scenic beauty. Explore the chaotic streets of Ho Chi Minh City, lined with French-Colonial buildings and buzzing with thousands of motorcyclists, or gaze up at the mesmerising limestone rock formations while cruising through the World-Heritage-listed Halong Bay. No matter your style of travelling, consider taking a tour and let an experienced guide show you the best that this wonderful country has to offer.

Don't miss these Vietnam attractions

  • Exploring the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Hoan Kiem Lake
  • Cruising the Mekong Delta
  • Halong Bay
  • Surfing at Nha Trang

Explore the country

For a complete overview of Vietnam, join an extended tour that will take you across the length and breadth of the country. Start in Ho Chi Minh City and head north, or begin in the capital Hanoi and travel in a southerly direction along the coastline. Either way you're in for a treat as you explore the likes of Hue, Hoi An and the fabulous beachside town of Nha Trang.

Also on offer are a variety of shorter day trips and city tours. A Ho Chi Minh City tour showcases the city's major landmarks, including the Cu Chi Tunnels - an eerie Vietnam War-era network of underground tunnels. Bicycle tours and overnight boat tours, including some to the World Heritage-listed Halong Bay, are yet more great ways to explore Vietnam.

Cities and beaches

The World Heritage-listed city of Hoi An has been dubbed the ‘Venice of Vietnam’ and is renowned for its plethora of tailor shops. Explore the winding cobblestone lanes of Old Town on a private walking tour and admire the heritage architecture, Japanese-style bridges and historic canals. Of an evening you can wander along the lantern-lit riverside and sample authentic Vietnamese dishes in a cosy restaurant.

If soaking up the sun on the beach is more your style, be sure to visit the picturesque China Beach in Da Nang. The 30-kilometre stretch of beach is perfect for water sports including surfing, water-skiing and diving. Nha Trang is one of the most popular beaches and is gateway to island day trips, while Mui Ne is famous for its towering sand dunes.

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