Discover Vietnam’s historic cities, iconic attractions and beautiful scenery on this small group tour that takes you on a captivating journey from south to north. Travel by boat, cyclo and road while learning about Vietnam’s culture, traditions and recent history. Highlights include cruises on the Mekong Delta and in Halong Bay, and visits to hill tribe villages.

• Ho Chi Minh City: 2 nights

• Can Tho (Mekong Delta): 1 night
• Hoi An: 2 nights

• Sapa: 3 nights
• Hanoi: 1 night
• Halong Bay: 2 nights
• Hanoi: 1 night

14nights Escorted Small Group Tour
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Discover Vietnam’s historic cities, iconic attractions and beautiful scenery on this small group tour that takes you on a captivating journey from south to north. Cruise through the Mekong Delta and Halong Bay, visit hill tribe villages and learn about Vietnam’s rich culture and traditions.

• Ho Chi Minh City: 2 nights

• Can Tho (Mekong Delta): 1 night
• Hoi An: 2 nights

• Sapa: 3 nights
• Hanoi: 1 night
• Halong Bay: 2 nights
• Hanoi: 1 night

14nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE
 
 
ITINERARY

Day 1: UK to Ho Chi Minh City Depart from the UK on your overnight flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Stay: Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon (or similar).

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City A half-day city tour takes in the Central Post Office and the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral. Stroll along Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat) which featured in Graham Greene’s novel, The Quiet American, and  continue heading towards the Saigon River to see the Saigon Opera House. Stop at the Reunification Palace and discover the country’s turbulent past at the War Remnants Museum. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore or relax. This evening you can enjoy entertainment and views of the city’s skyline as you glide down the Saigon River on the Bonsai Cruise. Stay: Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon (or similar). B.

Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho Drive south to Cai Be in the heart of the fertile Mekong Delta for one of the highlights of the tour – a cruise on the Mekong River. Board your boat and witness life on and around the water as you pass floating markets. Visit a local family and watch as they use centuries-old methods to produce rice paper. Disembark at Vinh Long Pier and continue your journey by car to Can Tho. Stay: Vinpearl Can Tho Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 5: Can Tho to Hoi An Rise early for a visit to Cai Rang floating market, one of the largest floating markets in the Mekong Delta. Return to your hotel for breakfast and then transfer to Ho Chi Minh City airport for your flight to Danang (approx. 3½ hours). Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in the pretty UNESCO-listed city of Hoi An (approx. 40 minutes). Stay: Almanity Hoi An (or similar). B.

Day 6: Hoi An Explore Hoi An during a walking tour with visits to the 17th-Century Chua Ong Pagoda, the ornate Fujian Assembly Hall and the Jinshang Temple. Pass the Old House of Tan Ky, which was the home of an 18th-Century merchant, and cross the iconic 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge. End your afternoon with a relaxing boat trip along Thu Bon river. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Stay: Almanity Hoi An (or similar). B.

Day 7: Hoi An to Sapa Transfer to the airport for your flight to Hanoi (approx. 1¼ hours). Journey by road from the capital to the mountain town of Sapa (approx. 5 hours). Vietnam’s beautiful northern region is renowned for its stunning mountain scenery and distinct cultures. Stay: Victoria Sapa (or similar). B.

Day 8: Sapa After breakfast, drive to the Black H’mong village of Lào Chai, enjoying views of the mountains and rice terraces along the way. You are likely to pass locals from a number of ethnic minority groups including H’mong, Zay and Red Dao, as well as stalls serving tea, fruit and sweets. Stroll around the village before walking to Ta Van village to gain an insight into the life of the Zay hill tribe. After a picnic lunch prepared by your guide in a local home, transfer back to Sapa town. Stay: Victoria Sapa (or similar). B, L.

Day 9: Sapa Follow a winding road downhill to the Black H’mong village of Cat Cat and walk through the village, observing the traditional homes and rural life here. Return to your hotel. This afternoon, drive to Ta Phin village which is home to the Black H’mong and colourful Red Dao hill minorities. Experience the differences between the two groups – that live without mixing with one another – by visiting local homes and meeting the villagers. Stay: Victoria Sapa (or similar). B.

Day 10: Sapa to Hanoi Return by road to Hanoi (approx. 5-6 hours). This is a great opportunity to quiz your guide about local culture. This afternoon, explore the Old Quarter and the Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural – the world’s longest ceramic mosaic mural – during a walking tour. End your day with a visit to the Giang Cafe, a coffee shop founded by Nguyen Giang who famously invented the Vietnamese egg coffee. Stay: The Ann Hanoi (or similar). B.

Day 11: Hanoi to Halong Bay Today is another of the tour’s highlights – a cruise in Halong Bay. Drive to Halong City (approx. 3½-4 hours) and board a junk. Enjoy lunch whilst gliding past limestone peaks and islands in the bay. This afternoon, transfer by tender to the Tien Ong cave where human bones and artifacts dating to 10,000-8000 BC were discovered. You can also see beautiful stalagmites and stalactites here. Return to the ship to join a cooking demonstration before admiring the sunset over the bay. Dinner is served on board and you’ll have the chance to try squid fishing. Stay: Bhaya Cruise (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 12: Halong Bay Early risers can join a t’ai chi exercise on the deck at sunrise. After a hearty breakfast, continue cruising the bay and transfer to the Bhaya Spirit (a day boat) for a day of activities. Cruise past the Ang Du area, Hang Du, where Kong: Skull Island was filmed, to reach the peaceful Coc Cheo Islet area. Spend time here swimming and kayaking (subject to availability) before returning to the Bhaya Spirit and visiting a floating pearl farm for an authentic Vietnamese lunch. Learn about the cultivation of pearls and how they are used to make handicrafts. Return to your junk and enjoy a relaxing evening with a set-menu dinner on board. This evening there’ s an opportunity to try squid fishing on the deck. Stay: Bhaya Cruise (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 13: Halong Bay to Hanoi Rise early to make the most of the stunning scenery at first light. After a light breakfast, continue cruising the bay and visit Cua Van, a large floating fishing village. Reboard the junk and enjoy brunch as you make your way back to the harbour. Drive back to Hanoi (approx. 3½-4 hours) and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure so you can explore further before returning to your hotel for a farewell dinner. Stay: The Ann Hanoi (or similar). B, D.

Day 14: Hanoi Visit the marble mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the One Pillar Pagoda and 11th-Century Temple of Literature. Enjoy a cyclo ride through the evocative Old Quarter. Transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight to the UK, or choose to extend your holiday. B.


Stay longer

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Beaches of Vietnam (Nha Trang) 3 nights
Unwind on golden sands backed by beautiful mountains and enjoy a host of dining and shopping options in the buzzing city.

2020

Beaches of Vietnam (Phu Quoc) 3 nights

Enjoy a three-night stay at La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc, MGallery by Sofitel and make the most of the superb sandy beaches on Vietnam's largest island.

2019 & 2020

Siem Reap 3 nights

Siem Reap is the gateway to Cambodia’s magnificent Temples of Angkor. Enjoy a three-night tour of this buzzing city, with plenty of time to explore the world-famous ruins.

Day 1: Siem Reap
On arrival, transfer to your hotel for an afternoon check-in. You have free time today to explore at your own pace. Approx. journey time: 25 minutes, 6 miles. Stay: Tara Angkor Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 2: Siem Reap
Travel to the South Gate of Angkor Thom, the most beautiful entrance of the five gates into the former capital of the Khmer empire. Later, visit of one of Cambodia’s most famous sights – Angkor Wat. Stay: Tara Angkor Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 3: Siem Reap
View the spellbinding temples of Banteay Srei and Banteay Samré. On your return to Siem Reap, stop at a local village and learn about the traditional agricultural practices of growing rice and collecting sugar (dependent on season). Later, visit Preah Khan and Neak Pean temples as well as Ta Prohm. Dinner tonight will be accompanied by an Apsara Dance Show. Stay: Tara Angkor Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 4: Siem Reap
Today you’ll have the option to receive a blessing from a Buddhist monk, visit Theam’s House, and Les Senteurs d’Angkor, an artisanal craft shop where you can buy fragrant souvenirs. Depart for Siem Reap airport for your onward return flight to the UK. B.

Day 1: UK to Ho Chi Minh City Depart from the UK on your overnight flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Stay: Novotel Saigon Centre (or similar).

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City A half-day city tour takes in the Central Post Office and the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral. Stroll along Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat) which featured in Graham Greene’s novel, The Quiet American, stop at the Reunification Palace and discover the country’s turbulent past at the War Remnants Museum. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore or relax. This evening you can enjoy a welcome dinner, entertainment and views of the city’s skyline as you glide down the Saigon River on the Bonsai Cruise. Stay: Novotel Saigon Centre (or similar). B, D.

Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho Drive south to Cai Be in the heart of the fertile Mekong Delta for one of the highlights of the tour – a cruise on the Mekong River. Board your boat and watch life around the water as you pass local cottage industries where families use centuries-old methods to produce rice paper. Disembark at Vinh Long Pier and continue your journey by car to Can Tho. Approx. journey time: 2½-3 hours, 75 miles. Stay: Victoria Can Tho Resort (or similar). B, L.

Day 5: Can Tho to Hoi An Rise early for a breakfast cruise to Cai Rang floating market, one of the largest floating markets in the Mekong Delta. Return to your hotel before checking out and transferring to Ho Chi Minh City airport (approx. 3½ hours, 105 miles) for your flight to Danang. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in the pretty UNESCO-listed city of Hoi An (approx. 40 minutes). Stay: Almanity Hoi An Wellness Resort (or similar). B.

Day 6: Hoi An Explore Hoi An during a walking tour with visits to the ornate Fujian Assembly Hall and the Jinshang Temple. Pass the Old House of Tan Ky, which was the home of an 18th-Century merchant, and cross the iconic 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge. End your tour with a relaxing boat trip along Thu Bon river, before an afternoon at leisure. Stay: Almanity Hoi An Wellness Resort (or similar). B.

Day 7: Hoi An to Sapa Transfer to the airport for your flight to Hanoi (approx. 1¼ hours). Journey by road from the capital to the mountain town of Sapa (approx. 5 hours). Vietnam’s beautiful northern region is renowned for its stunning mountain scenery and distinct cultures. Stay: Victoria Sapa Resort (or similar). B.

Day 8: Sapa After breakfast, drive to the Black H’mong village of Lao Chai, enjoying views of the mountains and rice terraces along the way. You are likely to pass locals from a number of ethnic minority groups including H’mong, Zay and Red Dao, as well as stalls serving tea, fruit and sweets. Stroll around the village before walking to Ta Van village to gain an insight into the life of the Zay hill tribe. After a picnic lunch prepared by your guide in a local home, transfer back to Sapa town. Stay: Victoria Sapa Resort (or similar). B, L.

Day 9: Sapa Follow a winding road downhill to the Black H’mong village of Cat Cat and walk through the village, observing the traditional homes and rural life here. Return to your hotel. This afternoon, drive to Ta Phin village which is home to the Black H’mong and colourful Red Dao hill minorities. Experience the differences between the two groups – that live without mixing with one another – by visiting local homes and meeting the villagers. Stay: Victoria Sapa Resort (or similar). B.

Day 10: Sapa to Hanoi Return by road to Hanoi (approx. 5-6 hours). This is a great opportunity to quiz your guide about local culture. This afternoon, explore the Old Quarter and the Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural – the longest in the world – during a walking tour. End your day with a visit to the Giang Cafe, a coffee shop founded by Nguyen Giang who famously invented the Vietnamese egg coffee. Stay: The Ann Hanoi (or similar). B.

Day 11: Hanoi to Halong Bay Today is another of the tour’s highlights – a cruise in Halong Bay. Drive to Halong City (approx. 3 hours, 105 miles) and board a junk. Enjoy lunch whilst gliding past limestone peaks and islands in the bay. This afternoon, transfer by tender to the Tien Ong cave where human bones and artefacts dating to 10,000-8000 BC were discovered. You can also see beautiful stalagmites and stalactites here. Return to the ship to join a cooking demonstration before admiring the sunset over the bay. Dinner is served on board. Stay: Bhaya Cruise (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 12: Halong Bay Early risers can join a t’ai chi exercise on the deck at sunrise. After a hearty breakfast, continue cruising the bay and transfer to the Bhaya Spirit (a day boat) for a day of activities. Cruise past the Ang Du area, Hang Du, where Kong: Skull Island was filmed, to reach the peaceful Coc Cheo Islet area. Spend time here swimming and kayaking (subject to availability) before returning to the Bhaya Spirit and visiting a floating pearl farm for an authentic Vietnamese lunch. Learn about the cultivation of pearls and how they are used to make handicrafts. Return to your junk and enjoy a relaxing evening with a set-menu dinner on board. This evening there’s an opportunity to try squid fishing on the deck. Stay: Bhaya Cruise (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 13: Halong Bay to Hanoi Rise early to make the most of the stunning scenery at first light. After a light breakfast, continue cruising the bay and visit Cua Van, a large floating fishing village. Reboard the junk and enjoy brunch as you make your way back to the harbour. Drive back to Hanoi (approx. 3 hours, 105 miles) and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure so you can explore further before returning to your hotel for a farewell dinner. Stay: The Ann Hanoi (or similar). B, D.

Day 14: Hanoi Visit the marble mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the One Pillar Pagoda and 11th-Century Temple of Literature. Enjoy a cyclo ride through the evocative Old Quarter. Transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight to the UK, or choose to extend your holiday. B.


Stay longer

2019

Beaches of Vietnam (Nha Trang) 3 nights
Unwind on golden sands backed by beautiful mountains and enjoy a host of dining and shopping options in the buzzing city.

2020

Beaches of Vietnam (Phu Quoc) 3 nights

Enjoy a three-night stay at La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc, MGallery by Sofitel and make the most of the superb sandy beaches on Vietnam's largest island.

2019 & 2020

Siem Reap 3 nights

Siem Reap is the gateway to Cambodia’s magnificent Temples of Angkor. Enjoy a three-night tour of this buzzing city, with plenty of time to explore the world-famous ruins.

Day 1: Siem Reap
On arrival, transfer to your hotel for an afternoon check-in. You have free time today to explore at your own pace. Approx. journey time: 25 minutes, 6 miles. Stay: Tara Angkor Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 2: Siem Reap
Travel to the South Gate of Angkor Thom, the most beautiful entrance of the five gates into the former capital of the Khmer empire. Later, visit of one of Cambodia’s most famous sights – Angkor Wat. Stay: Tara Angkor Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 3: Siem Reap
View the spellbinding temples of Banteay Srei and Banteay Samré. On your return to Siem Reap, stop at a local village and learn about the traditional agricultural practices of growing rice and collecting sugar (dependent on season). Later, visit Preah Khan and Neak Pean temples as well as Ta Prohm. Dinner tonight will be accompanied by an Apsara Dance Show. Stay: Tara Angkor Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 4: Siem Reap
Today you’ll have the option to receive a blessing from a Buddhist monk, visit Theam’s House, and Les Senteurs d’Angkor, an artisanal craft shop where you can buy fragrant souvenirs. Depart for Siem Reap airport for your onward return flight to the UK. B.

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

Perfect if you want to explore the main attractions and also venture slightly off the beaten track to enjoy some authentic local experiences.

Good to know

• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey)
• Average group size of 10 guests
• A maximum of 18 guests

What to expect

• A considerable amount of travelling with some early starts
• A gentle pace that builds as you journey north
• Busy days with lots of walking and exploration on foot
• Authentic local experiences
• Unsuitable for those with walking difficulties

Accommodation on tour

Experience the Mekong Delta without compromising on quality or comfort by staying at one of the best hotels in the area. Set on the banks of the Hau River with the Mekong Delta as a scenic backdrop, Vinpearl Can Tho is a modern retreat with a rooftop pool. Your hill tribe adventure includes a stay at the cosy chalet-style Victoria Sapa which is surrounded by forest and you can enjoy a comfortable and relaxed experience on board the Bhaya Classic, a traditional-style wooden junk, during your two-night cruise in Halong Bay.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £740

Is this for you?

Perfect for seeing the iconic cities of Vietnam while also getting an off-the-beaten-track, immersive experience in lesser-known Sapa – known for its beautiful mountain scenery and hill tribe villages.

Good to know

• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey, where the minimum age is 12)

• Average group size of 10 guests

• A maximum of 18 guests

• Journey times do not take into account stops or local traffic conditions

• We recommend travelling with no more than one suitcase and one day bag

• A good level of fitness is required.

What to expect

• Busy days with lots of walking and exploration on foot, so a pair of comfortable walking shoes is recommended

• You will experience cooler temperatures in Sapa. Layers are essential

• A considerable amount of travelling with some early starts

• Authentic local experiences

• Unsuitable for those with walking difficulties

• Knees and shoulders need to be covered during temple visits.

Accommodation on tour

Experience the Mekong Delta by staying at Victoria Can Tho Resort, a modern spa retreat on the banks of the Hau River and one of the best hotels in the area. Your hill tribe adventure includes a stay at the cosy chalet-style Victoria Sapa Resort which is surrounded by forest. Enjoy a comfortable and relaxed experience on board the Bhaya Classic, a traditional-style wooden junk, during your two-night cruise in Halong Bay.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £740

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2019 Mar 12; Apr 02; May 07; Oct 15; Nov 26

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups and a relaxed approach
• Porterage and guide tips
• Meals where most convenient

(B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), or the freedom to explore local restaurants independently
• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £633 per person

Excursions

Day-use room Pre-book a day-room on arrival or before your return flight from £93 per person.

Tour dates

2020 Jan 14; Feb 04, 11; Mar 10; Apr 28; May 12; Oct 13; Nov 24

2021 Jan 12; Feb 02, 09; Mar 09; Apr 27; May 11; Oct 12; Nov 23

Included in price

• Quality accommodation

• Insightful local tour leaders

• Hand-picked itineraries

• Flexible arrival times

• Small groups

• Porterage and guide tips

• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £633 per person

Excursions

Day-use room Pre-book a day-room on arrival or before your return flight from £93 per person.

Kuoni highlights

There's a real focus on culture on this comprehensive tour which travels from south to north and offers a host of incredible inclusions, from must-see attractions to authentic local experiences. Enjoy two cruises including a full day in the Mekong – and a visit to a floating market – plus two nights in stunning Halong Bay, and immerse yourself in the colourful culture of the hill tribes in the north.

Kuoni highlights

There’s a real focus on culture on this comprehensive south-to-north tour which offers a host of incredible inclusions. Try some sunrise t’ai chi on board your two-night cruise through stunning Halong Bay; enjoy a breakfast cruise around floating markets on the Mekong River; and immerse yourself in the colourful culture of the Sapa hill tribes in the north.