Vietnam Insight – Small Group Journey

Gain a deeper understanding of Vietnam with a journey through its historic cities, provincial towns and glistening coastline. Be enchanted by the smiling locals on the bustling streets of Hanoi and Saigon, or in the tranquil villages of the Mekong Delta. Explore the relics and living history in Vietnam’s ancient towns of Hoi An and Hue, and absorb the sparkling beauty of Halong Bay.

Price Includes

9 nights hotel accommodation
1 night cruise accommodation onboard Indochina Sails
All flights as specified in the itinerary
Transport in air-conditioned vehicles
Mekong Delta cruise
Entrance fees
English-speaking Tour Leader
All tips on tour
Return group transfers from airport to accommodation
Meals as indicated (B = breakfast, R = brunch, L = lunch, D = dinner) 

Departure Dates 2019

March 9, 16, 30
April 13, 27
May 25
July 13
August 10
September 14, 28
October 5, 26
November 23
December 21 

Bonus

Save up to $200* per couple

Room/Cabin information
Deluxe
Offer Ends

20 Jan 19,

unless sold out prior. Availability limited. 

Destinations
Product itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1 Hanoi
On arrival in Hanoi, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your tour briefing. Overnight at Tirant Hotel (or similar).

Day 2 Hanoi to Halong Bay
Drive past scenes of traditional rural life as you travel from Hanoi to Halong City, the gateway to Halong Bay. On arrival, board a well-appointed junk boat and begin cruising among some of the 3,000 islands which rise from the sea. Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch before stopping to explore an enormous grotto. In the evening, retreat to your private cabin, or relax on the main deck or at the bar. Overnight on Indochina Sails boat (or similar). (BLD)

Day 3 Halong Bay to Hanoi
Take part in a sunrise Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck then climb to the summit of an island for 360 degree views of Halong Bay. After brunch on board, disembark and drive to Hanoi. In the afternoon, wander through the backstreets of Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter and sample delicious local snacks including a Vietnamese pancake, sweet tea ‘che’, shrimp cake and drink beer local-style at a ‘Bia Hoi’ establishment. Stay the next two nights at Tirant Hotel (or similar). (R)

Day 4 Hanoi
On a city tour, discover Hanoi’s must-visit sites including the infamous Hanoi Hilton prison. Walk through the crowded streets of the Old Quarter and visit the Temple of Literature. In the afternoon, explore the Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda and House on Stilts in the Ho Chi Minh Quarter. (B)

Day 5 Hanoi to Hue
Fly to the former imperial capital of Hue, situated on the banks of the Perfume River. Visit the city’s sites including Emperor Tu Duc’s elaborate tomb, Imperial Palace, Citadel and Thien Mu Pagoda – Hue’s oldest and most revered religious monument. Overnight at Moonlight Hotel (or similar). (B)

Day 6 Hue to Hoi An
Travel by train as the locals do from Hue to Danang on the Reunification Express and take in some of Vietnam’s most stunning coast and mountain scenery. From Danang, drive a short distance to Hoi An. Meet the students from Streets Café, an organisation which was established to help disadvantaged youth gain skills in the hospitality industry. Join the students on a special food focussed walking tour while helping them practise their English-speaking skills. In the afternoon, visit some of Hoi An’s main sites including the Japanese Covered Bridge on a walking tour. Stay the next two nights at Hoi An Garden Palace (or similar). (B)

Day 7 Hoi An
Spend a free day exploring Hoi An independently. Wander through the old town, have a tailor create a new wardrobe or cycle to An Bang Beach. (B)

Day 8 Hoi An to Saigon
Enjoy more free time in Hoi An before driving to Danang and flying to Saigon, Vietnam’s commercial capital. Relax with a drink at the iconic rooftop bar, Saigon Saigon, the perfect end to the day as the sun sets over the city. Stay the next three nights at Grand Hotel Saigon (or similar). (B)

Day 9 Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels
From Saigon, drive to the Cu Chi tunnels and discover the network of underground tunnels while learning about their role in the Vietnam War. On returning to Saigon, enjoy a bowl of traditional Pho at a local restaurant for lunch then explore the city centre on a walking tour. Wander along Dong Khoi Street which is lined with French-colonial buildings, see the Notre Dame Cathedral and Ho Chi Minh Square before visiting the War Remnants Museum. (BL)

Day 10 Saigon – Mekong Delta
Board a speedboat for a scenic trip from Saigon to the Mekong Delta. Travelling this way allows you to explore areas of the Mekong that few travellers get to experience. Spend time exploring the palm-fringed canals and tributaries, and visit some local temples and markets. Enjoy a delicious traditional lunch made using fresh local ingredients. Return to Saigon and join your group for a farewell dinner. (BLD)

Day 11 Saigon
Enjoy breakfast before transferring to the airport for your onward journey. (B)

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