Vietnam – North to South

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Special Tour 8 Days Availability: 2019-03-20
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March: 20 to 29

VIETNAM NORTH TO SOUTH

Travel from historic Hanoi to modern Ho Chi Minh City

Capture the spirit of magical Vietnam on this compact tour from the colonial charm of Hanoi to the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City, on this new adventure, designed for solo travellers only. Sip coffee with locals in Hanoi and shop up a storm in the Old Quarter, cruise along emerald waters on a Halong Bay boat trip, travel through old-world Hue and Hoi An and get lost in the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City. This is an adventure full of beauty and contrast that introduces Vietnam as a country of incredible food, lively locals, stunning scenery and cosmopolitan cities.


Start
Hanoi, Vietnam
Finish
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Destination
Vietnam
Physical rating
Grade 1 (Light walking  for all fitness levels.)
Group size
Min 4, Max 15

 


  Trip Highlights


  Inclusions

ALL OUR SMALL GROUP TOURS HAVE NO LOCAL PAYMENTS, HIDDEN EXTRAS OR COMPULSORY SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS
Meals Meals
7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
Accommodation Accommodation
Comfortable Hotel (7 nights)
Transportation Transportation
Private airport transfers anytime on Day 1, country travel in private minibus
Airfare Airfare
2 internal flights – Hanoi to Danang and Danang to Ho Chi Minh
Tour Leader Tour Leader
Accompanied by a Tour Leader throughout and local guides at sights visited
Included activities Included activities
  • Halong Bay – Overnight boat cruise
  • Hanoi – Evening street food Tour
  • Hoi An – Countryside bicycle tour
  • Hoi An – Evening Street Food Tour
  • Ho Chi Minh City – Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Ho Chi Minh City – Vespa Tour

Not Included

  • International Flights
  • Insurance: All types
  • Entry visa
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section
  • Optional Activities, if any

Important notes

ARRIVAL TRANSFER
Arrival transfer is included in the price of the trip. Please advise your travel agent of your flight times at the time of booking.
LEVEL OF FITNESS
This trip can be enjoyed by anyone with a reasonable level of fitness.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking. If you would like to book a single supplement and enquire about availability please speak to your booking agent.

Day 1: Hanoi

Xin chao! Welcome to Vietnam.
Step off the plane and dive straight into the vibrant mayhem of Hanoi, as your airport transfer whizzes you past blaring horns and speeding scooters to your hotel. Freshen up in your cool hotel in the heart of the city before a 4 pm welcome meeting with your guide and fellow travellers. Then we’ll set forth on a street food tour in one of the city’s largest markets, Dong Xuan. From bun cha cooked over charcoal fires to the best spring rolls in town, get set to dine like a local, eating your way through the sizzling stalls. From here, we’ll stroll through hidden alleyways to discover local foodie hangouts and mooch through the markets of Hanoi’s scenic old quarter, while eating delicious French-Chinese infused dishes. We’ll then hit up the famous beer corner of ‘Bia Hoi’. Enjoy a few ice-cold brews with your fellow travellers, toasting to the adventures ahead!
Accommodation Accommodation
Hong Ngoc Cochinchine Hotel or similar (1night)
Included Activities Included Activities
Evening Street Food Tour
Meals Meals
Street Food Dinner
Day 2: Halong Bay

Bid farewell to the capital – today we’re heading to the emerald waters of Halong Bay. After an early start, we’ll arrive at this World Heritage Site by noon to board a traditional junk boat. You’ll set sail and tuck into a delicious lunch on-deck, enjoying dazzling views of over 2000 jagged islets. After lunch, we’ll kayak the bay, paddling through limestone caves and past floating fishing villages. Cold drinks are ready and waiting back on deck, where you can spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing. There’s also an optional Vietnamese cooking class onboard. Then, as the sun begins to set, dinner is served up by your own personal chef. Come evening, take in those blazing sunset views with sundowners and a spot of squid fishing (season dependent). Then as darkness falls, make the most of your private location and sing your hearts out with a night of karaoke and dancing under the stars.

 

Accommodation Accommodation
Overnight Junk Boat
Included Activities Included Activities
Halong Bay – Overnight boat cruise
Meals Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, dinner
Day 3: Halong Bay to Hanoi

Wake up to the sound of lapping waves and enjoy a lazy start to the day, perfect for sleeping off any sore heads after last night’s mammoth karaoke session. Spend the day relaxing and doing yoga on deck, before a hearty breakfast looking out to shimmering views across the bay. We’re then heading to Hanoi.

Take a three-and-a-half bus ride back to Hanoi. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this delightful city. Why not relax at a cafe or stop for a bia hoi (freshly brewed draught beer) at one of the microbars in the Old Quarter?

 

Accommodation Accommodation
Hong Ngoc Cochinchine Hotel or similar (1night)
Included Activities Included Activities
None
Meals Meals
Breakfast
Day 4: Hanoi to Danang/Hoi An (By Flight)

This morning after breakfast, head to the airport to catch a flight to Danang. From here we’ll soar into the skies on a flight to Danang, where you’ll be transferred to Hoi An. Take in views of lantern-lined streets and timeless architecture in this historic town, before checking into your boutique home for the next two nights.

 

 

Flight Flight
Hanoi to Danang – 1.5 hours (approx)
Accommodation Accommodation
Thuy Duong 3 Hotel or Similar (1 night)
Included Activities Included Activities
Hoi An – Evening Street Food Tour
Meals Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Hoi An

Wake in the charming town of Hoi An, ready to explore this former trading port. With Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab merchants trading here between the 16th and 18th centuries, you’ll find a blend of different cultures and preserved architecture. We’ll go on a walkabout through the car-free streets, stopping first at the Chua Ong Pagoda where you’ll find locals worshipping and offering incense. From here we’ll hop over to the Jinshang Temple, stop by the 200-year-old Tan Ky House and stroll across the picture-perfect 17th-century bridge built by Japanese craftsmen. Then we’ll cycle through the beautiful countryside surrounding Hoi An, before catching a short boat ride across the Thu Bon river to Cam Kim island. From here we’ll cycle along the quiet roads and rice paddies, basking in this peaceful insight into local rural life. We’ll then head back to the hotel for cold drinks and a welcome dip in the pool.

 

Accommodation Accommodation
Thuy Duong 3 Hotel or Similar (01 night)
Included Activities Included Activities
Hoi An – Countryside bicycle tour
Meals Meals
Breakfast
Day 6: Danang/Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City (By Flight)

Trade the genteel charm of Hoi An for its louder sister today as we take a short flight south to Ho Chi Minh. Still widely known as Saigon, Vietnam’s largest city combines old-school soul with rapid globalisation. After checking into our hotel, we’ll dive into the beating soul of the place with a Vespa safari. Jump aboard a fleet of retro bikes and zip through the alleyways, pootling your way between tooting horns to discover elegant, tree-lined avenues and backstreets packed with neon-lit storefronts. This is your chance to see some of Ho Chi Minh’s most lauded sights, including Bình Tây Market, the Reunification Palace and Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica. From towering skyscrapers to the lazy Saigon River and bicycle vendors loaded down with peach blossom, there’s so much to see here and we’ll make a series of food stops, too.

 

Flight Flight
Danang to Ho Chi Minh City – 1.5 hours (approx)
Accommodation Accommodation
Asian Ruby Select Hotel or Similar (1 night)
Included Activities Included Activities
Vespa Tour
Meals Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Special Information

This vespa tour has been assessed for safety and is closely monitored. To participate please ensure your travel insurance covers riding pillion on a motorbike up to 150cc. If you prefer not to participate, please let your leader know and they will arrange alternative activity.

Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels
Today we pay a nod to Vietnam’s war legacy with a visit to the extraordinary Cu Chi Tunnels. We’ll drive two hours’ north to reach the one-time stronghold of the Viet Cong, the military arm of the country’s communist insurgency. Head underground into a labyrinth of tunnels for an insight into how guerilla soldiers lived during one of the foremost conflicts of modern times. Later in the evening, we’ll head to a local restaurant for our farewell meal of delicious Vietnamese grub paired with craft beer. Make one last stop at a hip craft ale hangout; a chance to further relish Vietnam’s booming indie beer scene. As the Vietnamese would say; Một, hai, ba, vô! (1,2,3 cheers), it’s time to party.

 

Accommodation Accommodation
Asian Ruby Select Hotel or Similar (1 night)
Included Activities Included Activities
Cu Chi Tunnel Visit
Meals Meals
Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City/Departure 

The time has come to arrange your transfer to the airport. From the street food delights of Hanoi to sailing and kayaking Halong Bay, what a week it’s been! We’ve stayed overnight on a traditional junk boat and explored the wonders of Thien Canh Son Cave. We’ve cycled a lush green island and cooked up a storm in Hoi An. And we’ve crawled through the tunnels of Cu Chi, rounding things off with craft beer and a Vespa safari in Ho Chi Minh.

 

Included Activities Included Activities
None
Meals Meals
Breakfast

 

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