Stroll through old Hanoi, practice Tai Chi on magnificent Halong Bay, master Vietnamese cuisine in Hoian, drift along the Mekong Delta and enjoy the spectacular A O show.
Days 1 -2 Fly to Hanoi
Fly overnight to Veitnam's vibrant capital city, Hanoi. Depending on your time of arrival the rest is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Days 3-4 Halong Bay Cruise
Spend the day cruising amongst spectacular seascapes, fringed by jagged karst formations jutting from emerald waters. Halong Bay, with its 1600 islands and islets, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 and its a vision of awe-inspiring beauty. You'll even explore on of the bay's many caves. Spend a night onboard before returning to Hanoi the next day.
Day 5 Explore Hanoi
Hanoi brings together all of the charms of a colonial past with a modern buzz in one fast-paced yet graceful city. Exuding a wonderfully exotic aura, Hanoi is the perfect combination of old Asia and new. Sightseeing today includes a wander through the Old Quarter's atmospheric tangle of streets followed by a Vietnamese coffee at a cafe overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, where you'll pass Ho Chi Minh monumental mausoleum and Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House and see One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. Fly to Danang and transfer to the UNESCO - listed town of Hoi An.
Day 6 Hoi An cooking class
Take a morning walking tour of charming Hoi An. A wonderfully laidback, graceful and traditional place, the streets of the town lined with lanterns, shops and tailors, are a delight to wander especially as traffic is entirely banished from the town centre. Visit a lovely old house, still occupied by the descendants of the merchants who built it over 200 years ago, before seeing the elaborate Japanese Bridge, a Chinese temple and the bustling market. Stop en route to visit Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, and watch the artisans at work. Vietnamese cooking is renowned across the world for its innovative use of fresh ingredients and spices - this evening, learn all about the local produce and the necessary skills in a hands-on cookery class.
Day 7 Travel to Saigon
Spend your day in Hoi An at leisure before flying to Saigon in the evening. A seamless blend of past and present, Saigon offers a high-octane ride into Vietnam's ever brighter future.
Day 8 Mekong Delta
Journey to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the mighty Mekong. This area is known as the 'Rice Basket of Vietnam', the rich and fertile lands producing huge amounts of rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruits. Paddle through the maze of palm lined canals, getting a glimpse of daily life on the Mekong Delta, and enjoy a lunch of typical Mekong fare. Return to Saigon.
Day 9: Cu Chi Tunnels
Contemplate the horrors of guerrilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels, where you'll see the legendary tunnel network used by the Viet Cong to infilltrate South Vietnam during the war. Following this, head into the centre of Saigon to see Notre Dame Cathedral and the neoclassical Central Post Office, designed by Gustave Eiffel - both grandiose legacies of colonial past. Also visit the Reunification Palace; and the chilling War Remnants Museum where the brutality of the war and its victims are well-documented. Finish up by browsing through the lively Ben Thanh Market. This evening enjoy a performance of the AO show- a music, dance and aerobatic spectacular at the Saigon Opera House.
Day 10 Fly Saigon to UK
Spend your day at leisure before transferring tot he airport for your flight to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
Cambodia 4 nights extra from £690pp
– Discover Cambodia’s captivating capital and reflect on recent tragedies at the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
– Visit the glittering Royal Palace and take a sunset cruise on the Mekong
– Fly to Siem Reap and explore the staggering temple complex of Angkor
– Take a boast trip on Tonle Sap Lake and visit the floating villages
– Explore the small circuit of temples including Kravan, Banteay Kdei, Ta Prohm, Takeo and Chau Say Tevoda
*Please note this is a group tour, if you are looking for something more personal we can arrange a tour to suit your needs*
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