Vietnam Discovery

From £630 for 15 days
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Trip Overview
Travel to Vietnam and trace its mystical eastern coastline, traversing the country from south to north and discovering the many attractions that lie along the way. From the modern chaos of Ho Chi Minh City all the way up to old-world Hanoi, you'll experience tumultuous history, colonial charm, vibrant colours, delicious food and inspiring scenery on this Vietnam holiday.
Essential Info
Starts: Ho Chi Minh City
Ends: Hanoi
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Discovery
Trip Code: ITVRN
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: Vietnam
What's Included

Meals

2 Breakfasts included
2 Lunches included
2 Dinners included

Transport

Boat,Overnight sleeper train,Private Bus,Private vehicle,Taxi,Train

Accommodation

Homestay (1 nt),Hotel (6 nts),Overnight boat (1 nt),Overnight sleeper train (3 nts)

Trip Highlights
-Your homestay in the Mekong Delta will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your trip. Experience life with the locals and enjoy a delicious home cooked meal
-Nha Trang is known as the Cannes of Vietnam thanks to its luxurious beaches and relaxed locals. You'll have plenty of free time here to go swimming, snorkelling or indulging in mud baths
-Hoi An is another idyllic pocket of Vietnam that's best experienced from the seat of a bike. Take a guided bicycle tour through the rolling countryside
-Vietnam's former imperial capital Hue is not a place where time goes slowly! We've allowed for plenty of free time to make the most of this historic city
-Halong Bay feels like paradise, with its blue-green waters and spectacular caves. Spend an afternoon cruising and exploring its beautiful bay
Dates & Availability
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5th March 2017
19th March 2017
Ho Chi Minh City - Hanoi
£695pp 
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Limited
26th March 2017
9th April 2017
Ho Chi Minh City - Hanoi
£655pp 
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Good
2nd April 2017
16th April 2017
Ho Chi Minh City - Hanoi
£655pp 
G
Good
16th April 2017
30th April 2017
Ho Chi Minh City - Hanoi
£695pp 
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Good
23rd April 2017
7th May 2017
Ho Chi Minh City - Hanoi
£630pp 
G
Good
14th May 2017
28th May 2017
Ho Chi Minh City - Hanoi
£650pp 
G
Good
21st May 2017
4th June 2017
Ho Chi Minh City - Hanoi
£680pp 
G
Limited
4th June 2017
18th June 2017
Ho Chi Minh City - Hanoi
£680pp 
G
Good
11th June 2017
25th June 2017
Ho Chi Minh City - Hanoi
£630pp 
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Good
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Itinerary & Notes
 
Day 1 - Ho Chi Minh City
Xin chao! Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm today. You can arrive at any time during the day as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please check with hotel reception or look on the reception noticeboard for where and when the meeting will take place. 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. As you won’t be spending much time in Ho Chi Minh City, we recommend arriving a few days early to see more of this incredible city. See the ancient pagodas and cathedrals near the former Presidential Palace, the historic Dong Khoi Street, and the chaotic markets of Ben Thanh and Cholon (Chinatown). Consider taking a day trip such as ‘The Cu Chi Experience’ with our partners Urban Adventures. See urbanadventures.com for more information.

Additional Activities

Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnel Experience Urban Adventure
43 USD
Ho Chi Minh City - Ho Chi Minh Discovery Urban Adventure
53 USD
Day 2 - Mekong Delta
Make your way to the province of Ben Tre, where you’ll get on a boat to tour the canals of the Mekong Delta. This fertile area is famous for its abundance of fruit, flower and rice crops, and is known as ‘the rice bowl’ of Vietnam. During your boat ride you’ll visit some local cottage industries and then head to your overnight homestay. Your stay with a Vietnamese family will be one of the highlights of your trip as you get a taste of the life of a local and enjoy a home cooked meal. Notes: On the homestay, you’ll be sleeping on simple camp beds in a dorm-style arrangement with people of the same sex. You’ll have basic shared bathroom facilities, and bedding and mosquito nets will be provided.

Additional Activities

Mekong Delta - Boat cruise and homestay
Included in Price
Day 3 - Mekong Delta - Overnight Train
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. Enjoy some free time in Ho Chi Minh City this afternoon, perhaps visit the War Remnants Museum or Reunification Palace. This evening, board an overnight train to Nha Trang (approx 11 hours). Conditions are basic on these trains and they may be a little dirtier than what you’re used to, however overnight trains are the best way to brush shoulders with the locals and make the best use of your time. Most trains have a dining carriage serving simple food, but some travellers like to take some fresh bread, cheese and fruit for the journey. Notes: There are shared hotel rooms available this afternoon between up to 6 members of the group, if you would like to freshen up or organise your luggage. Sleeper trains typically have four or six berth compartments with bench seats that convert into sleeping bunks. A sheet, pillow and blanket are provided, although some travellers prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet. Depending on the configuration of the group, you may have to share with people of different genders or passengers who aren’t part of the group.

Additional Activities

Ho Chi Minh City - Reunification Palace
30000 VND
Ho Chi Minh City - War Remnants Museum
15000 VND
Day 4 - Nha Trang
Arrive in Nha Trang at about 5am and transfer to your hotel. You’ll have today free to spend as you wish. Perhaps enjoy your time on the sunny beaches or explore the local markets. Be sure to try some of the excellent seafood in town. Also nearby are the Cham Towers, where you can go for a day trip to see the fascinating archaeological site. Notes: There are shared hotel rooms available again this morning. Our normal twin-share rooms will be available from the hotel check in time this afternoon, but you can store your luggage at the hotel while you explore Nha Trang.

Additional Activities

Nha Trang - Boat trip
1316000 VND
Day 5 - Nha Trang - Overnight Train
Today is another free day to take in the coastal delights of Nha Trang. In the evening, board another overnight train for Danang (approximately 8 hours).

Additional Activities

Nha Trang - Mud baths
280000 VND
Nha Trang - Po Nagar Cham Tower
22000 VND
Day 6 - Hoi An
Arrive in Danang and travel by minibus for one hour to Hoi An. Hoi An was recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is being beautifully restored. It was a major trading port with the west from the 17th century onwards. Today, parts of Hoi An look exactly as they did more than a century ago. Your leader will take you on a sightseeing walk through the Old Town and visit some of the city's major attractions. A sightseeing pass is included in your tour for you to visit a selection of the major sights as you wish. Hoi An is also a shopping mecca, so head down to the markets and street stalls to browse paintings, woodwork, ceramics and lanterns. Hoi An is famous for its tailors who can make beautiful items to order.

Additional Activities

Hoi An - Ancient town walk and entrance ticket
Included in Price
Hoi An - Street Food By Night Urban Adventure
28 USD
Day 7 - Hoi An
Go on a bike ride through the countryside near Hoi An. There's no better way to explore the peaceful area than by bike. You’ll see places few tourists get the chance to see among green rice paddies and small creeks. You’ll get a true insight into rural life in Vietnam.

Additional Activities

Hoi An - Countryside bicycle hire
Included in Price
Day 8 - Hoi An
Enjoy another free day in Hoi An. Perhaps take a cruise up the Thu Bon River or learn the secrets to cooking delicious Vietnamese dishes. Your leader can suggest activities to help you get the most out of your time.

Additional Activities

Hoi An - My Son Cham day trip
35 USD
Hoi An - Hoi An Walking & Cooking Class Urban Adventure
49 USD
Hoi An - Hoi An Boat & Bike Urban Adventure
51 USD
Day 9 - Hue
Say goodbye to Hoi An this morning and make your way to Hue. The drive in our minibus will take about five hours, but along the way you’ll stop at My Khe Beach (China Beach) and the picturesque fishing village of Lang Co. You’ll be travelling on the incredible Hai Van Pass, through lush mountains. Once in Hue, you’ll have a free afternoon to explore. Hue was once Vietnam’s Imperial capital and has a curious mix of bustling streets and tranquil enclaves. Perhaps visit the Dong Ba Market, which sells everything imaginable and is a great place to spend some time.

Additional Activities

Hue - Imperial citadel
150000 VND
Day 10 - Hue
Another free day in Hue. Perhaps visit the Imperial Citadel which includes the Forbidden Purple City that was almost totally destroyed during the Vietnam war. The gaping holes left by bombs give you an idea of how much destruction occurred in this country. Another optional activity is a dragon boat cruise along the Perfume River and then a visit to Mu Pagoda, the unofficial symbol of Hue. Here you’ll see an active Buddhist monastery dating back to 1601, and a car belonging to a monk who set himself alight in protest against the treatment of Buddhists. You may also like to visit one of the royal tombs, that of Emperor Tu Duc, with its central lake set amid a grove of frangipani and pine trees.

Additional Activities

Hue - Perfume river cruise and Thien Mu Pagoda
220000 VND
Hue - Royal tomb
136000 VND
Hue - Hue Royal Street Eat by Cyclo Urban Adventure
40 USD
Day 11 - Hue - Overnight Train
This morning, catch up on any optional activities you couldn’t fit in yesterday – perhaps an Urban Adventure to bike around the countryside – before taking another overnight train bound for Hanoi. The journey will take approximately 12 hours.

Additional Activities

Hue - Countryside Bike Urban Adventure
25 USD
Day 12 - Hanoi
Arrive in Hanoi at about 4am and transfer to your hotel. Today you’ll take a walking tour of Vietnam’s charming capital. Explore the 36 streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, including the Dong Xuan Market, Hoan Kiem Lake and the unique architecture nearby. Hanoi has a French provincial feel remaining from its colonial times, but it also has a Buddhist influence and striking modern buildings. The rest of the day is yours to explore Hanoi as you please. Notes: There are shared hotel rooms available this morning if you would like to freshen up prior to the standard check in time this afternoon.

Additional Activities

Hanoi - Old Quarter Walking Tour
Included in Price
Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and Museum
80000 VND
Hanoi - Fine Arts Museum
30000 VND
Hanoi - Army Museum
20000 VND
Hanoi - Women's Museum
30000 VND
Hanoi - Temple of Literature
30000 VND
Hanoi - Hoa Lo 'Hanoi Hilton' Prison
30000 VND
Hanoi - Museum of Ethnology
40000 VND
Hanoi - Hanoi Street Food By Night Urban Adventure
31 USD
Day 13 - Halong Bay
Drive through the Red River Delta for about four hours and arrive at Halong Bay. Along the way, you’ll stop at the Hong Ngoc Humanity Centre, which provides vocational training and employment to Vietnamese people who experience a disability. Halong Bay is one of Vietnam’s most scenic places, a secluded harbour with 2,000 limestone islands and caves rising from the emerald waters. You’ll board our boat and spend the rest of the day cruising the breathtaking bay. Enjoy a sumptuous seafood lunch on board, stop for a visit to Sung Sot Cave, and take a swim at Titop Beach. Spend a night onboard your boat, with gentle waves rocking you to sleep. Notes: It is recommended to pack a smaller overnight bag to take to Halong Bay for ease of boarding and disembarking. You can store your main luggage in Hanoi for tonight. There are restrictions on the number of boats that are permitted to stay in the bay overnight. To ensure all Intrepid travellers can enjoy the experience of a night on the water, we’re occasionally using a larger boat (with approximately 12 cabins) or splitting groups across different vessels. An Intrepid group leader will be present on each boat, and the route taken and inclusions on board will remain the same. Swimming in the bay from the boats is not permitted.

Additional Activities

Halong Bay - Overnight boat cruise
Included in Price
Day 14 - Hanoi
Disembark from your boat in Halong Bay at around midday and take a three-and-a-half hour bus ride back to Vietnam’s charming capital, Hanoi. On the way back stop at the stop for refreshments at a handicraft village. Return to Hanoi at around 4pm. Enjoy your last few hours of free time then join the group for an optional farewell dinner.
Day 15 - Hanoi
There are no activities planned for today and you’re able to depart the accommodation at any time.

Additional Activities

Hanoi Urban Adventure - Citadels, Karsts & Cycle
88 USD
Hanoi Urban Adventure - Village Discovery by Bike
33 USD
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Reviews
       
Great trip that is a fun introduction to many areas of Vietnam.
       
Excellent
       
This is a great trip with a wonderful Itinerary. The guide on my tour Hai is one of the best guides I have had on any group Tour and I have done about 11 of them now. There is so much to see and do on these trips. Every day is action packed and the food is great. Such a change from what I am used to and I loved trying the new things. Halong bay alone is worth doing the trip for.