Vietnam At A Gaze

Vietnam
Duration: 12
Price From: £2290

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Summary

Our Vietnam at a Glance Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Tour Highlights

Visit Saigon, an edgy and evocative blend of past and present in Vietnam’s largest City
Visit Hue and delve into Vietnam’s dynastic past in the imperial city
Visit Hanoi and soak up the charms of Vietnam’s fast-paced yet graceful capital

Description

Have limited time but still want to experience Vietnam’s top sights? With this tour you can tick off the highlights with visits to charming Hoi An, historical Hue, spectacular Halon Including all domestic transportation, 4* accommodation, all meals, entry fees, guides and daily tour. Your Tour Highlights include visiting Saigon to experience the edgy and evocative blend of past and present, visiting Hue, Hanoi (Vietnam’s graceful capital) and the emerald waters of picturesque Halong Bay.

What Does The Price Include?

Group Tour includes:

  • all international airfares
  • all domestic transportation, departure taxes and current fuel surcharges
  • 4* accommodation
  • all meals
  • entrance fees, guides and daily tours
  • visa fees for UK passport holders
  • Fully inclusive
  • Includes a cruise
  • Quintessence of Tonkin – an outdoor spectacular performance showcases the rich culture and daily life of Vietnam’s northern river delta through talented performers, water puppetry and lights
  • Hanoi Cyclo Tour – Explore the vibrant streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter by cyclo, stopping off at a cafe to sample a traditionally-made, local speciality – egg coffee!
  • Visit Tra Que Traditional Village and try your hand at ancient cultivation techniques with members of the local farming community and enjoy a cooking demonstration of a regional speciality.

Your Itinerary

Fly overnight to Saigon, Vietnam’s most evocative and largest city. Depending on your time of arrival in  Saigon, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture

This morning, contemplate the horrors of guerrilla warfare at the Cu Chi Tunnels before returning to Saigon. The exuberant city of Saigon is driving Vietnam forward into the modern world, but it is also a treasure trove of fascinating heritage. See the colonial Notre Dame Cathedral and visit the Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace, and the chilling War Remnants Museum.

Journey to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the Mekong. Paddle through the maze of palmlined canals and get a glimpse of daily life on the Mekong Delta. Enjoy a lunch of typical Mekong dishes. Make a stop at Vinh Trang Pagoda en route back to Saigon.

Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. This afternoon take a walking tour of this charming town – a wonderfully laidback and wilfully traditional place, whose streets are a delight to wander. Visit an old merchant’s house, Quan Cong Temple, the elaborate Japanese Bridge and the bustling market. Stop en route to visit Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, and watch the artisans at work.

Head out into the countryside to Tra Que, a small farming community that supplies many hotels and restaurants in the area with vegetables and herbs. Here you can enjoy the lush green countryside and stroll through the gardens to see the farmers at work. Later spend the afternoon at leisure back in Hoi An.

Leave Hoi An for Hue, taking a scenic route over the Hai Van Pass. The epitome of Vietnam’s dynastic past, Hue is a dignified and scholarly city. Visit the imposing Imperial Citadel and Forbidden Purple City. The magnificent centrepiece of the Royal Empire, the citadel was extensively damaged during the Vietnam War. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Royal Tomb of Minh Mang, a complex of 40 monuments set in surroundings of gardens and pools. Continue to the old Thien Mu Pagoda before taking a cruise on the Perfume River.

Fly to Hanoi. Take the afternoon at leisure or start your explorations of Vietnam’s capital.

Sightseeing today includes a wander through the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, where you’ll visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (closed at certain times of year) and the Stilt House set in the gardens of the Presidential Palace. Also visit One Pillar Pagoda and the Confucian Temple of Literature. End the day’s explorations with a cyclo tour through the Old Quarter and enjoy a flavourful Vietnamese coffee at a café overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake.

Stay overnight on a traditionally designed boat on Halong Bay, cruising amongst the karst peaks on the tranquil green waters. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a vision of awe-inspiring beauty, it isn’t hard to see why it is one of Vietnam’s most popular destinations. A fresh seafood meal is included during your voyage.

Rise early this morning for a beautiful sunrise over the bay. Return to Hanoi this afternoon and later, attend The Quintessence of Tonkin show, a spectacular open-air performance celebrating the rich history of northern Vietnam.

Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.

Availability

DatePrice (Per Person)
Tue, 9th Mar - Sat, 20th Mar£2,390
Tue 23rd Mar - Sat, 3rd Apr£2,490
Tue, 6th Apr - Sat, 17th Apr£2,690
Tue, 4th May - Sat, 15th May£2,290
Tue, 1st Jun - Sat, 12th Jun£2,390
Tue, 21st Sep - Sat, 2nd Oct£2,590

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Climate

Most tourists visit Ho Chi Minh City from November until March. From May to October the wet season occurs while July to November the typhoon season can cause violent tropical storms. The rainy season though isn’t entirely a bad time for visiting Ho Chi Minh City as it rains there only for an hour or two during the afternoon. The average temperature in Ho Chi Minh tends to remain around 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit).

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