Vietnam from North to South
Vietnam, Discovery, 14 days - from £1,145 (land only) - from €1,605 (land only) - from $1,860 (land only)
All the highlights and more...
Not only does our tour visit all the highlights (north, south AND central!), you can also experience real village life on our gentle, unique, 4-day trek through the Pu Luong National Park, complete with overnight homestays in traditional wooden stilted houses.
- From Hanoi to Saigon, a cultural and colourful tour of Vietnam
- Cruise UNESCO listed Halong Bay aboard a comfortable Junk
- Unique 4-day trek through traditional villages and rice paddies
- The imperial palaces of Hue and the lantern lit bridges of Hoi An
- Experience life on the Mekong Delta and the Perfume River
Wander the ramshackle, smoky streets of historic Hanoi and trek amongst verdant rice terraces in the North and experience the exotic delights of the Mekong Delta and the nightlife of vibrant Saigon in the South on our comprehensive and colourful discovery holiday in Vietnam. We start out in the 1000 year old city of Hanoi, the former capital of French Indochina, where we explore the maze like streets of the ‘Old Quarter' from our well positioned hotel. Travelling inland to spend 4 days in a beautiful reserve area close to the border with Laos, we trek between friendly villages in the Pu Luong National Park, meeting the local people and experiencing first hand the rural life of these remote and intriguing communities - where the fields are still ploughed by water buffalo and irrigated by wooden water wheels. For this section of the holiday we have arranged overnight stays as guests of three different villages. We also explore the forest of impressive limestone spires at Tam Coc, known as Halong Bay on land, both by bicycle and by way of a sampan cruise on the network of canals. Then it's out to iconic Halong Bay, for some great seafood and a night on a comfortable and traditional junk boat. We begin our journey south with an overnight journey on the famous ‘Reunification Express' sleeper train, an experience not to be missed! Arriving in Hue, we cruise the Perfume River in search of ancient imperial palaces and pagodas before helping to prepare dinner in a cookery class. Heading on, we enjoy a night in charming Hoi An, known for its beautiful, lantern lit bridges and skilled tailors. After a short flight to Saigon, now known as Ho Chi Minh City, this unforgettable holiday signs off with a stay in comfortable bungalows on the atmospheric Mekong Delta, where we hike through lush orchards, take a boat tour and learn about life in the ‘rice bowl of Vietnam'. As a grand finale, we return to bustling Ho Chi Minh City where we've time to take in its evocative mix of ancient pagodas and modern skyscrapers, whilst sightseeing and hunting for last minute souvenirs!
Is this holiday for you?
This is primarily a touring and sightseeing holiday at low elevation, which includes a continuous, but gentle, 4-day trek through the forest, farmland and hill-tribe villages in a nature reserve close to Quan Hoa. On the 4-day trek, each day's walk will be between 4 and 6 hours and overnight stops will be in simple homestay accommodation. Several means of transport are used during this holiday, including road, train, plane, bicycle and boat. The combination of different means of travel and the variety of accommodation used will mean a degree of flexibility will be required, although this diversity is part of the charm of this trip. Please note that cycling helmets may not be available for some of the short cycling tours and we do recommend that you take your own..