Vietnam North to South
Vietnam, Discovery, 14 days - from £995 (land only) - from €1,195 (land only) - from $1,645 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Hanoi. A single group transfer is provided timed to the arrival of the preferred group flights. KE Land Only package services start with the dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Today we will enjoy a tour of the city of Hanoi, visiting the atmospheric "Old Quarter", the Temple of Literature, Tran Quoc Pagoda and the Art Museum. Before dinner we'll see the famous Water Puppet Theatre show. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 3: After a morning visit to Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum we will depart in the to Quan Hoa, near the Laos border, travelling via karst outcrop scenery and lush vegetation. On arrival, we walk to Ban Hang Village where we spend the night in homestay accommodation. Approximately 3 hours trekking.
Day 4: A full day of trekking as we explore the area on foot, trekking through rice paddies and lush jungle vegetation.. Overnight homestay accommodation in Kho Muong Village. 6 to 7 hours walking
Day 5: After a visit to a cave inhabited by bats, we continue our trek through the local villages, stopping off en route to meet the locals as they go about their daily lives. Tonight we stay in Huou Village. 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 6: An easy walk from Huou Village to Pho Doan by a well-marked trail. After lunch at a local restaurant, we transfer by vehicle to Ninh Binh. Overnight at a simple hotel. Approximately 2 to 3 hours walking and 4 hours driving.
Day 7: A day to explore Tam Coc, the so-called 'Halong Bay on Land'. We take a sampan cruise through the complex system of canals and caves. Later we enjoy a cyling tour, before arriving in Tam Coc by rowing boat. Overnight hotel.
Day 8: We drive to Halong Bay through the heart of the Red River Delta. Boarding our private boat, we set sail to explore UNESCO World Heritage Site Halong Bay with it's 3000 islands. Seafood dinner and overnight aboard the boat.
Day 9: In the morning there is time to relax on board and enjoy the views. Later we return to the port and then transfer to Hanoi in time to take the "Reunification Express" sleeper train to Hue. Overnight on the train.
Day 10: We arrive in Hue, one of Vietnam's most beautiful cities, in the early morning. After breakfast at a local restaurant we'll visit the Forbidden Citadel, Emperor Tu Doc's tomb, and the Tu Hieu Pagoda. Later we'll stop off at Dong Ba Market. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 11: Boarding a boat, we cruise the Perfume River. Arriving at Thuy Bieu, we moor the boat and go ashore for our cooking class. Dinner will be the dishes prepared by the group. Overnight on board the boat.
Day 12: Transfer to Danang for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Transfer to the Mekong Delta, known as the "rice bowl" of Vietnam, with it's 9 "arms" of the river. We board a boat to transfer to Mekong Lodge, where we'll spend the night next to the river in charming bungalows. In the afternoon, there's time for a walk or cycle tour of the surrounding area. Overnight at the lodge.
Day 13: We board a sampan and explore the river and it's islands. We visit a workshop, where we can watch the production of rice wine before taking lunch and transferring by vehicle to Saigon. Overnight hotel.
Day 14: In the morning we enjoy a city tour, visiting the temple of the Jade Emperor, Reunification Palace and the lively Binh Tay Market. The rest of the day is free until the group transfer to Ho Chi Minh Airport where KE Land Only package services end.