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    Places visited:

  • Hanoi
  • Lao Cai
  • Sapa & the Tonkinese Alps
  • Halong Bay
  • Hue
  • Hoi An
  • Saigon
  • Mekong Delta
  • Explore the colourful hill-tribes of the Tonkinese Alps.

  • Drift among stunning limestone karst scenery on a traditional junk on Halong Bay.

  • Unearth Vietnam's modern and ancient history in imperial Hue.

  • Shop and relax in charming Hoi An.

  • Witness typical Vietnamese scenes whilst cruising through the Mekong Delta.

  • Explore the French influence in the bustling cities of Hanoi and Saigon.

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Audley Travel specialist Gareth
Audley Travel specialist Jack
Veronica Spann
Audley Travel specialist Alex
Lauren, an Audley Travel specialist

What our specialists say...

This trip is ideal for the first-time visitor to Vietnam, using short flights and overland travel to take in all the highlights. In the north you visit the capital Hanoi, the Tonkinese Alps and Halong Bay before flying down to the centre and visiting Hue and Hoi An. A short flight takes you to Saigon, and the Mekong Delta for the end of your trip.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Hanoi
  • Lao Cai
  • Sapa
  • Hanoi
  • Halong City
  • Hanoi
  • Hue
  • Hoi An
  • Danang
  • Can Tho
  • Saigon

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Day 1 Hanoi

Day 2 Hanoi

Hanoi

You have the day free to relax and explore this great city. Perhaps enjoy a walk around Hoan Kiem Lake or an amble around the Old Quarter with its narrow streets and small bustling markets.

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Day 3 Hanoi

Hanoi

Day at leisure to continue exploring the bustling capital of Hanoi. This evening transfer to Hanoi's train station for your evening train to Lao Cai in the Tonkinese Alps.

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Day 4 Sapa

Lao Cai , Sapa

On arrival this morning transfer to the colonial hill station of Sapa. After some time at leisure this morning enjoy an easy half day trek to the colourful village of Matra.

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Day 5 Sapa

Sapa

A full day trek today through some of Sapa's most stunning scenery through the Thanh Kim valley. Visit some local villages and witness the incredible colours of northern Vietnam.

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Day 6 Lao Cai

Sapa , Lao Cai

Drive back to Lao Cai today for your return train to Hanoi this evening. En route you will take a detour to one of the region's best markets - Lung Khau Nhin. This small market located near the Chinese border is very traditional and makes for some fantastic photo opportunities. Board your train this evening.

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Day 7 Halong City

Hanoi , Halong City

On arrival freshen up and enjoy breakfast at a hotel in Hanoi before travelling out to Halong Bay. Enjoy two nights out in the UNESCO protected bay, drifting through the incredible limestone karst scenery on a traditional junk.

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Day 8 Halong City

Halong City

Day two on Halong Bay - time to explore some of the further reaches of the Bay, exploring caves and coves nestled among the dramatic pinnacles.

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Day 9 Hue

Halong City , Hanoi , Hue

A final morning on board your boat today. Disembark mid-morning for your return drive to Hanoi. Transfer to the airport for the short flight to Hue in central Vietnam. On arrival transfer to your hotel.

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Day 10 Hue

Hue

At leisure to explore the imperial history of the ancient capital of Hue.

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Day 11 Hoi An

Hue , Hoi An

This morning you transfer through the stunning Hai Van pass highway to the majestic town of Hoi An.

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Day 14 Saigon

Danang , Saigon

This morning it is an early start as you fly down from Danang to Saigon to head straight through to Cai Be in the Mekong Delta to embark on your cruise through the region. Enjoy great food on board as you learn more about the "Nine Dragon River" en route.

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Day 15 Saigon

Can Tho , Saigon

It is an early start this morning for day two of your Bassac Boat tour. Experience the famous Cai Rang floating market at its busiest. Disembarking the boat around midday, enjoy a leisurely return journey back up to Saigon for the evening.

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Day 16 Saigon

Saigon

Discover this booming city where east meets west; stroll along the wide boulevards lined with original colonial buildings before venturing into the bustling Chinatown area of Cholon as part of your half-day city tour. You will also pass several other major sites such as the Notre Dame Cathedral and Reunification Palace.

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Day 17 Return home

Saigon

Today your time ends in Vietnam as you transfer back to the airport.

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