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£2,565 Per person
13 days
Includes flights
Includes transfers
Includes activities
Includes hotels

This trip is ideal for the first-time visitor to Vietnam, taking in all of the main highlights in just under two weeks. You’ll see a combination of rural villages, busy cities and incredible natural beauty. Starting in the north, visit the colonial capital, Hanoi, before you head out to Lan Ha Bay to stay aboard a traditional junk. Returning from the bay, continue to central Vietnam and explore the multi-cultural towns of Hue and Hoi An, here you may also choose to spend some time relaxing on the beach. A short flight brings you to the pulsating city of Saigon before returning home.

Itinerary highlights

  • Drift among stunning limestone karst scenery on a traditional junk in Lan Ha Bay (a quieter alternative to Halong).

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

  • Shop and relax in charming Hoi An.

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

Audley Travel specialist Alex

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Treat this trip purely as a starting point for your own tour to Vietnam. Your specialist will ask you what you want and then shape your itinerary to match.

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  • Hanoi
  • Haiphong
  • Hanoi
  • Hue
  • Hoi An
  • Danang
  • Saigon

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Hanoi.

Day 2 Hanoi


Upon arrival in Hanoi you are greeted by an Audley representative and taken to your hotel by private transfer. The rest of the day will be free to relax or explore at your own leisure. You might like to visit the Hoan Kiem Lake, a short walk from your hotel. It's beautifully lit up at night.

Day 3 Hanoi


This morning embark on a private city tour with your driver and guide. Visit Ho Chi Minh's former home, the Temple of Literature (the first university in Hanoi) and perhaps the Fine Arts Museum which has a wonderful collection of art and sculpture. The tour comes to an end in Hanoi's busy Old Quarter before returning to your hotel in the afternoon.

Day 4 Haiphong

Hanoi , Haiphong

This morning take a private transfer to Haiphong, where you board your traditional Vietnamese junk. Spend the afternoon cruising around Lan Ha Bay's thousands of limestone islets and caves and see the sun setting over the calm waters before enjoying a wonderful dinner under the stars. All meals are included during your stay on board.

Day 5 Hue

Haiphong , Hanoi , Hue

Wake up to see sunrise over the bay this morning. Continue cruising before returning to Hanoi airport this afternoon in time for your flight to Hue. Back in Hanoi you will have some time to enjoy lunch and do some further exploring before it is time to go to the airport. Fly to Hue later this evening and check into your city hotel.

Day 6 Hue


After breakfast you will join your guide for a tour around some of Hue's important historical sights including the citadel and the mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc. Later you can try your hand at crafting bamboo paper art named Trucchi.

Day 7 Hue


Today you will embark on a cycling tour through some of Hue's more rural areas with some stops arranged at local houses along the way. Spend the night in a traditional garden house and enjoy a home cooked meal using ingredients straight from the garden.

Day 8 Hoi An

Hue , Hoi An

Drive from Hue to Hoi An today, a journey of about three and a half hours. Pass abundant rice paddy fields and travel over the Hai Van Pass, which on a clear day has spectacular views out to the South China Sea and the Lang Co peninsula. Take the afternoon to relax, you might like to take a stroll around the charming riverside town of Hoi An.

Day 9 Hoi An

Hoi An

Explore the UNESCO town of Hoi An with your private guide on hand to offer his expert knowledge. The city's historic district is littered with 16th century buildings, once an important trading post for international visitors. Afterwards take a drive out to the ancient Cham ruins at My Son; a series of Hindu temples which have now been claimed by the mighty jungle surrounding them. This afternoon is free to relax and explore at your own leisure. You might like to try out the hotel's pool to cool off after the day's exploration.

Day 10 Saigon

Hoi An , Danang , Saigon

Drive to Danang airport today for the short flight to Saigon in southern Vietnam with your private guide and driver. On arrival, you're met by your private guide and driver. En route to Saigon, stop at the Cu Chi tunnels to learn a little more about the Vietnam war and the guerrilla tactics of the Viet Cong. It's possible to enter a few of the tunnels if you are comfortable with narrow spaces, as well as see exhibitions and videos of the tunnels when they were in use. This evening embark on a fascinating discovery of Saigon on the back of a Vespa as part of a small group tour. You will sample delicious street food, enjoy local music and experience the city from the viewpoint of your experienced local guide..

Day 11 Saigon


Embark on a full day tour to a quieter area of Vietnam's mekong delta region. You will travel using varying means of transport, learn about local farming practices and enjoy a freshly prepared lunch in a local home. This is a fascinating way to see a undisturbed side of the country.

Day 12 International return flight

Saigon , International return flight

After enjoying breakfast you are collected from your hotel and taken to the airport by your private driver in time for your onward flight.

Day 13 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Audley Travel specialist Bex

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