Experience a classic journey through Vietnam from north to south. This includes the capital city of Hanoi, Saigon, and the Mekong Delta. Discover great cities, ancient historical sites, stunning landscapes and beaches, and friendly people on this fascinating journey. Zero Distance Tours aim to be your number one choice for Vietnam tours and holidays.
Depart London Heathrow or your regional airport on a flight to Hanoi.
Arrive in Hanoi! You are then transferred to May de Ville Hotel or a similar option. The rest of the day is free.
A city tour of Hanoi. This includes Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum, his stilt house in the grounds of the presidential palace, and the One Pillar Pagoda. Then visit the Temple of Literature, the West Lake, the Tran Quoc Pagoda (one of the oldest in Vietnam), Quan Thanh Temple, and the impressive Museum of Ethnology, which records the lives and cultures of Vietnam's ethnic minorities. A visit to the Sword Lake and Ngoc Son Temple is followed by a one hour cycle ride around the Old Quarter. In the evening, enjoy a traditional water puppet show. (B, L)
After breakfast, travel to Halong Bay (about a three-hour drive). On arrival, board your traditional-style junk before starting your cruise around the spectacular Halong Bay. It has a myriad of beautiful islands. You’ll then have a seafood dinner. (B, L, D)
Continue your cruise, and enjoy a leisurely brunch before returning to the dock. You then transfer to Hanoi Airport for your flight to Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945. You can then transfer to Midtown Hue Hotel or similar. (B, L)
Take a boat trip on the Perfume River to visit Thien My Pagoda. Then visit the Imperial Citadel, the former imperial palace of Vietnam's rulers, and the lavish mausoleums of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. End the day with a stroll around the Dong Ba Market, a lively central market selling a wide range of goods. (B, L)
Depart Hue for Hoi An, crossing the Hai Van Pass which includes a stop at the picturesque fishing village of Lang Co. On-route, you’ll visit the Cham Museum at Danang, and the Marble Mountain. After lunch, take a walking tour of Hoi An, an ancient town, once one of Asia's major ports. Visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, Phuc Kien Temple, the old merchants' houses, and the colourful market. You’ll stay at Vinh Hung Riverside Resort or similar. (B, L)
An excursion to My Son. This was once the administrative and religious centre of the Champa Kingdom which flourished between the 4th and 15th centuries. View the impressive brick towers that dominate the site. Return to Hoi An after lunch for a free afternoon. (B, L)
Transfer to Danang Airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon. Visit the Reunification Palace, the former presidential palace of South Vietnam, the War Renmants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, the General Post Office, and Ben Thanh market. This includes a dinner cruise on the Saigon River. You’ll stay at the Golden Central Hotel or similar. (B, L. D)
Enjoy an excursion into the countryside to see the Cu Chi tunnels. These are part of the network of tunnels built by the Vietnamese guerrilla fighters during the Vietnam war to shelter from US attacks. You then have the afternoon free. (B)
An excursion to the Mekong Delta. Travel by road to Ben Tre where you join a local ferry to cross the Mekong River. You’ll visit mid-river islands, where you can explore orchards and fields and experience the life of local people. Then take a small sampan boat to cruise small canals lined with water coconuts. Travel onward to Can Tho, the main town in the delta, for an overnight stay. (B, L)
In the morning, board a boat and journey through the picturesque waterways. Visit the Cang Rai flowing market, one of the largest in the delta region where locals bring their produce for sale. In the afternoon, you can drive back to Saigon for an overnight stay. (B, L)
Transfer to an airport for flights back to the UK. You’ll arrive later the same day or early the following morning depending on the airline. (B)
PLEASE NOTE: B = Buffet Breakfast at Hotel, L = lunch at local restaurants
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