LAND OF THE ASCENDING DRAGON

Vietnam in Depth

Central Vietnam, Hanoi, Halong Bay & Northern Vietnam, Saigon & Mekong Delta, Southern Beaches & Islands

Duration: 16 nights

Price: From £2,800 per person in low season based on two adults travelling together and including all flights in economy class, accommodation, some meals, private transfers, cruise, experiences as stated and taxes

See Vietnam’s spectacular highlights in one holiday, from historic cities to the beautiful waterways of Halong Bay and the Mekong Delta. Explore the landmarks of Saigon, Hanoi, Hue and Hoi An, and enjoy leisurely cruises around the limestone karsts and islands of Halong Bay and the rivers of the Mekong Delta, with experiences such as countryside Vespa tours and cooking classes along the way, before some well-deserved relaxation on the heavenly beaches of Phu Quoc.
Perfect forCouples, honeymooners and families who want to see all Vietnam’s big hitters in one memorable holiday.
In the knowTime your visit for a full moon festival, to see Hoi An lit up by lanterns and the moonlight – a beautiful sight.

Best for

  • Couples
  • Cultural Immersion
  • History & Heritage
  • Landscapes & Scenery

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2 nightsHANOI

Begin your Vietnam holiday in Hanoi, the capital, where you’ll enjoy a full-day tour of its highlights, from the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh to the bustling streets of the historic Old Quarter, brimming with quirky shopfronts and colourful markets – this is the place to get your souvenirs. Stay at the stylish Hotel de l’Opera in the Old Quarter, near the iconic opera house, temples and galleries. It’s also not far from the pagoda-fringed Hoan Kiem Lake – watch the locals practise tai chi in the ethereal early morning light along its shores.
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1 nightHALONG BAY

Explore the limestone peaks, floating villages and islands of Halong Bay in style on the Halong Jasmine, a luxurious traditional boat. During your two-day cruise, visit the Cua Van fishing village, the beautiful beach of Ti Top island in the heart of the bay, the impressive rock formations of Tam Cung Cave and Bai Tho (Poem) Mountain, which offers panoramic views over the islands.    At sunset, enjoy refreshing drinks on deck, and in the evening, don’t miss the chance to do some stargazing in the vast night skies.
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2 nightsHUE

With the elegant La Residence as your base, you’ll explore historic Hue, the former political and cultural centre of Vietnam, where the imperial Citadel is the star of the show. A cyclo will take you from your hotel to this impressive sight, which you’ll uncover on a highlights tour of the city in the company of a knowledgeable local guide, learning of the town’s rich history as you wander its magnificent palaces, temples and tombs. Take in a local martial arts performance for a colourful narrative in Vietnamese patriots’ struggle against colonialists in the past. You’ll also have a chance to get off the beaten track and explore the rural villages around Hue.
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3 nightsHOI AN

Once a hub for merchants from all over the world, Hoi An remains elegant, beautiful and worldly, where temples rise into the sky and the beautifully preserved historic quarter showcases a wealth of Chinese and Japanese architecture, and lanterns hang from doorways and rooftops. Your local expert guide will bring it all to life on a walking tour, and you can get out on the water on a scenic sunset cruise as the lanterns cast their glow over the river. You’ll also see the surrounding countryside and rural villages on the back of a Vespa.  Your hotel, Anantara Hoi An, has plenty of colonial character, with a restaurant overlooking the river.
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3 nightsSAIGON

Saigon offers a fascinating mix of historic charm and contemporary flair. See landmarks such as the Notre Dame cathedral and the former presidential palace (the headquarters of the Saigon government during the Vietnam War) on a city tour, and visit the fascinating wartime underground network of the Cu Chi Tunnels by private boat. Foodies will enjoy experiencing Saigon’s sizzling street food on an evening culinary adventure, and having a cooking class at an ambassador’s former residence.   The Caravelle hotel, which served as a media hub during the war, is now a stylish retreat, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city and the river.
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2 nightsMEKONG DELTA

Explore the panoramic Mekong Delta on a traditional sampan boat, visiting floating markets, with their barges of fruit and vegetables, temples, local villages and the evergreen islands which crisscross the delta. Walk through rice paddies, and take a rowing boat for excursions along the waterways. Back onboard, enjoy delicious meals and a cold beer on deck as the life of the delta passes by. 
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3 nightsPHU QUOC

The tranquil and unspoilt island of Phu Quoc, off the tip of Vietnam’s south coast, offers beautiful beaches overlooking turquoise seas, against a tropical jungle backdrop. Stay at La Veranda, which sits on the pristine sands of Duong Dong. Relax on the palm tree-lined beach, swim and snorkel around the coral reefs, visit the local markets and trek into the heart of the jungle beyond, before returning for a torch-lit barbecue on the beach, under the stars.
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