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Lan Ha Bay

Highlights of Vietnam

12-day tailor-made holiday from £4,510 pp incl. flights


Short description

Knit together Vietnam's unique patchwork of landscapes, cultures and cuisines


  • Explore the narrow lanes of Hanoi's atmospheric Old Quarter.
  • Sail out into Lan Ha Bay on a traditional junk cruise
  • Enhance your culinary skills at a cookery class in charming Hoi An.
  • Journey by speedboat to explore the Viet Cong's infamous Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Enjoy private transfers and a choice of luxury hotels throughout

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Hanoi
  • 1 Night Lan Ha Bay
  • 3 Nights Hoi An
  • 1 Night Hue
  • 3 Nights Ho Chi Minh City


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This ideal introduction to Vietnam takes you on a journey from north to south, contrasting bustling cities rich in culture and history with magnificent landscapes both coastal and rural. You'll begin in Hanoi, where grand colonial buildings share streets packed with thronging markets. Then, a change of pace entirely, as you turn away from the colour and chaos of the capital to find peace and beauty amid the limestone towers of Lan Ha Bay. After a junk ship cruise on its emerald waters, you'll fly south to explore Hoi An's culinary riches and Hue's imperial past before tours of Ho Chi Minh City, the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels and the meandering waterways of the Mekong Delta bring your holiday to a spectacular conclusion.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Depart UK

Begin your holiday with included VIP airport lounge access, leaving you feeling relaxed for your overnight flight to Hanoi. 

Days 2-3

Arrive into Vietnam's capital where a private transfer will bring you to your chosen hotel, both set amid the faded mansions and tree-lined boulevards of the French Quarter. It's the ideal base for the following day's guided tour, which begins with former leader Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum, calls in at the 1th-century Temple of Literature and ends with the notorious Hỏa Lò Prison prison, known to American POWs as the Hanoi Hilton. Then, in the afternoon, explore further by cyclo as you race through bustling Old Quarter streets lined with busy market stalls to the shores of Hoan Kiem Lake.

Stay: Hotel De l’Opera, Hanoi (Superior) or Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 4
Lan Ha Bay

Leaving the bustle of the city far behind, a private transfer will take you deep into northern Vietnam's verdant interior, a bucolic patchwork of rice fields dotted with those unmistakable conical hats worn by farmers across the country. After three and a half hours you'll arrive at the shores of the South China Sea to begin what is perhaps Vietnam's most iconic experience - a luxury junk cruise. Set off among the islands of Ha Long Bay and head for the remoter, lesser known area of Lan Ha. Pause at remote villages and ancient lighthouses, enjoying excursions such as bike rides and visits to local schools. You'll also enjoy full-board included dining aboard Ginger, and there's a host of spa treatments to choose from.

Stay: Heritage Line Ginger (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Lan Ha Bay to Hoi An

Rise early to see sunrise filtering through the early-morning mist as you continue your journey through the bay; perhaps enjoy Tai Chi class or sip coffee on the sun deck as the day drifts slowly by. Before you disembark, there'll be time for a shore excursion, either to a remote island for hiking or swimming, or to meet the locals at a floating village. Then, after bidding farewell to the crew, you'll return to Hanoi for a flight hop south to Danang and a private transfer to Hoi An, a former trading port on the Thu Bon River's pretty banks. 

Stay: Anantara Hoi An (Deluxe) or Four Seasons The Nam Hai, Hoi An (Ultra)

Meals: B

Days 6-7
Hoi An

After a day at leisure to relax and enjoy the facilities of your chosen hotel, a guided walking tour will introduce you to the unique charms of Hoi An's old town. Packed full of old buildings and narrow, cobbled streets, it's home to all manner of traditional shops selling everything from local crafts to finely tailored silk skirts and suits. You'll also stop by the home of a local craftsman who'll introduce you to intricacies of silk lantern making; there's even the opportunity to make one for yourself, a wonderful momento of your stay.

Stay: Anantara Hoi An (Deluxe) or Four Seasons The Nam Hai, Hoi An (Ultra)

Meals: B

Day 8

Food is an important part of life in Vietnam and it's cuisine is one of the most exciting elements of a visit to the country. This morning, you'll have the chance to enhance your culinary skills with a cookery class at Vy#s Market Restaurant in Hoi An's old town. Learn to make a selection of the most popular regional dishes before sitting down to enjoy the lunch you've prepared. Then, depart Hoi An for the drive north, over the spectacular Hai Van Pass to Hue.

Stay: Pilgrimage Village Boutique Resort & Spa, Hue (Superior) or Azerai La Residence Hue (Deluxe)

Meals: B L

Day 9
Ho Chi Minh City

Spend a morning in Hue in the company of a local guide, exploring Vietnam's former imperial city with its impressive 14th-century citadel and the Thien Mu Pagoda. From here, embark on leisure cyclo ride to Kim Long village to immerse into the greenery of a so-called 'Garden City'. In the afternoon, a private transfer will bring you to Hue Airport for a flight south to Ho Chi Minh City. The rest of the day is free, so perhaps head out on a Vespa Tour – one of the best and most authentic ways to explore Vietnam's largest city. Or, why not join a guided night out on the town? You'll experience the best of the city after dark, calling into out-of-the-way bars and tucking into traditional Vietnamese street food.

Stay: Caravelle Hotel (Deluxe) or Park Hyatt Saigon (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 10
Cu Chi Tunnels

The next morning your guide will collect you for a speedboat ride to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. On a tour of the tunnel complex, you'll see for yourself how Viet Cong guerrillas used this 250-kilometre network of narrow, underground passages to defeat the Americans at the infamous Tet offensive, and ultimately bring an end to the Vietnam War. After lunch by the river, you'll return to the city for a private tour, pausing at the historic Dong Khoi Street, the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum.

Stay: Caravelle Hotel (Deluxe) or Park Hyatt Saigon (Deluxe)

Meals: B L

Day 11
Mekong Delta

Depart early for a drive south past rice paddies and fruit farms to Ben Tre, a hidden gateway to the Mekong Delta – the region often referred to as the country's 'rice bowl'. Here, have the opportunity to hop on a bicycle for a short but scenic ride along narrow village lanes, passing fruit orchards and cottage industries to the home of a local farmer. If you aren't inclined to ride a bicycle, you'll be able to travel by motor-tricycle instead. Whichever you choose, you'll have the chance to learn more about the region's rice industry, visit small, traditional brick kiln factories and call in on a family-run coco candy-making business. It's then time to board a small motorised boat for a relaxing journey along the Delta's tropical waterways, pausing for lunch at a nearby restaurant. This evening you'll return to your hotel for a final night in Ho Chi Minh City.

Stay: Caravelle Hotel (Deluxe) or Park Hyatt Saigon (Deluxe)

Meals: B L

Day 12
Depart for the UK

After a leisurely breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: B



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior Deluxe Ultra

12-day tailor-made holiday
from £4,510 pp incl. flights


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  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights from the UK to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City
  • Domestic flights between Hanoi and Danang and Hue and Ho Chi Minh City
  • Private transfers and touring with local guides as per itinerary
  • 3 nights accommodation in 4* (Superior) hotels & 6 nights accommodation in 5* (Deluxe – first option listed in itinerary) hotels, including meals as per itinerary
  • Overnight cruise in Lan Ha Bay part of Halong Bay

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Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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