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Best of Vietnam North to South

Fall in love with Vietnam on this adventure full of life, colour and flavour!

Best of Vietnam North to South

£945 per person


Discover the essence of captivating Vietnam on this ten-day tour through backstreets, villages, cities and waterways. As lively as it is lovely, Vietnam can seem an intimidating place to travel, but our local leaders will guide you to the best street food (and tell you how to order it), introduce you to fishermen on the Mekong Delta and give you the inside scoop on the best tailors in Hoi An. This is an adventure full of life, colour and flavour that introduces you to the highlights of this fascinating nation.



You will love it! We would happily recommend this trip to anyone that would like to share a fantastic experience with other like-minded people as you can enjoy a vibrant towns, ancient small villages, a strong culture, delicious food in a such a diverse and beautiful Vietnam.
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  • Departure/Return Location
    Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh
  • Departure Time
    This is a small group journey 1-16 pax, with minimum guaranteed departures. Please note: Sleeper trains typically have four or six berth compartments with bench seats that convert into sleeping bunks. A sheet, pillow and blanket are provided, although some travellers prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet. Depending on the configuration of the group, you may have to share with people of different genders or passengers who are not part of the group. Your leader will coordinate this and give further information on the trip. Most trains have a dining carriage serving simple food but we recommend that you stock up on snacks and drinks before departure.
  • Return Time
    Hanoi | Halong Bay | Hue | Hoi An | Ho Chi Minh City | Mekong Delta
  • Dress Code
    Board and cruise in the tranquility of Halong Bay and visit limestone caves with colorful stalagmites and stalactites. Travel like a local on a motorbike tour through the historical pagodas, bridges and villages of Hue. Enjoy a private boat tour of the Mekong Delta and meet local craftspeople in the villages. Fall in love with contrasts and charming lifestyle in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. A pure unforgettable experience.
  • Included
    Internal Flights
  • Not Included

Tour Plan

Day 1: Hanoi
Welcome to Vietnam and arrive in Hanoi! Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm and is followed by a group dinner at KOTO restaurant. This organisation is dedicated to developing the hospitality careers of disadvantaged youth.
If you arrive before your tour begins there is plenty to see and do. Consider booking the Hanoi Morning Highlights Urban Adventure with a local expert guide. This optional tour visits the Temple of Literature, stops by a traditional tea house, and takes you through the Hoa Lo Prison Memorial before concluding at Hoan Kiem Lake. Or maybe take it at your own pace and wander the Old Quarter to admire the city’s French-colonial architecture.
• Hotel – (1 night)
• Room Type – Based on leading Standard Rooms
• Included Meals – Dinner
Included Activities
Hanoi - KOTO dinner
Optional Activities Hanoi - Hanoi Highlights Urban Adventure - USD39
Special Information
It is very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let the hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.  
Day 2: Halong Bay
Day 2: Halong Bay After breakfast you will travel by private minibus to World Heritage-listed Halong Bay, which is dotted with sandy coves, grottoes and 1600 limestone islands formed over millennia by wind and water erosion (approximately 4 hours). Board a private boat and cruise the bay, exploring Surprise Cave and perhaps even enjoying a swim from Ti Top Island Beach during the warmer months. Access to Surprise Cave is via staircases. Once inside the cave the pathways are a little uneven and slippery. To end the day, spend an evening aboard the boat beneath the night sky, and this can be the better way to get to know your fellow travellers like an old school sleepover in an unforgettable location!
• Overnight boat – (1 night)
• Room Type –Standard Cabin
• Included Meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Included Activities
Halong Bay - Overnight boat cruise with seafood lunch and dinner
Halong Bay - Cave entry
Optional Activities Hanoi - Halong Bay - Kayaking - VND250000
Special Information
Your wooden junk-style boat has twin-share cabins with air-conditioning and private facilities. There is also a dining room and bar to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner.
We recommend packing a small overnight bag to take to Halong Bay for ease of boarding and disembarking. You can store your main luggage in Hanoi overnight.
Kayaking and swimming is restricted to designated zones within the bay.
There are restrictions on the number of boats that are permitted to stay in the bay overnight, sometimes resulting in a shortage. To ensure all the group can enjoy the experience of a night on the water, occasionally you will stay on a larger boat (with approximately 12 cabins) and share your boat with another group. Or your group may be split across different vessels, in which case a group leader will be present on each boat. The route taken and inclusions on board will remain the same.  
Halong Bay. Vietnam Holidays Highlight

Halong Bay

Day 3: Hanoi – Overnight train
Disembark your boat in Halong Bay after breakfast and return to Hanoi by bus at approximately midday. You will arrive late this afternoon and enjoy free time until the overnight train journey.
Special Information
There are shared day use hotel rooms available this afternoon in Hanoi if you would like to freshen up before the overnight train. There is one room provided for up to six members of the group. Single supplements do not apply to day rooms.
• Overnight Sleeper Train – (1 night)
• Room Type –Standard Cabin
• Included Meals – Breakfast</strong
Day 4: Hue
Arrive in Hue at approximately 11 am and transfer to the hotel. Once the imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue holds the treasures of the country’s royal past. Enjoy free time in the morning to rest or explore. If you choose the latter (and who can blame you) the bustling Dong Ba Market is a great place to sample some of the specialties that once graced the Nguyen emperors' tables like banh khoai (royal rice cake). Reunite with the group to visit the war-damaged ruins of the Imperial Citadel, a sprawling city-within-a-city which contains the remains of temples, state houses and the emperor’s palace.
• Hotel – (1 night)
• Room Type –Standard Room
• Included Meals – No meals included on this day
Included Activities
Hue - Imperial City Full Day Tour Urban Adventure
Vietnam Holidays. Destination Overview

Vietnam Holidays. Destination Overview

Day 5: Hue
See Hue like a local – from the back of a motorbike! Straddle the saddle and whiz around town with a local guide, taking in historic and contemporary sights along the way. Stop at Thanh Toan to see the 18th-century covered bridge and villagers shopping at their local market. Visit the 17th-century active Buddhist monastery of Thien Mu Pagoda and see the car that belonged to Thích Quang Duc, the monk who self-immolated in 1963 in protest against the treatment of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese regime. For lunch, savour a vegetarian feast in a nunnery. Finish at the lakeside royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc before heading back to town.
• Hotel – (1 night)
• Room Type –Standard Room
• Included Meals – Breakfast and Lunch
Included Activities
Hue - Royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc
Hue - Highlights & back streets by motorbike (lunch included)
Hue - Thien Mu Pagoda
Special Information
The motorbike tour has been assessed for safety and is closely monitored. To participate please ensure your travel insurance covers riding pillion on a motorbike up to 125cc. If you prefer not to participate, please let your leader know and they will arrange car transportation (cost included).
Day 6: Hoi An
This morning travel by bus through coastal rice paddies and the spectacular Hai Van Pass (approximately 3 hours). After a photo stop en route, arrive into Hoi An. Recently declared a World Heritage site, Hoi An was a major international trading port during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Today, parts of the beautifully-preserved town retain the feel of centuries past. It's also a shopping mecca, famous for its plethora of tailors. On arrival your leader will take you on a sightseeing walk through the Old Town to visit a handful of the city's major attractions. You’ll also be given a sightseeing pass so you can further explore select attractions at your leisure.
• Hotel – (1 night)
• Room Type –Standard Room
• Included Meals – Breakfast
Included Activities
Hoi An - Old Town walking tour
Optional Activities
Hoi An - Hoi An Boat & Bike with Sunset BBQ Urban Adventure - USD54
Day 7: Hoi An
Today is a free day to explore Hoi An. Maybe browse the cobbled streets and art galleries or hire a bike and cycle through rice paddies out to Cua Dai Beach. Look for paintings, ceramics and colourful cloth lanterns in the town’s markets. For a new look, you could pay a visit to one of the hundreds of tailors and get something special made. Hoi An is also known for its delicious regional food, so be sure to enjoy a meal at a riverside restaurant or perhaps get involved in a cooking class.
• Hotel – (1 night)
• Room Type –Standard Room
• Included Meals – Breakfast
Optional Activities
Hoi An - My Son Cham tour (entrance fee, guide and transport included) - USD35
Hoi An - Food Adventure Urban Adventure - USD31
Hoi An - Hoi An Walking & Cooking Class Urban Adventure - USD55
Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City
Today take a short, early morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City (approximately 1.5 hours). Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City has a fascinating history and is arguably Vietnam’s capital of commerce and culture. After landing, take a sightseeing tour around the city by bus. Pass the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Opera House, then stop in at the War Remnants Museum to discover some of the sobering stories of the 20-year-long Vietnam/American War.
• Hotel – (1 night)
• Room Type –Standard Room
• Included Meals – Breakfast
Included Activities
Ho Chi Minh City - War Remnants Museum
Ho Chi Minh City - City tour
Optional Activities
Ho Chi Minh City - Reunification Palace - VND40000
Ho Chi Minh City - A O show - VND1050000
Ho Chi Minh City - Saigon Street Food by Night Urban Adventure - USD32
Day 9: Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh City
This morning head out on a day trip to explore the Mekong Delta. Board a private boat to Ben Tre to visit the coconut gardens and stop at a local home to sample tropical fruits and coconut jams. Afterwards, paddle in sampans (small rowing boats) past coconut trees along the Mekong Delta. Take a tuk-tuk tour around the villages and learn about rural life and the industry created around coconut products like brooms and coconut fibre mats. Eat lunch at a restaurant in the heart of the Delta, sampling regional specialties such as the famous elephant ear fish. Cruise the major waterways to Ben Tre boat pier, then return by bus to Ho Chi Minh City. This evening, perhaps head out to sample some local specialties as a final farewell with your fellow travellers and leader.
• Hotel – (1 night)
• Room Type –Standard Room
• Included Meals – Breakfast and Lunch
Included Activities
HCMC - Mekong Delta day trip including coconut gardens and village tuk-tuk tour
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City
There are no activities included and you’re free to depart your accommodation at any time as long as you comply with check out time. If you would like to spend some more time in Ho Chi Minh City, we’re happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability). Ask your group leader or booking agent for more recommendations or help booking an Urban Adventure if you plan to stay.
• Included Meals – Breakfast
Optional Activities
Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnel Experience Urban Adventure - USD39
If you would like to spend more time in South East Asia, please get in touch and we will tailor made the best experience for you!

Tour Location

Hanoi is one of the oldest and most charming cities in Asia, and apart from its traditional Vietnamese architecture, there is a French quarter with grand French colonial villas and broad boulevards lined with trees and coffee houses.
Halong Bay
Halong Bay is one of the most magnificent scenic spots in all of Vietnam and was recognized as a world natural heritage site by UNESCO in 1994. Halong is a picturesque bay with almost 2,000 islets rising from the clear emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, dotted with sandy coves, grottoes and limestone islands formed over millennia by wind and water erosion.
Ho Chi Minh City
Still called Saigon by many locals, this dynamic city has a unique life of its own. Full of history and important landmarks like the former Presidential Palace. It was towards this modern building that North Vietnamese resistance fighters tanks (Viet Cong) rolled on the morning of April 30, 1975 as Saigon fell. This fascinating building is filled with history still fresh in the minds of many. Other major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City include the red-brick Catholic cathedral of Notre-Dame, the nearby 19th century Empire-style Post Office.
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