SAIGON / MEKONG DELTA / NHA TRANG / HUE & HOI AN / HANOI / HALONG BAY
Vietnam is a colourful kaleidoscope of local culture, rich heritage and diverse landscapes. Our 17 day luxury Vietnam Tours is a journey through regal history, imperial grandeur and natural majesty on a superior itinerary that brings classic sights together with those little added extras.
The hotels we use on following luxury tour have been hand-picked to complement the high quality of experiences and touring, meaning you will be staying in ve-star luxury throughout in the best locations.
Arrive and transfer to your luxury hotel in down-town Saigon. Spend the following day at your own to explore the city’s breathtaking corners.
DAY 2 – Saigon has evolved from war torn city to thriving metropolis, the powerhouse driving Vietnam towards its ever brighter future. This morning see the Central Post Office; the Reunification Palace; and the harrowing War Remnants Museum. Take a cyclo ride through the bustling streets of Chinatown before taking a walking tour of a traditional herbal medicine street, learning about herbs, spices and healing concoctions as you go. Later, ascend to the sky deck of the Bitexco Tower for a cocktail
and sunset views. Finally drift gently down the Saigon River on the Bonsai Cruise, dining on delicious cuisine as you soak up the night time views.
Set sail through the palm-lined canals of the Mekong Delta in a traditional sampan, passing sleepy towns and stopping to explore markets bursting with fresh produce and innovative home industries. Visit a 19th- century house, a home that produces coconut candy and puffed rice before enjoying lunch served in a colonial-style villa set in a lush garden by the river. Return to Saigon for the cultural extravaganza that is the A O Show, staged at the magni cent Saigon Opera House.
Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels, part of an elaborate network of excavations used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. For those feeling brave, you can attempt a section of the tunnels for yourself. Return to Saigon in the afternoon.
Transfer to the airport to fly to Nha Trang. This is Vietnam’s top beach resort destination, a sweep of yellow sand lapped by cool waters and backed by a relaxed urban centre. This afternoon explore the Po Nagar Cham Towers, still used for worship today.
DAY 6: NHA TRANG CRUISE – Spend the day cruising the clear waters and islands off the coast of Nha Trang Bay. Stops will be made at Mun Island and a local shing village and there may be time for you to take a dip in the cool waters.
Fly to Danang and transfer to the charming town of Hoi An. Once an influential port on the Silk Road, Hoi An is a rich fusion of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and European styles – its narrow streets retain a quirky, old world charm. After check in to your luxury resort we will take you for a walk through the River side to savor some of Hoi An’s local cuisine.
DAY 8: EXPLORE HOI AN – This morning wander the old streets, visiting Hoi An market, the Chua Ong Pagoda and the elaborate Japanese Covered Bridge before taking tea at the Reaching Out Teahouse, a peaceful place, run by hearing and speech impaired locals, to savour the avours of local produce. This evening, sip cocktails and dine on freshly prepared cuisine as you discover Hoi An’s river culture with a sunset cruise along the Thu Bon River.
DAY 9: HOI AN AT LEISURE – Enjoy a day at leisure where you can further explore, relax or take a trip to the nearby beach.
Taking the scenic Hai Van Pass, travel to the imperial city of Hue. Long considered a seat of culture and learning, Hue is dominated by its immense Imperial Citadel, home of emperors from 1802
to 1945. Cruise on the Perfume River down to the picturesque Thien Mu Pagoda and take part in a Truc Chi workshop, where you’ll learn to create art with bamboo paper.
DAY 11: EXPLORE HUE – Visit the extravagant Royal Tomb of Minh Mang, an emperor whose reign is remembered for his opposition to French rule. Lunch will be vegetarian dishes prepared by the nuns of Lien Hoa Pagoda. Head to Thanh Tien village to learn about, and create, your own paper owers before visiting the regal surroundings of the Tha Om Garden House.
Enjoy some free time this morning before transferring to the airport to fly to Hanoi. This afternoon take a walking tour of the Old Quarter, catching a glimpse of everyday life in the bustling streets and alleyways as you go. Later, relax with a rejuvenating spa treatment.
DAY 13: EXPLORE HANOI – Vietnam’s capital, evokes the days when Asia was at its most chic, a mix of the exotic and European elegance. Explore the Ho Chi Minh Quarter and learn about the life of ‘Uncle Ho’. Visit the revered Temple of Literature, the Humble Stilt House and the One Pillar Pagoda. This afternoon, let us treat you to a divine Afternoon Tea experience.
Pick up for two day stay to Vietnam’s star attraction, we will travel 4 hours through the impressive red river delta to reach to Halong Bay where thousands of limestone islets project from the tranquil depths of emerald waters creating a vision of beauty to which little compares. Spend two nights cruising amongst the karst pinnacles, stopping to explore mysterious caves, taking part in cooking demonstrations and rising early to catch spectacular sunrises and practice Tai Chi.
Note: You will board the luxury cruise or junk boat and experience several different activity – learn more about Halong Bay Overnight cruise here
Awake to the beauty of Halong Bay one final time. Continue cruising through the bay, heading back to the wharf where there’ll be time for brunch before disembarking. Back in Hanoi, enjoy a performance of the famous water puppets, a centuries old art developed by farmers of the Red River Delta. Meet a puppeteer and learn about the art of making the detailed puppets. Sit down to a sumptuous farewell dinner this evening
End of the 17 day vietnam luxury tour – you experience Vietnam in style and we are happy to host you in this amazing unique journey. Transfer to the airport well in a head of time, departure and thank you for traveling to Vietnam with us.