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Vietnam Explorer

  • Duration
    13 days
  • Tour Type
    Group Tour
  • Tour Style
    Go Beyond
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Explore the best bits of Vietnam - Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An and Saigon, on a flexible itinerary that gives you the choice to discover each destination independently or choose between a series of cultural experiences. This tour is Vietnam, your way.

  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 11 , Lunches: 6 , Dinners: 4
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 18
  • Physical Rating 1Learn More
    X A reasonable level of fitness is required but it's more about spending time on your feet rather than covering large distances. You'll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps. Download the detailed tour dossier for details of your chosen tour. Learn More
    Walking, some steps and time on your feet
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Tour Highlights

Our Vietnam Explorer tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

Authentic Experiences

Our Vietnam Explorer Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Fly to Hanoi
    DAY 1: Fly to Hanoi

    Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam's colonially influenced, atmospheric capital. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture. Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening.

    • Dinner
  • Day 2
    Discover Hanoi
    DAY 2: Discover Hanoi

    Start the day exploring the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Stilt House and the Temple of Literature. Next, take a thrilling cyclo ride through the bustling streets of the Old Quarter, with a stop for local delicacy ‘ca phe trung’ (egg coffee) en route. This evening, enjoy a performance of a traditional water puppets show.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 3
    Cruise Halong Bay
    DAY 3: Cruise Halong Bay

    Travel to Halong Bay. Board your vessel for a serene and unforgettable cruise on the glassy, limestone-studded waters. You’ll pass by quaint fishing towns, taste freshly caught seafood and admire the ever-changing vistas of the bay. There are many activities to take part in while you’re on-board - take a swim in the cool waters of the bay, explore stalagmite and stalactite-filled caves, and even squid fishing (in season).

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4
    Tai Chi
    DAY 4: Tai Chi

    <p>Rise early to catch the sunrise over the karst peaks of the bay and practise Tai Chi on deck. After brunch on board, return to the dock and travel back to Hanoi. On arrival, enjoy free time or choose from two optional activities.</p> <p>1)Watch the Quintessence of Tonkin show, a spectacular open-air performance celebrating the rich history of northern Vietnam, followed by dinner.</p> Or 2) discover the varied and delicious flavours of Vietnamese street food on a tour of Hanoi's very best street eats.

    • Breakfast
  • Day 5
    Imperial Hue
    DAY 5: Imperial Hue

    Fly to Hue, Vietnam's old imperial capital and still a hub of culture and scholarship. This afternoon, visit Minh Mang Tomb, set in a peaceful spot outside the city, before exploring the grandeur of Hue's Imperial Citadel. Admire the old Thien Mu Pagoda before taking a cruise along the picturesque Perfume River. Later, you may choose an optional royal dining experience, where you will dine on authentic food and be entertained, all in the imperial style. Otherwise, the evening is at leisure.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 6
    Hue Experiences
    DAY 6: Hue Experiences

    <p>Today is free for your own explorations, or you can choose between the following optional experiences:</p> <p>1) a half day cycling tour of Hue and its beautiful rural surroundings, stopping for lunch with the nuns of a nearby pagoda,</p> or 2) learn 'truc chi', creating art with bamboo paper, on a half day visit to a workshop.

    • Breakfast
  • Day 7
    Travel to Hoi An
    DAY 7: Travel to Hoi An

    Journey by road to the charming town of Hoi An, crossing over the scenic Hai Van Pass. This afternoon, wander the old cobbled streets and soak up the delights of Hoi An, with visits to a pagoda, an old Chinese meeting house and the Reaching Out arts and crafts workshop.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 8
    Hoi An Experiences
    DAY 8: Hoi An Experiences

    <p>Today is at leisure to explore Hoi An, or you can choose between the following optional activities:</p> <p>1) a cooking class, with a visit to the produce market to select fresh, local ingredients, where you'll learn the tricks and techniques of Vietnamese cuisine,</p>or 2) a full day farmer and fisherman experience, where you can try your hand at traditional farming techniques in the rural village of Tra Que, before learning to paddle round bamboo boats and cast fishing nets.

    • Breakfast
  • Day 9
    Fly to Saigon
    DAY 9: Fly to Saigon

    Fly to Saigon and spend the afternoon at leisure.

    • Breakfast
  • Day 10
    Mekong Delta
    DAY 10: Mekong Delta

    Transfer to Ben Tre, in the heart of the Mekong Delta, where you'll visit local cottage industries and taste the delicious produce of the region, before lunching on typical Mekong fare. This afternoon, take a boat trip through the palm-lined canals and waterways to visit small islands, a floating village and pagoda. Return to Saigon.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 11
    Cu Chi Tunnels
    DAY 11: Cu Chi Tunnels

    This morning, discover the Cu Chi Tunnels, an amazing underground network used by the Viet Cong during the war. Return to Saigon and tour the city, visiting the Central Post Office as well as delving into Vietnam's recent history at the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner and a performance of the A O Show, a music, dance and acrobatic spectacular at the Saigon Opera House.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 12-13
    Saigon to New Zealand
    DAYS 12-13: Saigon to New Zealand

    This morning is at leisure, or you can take an optional cyclo tour around Saigon's Chinatown. Later, transfer to the airport and fly to New Zealand, arriving home the following day.

    • Breakfast

We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

  • Emeraude Classic Cruises
    No T7 Villa, Tuan Chau Marina, Tuan Chau, Halong, Quang Ninh, Vietnam
    Emeraude Classic Cruises
    A replica paddle steamer that oozes a nostalgic charm of bygone Indochina, the Emeraude brings a timeless elegance to the waters of Halong Bay. With classical brass fixtures and warm, characterful cabins, the ship serves up fusion cuisine in its restaurant, a range of drinks at the bar and offers relaxation on the sun deck. There is also a spa, Tai Chi and cooking classes and Wi-Fi. Whilst some cabins have a private balcony, all have air-conditioning and an en suite bathroom with shower.
    • Wi-Fi
  • Muong Thanh Saigon Centre
    Muong Thanh Saigon Centre
    Muong Thanh Saigon Centre Hotel is situated in District 1. Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV and have a private bathroom fitted with a bath or shower. For your comfort, you will find bath robes, slippers and a hairdryer. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar, indoor swimming pool and free WiFi.
  • Muong Thanh Hanoi Centre
    78 Tho Nhuom, Tran Hung Dao, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
    Muong Thanh Hanoi Centre
    In the atmospheric area around Hoan Kiem Lake, the Muong Thanh offers stylish and comfortable accommodation in a great location. Surrounded by shops, restaurants and street food, the hotel has free Wi-Fi, a spa, bar and restaurant serving local dishes. Bright and spacious rooms come with city views, an en suite bathroom with bath or shower, plus air-conditioning, safe, television, minibar and tea and coffee making facilities.
    • Wi-Fi
  • Emm Hoi An
    Emm Hoi An
    This light, bright and stylish hotel, perfectly located for all of Hoi An’s attractions, perfectly combines French colonial and Vietnamese architectural elements. 92 innovatively-designed guest rooms are spacious and have views over the pool, gardens or street – little pops of colour make each room bright and airy. The ensuite bathroom has a shower, and there are little extra touches such as bathrobes to enjoy. The hotel’s facilities include a contemporary bar and restaurant, while there is a large swimming pool and lush, tropical gardens to explore.
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Hanoi
  • 16°c
  • 19mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 16°c
  • 27mm
  • Hue
  • 21°c
  • 145mm
  • Hoi An
  • 22°c
  • 92mm
  • Saigon
  • 26°c
  • 14mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Hanoi
  • 17°c
  • 26mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 17°c
  • 31mm
  • Hue
  • 22°c
  • 45mm
  • Hoi An
  • 23°c
  • 32mm
  • Saigon
  • 28°c
  • 4mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Hanoi
  • 20°c
  • 44mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 20°c
  • 43mm
  • Hue
  • 24°c
  • 59mm
  • Hoi An
  • 24°c
  • 30mm
  • Saigon
  • 29°c
  • 10mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Hanoi
  • 24°c
  • 90mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 24°c
  • 91mm
  • Hue
  • 27°c
  • 68mm
  • Hoi An
  • 26°c
  • 34mm
  • Saigon
  • 30°c
  • 50mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Hanoi
  • 28°c
  • 188mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 28°c
  • 168mm
  • Hue
  • 29°c
  • 122mm
  • Hoi An
  • 28°c
  • 56mm
  • Saigon
  • 30°c
  • 218mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Hanoi
  • 29°c
  • 240mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 28°c
  • 244mm
  • Hue
  • 30°c
  • 87mm
  • Hoi An
  • 29°c
  • 99mm
  • Saigon
  • 28°c
  • 312mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Hanoi
  • 30°c
  • 288mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 29°c
  • 267mm
  • Hue
  • 30°c
  • 66mm
  • Hoi An
  • 30°c
  • 90mm
  • Saigon
  • 28°c
  • 294mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Hanoi
  • 29°c
  • 318mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 28°c
  • 312mm
  • Hue
  • 30°c
  • 194mm
  • Hoi An
  • 29°c
  • 104mm
  • Saigon
  • 28°c
  • 270mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Hanoi
  • 28°c
  • 265mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 28°c
  • 206mm
  • Hue
  • 28°c
  • 509mm
  • Hoi An
  • 28°c
  • 297mm
  • Saigon
  • 28°c
  • 327mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Hanoi
  • 25°c
  • 131mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 25°c
  • 119mm
  • Hue
  • 26°c
  • 898mm
  • Hoi An
  • 26°c
  • 526mm
  • Saigon
  • 28°c
  • 267mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Hanoi
  • 22°c
  • 43mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 21°c
  • 55mm
  • Hue
  • 24°c
  • 682mm
  • Hoi An
  • 24°c
  • 363mm
  • Saigon
  • 27°c
  • 116mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Hanoi
  • 19°c
  • 23mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 18°c
  • 24mm
  • Hue
  • 21°c
  • 350mm
  • Hoi An
  • 23°c
  • 206mm
  • Saigon
  • 26°c
  • 48mm
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Vietnam Explorer map

Places Visited: Hanoi (2N+1N) - Halong Bay (1N) - Hue (2N) - Danang - Hoi An (2N) - Saigon (3N)

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