Vietnam Explorer

12 Days

from £1,699

Discover this fascinating and charming country at your own pace with our Vietnam Explorer, comfortable in the knowledge that your transfers and accommodation have been pre-arranged. Your time in each location will be at leisure with no sightseeing tours, excursions or entrance fees included, allowing you to see the sites and taste the foods you want, when you wish.

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Day 1 UK to Hanoi

Fly from the UK to Hanoi from London. We can also arrange flights from regional airports on request.

Day 2 Arrive Hanoi

Upon arrival in Hanoi you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 3 Hanoi at Leisure (B)

Enjoy a day at leisure in Hanoi for independent exploration of this marvellous city. Perhaps visit the Temple of Literature, dedicated to Confucius, and the curious One Pillar Pagoda and Presidential Palace. The Vietnam History Museum and the ornate Hanoi Opera House are also well worth visiting. Why not end the day with a performance of a traditional water Puppet Show.

Day 4 Hanoi to Halong Bay (BLD)

Morning departure by shuttle bus to Halong Bay, travelling through rich farmlands passing workers in the rice fields. Board your cruise vessel, a traditional wooden sailing junk to embark upon your overnight journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay. Be entranced by the beauty of a sunset in Halong Bay, and maybe try your hand at kayaking, or simply relax on board. You could attend a cooking demonstration before a delicious dinner aboard.

Day 5 Halong Bay to Hanoi (B Brunch)

Join an early morning Tai Chi class on the sundeck, before a light breakfast. Visit one of the local caves and return for a freshly prepared brunch on board before disembarking and returning to Hanoi. Transfer to the station to take the night train to Hue.

Day 6 Hue – Free Day

Upon your morning arrival at the station, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day at leisure to explore the city. Why not discover a local market, visit the Citadel, or cruise along the Perfume River.

Day 7 Hue to Hoi An

Transfer to Hoi An, passing the scenic Lang Co Lagoon and Hai Van Pass, for breathtaking views from the top. The remainder of the day at leisure to possibly enjoy a leisurely stroll around delightful and charming town.

Day 8 Hoi An Free Day (B)

Take your time in Hoi An to discover all this characterful town has to offer. The best way is on foot, so wander through the narrow, beautifully preserved streets, making sure to see the famous Japanese Covered Bridge, and the Phung Hung House, which was home to an old merchant family for over two centuries.

Day 9 Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City (B)

After a few hours for last minute sightseeing in Hoi An, transfer to Danang Station for your overnight train to Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Arrive into Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy breakfast. The remainder of the day at leisure for independent exploration of this vibrant and bustling city. Perhaps visit the fascinating Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum. You may also wish to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels on the city’s outskirts, where former Viet Cong guerrillas guide visitors through a section of the labyrinthine tunnels.

Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Following breakfast at the hotel, the rest of the day is at leisure for independent exploration. You may wish to join a tour to the Mekong Delta, and explore the picturesque canals and waterways by boat.

Day 12 Fly to UK (B)

Enjoy a good breakfast before your transfer to the airport, for your flight back to the UK at the end of the Vietnam Explorer.

Your 4★ Hotels

Tour Name: Vietnam Explorer

Duration: 12 Days

Price from £1,699

Land only from £799

Single supplement from £275

Prices and products are subject to availability at the time of booking.

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 10 weeks before departure.

Please call 020 8543 8133 for more information or to make a booking.


  • International flights from the UK
  • Domestic trains, sharing 4 berth soft sleeper cabin
  • Transfers
  • 3★ accommodation on twin share basis. 4★ and 5★ accommodation options available on request.
  • Meals as stated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)


  • Local tips
  • Personal spending
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
An Nam Legend Hotel

Hanoi: An Nam Legend Hotel

Set among shops and street stalls in Hanoi’s historic centre, the hotel is near the Hoàn Kiếm Lake, Long Biên train station, and just 3 km from the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. The rooms have marble bathrooms and come with free WiFi, mini fridges, tea and coffee making facilities, flat-screen TVs and bottled water. The 8th-floor restaurant offers city views, and serves Vietnamese and international dishes. There’s also a wine bar serving light meals. Spa treatments are also available.

Halong Bay: Bhaya Classic Cruise

Cabins have modern amenities and an outside window. Morning Tai Chi sessions are offered on the sundeck.  There is a restaurant and bar.

Hue: Cherish Hotel

Surrounded by casual eateries, this hotel is just 2 km from both Huế railway station and the Imperial City, a walled palace along the Perfume River, and 19 km from Thuan Hai Beach. Featuring city views, the rooms have free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, mini fridges and safes. Other amenities include a bar, 3 restaurants, a gym, an outdoor plunge pool and a spa.

Hoi An: Venus Hotel

Nestled in the Cẩm Phô province along the Thu Bồn River, this hotel is a 12-minute walk from the iconic Japanese Covered BridgeThe rooms and suites offer free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffee making facilities, plus mini fridges. Other amenities include a fitness room, a spa and a courtyard pool dotted with sun loungers.

Lavender central Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City: Lavender Central Hotel

This hotel offers modern rooms in a busy area of Ho Chi Minh City, just a 15-minute walk from the Museum of Ho Chi Minh City. The rooms have air-conditioning, an in-room safe, a trouser press and hi-fi, and the en-suite bathrooms have dressing gowns. There is a restaurant serving Asian cuisine. A gym, with classes and a fitness centre are also available. Tan Son Nhat International airport is 10 km from the hotel.