Explore Vietnam: north to south in three weeks

Tailor-made holidays
Duration (in days): 21

From: UK - Hanoi

To: Ho Chi Minh City - UK

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£3,055

Inc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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Overview

Explore Vietnam on this three-week holiday, giving you the opportunity to really explore this unique and captivating country. From the bustling city of Hanoi to the lush mountains of Sapa, the stunning landscape of Halong Bay to the floating markets of Cai Rang this itinerary gives you the opportunity to see how the locals live whilst having the services of an English speaking guide to help you make the most of your time away.

This itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact one of our consultants with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.

This holiday includes:

  • International flights
  • Luxury accommodation
  • All land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • English speaking guides
  • Specified excursions

Highlights:

  • Immerse yourself in the hectic city of Hanoi
  • Visit the hill tribes in Sapa
  • Cruise on a junk boat in the spectacular Halong Bay
  • Barter with the locals on the floating markets of Cai Rang
  • Explore the undiscovered beaches of Phu Quoc
3 week holiday: Vietnam North to South | map

Itinerary

 

Itinerary in brief:

  • 2 nights Hanoi
  • 1 night Ninh Binh
  • Overnight train
  • 1 night Sapa
  • Overnight train
  • 1 night Halong Bay
  • 2 nights Hue
  • 2 nights Hoi An
  • 2 nights Ho Chi Minh
  • 2 nights Can Tho
  • 3 nights Phu Quoc

 

Day 1: Depart UK

You will depart the UK from your chosen airport.


Day 2: Arrival into Hanoi

On arrival you will be greeted & transferred by private car to your hotel.

The rest of the day is at leisure.

Included: Hotel & private transfer

Day 3: Hanoi

After breakfast you will be collected from your hotel by your guide ready for a day of exploring Hanoi.

Your guide will be able to show you the best of this bustling city, taking you down the narrow side streets and showing you how the locals live. If you somewhere in particular you would like to visit let your guide know and he will be happy to take you there.

Included: Hotel, breakfast & services of local driver/guide

Day 4: Hanoi to Ninh Binh

After breakfast you will be collected by your guide and taken on the 2.5 hour journey to Ninh Binh. With plenty of optional stops en route you will have the opportunity to visit temples or even take a walk up one of the limestone hills.

Lunch will be in Tam Coc town with time to explore the local village and ride on a private Sampan through the waters of Trang An, before staying overnight in Ninh Binh.

Included: Hotel, breakfast, lunch, car, services of local driver/guide & Sampan excursion

Day 5: Cuc Phuong to Hanoi – Overnight train to Lao Cai

Enjoy your late check-out today and make the most of the facilities in the hotel.

In the afternoon you will be transferred to Hanoi Railway Station where you will board the overnight train (shared soft sleeper cabin) to Lao Cai, the gateway to Sapa.

Included: Breakfast, lunch, car & overnight train (shared sleeper cabin)

Day 6: Lao Cai to Sapa

You will greeted off the train and taken to Sapa, one of the most unique destinations in Vietnam. You will get to visit the local markets and take a light trek to see the hill tribe villages before enjoying a picnic lunch.

The rest of the day is at leisure

Included: Hotel, breakfast, lunch, transportation & services of local driver/guide

Day 7: Sapa – Lao Cai – Overnight train to Hanoi

After breakfast you will be taken to the local markets to see the different hill tribes do their shopping before taking a short walk to visit some local homes – a great opportunity to get an insight into daily life for the locals.

After a late check-out at the hotel and a chance to freshen up, you will be taken to the railway station to board the overnight train back to Hanoi.

Included: Breakfast, transportation, services of local driver/guide & overnight train (shared sleeper cabin)

Day 8: Hanoi to Halong Bay

You will arrive back into Hanoi early today and we have provided a few hours at a nearby hotel for you to freshen up before departing for Halong Bay.

On arrival in Halong Bay you will board your boat and enjoy a lovely lunch on board as you cruise through the spectacular scenery. Overnight will be on board.

Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner & overnight on board a junk boat

Day 9: Halong Bay to Hue (via Hanoi)

After breakfast on board you will be met for your transfer to Hanoi airport. Board your flight to Hue (cost not included).

On arrival into Hue you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel.

Included: Hotel, breakfast & land transfers

Day 10: Hue

After breakfast you will be met at your hotel by a local guide ready to show you around the town of Hue. You will visit the Imperial Citadel before enjoying a traditional cyclo ride through the old city to Tinh Tam lake.

You will get to visit a market in the afternoon before enjoying your evening at leisure.

Included: Hotel, breakfast & services of local driver/guide

Day 11: Hue to Danang/Hoi An

After breakfast you will collected by your driver and begin your journey to Hoi An.

In the afternoon you can enjoy a walking tour of this picture perfect town before enjoying your evening at leisure.

Included: Hotel, breakfast, transport & services of local driver/guide

Day 12: Hoi An – My Son – Hoi An

You will be collected after breakfast for a half day trip to My Son, the religious centre of the former Champa Kingdom, set in a lush green valley.

This afternoon is at leisure in Hoi An

Included: Hotel, breakfast & half day services of local driver/guide

Day 13: Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast you will collected and transferred to Danang Airport in time for your onward flight to Ho Chi Minh.

On arrival you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Included: Hotel, breakfast & transfers with services of local driver/guide

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City

Today you will enjoy a half day city tour of Ho Chi Minh, you are free to suggest an itinerary to your guide, why not visit the War Remnants Museum or the former presidential palace?

The afternoon is at leisure.

Included: Hotel, breakfast & half day services of local driver/guide

Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City – Can Tho

It’s an early breakfast this morning before travelling on to the Mekong Delta.

This afternoon you will visit a typical Khmer Buddhist Pagoda and the local museum so you can read up on the history of the area.

Included: Hotel, breakfast, transportation & services of local driver/guide

Day 16: Can Tho – Cai Rang – Can Tho

It’s an early pick up this morning, so after an early breakfast it’s off to the floating markets of Cai Rang. You will be taken on a small boat through the waterways and get to witness the locals going about their daily market business – a real ‘must-see’ in Vietnam.

This afternoon you will have the option to cycle around the quiet streets by bike before be taken back to your hotel and having the evening at leisure.

Included: Hotel, breakfast, transport, boat on the floating markets & services of local driver/guide

Day 17: Can Tho – Phu Quoc

After breakfast you will be taken to the airport for your flight to Phu Quoc, one of Vietnams best and least developed beach destinations.

After being transferred to your hotel the rest of the day is at leisure.

Included: Hotel, breakfast & transfers

Day 18: Phu Quoc

Day at Leisure

Included: Hotel & breakfast

Day 19: Phu Quoc

Day at Leisure

Included: Hotel & breakfast

Day 20: Phu Quoc –Depart Ho Chi Minh

After breakfast you will be taken by resort shuttle to the airport. You will take a domestic flight to Ho Chi Minh before boarding your international flight back to the UK.

Included: Hotel, breakfast & departure shuttle transfer

Day 21: Arrive UK

You will arrive back home today to complete your trip.


 

Info

The climate in Vietnam varies dramatically depending on the region you are visiting and is incredibly diverse with weather ranging from snow and frost in the northern hills to tropical conditions in the south. There are two monsoons in Vietnam; the winter monsoon arrives between October and March and brings cold and wet winters to the north and dry and warm conditions in the south. From April to October the summer monsoon brings humid weather to the whole country apart from those regions sheltered by mountains. For the best balance we recommend visiting in either April, May or October. Singapore has a tropical climate and stays hot and humid throughout the year, temperatures average around 31c with little seasonal variation although its slightly hotter in April and May and cooler in December and January.

This itinerary is purely a suggestion, and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.

Accommodation

18 nights accommodation in 4/5* accommodation. Hotels in this category include:

  • Hotel de l’Opera, Hanoi

  • Emeralda, Ninh Binh

  • Victoria Sapa, Sapa

  • Jasmine Junk Boat, Halong Bay

  • Saigon Morin, Hue

  • Boutique Hoi An, Hoi An

  • Renaissance, Ho Chi Minh

  • Nam Bo Boutique, Can Tho

 

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