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Vietnam Highlights

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The one that explores Vietnam’s vibrant nightlife, secret gardens & fresh cuisine

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  • Duration

    10 days

  • Places

    6 places

  • Meals

    9 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner

  • Transport Style

    Private Coach + Internal Flights + Junk Boat

  • Group Size

    Average 24 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager and Local Guides

Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, Halong Bay

Top Experiences

15 included & 7 free time add-ons available to add later

  • Bike ride through Hoi An 's Ancient Town

    Included

    Nha Trang

  • Discover the hidden charm of Hue on a local cyclo (rickshaw) ride

    Included

    Hue

  • Visit the Temple of Literature

    Included

    Hanoi

  • Drift off to sleep on a traditional Chinese Junk Boat in Halong Bay

    Included

    Halong Bay

  • Learn how to whip up fresh Vietnamese food with a Hoi An cooking class

    US$22.00

    Nha Trang

  • Paddle over the emerald waters of Halong Bay by kayak

    US$14

    Hanoi

Vietnam Highlights

15 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • View the Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post Office & Presidential Palace
  • Learn of the tragically fascinating Vietnam war at the War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh
  • Included flight to Nha Trang
  • Enjoy this seaside resort town known for its gorgeous beaches and turquoise waters
  • Visit Hoi An's UNESCO listed Old Quarter & Japanese covered bridge
  • Bike ride through Hoi An 's Ancient Town
  • Included flight to Hoi An
  • See stunning scenery en route to Hue
  • Discover the hidden charm of Hue on a local cyclo (rickshaw) ride
  • Visit the Thien Mu Pagoda and the Imperial Citadel
  • Flight to Hanoi
  • Visit the Temple of Literature
  • Drift off to sleep on a traditional Chinese Junk Boat in Halong Bay
  • Visit the wild grottos of the Sung Sot Caves in Halong Bay
  • Visit Ti Top islands

7 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Explore Nha Trang's tropical waters with swimming & snorkelling US$25.00
  • Relax with a warm mineral mud bath & hot spring experience in Vietnam's resort town of Nha Trang US$19
  • Learn how to whip up fresh Vietnamese food with a Hoi An cooking class US$22.00
  • Take a tour of the breathtaking Marble Mountains, Da Nang US$19.00
  • Group Photo at Hue’s Imperial Citadel US$9
  • Get a taste of authentic Vietnam with a delicious Hue street food tour US$27.00
  • Paddle over the emerald waters of Halong Bay by kayak US$14

Where I'll Stay?

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  • 9 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    8 nights in Hotel, 1 night in Overnight Cruise

    Guest houses and 3-star hotels are the name of the game, plus you'll get the chance to shack-up on an Chinese-style junk boat in Halong Bay. We like to keep it intrepid without compromising on comfort.

About this trip

Vietnam Highlights is the perfect way for a taste of Vietnam’s best in a short amount of time. Experience the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City & Hanoi, relax and soak up the rays on a beach in Nha Trang, hit Hoi An by bike & chill out in the amazing scenery of Hue. Later, sit back & discover the amazing limestone formations of Halong Bay aboard a traditional junk boat as you indulge in Vietnam’s coolest spots.

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  • Only $99 deposit to book*

    For a limited time, reserve your space now with a deposit of only $99, pay the rest 45 days before departure

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. 1 1 night

    Ho Chi Minh City

  2. 2 2 nights

    Nha Trang

  3. 2 2 nights

    Hoi An

  4. 1 1 night

    Hue

  5. 1 1 night

    Hanoi

  6. 1 1 night

    Halong Bay

  7. 1 1 night

    Hanoi

DAY 1 - Arrive Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh city, formerly known as Saigon. This is one of Asia's most exhilarating cities, steeped in grand history and post-Vietnam war memories.

This evening you'll meet your travel comrades and explore the Ben Thanh markets, offering the freshest traditional Bánh mì, Pho and Bia hơi. Oh yes, this is the right way to get the Vietnam party started.

Stay

Vien Dong Hotel (or similar)

DAY 2 - Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang

Ho Chi Minh City

With some traditional R'n'R on our afternoon agenda, the morning can be used to put on our discovering boots. We'll dabble in history and religion before taking flight to a coastal town overlooking the South China Sea.

Nha Trang

Golden sand beaches, turquoise oceans, water sports galore - this is Nha Trang. This afternoon why not book in for a mineral mud bath and hot thermal spring experience before heading out to dinner with your crew. Ah, the good life.

Stay

Vien Dong Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • View the Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post Office & Presidential Palace

  • Learn of the tragically fascinating Vietnam war at the War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh

  • Included flight to Nha Trang

DAY 3 - Nha Trang

Nha Trang

Good news - we're kicking it in Nha Trang for another night. Have a massage, sign up for the optional cruise, or just hang on the beach saving your energy for seaside bar fun as the sun sets.

Stay

Vien Dong Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Enjoy this seaside resort town known for its gorgeous beaches and turquoise waters

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Explore Nha Trang's tropical waters with swimming & snorkelling

    US$25.00

  • Relax with a warm mineral mud bath & hot spring experience in Vietnam's resort town of Nha Trang

    US$19

DAY 4 - Nha Trang to Hoi An

Nha Trang

After a zippy flight north & a short coastal drive we find ourselves in a canal town overflowing with beauty and ancient history. 

Hoi An

With Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and European influences, Hoi An has no shortage of charm and architectural interest. Bike riding through rice fields, roaming the old quarter & ordering custom made clothes at an artful tailor are just some of the activities that will colour our day. Tonight you can opt onto a Vietnamese cooking class, whipping up a storm of up to 4 traditional dishes. 

Stay

Acacia Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Hoi An's UNESCO listed Old Quarter & Japanese covered bridge

  • Bike ride through Hoi An 's Ancient Town

  • Included flight to Hoi An

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Learn how to whip up fresh Vietnamese food with a Hoi An cooking class

    US$22.00

DAY 5 - Hoi An

Hoi An

A short drive from Hoi An are the famous Marble Mountains, a collection of 5 peaks that represent the 5 Elements in Vietnamese folk lore – metal, wood, earth, fire and water. Our local guide would be delighted to take us on a tour through the Thuy Son caves and grottos which are home to some of the most beautiful and intricate stone carvings in the area. The Marble Mountains were also the hiding place of the US Forces during the Vietnam Conflict and even a military hospital! Hear about the history while taking in panoramic views and later, kick back at An Bang Beach before heading back to Hoi An for more Free Time Addons. 

Stay

Van Loi Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a tour of the breathtaking Marble Mountains, Da Nang

    US$19.00

DAY 6 - Hoi An to Hue

Hoi An

Though we'll have grown content with Hoi An life, this morning the show must go on. After all, the former imperial town of Hue has invited us over, and we'd be foolish to turn it down.

Hue

Intricately decorated pavilions, lotus flower ponds, and colourful artworks mark our first sightseeing venture in Hue. Totally in awe of Tu Duc Mausoleum, we move on to the 7-story Thien Mu Pagoda & learn of the horrific history of the Hue Buddhist massacre as well as taking in a cyclo ride to see the city from a whole new angle.

Stay

The Asia Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See stunning scenery en route to Hue

  • Discover the hidden charm of Hue on a local cyclo (rickshaw) ride

  • Visit the Thien Mu Pagoda and the Imperial Citadel

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Group Photo at Hue’s Imperial Citadel

    US$9

  • Get a taste of authentic Vietnam with a delicious Hue street food tour

    US$27.00

DAY 7 - Hue to Hanoi

Hue

Today we fly out of Hue in the direction of Vietnam's time capsule capital. A trio of influences and filled with romance, 2-nights here will see us utterly smitten.

Hanoi

With an epic fusion of French, Chinese & Vietnamese influence, you'll be nothing short of ecstatic as we check-in to our Hanoi hotel, right in the middle of the bustling Old Quarter. Our time will be spent weaving through a maze of 36 trading streets filled with colourful goods for sale, and unwinding in the walled gardens of the Temple of Literature. Later, we'll roam French-style boulevards and maybe dine on a nom ngo sen lotus-stem salad, dau chien ron fried tofu & a few bia hoi beers.

Stay

Thien Thai Hotel Hanoi (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Flight to Hanoi

  • Visit the Temple of Literature

DAY 8 - Hanoi to Halong Bay

Hanoi

After a Hanoi history 101 lesson we move on to Halong Bay where a night on a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site awaits.

Halong Bay

A drive through stunning scenery will evoke plenty of 'oh wow's, but it only gets better as we board our home for the night, a Chinese-style junk boat in Halong Bay. Feel the serenity kicking in immediately as we drift the limestone island seas of the Gulf of Tonkin. We will pass hidden lagoons, thick forests & dreamy grottos, & stop to explore the Sung Sot Caves. A fresh seafood dinner and sunset at our docking spot will polish off a wonderful day packed with No Regrets moments and simply unforgettable experiences. 

Stay

Junk Boat Special Stay

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Drift off to sleep on a traditional Chinese Junk Boat in Halong Bay

  • Visit the wild grottos of the Sung Sot Caves in Halong Bay

  • Visit Ti Top islands

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Paddle over the emerald waters of Halong Bay by kayak

    US$14

DAY 9 - Halong Bay to Hanoi

Halong Bay

Today will be all about the leisurely vibes as we wake up to breakfast and a grotto swim. Make the most of your time on the junk boat & kayak your way around Halong Bay - the views don't get much better than this.

Hanoi

After heading back to Hanoi we find ourselves enjoying our final night together on tour. Save the choir of tears for tomorrow - this evening is all about making the most of your free time and staying positive. The quirky world-famous water puppet performance in Red River Delta makes for the perfect send off, should you fancy opting for something a bit different.

Stay

Thien Thai Hotel Hanoi (or similar)

DAY 10 - Depart Hanoi

Hanoi

Enjoy one final breakfast with the squad this morning before the trip wraps up. Hug it out and make plans to reunite sometime soon - Latin America, perhaps? 

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