Vietnam Discovery

14-21 days

from £799.00

Trip Highlights

  • Cruise along the legendary Ha Long Bay
  • Live the high life and enjoy Hanoi’s night life!
  • Trek to traditional villages in Sapa
  • Explore picturesque Ninh Binh on a bike tour
  • Option to extend your trip and relax on Nha Trang’s beaches and visit the Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh!

Trip Summary

Get to know Vietnam! This trip will take you to some of Vietnam’s most unmissable cities and villages, and there’s also the opportunity for some beachside relaxation! You’ll be cruising the iconic Ha Long Bay, enjoying Hanoi’s hedonistic lifestyle scene and checking out the views on an energising hike in Sapa! Enjoy this once in a lifetime journey with a group of fellow adventurous travellers and cross Vietnam off your bucket list!

There’s the opportunity to extend this trip and head to top up your tan on the idyllic beaches of Nha Trang, trek through Da Lat’s wild jungle terrain and explore the famous Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh city! This trip is the perfect experience for a taste of what Vietnam has to offer!

For dates before May 2017, please see our Vietnam Experience

Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!

Trip Info

Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi!

Today you’ll arrive into Vietnam ready to begin your amazing trip! You’ll be met at the airport by one of our lovely representatives and then transferred to your first accommodation. Once you’ve had the chance to recharge you’ll meet your friendly in-country co-ordinator who can give you some tips on getting to grips with vibrant Vietnam!

This afternoon you’ll meet the rest of the group for a friendly get together and a beer (or two!) before catching up on some rest ready to explore Hanoi tomorrow!

Day 2: Discover Hanoi

You’ll wake up to a tasty breakfast before meeting with your group for a tour orientation. During the orientation we’ll go over all the amazing things you’ll be doing during the trip, and it’s your chance to ask any questions you may have. You’ll learn about the customs of Vietnam and a few Vietnamese words!

After the orientation we’ll head out for a walking tour of Hanoi. The best way to get to know a new city is by heading out and getting amongst the locals, so you’ll feel like an honorary Hanoi local! We’ll check out Hoan Kiem Lake, situated in Hanoi’s historical centre, the Temple of Literature and the Ho Chi Minh Complex. This evening you’ll attend the legendary Hanoi water puppet show before heading out to enjoy a delicious meal in the old quarter – you’ll be hooked on those tantalising Vietnamese flavours. Afterwards we can lead the way to Beer Street if you fancy getting a few drinks in!

Day 3: Heading North to Sapa

We’ll be waking up bright and early today to begin our journey to Sapa Town. The journey should take about 6 hours, and you’ll be lucky enough to get the first views as Hanoi begins another day! We’ll break for lunch along the way, and once we arrive we’ll get ready for our first trek! You’ll be hiking to Ta Van and Giang Ta Chai village, where you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about traditional village life and meet the locals. Make sure you have cameras at the ready to snap shots of the iconic terrace rice fields.

Day 4: Trek to Cat Cat-Sin Chai Village

We’ll be pulling our hiking boots on again after breakfast to begin the hike to Cat Cat-Sin Chai village. Believe it or not, the best thing about this village isn’t its amazing name but the people themselves! You’ll be learning about the customs and culture of the locals, and finding out about the traditions that are important to them, such as weaving and silver carving. We’ll also be visiting the hydropower station and the village’s stunning waterfall.

During the afternoon you’ll be collected from Cat Cat village and taken back to Sapa town where you’ll enjoy a group lunch at a local restaurant. After your meal, Sapa is yours to explore! You might want to go and get souvenirs for your friends back home at Sapa Market, or join the local crowd at Quang Truong Square where there’s always plenty to see!

Day 5: Explore Sapa

After breakfast you’ll have some free time to check out any Sapa sights you still want to see! Perhaps head up Ham Rong Mountain or over to the Silver Waterfall to enjoy some spectacular views, or visit the Stone Church, a local attraction of Sapa Town. Once we’ve checked out of our accommodation we’ll grab a bit to eat before heading back to Hanoi to relax, recharge and get ready for our upcoming adventures!

Day 6: Head to Ha Long Bay

We’ll start early this morning to begin our journey to Ha Long Bay! We’ll be driven to the bay by minivan, and the journey is approximately 4 hours so you may want to stock up on snacks! Once we’ve arrived you’ll be welcomed to your cabin before we cruise the iconic Ha Long Bay – you’ll even have the chance to kayak if you don’t mind getting wet!

After an afternoon of cruising you’ll enjoy an evening meal with a side of spectacular sunset views and have fun with your group enjoying a few groups and maybe some hilarious karaoke sessions!

Day 7: Kayaking and Swimming

It’s up to you whether you rise early or have a leisurely lie in this morning. You’ll have the chance to kayak or swim around the beautiful bay one last time before we head back to the main land – be sure to take any last minute snapshots of the iconic bay! Around mid afternoon we’ll head back to the harbour to make our way to Ninh Binh, our next spectacular destination. Once you’re checked in you have a free evening so you may want to grab a tasty meal with your group before settling into your accommodation.

Day 8: Explore Ninh Binh

After breakfast we’ll explore Ninh Binh’s captivating countryside in style – by bike! The landscape is so charming that Ninh Binh has been nicknamed ‘Ha Long Bay of the Land’ and you’ll love exploring it! We’ll be stopping off for a serene cruise along the river where you can sit back, relax and take in the stunning views. This evening we’ll be boarding the night bus to our next destination of Hue, one of Vietnam’s most popular cities. Settle in and catch up on some rest – Hue awaits!

Day 9: Hello Hue!

We’ll arrive into Hue this morning in time for breakfast before we check into our accommodation to freshen up. We’ll then grab a bite to eat for lunch and enjoy a cruise along Perfume River, visiting Thien Mu Pagoda along the way. Thien Mu is one of the city’s most famous pagodas, and its seven stories make it Vietnam’s tallest religious building!

Following our cruise we’ll head out on a walking tour of the city, checking out the vibrant local markets and learning about the area. After the vivid hustle and bustle of Hanoi you’ll love Hue’s laidback vibe. Tonight, get a taste of Hue’s nightlife – we know where all the best spots are!

Day 10: Explore Hue

Today you’ll have the chance to tailor make your day in Hue, so be sure to ask your guide for some recommendations! Maybe head over to the stunning Minh Mang Tomb, set in an enchanting forest and featuring beautiful architecture, or visit the walled Imperial City for a glimpse back into Hue’s fascinating history.

This evening you may want to grab some street food with your group or watch merchants sell their wares at the night market before heading back to your accommodation. Please note that any activities you choose to participate in today will be optional, and it’s up to you to cover any resultant costs.

Day 11: Head to Hoi An

We’ll check out of our accommodation this morning and begin the journey to Hoi An. If we’re lucky with the weather we’ll make our way along the Hai Van Pass, a scenic road framed by emerald mountains. There’s a spot along the way where we can stop off for a swim by a secluded waterfall! If we’re unfortunate with the weather we’ll stop at the Marble Mountains in Da Nang instead, where limestone hills soar to the sky. They’re simply stunning!

Day 12: Biking and Boating!

We’ll be donning our helmets today, ready to go biking through Hoi An’s charming streets and over to the countryside. We’ll be passing rice fields and you’ll get the chance to enjoy picture-perfect Hoi An scenes. Along the way, we’ll have the chance to stop off for some refreshing, locally made sugar palm juice. After our cycling adventure we’ll board a basket boat to try out crab fishing! Basket boats are an iconic part of Vietnam’s waters and you’ll love trying them out for yourself. We’ll then grab a bite to eat and head back to our hostel for a relaxed evening.

Day 13: Free Day in Hoi An!

You’ll have a full free day in Hoi An today so be sure to ask your guide for some tips on what to get up to today! You may want to head out and take a cooking class so you can impress your friends back home with your culinary skills, or take to the streets of Hoi An Ancient Town to enjoy the quaint architecture and get amongst the locals. For a relaxing day, chill out on An Bang beach to top up your tan!

Day 14: Departure/ Extension

If you’re not participating in our extension you’ll be heading off today, and your guide will be available to help you with onward travel arrangements. If you’re staying for our epic extension you’ll be saying your goodbyes to those who are going home, and then you’ll have a free afternoon before we board the night bus this evening. You might want to relax by the pool, or perhaps head out and see Hoi An’s colourful Assembly Hall!

We’ll be boarding the night bus at around 5pm this evening, so get comfortable and catch up on some sleep – Nha Trang awaits!

Day 15: The Beaches of Nha Trang

We’ll arrive into Nha Trang this morning and get you checked in before we head to the beach! Nha Trang is known for its sweeping white sand beaches, so grab a chair, pitch up and relax! If you want to head out we have some optional activities that you can participate in, such as an energising Vietnamese mud bath or a fun-filled trip to the local water park!

This evening you’ll have free time to enjoy Nha Trang’s nightlife, so round the group up and head out for a few drinks!

Day 16: Boats and Beaches

Today you’ll be going on a boat excursion! Once we’ve set off you’re free to swim, snorkel and sunbathe, and there are some optional water sports activities lined up too! Boating around Nha Trang is the perfect way to experience magnificent views of the golden bays – and you’ll top up your tan, too!

Day 17: Head to Da Lat

Today it’s time to leave the beach and head over to Da Lat. You’ll be travelling from one area of epic natural scenery to another – Da Lat is famed for its mountainous terrain. We’ll be staying here for the next few days and will be arriving late afternoon, so you’ll have a chance to get to grips with your surroundings and settle in! Tonight, get some well deserved rest – you’ll be trekking tomorrow!

Day 18: Tropical Trekking

Today you’ll be getting a dose of action and adventure as we’ll be trekking into the mountains of Da Lat. The trek should take approximately 5 hours, and is medium impact. Along the way you’ll experience some awe-inspiring views, so this is a truly rewarding experience and a great way to see another side of the country you’ve come to know and love!

Day 19: Ho Chi Minh City

We’ll check out of our accommodation today to make the journey over to Ho Chi Minh City. Your Ho Chi Minh accommodation is set in the heart of a bustling backpacker area. Once you’re there, we recommend heading out to the surrounding streets where you’ll meet some interesting fellow travellers, and see stalls selling exotic wares. You’ll be right in the heart of this hedonistic hub – what an epic introduction to Ho Chi Minh!

Day 20: The Captivating Cu Chi Tunnels

Prepare to be blown away today as we visit Vietnam’s renowned Cu Chi Tunnels. This network of passages were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding places during the war, and were also used as vital routes for transporting food and other supplies. This visit allows you to immerse yourself in Vietnam’s rich history, and you’ll be learning all about the tunnels and the role they played in the war.

Once we’ve taken in the sights we’ll head back to our accommodation for some free time. We recommend heading to Ben Thanh Market – the city’s largest market and the perfect place to pick up any last minute souvenirs! It’s also well worth visiting Pub street with the group for a final group meal and the opportunity to chat about your awesome Vietnam memories over some drinks!

Day 21: Departure

Your itinerary ends today, so it’s time to say goodbye! Don’t be too sad, though – we’re sure you’ll be planning your next big adventure soon! Your guide will be on hand to help you make your onward travel arrangements and snap some last minute photos of the group all together!

Flights

Your flight to Vietnam should arrive into Hanoi International Airport (also known as Noi Bai) on your programme start date. The airport code is HAN. 

14 day trip

The 14 day trip finishes in Hoi An on your programme end date (day 14 of the itinerary). The nearest airport to Hoi An is Da Nang International Airport (airport code DAD). You are free to depart at any time on this day. Your transfer to Da Nang Airport is not included but your guide will be able to give you information and advice on arranging this. 

21 day trip

The 21 day trip finishes in Ho Chi Minh City on your programme end date, you are free to depart at any time on your programme end date. You should arrange for your flight to depart from Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) on your programme end date. Your transfer to Ho Chi Minh City Airport is not included but your guide will be able to give you information and advice on arranging this. 

To book your flights, please contact us on 01892 277037 to get you the best deal on the day. Please provide them with your full name as it is stated in your passport. Before you make the call please make sure you have your required departure dates, return dates and other details you may require.

 

Whats Included

  • Airport meet and greet and transfer
  • Accommodation
  • 17 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Transport between destinations
  • Transport between included activities
  • Hanoi city orientation
  • Hanoi walking tour
  • Hanoi water puppet show
  • Trek to Cat Cat village
  • Ha Long Bay cruise
  • Ninh Binh bike tour
  • Perfume River cruise
  • Pagoda visit
  • Waterfall visit/Marble Mountains visit

Extension Inclusions:

  • Nha Trang beach time
  • Nha Trang boat trip
  • Trekking in Da Lat
  • Cu Chi Tunnels Excursion

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Vaccinations
  • Visas
  • Personal Expenses
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Onward travel

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