Welcome to Vietnam
Vietnam is not a quiet country, the moment you arrive into this exotic land, it is a sensory overload. From the buzzing, bustling towns, to the roads that only seem to make sense to locals, and the abundance of mouth-watering smells from the local street food.
Home to a diverse and interesting culture, Vietnam has an old world feel to it that you just don’t find anywhere else. With its beautiful French colonial architecture, that is juxtaposed heavily by intricate and ornate temples, this is a country full of contrasts. Not content with being a cultural hotspot, Vietnam also boast some of the worlds most tempting foods, from heart-warming Pho (pronounced “Fuh”), to Bahn Mi, the food here will certainly leave you wanting more.
Join Traveleyes as we explore everything this vibrant country has to offer, from the streets of Hanoi, the stunning beauty of Halong Bay, to the sad and poignant Cu Chi Tunnels near Ho Chi Minh.
- Explore the bustling streets of Hanoi
- Take in the tranquil beauty of Halong Bay
- Sample delicious local food
- Experience the Vietnamese culture
- Step back in time as you walk the Cu Chi Tunnels
Dates & Prices
The prices shown below include return flights from a specified UK airport. If you are travelling from outside of the UK, please .
March 7 - March 20, 2020 (14 days)
Standard Blind Price: £2699 Contact us for availability
Discounted Sighted Price: £1999 Book Now
The prices shown below are for non-UK travellers and do not include return flights and transfers. If you are travelling from within the UK, please .
Standard Blind Price: 2259 GBP Contact us for availability
Discounted Sighted Price: 1559 GBP Book Now
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- Flights and transfers from the UK (UK prices only)
- 2 nights' accommodation at First Eden Hotel in Hanoi
- 1 night accommodation on Huong Hai Sealife Cruises in Halong Bay
- 2 nights' accommodation at Thanh Lich 2 Hotel in Hue
- 3 nights' accommodation at Hoi An Rose Garden Hotel in Hoi An
- 3 nights' accommodation at Elios Hotel Hotel in Ho Chi Minh
- Internal flight Hanoi to Hue
- Internal flight Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh
- All breakfasts
- Seven lunches and one dinner
- Specified excursions
- Services of local guides
- Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
- Bat Trang Pottery Village and Experience
- Hanoi City Tour
- Halong Bay Overnight Visit
- Hue Citadel Tour
- Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc Visit
- Dong Ba Market Visit
- Chuon Lagoon Boat Trip
- Tra Que Herb Village Visit and Experience
- Cooking Class
- Hoi An Old Town Visit
- Cu Chi Tunnels Visit
- Ho Chi Minh City Tour
- Mekong Delta Boat Trip
Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.
Saturday 7th March
We depart from the UK today and begin our journey to Vietnam!
Overnight in flight.
Sunday 8th March
Today we touch down in the North of Vietnam, Hanoi. This city is a bustling, vibrant throng of life and is the perfect place to start our voyage through this magnificent country. The evening is at leisure to rest after our long travels.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Monday 9th March
For our first full day, we venture to the village Bat Trang, one of the most visited traditional craft villages in the country. Dating back over 700 years, this ancient village is renowned for its pottery and porcelain, with its name meaning “a yard where bowls are made”! Here we will have the opportunity to try our hand at this old art form before journeying to a local house where we shall enjoy some traditional food together.
After lunch, we shall head back to the city where we will embark on a tour around some of Hanoi’s most notable sites, including the Temple of Literature and the Old Quarter. We’ll board cycle rickshaws for a portion of the afternoon and travel through the city as they did in the 50s!
Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Hanoi.
Tuesday 10th March
This morning we head north of Hanoi, to the world famous Halong Bay. Regarded as one of the most breathtaking areas of natural beauty anywhere I the world, Halong Bay truly is a bucket list destination. Here we’ll embark onto the ship which will be our home for the night. We shall spend the day cruising between the islands and islets and enjoy some freshly caught seafood on board. This evening, you may get the opportunity to enjoy a spot of night fishing!
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Halong Bay.
Wednesday 11th March
Enjoy an unforgettable sunrise this morning as you witness the changing colours of the water and the dancing shadows over the rocks that jut through the still water. We’ll disembark this morning and travel to Hanoi airport where we’ll board our flight to Hue.
Breakfast included. Overnight in Hue.
Thursday 12th March
Today we explore Vietnam’s ancient capital of Hue. Overflowing with history, Hue is home to an abundance of temples and stories of old emperors. We start our tour at the renowned Imperial Citadel; built in 1804, this vast fortress-like complex is composed of 3 specific areas and spans over 10km. although the Citadel faced serious damage during the Vietnam War, it has largely been restored and holds a huge significance to the people of Vietnam. We’ll then travel to the ancient garden house, which provides a place of tranquillity and peace in the bustling hub that is Hue.
After lunch, we visit the tomb of the Emperor Tu Duc, often considered one of the city’s most beautiful sites. The area contains theatres, temples, pavilions and alters, all decorated in beautiful and traditional Vietnamese art. Here we’ll discover the history of this magnificent tomb and the importance of Emperors in Vietnamese ancient culture.
Before settling for the evening, we’ll have the chance to meander through Bong Da market in the centre of the city, nestled alongside the Perfume River.
Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Hue.
Friday 13th March
This morning we bid farewell to Hue and begin our journey south towards Hoi An. On route we follow alongside the Nhu Y River and pass through Vinh Ve until we reach Chuon Lagoon. Here we will see intricate old pavilions, winding rivers that lead to vast rice fields and breathtaking countryside. Upon arrival we’ll board a boat which will take us across the lagoon to meet those who live on the stilt houses that are built atop the lagoon, where we’ll sample some fresh seafood and the local beer. Our journey to Hoi An then continues as we make our way to down the Hai Van Pass – one of Vietnam’s most stunning routes, passing by beaches, forests, and little villages.
This afternoon we’ll arrive into Hoi An and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.
Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Hoi An.
Saturday 14th March
Embark on a ride through rural scenery this morning, as we head to Tra Que Herb village. This area is well known for the intense flavours of its herbs which are used across Vietnam. Here, a local family will teach us about the techniques they use to farm these herbs and you may even be asked to try your hand at it! Following our hard work in the fields, we’ll try a traditional foot massage – a must when in Vietnam.
Later, we shall learn to cook some local delicacies and food traditional to the region before being able to taste the fruits of our labour!
This afternoon we’ll return to Hoi An’s old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and wander through the ancient streets which are filled with authentic Vietnamese charm.
Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Hoi An.
Sunday 15th March
Today enjoy a free day in Hoi An. You may wish to spend some time resting and relaxing by the hotels pool.
Why not venture into the heart of Hoi An today, where you’ll be greeted by cafes, bars, and an abundance of restaurants. Hoi An is also known for its tailoring – with talented tailors at lower prices, you may wish to invest in a piece or two whilst you’re here.
Breakfast included. Overnight in Hoi An.
Monday 16th March
We continue our voyage through the country today as we head to the airport and fly to Ho Chi Minh. Upon arrival, we’ll transfer to our hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Breakfast included. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Tuesday 17th March
This morning we head out of the centre to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of underground tunnels originally used during the French Indochina War and expanded on during the Vietnam War. We’ll watch a documentary here, telling us of the importance of the tunnels and the war, then have the chance to wander the grounds and (for those who dare) walk through the narrow underground ducts. After the tour, we’ll sample the speciality of Cu Chi, the khoai my luoc which was a staple during the war.
We’ll then return to the city for lunch and then begin our tour of the historical sites that are dotted around the city before returning to our hotel.
Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Wednesday 18th March
Today we depart from Ho Chi Minh for the day, to explore the “Green Venice” of Vietnam, Ben Tre, in the Mekong Delta. We’ll first visit an old brick factory, where the bricks are still made by hand and considered a traditional art. We’ll then cruise down the river, stopping at various workshops along the way – each teaching us something else about life here, including a specialised carpet-weaving workshop that we’ll get to try first hand! We’ll make a stop at a small village, where we’ll have some time to explore and wander past traditional farms, rice fields, and vegetable plants before stopping for lunch where we can sample local delicacies such as “elephant-ear fish”. We’ll then travel back to Ho Chi Minh for an afternoon at leisure.
Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Thursday 19th March
Today we have some time before our flight home, have a leisurely morning before we check out at noon. This afternoon, you may wish to venture into the town for one last taste of delicious Vietnamese food before heading to the airport for our flight home.
Breakfast included. Overnight in flight.
Friday 20th March
We’ll land back in the UK today and bid farewell to the group.
Single supplement – £300
Visas – Until 30 June 2021, ‘British Citizen’ passport holders travelling for tourism or business can enter Vietnam for up to a maximum of 15 days (inclusive of dates of entry and exit) without a visa. If you have a different type of British nationality – for example ‘British national (overseas)’ you’ll need to get a visa before entering Vietnam.
For visits of up to 30 days, you can get an e-visa online before you travel. Use of the e-visa is limited to certain entry/exit points which you must select at the time of application.
Please make sure to check visa regulations depending on your country of residence and the passport you hold.