Day 1 : Overnight Travel

Fly to Saigon with Vietnam Airlines (or with your preferred airline).

Expert tips

Vietnam Airlines is the only airline flying directly from the UK to Vietnam, utilising one of the most modern fleets of aircraft in Asia.

We always have the best fares and offers with Vietnam Airlines and your holiday quote is based on those.

Vietnam Airlines also offer a very reasonable Premium Economy Class as well as a Business Class option.

We work with all major airlines flying to Vietnam, so let us know your preferred airline.

Information

Included

  • Economy Class Flight.
  • Airline Taxes.
  • Check in Baggage Allowance.

Excluded

  • Seat Reservations may incur additional fees.

Day 2 : Phnom Penh

Fly to Phnom Penh with Cambodia Angkor Air.

On arrival in Phnom Penh you will be met and transferred to your hotel by private car.

Expert tips

The journey from Phnom Penh Airport should take around 30 - 40 minutes but can take longer during busier periods.

Activities and Services

Included

  • Economy Class Flight.
  • Airline Taxes.
  • Check in Baggage Allowance.
  • Arrival Transfer by Private Car.
  • Overnight Accommodation.

Day 3 : Phnom Penh

You will be collected from your hotel for your full day excursion in Phnom Penh.

Discover lively and energetic Phnom Penh where graceful tree-lined boulevards and riverfront promenades are reminders of bygone eras; today they teem with life and activity.

Visit the Temple of Wat Phnom, the birthplace of Phnom Penh. Afterwards, see the splendor of Cambodia's royal heritage at Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace, still the official Royal Residence.

The adjacent Silver Pagoda and the National Museum are the next stops.

In the afternoon, learn about a chapter from Cambodia's more recent, tragic, past at Tuol Sleng (Museum of Genocide). Formerly a High School, in 1975, this became the interrogation and torture facility for the Khmer Rouge regime.

Kept largely unchanged, this prison now showcases photographs and exhibits about the thousands of victims that passed through these doors - only seven of whom came out alive.

Finally, explore the modern-day city, visiting one of Phnom Penh's two great markets, the Central Market, or the sprawling Russian Market, a labyrinth of stalls selling all kinds of items.

Included

  • Breakfast.
  • Full Day Excursion
  • Private Car & Driver
  • English Speaking Guide.
  • Overnight Accommodation.

Day 4 : Siem Reap

You will be collected from your hotel in Phnom Penh and transferred to the airport by private car for your onward flight.

Fly to Siem Reap with Cambodia Angkor Air.

On arrival in Siem Reap transfer to your hotel. After some time to relax and grab lunch you will be met at your hotel for an afternoon excursion.

Enjoy a half day of art and culture followed by a beautiful sunset at an ancient temple. Visit the newly opened Panorama Museum where the curator of the museum will take you on a personal tour to see the exhibits.

The centrepiece is a 360 degree panoramic mural that stretches for almost 120 metres. Painted by well-known skillful Cambodian artists the oil painting depicts the history of Angkor and provides a great introduction to the nearby temple complex.

After watching a short film about the building of Angkor Wat, leave the museum and drive to the 9th century Phnom Bakheng Temple, just in time to watch the sunset. From this mountain temple admire the stunning views of the Tonle Sap Lake and Angkor Wat in the warm glow of the late-afternoon sun.

Expert tips

This afternoon's excursion is a great way to get an overview of the temples at Angkor and is sure to whet your appetite for exploring one of the world's great cultural treasures.

Included

  • Breakfast.
  • Departure Transfer by Private Car.
  • Economy Class Flight.
  • Airline Taxes.
  • Check in Baggage Allowance.
  • Excursion.
  • Private Car & Driver.
  • English Speaking Guide.
  • All entry fees.
  • Overnight Accommodation.

Day 5 : Siem Reap

You will be collected from your hotel for this full day excursion.

The crowning jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia.

The largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples, Angkor impresses visitors both by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings.

To approach the temple, first cross the vast moat, continuing along a broad causeway lined with naga balustrades.

After entering the main building, ascend through a series of galleries and courtyards before reaching the central sanctuary, which offers beautiful views back over the causeway and across the surrounding countryside.

On the way, stop to enjoy the intricate stone carvings that adorn nearly every surface, with some 1,700 Apsaras, or celestial dancers, sculpted into the walls.

Along the outer gallery walls run the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which narrates stories from Hindu mythology, including the famous Churning of the Ocean of Milk.

The fortified city of Angkor Thom covers an area of 10 square km.

Enclosed by the walls and wide moat, the city includes many of Angkor's most popular sights.

Enter by the monumental South Gate over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, each carrying a giant naga.

Continue to the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper Kings, former spaces for public ceremonies, both adorned with dramatic bas-reliefs.

Visit the ruined Baphuon, Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas before continuing to the mysterious Bayon Temple.

In this temple, one of the most popular and compelling in Angkor, explore the galleries of beautifully preserved bas reliefs and ascend narrow stairs to reach the central sanctuary, where you will find giant stone faces smiling enigmatically down at you from every angle.

Visit Ta Prohm, one of the most popular attractions of Angkor as much of the jungle has not been cleared and it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across them.

Included

  • Breakfast.
  • Full Day Excursion
  • Private Car & Driver.
  • English speaking guide.
  • All Entry Fees.
  • Overnight Accommodation.

Day 6 : Hanoi

Spend your day at leisure. In the afternoon you will be collected from your hotel in Siem Reap and transferred to the airport by private car for your onward flight.

On arrival in Hanoi you will be met and transferred to your hotel by private car.

Activities and Services

Included

  • Breakfast.
  • Departure Transfer by Private Car.
  • Economy Class Flight.
  • Airline Taxes.
  • Check in Baggage Allowance.
  • Arrival Transfer by Private Car.
  • Overnight Accommodation.

Day 7 : Hanoi

You will be collected from your hotel by your guide for this full day excursion in Hanoi.

Although it is the modern-day capital of Vietnam, Hanoi still retains the mystery and charm of past centuries, with its narrow lanes and traditional shop houses.

Begin with an exploration of the Museum of Ethnology (closed on Mondays - an alternative visit to the Vietnamese Women's Museum will be made instead).

This museum showcases art, traditional clothing and reconstructions of traditional longhouses from 54 different ethnic groups.

Afterwards head to the Temple of Literature with its walled courtyards and graceful gateways.

Founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, this was also the site of Vietnam's first university.

Continue to visit Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex where the Vietnamese people honour the country's 'Great Father'.

Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (viewed from the outside only) which contains the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh; and Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1958 until his final days in 1969.

Preserved in the same condition as during his life, it may be viewed through the windows.

Also visit the miniature 11th century One Pillar Pagoda which was rebuilt after being destroyed by the French in 1954.

In the late afternoon, visit Hoan Kiem Lake which contains an islet with the tiny Tortoise Pagoda and enjoy a traditional Vietnamese coffee here.

Round off the day by taking the green electric buggy to Hanoi's Old Quarter.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum with Vietnamese Flag - Hanoi

Included

  • Breakfast.
  • Full Day Excursion.
  • Private Car & Driver.
  • English Speaking Guide.
  • Overnight Accommodation.

Day 8 : Bhaya Classic Line

You will be collected from your hotel in Hanoi and transferred to board your Bhaya Classic Cruise, departing around 12:45 pm.

Enjoy lunch on board as your journey starts as Bhaya Classic cruises towards the southeast of Halong Bay, passing Trong Mai Islet, Ngon Tay Islet, Con Coc Islet, Cua Van Floating Culture Centre.

The first destination to visit is Trinh Nu Cave, one of the finest sunlight-filled caves in Halong Bay, covering an area of 2,000 sq. m with stunning stalactites and stalagmites.

It's a great spot for swimming and kayaking here.

Enjoy Happy Hour at the bar from 5 pm before the “Master-Chef Competition” and fruit carving demonstration.

Sunset is a magical time to admire the sunset over Halong Bay while the boat anchors for an overnight stay.

Enjoy a set-menu dinner on board while your Cruise Manager introduces the following day program.

Squid fishing is a popular activity after dinner.

Expert tips

The use of Kayaks on board Bhaya is free and is a great bonus.

We've been strong supporters of Bhaya Cruises for several years now and our customer feedback has always been great. We always have their best rates and special offers.

Activities and Services

Included

  • Breakfast.
  • Transfer by shared vehicle to Halong Bay.
  • Cruise in Halong Bay.
  • Lunch & Dinner.
  • Welcome drink 
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees.
  • Kayaks.
  • Onboard insurance, tax and service charges.
  • Master-Chef Competition and Fruit Carving Demonstration.
  • Overnight on Board.

Excluded

  • Spa treatments.

Day 9 : Hoi An

Start off your day with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck with complimentary tea and coffee being served. Rejuvenate your body and mind with the slow movement of Tai Chi and enjoy the dawn on the bay.

Halong Bay's largest and most famous cave, Sung Sot Cave, which consists of two major chambers. The first, comparable to a theatre hall, features numerous stalactites hanging from the ceiling. From here a narrow passageway leads to the massive second chamber, where a flow of natural light brightens the surfaces of a space roomy enough to hold thousands of people.

Sung Sot Cave's 10,000 square meters of space hold thousands of stalactites and stalagmites and are threaded by a 500-meter paved passageway.

You can choose either a kayak or a traditional rowing boat to go around discovering local life on the waters.

Return to the boat for brunch before sailing back to shore, arriving back around 10:30 am and transferring to the airport in Hanoi for your onward flight.

Fly to Danang with Vietnam Airlines.

On arrival in Danang you will be met and transferred to your hotel by private car.

Activities and Services

Included

  • Day 2 of Halong Bay Cruise.
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees.
  • Kayaks.
  • Onboard insurance, tax and service charges.
  • Brunch on board.
  • Transfer to Hanoi Airport by Private Car.
  • Economy Class Flight.
  • Airline Taxes.
  • Check in Baggage Allowance.
  • Arrival Transfer by Private Car.
  • Overnight Accommodation.

Day 10 : Hoi An

You will be collected from your hotel by your guide for this half day excursion from Hoi An.

Enjoy a half day walking tour of Hoi An, one of the most interesting and picturesque towns in Vietnam. See the highlights of Hoi An in a morning tour, visiting the most interesting temples and sights.

The walking tour will include five of the sites below:

Dating back to 1653, Quan Cong Temple is one of the most interesting of the Chinese temples in Hoi An.

Phuoc Kien Pagoda is a Chinese pagoda built around 1690 and typical of the Chinese 'clans' that were established in the Hoi An area. The temple is dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea and Protector of Sailors and Fishermen.

The Japanese Covered Bridge is Hoi An's most famous and revered sight, dating back to 1593 and built by the Japanese community of Hoi An to link the town with the Chinese quarters across the stream.

The Tran Family Chapel is around 200 years old and reflects the influence of Chinese and Japanese styles.

Sa Huynh Museum near the Japanese Covered Bridge contains exhibitions from the earliest period of Hoi An's history.

Phung Hung House has been occupied by the same family for eight generations and combines Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese styles.

Quang Dong Pagoda was open to all Chinese traders or seamen and is dedicated to Thien Hau. It is a small Chinese style temple with a lintel gate, a rockery courtyard and lucky animals depicted in statuary.

Hoi An Ancient Town

Expert tips

Hoi An is most people's favourite town in Vietnam. It's a great place to potter around on foot and explore the many historic sites, boutique shops and great places to eat.

This half day walking tour is the best way to see Hoi An - on foot and accompanied by an expert guide.

Activities and Services

Included

  • Breakfast.
  • Half Day Tour.
  • Pick up and Drop off from Hotel.
  • English Speaking Guide.
  • All Entrance Fees.
  • Overnight Accommodation.

Day 11 : Hoi An

Enjoy your day at leisure to relax or explore. 

Expert tips

The historic site of My Son is close to Hoi An and is a rewarding morning excursion from Hoi An if you want  to add an excursion on. It pales in comparison to the Temples at Angkor, but it's an enigmatic place and a very important historic relic from the Champa Kingdom.

We recommend a very early start so you'll have the temples to yourselves and also to experience just how busy things are in rural Vietnam before sunrise!

Activities and Services

Included

  • Breakfast.
  • Overnight Accommodation.

Day 12 : Saigon, Hoi An

This morning you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Saigon.

On arrival in Saigon you will be met and transferred to your chosen hotel.

Enjoy an afternoon city tour. You will be collected from your hotel by your guide for this half day excursion in Saigon.

A vibrant metropolis, Saigon teems with energy, activity and motion.

Everywhere you look, you see the convergence of traditional and modern life. This Half Day City Tour will introduce you to the best of Saigon.

Begin the trip into modern history with a tour of the Reunification Palace.

Formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, this 60's style building was famously stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975 signifying the fall of South Vietnam.

It has been preserved in its original state, and the original tanks remain on display near the entrance gates.

Afterwards, drive to the historic centre to visit the Emperor of Jade Pagoda, one of Saigon's most interesting pagodas.

Proceed to pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office.

Pass by the classic European-style landmarks such as the ornate City Hall (Hotel De Ville), the old Opera House (both may only be viewed from the outside).

Finally, end up at the central Ben Thanh Market, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts, appealing to every taste. You can be dropped off here or taken back to your hotel as you wish.

Expert tips

This is a great way to cover the main sights of Saigon and also to get your bearings in the city.

Although Saigon is a metropolis, most things of interest to visitors are located in and around District 1 in a fairly compact area.

Activities and Services

Included

  • Breakfast.
  • Departure Transfer by Private Car.
  • Economy Class Airfare.
  • Airline Taxes.
  • Check in Baggage Allowance.
  • Arrival Transfer by Private Car.
  • Afternoon Excursion.
  • Private Car & Driver.
  • English Speaking Guide.
  • Overnight Accommodation.

Day 13 : Saigon, Mekong River Delta

You will be collected from your hotel by your guide for this full day excursion from Saigon.

From Saigon, drive into the heart of the Mekong Delta the small town of Cai Be with an elegant Neo-Romanesque Cathedral at the town center recalling the presence of the French colonialists back in the 19th century.

Embark on one of the local boats to explore the riverside village in which local families are running age-old cottage industries.

Pay them a visit and see how the delta residents make traditional treats including dried longans, rice pancakes and puffed rice candies, a chance to sample these local delicacies.

Continue the trip across a main flow of the mighty Mekong then follow narrow waterways through peaceful lush green orchards and also lively scenes of well inhabited canals.

Disembark at Vinh Long and return to your hotel in Saigon.

Expert tips

This is a classic Mekong Delta day trip. It's quite a long day but well worth it.

Activities and Services

Included

  • Breakfast.
  • Full Day Excursion.
  • Private Car & Driver.
  • English Speaking Guide.
  • All Entrance Fees.
  • Overnight Accommodation.

Day 14 : Overnight Travel, Ho Chi Minh City

Enjoy your day at leisure.

In the late evening you will be collected from your hotel in Saigon and transferred to the airport by private car for your onward flight.

Expert tips

If you prefer, an excursion can be added on today to the Cu Chi Tunnels, either in the morning or afternoon.

Included

  • Breakfast. 
  • Departure Transfer by Private Car.

Day 15 : End of Itinerary

Fly from Saigon direct to Heathrow with Vietnam Airlines.

Included

  • Economy Class Flight.
  • Airline Taxes.
  • Check in Baggage Allowance.

Excluded

  • Seat Reservations may incur additional fees.
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