From  £2180
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Discover Hanoi's One Pillar Pagoda
  • Learn about the Cu Chi tunnels
  • Visit Hoi An's famous tailors
  • Enjoy a boat trip on the Tu Bon River
  • Cruise Halong Bay's emerald waters
  • Travel aboard the Reunification Express
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Essential Vietnam

11 Day Tour, from £2180 per person

For those with limited time but still wanting to enjoy a varied Vietnam holiday, this tour stretches from the bright lights of Ho Chi Minh City in the south, to the charming port town of Hoi An and on to the elegant capital, Hanoi, where the French influence is still evident through its stunning colonial architecture. Travel aboard the Reunification Express to feel like a true local, experience this incredible country and learn more about its complex history. Gain an insight into traditional Vietnamese life, sample the local cuisine and enjoy a magical overnight experience amongst Halong Bay’s limestone peaks.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO HO CHI MINH CITY
Fly to Ho Chi Minh City.
DAY 2
HO CHI MINH CITY
HO CHI MINH CITY
Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and drive to a city centre hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore at leisure.
DAY 3
HO CHI MINH CITY
HO CHI MINH CITY
This morning depart via speedboat along the Saigon River to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a series of tunnels used by the Vietcong to evade the American invaders. Explore the maze of tunnels with your guide - also on display are various homemade mantraps and the remains of an American tank. Return to Ho Chi Minh City with lunch en-route and follow this with visits to some of the city's major attractions including the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the War Remnants Museum. (B/L)
DAY 4
HO CHI MINH CITY
HO CHI MINH CITY
Enjoy the day at leisure - perhaps enjoy some souvenir shopping in popular Ben Thanh Market. This evening drive to the train station and board the train for an overnight adventure (late check-out in the hotel included). Overnight onboard in a 4-berth air-conditioned cabin. (B)
DAY 5
HO CHI MINH CITY TO HOI AN
HO CHI MINH CITY TO HOI AN
Arrive in Danang and transfer to Hoi An. The historic town of Hoi An was one of the most important ports in central Vietnam, visited by sailing ships from all over the world seeking trade in silk, ceramics and spices. In the late 19th century, trade moved to Danang and Hoi An turned back into a sleepy fishing village. Now, with its Old Town listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hoi An has become a popular tourist destination, where travellers buy tailor-made suits and marvel at the quaint narrow streets packed with ancient Chinese, Portuguese and Japanese architecture. The small town is easy to navigate so your time is at leisure to explore. (B)
DAY 6
HOI AN
HOI AN
Spend the day at leisure, perhaps rent a bicycle and explore the surrounding countryside. Alternatively, take a boat trip on the Tu Bon River, relax on the beach, or enjoy the wonderful cuisine on offer at some of the town’s cafés. (B)
DAY 7
HOI AN TO HANOI
HOI AN TO HANOI
Enjoy the day at leisure until driving to Danang railway station for the overnight train north to Hanoi. Overnight onboard. (B)
DAY 8
HANOI
HANOI
Arrive early morning and drive to the hotel. Enjoy breakfast and early check-in. This afternoon head out to discover Hanoi, Vietnam’s modern day capital. Discover the One Pillar Pagoda and visit the Temple of Literature - Vietnam’s first institute of learning - before exploring the incredible labyrinth of narrow streets in the Old Quarter on a fun cyclo tour. Watch a traditional water puppet performance in the evening. (B)
DAY 9
HALONG BAY
HALONG BAY
Experience the beauty of one of Indochina’s most iconic vistas - Halong Bay. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this impressive natural wonder consists of around 1,600 limestone islands rising from the sea. Board a traditional junk and sail out into the bay. Explore caves, take a dip in the emerald waters or go kayaking before enjoying traditional Vietnamese cuisine, prepared on board by the crew. Watch sunset and spend the night on board. (B)
DAY 10
HALONG BAY TO HANOI
HALONG BAY TO HANOI
During your buffet breakfast this morning cruise to Me Cung Cave a remnant of the Stone Age era some 10,000 years ago. Explore the cave and its impressive stalagmites and stalactites. Return to the ship for a light brunch while cruising back to the pier. Drive back to Hanoi and enjoy the evening at leisure. (B/L)
DAY 11
DEPARTURE
Transfer to airport after breakfast for flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

11 day tour, from £2180 per person

Price Includes

  • Return flights in economy class with Vietnam Airlines direct from London Heathrow
  • All airport taxes & security charges
  • Accommodation in three-star hotels with breakfast
  • Overnight train travel in shared four-berth soft-sleepers
  • Meals as specified (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • All transfers and transportation in private, air-conditioned vehicle
  • Sightseeing with English-speaking guide/drive
 

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Vietnam visa (currently free for UK passport holders for stay up to 15 days travelling before 30 June 2017)
 

Price Notes

Please speak to a Regent Travel Vietnam specialist if you wish to upgrade to five-star hotels

Tour Route Map


  1. Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City
  2. Vietnam, Hoi An
  3. Vietnam, Hanoi
  4. Vietnam, Halong Bay
  5. Vietnam, Hanoi

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