The ultimate Vietnam trip from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi.

Discover the spirit of Vietnam on a trip from south to north, taking in all the attractions in between. Explore Vietnam's fast-paced Ho Chi Minh City, wander the ancient Vietnamese streets of Hoi An, experience the history-soaked monuments of Hue and bask in the undeniable charm of Hanoi. Experience Vietnam's beautiful landscapes, delicious cuisine and the renowned friendliness of the Vietnamese people. Top it all off with an overnight cruise on mystical Halong Bay and you won't ever want to leave.

Start
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Finish
Hanoi, Vietnam
Countries
Vietnam
Themes
Explorer
Code
TVSQ
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
392kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Glide down the Perfume River in Hue
  • Experience the magic of Halong Bay
  • Experience the buzz of Ho Chi Minh City
  • Delve into history at the Cu Chi tunnels
  • Hit the shops in Hoi An

Itinerary

If arriving early, explore the diverse range of sights in Ho Chi Minh's tourist spots, get a bird's-eye view from a rooftop bar or slurp a steaming Vietnamese pho at a street stall. Delve into an underground world of guerrilla warfare in the incredible Cu Chi Tunnels before visiting the War Remnants Museum.
Make tracks to Hoi An and discover centuries-old temples, charming houses and gilded community halls. The many art galleries, shops and cafes are also a great way to while away time in one of Vietnam's most charming riverside towns.
Enjoy a stop at picturesque China Beach en route to Hue. Sense the spirits of the Nguyen dynasty while exploring intricate tombs, palaces and pagodas within Hue's crumbling citadel walls. Take in the peace of this area while cruising on the calm waters of Perfume River.
Arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam's enthralling capital city, and enjoy a hearty breakfast at KOTO restaurant. Head to Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum to rub shoulders with locals who pay their respects to the country's revolutionary leader here. Afterwards, perhaps head to the evocative Old Quarter to discover 36 streets of exotic sights and intriguing bargains.
Head out on an overnight Halong Bay cruise on a private junk boat. Floating on the turquoise waters that flow between the stunning weathered limestone peaks is sure to be one of the tour highlights.
Back in Vietnam's capital, there's free time for some optional last minute activities including a cyclo tour or shopping expedition. Or simply relax with a bia hoi in an atmospheric street cafe and recount highlights of a memorable trip.
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Inclusions

Meals
8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport
Boat, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Private Bus, Private vehicle, Taxi
Accommodation
Hotel (7 nights), Overnight boat (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activities
  • Halong Bay - Overnight boat cruise
  • HCMC - Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Ho Chi Minh City - War Remnants Museum
  • Hoi An - Ancient town
  • Hue - Imperial citadel
  • Hue - Motorbike trip including lunch
  • Hue - Perfume River boat ride
  • Hue - Royal tomb
  • KOTO dinner

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Vietnam Express Northbound , June 2015

Vietnam Express Northbound , June 2015