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

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
309kg pp per trip


  • 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


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 exotic smells and intriguing sights.
Head out on an overnight Halong Bay cruise on a private junk boat. Floating on turquoise waters that flow between the stunning weathered limestone peaks, is 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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8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Boat, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Private Bus
Hotel (7 nights), Overnight boat (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activities
  • Halong Bay - Overnight boat cruise
  • HCMC - City tour
  • HCMC - Cu Chi Tunnels
  • HCMC - War Remnants Museum
  • Hoi An - Ancient town
  • Hue - Imperial citadel
  • Hue - Perfume River boat ride
  • Hue - Royal tomb
  • KOTO dinner


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Important notes

A single supplement is available on this trip.

The Hue airport will be closed for approximately 8 months. For departures during this period we will be using the Danang airport for the flight to Hanoi. It is a 3hr transfer from Hue city to Danang airport.

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