It's a real signature Vietnam experience, taking you from top to tail, featuring all of Vietnam's must-see sights, while offering plenty of opportunities to soak in the wonderful culture and interact with local people along the way.
Our Vibrant Vietnam tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.
Infiltrate the mysterious tunnel system of the Viet Cong
Swim, paddle and cruise in the warm seas of this coastal city
Get to grips with Vietnamese cooking with a cooking class in this fabulous city
Cruise into the still, green waters of Vietnam's most famous bay
Our Vibrant Vietnam Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.
Make a stop at the wonderful Reaching Out workshop, where you can meet local artisans who are part of a project that helps people with disabilities become integrated into society and lead productive lives.
Spend a relaxing few hours in Zen House, where you'll learn about the art of Zen, how the house's architecture achieves a peaceful space and enjoy some refreshments. The profits from the house support the local community.
Enjoy Saigon's most extraordinary production, the A O Show! This breathtaking performance showcases the beauty and cultural richness of Vietnamese rural life.
This tour is ideal for those with a reasonable period of time who are looking for a comprehensive visit to the most famous and iconic cities and sights of Vietnam and visit some more off the beaten track destinations. We have designed the tour to make the most of the time available to showcase the key highlights and cities of Vietnam.
Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam’s elegant capital city for a two-night stay.
Transfer to Halong City, climb aboard your ship and cruise out into the spectacular Halong Bay. You'll spend the day sailing amongst the karst peaks on the tranquil green waters. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a vision of awe-inspiring beauty, it isn't hard to see why it is one of Vietnam’s most popular destinations. Spend the night on board.
Rise early to watch the sun rise over the bay and enjoy an invigorating session of Tai Chi. Transfer back to Hanoi and enjoy a cyclo ride through the vibrant backstreets of the Old Quarter. Dinner tonight will feature a cooking demonstration of Hanoi's speciality dish, bun thang.
Start the day as the locals do, sipping a coffee in a local coffee shop, before heading to visit the Ho Chi Minh Quarter and the Temple of Literature. Fly on to Hue, Vietnam's imperial capital.
This morning visit the imposing Imperial Citadel and Forbidden Purple City at the heart of Hue, once the home of Vietnam’s emperors. Cruise on the picturesque Perfume River and admire the Thien Mu Pagoda. Later, see the magnificent tomb of Minh Mang before heading to Zen house where you learn about architecture and spiritual meaning of this beautiful place.
Leave Hue for Hoi An, taking a scenic route over the Hai Van Pass. This afternoon take a walking tour of this charming town. A wonderfully laidback place, Hoi An's streets are a delight to wander – visit the Japanese Bridge, the colourful market and Chinese temple. Stop en route to visit Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, and watch the artisans at work.
Head out into Hoi An’s verdant surroundings to Tra Que, where you’ll see the local farmers at work, tending lush gardens of vegetables and herbs. After lunch at the local restaurant, learn the traditional methods the farmers use to plant, fertilise and harvest the crop, then try your hand at raking the ground and sowing seeds before returning to your hotel.
This morning fly 1 hour and 20 minutes to Nha Trang. Upon arrival enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure – the beach is a great place to start.
Take to the turquoise waters for a cruise around the many little islands off Nha Trang's coast. There'll be a stop at an island to enjoy the balmy waters for yourself, and a visit to a fishing village. Head up into the cooler climes of the South Central Highlands to the lovely town of Dalat.
Spend today sightseeing with visits to the Domaine de Marie Church, the Flower Gardens and an embroidery workshop. Climb aboard an open-air steam train from the old railway station to journey out through the fantastic scenery to Trai Mat hamlet. This afternoon browse the stalls of Dalat’s busy market, ending the day with a cup of locally grown coffee as you take in the picturesque views overlooking Xuan Huong Lake.
Depart the picturesque scenery of Dalat and drive to the bustling city of Saigon, stopping at one of the many tea plantations in the region of Bao Loc. On arrival, the rest of the day is free.
Head out of the city to the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of underground passageways used by the Viet Cong during the war. Return to Saigon and spend the afternoon discovering the city’s sights. See the colonial architecture of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office, as well as the Reunification Palace and chilling War Remnants Museum.
Journey to Ben Tre to cruise on the mighty Mekong. This area is called the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’, the rich and fertile lands producing a plethora of rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruits. Here you’ll paddle through the maze of palm-lined canals, taste local produce, visit a local family, lunch on typical Mekong dishes and enjoy traditional music. Return to Saigon and enjoy a farewell dinner and the visually spectacular A O Show this evening.
Spend your day at leisure before transferring to the airport for your flight to Australia, arriving the same or following day.
All of our tour departures (Excluding Antarctica and Australia tours) include international flights and taxes in the price. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal. If your tour departs in less than 30 days, please call our travel experts to book.
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There are no dedicated Solo departures for this year. You can enjoy any of our tours with no Single Supplement on our Happy to Share option or explore the solo departures in other years.
Extend your holiday or break up your journey with one of our extensions and stopovers. Choose from city breaks or some beach time, or spend more time in your chosen destination.