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Vietnam Explorer

  • Duration

    13 days
  • Tour Type

    Group Tour
  • Tour Style

    Go Beyond
  • Price From

    $4,080pp
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Explore the best bits of Vietnam - Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An and Saigon, on a flexible itinerary that gives you the choice to discover each destination independently or choose between a series of cultural experiences. This tour is Vietnam, your way.

Tour Highlights

Our Vietnam Explorer tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

Authentic Experiences

Our Vietnam Explorer 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.

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1

    FLY TO HANOI

    DAY 1: FLY TO HANOI

    Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam's colonially influenced, atmospheric capital. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture. Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening. (D)

  • Day 2

    DISCOVER HANOI

    DAY 2: DISCOVER HANOI

    Start the day exploring the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Stilt House and the Temple of Literature. Next, take a thrilling cyclo ride through the bustling streets of the Old Quarter, with a stop for local delicacy ‘ca phe trung’ (egg coffee) en route. This evening, enjoy a performance of a traditional water puppets show. (B,L,D)

  • Day 3

    CRUISE HALONG BAY

    DAY 3: CRUISE HALONG BAY

    Travel to Halong Bay. Board your vessel for a serene and unforgettable cruise on the glassy, limestone-studded waters. You’ll pass by quaint fishing towns, taste freshly caught seafood and admire the ever-changing vistas of the bay. There are many activities to take part in while you’re on-board - take a swim in the cool waters of the bay, explore stalagmite and stalactite-filled caves, and even squid fishing (in season). (B,L,D)

  • Day 4

    TAI CHI

    DAY 4: TAI CHI

    Rise early to catch the sunrise over the karst peaks of the bay and practise Tai Chi on deck. After brunch on board, return to the dock and travel back to Hanoi. On arrival, enjoy free time or choose from two optional activities.

    1)Watch the Quintessence of Tonkin show, a spectacular open-air performance celebrating the rich history of northern Vietnam, followed by dinner.

    Or 2) discover the varied and delicious flavours of Vietnamese street food on a tour of Hanoi's very best street eats. (B)

  • Day 5

    IMPERIAL HUE

    DAY 5: IMPERIAL HUE

    Fly to Hue, Vietnam's old imperial capital and still a hub of culture and scholarship. This afternoon, visit Minh Mang Tomb, set in a peaceful spot outside the city, before exploring the grandeur of Hue's Imperial Citadel. Admire the old Thien Mu Pagoda before taking a cruise along the picturesque Perfume River. Later, you may choose an optional royal dining experience, where you will dine on authentic food and be entertained, all in the imperial style. Otherwise, the evening is at leisure. (B,L)

  • Day 6

    HUE EXPERIENCES

    DAY 6: HUE EXPERIENCES

    Today is free for your own explorations, or you can choose between the following optional experiences:

    1) a half day cycling tour of Hue and its beautiful rural surroundings, stopping for lunch with the nuns of a nearby pagoda,

    or 2) learn 'truc chi', creating art with bamboo paper, on a half day visit to a workshop. (B)

  • Day 7

    TRAVEL TO HOI AN

    DAY 7: TRAVEL TO HOI AN

    Journey by road to the charming town of Hoi An, crossing over the scenic Hai Van Pass. This afternoon, wander the old cobbled streets and soak up the delights of Hoi An, with visits to a pagoda, an old Chinese meeting house and the Reaching Out arts and crafts workshop. (B,L)

  • Day 8

    HOI AN EXPERIENCES

    DAY 8: HOI AN EXPERIENCES

    Today is at leisure to explore Hoi An, or you can choose between the following optional activities:

    1) a cooking class, with a visit to the produce market to select fresh, local ingredients, where you'll learn the tricks and techniques of Vietnamese cuisine,

    or 2) a full day farmer and fisherman experience, where you can try your hand at traditional farming techniques in the rural village of Tra Que, before learning to paddle round bamboo boats and cast fishing nets. (B)

  • Day 9

    FLY TO SAIGON

    DAY 9: FLY TO SAIGON

    Fly to Saigon and spend the afternoon at leisure. (B)

  • Day 10

    MEKONG DELTA

    DAY 10: MEKONG DELTA

    Transfer to Ben Tre, in the heart of the Mekong Delta, where you'll visit local cottage industries and taste the delicious produce of the region, before lunching on typical Mekong fare. This afternoon, take a boat trip through the palm-lined canals and waterways to visit small islands, a floating village and pagoda. Return to Saigon. (B,L)

  • Day 11

    CU CHI TUNNELS

    DAY 11: CU CHI TUNNELS

    This morning, discover the Cu Chi Tunnels, an amazing underground network used by the Viet Cong during the war. Return to Saigon and tour the city, visiting the Central Post Office as well as delving into Vietnam's recent history at the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner and a performance of the A O Show, a music, dance and acrobatic spectacular at the Saigon Opera House. (B,L,D)

  • Days 12-13

    SAIGON TO AUSTRALIA

    DAYS 12-13: SAIGON TO AUSTRALIA

    This morning is at leisure, or you can take an optional cyclo tour around Saigon's Chinatown. Later, transfer to the airport and fly to Australia, arriving home the following day. (B)

City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Hanoi
  • 16°c
  • 19mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 16°c
  • 27mm
  • Hue
  • 21°c
  • 145mm
  • Hoi An
  • 22°c
  • 92mm
  • Saigon
  • 26°c
  • 14mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Hanoi
  • 17°c
  • 26mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 17°c
  • 31mm
  • Hue
  • 22°c
  • 45mm
  • Hoi An
  • 23°c
  • 32mm
  • Saigon
  • 28°c
  • 4mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Hanoi
  • 20°c
  • 44mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 20°c
  • 43mm
  • Hue
  • 24°c
  • 59mm
  • Hoi An
  • 24°c
  • 30mm
  • Saigon
  • 29°c
  • 10mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Hanoi
  • 24°c
  • 90mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 24°c
  • 91mm
  • Hue
  • 27°c
  • 68mm
  • Hoi An
  • 26°c
  • 34mm
  • Saigon
  • 30°c
  • 50mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Hanoi
  • 28°c
  • 188mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 28°c
  • 168mm
  • Hue
  • 29°c
  • 122mm
  • Hoi An
  • 28°c
  • 56mm
  • Saigon
  • 30°c
  • 218mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Hanoi
  • 29°c
  • 240mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 28°c
  • 244mm
  • Hue
  • 30°c
  • 87mm
  • Hoi An
  • 29°c
  • 99mm
  • Saigon
  • 28°c
  • 312mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Hanoi
  • 30°c
  • 288mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 29°c
  • 267mm
  • Hue
  • 30°c
  • 66mm
  • Hoi An
  • 30°c
  • 90mm
  • Saigon
  • 28°c
  • 294mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Hanoi
  • 29°c
  • 318mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 28°c
  • 312mm
  • Hue
  • 30°c
  • 194mm
  • Hoi An
  • 29°c
  • 104mm
  • Saigon
  • 28°c
  • 270mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Hanoi
  • 28°c
  • 265mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 28°c
  • 206mm
  • Hue
  • 28°c
  • 509mm
  • Hoi An
  • 28°c
  • 297mm
  • Saigon
  • 28°c
  • 327mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Hanoi
  • 25°c
  • 131mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 25°c
  • 119mm
  • Hue
  • 26°c
  • 898mm
  • Hoi An
  • 26°c
  • 526mm
  • Saigon
  • 28°c
  • 267mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Hanoi
  • 22°c
  • 43mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 21°c
  • 55mm
  • Hue
  • 24°c
  • 682mm
  • Hoi An
  • 24°c
  • 363mm
  • Saigon
  • 27°c
  • 116mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Hanoi
  • 19°c
  • 23mm
  • Halong Bay
  • 18°c
  • 24mm
  • Hue
  • 21°c
  • 350mm
  • Hoi An
  • 23°c
  • 206mm
  • Saigon
  • 26°c
  • 48mm
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