The perfect snapshot of a captivating country, delve into Vietnam's energetic cities, fascinating heritage and compelling landscapes. See the sights of Hanoi and Saigon whilst savouring the breathtaking scenery of Halong Bay and the Mekong Delta.
Our Vietnam Impressions tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.
Drift on emerald waters amongst the picturesque peaks of Vietnam's most famous bay
Wander the idyllic centre of Vietnam’s charming UNESCO town
Discover the lush are of the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’
Get to grips with the intricacies of Vietnamese cooking
Our Vietnam Impressions 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.
Enjoy Saigon's most extraordinary production, the A O Show! This breathtaking performance showcases the beauty and cultural richness of Vietnamese rural life.
Master the art of Vietnamese cooking, visiting a local market in Hoi An to talk to sellers and buy fresh ingredients that you'll then use to whip up your own culinary masterpiece!
Experience a coffee break with a local twist in Hanoi! Taste traditionally-prepared Vietnamese egg coffee in an atmospheric local café.
This tour is ideal for those with a short period of time who are looking for a comprehensive visit to the most famous and iconic cities and sights of Vietnam. We have designed the tour to make the most of the time available to showcase the key highlights and cities of Vietnam.
Fly to Vietnam's vibrant capital city, Hanoi. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Spend the day cruising amongst spectacular seascapes, fringed by jagged karst formations jutting from emerald waters. Halong Bay, with its 1,600 islands and islets, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 and is a vision of awe-inspiring beauty. You'll even explore one of the bay's many caves. Spend a night onboard before returning to Hanoi the next day.
Exuding a wonderfully exotic aura, Hanoi is the perfect combination of old Asia and new bringing together all of the charms of a colonial past with a modern buzz in one fast-paced yet graceful city. Sightseeing today includes a wander through the Old Quarter's atmospheric tangle of streets, with a break for a traditional Vietnamese coffee. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, where you'll pass Ho Chi Minh's monumental mausoleum and Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House and see One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. Fly to Danang and transfer to the UNESCO-listed town of Hoi An.
Take a morning walking tour of charming Hoi An. This is a wonderfully graceful and traditional place; the lantern-lined streets, brimming with shops and tailors, are a delight to wander. Visit a lovely old house, still occupied by the descendants of the merchants who built it over 200 years ago, before seeing the elaborate Japanese Bridge, a Chinese temple and the bustling market. Stop en route to visit Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, and watch the artisans at work. Vietnamese cooking is renowned across the world for its innovative use of fresh ingredients and spices – this evening, learn all about the local produce and the necessary skills in a hands-on cookery class.
Spend your day in Hoi An at leisure before flying to Saigon in the afternoon. A seamless blend of past and present, Saigon offers a glimpse into Vietnam’s ever brighter future.
Journey to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the mighty Mekong. This area is known as the 'Rice Basket of Vietnam', the rich and fertile lands producing huge amounts of rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruits. Paddle through the maze of palm-lined canals, getting a glimpse of daily life on the Mekong Delta, and enjoy a lunch of typical Mekong fare. Return to Saigon.
Contemplate the horrors of guerrilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels, where you'll see the legendary tunnel network used by the Viet Cong to infiltrate South Vietnam during the war. Following this, head into the centre of Saigon to see Notre Dame Cathedral and the neoclassical Central Post Office. Also visit the Reunification Palace; and the chilling War Remnants Museum. Finish by browsing through the lively Ben Thanh Market. This evening enjoy a performance of the A O Show - a music, dance and acrobatic spectacular at the Saigon Opera House.
Spend your day at leisure before transferring to the airport for your flight to Australia, arriving home the same or following day.
We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.
In the atmospheric area around Hoan Kiem Lake, the Muong Thanh offers stylish and comfortable accommodation in a great location. Surrounded by shops, restaurants and street food, the hotel has free Wi-Fi, a spa, bar and restaurant serving local dishes. Bright and spacious rooms come with city views, an en suite bathroom with bath or shower, plus air-conditioning, safe, television, minibar and tea and coffee making facilities.
This light, bright and stylish hotel, perfectly located for all of Hoi An’s attractions, perfectly combines French colonial and Vietnamese architectural elements. 92 innovatively-designed guest rooms are spacious and have views over the pool, gardens or street – little pops of colour make each room bright and airy. The ensuite bathroom has a shower, and there are little extra touches such as bathrobes to enjoy. The hotel’s facilities include a contemporary bar and restaurant, while there is a large swimming pool and lush, tropical gardens to explore.
Muong Thanh Saigon Centre Hotel is situated in District 1. Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV and have a private bathroom fitted with a bath or shower. For your comfort, you will find bath robes, slippers and a hairdryer. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar, indoor swimming pool and free WiFi.
A replica paddle steamer that oozes a nostalgic charm of bygone Indochina, the Emeraude brings a timeless elegance to the waters of Halong Bay. With classical brass fixtures and warm, characterful cabins, the ship serves up fusion cuisine in its restaurant, a range of drinks at the bar and offers relaxation on the sun deck. There is also a spa, Tai Chi and cooking classes and Wi-Fi. Whilst some cabins have a private balcony, all have air-conditioning and an en suite bathroom with shower.
Places Visited: Australia - Hanoi (2N) - Halong Bay (1N) - Hoi An (2N) - Cu Chi - Mekong Delta - Saigon (3N) - Australia
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