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Highlights of Vietnam

Duration 12 days

Destinations visited :
  • Vietnam

Visit Vietnam in one fascinating trip: the cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, and the monolithic islands of Halong Bay.You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… rolling up your sleeves and joining local farmers in the vegetable fields surrounding Tra Que village, and meeting the family at Ngoc Son Garden House, as they share its royal history over local delicacies.

Take a look at your day-by-day itinerary or contact us on 0207 620 8952 to find out more.


Welcome to Vietnam! Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers.Welcome Reception
Melia Hanoi


Take a full day to explore Hanoi’s celebrated history. Visit the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing monument where the preserved body of ‘Uncle Ho’ resides. A short walk from here is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts, a Unique Insight, as well as the lotus-shaped One Pillar Pagoda which rests on a single stone pillar emerging from the water. Continue to the Temple of Literature, the first university for the sons of mandarins, for an overview of Hanoian culture. After lunch enjoy a walking tour through the Old Quarter to embrace the bustling local life. In the evening, see a traditional water puppet performance, a Unique Insight. This northern Vietnamese art form beautifully illustrates scenes of rural life and natural history.Buffet Breakfast,Lunch


This morning, drive through green rice paddy fields to Halong Bay to board your Authentic Accommodation, a traditional Vietnamese Junk sailing boat. Cruise among the hundreds of islets of Halong Bay, a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage listed site. Mid afternoon arrive at Titop Island for swimming and relaxation on the beach before continuing to Cua Van fishing village. Drop anchor later in the evening for a Regional Meal and a peaceful overnight stay.Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Regional Meal
Bhaya Cruise Authentic Accommodation


Begin your day as the locals do during a morning Tai Chi class, a Local Speciality, on the deck of the traditional Junk boat. Then explore Sung Sot grotto where stalactites hanging from the high ceiling take on numerous shapes and forms. Return to the boat to indulge in a delectable brunch as you continue cruising amongst the islands. Disembark and drive back to Hanoi stopping at Dong Trieu Ceramic factory, a Local Speciality. Later enjoy a delicious Regional Meal at Thanh Chuong Palace. Continue to Hanoi Airport for your evening flight to Hue, and transfer to your hotel upon arrival.Buffet Breakfast,Regional Meal


This morning take a cyclo ride from the hotel to the Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO designated site. From there, transfer to the Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue’s best-preserved religious monument and return to Hue city by dragon boat down the Perfume River. Enjoy lunch at Ngoc Son Garden House; one of the great remaining garden houses of Hue. This afternoon experience an optional visit to the private bonsai garden of Ms. Ton Nu, a Local Expert, who teaches you about the preparation and fertilization of the land, along with techniques to identify an outstanding bonsai.Buffet Breakfast,Lunch


This morning depart Hue and drive over the scenic Hai Van Pass. Stop en-route at the Cham museum, a Unique Insight, to learn about the ancient Champa civilisation. Later arrive at your Hoi An resort hotel and enjoy some free time this afternoon. Perhaps choose to join an optional Vietnamese cooking class including a boat trip to the schools location on the banks of the An Hoa River, or learn more about the ancient Champa civilisation with a trip to My Son Cham Towers. Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure to wander the peaceful lantern lit streets of this picturesque town.Buffet Breakfast
Hotel: Royal Hoi An


[This morning enjoy a walking tour around the ancient town of Hoi An. Today this ancient UNESCO designated town boasts well-preserved buildings, pedestrianised streets, narrow lanes and a colourful market brimming with Local Specialities. See the old merchants houses and the 400 year old Japanese Covered Bridge. Later enjoy a delicious Be My Guest lunch with a local farming family at Tra Que Organic village. Walk through the market gardens and spend some time helping local farmers with their daily working routines, before indulging in a foot massage, a Local Speciality. Return to Hoi An Village for the rest of the day and evening at leisure.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dinner


This morning enjoy some free time to relax at the hotel or explore Hoi An further. In the afternoon your choice of activities gives you two Cultural Insight opportunities: to join a Lantern Making Workshop or a Fishing Life Tour (subject to weather conditions) to learn about the lives of the local fishermen and have a go at casting your own fishing net.  Buffet Breakfast


This morning, fly to Vietnam’s largest metropolis, Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. Upon arrival enjoy some free time to stroll around the city before lunch at KOTO restaurant; a non profit social enterprise that provides training to disadvantaged young people in the hospitality industry. Meet a senior staff member who will explain more about the work of KOTO and enjoy a meal served by some of the senior trainees who are on their internship within the training programme. Next transfer to Dong Khoi Street for the start of a walking tour. See the Opera House and the former Hotel de Ville. Wander up to the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Central Post Office, designed by the French architect, Gustave Eiffel. Continue to visit the War Remnants Museum for a vivid glimpse of the war through the eyes of the locals. Conclude the day at Ben Thanh market before arriving at your centrally located riverside hotel this evening. Buffet Breakfast/Lunch. Hotel: Renaissance Riverside

DAY 10

Today take a day trip to My Tho situated in the Delta of the Mekong River. Transfer to a small sampan boat and discover the maze of small canals before stopping for a Regional Meal of delicious Mekong Delta specialities. Take a short walk along village roads to visit the house of a former soldier, a Local Specialist who survived fighting the Khmer Rouge. Now he and his wife live on making rice paper and have some fascinating stories to tell. Later return to Ho Chi Minh City for an evening at leisure.
Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast -Regional Meal

DAY 11

Today is a free day to enjoy Ho Chi Minh City at your own pace or to join an Optional Experience to visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels. This evening join your fellow travellers for a visit to the home of the former American Ambassador to South Vietnam in the 1960s, Mr. Henry Cabot Lodge, a Cultural Insight followed by your Farewell Dinner.
Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast – Farewell Dinner

DAY 12

This morning transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation
    Bhaya Luxury Junk boat. Stay and dine onboard Bhaya Cruises’ traditionally built Authentic Accommodation, as you float among the magnificent limestone islands of Halong Bay. These junk boats were developed during the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD) and were used as seagoing vessels as early as the 2nd century AD.
  • Be My Guest
    lunch at the historic home of a local family in Hue.
  • Cultural Insights
    Visit Ho Chi Minh’s house, enjoy a water puppet performance, watch local pottery artisans at work, learn about the ancient Champa civilisation, see the colourful market stands of Hoi An, visit the home of the former American Ambassador to South Vietnam.
  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.
  • Local Specialists
    in Halong Bay and the Mekong Delta.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City Tour of Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City
  • Cruise around Halong Bay and along the Perfume River in Hue
  • See Red Beach in Danang
  • Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Temple of Literature in Hanoi, the Imperial Citadel in Hue and the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City


  • 11 buffet breakfasts.
  • 5 dinners.
  • 6 lunches (including Be My Guest).

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

Prices from £1922
Saturdays – September to June

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  • Triple and Single rooms available
  • Flights available
  • Pre and Post extensions available

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Highlights of Vietnam

Visit Vietnam in one fascinating trip: the cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, and the monolithic islands of Halong Bay.You’ll enjoy Insider moments like… rolling up your sleeves and joining local farmers in the vegetable fields surrounding Tra Que village, and meeting the family at Ngoc Son Garden House, as they share its royal history over local delicacies.

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