Highlights of Vietnam

11 Days, 1 Country. Experience the very best exotic Vietnam has to offer, from Ha Long Bay to Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon
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Summary

This 11-day tour will show you all the hidden gems and must-see marvels in Vietnam. Sail through the picture-perfect towering limestone islands of Ha Long Bay. Experience the hidden depths of the Cu Chi Tunnels. Wander through the bustling Cai Rang floating market. Taste the vibrant food, encounter the inspiring customs and immerse yourself in a fascinating culture that will leave you wanting more.

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Why this Trip

  • All tour dates are guaranteed to depart.
  • Only 10% deposit or minimum $110.00 required - pay the rest off in instalments.
  • Modern air-conditioned coach transport.
  • 2 included internal flights with transfers.
  • High quality 3 & 4* hotel accommodation with free WiFi.
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Itinerary PrintView full Itinerary here

Start in: Hanoi

Hanoi, 15:00-17:00 hrs
End in: Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon, 10:00 hrs
Duration: 11 Days
Ages: 10 - 75+
Places: 1 Country
34 Experiences

DAY 1: Arrive in Hanoi

You've arrived in Vietnam! Check in at your hotel and take some time to explore the bustling centre of Hanoi. There are plenty of stores and market stalls to peruse, and the city is also known for its nightlife and street food. Meet up with your tour leader and other travellers at the hotel in the afternoon.

DAY 2: Hanoi city tour

Your full-day sightseeing tour of Hanoi starts with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Complex. This is current resting place of Ho Chi Minh, known as the father of modern-day Vietnam. Discover the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Presidential Palace and unusual Stilt House. The Temple of Literature will be your next stop. Constructed in 1070 in honour of Confucius, it served as the country's first university. Then it's onto the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. Here, you can get an insider perspective on the lifestyles and customs of the 54 official ethnic groups that call Vietnam home. Hoan Kiem Lake and the island-bound Ngoc Son Temple will be the last stop for the day.

DAY 3: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay

Embark on a cruise to iconic Ha Long Bay. Enjoy a traditional lunch on board while cruising through the beautiful canals. The first stop in Halong Bay is Sung Sot Cave. Return to the ship to enjoy happy hour at sunset, and learn more about Vietnamese cuisine during a live cooking demonstration. Dinner is served aboard the ship, after which you can relax on the top deck, try your hand at squid fishing or watch an Indochina movie before turning in for the night.

Please note: Cruise itineraries and schedules are subject to change without pre-notice depending on the weather and operating conditions.

DAY 4: Cat Ba island - Hanoi - flight to Hue

Wake up in Ha Long Bay and start your day with a refreshing Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck. After breakfast, hop onto a bamboo boat with a local and explore Luon Cave. Enjoy lunch and visit the verdant Cát Bà Island, before embarking to Hanoi for a flight down to Hue.

DAY 5: Hue city tour

The city of Hue served as the centre of politics, culture and religion of unified Vietnam up until 1945. The famous 80 km-long Perfume River winds its way through the city centre. Cruising its length is a great way to see the city's main sights. This includes the well-known Thien Mu Pagoda, Imperial Citadel and the Royal Mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc. The rest of the day is yours to explore Dong Ba Market at your leisure.

DAY 6: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An

Hop aboard the coach for a scenic drive along the coast from Hue to Hoi An. Stop along the way to drink in the beauty of the Marble Mountains topped with striking pagodas on each summit. Disembark in Hoi An and take the afternoon to explore the lovely coastal city at your leisure.

DAY 7: Hoi An ancient town - Free afternoon

The ancient town of Hoi An boasts many historic sites. Encounter the Japanese Covered Bridge Pagoda and explore the pretty city streets. Visit the Sa Huynh Culture Museum to learn more about the innovative civilisation who established the port. See the Tran Family ancestral worship chapel in person. Learn about lantern-making up close and visit Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall, which honours die Goddess of the Sea. Take the afternoon to explore at your own pace.

DAY 8: Hoi An - Da Nang - flight to Can Tho

Enjoy free time to visit the beach or do a last bit of wandering around Hoi An before embarking to Da Nang Airport. Board a flight to Can Tho, in the Mekong Delta region. The city is home to vast canal networks and floating markets. Use your free time this afternoon to visit the iconic Binh Thuy Ancient House. The century-old home has some marvelous architectural idiosyncrasies.

DAY 9: Cai Rang floating market - Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon

Hop aboard a boat at the Ninh Kieu boat station. Cruise along the busy Can Tho waterway to Cai Rang floating market. This is the ideal place to shop for keepsakes and get some excellent photos. Next up, explore the lively An Binh indoor market. Then it's onto Rau Ram canal for a walking tour and a visit to a rice noodle workshop. Visit a Ba Cong tropical fruit garden where a local family will teach you about cultivation methods, before heading to Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon, where we will spend the night.

DAY 10: Cu Chi tunnels - Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon city tour

The Vietnam/American War played a large role in shaping the Vietnam we know today. Pay homage to this tumultuous history by visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels. These tunnels acted as the refuge of guerrilla fighters during the war. Explore Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon. Iconic sights include the Notre Dame Cathedral, Post Office and the Presidential Palace. Wander the Ben Thanh Market and seek out souvenirs as dusk descends.

DAY 11: Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon: End of tour

Your Vietnamese tour has come to an end. Exchange contact details with your fellow travellers and enjoy your last day in Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon before you head home.


Tour Accommodation


* Please note that we do use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here

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What's Included

  • 9 nights 3 & 4* hotel accommodation in twin rooms with private en-suite facilities, 1 night on board a ship in twin share cabins with private en-suite facilities. Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room and cabin.
  • Services of an Expat Explore tour leader throughout the tour
  • 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
  • All taxes and fees
  • Modern air conditioned coach
  • 34 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities plus other exciting experiences)
  • All entrance fees as part of the included experiences
  • 2 internal flights

Optional Excursions

Optional excursions are payable in cash currency to your tour leader whilst on tour.
  • To be confirmed

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  • Thanks to the great number of people who travel with us each year, we can negotiate great deals that would be quite impossible for you to find on your own.

Detailed Info Pack

  • Tour start & end points
  • Pre-departure information
  • Pre-tour accommodation

For more information on, starting points & times, emergency contact details, budgeting for your tour & much more you can download our information pack here.

Helpful Pre-Trip Info

Visa

Certain nationalities may require a Vietnamese visa for this tour. Please see our pre-departure information for more details. It is your responsibility to contact the relevant embassy to confirm your visa requirements. We can provide support documentation upon request, please contact us for more information.

On tour costs

Please refer to the tour itinerary for full details of the activities and meals that are included in the tour cost, and those that are optional/extra. We would recommend budgeting 350,000-600,000 Vietnamese dong / 15-25 USD per day (this excludes optional excursions).

Room Sharing

Please note, by default all rooms are twin bed rooms.

  • Partners: When you book for more than one person, we will by default group you together in a room (unless you specifically request us not to). If you are unequal numbers (3, 5, 7 etc.) and we are unable to secure a triple room then the remaining traveler will be roomed with another passenger of the same gender. 
  • Single Travelers: If you are travelling alone there is no compulsory charge - you will share a twin room with another passenger of the same gender. There is an optional single supplement/private room upgrade available for single travellers who wish to have a private room. This can be added at the time of booking or by contacting our customer services team. Please note that the room provided may be a single room with a single bed.
  • Triple Room requests: We can generally provide a triple room on request; however it is not guaranteed to be available in every destination. Please contact our customer services team to request a triple room. Please note that in some hotels, the triple may be a double and a single bed, or the third bed may be a pull-out or bunk-bed. Where we cannot provide a triple room the rooming will consist of one twin room and the third passenger sharing with another single traveller of the same gender.

Free-time

In some destinations you will have some free time, where you can choose to join our optional excursions or explore on your own.

Meeting Point

Your tour starts in Hanoi, Vietnam and finishes in Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon, Vietnam. Please have a look at our essential tour information page for detailed information.

Passport

This should be valid for at least six months after you have returned home from your trip. You should also have at least two blank pages as visas and entry/exit stamps can take up a whole page.

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Have a question?

Are children allowed on your tours?

Our tours are not suitable for children under the age of 10 years old. However, at the discretion of Expat Explore we may consider younger children on certain tours if they meet certain criteria and a request is received in writing via email for consideration. Expat Explore reserves the absolute right to accept or decline a booking at our discretion.

Can you cater for my dietary requirements?

Before the tour starts, you will receive an email from us requesting your dietary requirements. There is always a vegetarian option, which is a meal without meat. We try as much as we can to offer you the traditional local cuisine.

Can you provide a triple room?

We can generally provide a triple room on request; however it is not guaranteed to be available in every destination. Please contact our customer services team to request a triple room. Please note that in some hotels, the triple room may consist of a double bed and a single bed, or a double bed and a pull-out or bunk-bed. Where we cannot provide a triple room the rooming will consist of one twin room and the third passenger sharing with another single traveller of the same gender.

Do I need a visa?

Please see our visas page and the pre-departure planning section for more information.

Do I need to change money before the tour?

Please make sure you bring with you for the start of the tour the local currency(ies) you will need for at least the first three days, as there may not be an opportunity to change currency at the very beginning of the tour. You should budget for any optional excursions you wish to do in this period (see 'Optional Excursions' tab above, these are paid in cash on tour unless stated otherwise) and non-included meals. We don’t recommend carrying large amounts of cash with you on tour; you are better off withdrawing enough cash to last you for the next 5-7 days, rather than carrying enough cash to last you for the entirety of the tour. Please refer to your pre-departure information for more information on the currencies you will require for your particular itinerary. When changing money please ensure that you are not given high denomination notes (for example €200 and €500 notes), as you will find most shops and restaurants will refuse to accept them, and your Expat Explore tour leader cannot accept them as payment for optional excursions.

How can I get the documents I need to apply for my visa?

Expat Explore can provide travellers requiring visas with visa support documents on a request basis. Please note that you are required to pay for your tour in full in order to receive the documents. This is an embassy/consulate requirement by law. Once you have received confirmation that your booking has been paid in full, you can request your visa support documents by emailing info@expatexplore.com - please allow up to 10 working days to receive these documents.

How much luggage can I bring?

Due to weight and space limitations, you are allowed to bring one main piece of luggage weighing no more than 20kg, and one small soft bag for hand luggage. On all tours, you will have to carry your own luggage (e.g. into hotels and up to your room if hotels don’t have elevators). Please bear this in mind when you are deciding what to pack.

Is my deposit refundable?

Your deposit payment secures your place(s) on the tour and the price you pay. Your deposit paid at the time of booking is non-refundable. Our full Terms and Conditions can be viewed online.

Is travel insurance compulsory?

Yes, and you are responsible for arranging your own insurance. Passengers and their personal property travel with Expat Explore solely at their own risk. Please refer to our travel Terms & Conditions for more specific information. For a relatively small price, travel insurance provides you with the peace of mind so that you can enjoy your tour without any worries. To receive a quote from one of our preferred travel insurance partners, please click here

What about room sharing & single supplements?

If you are travelling alone there is no compulsory charge - you will share a twin room with another passenger of the same gender. There is an optional single supplement/private room upgrade available for single travellers who wish to have a private room. This can be added at the time of booking or by contacting our customer services team. Please note that the room provided may be a single room with a single bed.

What is the average age of your groups?

We have a very wide range of ages on our tours, and do not restrict our passengers to certain age groups or limits. A positive attitude and an open mind are more important than a number!

What level of fitness do I need to participate in these tours?

All travellers are required to carry their own bags, get on and off the coach and use public transport. Our city walking tours can last up to 3 hours and certain places involve walking up and down lots of steps. We want you to enjoy your tour, so read through the itinerary thoroughly and make your own conclusions as to whether you feel that you are fit and healthy enough.
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