Essential Vietnam

Take a stylish getaway from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh and all the gems in between. Go beyond what guide books say with exclusive tours, delving into a country awash with culture and charm. Add luxury hotels and jaw-dropping landscapes into the mix for a Vietnam holiday like none other.
Explore Vietnam's fast-paced Ho Chi Minh City, wander the ancient Vietnamese streets of Hoi An and bask in the undeniable charm of Hanoi. Experience Vietnam's beautiful landscapes, delicious cuisine and the renowned friendliness of the Vietnamese people. Top it all off with an overnight cruise on mystical Halong Bay and you won't ever want to leave.
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh arrival
Upon arrival to Ho Chi Minh, our guide and driver will be waiting to provide transport to the hotel for check in. The remainder of the day is free at leisure.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City
Start your tour of Ho Chi Minh City with a visit to the Reunification Palace. Formerly known as the Presidential Palace, it was the site of South Vietnam's surrender at the end of the war. Next, head over to the War Remnants Museum where you’ll see old military equipment including an F5A fighter and a UH1-Huey helicopter. Finally, you’ll tour the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. This former Viet Cong stronghold provides an insight into the resourcefulness and tenacity of the Vietnamese people, as well as underground life during the Vietnam War.

Day 3: Hoi An
Say goodbye to Ho Chi Minh City and fly to Danang. From here you’ll make your way to My Khe Beach, a beautiful spot which lies against a backdrop of the Marble Mountains. This location was significant for both the Americans and the Vietnamese during the war. After a visit to the Marble Mountains, continue to Hoi An where you’ll stay for the night.

Day 4: Hoi An
Your guide will take you on a walk around Hoi An’s Old Town today. The city was a major trading port from the 17th century onwards, and has various architectural influences from Europe, China and Vietnam. Today the city is being restored and looks exactly like it did over a century ago. The tour will take you to a historic house, the Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese assembly hall and a museum. The rest of the day is free for you to do some optional activities or soak up the ambiance of the place. You may like to wander the street stalls selling paintings, woodwork, ceramics, lanterns and much more.

Day 5: Hanoi
This morning, transfer back to the airport and fly to Vietnam’s charming capital of Hanoi. You’ll be taken on a guided half-day tour of Hanoi, visiting major sites such as the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda and the former residence of Vietnam’s most famous revolutionary, Ho Chi Minh. You’ll have some free time this afternoon. Escape from the noise by visiting some of the parks and lakes, or hire a bike and cycle around town for the best street-side views of the city.

Day 6: Halong Bay
Drive for approximately 4 hours to the famous Halong Bay, one of Vietnam's most spectacular natural wonders. Once you arrive at the bay, you’ll take a cruise through the area, exploring the green waters and limestone caves. You’ll spend the night on the boat tonight.

Day 7: Hanoi
Drive back to Hanoi after breakfast. This afternoon take in a unique water-puppet performance - considered a must-see for every visitor to Vietnam. This evening is free for you to explore the city more. Relax at a cafe or stop in for a bia hoi (freshly brewed draught beer) at one of the microbars in the Old Quarter.

Day 8: Departure
Your car and guide will transfer you to Hanoi Airport for international flights or a domestic extension.