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Guided Tours or Private Journey · 10 Days / 9 Nights from £1345

Day 1: Hanoi

Arrive in Hanoi’s Noi Ba airport and transfer to your hotel. Day is left at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi (Meals: No meals)

Day 2: Hanoi - Halong

After an early breakfast we set off to Halong Bay to embark on our junk and cruise around Ha Long Bay, setting for James Bond Tomorrow Never Dies. After lunch we get to explore the picturesque scenery and some 3,000 limestone islands emerging out of the emerald water. The extraordinary limestone formations hide secluded beaches, beautiful grottoes and mysterious caves, some of which we will visit. Overnight onboard in Halong Bay (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 3: Halong Bay - Hanoi

Our tour continues this morning cruising to Man’s Head, Tortoise islands and then Luon Cave (in small bamboo boat). We disembark after brunch and meet our transfer back to Hanoi where we arrive just in time to enjoy a water puppet show in the peaceful surroundings of Hoan Kiem Lake Overnight in Hanoi (Meals: Breakfast & Brunch)

Day 4: Hanoi - Hue

After breakfast we go on a full day tour of Hanoi starting with the Ho Chi Minh Complex, and the mausoleum Ho Chi Minh, founder of Vietnam, the Presidential Palace and we also visit Ho Chi Minh’s house. We continue our tour to visit the One Pillar Pagoda, dating back to the foundation of Hanoi a thousand years ago. Our journey takes us to the beautiful Temple of Literature, also known as Vietnam’s first university. After lunch our tour continues with a pleasant stroll in the tranquil surroundings of Hoan Kiem lake and the bustling old quarter of Hanoi, before we transfer to the airport for our evening flight to Hue. Overnight Hue (Meals: Breakfast)

Day 5: Hue

Today we spend a full day exploring Hue starting with a dragon boat cruise upstream on the Perfume River. We get a glance of the scenic countryside and we also visit the beautiful pagoda of Thien Mu and Emperor Minh Mang’s mausoleum. The next stop is a visit to the intricate royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc and the famous Tu Hieu pagoda. The afternoon is spent touring the city its huge citadel to include the Imperial City and the Purple Forbidden City. This Royal Residence was destroyed during the 1968 Tet Offensive and it is fascinating to walk among the ruins, testaments of the Vietnam’s history. Overnight in Hue (Meals: Breakfast) 

Day 6: Hue – Quang Binh

After an early breakfast we set off for Dong Hoi to visit Phong Nha Cave and en route we make a stop at the former DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) during the Vietnam & American War. We also visit the 17th parallel at Hien Luong Bridge, and the Vinh Moc tunnels. In the afternoon explore Phong Nha Cave, the longest cave in Vietnam, by traditional boat including Dry grotto and Wet Grotto.Overnight in Quang Binh (Meals: Breakfast) 

Day 7: Quang Binh - Hoian

This morning, we drive to Danang via Hai Van Tunnel, stopping en route to visit Cham Museum in Danang city, where you can learn more about the My Son Sanctuary of the Cham Nation and continue to Hoian. Overnight Hoian (Meals: Breakfast) 

Day 8: Hoian

There’s plenty to discover today in this delightful city with a fascinating architecture, a rich combination of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese influences. Strolling the town, past many low tiled houses scattered along the winding streets we visit the vibrant market, the famous Japanese Covered Bridge, Pottery Museum, 200 years old Tan Ky House and Chua Ong Pagoda. Overnight in Hoian (Meals: Breakfast) 

Day 9: Hoian – Myson Holy Land

We set off to discover Myson Sanctuary, a World Heritage site and holy land of Cham culture whose kingdom extended from the 2nd to the 17th century. Afternoon is left at leisure. Overnight in Hoian (Meals: Breakfast) 

Day 10: Hoian – Danang

There is some time at leisure this morning before transfer to the airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh / Hanoi for onward journey