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Lead Price
From £2695pp
Duration
13 days & 10 nights
Itinerary Type
Group Tour
Holiday Type
General Interest
Tour Highlights

Spirit of Vietnam (Superior)

Discover the varied sights, sounds and flavours of this enchanting country, touring the fascinating cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), the Vietnam war-era Cu Chi tunnels, and the historic pearls of Hué and Hoi An. A day cruise through the Mekong delta and an overnight cruise amid the magical landscapes of Halong Bay are both included.
Dates and prices

Itinerary

YEAR:
DAY 1: Fly to Ho Chi Minh City
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Fly to Ho Chi Minh City

Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) direct to Ho Chi Minh City with Vietnam Airlines. (N) Meal basis: As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

DAY 2: Ho Chi Minh
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Ho Chi Minh

Morning arrival. Transfer to the Grand Hotel (or similar) for 2 nights. Afternoon city tour with visits to the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame cathedral, the War Remnants Museum and a former safe house used by the Viet Cong. Welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Saigon
DAY 3: Ho Chi Minh
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Ho Chi Minh

Full-day exploration of the Mekong Delta, including a trip to Cai Be, a boat ride exploring the smaller channels and walking in the countryside. (B, L)

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Saigon
DAY 4: Cu Chi Tunnels and Hue
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Cu Chi Tunnels and Hue

Morning drive through the southern Vietnamese countryside and visit the Cu Chi tunnels. Continue to the airport for an afternoon flight to Hue. Stay at the Pilgrimage Village for 2 nights. (B)

DAY 5: Hue
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Hue

Morning visit to Hue citadel, which encompasses the numerous pavilions, temples and courtyards of the former Imperial City, including the Purple Forbidden City. Continue to Thien Mu pagoda, then take a short cruise on the Perfume River back to the city centre. In the afternoon, visit the tombs of the Nguyen emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. Lunch today will be at a restored royal home of the Nguyen dynasty. (B, L)

DAY 6: Hue - Danang
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Hue - Danang

Morning drive over the spectacular Hai Van Pass (weather permitting) to Hue, visiting the Museum of Cham Sculpture in Danang en route. Afternoon at leisure. Stay 3 nights at the beachfront Boutique Hoi An Resort. (B, L)

Accommodation: Boutique Hoi An Resort
DAY 7: Hoi An
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Hoi An

Morning tour of the ruined temple of My Son. Lunch at Streets International restaurant, a social enterprise initiative with the purpose of developing sustainable programmes for street children. In the afternoon, take a walking tour of the former trading port of Hoi An, which has historic Chinese, Japanese and European influences. (B, L)

Accommodation: Boutique Hoi An Resort
DAY 8: Hoi An
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Hoi An

Day at leisure. Optional classes at the Vy's Market Restaurant (payable locally). (B)

Accommodation: Boutique Hoi An Resort
DAY 9: Fly to Hanoi
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Fly to Hanoi

Fly to Hanoi and transfer to the Grand Mercure Hotel for a 2-night stay. Optional evening excursion to a water puppet show (payable locally). (B, D)

Accommodation: Grand Mercure Hanoi
DAY 10: Hanoi
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Hanoi

Morning tour of the National Museum of History, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son temple and the Temple of Literature. Afternoon visit to Ba Dinh Square, walk outside Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum, then visit the residence and One Pillar Pagoda. Continue to the Military History Museum and then meet with former NVA pilot Nguyen Hong My. (B, L)

Accommodation: Grand Mercure Hanoi
DAY 11: Indochine Cruise
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Indochine Cruise

Cruise today in an area similar to Halong Bay but with far fewer visitors, known as Lan Ha Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin. Stay overnight onboard the Indochine. Enjoy a final, farewell dinner tonight. (B, L, D)

DAY 12: Fly to London
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Fly to London

Morning cruise in Lan Ha Bay. Disembark and drive to Hanoi, where a hotel room is available for the rest of the day. Early evening transfer to the airport, then fly direct to London, arriving the following day. (B)

DAY 13: Arrive London
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Arrive London

Arrive in London (N).

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

DAY 1: Fly to Ho Chi Minh City
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Fly to Ho Chi Minh City

Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) direct to Ho Chi Minh City with Vietnam Airlines. (N) Meal basis: As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

DAY 2: Ho Chi Minh
- +

Ho Chi Minh

Morning arrival. Transfer to the Grand Hotel (or similar) for 2 nights. Afternoon city tour with visits to the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame cathedral, the War Remnants Museum and a former safe house used by the Viet Cong. Welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Saigon
DAY 3: Ho Chi Minh
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Ho Chi Minh

Full-day exploration of the Mekong Delta, including a trip to Cai Be, a boat ride exploring the smaller channels and walking in the countryside. (B, L)

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Saigon
DAY 4: Cu Chi Tunnels and Hue
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Cu Chi Tunnels and Hue

Morning drive through the southern Vietnamese countryside and visit the Cu Chi tunnels. Continue to the airport for an afternoon flight to Hue. Stay at the Pilgrimage Village for 2 nights. (B)

DAY 5: Hue
- +

Hue

Morning visit to Hue citadel, which encompasses the numerous pavilions, temples and courtyards of the former Imperial City, including the Purple Forbidden City. Continue to Thien Mu pagoda, then take a short cruise on the Perfume River back to the city centre. In the afternoon, visit the tombs of the Nguyen emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. Lunch today will be at a restored royal home of the Nguyen dynasty. (B, L)

DAY 6: Hue - Danang
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Hue - Danang

Morning drive over the spectacular Hai Van Pass (weather permitting) to Hue, visiting the Museum of Cham Sculpture in Danang en route. Afternoon at leisure. Stay 3 nights at the beachfront Boutique Hoi An Resort. (B, L)

Accommodation: Boutique Hoi An Resort
DAY 7: Hoi An
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Hoi An

Morning tour of the ruined temple of My Son. Lunch at Streets International restaurant, a social enterprise initiative with the purpose of developing sustainable programmes for street children. In the afternoon, take a walking tour of the former trading port of Hoi An, which has historic Chinese, Japanese and European influences. (B, L)

Accommodation: Boutique Hoi An Resort
DAY 8: Hoi An
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Hoi An

Day at leisure. Optional classes at the Vy's Market Restaurant (payable locally). (B)

Accommodation: Boutique Hoi An Resort
DAY 9: Fly to Hanoi
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Fly to Hanoi

Fly to Hanoi and transfer to the Grand Mercure Hotel for a 2-night stay. Optional evening excursion to a water puppet show (payable locally). (B, D)

Accommodation: Grand Mercure Hanoi
DAY 10: Hanoi
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Hanoi

Morning tour of the National Museum of History, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son temple and the Temple of Literature. Afternoon visit to Ba Dinh Square, walk outside Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum, then visit the residence and One Pillar Pagoda. Continue to the Military History Museum and then meet with former NVA pilot Nguyen Hong My. (B, L)

Accommodation: Grand Mercure Hanoi
DAY 11: Indochine Cruise
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Indochine Cruise

Cruise today in an area similar to Halong Bay but with far fewer visitors, known as Lan Ha Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin. Stay overnight onboard the Indochine. Enjoy a final, farewell dinner tonight. (B, L, D)

DAY 12: Fly to London
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Fly to London

Morning cruise in Lan Ha Bay. Disembark and drive to Hanoi, where a hotel room is available for the rest of the day. Early evening transfer to the airport, then fly direct to London, arriving the following day. (B) 

DAY 13: Arrive London
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Arrive London

Arrive in London (N).

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

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The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Tour of the Hanoi Military History Museum with a former NVA pilot
  • Cruise in the less-visited Lan Ha Bay
  • Meal at a restored royal home of the Nguyen dynasty in Hue
  • Full-day exploration of the Mekong delta’s waterways

Important information

*Tour standards
Superior tour departures are based in 4-star accommodation. Luxury tour departures will feature upgraded accommodation as indicated by the asterisks. Prices are based on the standard room / cabin category, unless otherwise stated. Please visit this tour on our website to see details of the hotels included.
Private & tailor-made travel
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. So, should you want to spend longer in a particular location, or add another experience or destination, we can make all the arrangements for you. Please contact our travel specialists for guideline prices.
Guaranteed departures
Where a tour date shows ‘Guaranteed departure’, this tour is guaranteed to run. For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.
Dates and prices
Unless otherwise stated, the tour prices and upgrade supplements are all per person in pound sterling, based on two people sharing a twin/double room. The online price is a guideline price; your final quote may differ due to flight availability, and you may be asked to pay a flight supplement.

What's included

  • Small group size - average 12 people (max 18)
  • 4-star accommodation
  • Flexible - extensions & flight upgrades available
  • Direct international & internal flights
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Experienced local tour manager
  • 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 3 dinners
  • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Welcome dinner
  • Day at leisure in Hoi An

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Private journey option: guideline prices

Low season from £3,145 | Guide price month: October

High season from £3,195 | Guide price month: January

Single supplement from £875

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