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Spirit of Vietnam

Private Travel | General interest 14 Days & 11 Nights Lead-in price: £3045 Current prices from: £3045

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

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
  • Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
  • No single supplement on selected departure dates (limited availability)
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Hanoi

Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) direct to Hanoi with Vietnam Airlines on new state-of-the-art Dreamliner aircraft. (N)

Day 2: Hanoi

Morning arrival. Transfer to the Mövenpick Hotel for 2 nights. (D)

Day 3: Hanoi

Morning tour of Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum†, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem lake and Ngoc Son temple. Lunch is at KOTO restaurant, an organisation that provides vocational training for underprivileged youths in Vietnam, followed by a visit to the Museum of Ethnology (subject to local conditions). Optional evening excursion to a water puppet show (payable locally). (B, L)

Day 4: Cruise on Lan Ha Bay

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. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Fly to Hoi An

Morning cruise in Halong Bay. Disembark and drive to Hanoi airport and fly to Hoi An, one of Asia’s most enchanting towns. Stay 3 nights at the Boutique Hoi An Resort. (B, L)

Day 6: 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)

Day 7: Hoi An

Day at leisure. Optional classes at the Red Bridge cooking school (payable locally). (B)

Day 8: Danang • Hue

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 at the Pilgrimage Village for 2 nights. (B, L)

Day 9: Hué

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. After lunch, visit the tombs of the Nguyen emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. Dinner this evening will be at a restored royal home of the Nguyen dynasty. (B, D)

Day 10: Fly to Ho Chi Minh City

Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to the Grand Hotel for a 3-night stay. (B)

Day 11: Mekong delta

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

Day 12: Cu Chi tunnels

Morning drive through the southern Vietnamese countryside and visit the Cu Chi tunnels. 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. (B)

Days 13-14: Fly to London

Day at leisure. Transfer to the airport then fly direct to London, arriving the following day. (B) (N)

Meal basis:

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

Important information Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum

Each year, Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum is closed between 4 September and 4 November for reembalmment of the body and can only be viewed from outside.

Superior tour

This tour is based in 4-star accommodation. Prices are based on the standard room / cabin category, unless otherwise stated.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel:

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Pilgrimage Village Boutique Resort & Spa
    Pilgrimage Village Boutique Resort & Spa

    The Pilgrimage Village is a boutique resort located on the peaceful outskirts of Hue, approximately 10 minutes' drive from the city centre and 20 minutes' drive from the airport. Designed in a unique Vietnamese style, the property is an environmentally friendly resort where the natural environment blends harmoniously with the area's local culture. To complement the peaceful setting, the resort's Vedana Spa offers an array of facial and full body treatments. Accommodation is in a range of de luxe guestrooms with a simple zen design, while the larger Traditional Vietnamese Pool Houses feature a private kitchen, dining room, spa, pool and outdoor shower.

  • Saigon Prince Hotel
    Saigon Prince Hotel

    The Saigon Prince Hotel is located right in the heart of the city on Nguyen Hue Boulevard, within easy walking distance of many of the city's most celebrated attractions including Ben Thanh market and the opera house. Rooms are well equipped with modern conveniences and furnished with contemporary Vietnamese artwork and traditional fabrics. Features: 191 rooms, Wi-Fi, restaurant, lobby bar, gym, pool, spa. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, coffee & tea facilities, minibar, safe, hairdryer.

  • Palm Garden Resort Hoi An
    Palm Garden Resort Hoi An

    Set on Cua Dai beach amid 5 hectares of tropical gardens, the Palm Garden Resort offers a hint of Hoi An's traditional architectural design combined with a touch of modern luxury, all within 5km of the world heritage-listed Hoi An Ancient Town. Elegant accommodation comprises beautifully decorated rooms and bungalows furnished with Vietnamese silk, wood and natural ceramics along with modern amenities. Features: 214 rooms, 2 restaurants, 3 bars, private beach, swimming pool, spa. Room amenities: Private balcony/terrace, hairdryer, air conditioning, television, safe, minibar, tea & coffee facilities.

  • Movenpick Hotel Hanoi
    Movenpick Hotel Hanoi

    The Mövenpick Hotel in Hanoi has a superb location in the heart of Hanoi's central business district, only minutes from the old quarter. Accommodation is in 154 well-appointed rooms and suites, with a stylish, contemporary design. Rooms are equipped with an LCD flatscreen television, minibar, safe, tea / coffee making facilities and internet access, with en suite bathrooms featuring a magnifying mirror and rainforest shower. Hotel facilities include the Mangosteen, a buffet-style restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner along with a creative à la carte menu, and the Lounge 83 bar has a wide selection of martinis, cocktails and wines from the hotel cellar.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £2795 per person

High season from £2995 per person


Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Destinations on this tour

  • Hué

    Set on the banks of the Perfume River, Hue was capital of Vietnam between 1802 and 1945...

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  • Hanoi

    Hanoi is relatively small and runs at quite an unhurried pace for a capital city. Restin...

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  • Hoi An

    The ancient town of Hoi An is located 30 km south of Danang on the banks of the Thu Bon...

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  • Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

    Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, is a frenetic Asian city of markets, streets...

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