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Spirit of Vietnam

Group Tour | General interest 14 Days & 11 Nights Lead-in price: £2595 Current prices from: £2595
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.

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-star accommodation
  • Small group size - average 12 people (max 18)
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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.

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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

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