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Vietnam Highlights

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$1,394

$1,559

10 days

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Overview

Vietnam Highlights is the perfect way for a taste of Vietnam's best in a short amount of time. Experience the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City & Hanoi, relax and soak up the rays on a beach in Nha Trang, hit Hoi An by bike & chill out in the amazing scenery of Hue. Later, sit back & discover the amazing limestone formations of Halong Bay aboard a traditional junk boat as you indulge in Vietnam's coolest spots.

Locations Visited

Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, Halong Bay

Countries Visited

Vietnam

Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Accommodations

9 nights included

Age Requirements

Social travel experiences for 18-35 year olds

Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive Ho Chi Minh City

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh city, formerly known as Saigon. This is one of Asia's most exhilarating cities, steeped in grand history and post-Vietnam war memories. This evening you'll meet your travel comrades and explore the Ben Thanh markets, offering the freshest traditional Bánh mì, Pho and Bia hơi. Oh yes, this is the right way to get the Vietnam party started.

  • Accommodation

    Vien Dong Hotel (or similar)

Day 2

Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang

With some traditional R'n'R on our afternoon agenda, the morning can be used to put on our discovering boots. We'll dabble in history and religion before taking flight to a coastal town overlooking the South China Sea.Golden sand beaches, turquoise oceans, water sports galore - this is Nha Trang. This afternoon why not book in for a mineral mud bath and hot thermal spring experience before heading out to dinner with your crew. Ah, the good life.

  • Accommodation

    Vien Dong Hotel (or similar)

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 3

Nha Trang

Good news - we're kicking it in Nha Trang for another night. Have a massage, sign up for the optional cruise, or just hang on the beach saving your energy for seaside bar fun as the sun sets.

  • Accommodation

    Vien Dong Hotel (or similar)

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 4

Nha Trang to Hoi An

After a zippy flight north & a short coastal drive we find ourselves in a canal town overflowing with beauty and ancient history.With Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and European influences, Hoi An has no shortage of charm and architectural interest. Bike riding through rice fields, roaming the old quarter & ordering custom made clothes at an artful tailor are just some of the activities that will colour our day. Tonight you can opt onto a Vietnamese cooking class, whipping up a storm of up to 4 traditional dishes.

  • Accommodation

    Acacia Hotel (or similar)

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 5

Hoi An

A short drive from Hoi An are the famous Marble Mountains, a collection of 5 peaks that represent the 5 Elements in Vietnamese folk lore – metal, wood, earth, fire and water. Our local guide would be delighted to take us on a tour through the Thuy Son caves and grottos which are home to some of the most beautiful and intricate stone carvings in the area. The Marble Mountains were also the hiding place of the US Forces during the Vietnam Conflict and even a military hospital! Hear about the history while taking in panoramic views and later, kick back at An Bang Beach before heading back to Hoi An for more Free Time Addons.

  • Accommodation

    Van Loi Hotel (or similar)

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 6

Hoi An to Hue

Though we'll have grown content with Hoi An life, this morning the show must go on. After all, the former imperial town of Hue has invited us over, and we'd be foolish to turn it down.Intricately decorated pavilions, lotus flower ponds, and colourful artworks mark our first sightseeing venture in Hue. Totally in awe of Tu Duc Mausoleum, we move on to the 7-story Thien Mu Pagoda & learn of the horrific history of the Hue Buddhist massacre as well as taking in a cyclo ride to see the city from a whole new angle.

  • Accommodation

    The Asia Hotel (or similar)

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 7

Hue to Hanoi

Today we fly out of Hue in the direction of Vietnam's time capsule capital. A trio of influences and filled with romance, 2-nights here will see us utterly smitten.With an epic fusion of French, Chinese & Vietnamese influence, you'll be nothing short of ecstatic as we check-in to our Hanoi hotel, right in the middle of the bustling Old Quarter. Our time will be spent weaving through a maze of 36 trading streets filled with colourful goods for sale, and unwinding in the walled gardens of the Temple of Literature. Later, we'll roam French-style boulevards and maybe dine on a nom ngo sen lotus-stem salad, dau chien ron fried tofu & a few bia hoi beers.

  • Accommodation

    Thien Thai Hotel Hanoi (or similar)

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Day 8

Hanoi to Halong Bay

After a Hanoi history 101 lesson we move on to Halong Bay where a night on a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site awaits.A drive through stunning scenery will evoke plenty of 'oh wow's, but it only gets better as we board our home for the night, a Chinese-style junk boat in Halong Bay. Feel the serenity kicking in immediately as we drift the limestone island seas of the Gulf of Tonkin. We will pass hidden lagoons, thick forests & dreamy grottos, & stop to explore the Sung Sot Caves. A fresh seafood dinner and sunset at our docking spot will polish off a wonderful daypacked with No Regrets moments and simply unforgettable experiences.

  • Accommodation

    Junk Boat Special Stay

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Day 9

Halong Bay to Hanoi

Today will be all about the leisurely vibes as we wake up to breakfast and a grotto swim. Make the most of your time on the junk boat & kayak your way around Halong Bay - the views don't get much better than this.After heading back to Hanoi we find ourselves enjoying our final night together on tour. Save the choir of tears for tomorrow - this evening is all about making the most of your free time and staying positive. The quirky world-famous water puppet performance in Red River Delta makes for the perfect send off, should you fancy opting for something a bit different.

  • Accommodation

    Thien Thai Hotel Hanoi (or similar)

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10

Depart Hanoi

Enjoy one final breakfast with the squad this morning before the trip wraps up. Hug it out and make plans to reunite sometime soon - Latin America, perhaps?

  • Meals

    Breakfast

Highlights

  • Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang
  • View the Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post Office & Presidential Palace

  • Learn of the tragically fascinating Vietnam war at the War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh

  • Included flight to Nha Trang

  • Nha Trang
  • Enjoy this seaside resort town known for its gorgeous beaches and turquoise waters

  • Nha Trang to Hoi An
  • Visit Hoi An's UNESCO listed Old Quarter & Japanese covered bridge

  • Bike ride through Hoi An 's Ancient Town

  • Included flight to Hoi An

  • Hoi An to Hue
  • See stunning scenery en route to Hue

  • Hue to Hanoi
  • Flight to Hanoi

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What's Included

  • Accommodation

  • Guest houses and 3-star hotels are the name of the game, plus you'll get the chance to shack-up on an Chinese-style junk boat in Halong Bay. We like to keep it intrepid without compromising on comfort.

  • Food

  • Re-fuel with our hearty breakfasts, luscious lunches and delicious dinners, plus we'll also give you the opportunity to sample some of the best eats in the East. We'll get 12 of your meals, you get the rest. Taste it all - spicy street eats, the freshest fruit and delicious gourmet dining.

  • Staff

  • A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life, along with Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do

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