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Simply Vietnam

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Price per person
from £2,134

Price based on
London Gatwick
9th Mar 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

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  • 14 days

  • Asia & The Far East

  • Active pace

  • Cosmos escorted tours

With its long history, interesting culture, and gorgeous scenery, Vietnam offers something for everyone. On this Vietnam tour, you’ll overnight in Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Phong Nha, Hue, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh City.

Sightseeing tours in the cities feature the must-see historic sites, including Hanoi’s Temple of Literature, built in 1070, and One Pillar Pagoda, built in 1049; Hoi An’s Japanese Covered Bridge; and Hue’s Forbidden Purple City, the emperor’s residence constructed in 1804. In Ho Chi Minh City, your sightseeing includes Notre Dame Cathedral, constructed with materials brought from France in the 1800s; the War Remnants Museum; and the Cu Chi region, where you'll have a chance to enter and explore the deep, narrow tunnels constructed by the Viet Cong during the war.

You'll enjoy seeing some of Vietnam's gorgeous scenery and destinations via the water. Take a cruise on Ha Long Bay with some of the world's most amazing scenery. Pass unspoiled countryside along the Thu Bon River in Hoi An and cruise along the Son River in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see the stunning Phong Nha Cave.

These are just some of the many highlights on this tour through Vietnam. From the historic sites to the gorgeous scenery, this Vietnam tour designed for savvy, value-minded travellers is an experience of a lifetime!

At a glance

  • Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House A small two-storey property where the Vietnamese leader spent the last part of his life.
  • Thay Phuong Pagoda A beautiful 7th century temple of exquisite wood carving.
  • Halong Bay An overnight boat trip to this magical setting of towering forested-islands.
  • Hoi An Wander the riverside town's colourful temples and sample its delicious seafood.
  • Boat trip to Thien Mu Sail up the Perfume River to this elegant pagoda.
  • Cu Chi Tunnels Climb through the famous Viet Cong tunnels.

Extend your tour and see even more

  • 4 days: Laos pre extension

  • 5 days: Sapa pre extension

  • 8 days: Cambodia and Bangkok tour extension

  • 5 days: Cambodia tour extension

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 058 8241 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a local representative
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Service charges
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Customer Reviews

Very good. A pity we did not have a few...

4th May 2018
Mrs Pauline Bishop

Very good. A pity we did not have a few dinners at the hotels rather than at restaurants. Buffet meals would have been better.

The whole holiday was very good,only thing we would say...

24th March 2018
Trusted Customer

The whole holiday was very good,only thing we would say is that a couple of days in the middle spent at La Siesta in Hoi An would be great for some down time before going on to Hue and Saigon.

Excellent overview of Vietnam. Rather tiring at times. You need...

22nd November 2017
Trusted Customer

Excellent overview of Vietnam. Rather tiring at times. You need to be quite fit to keep up with guide if you wish to do everything. Guide Jimmy was very good and dealt with necessary changes very well. All the hotels were excellent even the one we had to change to due to flooding in Hoi An. We were given extra benefits due to the necessary changes. Enjoyed the history & the shopping!

Fabulous holiday. Great organisation Fantastic guide, Hung 30 He is a definite...

11th October 2017
Mrs HILARY MARGARET BURNS

Fabulous holiday. Great organisation Fantastic guide, Hung 30 He is a definite asset to Archers Visited all the sights Beautiful country

Everything was better than expected...

10th October 2017
Mr Derek Spence

Everything was better than expected

The holiday was very well organised and and well timed...

13th April 2017
Mr Gerald Newman

The holiday was very well organised and and well timed throughout the 2 weeks. We had busy days and also days to do your own thing so it was well paced.

...

1st April 2017
Mr Steven Parsons

An excellent tour and an unforgettable experience....

28th March 2017
Mr John Pusey

An excellent tour and an unforgettable experience.

Some improvements Archers might consider to make a good tour...

14th March 2017
Trusted Customer

Some improvements Archers might consider to make a good tour even better :- More time in the hotels to enjoy their locations and amenties. Possibly finishing a day in the afternoon, rather the evening. Another day off, possibly Can Tho. One or two less temples/pagodas/museums.

Wonderful holiday, excellent tour guide (Chung or 'James') who managed...

28th February 2017
Trusted Customer

Wonderful holiday, excellent tour guide (Chung or 'James') who managed the whole tour very well. Group of 28 so not too hectic - 'where are you Carol?'. Certainly a difference in the temperatures North and South but the weather was fine for all but 5 minutes in Ho Chi Minh when we had a downpour. Doesn't count when you are inside the hotel waiting for your coach.. Accommodation throughout was very pleasant and the service in all hotels was superb. The only point I'd like to bring up is the timing of the flights and that isn't Archers fault. Arrival at our Hanoi hotel very early in the morning meant that the rooms are not available for some time. However, that's down to Vietnam Airlines schedule. The way the tour turned out meant that we had the last day completely to ourselves with the full use of all hotel facilities after checkout at 1230. All-in-all an excellent introduction to the people of Vietnam and the countries' history. Good Night Vietnam

Overview

With its long history, interesting culture, and gorgeous scenery, Vietnam offers something for everyone. On this Vietnam tour, you’ll overnight in Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Phong Nha, Hue, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh City.

Sightseeing tours in the cities feature the must-see historic sites, including Hanoi’s Temple of Literature, built in 1070, and One Pillar Pagoda, built in 1049; Hoi An’s Japanese Covered Bridge; and Hue’s Forbidden Purple City, the emperor’s residence constructed in 1804. In Ho Chi Minh City, your sightseeing includes Notre Dame Cathedral, constructed with materials brought from France in the 1800s; the War Remnants Museum; and the Cu Chi region, where you'll have a chance to enter and explore the deep, narrow tunnels constructed by the Viet Cong during the war.

You'll enjoy seeing some of Vietnam's gorgeous scenery and destinations via the water. Take a cruise on Ha Long Bay with some of the world's most amazing scenery. Pass unspoiled countryside along the Thu Bon River in Hoi An and cruise along the Son River in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see the stunning Phong Nha Cave.

These are just some of the many highlights on this tour through Vietnam. From the historic sites to the gorgeous scenery, this Vietnam tour designed for savvy, value-minded travellers is an experience of a lifetime!

Total meals included:

  • 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Depart UK

Day
1

Hanoi, Vietnam

Day
2

On arrival in Hanoi you will transfer to your hotel.

Welcome to Vietnam’s capital city, an attractive, laidback city with charming French-Colonial- style buildings.

Hanoi

Day
3

Today’s included sightseeing tour takes you to many of the city’s highlights, including the TEMPLE OF LITERATURE, a peaceful series of walled courtyards and gateways, and ONE PILLAR PAGODA, designed to resemble a lotus blossom. You will also see Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house, Hoan Kiem Lake, and the fascinating network of alleyways and shop houses that make up the Old Quarter. This evening, enjoy a performance of Hanoi’s famed WATER PUPPETS.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hanoi - Ha Long Bay

Day
4

Drive to Ha Long Bay, one of Vietnam’s favourite destinations, and board your DAY CRUISE through the stunning bay. Enjoy lunch on board as you sail through the dramatic limestone islands, then explore the Sung Sot (Surprising Cave) and visit Titov Island.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Ha Long Bay - Hanoi - Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park

Day
5

Return to Hanoi this morning and fly to Dong Hoi. From here, journey inland to remarkable PHONG NHA-KE BANG NATIONAL PARK, a UNESCO park littered with beautiful jungles, caves, and underground rivers. Your lodging tonight is a charming farm stay at the base of park.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park

Day
6

This morning, take a BOAT RIDE on the Son River to Phong Nha Cave, famous for its rock formations with names like the “Lion” and the “Buddha.” The afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy the activities and serene views at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park - Hue

Day
7

Drive to Hue, stopping at the DMZ bridge en route. Upon arrival in the imperial walled city of Hue, visit the FORBIDDEN PURPLE CITY, modeled after Beijing’s famed Forbidden City. During your visit, you will see Thai Hoa Palace, the Halls of the Mandarins, and the Nine Dynastic Urns.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Hue - Hoi An

Day
8

Begin today with a visit to pretty THIEN MU PAGODA, made up of seven tiers, each dedicated to a step assumed by Buddha to reach enlightenment. Continue up the river to the IMPERIAL TOMB OF MINH MANG, a majestic complex of courtyards, pavilions, and temples in a beautiful setting. Head south through spectacular Hai Van Pass (weather permitting) and visit the CHAM MUSEUM, then continue to the charming town of Hoi An.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Hoi An

Day
9

Start today with a CRUISE on the Thu Bon River, passing unspoiled countryside. Then, a leisurely WALKING TOUR through Hoi An Ancient Town brings you to the Japanese Covered Bridge. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City

Day
10

Enjoy your morning at leisure. This afternoon, fly to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest and most vibrant city, packed with timeless traditions.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Ho Chi Minh City

Day
11

Today’s sightseeing tour takes in Dong Khoi Street, the main shopping thoroughfare, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Central Post Office. Afterward, visit the REUNIFICATION PALACE and the WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM, as well as the Chinese district.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Ho Chi Minh City. Cu Chi Tunnels Excursion

Day
12

Today, visit the CU CHI TUNNELS, an extraordinary network of tunnels more than 120 miles long that was used by the Viet Cong as a hideout and secret village during the war. See secret trapdoors, underground kitchens, living areas, and meeting rooms. If you are feeling adventurous, you may enter and explore the deep, narrow tunnels.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Ho Chi Minh City - UK

Day
13

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home landing in the UK

Day
14

Extend your tour and see even more

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 058 8241 or speak to your travel agent.

Luang Prabang, Laos

Welcome to Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Luang Prabang

Begin your morning by ascending MOUNT PHOUSI for beautiful views over the city and Mekong River. Then, walk through the historic town center stopping at WAT MAI, famous for its 5-tiered roof built in the traditional style of Luang Prabang. You will also visit the NATIONAL MUSEUM and WAT XIENG THONG, often thought to be the most beautiful wat, or monastery, in the city. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore further.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Luang Prabang

A full day at your leisure. Perhaps consider an excursion to Kuang Si Waterfalls or a cruise on the Mekong River to Pak Ou Caves.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Luang Prabang - Hanoi

Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 058 8241 or speak to your travel agent.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Welcome to Vietnam’s capital city, an attractive, laidback city with charming French-Colonial-style buildings. Hotel rooms are available for a mid-afternoon check-in.

Hanoi - Sapa

Today, transfer to the hill-station town of Sapa known for its mountain scenery, rice fields, and colourful ethnic minorities. This afternoon, join a walking tour of this small town and visit the local market.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Sapa

Your day starts with a visit to TA VAN and LAO CHAI villages, to see the traditional way of life of the Zay and Black Hmong ethnic groups. These ethnic groups live together here under the watch of Fansipan Mountain. The Zay live a sedentary lifestyle and choose land near the valley's bottom for growing wet rice. The Hmong have historically preferred higher elevations for corn farming but recently they've started gradually moving to lower land and learning from others like the Zay. After lunch, visit the beautiful SILVER WATERFALL and ascend the highest road in Vietnam to HEAVEN GATE for stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valley.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Sapa

This morning, visit one of the famous WEEKLY MARKETS. Here, the local ethnic minority groups wear their most beautiful costumes as they sell and trade their homemade products. The Flower Hmong group is most recognisable with their colourful dress. After a quick photo stop at the China border, visit Taphin village, home of the RED DAO people who migrated from China starting in the 12th century. The Dao women are recognisable by the bright red turban they wear and, in some cases, shaved eyebrows. Tonight, consider exploring Sapa and stop at the famous "Love Market," where local Hmong and Dao come from their villages for the chance to see one another and perhaps go on a date!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Sapa - Hanoi

Return to Hanoi today. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 058 8241 or speak to your travel agent.

Ho Chi Minh City – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Today, fly to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

Today’s sightseeing tour takes in the ROYAL PALACE with its spectacular Silver Pagoda, as well as the haunting TUOL SLENG GENOCIDE MUSEUM, a former torture and interrogation centre under the Khmer Rouge. You will also visit one of the KILLING FIELDS. This afternoon, fly to Siem Reap.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Siem Reap

Today, visit nearby ANGKOR, the ancient Khmer capital. Visit the splendid temple complex that includes ANGKOR WAT, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and ANGKOR THOM, the former fortified royal city built by King Jayavarman VII, which includes Bayon and Baphuon Temples, the Terrace of Elephants, and the Terrace of the Leper King.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Siem Reap

Today, visit the exquisite 10th-century BANTEAY SREI, a unique temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva that was built on a small scale from red sandstone, which can be carved like wood. Unlike the other temples, TA PROHM has been left relatively untouched. Surrounded by jungle, tree roots grow over and through the ruin walls, and you will experience the temple with the same wonder as the early explorers who discovered it.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Siem Reap - Bangkok

Today, fly to Bangkok, Thailand’s capital city.

Bangkok

Today’s sightseeing tour starts with a BOAT RIDE through the klongs, Bangkok’s canals, to see family homes, temples, and the way of life that gives this city the nickname “Venice of the East.” Stop at Wat Arun, the TEMPLE OF THE DAWN, whose 260-foot-tall spire has become identified with Bangkok. Continue on to the GRAND PALACE, comprised of the Funeral Palace, the Reception Palace, the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Royal Guest House, and the TEMPLE OF THE EMERALD BUDDHA. Also visit the TEMPLE OF THE RECLINING BUDDHA, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It houses more than 1,000 Buddha images, including the 49-foot-high and 151-foot-long massive Reclining Buddha.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Bangkok

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore on your own.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Bangkok

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 058 8241 or speak to your travel agent.

Ho Chi Minh City - Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Today, fly to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

Today’s sightseeing tour takes in the ROYAL PALACE with its spectacular Silver Pagoda, as well as the haunting TUOL SLENG GENOCIDE MUSEUM, a former torture and interrogation center under the Khmer Rouge. You will also visit one of the KILLING FIELDS. This afternoon, fly to Siem Reap.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Siem Reap

Today, visit nearby ANGKOR, the ancient Khmer capital. Visit the splendid temple complex that includes ANGKOR WAT, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and ANGKOR THOM, the former fortified royal city built by King Jayavarman VII, which includes Bayon and Baphuon Temples, the Terrace of Elephants, and the Terrace of the Leper King.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Siem Reap

Today, visit the exquisite 10th-century BANTEAY SREI, a unique temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva that was built on a small scale from red sandstone, which can be carved like wood. Unlike the other temples, TA PROHM has been left relatively untouched. Surrounded by jungle, tree roots grow over and through the ruin walls, and you will experience the temple with the same wonder as the early explorers who discovered it.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Siem Reap

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 058 8241 or speak to your travel agent.

Things to note

A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply.

2020 departures may be subject to itinerary modifications and full details will be published in August 2019. If we have to modify an itinerary, you will have an opportunity to cancel without penalty. See our full terms and conditions for more details.

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