Simply Vietnam

Price per person
from £2,286

Price based on
London Gatwick
27th Apr 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 13 days

  • Vietnam

  • Active pace

  • Classic escorted tour

Experience South East Asia in all its surreal and ancient glory on this north to south journey through Vietnam: sail amongst the mysterious islands of Halong Bay, sample the delicious street food of Hanoi and climb through the legendary Cu Chi tunnels.

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.
Simply Vietnam map

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a local representative
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Service charges
  • All airport taxes

Customer Reviews

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.

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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

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Overview

Experience South East Asia in all its surreal and ancient glory on this north to south journey through Vietnam: sail amongst the mysterious islands of Halong Bay, sample the delicious street food of Hanoi and climb through the legendary Cu Chi tunnels.

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 5 dinners

Depart UK

Day
1

No meals included

Arrive Hanoi

Day
2

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

No meals included

Hanoi

Day
3

Vietnam's capital is an attractive, laid back city with charming French-Colonial style buildings, spacious boulevards and cheerful, bustling markets. Today's included sightseeing tour takes in 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, the History Museum and the fascinating network of alleyways and shop houses which make up the Old Quarter.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hanoi

Day
4

Today's full day excursion begins with a drive amidst tranquil countryside to Chua Thay Pagoda. Beautifully ornate and serene, Chua Thay is home to an ancient stage where it is believed the first water puppet show was performed. Next head to Tay Phuong Pagoda, one of Vietnam's first pagodas, to admire the carved wooden roof, elaborate colourful sculptures and its unique architectural shape, said to resemble a buffalo. Later, return to Hanoi for a water puppet show.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hanoi - Halong

Day
5

Drive through picturesque Hai Hung Province to Halong for a stay on board a Halong cruise boat. After lunch, cruise to the inside of magical landscape of Dinh Huong island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island, Binh Phong mountain, Sung Sot Cave, Round over Titov Beach. Enjoy sunset on the top of the Titov mountain or take a bamboo row boat to discover a water tunnels with many coral reefs in a scenic lagoon. Continue to cruise to a secluded lagoon to anchor for overnight.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Halong - Hanoi - Danang - Hoi An

Day
6

Continue cruising on Halong Bay this morning. Disembark your boat late morning, and journey back to Hanoi to board your flight to Danang, Vietnam's fourth largest city. Pass tranquil rural scenery and traditional villages en route to the charming town of Hoi An, where you will stay for two nights.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hoi An

Day
7

Nestled on the banks of the Thu Bon River, Hoi An is a vibrant yet traditional town brimming with wooden houses, colourful temples, ornate architecture and a vast selection of bespoke tailoring shops. Start today by boarding a local boat for a cruise on the Thu Bon River, passing unspoiled countryside on the way to a pottery village and a wood carving village before returning to Hoi An. Explore the town on a leisurely walking tour taking in sights such as the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Sa Huynh Museum with its early Hoi An history, and a family chapel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hoi An - Danang - Hue

Day
8

Today journey back towards Danang where you will visit the Cham Museum. Afterwards, journey past the pretty island-like stretch of palm-shaded sand at Lang Co and through the spectacular Hai Van Pass, to the imperial walled city of Hue. Your included sightseeing tour takes in the Forbidden Purple City, modelled on Beijing's famed Forbidden City, and includes visits to Ngo Mon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, the Halls of the Mandarins and the Nine Dynastic Urns.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hue - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Day
9

Begin today with an included boat trip on the Perfume River to the pretty Thien Mu Pagoda, made up of seven tiers, each of which is dedicated to a form or step assumed by Buddha to reach enlightenment. Preserved within the Pagoda's sanctuary is the Austin motorcar used to transport monk Thich Quang Duc to the site of his 1963 self-immolation. Continue up the river to the Imperial Tomb of Minh Mang, a majestic complex of courtyards, pavilions and temples in a beautiful setting. Later, head to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Ho Chi Minh City

Day
10

Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam's largest and most vibrant city and is packed with timeless traditions, an ancient culture, fantastic architecture, bustling markets and a modern business district. Today's included sightseeing tour takes in Dong Khoi Street, the main shopping thoroughfare, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Afterwards visit the Reunification Palace, the War Remnants Museum, the Jade Emperor Pagoda, as well as the Chinese district, Cholon.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Ho Chin Minh and Cu Chi Tunnels

Day
11

An exciting day lies ahead on the included full day excursion to Cu Chi, an important base during the Vietnamese War due to its strategic location. Learn about the impressive 200km tunnel network constructed by the Viet Cong to connect command posts, hospitals, shelters and weapon factories. For those preferring to remain above ground, there is ample opportunity to view excavated areas from above. Your guide will advise you of the length and level of difficulty of each tunnel before entering - some are easily accessed by stairs.

No meals included

Ho Chi Minh City - UK

Day
12

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Phu Quoc.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Home landing in the UK

Day
13

No meals included

Things to note

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.

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.

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Hanoi: Movenpick Hotel Hanoi;
  • Halong Bay: La Vela (cruise boat);
  • Hoi An: Essence Hoi An;
  • Hue: Indochine Palace Hue;
  • Ho Chi Minh City: Pullman Saigon Centre.

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