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Leisurely Vietnam north and centre

By Pam James
Travel Expert for Alfred&

Get a taste of Vietnam on this highlights tour, where you’ll uncover cultural and culinary delights in Hanoi and explore historic Hue’s royal citadels and emperors’ tombs. You’ll also get the chance to sail Lan Ha Bay’s paper-flat waters and cycle through lime-green rice paddies to local villages in Hoi An.

Places

Length
7 days
Best months to go
February to April
Guide price range
£2,855 - £2,905pp
including international flights.

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Itinerary Highlights

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Day by day
Itinerary in detail

1

Arrive in Hanoi

Welcome to Hanoi. Following a hotel transfer, you’ll get a chance to settle in before embarking on a half-day city tour of Vietnam’s frenetic capital. Navigate the snaking streets of the Old Quarter, visit cultural attractions like Ngoc Son Temple, taste some iconic egg coffee and learn the legend of Hoan Kiem Lake. In late afternoon, it’s time to sample Hanoi’s famous cuisine on a street food tour, where you’ll taste everything from pho to spring rolls and crispy pancakes. Eat with Hanoians on tiny pavement-side stools and sip a glass of the local draft beer at Bia Hoi corner. Overnight at La Siesta Classic Ma May.

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2

Hanoi & Lan Ha Bay

Depart Hanoi for Lan Ha, the lesser-explored southern extension of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Halong Bay. You’ll board Heritage Line’s luxurious Ylang or Ginger ships for a one- or two-night cruise of this emerald bay. Enjoy chic cabins and vast viewing decks, delicious local seafood and wellness facilities such as a spa, pool and morning Tai Chi classes. Today, you’ll sail to Cat Ba Island for a cycling trip to Viet Hai, a village nestled among mountains which has barely changed in centuries. Here, you’ll get to meet local families and taste some homemade liquors.

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3

Lan Ha Bay & Hanoi

Continue sailing Lan Ha Bay, taking in views of its impressive limestone karsts, which are home to hidden sea caves and fringed with golden beaches. In the morning, you’ll visit Ban Beo, one of the last remaining authentic fishing villages in the area, where around 300 families live on bobbing wooding platforms. Back on Cat Ba Island, there’s a chance to hike through the forests of Cat Ba National Park before spending a leisurely afternoon in the Bay. Kick back onboard the boat, take a kayak out to explore deserted sea caves, go for a dip or relax on a secluded beach. Travel back to Hanoi for your overnight stay at La Siesta Classic Ma May.

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4

Hanoi & Hue

Travel back to Hanoi for the short flight to Hue, which sits on the Perfume River. This ancient city was home to Vietnam’s last ruling emperors from the powerful Nguyen Dynasty between 1802 and 1945 and is filled with history. Have lunch at a local restaurant before exploring the moat-encircled Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with the ruins of palaces, shrines and pavilions. You’ll also get the chance to visit emperor Tu Duc’s beautiful mausoleum, which is set eight kilometres from the city in a peaceful pine forest. Overnight at the Ancient Hue Garden House.

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5

Hue

Explore more of Hue’s wonders with a choice of cycling tours. Cycle to Kim Long Village, formerly home to Hue’s Mandarin population, to visit unqiue garden houses which mimic the wooden architecture and palatial gardens of Hue’s citadel. This trip includes a dragon boat ride along the Perfume River back to Hue. If you prefer, you can cycle through pristine countryside to nearby Chuon Lagoon, passing through the 6th century Thuy Thanh Village. Sail the sparkling waters, stopping to meet fishermen and tasting local seafood delicacies. Overnight at the Ancient Hue Garden House.

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6

Hue & Hoi An

After breakfast, you’ll stop at Khai Dinh Tomb, which fuses European and Asian architectural styles, before departing for Hoi An. The scenic journey winds past red-tiled villages and across Hai Van, the Pass of the Ocean Clouds, which affords spectacular coastal views. Discover Hoi An’s legendary food scene by bike, cycling into the countryside to local villages, where you can try everything from Vietnam’s famous banh mi sandwich to the best homecooked cao lau in Hoi An. Back in the town, you’ll dine riverside with the locals at one of Hoi An’s top BBQ seafood restaurants. Overnight at La Siesta Hoi An Resort & Spa.

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7

Hoi An & Departure

Your Vietnam adventure comes to an end this morning and after breakfast, you’ll take a transfer to Danang airport.

Holiday Budget
Guide price information

Low Season

1 May - 30 Sep

£2,855

High Season

1 Jan - 30 Apr & 1 Oct - 31 Oct

£2,905

Alfred & Pam James

Keen to discover new experiences and cultures beyond Europe and North America, Pam set out to gain an in-depth knowledge of East Africa. Her most recent journeys through Kenya, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe, have brought her into close contact with both the local people, as well as the wildlife. One of her fondest memories was of a curious young elephant who she met, literally face to face, through the window of her safari jeep.

Plan your holiday withAlfred&

Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Pam, who's travelled extensively in Vietnam. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember – the vespa rider who’ll whizz you round HCMC on a unique foodie tour, the guide who’ll take you fishing with locals at Chuon Lagoon and the ranger who’ll guide you to golden-cheeked gibbons to hear their dawn duets.

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