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Meet a traditional papier-mâché mask making family in Hanoi and make your own mask
Includes return economy airfares

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14 days from £pp

Highlights

Some of the highlights included are:

  • Meet a traditional papier-mâché mask making family in Hanoi and make your own mask
  • Taste the world’s best street food on an evening walk through the old streets of Hanoi
  • Meet with local families and learn about their way of life, sampling authentic home-cooked meals
  • Set sail on an overnight cruise on the glittering emerald waters of Halong Bay

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What's included
  • Indirect international flights & internal flights
  • Group tour, maximum group size 14
  • 10 nights in boutique accommodation
  • 1 night overnight cruise
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader
  • Tours by air-conditioned vehicle
  • 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Boat cruises
  • Entrance fees
  • Airport transfers
Need to know
  • Arrives: Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport (HAN)
  • Time difference: GMT+7
  • Visa requirements: British passport holders require a tourist visa; please ask your travel consultant for more information
  • Language: Vietnamese
  • Currency: Vietnamese dong (VND)
  • Flying time from UK: around 20 hours
  • Plug type: 2 round pins or 2 flat pins
  • Voltage: 220V
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Itinerary

Day 1
Fly from the UK to Hanoi.

Fly from the UK to Hanoi.

Days 2-3
Hanoi

Hanoi

The next day, set out exploring the city with your guide, who will take you to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature and the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long. Later on, you’ll join a local family to see how they make papier-mâché masks, and have the chance to make your own, before spending the evening sampling the city’s delicious street food.

Hanoi city tour, Learn how to make papier-mâché masks with a local family

Day 4
Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh

Here, you’ll take a boat trip through the Van Long Nature Reserve, where you can admire the beautiful countryside and surrounding hills. Next, you’ll enjoy a cooking demonstration and tuck into a delicious lunch with a local family, before having a free afternoon to explore Ninh Binh at your own pace.

Van Long Nature Reserve boat trip, cookery demonstration and lunch with a local family

Day 5
Halong Bay

Halong Bay

You’ll set sail for Sung Sot Grotto, and enjoy a delicious meal, served on board. Awake to the sounds of the waves lapping against the sides of the boat. You’ll have a free morning to explore – perhaps go kayaking or, if the weather is warm enough, take a refreshing dip in the cool emerald waters. Later, catch your flight to Hue.

Sung Sot Grotto

Days 6-7
Hue

Hue

You’ll enjoy a relaxing boat trip on the Perfume River and visit the tombs of Emperors Minh Mang and Khai Dinh, whose tomb is reached by a whopping 143 steps. In the evening, you’ll join your group for a delicious meal at the Tha Om Garden House, built in the 19th century and owned by a local historian. The following morning, you’ll call in at the Cham Museum before leaving for Hoi An.

Perfume River cruise, visit the tombs of Emperors Minh Mang and Khai Dinh, Cham Museum visit

Days 8-9
Hoi An

Hoi An

Join your guide for a walking tour of Hoi An’s pretty streets, before hopping on board a boat for a cruise along the Thu Bon River. In the evening, you’ll sample the delicious local street food. The next day, you’ll learn how to make coloured silk lanterns at the Lifestart Foundation, a local social enterprise.

Hoi An walking tour, Thu Bon River cruise, make silk lanterns at the Lifestart foundation

Days 10-12
Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City

The next day, you’ll take a cyclo tour of Chinatown, including the Cha Tam Church and the Chua Ong Pagoda. You’ll call in at a traditional herbal medicine street before visiting the Reunification Palace and tucking in to more tasty local food. The next day will be spent at the Cu Chi Tunnels, before your final farewell dinner of delicious street food.

A O Show performance, Cyclo tour, Reunification Palace, Cu Chi Tunnels

Days 13-14
Depart Ho Chi Minh City and return to the UK.

Depart Ho Chi Minh City and return to the UK.

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