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Explore the dark history of the Cu Chi Tunnels

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Spend a few days exploring the glittering skyline of Hong Kong, before heading on to dynamic yet elegant Vietnam, ...

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... where the old-school charm will get under your skin. Travelling from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh, this classic Vietnam holiday combines these pulsing cities with the tranquil turquoise waters of Halong Bay, the dynastic treasures of Hue and the bygone allure of Hoi An.

Some of the highlights included are:

  • Ride the iconic Star Ferry across Hong Kong Harbour for the best views of the city
  • Cruise stunning Halong Bay in a traditional Junkboat
  • Ride the symbolic Reunification Train overnight from Hanoi to Hue
  • Fall for Hoi An’s atmospheric streets and historical charms
  • Explore the dark history of the Cu Chi Tunnels

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What's included
  • All international & internal flights
  • 11 nights in 4-5* hotels
  • 1 night Halong Bay Cruise
  • Hanoi to Hue Overnight Train
  • Cu Chi Tunnels Tour
  • All transfers
Need to know
  • Arrives: Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
  • Time difference: GMT+8
  • Visa requirements: British passport holders do not require visa for stays of less than 180 days
  • Language: English, Chinese
  • Currency: Hong Kong dollar (HKD)
  • Flying time from UK: around 12 hours direct
  • Plug type: Same as UK
  • Voltage: 220V
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Itinerary

Day 1
Fly from UK to
Days 2-4
Hong Kong

Arrive in Hong Kong, one of the world’s most dynamic cities. Spend your days exploring the various islands, temples and shopping centres, and leave room to sample the excellent dim sum. Don’t miss a boat trip from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island on the Star Ferry, or an excursion to Lantau Island, where you’ll find the atmospheric Po Lin Monastery and the Tian Tan Buddha Statue, a 34-metre-tall statue that looks out proudly over Lantau’s forested hills.

4* Cosmo Hotel

Days 5-7
Hanoi

Soak up the colonial charm of elegant Hanoi - perhaps the most graceful, atmospheric and exotic capital city in Asia. Explore the wide tree lined avenues, beautiful lakes, ancient pagodas and historic Old Quarter which all blend together in a unique fusion of French colonial splendour and oriental charm. Let your love affair with Vietnamese food begin as you sample the many delights on offer, from the delectable delights of the ever present street food stalls to the wide selection of restaurants serving up flavour-packed treats for all tastes.

4* Silk Path Hotel

Vietnamese-Florist-Vietnam
Day 8
Halong Bay

The highlight of many Vietnam trips, Ha Long Bay is the jewel in Northern Vietnam's crown. Board a traditional junkboat to see the karst limestone islets rise majestically from emerald green waters, and the colourful floating villages scattered around the bay. Take a swim, grab a kayak or just soak up the incredible view from this luxurious boat.

aboard a luxury Halong Bay Junkboat

Ha Long Bay  in Vietnam
Days 9-10
Hue

Travel the iconic Reunification Line on overnight sleeper train from Hanoi to charming Hue. A UNESCO World Heritage site home to an astonishing collection of dynastic treasures dotted along the evocative Perfume River, which winds its way through the city, Hue is a treasure trove of sights. Within the crumbling walls of the citadel, you will discover the commanding Imperial City, the splendour of the Forbidden Purple City and many more enchanting streets and monuments, some of which lie in ruin.

5*Pilgrimage Village

1 night on board the overnight sleeper train from Hanoi to Hue

Tran Quoc Pagoda Hanoi, CJ - Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City
Day 11
Hoi An

Admire the splendid architecture and immerse yourself in a bygone era in Hoi An, a graceful old-world trading port with cobbled streets, traditional homes and tiny shop houses. Boutique restaurants, hip cafes along the waterfront, delightful craft shops and artisans including some of Asia's best bespoke tailors (whose services come at a nominal price), can all be found here. The Old Town, with its Japanese covered bridge and French colonial houses, as well as the impressive My Son Hindu temple are just two of the must-see sights.

4* Anantara Hoi An Resort

A river in Hoi An
Days 12-14
Ho Chi Minh City

Fly on to bustling Ho Chi Minh, a vibrant, modern city with a haunting history. Tour the Cu Chi tunnels and descend into the terrifyingly narrow underground narrow network used by the Viet Cong. Perhaps visit the Reunification Palace - a time warp from the 1970s, complete with secret bunker and military command centre, and pay a visit to the War Remnants Museum for a harrowing view of the war's impact. Also don't miss the many architectural relics from Vietnam's French rule, the chance to shop for souvenirs in the incredible Ben Thanh Market or the opportunity for a bit of ‘me-time' with a foot massage.

4* Saigon Prince Hotel

Cu Chi Tunnels Tour

Blue skies in Ho Chi Minh City
Days 15-16
Depart Ho Chi Minh City and return to the UK

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