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18 days From £3,095 per person
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About the tour

Explore the fascinating intertwined countries of Vietnam and Cambodia, from the bustling metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City and the ancient kingdom of Cambodia, to the spectacular natural beauty and unmistakable outline of Halong Bay and the waterways of the Mekong Delta.

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 - London and Hanoi

Meet your Tour Manager and group at London Heathrow for our overnight flight to Hanoi, Vietnam's bustling capital, arriving on Day 2. In the afternoon we begin our sightseeing tour of the city with a cyclo (pedal powered tuk-tuk) ride through Hanoi's Old Quarter. We return to the hotel for dinner this evening.

Arriving in Hanoi
Day 3 - Cruise on Halong Bay

We continue exploring Hanoi before transferring to iconic Halong Bay. An extraordinary collection of limestone karst rock formations and islands dotted amongst emerald waters, this area of outstanding natural beauty is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here we begin one of the highlights of the holiday as we board our luxury junk for an overnight cruise. We travel through the incredibly scenic bay, enjoying lunch and dinner on board as we sail.

Halong Bay
Days 4-5 - Hue

We visit one of the bay's limestone grottos, as well as Cua Van floating village before we return to shore. Later, we visit a Water Puppet Theatre, and enjoy a performance of this Vietnamese art form. Tonight we join the overnight sleeper service to Hue.

On Day 5 our early arrival in Hue gives us a full day to explore and we cruise along the 'Perfume River' to the 7-storied Thien Mu Pagoda.

The Imperial Palace
Day 6 - To Hoi An

After a morning visit to Dong Ba market, we travel south by train from Hue to Danang on one of the most beautiful stretches of line in Vietnam. We wind our way through the thick, verdant landscapes emerging onto a dramatic coastline where the steep mountains tumble down to the pristine beaches fringing the South China Sea. We explore the Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang, home to artefacts made by the indigenous Cham people of Southeast Asia, and see the stunning Marble Mountains before transferring to our hotel in Hoi An.

Hoi An Old Town
Day 7 - Exploring Hoi An

The charming riverside town of Hoi An is famed for its traditional buildings and history as a merchant trading post. This morning we discover the Old Town on a walking tour, seeing the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge, Tan Ky merchant house, and the vibrant local market. After lunch, we venture to a lantern making workshop where we enjoy creating our own traditional lanterns.

Hoi An
Days 8-9 - Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City

Leaving Hoi An, we transfer by coach to Da Nang for the train to the vibrant coastal resort of Nha Trang, passing rice paddies and mighty oxen working the countryside as we travel. We check into our hotel located on the beachfront.

On Day 9, we make a daytime journey by rail to Ho Chi Minh City - also known by its former name, Saigon. Modern and professional, this is an exciting city with a huge zeal for life. We stay here for 2 nights.

Nha Trang
Days 10 - The Cu Chi tunnels

We travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels - a vast underground complex utilised by the Viet Cong during the war against the US. At its height, this system stretched almost 155 miles towards the Cambodian border and contained field hospitals, weapons factories, kitchens and living quarters. This afternoon, we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh City, taking in the Central Post Office and Reunification Square. This evening we enjoy a talk by a local expert about the history of Vietnam's railways.

Cu Chi tunnels
Days 11-12 - The Mekong Delta

We travel west by coach to the Mekong Delta, a wonder of nature where the enormous Mekong River splits into branches on its way to the South China Sea. We travel by boat to get a glimpse of the communities which make their living here, and stop at the floating market of Cai Be, before crossing a lower branch of the Mekong River. Later we reach Can Tho, and stay here for two nights on the Mekong's banks. Day 12 you have the full day at leisure to explore Can Tho.

Mekong Delta
Days 13-14 - Into Cambodia and Phnom Penh

This morning we visit Cai Rang, one of the world's largest floating markets. After time to purchase some of the goods on offer, we transfer to Cao Lanh for our onwards boat journey through the Mekong Delta and into Cambodia. We arrive in Phnom Penh, the country's exciting capital, known as the 'Pearl of Asia' and the meeting point for 3 great rivers - the Mekong, the Tonle Sap and the Bassac.

On Day 14, we explore Phnom Penh. Our full-day tour introduces us to some of the city's main sights, including the Silver Pagoda, the grand Royal Palace, the National Museum and the Central Market.

Phnom Penh Royal Palace
Days 15-16 - Siem Reap, Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom

We journey by road to Siem Reap today, pausing en-route at the Skuon Market, where you may like to sample some traditional Cambodian snacks before lunch at a local restaurant.

On Day 15 we visit the world-famous Angkor Wat temple city, a source of true national pride and the world's largest religious structure. We continue by tuk-tuk to the abandoned city of Angkor Thom.

Siem Reap
Days 17-18 - Siem Reap and London

We enjoy a final visit to some of Cambodia's most beautiful temples today, ahead of lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, we transfer to the airport for our flight back to London Heathrow. Flying via Ho Chi Minh City, we arrive on Day 18.

Flying home

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Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

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Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Victoria Can Tho Resort, Can Tho

Victoria Can Tho Resort, Can Tho

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Melia Hanoi Hotel, Hanoi

Melia Hanoi Hotel, Hanoi

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Grand Hotel Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City

Grand Hotel Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City

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Royal Hoi An Mgallery

Royal Hoi An Mgallery, Hoi An

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Best Western Premier Indochine Palace, Hue

Best Western Premier Indochine Palace, Hue

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Novotel, Nha Trang

Novotel, Nha Trang

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Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh

Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh

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Angkor Miracle Resort & Spa

Angkor Miracle Resort & Spa, Siem Reap

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Mr N Buttler

4 stars

Submitted 27 Apr 2019

Well organised. Good quality accommodation throughout. Good local guides. Great itinerary with variety means of travel.

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Mr E Newhouse

5 stars

Submitted 18 Nov 2018

Excellent holiday - well organised with very varied programme. The group bonded well, partly due to the efforts of the tour manager. Apart from the night in the sleeper, we never handled our luggage. One word of warning - this is not a restful holiday. We were on the go most of the time - but there was good free time as we went along.

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Mrs L Wikeley

5 stars

Submitted 18 Nov 2018

The tour was well planned and executed throughout the whole holiday. A good mix of people helped as well.

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Mr A Nelson

5 stars

Submitted 14 Nov 2018

All ran like clockwork, good hotels tour representative &tour guides.

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Mr E Powell

5 stars

Submitted 12 Nov 2018

A very full program well carried out by a very good tour leader

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Mrs C Silberfeld

4 stars

Submitted 30 May 2018

We have already completed a detailed questionnaire for GRJ on our last day in Cambodia (and given our names)

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