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Grand Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia

Enjoy a fantastic Far Eastern rail adventure

From $3,215 per person


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

The itinerary for your journey
Tour highlights

What’s included

Day 1 - Hanoi
Arriving in Hanoi

Meet your group and Tour Manager at the Melia Hanoi Hotel in Hanoi. In the afternoon we begin our sightseeing tour of the city, with a traditional cyclo ride to Hanoi's Old Quarter, past Hoàn Kiém Lake. We return to the hotel for dinner this evening

Day 2 - Cruise on Halong Bay
Halong Bay

We continue exploring Hanoi before we transfer 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 tour as we board our luxury junk for an overnight cruise. We travel through the incredibly scenic Halong Bay, enjoying lunch and dinner on board as we sail through the beautiful bay.

Days 3-4 - Hue
The Imperial Palace

As the sun rises over the glorious panorama this morning, you could try Tai Chi on deck. After breakfast we visit one of the bay's typical limestone grottos, before we sail back to shore. From here we transfer back to Hanoi, stopping en-route at Dong Trieu Pottery Village. This evening, we visit a Water Puppet Theatre, where we are treated to a performance of this traditional Vietnamese art form. Tonight we join the overnight sleeper service to Hue, in twoberth compartments.

On Day 4 our early arrival in Hue gives us a full day to explore. We embark on a cruise on the famous 'Perfume River' to the magnificent seven-storied Thien Mu Pagoda. We continue to the immense Imperial Citadel, whose impressive six miles of walls contain the Imperial and the Purple Forbidden City.

Day 5 - To Hoi An
Hoi An Old Town

Today we travel south by train from Hue to Danang, on one of the most beautiful stretches of line in Vietnam. We wend our way through the thick, verdant landscape, emerging onto a dramatic coastline, where the steep mountains tumble down to the pristine beaches fringing the South China Sea. We leave the train in Danang and transfer by coach to Hoi An.

Day 6 - Hoi An
Hoi An

The charming riverside town of Hoi An is famed for its beautiful old buildings and its history as a merchant trading post. This morning we discover the old town on a walking tour, during which we see the 400-year old Japanese covered bridge, Tan Ky merchant house, and the vibrant local market. After lunch in a local restaurant, we make our way to the Xu Dang Trong Art Centre where you will try your hand at lantern making. The rest of your afternoon is at leisure to explore the lively streets and the myriad of tradesmen offering made to measure clothing and custom made shoes, or perhaps just absorb the relaxed atmosphere and unwind in the beautiful surroundings of our hotel.

Days 7-8 - To Nha Trang
Nha Trang

Leaving Hoi An, we transfer by coach to Danang for the train to the vibrant coastal resort of Nha Trang, passing rice paddies and mighty oxen working the countryside. We check in to our hotel, located on the beachfront, for a one night stay. On Day 8 we transfer by train to Saigon, on arrival we make our way to the Grand Hotel where we will stay for the next 3 nights.

Day 9 - The Cu Chi tunnels
Cu Chi tunnels

We travel to the Cu Chi tunnels, and visit the vast underground complex utilised by the Viet Cong during the war against the US. At its height, this system stretched for almost 250 km towards the Cambodian border, and contained field hospitals, weapons factories, kitchens, and living quarters. Our visit gives a real insight to life during this period. After lunch, we make our way back to Saigon enjoying a tour of the city en-route to the hotel before spending the evening at leisure.

Days 10-11 - The Mekong Delta
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 11 you have the full day at leisure to explore Can Tho.

Days 12-13 - Into Cambodia and Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh Royal Palace

This morning we visit Cai Rang, one of the world's largest floating markets. After time to explore, 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', situated at the meeting point for three great rivers - the Mekong, the Tonle Sap and the Bassac.

On Day 13, we explore Phnom Penh. Despite its chequered recent history, Phnom Penh is a wonderful place, home to a number of ornate golden temples. Today's full-day sightseeing tour introduces us to some of the city's main sights. We see the Silver Pagoda, the grand Royal Palace, the National Museum and Central Market. We later visit the moving Tuol Sleng - a museum dedicated to the history of the Khmer Rouge regime.

Days 14-15 - Siem Reap, Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom
Siem Reap

We journey by road to Siem Reap today, pausing en-route at Sa Dec, a peaceful city made up of rustic colonial houses and tree-lined avenues, where Marguerite Duras set his semi-autobiographical novel, 'The Lovers.' On Day 15 we visit the world-famous Angkor Wat temple, a source of true national pride and the world's largest religious structure. During our time here we visit Ta Prohm, a temple within the complex. We continue by tuk-tuk to the abandoned city of Angkor Thom.

Day 16 - Homeward bound
Flying home

Make your way to the airport for our flight back Home.

Please note

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

Recommended Airports

For this tour, we recommend you arrive into Noi Ba International Airport, which is approximately 16 miles from your first hotel. Our recommended departure airport is Siem Reap Airport, which is situated approximately 2 miles away from your final hotel.

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Departure Dates
9 September 2020From $3,405
7 October 2020From $3,215
21 October 2020From $3,215
4 November 2020From $3,315
25 November 2020From $3,215

All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always refer to the website for up-to-date prices and availability.

Trains
Soft sleeper

For our overnight rail journey we use a "soft sleeper" service, the best available in the region, which offers a basic but reasonably comfortable and private overnight journey, although without the modern amenities you might expect on a European sleeper service. For daytime journeys, we travel in air-conditioned 'soft seat' class, which, whilst more basic than European trains, offers a fascinating insight into local life and local rail travel, as well as a superb way to see the stunning scenery in this part of the world.

Hotels
Victoria Can Tho Resort, Can Tho
Victoria Can Tho Resort, Can Tho

Our accommodation in Can Tho is the exquisite 4-Star Victoria Can Tho Resort, situated on the banks of the Hau River in the Mekong Delta. The exclusive hotel is set in beautiful gardens and features a restaurant, with views overlooking the river, an open-air bar, gift shop, fitness centre, tennis court, swimming pool and spa. All guest rooms combine authentic Vietnamese furnishings with modern comforts and balconies.

Melia Hanoi Hotel, Hanoi
Melia Hanoi Hotel, Hanoi

The 5-Star Melia Hanoi Hotel is located in the heart of Hanoi, close to Hoàn Kiém Lake. The hotel has two restaurants serving authentic Vietnamese and international dishes, a bar and lounge offering a selection of drinks and light snacks, a fitness centre, outdoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and Oasis spa providing a variety of treatments (payable locally). The spacious rooms feature modern furnishings, as well as all the conveniences typically found in a hotel of this standard.

Grand Hotel Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City
Grand Hotel Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City

The 4-Star Grand Hotel Saigon is located in a converted colonial building on Saigon's main commercial street. The hotel offers spacious accommodation within the bustling centre of the city, only a stone's throw from the Siagon River. The hotel features classic French décor and has an outdoor pool surrounded by sun loungers, two restaurants (including Belle-Vue rooftop restaurant), a bar and coffee lounge. Room facilities include air conditioning, minibar, satellite TV, hairdryer, safe and tea/coffee making facilities.

Royal Hoi An Mgallery, Hoi An
Royal Hoi An Mgallery

With views across the emerald waters of the Thu Bon River set in a grand old building, the 5-Star Hotel Royal Hoi An Mgallery is an excellent base from which to explore Hoi An and the fascinating old Vietnam that still exists here. The superb facilities here include a gymnasium, a spa (payable locally), a restaurant and a bar. All of the rooms have complimentary WiFi, a television, air-conditioning and an in-room safety box.

Best Western Premier Indochine Palace, Hue
Best Western Premier Indochine Palace, Hue

The newly-built 5-Star Best Western Premier Indochine Palace in Hue is a destination in itself set in a lush tropical garden. The exclusive hotel boasts a bar and lounge, a café and you can dine in one of the five restaurants serving a variety of specialty cuisines. There is a well equipped fitness centre, an outdoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and spa offering treatments (payable locally). The modern, contemporary guest rooms feature a telephone, DVD player, tea and coffee making facilities, refreshment bar, safe and a hairdryer.

Novotel, Nha Trang
Novotel, Nha Trang

The 4-Star Novotel in Nha Trang is superbly located on the beachfront and close to the city centre. The hotel has a bar offering a selection of drinks and light snacks, a restaurant serving a mix of eastern and western cuisine, which you can watch the chef create from the exciting open kitchen, a fitness centre, outdoor swimming pool with bar and a sauna. All guest rooms feature air conditioning, television, telephone, minibar, Wi-Fi, hairdryer and a safe.

Angkor Miracle Resort & Spa, Siem Reap
Angkor Miracle Resort & Spa

Situated close to the world-renowned Angkor Wat is our hotel, the 5-Star Angkor Miracle Resort and Spa. This stunning hotel mixes contemporary décor with traditional styles, and features some fantastic amenities, including a spa, a beauty centre, a gym, and a saltwater pool, complete with a poolside bar. There are also numerous places to eat and relax at the resort, with a restaurant that serves traditional cuisine, an outdoor terrace, a lounge, and a café. The rooms are decorated in neutral colours, with beautiful hardwood flooring, and also come air-conditioned throughout. Other facilities in the room include a television, a minibar, an en-suite bathroom, tea & coffee-making facilities, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Upgrades

We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!

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