10 Day Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City Tour

A great and easy going adventure taking you exploring the sights, sounds and tastes of Vietnam as you travel from Hanoi to the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City.

Ref:  GA1032

  • Price From £739
  • Start: Hanoi, Vietnam
  • End: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Physical Rating: 2/5
  • Duration: 9 nights / 10 Days
  • Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinners
  • Internal Flights Included
  • Gear: All Gear Included
  • Fully Guided Throughout
  • Max Group Size 16
  • Minimum Age 12
  • Your Own Room £379 extra

The Highlights

  • Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch, Hoi An

    Halong Bay caves entrance

    Halong Bay boat cruise with seafood lunch and dinner

    Imperial Citadel and Tomb entrance (Hue)

    Cu Chi Tunnels entrance and tour

    Internal flight

    All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


Sail through limestone karsts aboard a traditional junk boat and walk the streets of imperial capitals. From vibrant Hanoi, the natural beauty of Halong Bay, the atmospheric imperial capital of Hue, and the charms of Hoi An to the modern day life of Saigon, experience the energy of Vietnam in ten jam-packed days. An experienced guide will lead you to must-see highlights but allow plenty of time for you to do your own thing.


  • Day 1: Hanoi

    Arrive at your leisure, your adventure is about to begin!

    There are no planned activities today until an evening welcome meeting. After the meeting, opt for dinner out with the group. The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your guide will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

    No meals are included today.

  • Day 2: Hanoi – Ha Long

    Enjoy a Ha Long Bay cruise on a junk boat with visits to a cave and an island lookout. Savour a seafood lunch and dinner. Drive to Bai Chay harbour, the jumping off point for Ha Long Bay. Thousands of islands with intricate cave systems rise dramatically from the waters. Sail past limestone karst mountains in the junk boat and stop to visit some of the islands and caves. In the evening, devour a seafood dinner then opt to enjoy a drink on deck under the stars.

    The Cruise: Board a traditional junk boat at Ha Long Bay harbour and cruise out onto serene waters. Marvel at massive limestone karst mountains jutting out of the water, creating unforgettable spectacular scenery. Swim, kayak or go cave exploring on one of the islands, if conditions are right. Indulge in fresh seafood meals with a variety of dishes to sample. Drift to sleep in a cosy cabin on board. On rare occasion Halong Bay is closed to tourist vessels by the government authorities due to extreme weather conditions. Should this occur, an alternate activity will be provided.

    Tonight you’ll be staying on a boat.

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

  • Day 3: Ha Long – Hué

    Cruise back to the port and take a private van to Hanoi. Enjoy some time in the city before an overnight train to Hue.

    Enjoy breakfast on board before a morning sail back to the port. Drive back to Hanoi for a little more time to enjoy the city before boarding an overnight train.

    You’ll be staying on an overnight train.

    Breakfast and lunch are Included.

  • Day 4: Hué

    Guided tour of the Imperial Citadel, Royal Tomb and Tien Mu Pagoda.

    Arrive early to Hue, once the imperial capital of Vietnam. Start the day with a visit to the Tien Mu Pagoda followed by a visit to the tomb of one of Vietnam’s former emperors. After, opt for a vegetarian lunch at a local nunnery. While in the city, try some local Hue specialties such as banh khoai (Hue savoury pancakes), and banh bot loc boc tom thit (thin rice paper filled with meat and shrimp). Wash it all down with a Hue beer.

    You’ll be staying at the hotel Asia.

    No meals are included today.

  • Day 5: Hué – Hoi An

    Drive the Hai Van pass. Take advantage of Hoi An’s many options over the 2.5 days in town. Opt for a cooking class, riverboat trip, bike ride, beach time, tailor visit or My Son ruins. Start the day touring the wonderful ruins of the Imperial Citadel before heading towards Hoi An in the late morning. Cross the Hai Van Pass (weather permitting), with fantastic views in all directions, before arriving to Hoi An in the afternoon. With three nights here, there’s plenty of time to explore all this charming town has to offer.

    You’ll be staying at the Vinh Hung 2 resort or similar.

    Breakfast is included.

  • Days 6 and 7: Hoi An

    Spend two full days exploring all Hoi An has to offer. Dive into the culture, hang out on the beach or get clothes tailor-made in one of the many shops around town. During day 6 Enjoy a noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a supported project. Day 7 is free to explore and relax.

    You’ll be staying in the San Augustin Exclusive Hotel or similar.

    Breakfast and lunch included on day 7 and breakfast included on day 7.

  • Day 8: Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City

    Fly from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City with free time to explore this hectic city. Drive to Da Nang for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City, once the capital of South Vietnam and the country’s commercial centre. Start exploring the small alleys and busy streets, keeping an eye out for laquerware shops and delicious local food stalls.

    You’ll be staying at the Hong Hac Boutique Hotel (or similar).

    Breakfast is included.

  • Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City

    Enjoy a guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn more about the Vietnam War. Use free time in the afternoon to explore sprawling Ho Chi Minh City. With some free time in the city, opt to visit the Thien Hau and Giac Vien pagodas and stroll through the immense Ben Thanh Market. Also well worth a visit are the Reunification Palace (the residence of South Vietnam presidents before 1975), the city’s Chinese quarter of Cholon, and the War Remnants Museum.

    You’ll be staying at the Hong Hac Boutique Hotel (or similar).

    Breakfast is included.

  • Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City

    The tour has ended and you’re free to depart at any time.

    Breakfast is included.

  • Note

    Please bear in mind that sometimes activities that had been planned may not run on the day due to unforeseen circumstances, primarily bad weather.

Some Information and Notes

What to Take

We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as your are expected to carry your own luggage. As a rule we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 minutes with your bags which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 10-15kg/22-30lb. Suitcases are not recommended, most travellers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size (no XXL ones please!) as they need to fit under the beds when travelling on sleeper trains. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like ipods and mobile phones. If your trip involves overnights in homestays, villages or camping then you usually have the opportunity to rent sleeping bags if need be instead of bringing them with you.


Conservative Dress:
• Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders)
• Shawl or scarf (for temple visits)

• Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
• Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
• Passport (required) (With photocopies)
• Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
• Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)

• Binoculars (optional)
• Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
• Cash, credit and debit cards
• Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
• Ear plugs
• First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
• Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
• Fleece top/sweater
• Footwear
• Hat
• Locks for bags
• Long pants/jeans
• Moneybelt
• Outlet adapter
• Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
• Reusable water bottle
• Shirts/t-shirts
• Sleepwear
• Small travel towel
• Sunglasses
• Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
• Watch and alarm clock
• Waterproof backpack cover
• Windproof rain jacket

Sleep Sheet and Pillow:
• Sleeping bag liner/sleep sheet
• Travel pillow

Warm Weather:
• Sandals/flip-flops
• Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
• Sun hat/bandana
• Swimwear

Note: Please pack clothing for the season in which you will be travelling. From Nov-Feb weather can be cold, so please pack warm clothing. From May-Oct it is the wet season, so please bring waterproof clothing.


2018Per Person
MonthStart DatePrice
May2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 14, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 28, 30£799
Jun3, 5, 6, 10, 14, 17, 19, 20, 24, 25, 27, 28£749
Jul2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22, ,23 ,24 2,5 2,6 28, 29, 30£749
Aug1, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 18, 22, 23, 25, 29, £739
Sep1, 4, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 19 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29 £799
Oct1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 16, 17, 18, 20 21, 22, 24, 25, 27 29, 30£779

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