Day 1 International outbound flight
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Hanoi.
Day 2 Hanoia
Upon arrival in Hanoi, you are greeted by an Audley representative and taken to your hotel by private transfer. The rest of the day will be free to relax or explore at your own leisure. You might like to visit the Hoan Kiem Lake, a short walk from your hotel. It's beautifully lit up at night.
Hoan Kiem Lake
Day 3 Hanoi
This morning embark on a private city tour with your driver and guide. Visit Ho Chi Minh's former home, the Temple of Literature (the first university in Hanoi) and perhaps the Fine Arts Museum which has a wonderful collection of art and sculpture. The tour comes to an end in Hanoi's busy Old Quarter before returning to your hotel in the afternoon.
Temple of Literature
Day 4 Halong City
This morning take a private transfer to Halong City, where you board your traditional Vietnamese junk. Spend the afternoon cruising around Halong Bay's thousands of limestone islets and caves and see the sun setting over the calm waters before enjoying a wonderful dinner under the stars. All meals are included during your stay on board.
Day 5 Hue
Wake up to see the sunrise over the bay this morning. Continue cruising before returning to Hanoi airport this afternoon in time for your flight to Hue. On route to the airport by private transfer, stop at a rural Vietnamese village known for its water puppetry. This timeless village offers an authentic and interesting experience. Upon arrival in Hue, you're greeted by an Audley representative and taken to the wonderful art deco La Residence Hotel.
Day 6 Hue
Cruise along the Perfume River this morning on your private boat, visiting the Thien Mu Pagoda and the ancient tomb of Minh Mang with an experienced private guide. This afternoon, disembark your boat before exploring the Imperial City, known as the Citadel, with your guide. The city was heavily bombed during the French and American wars, but your guide will help you to make sense of the ruins, and explore many of the buildings still standing.
Thien Mu Pagoda
Day 7 Hoi An
Drive from Hue to Hoi An today, a journey of about three and a half hours. Pass abundant rice paddy fields and travel over the Hai Van Pass, which on a clear day has spectacular views out to the South China Sea and the Lang Co peninsula. Take the afternoon to relax, you might like to take a stroll around the charming riverside town of Hoi An.
Hai Van Pass
Day 8 Hoi An
Explore the UNESCO town of Hoi An with your private guide on hand to offer his expert knowledge. The city's historic district is littered with 16th-century buildings, once an important trading post for international visitors. Afterwards, take a drive out to the ancient Cham ruins at My Son: a series of Hindu temples which have now been claimed by the mighty jungle surrounding them. This afternoon is free to relax and explore at your own leisure. You might like to try out the hotel's pool to cool off after the day's exploration.
ancient Cham ruins
Day 9 Hoi An
Head out on the water today on a traditional bucket boat to experience the everyday life of the Vietnamese fisherman as part of a small group tour. Explore local fishing communities before trying your hand at catching your own. A fresh seafood lunch will be served on-board afterwards. The afternoon is free to relax and explore at your own leisure. Take a walk to the riverside near your hotel to explore the local shops and restaurants.
Day 10 Saigon
Drive to Danang airport today for the short flight to Saigon in southern Vietnam with your private guide and driver. On arrival, you're met by your private guide and driver. En route to Saigon, stop at the Cu Chi tunnels to learn a little more about the Vietnam war and the guerrilla tactics of the Viet Cong. It's possible to enter a few of the tunnels if you are comfortable with narrow spaces, as well as see exhibitions and videos of the tunnels when they were in use. This evening embarks on a fascinating discovery of Saigon on the back of a Vespa as part of a small group tour. You will sample delicious street food, enjoy local music and experience the city from the viewpoint of your experienced local guide.
Cu Chi tunnels
Day 11 Saigon
Today enjoy a private half day city tour with your guide on hand to offer their own insight into everyday life in Vietnam. Key sites include the colonial-era government quarter, with its vibrant yellow French-style post office. Taking you off the well-trodden route, your guide can also show you some of the hidden markets and winding alleyways.
colonial-era government quarter
Day 12 International return flight
After enjoying breakfast you are collected from your hotel and taken to the airport by your private driver in time for your onward flight.