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Highlights of Vietnam & Cambodia

(Tour code: 17VIS)Explore the wonders of two fascinating nations on a tour of Vietnam and Cambodia

Explore the wonders of two fascinating nations on a tour of Vietnam and Cambodia. Delve into the history and culture of Vietnam, explore UNESCO-listed attractions and visit the incredible temple city of Angkor Wat.


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Tour Highlights
  • Hanoi
  • Halong Bay
  • The flavours of Hue
  • Hoi An
  • Siem Reap & Angkor Wat
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Cu Chi Tunnels
What’s Included (Full details)
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Selected Breakfasts
    Selected Lunches
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge
  • Return Scheduled Flights

Itinerary & Map

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Days 1-2

To Hanoi

Your tour begins with a scheduled flight from London to Hanoi. Arriving on Day 2, you transfer to your hotel, where there is a fascinating talk this evening on the history of Vietnam's railways.

  • Day 2 - Dinner
Day 3

Exploring Hanoi

Your introduction to Vietnam begins today, with a full day sightseeing tour of Hanoi. Starting after breakfast, explore the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where Vietnam's revolutionary leader is interred. Later, continue to the One-Pillar Pagoda, where Ho Chi Minh once resided, and the Quan Thanh Temple, and 11th-century Taoist structure dedicated to the God of the North. After lunch at a local restaurant, the tour continues to more of Hanoi's incredible sites. Discover the Temple of Literature, where Vietnam's first university was established, and Vietnam's National Museum of Vietnamese History, home to an eclectic blend of artefacts - from 3rd century bronze works to exhibitions on the French occupation and jewellery from Vietnam's Imperial era. Later, enjoy a traditional water puppet show at the Thang Long Theatre.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
  • One-Pillar Pagoda
  • Quan Thanh Temple
  • Temple of Literature
Halong Bay
Day 4

Halong Bay

Take a cruise along the stunning waters of Halong Bay today. Your time on board is entirely during daylight hours, allowing you to make the most of the scenic views from the ship. This area of outstanding natural beauty is a UNESCO World Heritage site, thanks to its deep turquoise waters and unusual rock formations. Whilst on board, you enjoy a delicious seafood lunch. This afternoon, return to Hanoi in time for dinner at a local restaurant, before transferring to the overnight sleeper train to Hue.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Cruise along Halong Bay
Hue Imperial Palace
Day 5

The flavours of Hue

Arrive into Hue this morning, a former Imperial capital and home to the Perfume River. Hue is a colourful city with a vibrant culture; famed for its temples and tranquil atmosphere, it is also an excellent jumping off point for exploring Vietnam's culinary heritage, which you do this evening on a 'foodie' tour of the city. Travelling by cyclo - a form of cycle rickshaw - you sample authentic local cuisine and street food, learning along the way how Buddhism has influenced Vietnamese cooking.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Perfume River
Thien Mu Pagoda
Day 6

Sightseeing in Hue

Explore Hue's ancient architecture and delightful attractions today on a guided tour. Your day begins with a cruise down the Perfume River, named for the fragrant smell created as decomposing flowers drop into the stream in autumn. You also visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, a historic Buddhist temple and the tallest building in Vietnam. Pause for lunch at a local restaurant, before exploring the Imperial Enclosure - the former residence of Vietnam's emperors, prior to the establishment of the republic in 1945, sadly diminished by bombing during French and American occupation. You also pay a visit to the tombs of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh, both imposing royal mausoleums. Tu Duc is considered the most impressive of Vietnam's Imperial tombs, and was used by the Emperor Tu Duc prior to his death. Set in an elaborate complex beside a small lagoon, the tomb itself is empty; the final resting place of Tu Duc was kept a closely-guarded secret. By contrast, Khai Dinh's burial ground features fusion architecture, with European features alongside Vietnamese mosaics, and the penultimate emperor of Vietnam is interred here under a statue of himself.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Guided City Tour
  • Perfume River Cruise
  • Thien Mu Pagoda
  • Tombs of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh
Hoi An
Day 7

Hoi An

This morning, visit Hue's incredible Dong Ba Market, an atmospheric cluster of stalls selling everything from traditional sweets to clothes and souvenirs. Later, you take the train from Hue to Da Nang, where you transfer to a coach for the journey to Hoi An, passing the Marble Mountains en-route.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Dong Ba Market
  • Marble Mountains
Angkor Wat
Days 8-10

Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

Following a morning at leisure, return to Da Nang for your flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia. Situated close to the iconic temple cities of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, Siem Reap has a chic, modern feel. Start Day 9 with a visit to Angkor Wat, the incredible ancient temple city and UNESCO World Heritage site that has featured on the Cambodian flag since 1850, and is a source of immense national pride. Your excursion includes a tour of the Bayon, the famous 12th century Khmer temple in the centre of Angkor Wat, as well as the vine-smothered Ta Prohm. Day 10 is spent at leisure in Siem Reap.

  • Days 8 & 10 - Breakfast
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Lunch
  • Tour of Bayon
Ho Chi Minh City
Days 11-12

Ho Chi Minh City

After a morning at leisure, leave Cambodia behind today, as you return to Vietnam. Your destination is Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. On Day 12, enjoy a visit to the local market to buy ingredients, for an authentic Vietnamese cooking class. After enjoying your culinary creations, this afternoon you are introduced to the city on a guided sightseeing tour.

  • Day 11 - Breakfast
  • Day 12 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cu Chi Tunnels
Days 13-14

Cu Chi Tunnels and home

Visit the incredible Cu Chi Tunnels, a complex of underground hideouts used during the war with America, today. After lunch at a local restaurant, you transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, arriving on Day 14.

  • Day 13 - Breakfast, Lunch
  • Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Day 14 - Breakfast

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