Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City (no meal)
Welcome at Tan Son Nhat airport upon the arrival. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City-Cu Chi-Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)
A morning city tour of dynamic Ho Chi Minh City, takes in the former Presidential Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office, a lacquerware factory and Thien Hau Pagoda in the city’s bustling Chinatown. In the afternoon, visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the long struggle for independence. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City-My Tho-Ho Chi Minh City (B/L)
Morning departure from Ho Chi Minh City and drive overland to Cai Be, in the heart of the Mekong Delta. On arrival, board a sampan for a cruise on the Mekong River and its multiple canals. Visit Cai Be floating market, an old colonial house, a rice corn factory and taste local specialties for lunch. In the afternoon, return to Saigon. Overnight in Saigon.
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City-Dalat (B/L)
Leave Ho Chi Minh City after breakfast for a scenic drive through rubber and tea plantations en route to the cooler climes of Dalat, 300km from Ho Chi Minh City. An afternoon of sightseeing in Dalat takes in the art deco former summer residence of Emperor Bao Dai, the old Dalat Railway Station, Xuan Huong Lake, the Central Market and Lam Ty Ni Pagoda where a Buddhist monk, Vien Thuc, produces his abstract paintings and writes poetry. Overnight in Dalat.
Day 5: Dalat-NhaTrang (B/L)
Morning departure for Nhatrang, the road descends to the arid coastal city of Phan Rang. Break the journey here to visit the 13th century Po Klong Jarai Cham Towers perched high on a rocky hill surrounded by prickly pear cacti. On arrival in Nha Trang, transfer to hotel. An afternoon city tour includes the Po Nagar Cham Towers and Long Son Pagoda with its enormous white Buddha statue. Overnight in Nha Trang.
Day 6: Nha Trang-Quy Nhon (B/L)
A morning boat trip on Nha Trang bay visits some of the nearby islands and there are opportunities to swim and snorkel in the clear warm waters. After a fresh seafood lunch return to shore to check out of the hotel for the scenic drive to Quy Nhon. Transfer to hotel on arrival. Overnight in Quy Nhon.
Day 7: Quy Nhon-Hoi An (B/L)
Leaving Quy Nhon after breakfast continue northwards up Highway One to Hoi An, breaking the journey to visit My Lai Massacre Memorial near to Quang Ngai. Arrive in Hoi An early in the afternoon. Take a walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit former merchants’ houses, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colorful market. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 8: Hoi An-Hue (B/L)
Breakfast at the hotel and free at leisure in the mornig. Depart Hoian in the early afternoon for Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. The scenic route passes through Danang before climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds and dropping down to the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co. Arrive in Hue late afternoon and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Hue.
Day 9: Hue (B/L)
A boat trip on the romantically named Perfume River visits Hue's best-known religious site, Thien Mu Pagoda, and the mausoleum of former emperor Minh Mang, in a tranquil setting of gardens and lakes. In the afternoon, visit the elaborate mausoleums of Emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh and the Imperial Citadel from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. Overnight in Hue.
Day 10: Hue-Hanoi-Haiphong (B/L)
Transfer to Hue Airport after breakfast for the short flight to Hanoi, the modern day capital of Vietnam. Transfer to Haiphong, Vietnam’s third largest city, on arrival in Hanoi. An afternoon, city tour along the wide boulevards includes a visit to Hang Kenh Tapestry Factory and the Du Hang Pagoda, founded over three centuries ago. Overnight in Haiphong.
Day 11: Haiphong-Halong(B/L)
After breakfast transfer by cyclo to the harbour. Board the hydrofoil for the 55-minute, journey to Cat Ba Island, the largest in the bay. At Cat Ba board a private boat for a cruise among some of the 3,000 limestone islands that are scattered throughout this spectacular bay. Return to Haiphong by hydrofoil in the afternoon then driving to Halong. Overnight in Halong.
Day 12: Halong -Hanoi (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Free at leisure in Halong till transfer to Hanoi in the afternoon. Overnight in Hanoi
Day 13: Hanoi (B/L/D)
A full day city tour of Vietnam’s capital. Hanoi is a unique city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and oriental temples. The city tour includes such sights as Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Fine Arts Museum and the Temple of Literature. After lunch, continue to the Museum of Ethnology and end the afternoon with a visit to the Lake of the Restored Sword and the Old Quarter. In the evening enjoy a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 14: Hanoi departure (B)
At leisure until transfer to Noi Bai Airport for onward flight.