14 Nights/15 DaysDuring this fourteen-night luxury escape with a touch of romance, explore Vietnam by train, car, on foot and from the back of a Vespa. You will meet local villagers, see the fascinating cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, enjoy a private overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay and relax in exclusive luxury on an isolated peninsula in Nha Trang Bay. Day 1 Arrive Hanoi
You will be met on arrival and transferred to the Sofitel Metropole. Have time to relax before a late afternoon traditional Water Puppetry performance (an interesting, light-hearted introduction to Vietnam’s rural culture), followed by dinner at a good restaurant in a restored French colonial building. Day 2 Hanoi/overnight train Explore the capital city with a guide, including the Temple of Literature, dating back to the 11th century, and Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum. After an included lunch, visit the Ethnology Museum for an overview of Vietnam’s 54 distinct ethnic groups in anticipation of your trip to Sapa. The bustling Old Quarter is a magnet for visitors with a maze of shopping streets, restaurants and a hotchpotch of architecture. It’s noisy and hectic, but definitely a ‘must-see’ attraction. Enjoy some free time until the car arrives for the transfer to Hanoi railway station in time to board the 9.15pm overnight sleeper to Lao Cai in a two-berth compartment.Day 3 Lao Cai/Ethnic market/SapaArrive in the early morning, where you will be met and taken to visit a market frequented by ethnic minority peoples. After a picnic lunch, return to Lao Cai and continue the journey into the mountains to Sapa, a small town perched on the mountainside opposite Vietnam’s highest peak. Enjoy some time to relax and stroll around the town. Overnight at the Victoria Sapa Resort.Day 4 Hiking to Ban Ho Village Drive about 30 minutes to Su Pan to begin your downhill walk with breath-taking views. En route, pass through Ban Ho village with stunning views of the valley and rice paddy terraces. Explore the Tay village of Ban Ho before crossing the suspension bridge over a stream. Continue through the rice fields to the Red Dao village of Nam Toong where your guide will prepare lunch in a local house. Swim by a waterfall before ascending back to Su Pan for your drive back to Sapa. Day 5 Sapa/Lao Cai Enjoy a free day before leaving late afternoon to Lao Cai station for the overnight train to Hanoi. Day 6 Hanoi/Ha Long cruise
Arrive early morning and check-in to your hotel for a freshen-up and breakfast. Then depart for Ha Long Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the world’s largest marine limestone ‘karst’ landscape. Board a private one-bedroom wooden junk that takes you through Bai Tu Long Bay. Continue to the most deserted areas with opportunities to swim at quiet sandy beaches or visit one of the least visited caves. The route is designed to avoid the busy areas and includes a very quiet location for your overnight stay.For the two-day Ha Long excursion, board one of the Princess Junks, one of the best wooden boats on the Bay. These junks are based on the model of the old Chinese court vessels with three barge sails. Each boat has only one air-conditioned cabin with en-suite. All meals, usually based on fresh seafood, will be provided on board. Kayaking is available and included in the price. Day 7 Ha Long/Hanoi Explore a fishing village and a hidden lagoon in a rustic rowing boat. The route ends at a Pearl Farm where you can see the whole process of making a high quality pearl. Dock around noon and return to Hanoi by mid-afternoon. Lunch is included and the rest of the day is at leisure. Day 8 Hanoi/Nha TrangRelax before your noon flight to Nha Trang. On arrival, transfer to the Six Senses Ninh Van Bay’s private jetty where a speedboat journey will whisk you to the resort for the next six nights. Days 9 to 13 Six Senses Ninh Van Bay This is probably Vietnam’s most exclusive hotel - luxurious, ultra-stylish and an ideal honeymoon hideaway set in 300 acres of pristine scenery. There is a fabulous spa here and various water sports along with private excursions to the mainland and shopping at markets in Nha Trang. Day 14 Nha Trang/Ho Chi Minh CityThis morning, transfer to the airport to fly to Ho Chi Minh City. You will be met on arrival and transferred to the Park Hyatt. After checking in, there is time to refresh. After and included lunch, enjoy a Vespa tour of modern-day Ho Chi Minh City to gain a unique view of the city. The Vespa tour will take you to visit must-see landmarks and off the crowded tourist trail for a peek at the history, streets and sights that most visitors never even hear about. Day 15 Ho Chi Minh City DepartureEnjoy the rest of your time at leisure until transferring to the airport for your departure flight.Prices from £4,690 per person OUR PRICE INCLUDES•Return scheduled flights with Vietnam Airlines from London to Hanoi, returning from Ho Chi Minh City to London in economy class•Domestic flights from Hanoi to Nha Trang and Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh•Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.•Four lunches and one dinner (as specified in the itinerary) plus full board on the boat in Ha Long Bay•Private transfers and sightseeing tours in an air-conditioned large car •Rail fares as listed in a two-berth compartment•Services of an English-speaking guideOUR PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE•Visas•Meals, except as specified above •Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses•Camera fees where applicable•InsuranceHOTEL LIST FOR THE ABOVE ITINERARYHanoi, Sofitel Metropole Hotel, historic five star colonial building in a city centre location – Luxury Room Historic WingSapa, Victoria Sapa Resort, the best hotel in Sapa. There is an indoor swimming pool/fitness centre in a separate building - Deluxe roomHa Long Bay, Princess Junk, traditional deluxe junk modelled on Imperial Court vessels. All meals are includedNha Trang, Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay, an exclusive five star eco-friendly beach resort with luxurious wooden chalets and villas on a rocky peninsula at the northern end of Nha Trang Bay - Beach Pool Villa Ho Chi Minh City, Park Hyatt Hotel, excellent five star hotel next to Ho Chi Minh City’s Opera House in the heart of District 1, colonial-style architecture, very comfortable – Park Room
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