Vietnam holiday


21 days




Vietnam Holiday tour




Welcome to Active Travel Indochina...As we travel through Vietnam, we look forward to sharing our passion for this beautiful destination with you. The 21 day trip will take you from  the colonial elegance of Ha Noi to the natural wonder of Halong Bay, the imperial splendor of Hue, the magnificent cave of Phong Nha, the white beaches of Nha Trang and Phu Quoc island all combine to make this a most memorable trip. Finishing in hectic Ho Chi Minh City, don't miss the Ben Thanh market for some fantastic shopping.....




Tour highlights:
* Hanoi’s beautiful colonial streets and Water Puppet Show

* Boat cruise in spectacular Halong Bay

* Explore Vietnam's imperial past in Hue

* Dive into the emerald-green waters of Nha Trang

* Relax on the beaches of Phu Quoc island

* Dynamic and vibrant city of Saigon






Day 1 Hanoi arrival

Upon arrival at Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport, our guide and driver will welcome you and transfer you to hotel in Hanoi.

The rest of your day is at leisure for independent exploration – just catch a sight of Hoan Kiem lake or explore the maze of streets in the city's fascinating Old Quarter where you are certain to find something unique to buy.

Overnight at Hanoi A1 hotel in Hanoi

Meal inclusions: None



Day 2 Ha Noi city tour, Water puppet performance

On the morning of day 2 we take a city tour to Ho Chi Minh complex, his house on stilts and the museum and One Pillar Pagoda. We also make a visit to the Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam, which is now dedicated to Confucian worship and “Hanoi Hilton” –a nick name given by US pilots during the war.

In the afternoon we attend a performance of traditional water puppetry

Overnight at Hanoi A1 hotel in Hanoi

Meal inclusions: Breakfast and lunch



Day 3 Halong Bay Cruise, overnight on boat (Join group tour)

This morning we take a 4 hour drive to Halong Bay. On arrival we board our deluxe junk, this traditional wooden sailing junk boat offers a unique way of navigating the limestone karsts of Halong Bay with all the comforts of a motorised, floating hotel. Once settled in, you start your cruise round the majestic Halong Bay, while enjoying a delicious lunch. After lunch you have the chance to explore some of the limestone caves dotted around the bay. Then, the captain will find a secluded spot where you can swim in the clear water of the bay, soak up the sun on the top deck. In the evening the cook prepares a sumptuous meal as the boat weighs anchor in the heart of the bay.

Overnight on Amigo Deluxe Junk boat

Meal inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4 Halong Bay Exploration

After breakfast, you are transfered to a day – trip boat with private crew and another wonderful cruise to the bay’s most untouched areas to visit Tortoise island , Man's head island, Dong Tien Lake, Van Gia floating villages..., if the tides are low, we have a chance to visit Ba Ham Lakes, Three Peach Island. Lunch is served on board by your chef, your cruise continues as you move around the bay finding more secluded lagoons for swimming or kayaking. Late in the afternoon we return to the Amigo cruiser for the night


Overnight on Amigo Deluxe Junk boat

(Breakfast, Lunch and dinner)


Day 5 return to Hanoi

On the morning of day 5 we may be able to visit the Dong Trieu ceramic village as we make our way back to the capital. Once back in Hanoi, there's a chance for more exploration. Why not head back to the Old Quarter, stroll the city's tree-lined boulevards or enjoy the tranquility of the lakes over a traditional Vietnamese coffee!


Overnight at Hanoi A1 hotel in Hanoi

Meal inclusions: Breakfast



Day 6 Ha Noi free exploration, overnight train to Dong Hoi

Today you are free at your leisure until transfer to the train station for the night train to Dong Hoi. We travel in air-conditioned comfort in our private soft sleeper cabins!


Overnight on Reunification Express train, private cabin of 4 berths

Meal inclusions: Breakfast





Day 7 Dong Hoi – Ke Bang national park, Phong Nha cave – Hue

Arrive in Dong Hoi in the morning, you are met at the train station and transferred to Phong Nha cave, one of the five World Natural Heritages in Vietnam. We get on boat and cruise along the river to Phong Nha Cave. The deeper one penetrates, the more magical are the natural aspects of the caves. After on boat for 700m, a large dry passage appears, then you can walk to discover the cave for 500m more. You will have a chance to explore the remain of Cham Altars and Inscriptions inside.

After lunch we jump in our car again for a 120 km drive to Hue

Overnight at Asia Hotel in Hue

Meal inclusions: Breakfast


Days 8-10 Hue sightseeing

Founded as a royal city in 1687, Hue is the gateway to the treasures of Vietnam's royal past. Today Hue remains one of Vietnam's major tourist attractions. This quiet city is widely known for the magnificent architecture of its citadels, palaces, royal tombs, pagodas and temples built under the Nguyen dynasty in a poetic background of greenery on the banks of the Perfume river. We have the opportunity with a guided tour to visit the Imperial Citadel, one of the Nguyen emperors' tombs, the famed Thien Mu Pagoda and also enjoy a dragon boat cruise on the Perfume River. A coffee at one of the riverside coffee shops at sunset is also an experience not to be missed.


Overnight at Asia hotel in Hue

Meal inclusions: Breakfasts


Days 11-13 Nha Trang free exploration

A 45 minute flight takes us from Hue to the beach city of Nha Trang, one of Vietnam's most attractive and charming coastal towns, featuring a harmonious combination of mountains, islands, sea and sand. You can spend our days here soaking up the sun on a lovely beach, exploring the local markets or checking out the ancient Cham Towers nearby. Make sure you try some of the excellent seafood restaurants. Other optional activities include boat trips to nearby islands or scuba diving.

There is plenty of free time here for you to enjoy the beautiful beach and perhaps sample Nha Trang's famous nightlife.

Overnight: Own arrangements


Day 14 Sai Gon (Ho Chi Minh City)

A short flight brings us to the emerging economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City (approx. 1 hour). Our hotel is located close to Ben Thanh Market and the city's main shopping district, so there is much for you to discover on your own and you will have plenty of interesting and fun ideas. How about scooting off on cyclos to Cholon, the Chinatown area of Ho Chi Minh City for a spot of temple hopping? Or perhaps you'd like to visit the Vietnamese version of a department store for some shopping - the choice is yours!

Overnight at Tan Hai Long 1 hotel in Sai Gon

Meal inclusions: Breakfast


Day 15 Sai Gon city tour

Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam with a population of just over eight million people. The huge number of people rushing about their daily lives gives Ho Chi Minh City a dynamic atmosphere.

Today we take a tour around the city, you are going to visit the Reunification Palace, War remnants museum, Municipal Theatre, Notre Dame Cathedral, The General Post Office....

Overnight at Tan Hai Long 1 hotel in Sai Gon

Meal inclusions: Breakfast and lunch


Days 16,17 Phu Quoc Island

You are transferred to the airport for the flight to Phu Quoc island

Overnight: Own arrangements


Day 18 Return to Sai Gon

Upon arrival at Sai Gon’s Tan Son Nhat Airport, you are met and transferred to your hotel in Sai Gon.

Overnight at Tan Hai Long 1 hotel in Sai Gon


Days 19, 20 Sai Gon free exploration

You are free at your leisure in Sai Gon, just explore this dynamic city in your way.

Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam with a population of just over six million people. The huge number of people rushing about their daily lives gives Ho Chi Minh City a dynamic atmosphere. The city is characterised by a vast array of sights and sounds: ancient pagodas, mosques and cathedrals sit squarely up against the former Presidential Palace, the War Museum, historic Dong Khoi Street (the Rue Catinat from Graham Greene's novel The Quiet American) and the bustling markets of Ben Thanh and Cholon (Chinatown). Much of the city's life takes place on the busy streets lined with stores, shops, stalls and vendors with their wares spread out on the footpath selling everything from soup to sophisticated electronics! The French influence is evident in the excellent baguettes and coffee on offer.

Overnight at Tan Hai Long 1 hotel in Sai Gon

Meal inclusions: Breakfasts


Day 21 Departure

Today is your departure, you are free at your leisure until transferred to Sai Gon airport for the flight home.

Meal inclusions: Breakfast









Ha Noi

Hanoi A1 Hotel (3 nights)

Halong Bay

Amigo deluxe junk boat (2 nights)

Overnight train

Private cabin 4 soft berths (1 night)


Asia Hotel (4 nights)

Sai Gon

Tan Hai Long 1 Hotel (5 nights)



Tour Includes:

  • Accommodation with daily breakfasts
  • Extra meals as per the itinerary
  • Private transportation
  • Train tickets Ha Noi – Dong Hoi (Private cabin)
  • Domestic flights Hue – Nha Trang, Nha Trang – Sai Gon and Sai Gon – Phu Quoc – Sai Gon
  • Tours and excursions as described in the program
  • Local English speaking tour guide
  • Entrance fees and permits where applicable during guided time

Tour does not include:

  • Other airfares and taxes
  • Accommodation in Nha Trang and Phu Quoc island
  • Transfers beyond the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and permits during free time
  • Personal expenses such as: Telephone, laundry, and bar bills.
  • Food & drinks not mentioned within the itinerary
  • Tips & Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance








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