Vietnam Explorer 18 days

Vietnam ExplorerVietnam Explorer 18 days

Vietnam Explorer - A voyage of discovery and variety including overnight cruises on Halong Bay and the Mekong, train journeys to Sapa, the caves and DMZ of the Dong Hoi region, treks through terraced fields and villages of the north and leisure time in quaint Hoi An.

Hanoi • Halong Bay • Sapa • Dong Hoi • Hue • Hoi An • Mekong Delta • Saigon
  • Vietnam Explorer Itinerary

    Day 1 – Wednesday – Arrive Hanoi
    On arrival in Hanoi meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. Stay two nights at the Skylark Hotel.

    Day 2 – Hanoi
    Morning at leisure. In the afternoon take a city tour by cyclo and minivan. (B)

    Day 3 – Hanoi – Halong Bay
    Travel to Halong by coach for an overnight cruise in a wooden junk on beautiful Halong Bay. Seafood lunch and dinner are served on board. Stay one night on the Aclass Legend cruise boat. (B,L,D)

    Day 4 – Halong Bay – Overnight train
    Further cruising around the rocky limestone islands. Disembark at Halong and travel back to downtown Hanoi. In the evening transfer to the rail station for the overnight train to Lao Cai. Stay one night on the Fanxipan Express or King Express. (B)

    Day 5 – Lao Cai – Bach Ha Sunday Market – Sapa
    Arrive early morning at Lao Cai Station, near the Chinese border. Travel by road and river boat to visit some of the northern hill tribe villages. Drive on to Bac Ha for the colourful market then to Sapa. Stay two nights at the U Sapa Hotel.

    Day 6 – Ta Van excursion
    Take a guided trek into the Muong Hoa Valley with views of terrace rice fields and the Fansipan mountain range. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

    Day 7 – Cat Cat Village – Overnight train
    Visit Cat Cat village, home to the Black Hmong hill tribe. Afternoon at leisure before transferring back to the Lao Cai station. Stay one night on the  Fanxipan Express or King Express. (B)

    Day 8 – Arrive Hanoi
    At leisure in Hanoi. Stay one night at the Skylark Hotel. (B)

    Day 9 – Hanoi – Dong Hoi
    Fly to Dong Hoi and visit Paradise Cave. Stay one night at Saigon Quang Binh Hotel.  (B)

    Day 10 – Paradise Cave – DMZ – Hue
    Visit the demilitarized zone (DMZ), the division line between North and South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Continue on to Hue. Stay two nights at the Eldora Hotel. (B)

    Day 11 – Hue
    Afternoon visit to the Imperial Citadel and the elaborate Khai Dinh Royal Tomb. (B)

    Day 12 – Hue – Danang – Hoi An
    Transfer to Hoi An via the scenic Cloud Pass, visiting Non Nuoc Beach and Marble Mountains en route. Take a walking tour of Hoi An Ancient Town. Stay two nights at the Hoi An Historic Hotel or Vinh Hung Riverside Resort. (B)

    Day 13 – Hoi An
    Day at leisure. (B)

    Day 14 – Hoi An – Danang – Saigon & Cu Chi Tunnels
    Fly from Danang airport to Saigon. Tour the Cu Chi Tunnels and visit a cricket farm. Stay two nights at the Saigon Prince or Paragon Saigon. (B)

    Day 15 – Saigon
    Afternoon city tour of Saigon. (B)

    Day 16 – Saigon – Ben Tre
    Drive to Ben Tre to explore local cottage industries and sample the exotic fruits of the Mekong Delta. Take a sampan ride on the palm shaded waterways. Stay one night at Mango Home Riverside in Ben Tre. (L,D)

    Day 17 – Cai Be – Saigon
    In the heart of the Delta, experience the sights and sounds of the Cai Be floating market. Disembark at Tan Phong Island for a cycle tour of the villages before travelling back to Saigon. Stay one night at the Saigon Prince or Paragon Saigon. (B,L)

    Day 18 – Depart Saigon
    Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

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  • Vietnam Explorer Tour prices

    Tour prices valid to 31 Oct 2020. Depart on Wednesdays.

    Depart Wednesdays Twin Share Single Room Sole Traveller
    $3,356 $4,537 $5,747

    Prices are in Australian dollars. Please confirm prices when booking.

  • Price Includes:
    • 14 nights in 3.5 to 4 star hotels and Mekong villa as listed, or similar
    • 2 overnight train journeys, 4 share cabin
    • 1 night Halong Bay cruise, en-suite cabin
    • Economy class flights Hanoi-Dong Hoi and Danang-Saigon including taxes and fuel surcharges
    • 16 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
    • Return transfers, sightseeing tours, entrance fees
    • Quality air-conditioned vehicles, experienced drivers and guides


    Sole traveller prices apply for one person travelling on their own and staying in a single room.  The Single room price applies when two or more people travel together and a single room is required.

    Surcharges apply for travel 20Dec17-15Jan18, 14Feb18-20Feb18, 31Aug18-03Sep18, 20Dec18-15Jan19, 03Feb19-10Feb19, 31Aug19-03Sep19 and 20Dec19-15Jan20.


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Vietnam Explorer 18 days


  • Sunday Market at Bac Ha
  • Sampan ride in the Delta
  • The scenery and cooler climate of the north
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