• SAVE $150 per couple First Time Traveler Discount

    SAVE $150 per couple First Time Traveler Discount Learn More
  • GETAWAY DEALS - SAVE up to 20% on select trips

    GETAWAY DEALS - SAVE up to 20% on select trips View Trips
  • Aarp Logo Red
    AARP Members Save $100 AARP SAVE $100 on select vacations booked with us on select vacations
    Learn More
  • ADDITIONAL SAVINGS FOR PAST TRAVELERS

    ADDITIONAL SAVINGS FOR PAST TRAVELERS LEARN MORE

Highlights of Vietnam

Operated by: Trafalgar

12 Days from $2,764 per person
JAN - DEC 2022
Vietnam Halong Bay Ferry

Countries Visited

Vietnam ...more Vietnam

Locations Visited

Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, Danang, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City ...more Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, Danang, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Hanoi

    Relish the warm embrace of Vietnam and her welcoming people, who will touch you with their humility and entrepreneurial spirit throughout your journey across this intoxicating land. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception with drinks and local appetisers.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Melia Hanoi
  2. Day 2 A Day to Discover Hanoi

    This morning is dedicated to the revolutionary leader who fanned the flames of Vietnam's independence. We begin our day with a visit to the final resting place of "Uncle Ho", the imposing Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. A short walk from here, we'll find Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts, where we'll 'Dive Into Culture' exploring the grounds surrounding the humble abode of Vietnam's most famous son. We'll continue to the Temple of Literature, the first university for the sons of Mandarins, to gain insights into Hanoian culture. This afternoon, we'll embark on a cyclo tour, weaving through the lively Old Quarter past colourful shopfronts and street food vendors. Enjoy an evening at leisure or consider joining one of our recommended Optional Experiences to watch a show that uses the ancient art of water puppetry to story-tell the daily lives of Vietnamese people.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Set Sail for Halong Bay

    We leave the busy streets of Hanoi behind, bound for the serenity of Halong Bay where we'll board a traditional-style Vietnamese Junk boat. The limestone karsts and tropical islets rising up from the emerald waters provide an ethereal backdrop for our leisurely cruise. After lunch on board, we'll take a small boat transfer to the Tien Ong Cave and Cua Van Fishing Village, whose residents still live in traditional floating houses. We return to our Junk boat for a cooking demonstration with the chef or enjoy a mesmerising sunset on the top deck before dinner and a peaceful overnight stay in this UNESCO-listed natural wonder.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel Jasmine Cruise
  4. Day 4 Onwards to Danang and Hoi An

    The graceful practice of T'ai Chi eases you into your day as is the local custom. Join a 'Local Specialist' on the deck of the Junk boat for a morning class in exquisite natural surrounds. You'll have time for an early morning swim at one of Halong Bay's quiet beaches and, if you're feeling energetic, a brisk walk to catch one last view of scenic Halong Bay before your drive to Hanoi Airport to catch your flight to Danang. On arrival, transfer to your hotel in Hoi An.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Royal Hoi An
  5. Day 5 Uncover Historic Hoi An

    'Dive Into Culture' this morning, embarking on a walking tour around the ancient town of Hoi An. Embrace its charm of yesteryear - the narrow lanes, colourful marketplaces and ancient temples providing insights into the Vietnam of old. See the old merchant houses and 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, before visiting Thanh Dong Organic Village where you'll spend some time helping local farmers and learning about their daily working routines. Kick back and enjoy a relaxing foot massage that will set the pace for the rest of the day and evening at leisure.

    meals Breakfast
  6. Day 6 Local Life in Hoi An

    Enjoy some free time this morning to explore Hoi An further or simply relax at your hotel. Your choice of activities this afternoon could see you learn how to craft your own colourful lantern or gain insights into life as a local fisherman (subject to weather conditions). Create a work of art to bring your home luck and happiness, or cast your net wide for the catch of the day - the choice is yours.

    meals Breakfast
  7. Day 7 Head to Hue via Red Beach

    The healthy flavours of Vietnamese cuisine take centre stage as we travel by boat to the Red Bridge Cooking School to learn about the traditional ways of preparing and cooking Vietnamese food. We'll have an opportunity to savour the dishes we've prepared for lunch before returning to Hoi An. This afternoon, our journey takes us over Hai Van Pass en route to Red Beach, where the American Marines first landed in Vietnam during the decades-long war. We continue to Danang for a visit to the Cham Museum before arriving in Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam, for our overnight stay.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Imperial
  8. Day 8 See the Sights of Hue

    We'll navigate the busy streets of Hue on the back of a cyclo en route to the UNESCO-listed Imperial Citadel, once home to Nguyen emperors. From here, we drive to Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue's best-preserved religious monument. Boarding a local dragon boat next, we cruise along the Perfume River to the house of the former Princess Ngoc Son where we'll 'Connect With Locals' and meet a family member for a 'Be My Guest' lunch to gain a glimpse of their life in this historic house. The afternoon is ours to enjoy at leisure or consider joining one of our Optional Experiences.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
  9. Day 9 Journey to Ho Chi Minh City

    A short flight this morning brings you to Ho Chi Minh City, where you’ll enjoy some time at leisure before lunch at Blanc restaurant. Your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience visit supports a business which proudly employs a team of deaf or hearing impaired staff. You'll temporarily immerse yourself in a world of sign language interaction and communication, and tuck into tasty local dishes during this unique dining experience. Embark on a walking tour of Dong Khoi Street next, to view the Opera House, former Hotel de Ville, Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office, designed by Gustave Eiffel. Gain insights into the war through the eyes of locals at the War Remnants Museum, then continue to Ben Thanh market. The iconic sights of Ho Chi Minh are revealed on a walking tour of Dong Khoi Street next. See the Opera House and the former Hotel de Ville. Then, wander up to Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office, designed by the renowned Gustave Eiffel. Continue to the War Remnants Museum where you’ll have a vivid glimpse of the war through the eyes of the locals. Your final stop today is Ben Thanh market, one of the earliest surviving structures in old Saigon, before arriving at your hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Sofitel Saigon Plaza
  10. Day 10 Meander along the Mekong Delta

    The mighty Mekong beckons today, as we take a day trip to My Tho, a nearby Delta market town. We'll transfer to a small sampan boat and navigate the maze of small canals before stopping for a lunch of delicious Mekong Delta specialities. After a short walk along village roads, we'll visit the house of a former soldier, a 'Local Specialist' who survived fighting the Khmer Rouge. Indulge in the family's colourful stories and learn how they make a living crafting rice paper, before returning to Ho Chi Minh City for an evening at leisure.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
  11. Day 11 Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels

    We'll delve into Vietnam's turbulent history from the previous century with a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an immense network of connecting underground tunnels built to protect the Viet Cong guerrillas from the French air and ground sweeps. We'll explore the underground compounds with a VC veteran and gain an understanding of the history of the tunnel, which once served as living quarters and housed hospitals, food and weapons caches. Returning to Ho Chi Minh City by private speedboat, we'll enjoy some free time this afternoon. Later, we'll 'Dive Into Culture' during a visit to the home of the former American Ambassador to South Vietnam in the 1960s, Mr. Henry Cabot Lodge, followed by a Farewell Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  12. Day 12 Farewell to Ho Chi Minh City

    Our discovery of the iconic and unexpected highlights of Vietnam at its end, take a transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

    meals Breakfast
Highlights of Vietnam
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 11 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches (including Connect with Locals)
  • 3 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • A Trafalgar bonus - all Intra-Air flights: Hanoi - Danang and Hue - Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • Handcrafted Highlights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • EXPLORE Hanoi, Hoi An, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City
  • VISIT Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature in Hanoi, the Imperial Citadel in Hue, the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • VIEW Ho Chi Minh's House in Hanoi, the Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh City
  • SEE Red Beach in Danang
  • CRUISE Halong Bay
  • CONNECT WITH LOCALS Enjoy lunch at one of the great remaining garden houses of Hue where you will gain insight into the lives of a local family and admire their fascinating collection of artifacts and mementos from the days of the former Royal Empire. (Day 8)
  • DIVE INTO CULTURE Visit Ho Chi Minh's house in Hanoi. (Day 2) Visit the colourful market of Hoi An. (Day 5) Join a Lantern Making Workshop or a Fishing Life Tour to learn about the lives of the local fishermen and have a go at casting your own fishing net. (Day 6) Visit the Cham Museum in Danang. (Day 7) Visit the home of the former American Ambassador to South Vietnam in the 1960s. (Day 11).
  • MAKE A DIFFERENCE Have lunch at Blanc restaurant, which provides employment to those who are deaf or hearing impaired. You'll interact with the staff and communicate your meal order using sign language during this unique dining experience concept. (Day 9)
  • STAYS WITH STORIES Stay on a traditional style Vietnamese Junk boat for an overnight cruise in Halong Bay. (Day 3)
  • CONNECT WITH LOCALS Enjoy lunch at one of the great remaining garden houses of Hue where you will gain insight into the lives of a local family and admire their fascinating collection of artifacts and mementos from the days of the former Royal Empire. (Day 8)
  • DIVE INTO CULTURE Visit Ho Chi Minh's house in Hanoi. (Day 2) Visit the colourful market of Hoi An. (Day 5) Join a Lantern Making Workshop or a Fishing Life Tour to learn about the lives of the local fishermen and have a go at casting your own fishing net. (Day 6) Visit the Cham Museum in Danang. (Day 7) Visit the home of the former American Ambassador to South Vietnam in the 1960s. (Day 11).
  • LOCAL SPECIALIST in Halong Bay. (Day 3) The Mekong Delta. (Day 10)
  • MAKE A DIFFERENCE Have lunch at Blanc restaurant, which provides employment to those who are deaf or hearing impaired. You'll interact with the staff and communicate your meal order using sign language during this unique dining experience concept. (Day 9)
  • STAYS WITH STORIES Stay on a traditional style Vietnamese Junk boat for an overnight cruise in Halong Bay. (Day 3)

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

Online Booking Process

Onlinebookingprocesssteps
January 2022
AARP Members Save $100
Jan 8 Sat
Jan 19 Wed
AARP Members Save $100
TODAY'S PRICE - Based on twin share
$3,095
February 2022
AARP Members Save $100
Feb 12 Sat
Feb 23 Wed
AARP Members Save $100
TODAY'S PRICE - Based on twin share
$3,095
March 2022
AARP Members Save $100
Mar 5 Sat
Mar 16 Wed
AARP Members Save $100
TODAY'S PRICE - Based on twin share
$3,095
AARP Members Save $100
Mar 19 Sat
Mar 30 Wed
AARP Members Save $100
TODAY'S PRICE - Based on twin share
$3,095
April 2022
AARP Members Save $100
Apr 2 Sat
Apr 13 Wed
AARP Members Save $100
Guaranteed Departure This departure is guaranteed
TODAY'S PRICE - Based on twin share
$3,095 $2,764 Save $331
GETAWAY DEALS
AARP Members Save $100
Apr 16 Sat
Apr 27 Wed
AARP Members Save $100
TODAY'S PRICE - Based on twin share
$3,095
AARP Members Save $100
Apr 30 Sat
May 11 Wed
AARP Members Save $100
TODAY'S PRICE - Based on twin share
$3,095
May 2022
AARP Members Save $100
May 14 Sat
May 25 Wed
AARP Members Save $100
TODAY'S PRICE - Based on twin share
$3,095 $2,764 Save $331
GETAWAY DEALS
June 2022
AARP Members Save $100
Jun 11 Sat
Jun 22 Wed
AARP Members Save $100
TODAY'S PRICE - Based on twin share
$3,095 $2,764 Save $331
GETAWAY DEALS
July 2022
AARP Members Save $100
Jul 9 Sat
Jul 20 Wed
AARP Members Save $100
TODAY'S PRICE - Based on twin share
$3,095 $2,764 Save $331
GETAWAY DEALS
August 2022
AARP Members Save $100
Aug 6 Sat
Aug 17 Wed
AARP Members Save $100
TODAY'S PRICE - Based on twin share
$3,095 $2,764 Save $331
GETAWAY DEALS
September 2022
AARP Members Save $100
Sep 3 Sat
Sep 14 Wed
AARP Members Save $100
TODAY'S PRICE - Based on twin share
$3,095
AARP Members Save $100
Sep 10 Sat
Sep 21 Wed
AARP Members Save $100
Guaranteed Departure This departure is guaranteed
TODAY'S PRICE - Based on twin share
$3,095 $2,819 Save $276
GETAWAY DEALS
AARP Members Save $100
Sep 24 Sat
Oct 5 Wed
AARP Members Save $100
TODAY'S PRICE - Based on twin share
$3,095
October 2022
AARP Members Save $100
Oct 8 Sat
Oct 19 Wed
AARP Members Save $100
TODAY'S PRICE - Based on twin share
$3,095
November 2022
AARP Members Save $100
Nov 12 Sat
Nov 23 Wed
AARP Members Save $100
TODAY'S PRICE - Based on twin share
$3,095
December 2022
AARP Members Save $100
Dec 3 Sat
Dec 14 Wed
AARP Members Save $100
TODAY'S PRICE - Based on twin share
$3,095
AARP Members Save $100
Dec 17 Sat
Dec 28 Wed
AARP Members Save $100
TODAY'S PRICE - Based on twin share
$3,095
Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Hanoi

Hang Trong Painting Experience

Named after one of Hanoi’s specialized streets, Hang Trong paintings belong to one of Vietnam’s dying arts. These festive and vividly eye-catching tapestries became popular from the end of the 19th century through to the start of the 20th century. Take a walk through the narrow alleyways of the old quarter of Hanoi and visit the home of a 66-year-old artisan who is devoted to preserving this traditional craft. He is one of seven children from a family who for three generations has specialized in creating Hang Trong paintings. Interact with him and learn about the techniques and the time and effort he is putting into preserving the tradition. On the way back to the hotel make a stop at Hang Trong Street which is part of an artisan neighborhood and was once famous for selling these paintings.
Adult Price: $20

Hoi An

My Son Temples

My Son is one of the foremost Hindu temple sites in South East Asia. For the Cham civilization that ruled Central Vietnam from the 2nd to the 13th century, My Son was an important religious site and place of worship. A 1.5-hour drive from Hoi An will bring you to My Son where there are 20 monuments still standing today. The temples are set in a verdant valley surrounded by hills and overlooked by the impressive Cat Tooth Mountain. Stroll around this UNESCO-listed temple complex and learn about the Cham culture, architecture and civilization before returning to Hoi An.
Adult Price: $23

Hue

Bamboo Paper Art Workshop

Truc Chi which is a type of paper made from bamboo pulp is a new form of art in Hue created by a young talented artist and his colleagues after many years of research, study and practice. Using bamboo as the only material, they make paper using traditional methods and then turn them into various detailed and unique creations. The aim of the Truc Chi artists is to make the paper symbolic of Vietnam, just like ‘washi’ paper is of Japan. Visit a Truc Chi workshop, interact with the artists to understand more about the artwork's process and later, try creating your own Truc Chi drawing to take home as a souvenir.
Adult Price: $40

Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Service
very easy & the agent was informative & pleasantly. excellent follow up communications as well!
Vacation
it was one of the most fantastic vacations I ever spent the tour guides were educational and wonderful to interact with and looked after rest quite well. Hotel accommodations, travel coordination and areas we visited were marvelous and enriching I cannot wait to book my next trip with GET Is the fourth trip that I’ve been on with this company.
See More Reviews
Terms & Conditions
Click here to view Terms and Conditions for this guided vacation
Back To Top