Vietnam highlights tour

“12 day guided Vietnam vacation, traveling in a small group with expert guides from north to south and staying in hotels along the way. Plus a night on a boat on Halong Bay. Hooray!”


Hanoi| Halong Bay | Hoi An | Hue | Phong Nha National Park | Ho Chi Minh City | Mekong Delta

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13 Feb 2019
£ 1800
including domestic flights only
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23 Oct 2019
£ 1800
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Vietnam highlights tour


We keep our group tours to a maximum of 14 people for many good reasons. Firstly traveling in a small group creates a light footprint and enables our clients to develop an intimate atmosphere that is great for your appreciation of the places you visit. It also allows us to take advantage of Vietnam’s public transport system, which is good both for environmental reasons and to avoid that feeling of being in a “tour bus bubble”, cut off from local people that we’re sure you’re keen to meet!

On the Highlights of Vietnam tour, we do many walking tours, stay on a traditional boat in beautiful Halong Bay, and in ancient Hue we explore the imperial Citadel by cyclo, a fun and environmentally-friendly way to see the sights and support the local community.


Although 10 days is not a long time to spend in Vietnam, we really pack the cultural learning to help you get beneath the surface of Vietnamese culture and history. In this way you’ll get a great appreciation of the local way of life, and learn to appreciate both the traditional and modern culture of this vibrant and fascinating country. We’ll visit many of the most important historic sites in Vietnam, exploring both the moving remnants of the Vietnam War era in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and the Vinh Moc Tunnels, and the ancient places from where Vietnamese culture developed.

In Hanoi, after exploring the town and sampling the fantastic food on offer we’ll pay a visit to the unique Water Puppets, a traditional northern Vietnamese folk art form. Originating more than a thousand years ago in the rivers and rice paddies of the Red River Delta, water puppetry recounts the tales of traditional Vietnamese culture and folklore in unique style. Standing in waist deep water and hidden behind a curtain, puppeteers manoeuvre wooden puppets representing peasants, mandarins and animals, accompanied by live singers and musicians.

1 Reviews of Vietnam highlights tour

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Cooking class in Hoi An (although my husband and I had upset stomachs for the following 12 hours), Mango homestay Mekong Delta.

Staying at the Ancient House in Hoi An. Fascinating tour of War Remnants Museum and Cu Chi tunnels (Saigon). Massage at Temple Leaf spa in Saigon.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Always have some VND (say 4x 100,000 notes) but use use mainly US dollars and have a big supply of 5,10, 20 USD notes for tips

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, benefitted local people, especially in Mekong Delts. No, in terms of having to use plastic water bottles to keep hydrated in a hot climate.

No, in terms of being driven everywhere in large 10-12 person vans when there were only 5 passengers thus contributing to the traffic congestion and pollution

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Great itinerary, well done.

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