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Splendours of Vietnam

  • Route:
  • London
  • Saigon
  • Can Tho
  • Dalat
  • Nha Trang
  • Hoi An
  • Hue
  • Hanoi
  • Halong Bay
  • London
TOUR PACE:
17 DAYS from €2127pp

Tour Highlights

  • City tours of Saigon, Hanoi, Hue and Hoi An
  • Visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Explore the French Colonial town of Dalat
  • Daytime Mekong River Cruise
  • Dragon Boat ride along the Perfume River
  • Island cruising in Nha Trang
  • Overnight Cruise of Halong Bay
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Splendours of Vietnam

Marvel in the delights of this in-depth 17 day, 15 night journey spanning the entire length of Vietnam. Discovering rich history whilst exploring more remote areas, this tour combines the famous landmarks and hidden gems.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Saigon

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Saigon International Airport.

    Day 2: Saigon

    Also known as Ho Chi Minh, the dynamic city of Saigon is the start point of the tour. Spend half a day visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral, the former Presidential Palace and the War Remnants Museum before enjoying a local Vietnamese welcome dinner.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 3: Saigon to Can Tho

    After breakfast visit Cao Dai temple before experiencing the fascinating network of rivers in the Mekong Delta. Journey, by motor boat, to the atmospheric Cai Be floating market to watch the locals trading. Visit a small family business and immerse yourself in the nature of Binh Hoa Phuoc Village. Fresh river food, traditional folk music and a bonsai garden await you before continuing to Vinh Long and then on to Can Tho, the largest town in the Mekong Delta.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 4: Can Tho to Saigon

    Your morning in Can Tho will begin with a gentle trip through the picturesque canals and waterways in a small boat, taking in the sultry scenery and daily activities of the small boat vendors of the floating markets who live along these Mekong canals, as well as stopping at the spectacular Cai Rang floating market - the largest in the entire Mekong Delta. Before cruising back to land enjoy tasting tropical fruits at the Ba Cong Garden House. After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant you will be transferred back to your hotel in Saigon.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 5: Saigon to Dalat

    This morning travel to the underground village of Cu Chi and discover the incredible 200km network of tunnels where the Viet Cong lived and fought during the war. Transfer to Saigon for a local lunch before catching your flight to Dalat.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 6: Dalat

    During this full day tour you will visit the French colonial town of Dalat, located in the South Central highlands. Explore the unique Railway Station and marvel at the Linh Phuoc Pagoda. The cultural north gives you the chance to understand the daily life of the Lach minority, the indigenous people of Dalat and enjoy a traditional Gong Music show. A cable car ride allows you to take in the panoramic views of Dalat before heading down to the beautiful Tuyen Lam Lake, surrounded by pine forests and the serene Truc Lam Zen Monastery. Finishing in the west, visit the Bao Dai Summer Palace to learn more about Vietnam's history.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 7: Dalat to Nha Trang

    Leaving Dalat, you will transfer to the beach resort of Nha Trang for lunch. In the afternoon, visit some of the cultural attractions in and around the area to gain an excellent insight into the history and culture of the area. Begin with Long Son Pagoda, built in commemoration of the monks and nuns who died whilst fighting the Diem Government, and then see the Po Nagar Temples - fascinating examples of Cham architecture situated on Mount Cu Lao. Finish the day with some shopping at Dam Market.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 8: Nha Trang

    Today you will enjoy a day of island hopping, starting with a trip to Tri Nguyen Aquarium on the Mieu Island. Continue to Mun Island, the best place for snorkelling in Nha Trang and blessed with a wealth of colourful coral reefs and marine life. Have time to relax or take part in some water sports at Mot Island or Tranh Beach Island. Enjoy lunch on Con Se Tre Island, before transferring back to your hotel in Nha Trang.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 9: Nha Trang to Hoi An

    After breakfast fly to Danang for your transfer to Hoi An for lunch before an afternoon tour. You will visit the Japanese Covered Bridge Pagoda, constructed in 1593 by the Japanese community. Next see the Sa Huynh Museum which contains exhibitions from the earliest period of Hoi An's history. You will also see the Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall, a Chinese pagoda dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea. Finally, finish the tour with a visit to a lantern making workshop and visit one of the many local tailors who can make up bespoke clothing at incredible prices.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 10: Hoi An

    From your hotel, you will be taken to a port where you will embark on a boat trip to Thanh Ha pottery village to learn about the daily life of the local people that live there. See various pottery items being made before returning to the boat to visit Kim Bong carpentry village where you will learn about the history of the village and see their local handicrafts.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 11: Hoi An

    Enjoy a free day to relax or further explore the town.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 12: Hoi An to Hue

    The scenic drive from Hoi An hugs the coastline to Hue, the former capital of Vietnam. With a stop at the Marble Mountain to see the five marble and limestone hills, you will then reach Hue to visit the ancient Forbidden City. You will have some free time at Dong Ba Market before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 13: Hue to Hanoi

    Begin your day by boarding a traditional Dragon boat for a tranquil trip along the Perfume River. Stop at Thien Mu Pagoda and the Royal Mausoleums of Emperor Tu Duc, who ruled Hue over 100 years ago, before visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Royal Tomb of Khai Dinh. Later, fly to Hanoi.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 14: Hanoi

    A full day tour of this historic city begins with the Ho Chi Minh Complex where the father of modern day Vietnam declared the nation's independence in 1945. Visit sites including the Presidential Palace and One Pillar Pagoda, then drive to the Temple of Literature. After lunch, visit the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology before the evening highlight - a Water Puppet Performance, a unique form of Vietnamese art derived from the wet rice civilisation of South East Asia.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 15: Hanoi to Halong Bay

    This memorable day takes you to the awe-inspiring Halong Bay where you will explore these tranquil islands on a luxury cruise boat, passing local towns and intricate limestone formations on the way. Take a tour of Thien Canh Son Cave, an ethereal wonderland of ancient carvings and suspended stalactites that hang beneath a canopy of glistening gems. Anchoring in the Cong Do area, a Vietnamese cooking demonstration will take place on the sundeck, followed by a sumptuous seafood dinner on board before you retire to your cabin for the evening.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 16: Halong Bay to Hanoi

    Start your day with a calming Tai Chi session before a rowing boat takes you to Vung Vieng fishing village, a settlement completely floating on water and dating back hundreds of years. In the afternoon you will travel back to Hanoi.

    • Breakfast & Dinner

    Day 17: Hanoi to the UK

    Following breakfast you will depart for Hoa Lu to visit the temples of Dinh King and Le King, built in the 10th Century for the heroic kings in Chinese War. Next travel on to Tam Coc for lunch and travel on a local bamboo boat in Hoang Long River. On the way you will pass through three enormous caves and the striking limestone formations that the area is renowned for, before returning to Hanoi for your evening flight back to the UK.

    • Breakfast & Lunch

    Important Information

    Visas

    A visa is required for entry into Vietnam. You can apply for an e-visa online at https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn. The cost of the visa is approximately USD$25 and will take roughly 3 working days. Alternatively, we work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be able to arrange your visa for you on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250 590 and quote ?Mercury Holidays?. The cost of the visa through The Travel Visa Company is £98.50. The visas take around 10 working days to issue and are only valid for 3 months from the date of entry. Therefore we recommend that you apply for your visa 8 weeks before travel, however, please be aware that your passport will be required for the application so make sure that you will not need it during this time. You can also visit the Embassy of Vietnam in London: 12-14 Victoria Road, London, W8 5RD.
    Cambodia:
    If you have booked the Temples of Cambodia extension following your tour, you will need to purchase a visa for Cambodia costing USD $30 on arrival at the airport in Siem Reap. Please note that you will be required to bring a passport photo with you as well as USD $30 cash in order to apply for your visa on arrival in Cambodia. This visa information is a guideline only and is subject to change; up-to-date information regarding the process and fees will be advised at the time of calling the Travel Visa Company.

    Insurance

    You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Holidays is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:

    Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
    Up to 17 days cover£42£79£135

    For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

    Payment

    If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of €300pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

    Flight Information

    All flights are operated by Vietnam Airlines. Each passenger is entitled to 20kg of hold luggage & hand luggage of 5kg not exceeding 56cm x 36cm x 23cm in size. Flight times are for guidance only & subject to change.

    Health and Vaccinations

    It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

    Physical Accessibility

    This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot, and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

    Group Size

    The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 40. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

    Tour Guide

    This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival by your national guide who will remain with you for the duration of your trip. You will also be joined by a local guide in each of the cities which you visit, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

    Currency Information

    The currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong, known as VND. You can exchange your currency in Vietnam, however US Dollars are widely accepted in Vietnam should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you. The currency in Cambodia is the Cambodian Riel, known as AHR. You can exchange your currency in Cambodia, however US Dollars are widely accepted in Cambodia should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you.

    Personal Expenses

    You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £100 - £200 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!

    Tour Dates & Prices

    Depart UKArrive UKPrice
    2018 Dates
    29 Sep 201816 Oct 2018€2295
    13 Oct 201830 Oct 2018Save €150pp
    Quote ITOUR150

    €2295pp
    €2145pp
    27 Oct 201813 Nov 2018Save €150pp
    Quote ITOUR150

    €2317pp
    €2167pp
    10 Nov 201827 Nov 2018€2351
    24 Nov 201811 Dec 2018€2351
    2019 Dates
    05 Jan 201922 Jan 2019€2463
    19 Jan 201905 Feb 2019€2463
    02 Feb 201919 Feb 2019€2687
    16 Feb 201905 Mar 2019€2687
    02 Mar 201919 Mar 2019€2452
    09 Mar 201926 Mar 2019€2429
    06 Apr 201923 Apr 2019€2407
    20 Apr 201907 May 2019€2351
    04 May 201921 May 2019€2239
    25 May 201911 Jun 2019€2127
    15 Jun 201902 Jul 2019€2239
    07 Sep 201924 Sep 2019€2351
    28 Sep 201915 Oct 2019€2351
    12 Oct 201929 Oct 2019€2351
    26 Oct 201912 Nov 2019€2351
    09 Nov 201926 Nov 2019€2407
    23 Nov 201910 Dec 2019€2407

    Travelling Alone?

    Unfortunately we do not have any places with no single supplements on this tour, however if you are happy to share with another passenger of the same gender then let us know at the time of booking and we will endeavour to find you a travelling partner. Alternatively please ask about our single supplement prices in order to book your own twin room.

    Private Tours

    If the group tour departure dates and not suitable for you and you would prefer a more personal and flexible experience than you can choose to book a private guide for your tour at a reasonable supplement.

    Please note

    On the Halong Cruise you will either be booked into a twin or double room.

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    Extensions

    • Cambodia
      Siem Reap City Stay3 nights from €480pp View
    • Cambodia
      Visit the Temples of Cambodia4 nights from €581pp View

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    Hotels and Accommodation

    Golden Central Hotel

    Golden Central Hotel

    Ninh Kieu 2 Hotel

    Ninh Kieu 2 Hotel

    Ngoc Lan

    Ngoc Lan

    Galliot Nha Trang

    Galliot Nha Trang

    Le Belhamy Hoi An Resort and Spa

    Le Belhamy Hoi An Resort and Spa

    Huong Giang

    Huong Giang

    Sunway Hotel

    Sunway Hotel

    Victory Cruise Boat

    Victory Cruise Boat

    Extensions

    Siem Reap City Stay

    Cambodia

    Tour route

    • London
    • Saigon
    • Can Tho
    • Dalat
    • Nha Trang
    • Hoi An
    • Hue
    • Hanoi
    • Halong Bay
    • Siem Reap
    • London

    Spend longer in Cambodia to further explore Siem Reap or Angkor Wat at your own pace.

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    Visit the Temples of Cambodia

    Cambodia

    Tour route

    • London
    • Saigon
    • Can Tho
    • Dalat
    • Nha Trang
    • Hoi An
    • Hue
    • Hanoi
    • Halong Bay
    • Siem Reap
    • London

    Extend your Splendours of Vietnam Tour with our extension to Siem Reap in Cambodia from 519pp. This extension includes visits to some of the most iconic and atmospheric sites in Cambodia, including the iconic Angkor Wat temple complex, the largest religious monument in the world.

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