The Ultimate Adventure

27 days from £4,795pp

It you want to see it all, this epic journey through Vietnam is the one for you! During your month exploring this staggeringly beautiful country you'll trek through the jungle, cycle through challenging countryside and camp in an awe-inspiring cave.

You'll start off with a tour of the dazzling capital city before exploring rural Vietnam where you'll eat with locals, visit rescued primates, cycle and trek through untouched nature and experience kayaking, caving and zip lining. We've also thrown in a bit of beachside relaxing for those aching muscles! For the ones who want it all, The Ultimate Adventure is just the ticket.

Highlights

  • Explore the hilly villages of Sapa

  • Go on a vespa tour of Hanoi's amazing street food

  • Trek through miles of lush jungle

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The simple memory of eating a bowl of Pho whilst watching the sunset in Halong Bay is one of my fondest from my time living in Vietnam. The wonderful warm people, incredible nature and fantastic food of Vietnam will always keep me coming back.

The Ultimate Adventure

27 days from £4,795pp

Itinerary

This adventurous trip to Vietnam includes international flights, transfers, accommodation and selected excursions.

From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has travelled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your holiday. All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it's perfect.

Day

Location

Type

1-3

Hanoi

City

And so your epic adventure begins! You’ll fly into the capital city of Hanoi where a guide will meet you and you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Once you’ve settled in you’ll enjoy seeing all the top city sights including the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Stilt House. You’ll then choose between exploring the Old Quarter or visiting Vietnam Women’s Museum. In the evening you’ll take a street food tour by Vespa; a delicious introduction to the country!

Places to Stay

Things to do

4

Mai Chau

Activity & Adventure

Say goodbye to city life and head to Mai Chau, a beautiful valley featuring lakes, rice paddy fields and stilt houses, flanked with green mountains. You’ll explore the area by bike, stopping for lunch and to learn about the lives of Thai ethnic minority people.

Places to Stay

5-7

Ninh Binh

Activity & Adventure

Wildlife fans will love this day! On the way to Ninh Binh you’ll stop by Cuc Phuong National Park to see the beautiful botanical gardens and the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre. Afterwards you’ll trek out to see the 1000 year old tree where you might be fortunate enough to spy birds such as the Eared Pitta and Red-collared Woodpecker. The next day you’ll explore natural caves and grottos by boat before cycling to Hoa Lu where you’ll visit ancient temples. You’ll finish up your stay in Ninh Binh with a day of cycling along rivers, through rural villages and out towards the sea. Then it’s back to Hanoi for a quick refresh before an overnight train to Lao Cai.

Places to Stay

8-9

Sapa

Activity & Adventure

After grabbing breakfast you’ll set off on a 7 hour trek from Ta Thang Dam in Sapa where you’ll hike through hilly villages with stunning views over valleys. Along the way you’ll learn about the culture of rice cultivating and meet the Red Dao group, renowned for their rich culture. After lunch, you'll continue your hike through Nam Nhiu vilage, and will learn how local villagers make rice paper and jewellery and embroidery before returning to your homestay.

The following morning, waking up to the fresh mountain air and pepped with Vietnamese tea you’ll be ready to start your 6 hour hike which involves ascending the mountainside of Nam Ngan, hiking a hidden trail and crossing streams and rice fields. Eventually you’ll reach My Son village, home to the Xa Pho group. The next morning is yours to spend as you choose before being transferred back to Hanoi for the night.

 

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10

Hanoi

City

You'll spend the afternoon in Hanoi as you please, catching up on sights you missed the first time round or relaxing at your hotel.

Places to Stay

11

Halong Bay

Cruise

After breakfast you’ll leave Hanoi for an overnight cruise along Halong Bay; the 3,000 limestone peaks rising out of the perfectly clear sea are one of the most iconic sights in South East Asia. While aboard enjoy happy hour, a fruit carving demonstration and stunning sunset vistas over the bay. Start the next morning with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck. Afterwards you’ll make your way to Cua Van floating village which you can explore further by kayak or rowing boat. The cruise will come to an end and you’ll fly onward to Danang before being transferred to a hotel in Hoi An.

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Things to do

12-14

Hoi An

Activity & Adventure

You’ll head off bright and early to the ruins of My Son in a renovated American war-era jeep. On the way back you’ll visit a bronze casting village and stop at a local house to learn more about this ancient art. The next afternoon you’ll explore the unique mangrove ecosystem by kayak, stopping for coffee at a local shop, before enjoying the spectacular sunset from the river. 

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15-16

Hue

Activity & Adventure

Next up is the toughest ride yet – you’ll cycle the mighty Hai Van Pass, but while the hills are hard, the views of the coast will blow your mind. The long and smooth downhill ride back is nice too! After lunch you’ll continue your cycle ride down a coastal road and make your way to Hue for the next two nights.

The following day you’ll enjoy an easier cycle and boat ride, stopping to explore the tallest religious building in Vietnam and the tomb of Emperor Ming Mang, renowned his opposition to French involvement in Vietnam. After a walk round this extensive complex you'll cycle back across the Perfume River to Hue. 

It's time for a rest day as you will be driven to various different historical and cultural landmarks. You’ll start at La Vang Cathedral before heading on to the remains of Quang Tri Citadel, once the site of an 81 day long battle. Afterwards you’ll cross the historic Hien Luong Bridge which demarcated North and South Vietnam. Enjoy the scenic journey toward the Vinh Moc Tunnels which will take you through quaint villages and along a beach. Arriving at the village you’ll learn how locals lived intermittently in the tunnels to survive wartime bombings. The last stop of the day is Truong Son National Cemetery, where the remains of over 15,000 Vietnamese soldiers and civilians have been laid to rest. After your day of heavy history you’ll be transferred to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Places to Stay

17-20

Phong Nha-Ke Bang

Activity & Adventure

After spending the night at the scenic Chay Lap Farmstay, today brings a trek and overnight stay at the stunning Hang En Cave. Along with a group of like-minded adventurers, you’ll hike through steep jungle hills, rural villages, through rivers and streams. You'll enjoy a picnic lunch near the Ban Doong minority village before continuing your hike through dense forest where you'll spot Hang En on the horizon. Once there you can explore the caves, where 300 million year old fossils can be seen, relax in the natural pool or simply kick back and listen to the sound of swallows overhead. After a delicious grilled dinner, you'll camp out in the cave overnight, revelling in this unforgettable experience.

The following morning, you'll trek back to civilisation in Phong Nha where you'll stay overnight. Get a good night’s sleep as the adventure continues the next day with plenty of activities including kayaking, ziplining and caving at Dark Cave. If all that sounds like too much work, have a mineral mud bath instead (spa slippers not included!). Then it's back to your Farmstay to relax by the pool and soak up the scenery.

 

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21-22

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

City

Leave the National Park behind and fly into Saigon. As you make your way into the city you’ll stop off at the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn how locals constructed this intricate underground network during the wars. The next day you’ll enjoy a full day city tour starting off at the historic Jade Emperor Pagoda, one of the most beautiful in the city. You’ll continue on exploring the oldest market in the city, your choice of museums and the former Presidential Palace. You'll also visit Dong Khoi Street, the historic thoroughfare of old Saigon, and the distinctive old Post Office. Revitalise yourself between sites with a cup of Vietnamese coffee.  

Places to Stay

Things to do

23-25

Mui Ne

Beach

Get ready to swap the buzz of the city for the calm of the beach. You’ll arrive by cycling along the coastal road to Mui Ne, famous for its striking red and white sand dunes. The next few days are yours to spend recharging in the sun or – if you’ve got energy to burn – have a go at some of the resort’s renowned water sports. 

Places to Stay

26-27

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

City

You’ll be collected from the beach and taken back into Saigon for one last day and night in Vietnam. Sipping Vietnamese coffee, picking up souvenirs at the market, eating as much street food as you can handle - spend it however you wish!

On Day 27 you’ll depart for home with nearly a months’ worth of memories to mull over and cherish.

 

 

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