This tour of Vietnam is perfect for the beach lover who is seeking a luxurious, relaxing holiday, with a little bit of culture thrown in too. We will take you to the capital of Hanoi and a cruise on the beautiful Halong Bay before heading down to the beach, where you can kick back and unwind. We’ve included two of our favourite beach hotels but if you would prefer to stay in one place that’s not a problem – we specialise in tailor-made tours so everything is completely flexible. This tour is ideal from February to late August – if you are travelling during other months check out our Southern Beach Trail.
Day 1 - Welcome to the Capital of Vietnam!
Your private driver and English-speaking guide will give you a warm welcome when you land in Hanoi before driving you through the bustling capital to your central hotel in the French Quarter, where you can relax and enjoy your evening at leisure. Hotel l’Opera is wonderfully opulent and guaranteed to make you feel like a star for a night or two! (Deluxe room).Accommodation
Day 2 - Explore the Highlights of Hanoi
Today you will explore Hanoi like a local; walk down the capital’s winding streets with a private walking, try local street food and have a local whipped coffee in a hidden coffee shop before exploring Hoa Lo Priosn where American and French POWs were once held and the Temple of Literature built in 1076. Finish your day walking down the city’s railway tracks and then stop for a home brewed beer, the renowned Bia Hoi.
Day 3 - Board your cruise of Halong Bay
Today you will be driven out to Halong Bay (four hours east of Halong Bay) in an air-conditioned mini bus with your cruise companions. Here you will board your traditional junk and enjoy a delicious as you cruise through the emerald bay surrounded by islets. You can kayak through a small fishing village or visit on a bamboo boat before returning on board for a cookery demonstration and a slap-up dinner. We love Indochina Sails’ traditional style junks. (Standard Cabin).Accommodation
Day 4 - Enjoy a full day in beautiful Halong Bay
Rise early for Tai Chi on the sundeck if you wish before transferring to the Indochina Sails Day Boat, which will cruise to a less crowded areas of the bay for swimming, kayaking and other activities. Lunch is served on board mid-day and you will return to the main boat later in the afternoon before dinner. You can even try your hand at squid fishing off the back of the boat tonight. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 5 - Travel to the central coast
This morning you will visit an island, where you can climb up the steps to the peak for a breathtaking 360 degree view of the Bay before returning to the boat for breakfast as you motor back to the mainland. You will return to Hanoi by shuttle bus and catch a short one-hour flight to Da Nang in the centre of Vietnam, where your beach adventures begin – at the stunning resort of Fusion Maia where unlimited spa treatments are included. (Pool villa).Accommodation
Days 6 - 8 - Soak up the stunning beach of Da Nang
Take three full days to enjoy the lovely, wide beach of Da Nang and all the spa treatments you could wish for at Fusion Maia, where your suite has a private pool. The gorgeous Unesco-heritage town of Hoi An is just 25 minutes away, via a free shuttle bus provided by the hotel, so you can explore the historic town at your own leisure and enjoy the delightful restaurants on offer. Hoi An has some of the best food, architecture and shopping in Vietnam – it is not to be missed.
Day 9 - Head to a secluded cove near Nha Trang
This morning after a leisurely breakfast (the breakfast at Fusion Maia is one of our favourites ever), your private driver will take you to the airport where you can catch a short flight to Nha Trang, a little further south, which boasts yet another wonderful beach. Here you will check into the beautiful Mia Resort, on a secluded cove for ultimate privacy and a few more days of relaxation. (Garden view condo).Accommodation
Days 10 - 13 - Relax at the boutique Mia Resort
Take another four full days at the beautiful Mia resort, which is a short taxi ride from the town of Nha Trang if you are seeking a little bit more nightlife. Or just relax on the sun lounger on Mia’s private beach and enjoy a cocktail at its sundowner bar, set into the cliffs with marvellous ocean views and an Ibiza-esque mellow atmosphere.Accommodation
This itinerary costs from £2,370 per person B&B based on 2 sharing and including all private transfers but not international flights.
You can get flights from as little as £500 per person return and do ask us for advice. Alternatively we can book the flights for you but a booking fee may apply.
- Prices start from £2,370 per person
- Accommodation on B&B basis
- Cruise has breakfast, lunch and dinner included
- Private transfers (air-conditioned vehicle)
- All entrance fees with service of English speaking guide for excursions
- Lunch on Day 2
- Internal flights (three)
- Local taxes
- All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered