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World Heritage Sites of Vietnam

A 10 day tour taking in the various World Heritage Sites of north and central Vietnam; travelling from Hanoi, via Halong Bay to Danang

UNESCO sites of northern and central Vietnam

A fascinating 11 day Vietnam tour, ‘World Heritage Sites of Vietnam’, explores Northern and Central Vietnam – areas particularly rich in World Heritage Sites. Our tour includes: an overnight stay on a traditional style junk amid the dramatic scenery of Halong Bay; a boat trip up the Perfume River to visit the ancient imperial tombs of the fabulous former capital of Hue; a walking tour of the charming old port town of Hoi An and the an exploration of the ancient ruined city of My Son.

In addition to the famous sites we’ll also explore some of the lesser known highlights such as the picturesque Pu Luong National Park, the ethnic Tai village of Mai Chau and the spectacular caves of Trang An. Extra nights in Saigon after the tour, a few days on a secluded, unspoilt island in the South China Sea or an extension up the Mekong River by boat to Cambodia’s vibrant capital Phnom Penh are also available should you wish to extend your tour.

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Itinerary

Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.

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Day 1 - Hanoi - arrival and time to explore

Arrival in Hanoi, check-in to a downtown hotel in the heart of the Old City with the afternoon free to relax or explore the area, before an evening trip to see the unique water-puppet show.

Extra accommodation in Hanoi before your tour is available if required.
Airport transfers are included if you purchase the 'with flights' package. If you purchased your own flights, airport transfers can be arranged.

Overnight: Hanoi Transport: Walk,  Meals: D, 

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Day 2 - Hanoi - Day tour of some of the City's sights

Day tour of some of this beautiful old City, with it’s French colonial ambience. Sites include Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, the 11th century University, Hoan Kiem Lake and a stroll through the fascinating lanes of the bustling old quarter.

Overnight: Hanoi Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, L, D, 

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Day 3 - Halong Bay - day cruise of the Bay

Departure for Halong Port where we’ll board the Bai Tho Junk for a journey through the dramatic limestone scenery of the World Heritage Halong Bay. Explore the islands, visit the grottoes and swim on the beaches, before dinner on board and overnight on the junk. (Traditional wooden style, but equipped for visitors with air con and en-suite cabins).

Overnight: Halong Bay Transport: Minibus, Boat,  Meals: B, L, D, 

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Day 4 - Halong Bay - Bai Tu Long Bay and return to Hanoi

Early rise for dawn over Halong Bay before continuing the visit with stops at Man’s Head and Tortoise Islands, plus a tour of one of the picturesque lagoons by local rowing boat. Return to Halong Port via Bai Tu Long Bay and transfer to Hanoi.

Overnight: Hanoi Transport: Minibus, Boat,  Meals: B, L, 

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Day 5 - Hoa Binh - overland to Pu Luong and Mai Chau

Leaving the capital we’ll head into the scenic mountainous region of Hoa Binh Province where we’ll continue to Pu Luong – one of Vietnam’s remotest and most spectacular national parks. Afternoon hike to discover the regions amazing flora and fauna and overnight in the ethnic White Tai village of Mai Chau.

Overnight: Mai Chau Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, L, D, 

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Day 6 - Trang An - boat trip through the grottoes

Scenic drive through the lush paddy fields and jagged limestone escarpments of this region, sometimes known as the ‘Halong of the rice fields’, to the remarkable cave system of the Trang An Grottoes. Rowing boats will take us through the labyrinth of caves, tunnels and emerald streams for a fascinating visit before continuing to Ninh Binh Town to board the night sleeper train.

Overnight: Sleeper Train Transport: Minibus, Train, Boat,  Meals: B, L, D, 

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Day 7 - DMZ - DMZ tour and on to the ancient capital, Hue

Morning arrival at Dong Ha and a chance to discover the country’s more recent history with a day trip to the infamous DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) and some of the key sites of the Vietnam War. Sites include the Vietcong tunnels at Vinh Moc, Hien Luong Bridge on the 17th parallel which marked the border between South and North Vietnam and Khe Sanh Combat Base – scene of some of the most intense fighting of the war.

Overnight: Hue Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, L, D, 

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Day 8 - Hue - imperial tombs on the Perfume River

Time to check out the numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites of this historic city and former imperial capital. Morning cruise by dragon boat along the Perfume River to visit some of the majestic tombs of the former emperors and afternoon walk around the ancient citadel.

Overnight: Hue Transport: Boat, Walk,  Meals: B, L, 

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Day 9 - Hoi An - scenic drive from Hue to Hoi An

Short, scenic drive to nearby Hoi An Town with a stop on the way at the beautiful and spectacular beach at Lang Co, and an afternoon tour of the old town and waterfront area. Well-preserved and charming, Hoi An (now UNESCO World Heritage Site) was one of Southeast Asia’s most important ports during the 17th to 19th centuries.

Overnight: Hoi An Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, L, D, 

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Day 10 - My Son - The World Heritage ancient Cham capital

Morning visit to the atmospheric ruined temples of ancient My Son City – former capital of the powerful Cham Empire. The city was occupied from the 4th to 13th centuries, before succumbing to its Khmer and Vietnamese neighbours. Return to Hoi An and a free afternoon to discover the picturesque old streets at your leisure, visit the bustling silk market or bicycle down to the nearby beach for a dip or massage.

Overnight: Hoi An Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 11 - Danang - China Beach, Marble Mt and on to Saigon

Time to explore some of the sites of the Danang region with a visit to the famous China Beach, Marble Mountain and the fascinating Cham Museum before an evening departure from Danang Airport* and the end of your tour.

*From Danang Airport you have the choice of a flight to either Hanoi or Saigon International Airports. Extra accommodation in Hanoi or Saigon after your tour is available if required.

Airport transfers are included if you purchase the 'with flights' package. If you purchased your own flights, airport transfers can be arranged.

Overnight: Departure Transport: Minibus,  Meals: B, L, 

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Vietnam, World Heritage Sites, Trang An

Just a few of the many highlights

Halong Bay, Trang An landscape, Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An ancient town, the ruins of My Son; this Vietnam itinerary includes no less than 6 fabulous UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

  • Take in no less than 6 of Vietnam's UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Discover the old city, the colonial architecture, lakeside cafes, pagodas and museums of Vietnam's charming capital Hanoi
  • Visit My Son, the ancient ruined city and former capital of the Cham empire that once rivalled Angkor
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Royal tombs of Hue by boat along the Perfume River
  • Discover the dramatic limestone scenery and caves of Trang An at Ninh Binh - 'Halong on Land'
  • Sample the region's awesome and highly varied cuisine with the emphasis as usual on the authentic and local food

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Air Departures (UK)

  • 17 August 17 1,900 GBP
  • 16 September 17 1,900 GBP
  • 15 October 17 1,900 GBP
  • 13 November 17 1,900 GBP
  • 17 December 17 2,100 GBP
  • 6 January 18 1,900 GBP
  • 29 January 18 1,900 GBP
  • 27 February 18 1,900 GBP
  • 25 March 18 1,900 GBP
  • 21 April 18 1,900 GBP
  • 17 May 18 1,900 GBP
  • 13 June 18 1,900 GBP
  • 10 July 18 1,900 GBP
  • 5 August 18 2,000 GBP
  • 4 September 18 1,900 GBP
  • 29 September 18 1,900 GBP
  • 22 October 18 1,900 GBP
  • 16 November 18 1,900 GBP
  • 12 December 18 1,900 GBP

Land Departures

  • 18 August 17 1,050 GBP
  • 17 September 17 1,050 GBP
  • 16 October 17 1,050 GBP
  • 14 November 17 1,050 GBP
  • 18 December 17 1,050 GBP
  • 7 January 18 1,050 GBP
  • 30 January 18 1,050 GBP
  • 28 February 18 1,050 GBP
  • 26 March 18 1,050 GBP
  • 22 April 18 1,050 GBP
  • 18 May 18 1,050 GBP
  • 14 June 18 1,050 GBP
  • 11 July 18 1,050 GBP
  • 6 August 18 1,050 GBP
  • 5 September 18 1,050 GBP
  • 30 September 18 1,050 GBP
  • 23 October 18 1,050 GBP
  • 17 November 18 1,050 GBP
  • 13 December 18 1,050 GBP

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*Air departures are from the UK. Land departures start from Hanoi

*Land departure dates correspond to the FIRST day of the itinerary.

We choose our hotels based on a combination of location, comfort and convenience. Here is a *selection of the types of hotel/rooms you can expect to stay at on this tour...

MK Premier Boutique Hotel, Hanoi

  • Not sure about the name but the hotel's great
  • Located in the heart of Hanoi's picturesque old town
  • Handy for exploring or just relax in their street-side cafe

Bai Tho Junk, Halong Bay view

  • Overnight on a junk in UNESCO Halong Bay
  • Excellently appointed and comfortable private cabins
  • 2 day, 1 night cruise of this World Heritage Site

Rosaleen Hotel, Hue

  • In the heart of Hue, a short walk from the waterfront
  • Friendly staff, pool and great rooftop
  • Excellent in-house bar and restaurant

Vinh Hung (Library) Hotel, Hoi An view

  • Funky decor at the Vinh Lung or Library, Hotel
  • Covenient central location in UNESCO Hoi An
  • Great cafe/bar area and spectacular roof-top pool

Whale Island Resort, Nha Trang view

  • Unwind by the South China Sea before your return home?
  • The charming Whale Island Resort near Nha Trang
  • Beachside chalets on a pristine island

*This list should be considered a guide only, hotels/rooms may change (without notice) depending on availability.

Visa Info & Notes

Vietnam: Visas are no longer required for citizens of some countries including France, Spain, Italy, Germany and the UK for single-entry visits of up to 15 days. For longer visits, and for visitors from some countries, a visa must be obtained before arrival in Vietnam. They are available from your nearest Vietnamese embassy at a cost of about £40 (c. $60). Further information, as well as e-visas on arrival are available on the internet, for example www.vietnam-visa.com or www.vietnam-immigration.org

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