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Vietnam Guided Walking Holiday

Tourists taking picture. Rower using her feet to propel oars
Duration: 15 nights
Type: Worldwide Multi-Centre
Walking Grade: 1
from £3,199pp £3,049pp with flights

Vietnam is an exotic land of wonderful natural beauty, filled with history and culture. Discover the world-famous Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta before heading on to historic Hanoi. Walk through rice terraces, rolling hills and rural villages nestled in the mountainous terrain of the north, and then unwind with a luxury cruise around the magnificent limestone islands of Halong Bay. Tantalise your tastebuds with the varied local cuisine across the country’s regions.

Holiday Highlights

  • Cruise on Halong Bay and stay overnight
  • Modern history such as the Viet Cong tunnels at Cu Chi and the ‘frozen in time’ Reunification Palace
  • Historic cities and ruins of the coast – Hoi An, My Son and the imperial city of Hué
  • Excellent walking in the northern hill tribe areas around Sapa, and a visit to the vibrant local market in Bac Ha
  • City walks in Ho Chi Minh City, Hue and Hanoi to discover contrasting but distinctly Vietnamese places
  • Excellent hotels, all 4- and 5-star city hotels or resorts
  • Delicious Vietnamese cuisine

What’s included

  • 12 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms and 2 nights' en-suite cabin on a luxury boat 
  • Full board from dinner on arrival to breakfast on departure
  • A full programme of guided walks led by a local tour director, local guides, and HF Holidays’ leader
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Internal flights and travel by air-conditioned coach/minivan
  • Tips

Trip Notes

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Fly from London Heathrow to Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to the hotel for a stay of 3 nights. Take an afternoon walk through the city to Reunification Palace, with its interesting and turbulent history.


During our stay we'll travel out of the city to Cu Chi, and see amazing network of tunnels dug by the Viet Cong. This afternoon enjoy a walking tour of Saigon, including the cathedral of Notre Dame, Vinh Nghiem pagoda, and the historic Chinese district of Cholon.


The next day we head south out of the city towards Ben Tre, on the Mekong Delta. Visit coconut growers and experience daily life here. Take a boat cruise and enjoy a local lunch.

Pullman Saigon Centre, Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam

In Ho Chi Minh City we stay at the Pullman Saigon Centre located in the heart of the city near to Notre Dame Cathedral and Reunification Palace. The modern rooms offer stunning views of the city or the Saigon River. The hotel has the highest rooftop bar in the city.


Fly to Danang and drive to the picturesque old port of Hoi An (2 nights), visiting the Cham museum en route.


The following day we visit to the ancient city of My Son for walks in the Holy Valley area, a 4th century religious sanctuary. Return to Hoi An for a walking tour of its ancient winding streets, once the biggest port in Asia, a centre of the spice trade and meeting point between Chinese, Japanese, and European traders.

Little Hoi An Central Hotel, Hoi An - Vietnam

A 4-star hotel with 108 rooms, Little Hoi An is housed in a colonial style building and is adjacent to the old town. The hotel features an outdoor pool and a private beach area.


Travel up the coast, stopping for a walk at the Marble Mountains for scenic coastal views. Arrive in the ancient Imperial capital of Hué (2 nights), and take a boat trip on the Perfume River to Thien Mu pagoda.


We'll enjoy a walking tour of Hué’s ancient city, visiting the Royal Citadel, the Forbidden Purple City and Dong Ba market.

Pilgrimage Village, Hué - Vietnam

A wonderful boutique hotel located in quiet countryside outside Hué. Rooms are thatched bungalows designed in a traditional Vietnamese style yet with full modern conveniences and are set around a large pool with beautiful tropical gardens. The hotel is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group.


Fly to Hanoi (1 night). Take a walking tour of the capital to the Temple of Literature, including a cycle ride around the fascinating old quarter. Evening visit to the water puppets show.

Pan Pacific Hotel, Hanoi - Vietnam

This is a large 5-star hotel with an excellent central location close to Hoan Kiem Lake. The hotel has large rooms and the extensive range of facilities expected from a hotel of this rating.


Take the new highway into the hill country to Sapa (2 nights). After we check in we'll explore the town, market and Ham Rong mountain.


Walk by the rice terraces, narrow rivers and the beautiful scenery of the Muong Hoa valley to Tavan village.


We'll visit the Bac Ha market and tour Pho village and H'mong Palace before travelling to Hanoi.

Victoria Hotel, Sapa - Vietnam

A lovely 4-star resort hotel, perched on top of a hill overlooking the valley, in the style of a traditional mountain chalet with wooden furniture and a cosy fireplace. Rooms offer a touch of local authenticity with traditional handicrafts yet provide the comfort of an international hotel.


After breakfast, we drive to the coast, stopping in rural villages on the way, to the extraordinary scenery of Halong Bay. Board our well-appointed cruise boat to explore the highlights of Halong Bay (2 nights), stopping off for a short walk on one of the islands or enjoy a relaxed kayak, with islets dotted all around. We overnight on our cruise boat in the peaceful waters of the bay.

Cruise, Halong Bay - Vietnam

Cruise through the waters on a spectacular 2 night trip and wake to the beautiful scenery of Halong Bay.


Wake to the beautiful scenery of Halong Bay and cruise through the waters. Afternoon return to Hanoi (1 night)  followed by our return flight the next day.


Vietnam Itinerary Map

Pullman Saigon Centre, Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam

In Ho Chi Minh City we stay at the Pullman Saigon Centre located in the heart of the city near to Notre Dame Cathedral and Reunification Palace. The modern rooms offer stunning views of the city or the Saigon River. The hotel has the highest rooftop bar in the city.

Little Hoi An Central Hotel, Hoi An - Vietnam

A 4-star hotel with 108 rooms, Little Hoi An is housed in a colonial style building and is adjacent to the old town. The hotel features an outdoor pool and a private beach area.

Pilgrimage Village, Hué - Vietnam

A wonderful boutique hotel located in quiet countryside outside Hué. Rooms are thatched bungalows designed in a traditional Vietnamese style yet with full modern conveniences and are set around a large pool with beautiful tropical gardens. The hotel is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group.

Pan Pacific Hotel, Hanoi - Vietnam

This is a large 5-star hotel with an excellent central location close to Hoan Kiem Lake. The hotel has large rooms and the extensive range of facilities expected from a hotel of this rating.

Victoria Hotel, Sapa - Vietnam

A lovely 4-star resort hotel, perched on top of a hill overlooking the valley, in the style of a traditional mountain chalet with wooden furniture and a cosy fireplace. Rooms offer a touch of local authenticity with traditional handicrafts yet provide the comfort of an international hotel.

Cruise, Halong Bay - Vietnam

Cruise through the waters on a spectacular 2 night trip and wake to the beautiful scenery of Halong Bay.

What to Bring

Suggested Kit List

As you’ll be carrying your own luggage at airports and between your transport and hotels we recommend you try to keep your luggage to a minimum. These items are a general suggestion of what to pack for an active outdoor and walking holiday; depending on your destination, you may need more of some things and less – or none! – of others. You’ll know best what you prefer to wear when out walking or while taking part in other outdoor activities.

  • Walking boots (worn in), with good ankle support and spare bootlaces
  • Walking socks
  • Walking sandals
  • Lightweight fleece, waterproof trousers and jacket
  • Shorts and short-sleeved t-shirts
  • Long trousers and long-sleeved lightcoloured shirts with collars to protect from the sun.

Your clothing should ideally be pre-treated with insect repellent and in-built sun protection (available from specialist clothing stores such as Rohan, Cotswold Outdoor).

  • Warm fleece, scarf/buff hat and gloves
  • Torch
    Comfortable clothes and shoes for evenings and sightseeing
  • Sun protection – sun hat, sunglasses, high factor sunscreen and lip protection
  • Water bottle – at least 2-litre capacity
  • Lightweight survival bag
  • Small/medium rucksack (30 litre) and a liner or cover to keep contents dry
  • Insect repellent
  • Universal travel plug
  • Personal first aid kit including: personal medication, tissues, plasters, blister kit, painkillers, antiseptic wipes, Imodium, rehydration sachets

Essential Equipment

  • Passport (and copies)
  • booking confirmation
  • insurance cover note
  • HF Holidays’ registration form.


Please ensure you have access to emergency funds should you need them; carrying a credit card is probably the most convenient method.

Optional Equipment

  • Trekking poles (especially if you find these useful for descents)
  • camera
  • umbrella
  • binoculars
  • high energy food bars

Please note that the HF Holidays’ leader reserves the right to refuse to take any guest on a walk should they consider that a lack of suitable clothing/footwear may affect safety

 

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Non-Member fee: £10 per person. Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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2019
15 Nov - 30 Nov
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2020
12 Feb - 27 Feb
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07 Oct - 22 Oct
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2019
16 Nov - 30 Nov
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2020
13 Feb - 27 Feb
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Important Information

  • Single room supplement: £699
Duration:
15 nights
Type:
Worldwide Multi-Centre
Walking Grade:
1

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