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Impressions of Vietnam

  • Route:
  • London
  • Saigon
  • Can Tho
  • Hanoi
  • Halong Bay
  • London
TOUR PACE:
9 DAYS from £1129pp

Tour Highlights

  • City tours of Saigon & Hanoi including a walking tour of Hanoi's Old Quarter
  • Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Daytime Mekong River Cruise and Can Tho Canal Ride
  • Vietnamese cooking demonstration
  • Overnight Halong Bay Cruise and Me Cung Caves
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Impressions of Vietnam

From the ancient waterways of the Mekong Delta to the bustling cities of Hanoi and Saigon, this captivating tour is a great introduction to this unique and vibrant country.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Saigon

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

    Day 2: Saigon

    On arrival in Saigon, also known as Ho Chi Minh, you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel. Relax in the afternoon before enjoying a welcome dinner at a local Vietnamese restaurant.

    • Dinner

    Day 3: Saigon

    After breakfast travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an impressive network of underground tunnels used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. En route your tour will pass through a traditional rice paper making village before your lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, start your city tour with a visit to the Reunification Palace, the former home and workplace of the president of South Vietnam during the war. Continue to the nearby Notre Dame Cathedral which was built between 1877-1883 and is the major seat of the Catholic religion in Vietnam. You will then travel to the French-style Saigon Post Office followed by the Thien Hau Pagoda and a local lacquer ware workshop.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 4: Saigon to Can Tho

    In the morning you will drive to My Tho where you will board a boat for a cruise down the Mekong River, passing floating markets, local villages and the four islands known as Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix and Turtle. Your boat will dock at Unicorn Island, giving you the chance to visit farms selling exotic fruits and a coconut sweet workshop where you can sample these local delights. A horse drawn cart ride will follow, arriving at a bee farm to enjoy their traditional honey tea, then a tour down the Vam Chua Canal on a rowing boat. Continue to Can Tho where you will spend the night.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 5: Can Tho to Hanoi

    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 to the airport in Can Tho for your flight to Hanoi where you will then have the night to settle in.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 6: Hanoi

    Your full day tour of Hanoi begins with the ancient Temple of Literature, then the Presidential Palace and the famous One Pillar Pagoda. A short drive out of the city centre follows where you can take part in a local Vietnamese cooking demonstration and enjoy your delicious creation for lunch. The afternoon continues with a visit to the Vietnam History museum, and a photo opportunity at the Hanoi Opera House, a beautiful colonial building, then a walking tour of the Old Quarter. In the evening sit back and enjoy a thousand year old Water Puppet Show.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 7: 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 8: 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, pass sprawling rice paddies and rolling hillside landscapes, as you travel back to Hanoi for a local dinner and your overnight stay.

    • Brunch & Dinner

    Day 9: Hanoi to the UK

    Following breakfast the day is left at leisure before transferring to the airport for your evening flight back to London.

    • Breakfast
    Your Meals
    • Included Breakfast will always be served at your accommodation each morning during the tour.
    • Included Lunch and Dinner, where included, will be served in local restaurants or at your accommodation.

    Included in the Price

    • Included Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
    • Included Scheduled Flights from the UK.
    • Included All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
    • Included Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
    • Included All airport taxes and security charges.

    Important Information

    Visas

    The Vietnamese Government have instated a visa exemption period for citizens of the UK who travel before 30/06/18. The visa exemption is valid for stays of up to 15 days in Vietnam. To be valid for the exception your passport must be valid for at least 6 months at the time of entry. Stays of longer than 15 days, stays beyond 30/06/18 or travellers undertaking multiple entries to Vietnam will still require a visa. We work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be able to arrange this visa for you on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250 590 and quote 'Mercury Holidays'. The cost of the visa is approximately £98.50. The visas take around 10 working days to issue and are only valid for three 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 you will not need it during this time. Alternatively, you can visit the Embassy of Vietnam in London: 12-14 Victoria Road, London, W8 5RD. Travellers from countries other than the UK should contact the Embassy of Vietnam to check their status. If you choose to book the Temples of Cambodia extension before the Hoi An Beach Stay extension then you will require a multi entry visa for Vietnam.

    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 10 days cover£37£72£104

    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 £250pp 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 then you may be asked to change to a different date. 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 UKPriceBook Now
    2018 Dates
    28 Feb 201809 Mar 2018£1449ppBook
    14 Mar 201823 Mar 2018£1449ppBook
    04 Apr 201813 Apr 2018£1399ppBook
    18 Apr 201827 Apr 2018£1329ppBook
    02 May 201811 May 2018£1359ppBook
    16 May 201825 May 2018£1299ppBook
    30 May 201808 Jun 2018£1289ppBook
    13 Jun 201822 Jun 2018£1129ppBook
    27 Jun 201806 Jul 2018£1379ppBook
    11 Jul 201820 Jul 2018£1399ppBook
    05 Sep 201814 Sep 2018£1399ppBook
    19 Sep 201828 Sep 2018£1319ppBook
    03 Oct 201812 Oct 2018£1359ppBook
    17 Oct 201826 Oct 2018£1359ppBook
    31 Oct 201809 Nov 2018£1399ppBook
    14 Nov 201823 Nov 2018£1539ppBook
    28 Nov 201807 Dec 2018£1539ppBook

    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.

    Please note

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

    Tour Map

    Impressions of Vietnam Route Map

    Tour Dossiers

    2017 Dossier

    2018 Dossier

    Extensions

    • Vietnam
      Hoi An Beach Stay4 nights from £369pp View
    • Cambodia
      Visit the Temples of Cambodia4 nights from £429pp View

    Here to help

    • Get in touch with one of our experts on Vietnam
    • 0800 781 4893 (free)
    • 0333 321 3144(mobile friendly)
    • Request a call back

    Hotels and Accommodation

    Golden Central Hotel

    Golden Central Hotel

    Ninh Kieu 2 Hotel

    Ninh Kieu 2 Hotel

    Sunway Hotel

    Sunway Hotel

    Victory Cruise Boat

    Victory Cruise Boat

    Extensions

    Hoi An Beach Stay

    Vietnam

    Tour route

    • London
    • Saigon
    • Can Tho
    • Hanoi
    • Halong Bay
    • Hoi An Beach
    • London

    Extend your trip in Vietnam with a 4 night stay on the stunning beach just outside Hoi An, a beautifully authentic town where hundreds of tailors line the narrow low-rise streets and riverside cafes overlook the waterside edge.

    This add-on must be taken at the end of the main tour.

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    Visit the Temples of Cambodia

    Cambodia

    Tour route

    • London
    • Saigon
    • Can Tho
    • Hanoi
    • Halong Bay
    • Siem Reap
    • London

    Extend your Impressions of Vietnam Tour with our extension to Siem Reap in Cambodia from 429pp. 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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