Highlights of Vietnam holiday

“A trip defined by expert local guides and insider experiences, this is a tour of history and local life with busy days balanced by comfortable accommodation and transport.”


Saigon | Mekong Delta | Hue | Hoi An | Halong Bay river cruise | Hanoi | Very comfortable 3*-4* accommodation | Western tour leader and expert local guide

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Departs most Saturdays throughout the year
Our top tip:
A deluxe version of this trip is available for solos wanting to avoid hefty single room surcharges.
Trip type:
Small group, 1-16 adults.
Activity level:
8 nights comfortable hotels, 1 night overnight cruise.
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available for a surcharge.
All breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner.
Accommodation, transfers, listed activities, Western tour leader, local guides, entrance fees.
Holiday type

Small group adventure holiday

These small group journeys have a maximum of 16 like-minded travellers which ensures that all travellers have an amazing overall experience with the destination and that they enjoy the flexibility that comes with the small group dynamic. On this trip you will stay at boutique accommodation with character. Our numbers are discreet enough for us to interact with local families in their homes and meet people in markets, bazaars and temples Ė something thatís just not possible when you arrive as part of a large tour group. Along with our unique combination of Western tour leader and local English-speaking guide this will ensure an unforgettable travel experience.
“One of my favourite viewpoints on this trip is from the top of Ti Top Island in Halong Bay. You have to climb about 450 steep steps but it is well worth it. ”

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Highlights of Vietnam holiday

We believe that travel should entail an exchange of knowledge and perspectives, a sharing of wealth, and a genuine appreciation of Vietnamís beautiful natural environments. This philosophy underpins the heart and soul of our style of travel. We recognise that poorly planned itineraries or poorly informed tourists contribute less to cross-cultural understanding and less to the livelihoods of local people.

Experience the incredible diversity of Vietnam from cosmopolitan Saigon to beautiful Hanoi. At the latter there is the opportunity to visit Kotoís (know one, teach one) Ė a not-for-profit restaurant and vocational training centre staffed by disadvantaged young people Ė to try their infamous Koto smoothie. Our offices also finance the Loretto Foundation in Saigon (which assists disadvantaged, poor and disabled children through education), and The Fred Hollows Foundation (which provides ophthalmologic services to underprivileged Vietnamese).

This small group tour to Vietnam include visits to the Streets International in Hoi An and the Spiral Foundation in Hue. Both of which are not for profit organisations that aim to help Vietnamese form a grass-roots level

Often from significantly disadvantaged backgrounds Streets provides young Vietnamese with skills, from front of house to qualified chefís, in the hospitality industry that will last them a lifetime. Based from the streets Cafe and Restaurant ,we have arranged for some of the students at Streets to give members of our groups a walking tour of one of one of Hoi Anís rarely visited markets as well as a walking tour of some of Hoi Anís back-streets that are rarely seen by tourists. In a group of two or three, and with a supervisor from the organisation present, these tours will help the students earn valuable credits towards their qualifications and give our travellers a truly unique insight into everyday life in Hoi An. Upon returning to Streets Cafe and Restaurant you can relax with a cold drink and sample some of the cafeís and students incredible food.

The Spiral foundation aims to help deaf and mute Vietnamese become self-sufficient and fully independent members of Vietnamese society. As artisans the employees of Spiral make jewellery and personal souvenirs with all profits going to various medical causes around Vietnam. As part of a small group you will see how they do this first hand and have a go at making your own souvenir to take away with you. We also make a donation for every client that visits the center that will hope will fund 15 open heart surgeries over the course of the year.

On this journey our local guides are trained to share their knowledge of cultural and other local issues in a balanced, informative way; in this journey alone you are likely to meet several local guides from different provinces in Vietnam. They share real experiences from their own lives and insights into their family life, influences and beliefs, thus providing our travellers with a deeper understanding of the places they visit. This is what motivates our guides, not shopping commissions.

Our offices in Saigon, Danang and Hanoi are staffed with local people wherever possible and we have a long term aim of filling management roles with competent local staff. This presence in Vietnam means we are much better able to control the content, the actions of our suppliers, and the style of our small group journey.

Reviews of Highlights of Vietnam holiday

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 19 Nov 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The trip down the Mekong Delta and meeting the local people there and at other locations too. The resiliance of the people of Vietnam and the vibrancy and chaotic approach to their outdoor way of life. The amazing food and how they use local and fresh ingredients. The caves in Halong Bay.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The hotels are of good quality and standard, take few clothes you can buy items their cheaply and tailor made if you wish. Taking the boat trip was a commercial experience, food not particularly good but views amazing. Some things not easily availble: deodrant!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, using local guides who were extremely knowledable and open to talking about their background and families too was good. Visiting the Sacred Hearts was another new and humbling experience. Not sure we experienced much in the way of reducing environment - taking a bus for every little trip!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

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