From £3,725 pp incl. UK flights
To see the wonderful variety of places that Vietnam boasts a typical holiday invariably involves a lot of travelling, but by joining Pandaw’s 10 night Red River cruise you can relax in first class comfort and connect the wonders of Halong Bay with the frenetic excitement of Hanoi. In between you get off the beaten track to see the dramatic limestone scenery, mile upon mile of rice terraces and explore mountain villages and tribal areas that dot your journey. A rare chance to truly get to see rural Vietnam and experience the rich river culture. To this add your choice of beach stay for 4 nights or more.
Day 1: Depart on your choice of overnight flights to Hanoi
Day 2: Arrive Hanoi for 2 nights. Private transfer to your hotel
Day 3: Day free. Evening Street Eats & Market tour with guide
Day 4: Join the Pandaw Red River Cruise for the start of your 10 night journey of exploration
Day 5: Explore Hoa Binh, site of major battle with French in 1951. Optional tour to hills of Mai Chau
Day 6: Admire the unspoilt beauty of the Da River passing the sub-tropical Ba Vi National Park
Day 7: Sail to Viet Tri through beutiful river scenes. Stop at the UNESCO village of Duong Lam.
Day 8: Off the beaten track in rural Vietnam. Highlights include Gia Thanh village & Hung Lo Temple
Day 9: Lower Red River, a land of emerald green rice paddies & soaring limestone hills
Day 10: Drop anchor in Hanoi and spend the morning exploring the city with guide
Day 11: A leisurely day cruising out to Hai Phnong Port, the gateway to Halong Bay
Day 12: Enter Halong Bay’s amazing scenery with 2,000 dramatic limestone islands.
Day 13: Spend the day exploring Halong Bay's islands, villages and floating fish farms
Day 14: Cruise ends. Evening flight to Phu Quoc, Nha Trang or Hoi An for 4 nights or more
Days 15-17: 3 full days on your choice of beach
Day 18: Overnight flight home
Day 19: Arrive home