Walking Trails of Vietnam w/Flights & Meals

Walking Trails of Vietnam, Various - See below
 
Destination:
Vietnam
Resort:
Various - See below
Property:
Walking Trails of Vietnam
Duration:
7 Nights
Board Basis:
Full Board
Rating:
Includes:
  • Return Scheduled Flights
  • Atol Protection
  • 23kg Luggage Allowance
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
  • Local English-speaking Guides
  • Meals as specified
  • Entry fees to all sights
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Holiday Information

Wander through terraced rice paddies and palm-clad hills as you follow northern Vietnam's scenic rural walking trails, visiting the majestic Hieu Waterfall, remote village settlements, Pu Luong Nature Reserve and spectacular Ninh Binh.

Mai Chau Valley, Hoa Binh province
Mai Chau Valley, Hoa Binh province

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy a guided walking tour of Hanoi's cultural sites, visiting the Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda and Old Quarter
  • Delve into local life and customs as you explore rural, Vietnamese villages
  • Soak in rolling rice fields and lush rainforests in the Pu Luong Nature Reserve & Mai Chau Valley, an area of outstanding beauty
  • Walk amongst the limestone karsts of Ninh Binh, 'Halong Bay on Land'
  • Enjoy a lunch in a traditional Thai stilt house

Tour Itinerary

UK to Hanoi

Depart the UK on your scheduled, overnight flight to Hanoi.

Day 2 - Hanoi

On arrival in Hanoi, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. After lunch, a walking tour of this vibrant city begins at the Ho Chi Minh Complex where the father of modern-day Vietnam declared the nation's independence in 1945. Visit sites including the Presidential Palace built by French colonialists in the early 20th century, Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House and the One Pillar Pagoda. Explore the courtyards and pavilions of the Confucian Temple of Literature then return to the lively Old Quarter to explore this bustling commercial centre on a cyclo, a three-wheel bicycle taxi. In the evening, experience the Vietnamese arts at the thousand-year-old Water Puppet Show.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner*

Day 3 - Hanoi to Mai Chau

Average 2 - 2.5 hours of walking including breaks
After breakfast, take a scenic drive through the Vietnamese countryside to the rural city of Mai Chau, passing rice paddies and sugar cane fields. Enjoy lunch in a traditional Thai stilt house then begin your walk to Pom Coong village where you'll have the chance to explore the village. Follow gravel tracks and small paths used by the locals and soak in the verdant, rugged mountain scenery as you observe daily village life. In the afternoon, check into your lodge and enjoy dinner later this evening.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Mai Chau -

Average 4 hours of walking including breaks
Follow flat, local roads on today's walk to Xo Village, passing tropical rainforests and rippling corn fields as you journey through the Mai Chau Valley. Gain fascinating insight into local life as you encounter villagers herding buffalo, tilling the fields and logging. Arrive in Xo Village for lunch then continue on for another hour, taking in incredible scenery and lush greenery before arriving at your endpoint where your bus will carry you back to Mai Chau. Arrive in Mai Chau in the early afternoon, with the rest of the day at leisure.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Mai Chau to Don Village

Average 1.5 hours of walking including breaks
Following breakfast, you will be transferred to Pu Luong Nature Reserve via a breath-taking mountain pass which offers panoramic views of the valley. Pu Luong, meaning 'highest peak of the village', is an area of outstanding beauty boasting palm-clad hills, terraced rice paddies and small, sleepy settlements. On arrival at your retreat nestled in the middle of the reserve, check in and enjoy lunch and free time for you to enjoy your tranquil setting. In the afternoon, travel by bus to a suspension bridge over the Cham River, where you begin your walk in search of the mighty water wheels dotted along the river's length. Get an up-close look at the handmade bamboo water wheels and discover how water is moved from the river to these skilfully crafted aqueducts. Continue on to a local fisherman's house and board a river raft for a guided trip along the Cham River. Sail at a leisurely pace down the river before arriving at the Tan Lap Bridge, where towering trees rise from the river to form a tunnel of greenery. Transfer back to your hotel for dinner.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Don Village

Average 4.5 hours of walking including breaks
This morning, descend into the beautiful valley facing the retreat. Walk past cascading rice terraces and along small paths shrouded in vegetation as a picturesque village reveals itself at the base of a towering mountain. Continue to the base of the valley, weaving between roads, farmland, wild fields and ponds until you reach a scenic spot where you'll enjoy a picnic lunch. After your meal, enjoy some free time to explore the village and observe local daily life and customs. Journey onward to your pick-up point for your transfer back to the retreat.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Don Village

Average 4 hours of walking including breaks
Transfer to Bang Village, the starting point of your walk to Kho Muong Village. Set out on your walk, reaching an excellent vantage point which provides magnificent views. Carry onward into the village which surrounded by a huge mountain range and visit a local family to learn more about their lifestyle and culture. After a picnic lunch and a stroll around the village, visit the nearby bat cave where you'll have the chance to explore its depths and encounter its resident bats if you choose (proper shoes and torch are required). Journey onward through a picturesque natural reserve as you head to Dong Dieng village where you will be picked up and transfer back to your hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Don Village to Ninh Binh

After breakfast, a coach carries you to the province of Ninh Binh, home to some of Vietnam's most impressive limestone scenery. En route, stop to take photographs of local villages and spectacular rural landscapes before lunch at a local restaurant and check-in at your hotel. This afternoon, board a traditional 'sampan' wooden boat and glide through the water, admiring the enormous limestone karsts jutting out from the green rice fields on the water's edge, giving rise to the area's other name - 'Halong on Land'. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure for you to explore the area around your hotel or relax before tonight's farewell dinner marks the end of your Vietnamese adventure.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9 - Ninh Binh to the UK

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK, or continue on to your extension.

Breakfast

Accommodation

4-Star Muong Thanh (1 Night)

Centrally located in Hanoi, the Muong Thanh Hotel offers comfortable accommodation. Air-conditioned rooms are equipped with TV, telephone and safe.

4-Star Mai Chau Ecolodge (2 Nights)

Located right at the heart of Mai Chau valley, the Mai Chau Ecolodge offers a secluded base for you to relax in while you explore this part of traditional Vietnam. Superior rooms enjoy a view of the gardens and are equipped with air-conditioning, telephone, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi.

3-Star Pu Luong Retreat (3 Nights)

With a great hillside position, the Pu Luong Retreat offers unrivalled views of this part of Vietnam. Traditionally styled, the hotel's rooms are equipped with private balcony, en-suite bathroom, tea & coffee facilities and free Wi-Fi.

4-Star Hidden Charm Hotel and Resort Ninh Binh (1 Night)

Meals

Breakfast is always western style and served in the hotel each morning. Lunch and dinner will be taken in local Vietnamese restaurants or at your accommodation. A variety of restaurants are visited giving you the chance to experience a range of dishes and flavours.

Extensions

Hanoi and Halong Bay

2 nights from £319pp
Combine the famous sites of Hanoi such as the Ho Chi Minh Complex and One Pillar Pagoda with an overnight luxury cruise on the awe-inspiring Halong Bay, passing local towns, fascinating intricate limestone formations and visiting the impressive Thien Cahn Son Cave.

Hoi An Beach Stay

4 nights from £369pp
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.

* Additional Charges

If the number of people staying in this room is less than the maximum occupancy, there may be a slight charge for under-occupancy. Booking fee’s apply on all bookings and will be confirmed at the time of booking. Minimum booking fee £6 per person.

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