Far East - Hays Faraway

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DAY 1: ARRIVE IN HANOI Arrive at Hanoi Airport and enjoy a warm welcome from your local guide. Transfer to your central hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring at your own leisure. DAY 2: HANOI SIGHTSEEING Wander through the famous Hang Be Market and observe the daily lifestyle. Discover the city’s Old Quarter on your walking tour, passing ancient architecture and elegant temples. In the afternoon, visit Vietnam Museum of Ethnology before spending the night at your hotel. DAY 3: NIGHT TRAIN TO LAO CAI Spend the majority of your day exploring Vietnam’s capital at your own pace. Transfer to Hanoi Railway Station in the evening and board the overnight train to Lao Cai. DAY 4: BAC HA AND SAPA Arrive at Lao Cai in the morning and sample a delicious breakfast in a local restaurant. Travel to rural Bac Ha and discover its colourful market - a great place for souvenir shopping. Drive to Sapa for your overnight stay. DAY 5: SAPA TREK After a delicious breakfast, start your trekking tour to some of Sapa’s most impressive areas. Drive to Y Linh Ho Village and hike along the picturesque trails of the Muong Hoa Valley. Visit the Zay hill tribe in Ta Van Village before returning to Sapa and staying overnight. DAY 6: SAPA AND HANOI Enjoy free time in Sapa Town and view some of its breathtaking scenery. Admire the picture-perfect views of the terraced rice fields and towering mountains. In the afternoon, transfer to Lao Cai Railway Station and board the overnight train to Hanoi. DAY 7: HA LONG BAY CRUISE Arrive in Hanoi and enjoy breakfast before travelling to Ha Long Bay - a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Gulf of Tonkin - with its thousands of limestone islands. Sail through the tranquil waters on your overnight cruise and savour an impressive menu of fresh seafood.

DAY 8: DANANG AND HOI AN See the sun rise over the bay as you enjoy breakfast on board. On your return to the harbour, travel back to Hanoi and pass the vast rice fields of Red River Delta. In Hanoi, transfer to the airport for your flight to Danang. From here transfer to Hoi An for your overnight stay. DAY 9: HOI AN Today, follow a guided tour through the well-preserved ancient city of Hoi An, which has more than 800 historical monuments. Experience a blend of eras and ethnicities, from the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge to French colonial buildings. Take a biking tour to the surrounding villages before returning to your hotel for an overnight stay. DAY 10: HOI AN Escape the tourist bustle of town and head to An Nang Beach. With white sand and various casual beach bars, it’s the ideal space for laid-back sunbathing. Spend the night at your hotel. DAY 11: HO CHI MINH CITY Transfer to Danang Airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City, where you are taken to your hotel for check-in. Spend your day exploring the energetic streets and experience the mix of famous history and modern life. Visit the lively Ben Thanh Night Market before your overnight stay. DAY 12: CU CHI Today, drive to the fascinating Củ Chi tunnel network. See more than 120km of underground tunnels, once used to protect and house soldiers during the Vietnam War. Return to the city centre and dine at street food stalls, before walking back to your hotel for the night. DAY 13: BEN TRE BIKING TOUR Begin your Bến Tre biking tour through the peaceful countryside and arrive at the pier. Row along the canal and stop for a specially- prepared lunch featuring ingredients from the Mekong River area. Enjoy an afternoon boat trip along the Ba Lai River before travelling back to Ho Chi Mih City. DAY 14: DEPART FROM HO CHI MINH CITY Relax on the last morning of your trip before transferring to the airport for your return flight home.

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Highlights

• Trek the Muong Hoa Valley and see the local Zay hill tribe • Cruise along Ha Long Bay - seeing thousands of limestone islands - and sample fresh seafood on board • Visit the bustling Ben Thanh Night Market and purchase handmade gifts • Discover the historic Củ Chi tunnels and bike through the picturesque region of Bến Tre

What’s included

National and regional flights

Flexible durations Fully escorted transfers

Why not add... + Airport Lounge from £16pp

Guide price Flights, escorted transfers and 13 nights with selected meals from £2,099

To tailor-make your faraway holiday, please contact your travel agent

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