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Pandaw Vietnam & Red River Cruise

14 days from £3995*
Departing: November 2019 - October 2020
* Price shown: 08 May 2020 from LHR - VN54
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Take an extraordinary journey through one of Southeast Asia's most evocative regions, on an exclusively chartered Pandaw river cruise.

On this luxurious journey of the senses, you'll experience a part of the world where time - for now at least - stands still. Here, age-old traditions are passed down through generations and defy the encroaching modern world, and the stunning scenery, through which you'll ply your languid course, will etch itself forever upon your memory.

 

Tour Highlights

  • Discover colonial Hanoi, Vietnam’s compact, charming capital
  • Join five-star RV Angkor Pandaw in Halong Bay
  • Enjoy a unique 11-day cruise from Halong Bay, through the Red River Delta and on the Da (Black) River to historic Hoa Binh
  • Visit vast the ‘dark and bright cave’
  • Cruise the Kinh Thay River
  • Explore remote villages of the Lower Red River
  • Journey past the verdant Ba Vi National Park and UNESCO-praised Duong Lam
  • See the vast Hoa Binh Dam
  • Enjoy a traditional water puppet shows and dance performances, visit ancient pagodas and meet local artisans
  • Visit Hoa Binh’s Muong museum

What does the price include?

  • A night’s pre-cruise bed and breakfast hotel accommodation in Hanoi
  • Ten nights’ full-board accommodation aboard five-star RV Angkor Pandawsharing with a twin-bedded Main Deck cabin (upgrade cabin available for a supplement
  • Main meals, locally made soft drinks, beer and spirits, jugged coffee and teas, mineral water, guide services, entrances and crew gratuities (excludes local guides and drivers)
  • Return scheduled flights to Hanoi
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager (please note: the ship’s appointed guides will take care of you on board the cruise)

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Your Itinerary

Day One

Fly overnight from the UK to Hanoi.

Day Two

Meet your tour manager and transfer to elegant, romantic Hanoi, for an overnight stay. Enjoy an introductory walking tour of the Vietnamese capital, with its colonial architecture, labyrinthine old quarter, tranquil Hoan Kiem Lake and island Ngoc Son Temple. After the opportunity to rest and relax, enjoy your first taste of Vietnamese cuisine, dining in the hotel or nearby at your leisure.

Day Three

After breakfast, board the coach to journey through a landscape of timeless paddies dotted with remote villages, to stunning, UNESCO-listed Halong Bay. The smiling crew of RV Angkor Pandaw, your luxurious, exclusively chartered floating home-from-home, will be waiting to welcome you aboard. Settle into your teak-lined cabin and, as you enjoy an evening cruise through the bay’s astonishing limestone scenery, sip at your welcome cocktail before your first dinner is served. Retire to your cabin as the ship drops anchor in a sheltered bay.

Day Four

Wake in dramatic Halong Bay, and as breakfast is served, sail through the spectacular seascape, where countless limestone pillars and cone-shaped islands rise out of the water. A shore call brings the opportunity, by ship’s bicycles or by motorised buggy, to discover the ancient village of Viet Hai. This jungle oasis draws visitors from across the globe to its pristine, verdant setting. Wander the village vegetable garden and perhaps taste local produce, before returning to the ship to cruise further into beautiful Lan Ha Bay. Weather-permitting, cocktails will be taken on the beach – bring your swimwear – before dinner is served on board once again.

Day Five

A morning’s cruise through beautiful Halong Bay brings the chance to visit the spectacular ‘dark and bright cave’, a vast chasm boasting giant stalactites and a bat colony, reached either by kayak or on a traditional fisherman’s leg-rowed basket boat. As you head into the Red River delta to drop anchor near bustling Hai Phong, the rest of the day passes lazily by. Enjoy a fruit-carving demonstration from the chef, who will also unveil the secrets of the famous Vietnamese spring roll, before another dinner is served.

Day Six

Stretch out in the shade on a deck lounger, as the ship passes through the Kinh Thay River, North Vietnam’s key commercial waterway. Enjoy an entertaining on-board talk from your guide, and after lunch aboard ship, join the afternoon excursion to idyllic village Thanh Ha, where as well as meeting the locals, you will be treated to a traditional water puppet show. Return to the ship and enjoy dinner as she continues upstream.

Day Seven

Another relaxing day sees you sailing towards Hanoi, pausing en route to visit Bat Trang, an ancient pottery-making village. Here, you will see craftsman at work and be treated to the colourful sight of a lion and unicorn dance, an ages-old tradition dating back to Chinese dominion over the region.

Day Eight

Today sees you arrive once more in teeming, fascinating Hanoi, where highlights include visits to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the former leader’s traditional house, the Imperial Citadel and the fascinating Temple of Literature, where Confucius once sat, thinking. Take in the notorious ‘Hanoi Hilton’ prison and, less sombrely, enjoy a guided visit to a coffee shop to learn about Vietnam’s coffee industry.

The ship will moor overnight in the city, enabling you to dine aboard or ashore at your leisure.

Day Nine

Cruise inland on to the Lower Red River, a pastoral landscape punctuated at times by bustling, commercialised towns. Step ashore to journey through the paddies, which are studded with startling limestone outcrops – a classic North Vietnamese scene unchanged in centuries – and visit two of the country’s most important Buddhist pagodas. A memorable day is completed with a visit to a traditional carpenter’s workshop, where some remarkable artefacts are exquisitely fashioned. This evening, you’ll arrive in Viet Tri, gateway to the Vietnamese Highlands.

Day Ten

Another morning’s cruise sees you enter the Lo River, which flows south from China through the northern ranges. You’ll head to the busy ferry station at Tien Du, for the short drive to traditional village Gia Thanh, where iconic, conical Vietnamese hats are fashioned by hand from palm leaves and bamboo, to a 3,000-year-old design.

Another drive brings you to the Hung Lo Temple at Viet Tri, where traditional stories are passed from generation to generation through the medium of Xoan singing – yet another example of how life remains unchanged in rural Vietnam today.

Day Eleven

Enjoy a relaxing morning’s cruise into the Da River, passing through the verdant, mountainous landscape of the Ba Vi National Park, with its tropical flora, before arriving this afternoon in Hoa Binh, the last port of call for Angkor Pandaw. Another fascinating included excursion brings you to ancient Duong Lam village, birthplace of two Vietnamese kings and where houses are fashioned from mud and clay. Back aboard ship, there’s a chance to enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour, including the galley and engine room.

Day Twelve

A last full day brings the opportunity to explore Hoa Binh, home to the ethnic Muong people, and site of a fierce battle during the Indochina War of 1951-52. Take a morning boat ride to Southeast Asia’s largest hydroelectric dam and this evening complete a wonderful tour of this unspoiled part of Vietnam with a visit to a rural village, to enjoy a traditional dance demonstration. A last dinner aboard brings opportunities to reflect on the past few days’ wonders with fellow guests.

Day Thirteen

Disembark Angkor Pandaw after breakfast, bidding farewell to the crew and guides, to board the coach for a morning visit to another local village untrammelled by the modern world. After a stop for lunch, the final highlights of the tour are visits to the 1,000-year-old Soc Son temple, set close to its hill-top pagoda and giant bronze Buddha, and to beautiful Thanh Chuong Palace, with its exquisite art collection.

A final drive through the classic landscape brings you near to Hanoi, where dinner is provided before you transfer to the airport, checking in for the return overnight flight, which departs shortly after midnight.

Day Fourteen

Arrive back in the UK early this morning, at the end of a wonderful Vietnamese adventure.

 

Departure Airport Date Price From
LHR
LHR 22 November 2019 £3995
LHR
LHR 08 May 2020 £3995
LHR
LHR 23 October 2020 £3995
NCL
NCL 22 November 2019 £4195
NCL
NCL 08 May 2020 £4195
NCL
NCL 23 October 2020 £4195

Further Information

Combining hotel transfers

We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Passengers travelling on tours departing after September 2018 will be offered different excursions on Days Four, Six and Seven. Please see the itinerary for further details.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

*This offer applies to new bookings on selected air-inclusive holidays to destinations outside Europe, made between 17th July and 10th August 2018 (inclusive), only. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code (EARLYLH) has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. This offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Exclusions apply.