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Colonial Vietnam

13 Nights: from US$3763 Trip Code: CV0001

On this luxurious itinerary you'll stay in Victorian-era hotels, visit great cities with rich architectural heritage, and relax at atmospheric hill stations where the colonists once escaped the summer heat. Read more >

The colonial influence of the French Indochina era is still very much in evidence in the architecture, grand boulevards and cuisine to be found across Vietnam.

Ho Chi Minh City has undergone many transformations on its journey from fishing port to the nation's largest city. Moulded by Khmer, French and American influences, Saigon, as it is still colloquially known, is now the most cosmopolitan and dynamic city in the region. Your journey commences here with two nights at the elegant Majestic Hotel, built in 1925 in a perfect location overlooking the broad Saigon River.

After exploring the highlights of Saigon, you'll head upcountry from the hot and humid lowlands to the cool of the colonial summer retreat at Dalat, in the heart of the Central Highlands. Set amid pine forests and beautiful countryside, the area is dotted with crumbling French villas and home to some spectacular waterfalls.

Hue, the next destination on your journey, played a significant role in the colonial era as the capital of the puppet Nguyen Emperors. The vast citadel remains as testament to the ambition and glory of the dynasty's founders, before weakness and corruption enabled the French to assume control in 1885. La Residence, a sumptuous art-deco hotel on the banks of the Perfume River, provides an atmospheric base for your stay.

The ancient trading port of Hoi An, a few hours' drive down the coast from Hue, provides a welcome change of pace. Here you'll have an opportunity to unwind for a couple of days as you wander through the streets of the old town and relax by your hotel pool, before flying north to Vietnam's capital, Hanoi.

In the heart of the French Quarter, close to the Opera House, is the Metropole, one of Vietnam's grandest colonial hotels and your accommodation in Hanoi. Built in 1901, the hotel has played host to visiting celebrities and dignitaries for more than a century. After exploring the city, an overnight journey on the Victoria Express train will whisk you across a bridge engineered by Gustave Eiffel to your final destination, the former hill station at Sapa.

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • Ten nights' hotel accommodation
  • Two nights on a upgraded sleeper train
  • Breakfast every day and two lunches
  • All airport transfers
  • Guided transfers and excursions as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary

What's NOT included:

  • International airfares
  • Any necessary Visas
  • Any meals not detailed in the day-by-day itinerary
  • Any excursions or transfers not detailed, or referred to as optional in the day-by-day itinerary

What, where, when and how...

Colonial Vietnam - 14 Days - Accommodation

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