Unesco Discovery

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4.9 . Excellent
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Travel Style: Array Relaxed
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
16 days
From: $ 4,765 $ 298 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Journey through the beautiful Ninh Binh region with its dramatic limestone karsts.
  • Explore some of the world's largest caves at Phong Nha National Park and camp overnight inside.
  • Unearth Vietnam's modern and ancient history in imperial Hue.
  • Stray off the beaten track and visit one of Vietnam's forgotten minority tribes.
  • Explore the charming streets of Hoi An's UNESCO recognised Old Town or simply relax on one of the many nearby beaches.

Short Description

From colonial Hanoi and the mercantile history of Hoi An to the grace of Hue on the Perfume River, our Vietnam travel specialists use their personal experience of the country to plan your tailor-made tour in detail and create a truly individual Vietnam vacation.

Style Private guided tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
Start City Hanoi
End City Hoi An

Theme

Cultural

Destinations

Vietnam

Attractions & Cities Visited

Hanoi Ho Chi Minh Hoi An

Activities & Interests

Caving Culture Cycling Historic sightseeing

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Itinerary

Day 2: Hanoi

Accommodation: Skylark Hotel

Upon arrival in Hanoi you will be greeted by an Audley representative and taken to your hotel. At leisure after your flights.

Day 3: Hanoi

Accommodation: Skylark Hotel

Today you will join a local blogger on a fascinating street food tour of Hanoi. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 4: Hanoi

Accommodation: Skylark Hotel

An early start today as your guide will collect you to begin a cycling tour of Hanoi. You will witness another side of Hanoi which is only available to those who venture out early in the day. Rest of the day at leisure.

Day 5: Hanoi , Ninh Binh

Accommodation: Tam Coc Garden

Today you will transfer to the beautiful region of Ninh Binh, home to some stunning Karst scenery, rural villages and mysterious cave networks. Evening at leisure.

Day 6: Ninh Binh

Accommodation: Reunification Express soft sleeper (private)

Today you will stray off the beaten track and experience one of the most spectacular areas in Vietnam. Navigating by bike you will pass through tiny hamlets set amongst a stunning backdrop of colossal Limestone art. After meeting the locals and stopping for lunch you will board a small boat which will take deep into some of the most extensive cave networks in Vietnam. This evening board your overnight train and travel south to Dong Hoi.

Day 7: Dong Hoi , Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Accommodation: Saigon Phong Nha Hotel

Upon arrival in Dong Hoi you will be greeted by your local guide and taken to your hotel for breakfast and check-in. Later today you will discover one of the many spectacular caves in the National Park

Day 8: Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Accommodation: Hang En campsite

Embark on an unforgettable trek through Phong Nha National Park before arriving at the entrance to the world`s third largest cave, Hang En. Overnight in the cave itself.

Day 9: Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Accommodation: Saigon Phong Nha Hotel

Spend the morning exploring Hang En before the arduous but rewarding trek back to your meeting point on the HCM trail. Afterwards you will be taken back to your hotel for a well earned rest.

Day 10: Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park , Hue

Accommodation: Villa Hue

Today you will leave the National Park behind and journey south along the Ho Chi Minh trail to the imperial city of Hue. The infamous Vinh Moc tunnels is just one of the many interesting sites along the way. Evening at leisure

Day 11: Hue

Accommodation: Villa Hue

Today you will be collected from your hotel and taken to the jetty in time to meet you Dragon boat which will take you up the Perfume river to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda and Ming Mang`s Mausoleum. Afternoon at leisure

Day 12: Hue , Bho Hoong

Accommodation: Bho Hoong Bungalows

Stray off the beaten track today and experience rural village life as it once was with a fascinating insight into the Vietnamese Cot Tu minority. Overnight in a traditional bungalow.

Day 13: Bho Hoong , Hoi An

Accommodation: Boutique Hoi An Resort

Leaving the mountains behind you will journey back towards the coast ending up in the charming UNESCO town of Hoi An. Evening at leisure.

Day 14: Hoi An

Accommodation: Boutique Hoi An Resort

Explore the UNESCO town of Hoi An with your guide on hand to offer his expert knowledge and help you unearth some hidden gems in this charming town. Afterwards take a drive out to the ancient Cham ruins at My Son; a magical place which was once claimed by the mighty jungle surrounding it.

Day 15: Hoi An

Accommodation: Boutique Hoi An Resort

Today you will head out on the water on a traditional coracle boat to experience the everyday life of the Vietnamese fisherman. Explore local fishing communities before trying your hand at catching your own. A fresh seafood lunch will be served on-board afterwards. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 16: Hoi An

Accommodation: Boutique Hoi An Resort

At leisure to explore Hoi An, with its maze of tiny cobbled back streets. Perhaps visit one of the ancient merchant houses or try some of the delicious unique local cuisine, including Cao Lau and White Rose.

Day 17: Hoi An

Today you will be collected from your hotel and taken to the airport in time for your onward flight.

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I’ll use Audley for all my travel moving forward

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Ewan was fantastic in helping me arrange a US trip for me and my Fiancée. Gave me all the top spots and recommendations on what to do, when all I really had to start with was a broad idea of where I wanted to go.
The locations were perfect and the activities made the experience extra special.
I would definitely recommend Audley and especially Ewan to anyone looking for a more bespoke experience.
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Unfortunately, I can't review our TRAVEL experience with Audley Travel, but can comment on their non-responsiveness.

I contacted Audley as they came recommended by Wilderness Travel, the company we traveled with previously.

I left multiple messages for their regional specialist Adam -- voice messages through his co-workers (Alec and Jacky), email, website inquiry -- he didn't reply. I finally spoke to another specialist at the office (Lydia) and pressed her to not take yet another message for Adam, but tell me honestly if they are interested in working on our itinerary or we should move on. She then told me that they are busy. Well, wish they had some integrity to tell me on the first call, so I didn't have to loose time on trying to contact their "specialist".

p.s. They sent their automated marketing message with ALL their trips listed in response to my website inquiry. In this message they included: "When you are ready...". I replied that, indeed, we are ready, as I explained in my inquiry -- ready, know where and when we want to travel and are inquiring if you are interested in creating a private journey for us. No reply! Instead, they sent another marketing message the next day (and after Lydia already told us that they are very busy and won't be able to make reservations.) The second marketing message had no option to "unsubscribe". Again, I replied to that message and asked them to stop spamming me with marketing materials.

UPDATE: Audley's Client Experience Executive reached out to me in response to this review. She apologized profusely and wanted me to know that my "feedback is being heard". She said that she spoke with the employees' manager to "ensure mistakes like this don’t happen again and provide additional training to support their growth." She also promised to ask the marketing to delete my name from their marketing list. I took her at her word.

I don't know if this interaction with the client experience executive convinced me to seek Audley's services in the future, but I promised her to include in my review this "status update".
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There are much better travel companies than Audley

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Unfortunately Audley Travel are so arrogant they don’t believe anyone else can provide a better holiday at lower cost

I’m booking for South Africa and they simply can’t accept that another company can provide a better itinerary at a lower price - even to the point of asking for the other quote and saying this is usual practice in the industry!! ( rubbish) . Totally unprofessional behaviour. Furthermore , sending me emails knocking my choice of hotel and safari park while at the same time promoting hotels that clearly have issues as evidenced by poor ratings on the major sites

I use another well known travel provider that actually provide high quality at a decent price

Audley are simply interested in selling the highest price hotels etc that give them the maximum profit rather than what is right for you

They love themselves and keep on saying nonsense such as “ I’m really pleased with what I’ve come up with and hope you are too “

They need to get real

I won’t reveal the name of the agent dealing with me as that’s probably unfair
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Where do I start, a trip of a life time, with experiences and memories for all my family. Every detail of our amazing journey in Cambodia & Vietnam was exceptional. The key was the guides provided, local, knowledgable and flexible, they all became friends over our stay. Engaging in the culture, experiencing life from food to travel, to luxury and amazing people. I would like to thank Mark Hotham for creating such special trip with many memories, to all the guides, Sophea, Tien & Tan and the drivers. Will I be booking another trip with Audley - yes, my only problem is what location
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We were planning a special family holiday in Thailand to celebrate our Golden Wedding anniversary. We were a party of 11, coming from the UK and Australia at slightly different times.
Mark Hotham at Audley Travel helped us to put together the holiday of a lifetime. He helped us through the complexity of different start dates, advised on a suitable hotel and arranged a terrific trip to the Elephant Hills camp in the jungle.
The arrangements worked splendidly, the hotel in Khao Lak was first class and the Elephant Hills trip was magical.
Nothing was ever too much trouble for Mark and every effort was made to deliver the holiday we were looking for.
We have already recommended Audley travel to our friends and they will be our first choice of travel agency from now on.
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This was our first time using Audley to organise a holiday for us and Ewan did a simply fantastic job. From the very first contact call, where we explained what we hoped to see and do, to wishing us 'Bon voyage' as we stepped on to the plane, Ewan was always there, helping and guiding. He selected exactly the sort of hotels and experiences we were looking for as well as the flights and car hire in one seamless operation. We will definitely be using Audley again !
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Flight & Transport Inclusions

All internal ground transport

Group Size

Intimate Group - 12 max

Trip ID#:

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What's excluded

  • International Flights
  • Personal Expenses
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