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The very essence of South East Asia, Vietnam & Cambodia offer rich cultures, diverse & friendly people and spectacular landscapes. Learn the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine, discover ancient civilisations and understand more about the turbulent histories that both countries have endured.

 

Captivating, emotional and inspiring now is the time to visit these fascinating countries, whilst so much of their unique character and traditions are still abundantly visible.

Find out more about the 15-day Highlights of Vietnam tour
Find out more about the 19-day Very Best of Vietnam & Cambodia tour

SPECIAL LAUNCH OFFER: To celebrate the launch of our new 2020/ 2021 season, any guests booking a tour of Vietnam or Vietnam & Cambodia will be entitled to either a reduced rate to fly with Emirates or great savings on an early check-in at your hotel in Hanoi. Please see the offers tab for more details.

Vietnam & Cambodia experience and award-winning expertise

You can be confident that our tours to Vietnam and Cambodia are of the highest standard, as our Directors have a combined experience of over 60 years in the travel industry. On top of this, they’re genuine escorted touring experts who love this destination and know everything there is to know about creating the best Japan tour packages from the UK.

They are four-time winners at the prestigious British Travel Awards and have been awarded Feefo’s highest Gold Trusted rating.

All our escorted tours to Vietnam and Cambodia are fully-bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL no. 10913), so you can be 100% certain that your money is secure when you book.

Vietnam and Cambodia holiday highlights

Escorted tours to Vietnam and Cambodia have many and varied highlights, and below are just some you will experience on the Distant Journeys tours:

Halong Bay

The UNESCO World Heritage site of Halong Bay is Vietnam’s greatest natural wonder. Some 3,000 limestone islands and outcrops rise almost vertically from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. There are few better ways to explore the bay’s picturesque panoramas than our tranquil two night cruise aboard the deluxe Au Co.

Historic Hoi An

Hoi An’s fascinating history is well preserved through its Chinese temples, its mustard-yellow merchants’ houses draped in bougainvillea and its rickety wooden shops aglow with red silk lanterns. This laid-back World Heritage town is a delightful place to explore with a gentle afternoon or evening stroll.

The Temples of Angkor

A visit to the immense Angkor complex of temples is a journey to one of the great wonders of the world. From the 9th to the 15th century Cambodian ‘god-kings’ attempted to surpass the religious monuments of their ancestors in size, scale and symmetry, culminating in the world’s largest religious building, Angkor Wat.

Mekong River

Commencing in the fertile Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam and concluding in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, our leisurely four night cruise is the perfect way to experience the beauty and grandeur of the majestic Mekong River.

Providing exceptional value while maintaining the highest standards is at the heart of everything we do.

Superior Hotels

Distant Journeys appreciate the hotels in which you stay are an integral part of your holiday enjoyment, which is why we take great care in hand-picking all the accommodation features in our tours to Vietnam and Cambodia. Location and quality are always paramount considerations, and we strive to provide the best of both.

So many unforgettable experiences included

Visit Japan with Distant Journeys, and you’ll enjoy so many amazing experiences, at no extra cost. From a Vietnamese cookery class to a cruise on the Mekong, they’re all included in the price of your Vietnam or Vietnam and Cambodia tour.

 

Our Highlights of Vietnam tour includes

  • Return economy class flights with Vietnam Airlines
  • Airport transfers overseas
  • First class hotels, with great locations
  • Daily breakfast included, worth up to £165 per person
  • Many lunches and dinners sampling regional specialities
  • Experienced tour managers and local guides
  • Unforgettable excursions
  • All pre-payable airport taxes
  • All hotel porterage
  • ATOL protection for your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Our Very Best of Vietnam & Cambodia tour includes

  • Return economy class flights with Vietnam Airlines
  • Airport transfers overseas
  • First class hotels, with great locations
  • Daily breakfast included, worth up to £285 per person
  • Many lunches and dinners sampling regional specialities
  • An all-inclusive Mekong River Cruise
  • Experienced tour managers and local guides
  • Unforgettable excursions
  • All pre-payable airport taxes
  • All hotel porterage
  • ATOL protection for your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

At Distant Journeys, we think we’ve found the perfect balance of freedom and flexibility that every escorted tour of Vietnam and Cambodia needs.

Where would you like to fly from?

You decide! On our 15 day Highlights of Vietnam and our 23 day Very Best of Vietnam & Cambodia tour, our flights with Vietnam Airlines depart from London Heathrow, or you can choose to fly with Emirates via Dubai from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow (a supplement from £195pp will apply). Just pick whichever one suits you best.

What would you like to do?

On an escorted tour, we think it’s important to still have the flexibility to enjoy experiences that really interest you. And our Vietnam and Cambodia tours have a variety of included experiences plus some Freedom Days for you to do whatever you choose.

Would you like to stay a little longer?

Why not? If you would like to extend your stay in Japan after your tour, you can! Arranging flights for you to accommodate this is all part of the service. Or why not choose to make the most of your homebound journey and extend your holiday in Hong Kong?

Would you like to treat yourself to a Special Stay?

If you’d like to push the boat out and round off your tour to Japan in a truly luxurious way, why not indulge in a Special Stay in Hong Kong?  A two night stay at the ‘Grande Dame of the Far East’, the Peninsula Hotel would be a perfect way to celebrate a special occasion or to mark the end of a wonderful holiday.

Book your place on our Highlights of Vietnam or The Very Best of Vietnam and Cambodia escorted tour escorted tour by 30th November 2019 and you can take advantage of one of two special launch offers.

Option 1

When you fly with Vietnam Airlines from London Heathrow on either the  Highlights of Vietnam or The Very Best of Vietnam and Cambodia tours, your flight will arrive into Hanoi around 05.30am. If you book your tour by the 30th November 2019, Distant Journeys will provide you with a complimentary early check-in to your room on arrival, by paying for an extra night at the hotel. With a normal check-in time of 15.00, we’re sure you will appreciate this added comfort after your long flight!

Option 2

Fly with Emirates from London Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle or Glasgow, for only £29 per person on the Highlights of Vietnam tour, and £169 per person on the Very Best of Vietnam & Cambodia tour. The usual supplements are £195 per person and £395 per person respectively.

 

Award-Winning Holidays

Over 60 years in the industry

What is an escorted tour?

Escorted tours are becoming an increasingly popular way to travel, especially for those who are keen to visit a destination but don’t enjoy planning the logistics. But what exactly does an escorted tour involve? As escorted tour specialists, we’ll explain how this immersive way of travelling works, and also dispel some of the myths about escorted tours which simply aren’t true.

 

The main selling point of an escorted tour is that your entire trip is arranged for you, perfect for those who don’t want to spend hours booking flights, hotels and activities. From your departure from the UK to your return, every aspect of your holiday is taken care of, so all you need to do is pack your bags and show up at the airport.

Each escorted tour often covers an entire country, with the itinerary including time for travelling between various cities and destinations. Escorted tours are therefore perfect for large countries such as Australia, China, India and New Zealand, where the country’s highlights and top destinations can be spread out hundreds of miles apart. You may spend multiple days in the same destination, with some days planned out for you with activities included in the price, and other days (which we call ‘Freedom Days’) free to spend as you wish. Hotels, breakfasts and often evening meals are also planned out for you as part of the package.

Another plus of choosing an escorted tour is that all of the items in your holiday itinerary will have been tried, tested and approved by experts. Rather than spending hours finding the perfect hotel or excursion and trawling through TripAdvisor reviews, you can simply choose an escorted tour for the country or countries you’d like to visit, safe in the knowledge it’s been put together by someone who knows the entire experience inside out.

This reassurance also extends to the tour itself, as you’ll be accompanied by a tour manager throughout your trip. Tour managers have had years of training and experience of the country you’re in, and are there to ensure that every aspect of your holiday runs smoothly, as well as to share their wealth of knowledge on what to do and where to eat and drink in the local area.

The first reason why you may wish to take an escorted tour is one we’ve touched upon already: they minimise the hassle of travelling. With all of the best bits of a country picked out for you and compiled into one special itinerary, all you need to do is choose your tour, pack your bags and get to the airport! With a tour manager on hand, you can relax during your tour too, meaning you don’t need to get stressed about travelling between your various destinations.

Escorted tours also help to relieve any anxieties travellers may have about visiting foreign countries, especially those where they don’t speak the local language. It’s not just the language that can make things difficult – navigating the public transport systems in other countries can also be a worry. Fortunately on an escorted tour, a tour manager is always on hand to make sure you get where you need to be, and may also be able to help you overcome any language barriers.

For more intrepid travellers, escorted tours can also be a great way to experience the road less travelled. Many tour operators now offer escorted tours in lesser-visited countries and destinations – a great way to see somewhere totally different (and perhaps not safe to travel in alone/as a couple) while still remaining in safe hands.

Finally, escorted tours may be a great option for single travellers. They can not only travel more safely as part of a group, but also meet new friends to share their travels with. Some escorted tours accommodate for single travellers at no extra cost, while others may add a small extra charge.

Escorted tours are just one long coach trip – while some UK and Western Europe tours may be carried out by coach, escorted tours with longer distances between destinations often include quicker, and more scenic, methods of travel. Coaches may be used for places just a couple of hours apart, but domestic flights are also included to get you from place to place quicker. Scenic railways may also form part of your tour, such as the TranzAlpine in New Zealand, and for travelling from the south to the north of Australia, there’s no more spectacular way than on the incredible Ghan railway.

Escorted tours are expensive – because everything is included all in one package, people often dismiss escorted tours as incredibly expensive. However, part of the reason for this is that you are paying for the vast majority of your holiday upfront, whereas on a regular holiday you may not pay for eating out and activities until you arrive. As escorted tour operators often regularly arrange holidays for large groups, they are also often able to arrange hotels, transport and entry to attractions at a cheaper rate.

There isn’t enough time to explore – many escorted tours last two, three or even four weeks at a time purely because they like to give you plenty of time in each of the destinations you’ll be visiting, so you can really soak up everything about the country you’re visiting and explore at a leisurely pace. You’ll often spend two, three or four nights in each town or city, depending on how much there is to see and do in the local area.

Escorted tours have no flexibility – flexibility and the ability to customise your experience are both things that are becoming more and more common in escorted tours. This starts with getting to and from your destination; these days you often have a choice of UK airports you can fly from, rather just the one, and if you are flying long-haul, a choice of cities for a stopover. While the travelling between each destination and the time you spend there are normally fairly fixed, what you do while you’re there isn’t. Some experiences are included in the price of your tour, while others are completely optional, meaning if you don’t wish to do them you can spend the day how you please.

We hope you agree that an escorted tour sounds like a brilliant way to discover some of the world’s most fascinating countries! If you’re intrigued to find out more about where you can go on an escorted tour, take a look at our choice of escorted tours across Asia, Africa and Australasia – there is bound to be a perfect tour for you.


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