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Adventure Tours

Classic Vietnam

From €939pp
Departure Date
Regular departures throughout the year
Duration
10 Days
Destination
Vietnam
Price
From €939pp
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Spend 10 days exploring the best that Vietnam has to offer.

Sail through limestone karsts aboard a traditional junk boat and walk the streets of imperial capitals.

From vibrant Hanoi, the natural beauty of Halong Bay, the atmospheric imperial capital of Hue, and the charms of Hoi An to the modern day life of Saigon, experience the energy of Vietnam in 10 jam-packed days.

An experienced Chief Experience Office will lead you to must-see highlights but allow plenty of time for you to do your own thing.

Is this tour for me?

  • Travel Style: Classic

All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.

  • Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

  • Physical Rating: 2 - Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

  • Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 15, avg 12

  • Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Day 1: Hanoi

Arrive at any time.

Day 2: Hanoi/ Ha Long

Enjoy a Ha Long Bay cruise on a junk boat with visits to a cave and an island lookout. Savour a seafood lunch and dinner.

Drive to Bai Chay harbour, the jumping off point for Ha Long Bay. Thousands of islands with intricate cave systems rise dramatically from the waters. Sail past limestone karst mountains in the junk boat and stop to visit some of the islands and caves.

In the evening, devour a seafood dinner, then opt to enjoy a drink on deck under the stars.

Included: Halong Bay Overnight Cruise

Board a traditional junk boat at Ha Long Bay harbour and cruise out onto serene waters. Marvel at massive limestone karst mountains jutting out of the water, creating unforgettable spectacular scenery. Swim, kayak or go cave exploring on one of the islands, if conditions are right. Indulge in fresh seafood meals with a variety of dishes to sample. Drift to sleep in a cozy cabin on board.

On rare occasion Halong Bay is closed to tourist vessels by the government authorities due to extreme weather conditions. Should this occur, an alternate activity will be provided.

Meals included:  Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3: Ha Long/ Huế

Cruise back to the port and take a private van to Hanoi. Enjoy some time in the city before an overnight train to Hue.

Enjoy breakfast on board before a morning sail back to the port. Drive back to Hanoi for a little more time to enjoy the city before boarding an overnight train.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 4: Huế

Guided tour of the Imperial Citadel, Royal Tomb and Tien Mu Pagoda.

Arrive early to Hue, once the imperial capital of Vietnam. Start the day with a visit to the Tien Mu Pagoda followed by a visit to the tomb of one of Vietnam’s former emperors.

After, opt for a vegetarian lunch at a local nunnery.

While in the city, try some local Hue specialties such as banh khoai (Hue savoury pancakes), and banh bot loc boc tom thit (thin rice paper filled with meat and shrimp). Wash it all down with a Hue beer.

Day 5: Huế/ Hoi An

Drive the Hai Van pass. Take advantage of Hoi An's many options over the 2.5 days in town. Opt for a cooking class, riverboat trip, bike ride, beach time, tailor visit or My Son ruins.

Start the day touring the wonderful ruins of the Imperial Citadel before heading towards Hoi An in the late morning. Cross the Hai Van Pass (weather permitting), with fantastic views in all directions, before arriving to Hoi An in the afternoon.

With three nights here, there's plenty of time to explore all this charming town has to offer.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6: Hoi An

Spend two full days exploring all Hoi An has to offer. Dive into the culture, hang out on the beach or get clothes tailor-made in one of the many shops around town. Enjoy a noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a G Adventures-supported project.

Exclusive Inclusions: G Adventures for Good Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch

Try some of the oodles of noodles (more than 26 types!) available in the city in this tasty cooking class. Run by G Adventures for Good partners, STREETS International, the class was developed exclusively for G Adventures. Former street youth that are part of this hospitality training program, will help you prepare and cook a number of different types of noodles. This program helps these youth practice their English, increasing their skill-set and opportunities available to them in the tourism industry. Enjoy your yummy creations while learning more about the local cuisine and this initiative which empowers street youth through skills and employment training.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 7: Hoi An

Spend a free day exploring all Hoi An has to offer.

There's plenty to see and do in Hoi An, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like learning about Vietnamese cuisine with a cooking class, trying your hand at making traditional lanterns, and visiting the ruins of My Son. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Meals included:  Breakfast

Day 8: Hoi An/ Ho Chi Minh City

Fly from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City with free time to explore this hectic city.

Drive to Da Nang for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City, once the capital of South Vietnam and the country’s commercial centre. Start exploring the small alleys and busy streets, keeping an eye out for laquerware shops and delicious local food stalls.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City

Enjoy a guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn more about the Vietnam War. Use free time in the afternoon to explore sprawling Ho Chi Minh City.

With some free time in the city, opt to visit the Thien Hau and Giac Vien pagodas and stroll through the immense Ben Thanh Market. Also well worth a visit are the Reunification Palace (the residence of South Vietnam presidents before 1975), the city's Chinese quarter of Cholon, and the War Remnants Museum.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City

Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast

Price is per adult sharing and includes:

  • Accommodation:
    • Hotels (7 nights)
    • Sleeper train (1 night)
    • Junk boat (1 night)
  • Meals:
    • 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner 
    • Allow USD100-130 for meals not included.
  • Transportation:
    • Train, local bus, air-conditioned bus, boat, cyclo, plane (internal flight)
  • Staff & experts:
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
    • Local guides
  • Activities:
    • Halong Bay caves entrance
    • Halong Bay boat cruise with seafood lunch and dinner
    • Imperial Citadel and Tomb entrance (Hue)
    • Cu Chi Tunnels entrance and tour
    • G Adventures for Good: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch, Hoi An

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  • International flights
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