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Explore Vietnam

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 13 Days | Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City
  • Group Size: Max 16

Trip Details


Immerse yourself in the culture and history of Vietnam on a journey that spans the length of the country—from the emerald mountains of the north to the sun-drenched beaches and river deltas of the south. Spend the night on a traditional junk boat in stunning Ha Long Bay; take in the intoxicating sights, sounds, and scents of Hoi An's colonial old quarter; and trek to hill tribe villages in Mai Chau to get a glimpse into rural life among the rice paddies. Traveling between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, we'll discover the diverse layers of this intriguing corner of Indochina.

Trip Highlights

    • Take a cyclo tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter before setting sail on Ha Long Bay in a traditional-style junk boat.
    • Hike through hill tribe villages to experience rural life.
    • Cook up a delicious noodle dish at a G Adventures–supported youth-training culinary school in Hoi An.

Itinerary - 13 Days

Day 1 — Hanoi

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.

Days 2 & 3 — Mai Chau

Start off the day with breakfast at Hoa Sua, a training restaurant for underprivileged Hanoi youth. Continue to the lush Mai Chau Valley and spend a night in a rural lodge, our base for exploring the area and learning about Vietnam’s ethnic hill tribes. (2B)

Day 4 — Hanoi

Return to Hanoi to discover the city’s colonial architecture and historic sites. Tour the museum of Hoa Lo Prison, ironically referred to as the “Hanoi Hilton” by American POWs during the Vietnam War. Take a guided tour of the mausoleum where Ho Chi Minh’s body is embalmed in a glass case, and visit the museum to learn about Ho Chi Minh’s life. Later, take a seat on a three-wheel cyclo for a tour of Hanoi’s lively Old Quarter. Keep your camera handy as your driver navigates through the bustling streets. (1B)

Day 5 — Ha Long Bay

Transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay, where our traditional-style wooden junk boat awaits. Set sail into turquoise waters dotted with hundreds of tiny islands and sculpted limestone formations. Cruise through Bai Tu Long Bay, a more secluded section of this stunning UNESCO World Heritage site and opt to go kayaking, or squid fishing. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Days 6 & 7 — Hûe’

Continue to cruise around the Bay and explore the Thien Canh Son cave with our local guide. Have an early lunch on board before returning to land and heading back to Hanoi to catch our short flight to Hûe’, the capital of the Nguyen dynasty from 1802 until 1945. The next day, explore the ancient walled citadel containing the imperial palace and travel into the countryside to visit the final resting place of former emperors. (2B, 1L)

Days 8, 9, & 10 — Hoi An

Enjoy a scenic drive to the coastal city of Hoi An and take a walking tour of the charming old town. Learn to make a traditional lantern at the G Adventures–supported Lifestart Foundation, which provides employment to local residents with chronic disabilities. The next day, take an Oodles of Noodles cooking class during which you’ll visit local markets to learn about noodles, then head to a culinary school to cook lunch with the students. The next day is free to explore on your own. (3B, 1L)

Days 11 & 12 — Ho Chi Minh City

Fly to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) and opt to take a cyclo tour around the markets and shops. Visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels, known for the vital role they played during the Vietnam War. (2B, 1D)

Day 13 — Ho Chi Minh City

Depart at any time. (1B)

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Cost Details

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $1,289

What's Included

Arrival transfer, internal flights, transport between destinations and to/ from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional Ha Long Bay kayaking excursion and Ho Chi Minh City cyclo tour are at an additional cost.

Comfortable, mid-range hotels (9 nights), Ha Long Bay junk boat (1 night), lodge (2 nights)

Meals Included
12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners. Allow an additional $155–205 for meals not included.

Bus, boat, cyclo, plane

Optional Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.