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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.
Take a cyclo tour of Hanoi’s Old
Quarter before setting sail on Ha
Long Bay in a traditional-style junk
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
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
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)
Our newest line of trips, offered in partnership with G Adventures, blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.
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
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.
Accommodations 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
Transportation Bus, boat, cyclo, plane
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.