Classic Vietnam Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City - Teenage Adventure

Family, Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

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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 CEO will lead you to must-see highlights but allow plenty of time for you to do your own thing.

What’s included

  • 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 (Ho Chi Minh City)
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Experience bustling hanoi
  • Sail on a junk boat through halong bay
  • Shop in romantic hoi an
  • Squeeze through the cu chi tunnels
  • Sip vietnamese iced coffee
  • People-watch in hectic saigon

Itinerary

Day 1 Hanoi Arrive in bustling Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. As passengers will be arriving at various times today, there are no planned activities. At the welcome meeting, the CEO will ask to see your travel insurance, double check your Vietnam visa, and complete some other paper work. Please note that most nationalities require a visa to enter Vietnam. Please double check this with your travel agent or local Vietnamese Embassy. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Hanoi/Ha Long (1B, 1L, 1D) Travel by private transport to Bai Chay harbour, the entry point to Ha Long Bay and the overnight cruise. Included Activities: Halong Bay Overnight Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s)) Junk
Day 3 Ha Long/Huế (1B, 1L) After an early lunch on board the boat, head back to Hanoi. Enjoy some last minute shopping, before boarding a sleeper train to Hue. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s)) Basic overnight train (beds) (13.00-14.00 hours)
Day 4 Huế Arrive early on Day 4 into Hue, once the imperial capital of Vietnam. After checking in to the hotel, start the day with a visit to the wonderful Tien Mu Pagoda. Then visit a tomb of one of Vietnam’s former emperors. Afterwards, choose to enjoy a vegetarian lunch at a local nunnery. There is also an option to head out by bike to explore the local countryside. In the evening, take the chance to 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). Yum! Included Activities: Tien Mu Pagoda Visit Imperial Citadel Tour Royal Tombs Visit
Day 5 Huế/Hoi An (1B) In the morning, start the day touring the wonderful ruins of the Imperial Citadel, from where the whole of Vietnam was once ruled. In the late morning, begin the drive to Hoi An. After crossing over the Hai Van Pass, with fantastic views in all directions, stop at Lang Co beach, arriving in Hoi An in the afternoon for a 3-night stay. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Days 6-7 Hoi An Spend 2 full days exploring all Hoi An has to offer. Dive into the culture, hang out on the beach, get clothes tailor-made in one of the many shops around town or visit one of the local G Adventures-supported projects bringing employment to the city.
Day 8 Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City (1B) 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. Transport: Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Day 9 Ho Chi Minh City (1B) 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. Included Activities: Cu Chi Tunnels Guided Tour
Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City (1B) After breakfast, the tour ends and you are free to depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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