Timeless Vietnam

Comfort, Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

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For those who want the complete experience but prefer a more comfortable option, this adventure explores the best of Vietnam’s history, culture and cuisine. From the breathless beauty of Halong Bay to the former imperial capital of Hue, the ancient port town of Hoi An and the hilltribe villages, Vietnam offers adventurous visitors a chance to explore its ancient past, recent history and promising future. With comfortable accommodation and transport by private air-conditioned van and flights arranged by your CEO, you'll have plenty of time to appreciate the incredible beauty and remarkable people of Vietnam.

What’s included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Oodles of Noodles Local Market Excursion, Hoi An
  • Arrival transfer
  • Entrance and tours of Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton) and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
  • Cyclo tour of Hanoi's Old Quarter
  • Breakfast at a youth training restaurant
  • Overnight on a junk boat on Ha Long Bay including excursions to caves and islands
  • Guided tour and entrance to Emperor's Tomb and Imperial Citadel Hue
  • Entrance and guided tour of Hoi An Old Town
  • Hoi Oodles of Noodles market tour and cooking class
  • Entrance fee and guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Enjoy a thrilling cyclo ride in hanoi
  • Meet locals in remote hilltribe villages
  • Cruise along halong bay in a traditional junk boat
  • Learn to cook oodles of noodles at a planeterra supported youth-training school
  • Step back into history at the cu chi tunnels and hanoi hilton

Itinerary

Day 1 Hanoi Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 2 Hanoi/Mai Châu (1B) Continue to the lush Mai Chau Valley where we stay in a rural Lodge, the perfect base for exploration and learning about Vietnam's ethnic hill tribes. Options include a walking tour of the ethnic villages, cycling to the country-side, cooking class, rock climbing or kayaking. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 3 Mai Châu (1B) Options include a walking tour of the ethnic villages, cycling in the countryside, cooking class, rock climbing or kayaking.
Day 4 Mai Châu/Hanoi (1B) Return to Hanoi to explore Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton), visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum with a local guide, and go on a cyclo tour of the Old Quarter. Included Activities: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum Guided Tour Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton) Guided Tour Hanoi Cyclo Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 5 Hanoi/Ha Long (1B, 1L, 1D) On arrival in Halong Bay, we board a junk boat, our home for the evening. This traditional wooden sailing boat offers a unique way of navigating the lime karsts of Halong Bay with all the comforts of a motorized, floating hotel. The boat crew will prepare an included seafood lunch and dinner to feast on. All cabins are twin share and have an en-suite bathroom. The boat features an enclosed dining and sitting area and of course plenty of outside deck space to enjoy your beautiful surroundings. Included Activities: Halong Bay Overnight Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 6 Ha Long/Huế (1B, 1L) After a light breakfast continue to cruise around the Bay finding more secluded areas to enjoy. Have an early lunch before returning to land and heading back to Hanoi. Later in the day catch our short flight to Hue Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s)) Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Huế (1B) Hue is the gateway to the treasures of Vietnam's royal past and remains one of Vietnam's major tourist attractions. This quiet city is widely known for the magnificent architecture of its citadel, royal tombs, pagodas and temples built under the Nguyen dynasty in a background of greenery on the banks of the Perfume River. Included Activities: Imperial Citadel Tour Emperor's Tomb Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 8 Huế/Hoi An (1B) Depart Hue for the scenic journey to Hoi An, via the Hai Van Pass, an incredibly scenic and mountainous stretch of highway with spectacular views of Lang Co Beach. Hoi An itself is a charming small town 30km south of Danang. Take a guided walking tour of Hoi An, a wonderful way to explore this small picturesque town. Included Activities: Hoi An Walking Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 9 Hoi An (1B, 1L) Oodles of Noodles Youth Tour - Run by STREETS International and made exclusively for G Adventures, this tour empowers street youth from across Vietnam that have been brought to Hoi An to learn in a culinary training kitchen. There are currently over 26 types of noodles in this city alone and we will go to the market with two students and their trainer, learn about the ingredients at the market, and do a tasting of the different noodles while supporting local small women enterprises. We then pick the ingredients and return with our youth guides to the training kitchen where you will learn to cook and prepare noodles from the guides. After we enjoy our noodles for lunch and watch a video an learn about the organization. Included Activities: Oodles of Noodles Local Market Excursion
Day 10 Hoi An (1B) During your time in Hoi An, you may like to visit a local tailor and be fitted for some very reasonably priced clothes. Alternatively, you can organize an optional day tour to My Son, a major Cham site around one hour outside of Hoi An. These historical ruins are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If all of this sounds too strenuous, you can always spend the day by the pool or head to the nearby Cua Dai beach, a flat bike ride away. You can also opt to support a G Adventures for Good project and spend an hour learning how to make your own traditional lantern and support local Vietnamese with chronic disabilities.
Day 11 Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City (1B, 1D) Flight to Ho Chi Minh CIty, Vietnam’s biggest city, with the option to take a cyclo tour and visit markets and shops. Enjoy Ho Chi Minh City, discover the infectious energy of Vietnam’s biggest city that when known as Saigon, was once the capital of South Vietnam and remains the country’s commercial center. During your free time you can take a tour by cyclo (rickshaw) to various sights around town. See Notre Dame Cathedral, Gustav Eiffel's Post Office, the Opera House, Rex Hotel, and town hall or you may wish to visit the War Remnants Museum or the Reunification Palace. Transport: 30 minute transfer from hotel in Hoi An to Nha Trang airport. One hour transfer from Ho Chi Minh City airport to hotel. Plane (0.75 hour(s))
Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City (1B) Guided tour of the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. Located 80kms north west of Ho Chi Minh City, the tunnels housed communication centers, headquarters, hospitals, storage depots and training centers during the war. At Cu Chi experience the life of the Viet Cong soldier and even get the chance to crawl through one of the sections if you feel particularly adventurous. Spend a final night as a group reminiscing over your journey through Vietnam, during an included dinner at a local restaurant. Included Activities: Cu Chi Tunnels Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours) Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours)
Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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