Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.
Please note: most nationalities require a visa to enter Vietnam. Please double check requirements with your travel agent or local Vietnamese Embassy.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Ho Chi Minh City/Hoi An (1B) Cycle to the Cu Chi Tunnels for a guided tour. Enjoy an included village tour. In the afternoon, fly to Hoi An via Danang.
Củ Chi Cycling
Cu Chi Tunnels Guided Tour
Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours)
Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s), 28km)
Day 3 Hoi An (1B, 1L) Explore the villages around Hoi An by bike before enjoying a noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a G Adventures-supported project. Opt to relax on the beach, or visit the tailors in town.
Hoi An Cycling Excursion
Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch
Day 4 Hoi An/Huế (1B) Drive the Hai Van Pass to the ancient capital of Hue.
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 137km)
Day 5 Huế/Hanoi (1B) Set out on bicycles to discover Hue, visiting the former Citadel and Tu Duc's tomb. After spending the day cycling, head back to town before taking an overnight train to Hanoi.
Hue Cycling Tour
There will be a 15-min transfer by private bus to the train.
The sleeper trains in Vietnam are quite comfortable. Each cabin sleeps four people in two bunk beds. You will be able to lock the door from the inside. All bedding is provided. The train is air conditioned and has squat and Western-style toilets with a wash basin at the end of each compartment. Bags can be stored in the cabin and accessed at anytime. Food and drinks are available for purchase on board. This is not to everyone’s taste, so bringing your own is recommended.
Basic overnight train (beds) (14.00-15.00 hours, 673km)
Day 6 Hanoi/Mai Châu (1B, 1L, 1D) Upon arrival in Hanoi, drive out into the nearby hills. Reach Mai Chau in the late morning and then take a hike around the area to visit some of the Thai minority people who call this valley home. Enjoy a home-cooked meal and sleep in a dormitory-style long house in traditional style.
Mai Chau Hike
Mai Chau Homestay
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 7 Mai Châu/Hanoi (1B) In the morning, transfer back to Hanoi. In the afternoon, cross the river and take a ride around the quieter suburbs surrounding Hanoi. Return to town to spend the evening exploring the Old Quarter. Opt to attend a famous water puppets' performance and sample some of Hanoi's amazing eating venues.
Interested in local cuisine? Opt to pre-book the "Hanoi Street Food Walking Tour" activity on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.
Hanoi Cycling Tour
Old Quarter Orientation Walk
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 8 Hanoi/Ha Long (1B, 1L, 1D) Thousands of islands rise dramatically from the waters of Halong Bay and, to further their beauty, intricate cave systems naturally exist throughout these limestone karst formations. Our sailing junk will visit some of the islands and caves. Enjoy an evening drink on the deck beneath the stars.
The evening's accommodation is a special experience – sleeping on a boat surrounded by high limestone karsts.
Halong Bay Overnight Cruise
Halong Bay Kayak Excursion
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 9 Ha Long/Hanoi (1B, 1L) In the morning, enjoy one last view of the magnificent limestone islands.
Head back to dry land to embark on a private bus to Hanoi. In the afternoon, delve deeper into the site of Hanoi and opt to explore the exterior of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton).
Shared Van (4.00 hour(s))
Day 10 Hanoi (1B) Depart at any time.