Explore Vietnam

Immerse yourself in the culture and history of Vietnam on a journey that spans from the emerald mountains of the north to the sun-drenched beaches of the south. Spend a night on a traditional junk boat in stunning Ha Long Bay, roam the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hoi An, glimpse rural life on a trek through hilltribe villages, and enjoy a cyclo ride through the heart of bustling Hanoi. As you travel the length of the country, take in the long view of this fascinating corner of Indochina.

dates: April 21 - April 30, 2018

cost: $599

Trip Code: AVHNG


Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Physical Rating: 2 - Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Service Quality: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 10.


Itinerary

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Day 1 - Hanoi

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 - Hanoi to Halong Bay

Transfer to Halong Bay and spend the night on a traditional junk boat surrounded by turquoise waters, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the calm waters. Cruise through Bai Tu Long Bay, a more secluded section of this stunning UNESCO World Heritage site.

Meals Included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3 - Ha Long to HUẾ

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 Hue.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 4 - HUẾ

Visit the ancient walled Citadel containing the former Imperial Palace. Take a trip into the surrounding countryside to see the final resting place of former emperors, visiting one of the most impressive royal tombs. Opt to explore Hue like the locals on a motorbike taxi, visiting local shops and a Convent for lunch.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 - HUẾ to Hoi An

Enjoy a scenic drive to Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage site and take a walking tour of the ancient town. Also visit the Lifestart Foundation and learn how to make a traditional lantern from one of the beneficiaries of this program. Supported by Planeterra, this project helps local Vietnamese with chronic disabilities gain sustainable employment.

Exclusive Inclusions: National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Traditional Lantern Experience

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Hoi An

Enjoy the Oodles of Noodles market visit, street food experience and cooking class at a G Adventures-supported culinary training school. Visit the local markets with two students and their trainer to learn about and taste noodles, and then return to the school to cook lunch with the students.

Exclusive Inclusions: National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Oodles of Noodles Local Market Excursion | G Adventures for Good Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 7 - Hoi An

Enjoy a cooking class in Hoi An.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 - Danang to Hoi Chi Minh City

Flight to Ho Chi Minh CIty. Opt to take a cyclo tour and visit the markets and shops.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 - Ho Chi Minh City

Visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, legendary for the vital part they played during the Vietnam War.

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 10 - Ho Chi Minh

Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast


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What's Included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives:Traditional Lantern Experience, Hoi An
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Oodles of Noodles Local Market Excursion, Hoi An
  • G Adventures for Good: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch, Hoi An
  • Arrival transfer
  • Cyclo tour of Hanoi's Old Quarter
  • Overnight on a junk boat on Halong Bay
  • Guided tour of Emperor's Tomb and Imperial Citadel Hue
  • Walking tour of Hoi An Old Town
  • Guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accomodations

Hotels (8 nts), junk boat (1 nt)

Meals

9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners. 
Allow USD155-205 for meals not included.

Transportation

Bus, boat, cyclo, plane, walking.

staff & Experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.