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All accommodation: Hotels (7 Nights), Sleeper Train (1 Night), Junk Boat (1 Night).
Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 1 Dinners
Knowledgeable English-speaking local guide
All transport between destinations - including internal flights
Guidance from an amazing G Adventures Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
Variety of activities and tours included in price
All entrance fees inc. Halong Bay caves and Imperial Citadel and Tomb entrance (Huế)
Halong Bay boat cruise with seafood lunch and dinner
Cu Chi Tunnels entrance and tour
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Sail through limestone karsts aboard a traditional junk boat and walk the streets of imperial capitals on this must-do 10 day tour through Vietnam.
Join a group of fellow travelers all looking to explore the best of this vibrant country - with your tour extending from Hanoi to the natural beauty of Halong Bay, the atmospheric imperial capital of Huế and the charms of Hoi An through to the modern day life of Saigon.
With guidance along the way from an experienced G Adventures Chief Experience Officer, you'll have enough time to experience all the must-see highlights with time in between to do your own thing.
Create the ultimate cultural adventure on this south-east asian tour that will leave you with memories that last a lifetime.
Where we visit
Day 1: Hanoi
There are no planned activities today until an evening welcome meeting where you will meet your CEO and fellow travellers. Learn more about your tour with the option to head out for a local meal afterward.
Day 2: Hanoi/Ha Long
Today you'll drive to Bai Chay harbour, the jumping off point for Ha Long Bay. Here, thousands of islands with intricate cave systems rise dramatically from the waters. Sail past limestone karst mountains in the junk boat and stop to visit some of the islands and caves. Swim, kayak or go cave exploring on one of the islands, if conditions are right. Indulge in fresh seafood meal for dinner with a variety of dishes to sample before you drift to sleep in a cozy cabin on board.
Please note: On rare occasion Halong Bay is closed to tourist vessels by the government authorities due to extreme weather conditions. Should this occur, an alternate activity will be provided.
Transport: Today you'll travel via shared can between Hanoi and Ha Long Bay for approx. 3 hours, then a junk boat at Ha Long Bay for an overnight cruise.
Accommodation: Junk Boat
Day 3: Ha Long/Huế
Enjoy breakfast and lunch on board before sailing back to the port and return to Hanoi where you can spend a few hours exploring this beautiful capital city. Visit some shops, have a bia hoi on a street corner or grab a coffee in a lakeside café.
Transport: Today, travel by private vehicle between Ha Long Bay and Hanoi for approx. 4 hours. Then, spend overight on train for approx. 13 to 14 hours between hanoi and Hue.
Acommodation: Basic Overnight Train
Day 4: Huế
Arrive early to Hue, once the imperial capital of Vietnam, before starting your day with a visit to the Tien Mu Pagoda. At 7 storeys high, this is one of the tallest and, perhaps, most elegant pagodas in Vietnam. Take a step back in time touring this historic temple - built more than 400 years ago along the north shore of the Perfume River which has been the site of many political protests.
You'll then embark on a tour of this one-time capital city and UNESCO World Heritage site. See the walled fortress and former palace, which has many palaces, gateways, courtyards, and gardens to explore. The Forbidden Purple City (modelled on China's Forbidden City) inside the citadel was once home to the imperial family and was significantly damaged during the Vietnam War.
Afterwards, visit the tomb of one of Vietnam’s former emperors before heading back into the city streets, where you can 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). Wash it all down with a Hue beer.
Day 5: Huế/Hoi An
Today, you'll cross the Hai Van Pass (weather permitting), with fantastic views in all directions, before arriving to Hoi An in the afternoon.
Take advantage of Hoi An's many tours and activities over the 2.5 days you'll spend in town. Opt for a cooking class, riverboat trip, bike ride, beach time, tailor visit or My Son ruins.
With three nights here, there's plenty of time to explore all this charming town has to offer.
Transport: Today, travel via provate vehicle between Hue and Hoi for approx. 4 hours.
Day 6: Hoi An
Another day where you'll get to explore the city for yourself, you'll also get the opportunity try some of the oodles of noodles (more than 26 types) available in the city during a tasty cooking class.
Developed exclusively for this tour, the former street youth that are part of this hospitality training program run by STREETS International, will help you prepare and cook a number of different types of delicious noodles.
This program helps these youth practice their English, increasing their skill-set and opportunities available to them in the tourism industry while you get to enjoy your yummy creations and more about the local cuisine and this empowering initiative.
Day 7: Hoi An
Spend another free day exploring all Hoi An has to offer.
Day 8: Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City
On Day 8 of your tour, you'll drive to Da Nang for your flight from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City.
Once the capital of South Vietnam and the country’s commercial centre, here you can start exploring the small alleys and busy streets, keeping an eye out for laquerware shops and delicious local food stalls.
Transport: Today, you'll fly between Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City for approx. 1 hour.
Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City
Today, enjoy a guided tour of Cu Chi Tunnels in the morning and discover a complex network of tunnels that the Viet Cong lived in to protect themselves from opposing forces during the Vietnam War. Try crawling through some of the tunnels which were once used to store ammunition, operated as underground hospitals and served as a hidden base for attacking allied forces.
Enjoy some free time in the afternoon and opt to visit the Thien Hau and Giac Vien pagodas or stroll through the immense Ben Thanh Market.
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City
Today is departure day so feel free to leave at any time. Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.