Itinerary

Itinerary

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.

This trip is offered in partnership with
G Adventures.

Day 1: Hanoi
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Accommodations:Golden Silk Boutique Hotel (or similar)
Day 2: Hanoi/Mai Châu
Continue to the lush Mai Chau Valley where we stay in a rural lodge, the perfect base for exploration, hiking and learning about Vietnam's ethnic hill tribes. On arrival, opt to kayak around the Hoa Binh reservoir or cycle through the countryside.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 3: Mai Châu
Embark on a countryside walk through rice paddies and villages to learn about local culture and traditions. Opt for an authentic meal at a village home and experience ethnic White Tai culture first hand.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 4: Mai Châu/Hanoi
Return to Hanoi to explore Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton), visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and go on a cyclo tour of the Old Quarter.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Golden Silk Boutique Hotel (or similar)
Day 5: Hanoi/Ha Long
Start your day off right with breakfast at Hoa Sua, a non-profit training restaurant for underprivileged Hanoi youth where you can enjoy a hearty meal while helping others. Afterwards, 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. Continue to cruise around the bay and explore the Me Cung cave with our local guide.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Halong Boat NatGEO (WET) (or similar)
Day 6: Ha Long/Huế
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 7: 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.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 8: Huế/Hoi An
Enjoy a scenic drive to Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and take a walking tour of the ancient town. Also learn how to make a lantern the traditional way, and leave with a beautiful souvenir.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Thanh Binh Riverside Hotel (or similar)
Day 9: Hoi An
As part of the Oodles of Noodles experience, visit a local market, indulge in street food, and take a cooking class at this 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.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Thanh Binh Riverside Hotel (or similar)
Day 10: Hoi An
The day is free for optional activities of your choice.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Thanh Binh Riverside Hotel (or similar)
Day 11: Hoi An/Ho 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 12: 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 13: Ho Chi Minh City
Depart at any time.
Meals Included:Breakfast