National Geographic Journeys: Explore Vietnam (AVHNG)
Trip Style: Information Not available
Service Level: Upgraded
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10.
Meals Included: 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Learn to cook oodles of noodles at a G Adventures-supported youth-training school, cruise along Halong Bay in a traditional junk boat, learn how to make a traditional lantern in the lantern capital of Vietnam, step back into history at the Cu Chi Tunnels and Hanoi Hilton, enjoy lunch at Hoa Sua (a training restaurant for disadvantaged youth)
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.
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- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 12/31/2017
- 13 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Hanoi||Day 1 Hanoi|
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 2||Mai Chau||Day 2 Hanoi/Mai Chau (1B)|
Continue to the lush Mai Chau Valley where we stay in a rural lodge, the perfect base for exploration, hiking and learning about Vietnams ethnic hill tribes. Included Activities: Breakfast at Hoa Sua Village Walking Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
|Day 3||Mai Chau||Day 3 Mai Chau (1B)|
Enjoy free time to explore the valley. Options include cycling in the countryside, cooking class, relaxing or kayaking.
|Day 4||Hanoi||Day 4 Mai Chau/Hanoi (1B)|
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. Additional Notes: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is open until 11:00am and closed on Monday and Friday. Entry is dependent on what time the group arrives in Hanoi. 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||Ha Long||Day 5 Hanoi/Ha Long (1B, 1L, 1D)|
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. Additional Notes: 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. Included Activities: Halong Bay Overnight Junk boat Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 6||Hus||Day 6 Ha Long/Hus (1B, 1L)|
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. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s)) Plane (1.00 hour(s))
|Day 7||Hus||Day 7 Hus (1B)|
Hue is the gateway to the treasures of Vietnams royal past and remains one of Vietnams 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 on the lush banks of the Perfume River. Included Activities: Imperial Citadel Tour Emperors Tomb Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 8||Hoi An||Day 8 Hus/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 (19 mi) south of Danang. Included Activities: Hoi An Walking Tour Traditional Lantern Experience Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 9||Hoi An||Day 9 Hoi An (1B, 1L)|
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. Included Activities: Oodles of Noodles Local Market Excursion Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch
|Day 10||Hoi An||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. Or opt to spend the day by the pool or head to the nearby Cua Dai beach, a bike ride away.
|Day 11||Ho Chi Minh City||Day 11 Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City (1B)|
Discover the infectious energy of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's biggest city. Formerly known as Saigon, it 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 Eiffels 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||Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City (1B, 1D)|
Visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, legendary for the vital part they played during the Vietnam War. Included Activities: Cu Chi Tunnels Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 80km) Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 80km)
|Day 13||Ho Chi Minh City||Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City (1B)|
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
There may be a weight restriction for the internal flight on this tour. Each passenger is allowed to carry one checked bag with a maximum weight of 20 kg (40lbs). Additional bags or excess weight charges may apply. These charges are the responsibility of the passengers.
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