Experience bustling Hanoi, sail on a junk boat through Halong Bay, shop in romantic Hoi An, squeeze through the Cu Chi tunnels, sip Vietnamese iced coffee, people-watch in hectic Saigon
Sail through limestone karsts aboard a traditional junk boat and walk the streets of imperial capitals. From vibrant Hanoi, the natural beauty of Halong Bay, the atmospheric imperial capital of Hue, and the charms of Hoi An to the modern day life of Saigon, experience the energy of Vietnam in ten jam-packed days. An experienced CEO will lead you to must-see highlights but allow plenty of time for you to do your own thing.
Day 1 Hanoi
There are no planned activities today until an evening welcome meeting. After the meeting, opt for dinner out with the group. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Hanoi/Ha Long (1B, 1L, 1D)
Drive to Bai Chay harbour, the jumping off point for Ha Long Bay. 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. In the evening, devour a seafood dinner, then opt to enjoy a drink on deck under the stars. Included Activities: Halong Bay Overnight Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s)) Junk
Day 3 Ha Long/Huế (1B)
Enjoy breakfast on board before a morning sail back to the port. Drive back to Hanoi for a little more time to enjoy the city before boarding an overnight train. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s)) Drive about 15 mins to the station and then board the southbound train for the overnight journey. Overnight train (beds) (14.00-15.00 hours)
Day 4 Huế
Arrive early to Hue, once the imperial capital of Vietnam. Start the day with a visit to the Tien Mu Pagoda followed by a visit to the tomb of one of Vietnam’s former emperors. After, opt for a vegetarian lunch at a local nunnery. With free time, take a motorbike tour of the area. While in the city, 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. Included Activities: Tien Mu Pagoda Visit Imperial Citadel Tour Royal Tombs Visit
Day 5 Huế/Hoi An (1B)
Start the day touring the wonderful ruins of the Imperial Citadel before heading towards Hoi An in the late morning. Cross the Hai Van Pass (weather permitting), with fantastic views in all directions, before arriving to Hoi An in the afternoon. With three nights here, there’s plenty of time to explore all this charming town has to offer. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 6 Hoi An (1B, 1L)
Spend two full days exploring all Hoi An has to offer. Dive into the culture, hang out on the beach or get clothes tailor-made in one of the many shops around town. Enjoy a noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a G Adventures-supported project. Included Activities: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch
Day 7 Hoi An (1B)
Spend a free day exploring all Hoi An has to offer.
Day 8 Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City (1B)
Drive to Da Nang for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City, once the capital of South Vietnam and the country’s commercial centre. Start exploring the small alleys and busy streets keeping an eye out for laquerware shops and delicious local food stalls. Transport: Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Day 9 Ho Chi Minh City (1B)
With some free time in the city, opt to visit the Thien Hau and Giac Vien pagodas and stroll through the immense Ben Thanh Market. Also well worth a visit are the Reunification Palace (the residence of South Vietnam presidents before 1975), the city’s Chinese quarter of Cholon, and the War Remnants Museum. Included Activities: Cu Chi Tunnels Guided Tour
Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City (1B)
Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.