From the intensity of Ho Chi Minh City’s streets to spectacular rice terraces, travel the length of Vietnam and savour its natural, cultural, and historical delights. Meet the Hmong people and other minority villagers on a hilltribe excursion and sail into the photographic possibilities of beautiful Halong Bay. With the services of a CEO and your accommodation and transport taken care of, this trip offers great value as it introduces the region’s main sights, providing plenty of flexibility so you can experience an adventure you’ll never forget.
All Flights (Subject to availability)
Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch, Hoi An
Local Living: Ta Vinh Homestay, Sa Pá
Local Living: Mekong Homestay.
Water puppet show (Hanoi).
Sapa excursion to hilltribe villages.
Halong Bay entrance.
Halong Bay boat cruise with seafood lunch and dinner.
Imperial Citadel and Tomb guide and entrance.
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
All group trips are accompanied by one of our Chief Experience Officers (CEO). The aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to see and do, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.
We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting – we think it’s the best of both worlds
Day 1 Hanoi
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Hanoi/Lào Cai (Breakfast)
Enjoy the water puppets show. Opt to visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and stilt house, Hoa Lo Prison and the Temple of Literature. Overnight train to Lao Cai.
Day 3 Lào Cai/Sa Pá
Arrive in Sapa. Hilltribe village visit at Ta Phin, trek and homestay. Traditional meals with a local family.
Day 4 Sa Pá (Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)
Hilltribe village visit, trek and homestay. Traditional meals with a local family.
Day 5 Sa Pá/Hanoi (Breakfast)
Return to Sapa after breakfast with host family. Transfer back to Hanoi.
Day 6 Hanoi/Ha Long (Lunch | Dinner)
Drive to Halong Bay for an overnight cruise on a junk boat which includes a seafood meal. Visit caves or an island lookout.
Day 7 Ha Long/Huế (Breakfast | Lunch)
Breakfast aboard our junk boat. Return to Hanoi for free time before an overnight train to Hue.
Day 8 Huế
Included tour of Tien Mu Pagoda and the Royal Tombs. Optional tour of the countryside.
Day 9 Huế/Hoi An (Breakfast)
Travel the scenic Hai Van Pass (weather permitting) on the way to Hoi An.
Day 10 Hoi An (Breakfast | Lunch)
Enjoy a noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a G Adventures-supported project. Afterwards enjoy free time, options include a cooking class, shopping at the tailors, riverboat cruise, bike riding, beach time or My Son ruins.
Day 11 Hoi An (Breakfast)
Use a full free day to explore more of this charming town.
Day 12 Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast)
Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and opt to take a bike tour of the city, visit the Reunification Palace, Thien Hau, or the Giac Vien pagodas.
Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City/Mekong Delta (Breakfast | Dinner)
Mekong Delta visit, boat ride and visit to traditional candy factories. Enjoy a local homestay and dinner with a Vietnamese family.
Day 14 Mekong Delta/Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast)
Option to visit War Remnants Museum, Colonial Quarter, or Ben Thanh Market.
Day 15 Ho Chi Minh City (Breakfast)
Depart for the airport
Price from €2189pp
Above price is based on 2 people travelling. Departure from Dublin 21st April 2018. More departures available throughout the year. Please ask for details.