12 days from $1,158
- Discover the devastating history of the Vietnam War in Ho Chi Minh City
- Enjoy blissful beach life in Nha Trang
- Learn to make delicious noodles at a noodle project in Hoi An
- Soak up Imperial history at the gorgeous Imperial Citadel in Hue
- Enjoy a boat cruise around beautiful Ha Long Bay, including a tasty sea food lunch!
- Tour around the atmospheric Old Quarter in Hanoi
Discover buzzing cities and blissful landscapes on this awesome 12-day adventure through Vietnam! Perfect for those travelling on a budget, this action-packed adventure includes exploration time in Ho Chi Minh City, beach time in Nha Trang and a memorable cruise on a traditional Vietnamese junk boat on Ha Long Bay. You’ll also wander the historic streets of Hanoi and Hue, and soak up local ways of life in these fantastic cities. With a combination of fantastic included and optional activities on offer along the way, you can really build an adventure to suit you – and your budget!
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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City
Fly into Ho Chi Minh City today and make your way to your starting accommodation in the city. We’ll all meet tonight at a welcome meeting.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang
Today is a completely free day to explore Ho Chi Minh City at your leisure. We’ll then board an overnight train to Nha Trang. Breakfast included today.
Day 3: Nha Trang
We’ll wake up this morning as the train rolls into Nha Trang. We’ll then enjoy a free day to explore this vibrant beach town. Optional activities include a snorkelling day trip around the surrounding tropical islands or a boat tour.
Day 4: Nha Trang to Da Nang
We’ll enjoy a final free day in Nha Trang, getting involved in any activities that we missed out on yesterday. Tonight, we’ll board an overnight train to Hoi An. Breakfast included.
Day 5: Hoi An
The train arrives into Da Nang this morning, then we'll make our way to Hoi An. This morning, we'll head our on an orientation walk with our trip leader before a full afternoon of free time to explore this incredible town at your own pace.Tonight, treat your taste buds with a street food crawl through the city.
Day 6: Hoi An
Today, we’ll head over to a fantastic noodles project, which helps local young people improve their English and widen their skill set. You will prepare a number of different types of noodles and tuck into your creations for lunch! Later on you'll have some free time to explore Hoi An some more, so perhaps take a cooking class, hire a bike a ride to the beach, visit one of Hoi An's tailors and purchase some custom made clothing!
Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 7: Hoi An to Hue
We’ll leave Hoi An behind this morning and embark on a 4-hour journey north to the city of Hue. When we arrive, we can relax and freshen up after our journey, before enjoying a free afternoon to explore Hue. Breakfast included.
Day 8: Hue to Hanoi
Enjoy a free day in Hue, ticking off anything you missed yesterday, before hopping on board an overnight train to Hanoi.
Day 9: Hanoi to Ha Long Bay
We’ll arrive into Hanoi early this morning, and jump on a private bus transfer to gorgeous Ha Long Bay. Here, we’ll board a traditional sailing junk boat and glide across the bay, passing by limestone islands and intricate caves. We’ll stop off at an island cave to tuck into a tasty seafood lunch before returning to the mainland for the evening. Lunch included.
Day 10: Ha Long Bay to Hanoi
We’ll return to Hanoi this morning and embark on a short orientation walk around the beautiful old Quarter. Each street in this area is named after a different trade that has been practiced there for generations. Exploring is thirsty work, so you can stop at Bia Hoi corner for a local brew.This afternoon is yours to explore as you wish. Breakfast included.
Day 11: Hanoi
A full free day to catch up on anything you missed yesterday. Explore, relax and hang out with the group. Your fantastic Vietnam experience is almost at an end! Breakfast included.
Day 12: Hanoi
Your tour ends this morning. Depart at any time. A return airport transfer is not included but is easy to arrange. Your guide will be on hand to help you organise onward travel. Breakfast included.
Itinerary from 10th January 2020
Please note, from January 10th, 2020 the itinerary will change on days 8 and 9 to include a night and day in beautiful Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. The revised itinerary will also feature one day less in Hanoi.
- 11 nights’ accommodation
- 8 breakfasts and 2 lunches
- Noodle project visit
- Hoi An street food crawl
- Ha Long Bay boat trip
- Hanoi Old Quarter orientation walk
- All in-country transport between included destinations
- 24-hour emergency support
- Travel insurance
- Optional activities
- Most meals (Budget around USD 125-165 for meals not included)
- Airport transfers
11 nights of accommodation are included on this tour. 1 night will be spent in a simple twin-share hotel, 7 nights will be spent in simple multi-share hostels, and 3 nights will be spent on overnight sleeper trains. You will sleep in twin or multi-share single-sex rooms. It may be possible to book a private room if you wish, for an additional cost. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.
8 breakfasts and 2 lunches are included on this tour. You will need to purchase the rest of your meals yourself. This is a great opportunity to have a complete travel experience, by interacting with locals and trying local foods. We recommend that you budget USD 125-165 for meals not included.
You should arrange your flights to arrive into Ho Chi Minh City on the first day of your tour. An airport transfer is not included but is easy to arrange.
Please note, we can arrange an airport transfer for you when you arrive. Please contact a Travel Advisor for more information.
A taxi from the airport to the city centre should cost approximately 100 000 dong (£5).
Your tour ends in Hanoi on day 12. A return transfer is not included. Your tour guide can help you organise this journey.
The minimum age for this trip is 18 years, the maximum is 39 years.
British passport holders can currently enter Vietnam without a visa for stays of up to 15 days (subject to conditions). If you intend to stay for more than 15 days, or you wish to leave and re-enter Vietnam within 30 days of your first visit you will need to obtain a visa prior to travel. You should ensure that your passport will still be in date for six months after your return. All visa information is subject to change and you should consult the nearest High Commission or Embassy for the most up to date information.
What Are The Sleeper Trains Like?
Sleeper trains typically have 4 seats per compartment. The seats convert into sleeping bunks (two upper and two lower). A sheet, pillow and blanket are provided, although you may prefer to bring your own sleeping sheet.
How Many People Will Be In My Group?
The average group size is 12 travellers. The maximum group size is 18.
How Much Should I Bring For Meals Not Included?
We recommend bringing around £100-130 for meals not included.