Active families will love exploring scenic waterways, rural villages and lush green countryside, as well as temples, caves and longhouses. Welcome to Vietnam!
Stay in a longhouse homestay
Learn about Vietnam’s war history
Cruise Halong Bay, a James Bond film set
Cycle through local villages
Explore caves & grottos
Sleep on an overnight train
Explore Hanoi and learn about the country’s compelling recent history, bringing a new element to your children’s education. At Mai Chau, experience village life and stay in a communal longhouse (simple dormitory style accommodation) for a night. Visit the oldest national park in Vietnam, Cuc Phuong, before arriving in Ninh Binh. Explore by bike visiting temples and caves. Cruise through Halong Bay on a traditional junk before an overnight train to the old port of Hoi An.
For an even greater learning experience, we offer the opportunity to extend the trip to include Cambodia's Angkok Wat temples, or spend a few days in Saigon and the Mekong Delta. Alternatively, you may prefer some family beach time on the tropical island of Phu Quoc. Please contact us for details.
Day1: Depart UK
Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Hanoi.
Day2: Arrive Hanoi
After arriving at Hanoi, meet at the group hotel where the afternoon is free for you to settle in, relax or explore the surrounding area.
Day3: Hanoi: war history, bikes & puppets
Visit some of Hanoi’s fascinating sites, including the Temple of Literature. Then enjoy a cycle rickshaw tour through the Old Quarter and witness the hustle and bustle of this charming town and its maze of streets. Visit the beautiful Ngoc Son Temple, set on a tiny island on Hoan Kiem Lake. Finally, watch a water puppet show, a delightful performance of music, puppets and songs, before transferring back to your hotel.
Day4: Mai Chau, cycle & stay in a longhouse
Transfer to the hill tribe village Pong Coong, where you will stay overnight in a longhouse, in an idyllic valley surrounded by lush paddy fields. After lunch at the homestay you will explore the village by cycling through the countryside, passing other hill tribe villages and spectacular caves.
Day5: Ninh Binh, Cuc Phuong National Park
Head to Cuc Phuong National Park, home to hundreds of reptiles, amphibians and mammals including clouded leopard and Asian black bear, and visit the Edangered Primates Rescue Centre. Then continue to Ninh Binh town where you will spend two nights.
Day6: Hoa Lu temples, caves & rowing boat
Drive to the Trang An Grottoes and visit the three caves. Take a rowing boat trip to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Karst mountains and rivers. Visit the Bai Dinh pagoda and one of the Hoa Lu temples.
Day7: Halong Bay Junk cruise
Transfer to the spectacular World Heritage Site of Halong Bay, where you will board your boat and head out into the bay. There is an opportunity to swim and kayak as well as to explore caves filled with stunning stalagmites and stalagtites before spending a peaceful night on board the sailing junk.
Day8: Overnight train to Danang
Wake up early to watch a stunning sunrise over the tranquil bay. The junk then sails around the island, back to the port and returns to Hanoi where you will board an overnight train to Danang.
Day9: Transfer to Hoi An: afternoon tour of the Old Town
After arriving in Danang, transfer to the charming town of Hoi An. Recently declared a World Heritage Site, Hoi An is being beautifully restored and preserved. Enjoy an afternoon walking tour of the Old Town.
Day10: Cookery class; cycle to countryside
Visit Hoi An’s colourful market, where you’ll have the opportunity to purchase some of the ingredients to be used in your cooking lesson. Board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. Learn about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes and enjoy making your own dish. After your meal, continue exploring Hoi An by cycling to the surrounding countryside, visiting local schools and paddy fields.
Day11: Transfer to Danang Airport & fly back to the UK
Transfer to Danang Airport for your flight back to the UK, via Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City.
Alternatively, why not extend your trip to include Cambodia's Angkor Wat temples, or some family beach time:
Angkor Wat - 5 days: Complete your family holiday with a few extra days in Cambodia exploring the fascinating Angkor Wat temple complex. Fly to Siem Reap where you will be guided around the best parts of the temples. There’s also the chance to take a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake.
Phu Quoc - 4 days: After exploring the wonders of Vietnam from north to south, this undiscovered gem of a tropical island is the perfect way to finish your holiday. Enjoy the boutique hotel, La Veranda, which offers an array of facilities and is perfectly located beside the beach. Swim in the pool, take a snorkelling trip or explore the local area. Phu Quoc is the perfect tranquillity to ensure you return home feeling rejuvenated.
Saigon & the Mekong Delta – 3 days: Fly to Saigon for a walking tour of the city where you will visit some of the main attractions as well as some local gems. The following day, drive to the Coastal province of Ben Tre and board a traditional cruise along the Ham Luong River, visiting a coconut processing workshop and a local home, as well as exploring by motor-rickshaw and sampan. The final day, cycle along the rural roads and rice fields to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the underground network that was used during the Vietnam War.
Day12: Arrive UK
Prices from (exc. international flights):£999per adult,£949per child
Prices from (inc. flights from/to UK):£1,769per adult,£1,549per child
Child prices apply for ages 11 and under at the time of travel.
We spend six nights in hotels of a 3* standard, all with en suite facilities, on a twin share basis (mostly air conditioned). One night is spent on a traditional junk in Halong Bay. Cabins are on a twin share basis; an extra bed can be placed in the cabin for a child. The junk has all mod cons and is a fully-equipped vessel. The en suite cabins are cosy with tiled bathrooms and hot water, and air conditioning is available if the temperature is uncomfortable. Breakfasts usually consist of bread with butter and jam, eggs and fresh fruit; lunch and dinner offers an opportunity to sample an array of fresh seafood. One night is spent on an overnight sleeper train. Vietnam's air-conditioned trains are comfortable and safe; cabins are air-conditioned soft sleepers with four berths (upper and lower), with simple bedding provided (mattress, blanket and pillow), and there is a western-style toilet at the end of the corridor.
8 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 2 dinners
You can typically expect to pay from
£770 for an adult,
and from £600 for a child aged 11 and under.
Flight prices are subject to change, and prices tend to be higher during peak periods or when booking late.
For peace of mind, we recommend that you book your flights with us. If you choose your own flights, please ask us to confirm all arrangements first.