This family holiday to Vietnam will see you learning about Vietnam’s fascinating history, admiring the spectacular landscapes of Halong Bay and the Karst Mountains, cycling through villages, farms and countryside and sailing along the Mekong Delta.
Cruise spectacular Halong Bay
Cycle through the Mai Chau countryside
Go shopping in Hoi An
Cruise in a Dragon Boat along the Perfume River
Cook a delicious Vietnamese meal
Your trip starts in Hanoi with the chance to enjoy a cyclo ride and try some local specialities in the city’s Old Quarter. Next on the itinerary is a stay in an eco lodge where you can spend time exploring the countryside by bicycle, with a visit to a spectacular cave.
Then look for wildlife in Cuc Phuong National Park and sail a rowing boat against the backdrop of the Karst Mountains, before cruising the spectacular Halong Bay and then taking a trail south to explore Hue and Hoi An. Finally, you fly to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and continue to the floating markets of the Mekong Delta.
Day1: Depart the UK
Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Hanoi.
Day2: Arrive Hanoi
Arrive Hanoi and enjoy an orientation tour in the city's Old Quarter.
Day3: Hanoi City Tour
Your guide will take you on a city tour to show you some of Hanoi’s most interesting attractions including the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the One Pillar Pagoda and the B52 monument. Enjoy a cyclo ride through the Old Quarter and in the evening, enjoy a water puppet theatre show.
Day4: Mai Chau
Today you travel north by road to Mai Chau and explore the nearby village and surrounding countryside by bicycle.
Day5: Cuc Phuong
Visit Cuc Phuong National Park, where families can enjoy a short walk in the area to look for wildlife, see the cave of a prehistoric man and visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre.
Day6: Ninh Binh
Visit Trang An Grottoes and take a rowing boat along the Karst river, where the scenery is absolutely stunning. Visit the largest pagoda and bronze Buddha statue in Vietnam.
Day7: Halong Bay
Cruise the spectacular Halong Bay, where the sight of over 3,000 limestone karsts in the bay is impressive. On your cruise you will vist the beach of Ba Trai Dao, before returning to your boat to watch the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin.
Day8: Halong Bay; return to Hanoi; overnight train to Hue
Head out in canoes to explore the bay surrounding San Toi Cave. After brunch, disembark and return to Hanoi, where the rest of the day is at leisure before boarding an overnight train to Hue.
Day9: Hue: Dragon boat cruise
After arriving Hue, visit the ancient walled citadel containing the former Imperial Palace, and in the afternoon, take a Dragon Boat cruise along the Perfume River.
Day10: Hoi An
Today you transfer south to the delightful town of Hoi An where, after a short orientation tour, you can continue to explore the town on your own. Hoi An is a fantastic place for shopping and is famous for tailoring.
In the afternoon, you will have a private cookery class where you will learn to make a Vietnamese meal as well as try your hand at fruit carving.
Day11: Explore local villages
Travel by bicycle to the Cam Thanh eco village,where families can meet with farmers and learn about growing vegetables. Visit the Bay Mau nipa palm forest and learn how to row the coracles on the river. After enjoying lunch and some games at the eco village, cycle back to Hoi An.
Day12: Fly to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and, in the afternoon, visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Post Office and the Reunification Palace on a tour of the city.
Day13: Mekong Delta; return to Ho Chi Minh City
After a scenic drive to Vinh Long, you’ll take a boat through the floating market and canals to visit an ancient house. Continue by boat as you slowly float by typical Delta life.
Return to Saigon for your final night in the city.
Day14: Cu Chi Tunnels & fly back to the UK
Visit the immense network of underground connecting tunnels that were used by Viet Cong soldiers during the Vietnam war. The afternoon is at leisure until it is time to transfer to the airport for your return overnight flight back to the UK.
Day15: Arrive UK
Prices from (exc. international flights):£1,699per adult,£1,599per child
Prices from (inc. flights from/to UK):£2,639per adult,£2,279per child
Child prices apply for ages 11 and under at the time of travel.
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