Sail aboard a traditional junk boat and walk the streets of busy and grand old cities. From vibrant Hanoi to the beauty of Ha Long Bay, the imperial capital of Hue, and the charms of Hoi An to the modern Saigon, as Ho Chi Minh was once known, experience the energy of Vietnam in 10 jam-packed days.
Hanoi | Ha Long Bay | Huê | Hoi An | Ho Chi Minh City
• G Adventures for Good: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch, Hoi An
• Ha Long Bay caves entrance
• Ha Long Bay boat cruise with seafood lunch and dinner
• Imperial Citadel and Tomb entrance (Hue)
• Cu Chi Tunnels entrance and tour
• Internal flight
• All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
• Seven nights shared hotel accommodation, one overnight train ride, plus one night aboard a traditional junk boat
• Eight breakfasts, three lunches, one dinner
• Guide throughout
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Day 1: Hanoi
Arrive at any time. There are no planned activities today until an evening welcome meeting. After the meeting, opt for dinner out with the group.
Day 2: Hanoi/Ha Long
Enjoy a Ha Long Bay cruise on a junk boat with visits to a cave and an island lookout. Savour a seafood lunch and dinner. 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.
Day 3: Ha Long/Huế
Cruise back to the port and take a private van to Hanoi. Enjoy some time in the city before an overnight train to Hue. 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.
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. 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.
Day 5: Huế/Hoi An
Drive the Hai Van pass. Take advantage of Hoi An's many options over the 2.5 days in town. Opt for a cooking class, riverboat trip, bike ride, beach time, tailor visit or My Son ruins. 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.
Day 6: Hoi An
Explore 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.
Day 7: Hoi An
Spend a free day exploring all Hoi An has to offer.
Day 8: Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City
Fly from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City with free time to explore this hectic city. 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.
Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City
Enjoy a guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn more about the Vietnam War. Use free time in the afternoon to explore sprawling Ho Chi Minh City. 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.
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City
Depart at any time. Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
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