Immerse yourself in the culture and history of Vietnam on a journey that spans from the emerald mountains of the north to the sun-drenched beaches of the south. Spend a night on a traditional junk boat in stunning Ha Long Bay, roam the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hoi An, glimpse rural life on a trek through hilltribe villages, and enjoy a cyclo ride through the heart of bustling Hanoi. As you travel the length of the country, take in the long view of this fascinating corner of Indochina.
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.
Continue to the lush Mai Chau Valley and spend a night in a rural lodge, our base for exploring the area and learning about Vietnam’s ethnic hill tribes. (2B)
Return to Hanoi to discover the city’s colonial architecture and historic sites. Tour the museum of Hoa Lo Prison, ironically referred to as the “Hanoi Hilton” by American POWs during the Vietnam War. Take a guided tour of the mausoleum where Ho Chi Minh’s body is embalmed in a glass case, and visit the museum to learn about Ho Chi Minh’s life. Later, take a seat on a three-wheel cyclo for a tour of Hanoi’s lively Old Quarter. Keep your camera handy as your driver navigates through the bustling streets. (1B)
Start off the day with breakfast at Hoa Sua, a training restaurant for underprivileged Hanoi youth. Transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay, where our traditional-style wooden junk boat awaits. Set sail into turquoise waters dotted with hundreds of tiny islands and sculpted limestone formations. Cruise through Bai Tu Long Bay, a more secluded section of this stunning UNESCO World Heritage site and opt to go squid fishing. (1B, 1L, 1D)
Continue to cruise around the Bay and explore the Thien Canh Son cave with our local guide. Have an early lunch on board before returning to land and heading back to Hanoi to catch our short flight to Hûe’, the capital of the Nguyen dynasty from 1802 until 1945. The next day, explore the ancient walled citadel containing the imperial palace and travel into the countryside to visit the final resting place of former emperors. (2B, 1L)
Enjoy a scenic drive to the coastal city of Hoi An and take a walking tour of the charming old town. Learn to make a traditional lantern at the G Adventures–supported Lifestart Foundation, which provides employment to local residents with chronic disabilities. The next day, take an Oodles of Noodles cooking class during which you’ll visit local markets to learn about noodles, then head to a culinary school to cook lunch with the students. The next day is free to explore on your own. (3B, 1L)
Fly to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) and opt to take a cyclo tour around the markets and shops. Visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels, known for the vital role they played during the Vietnam War. (2B, 1D)
Depart at any time. (1B)
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