Sail through limestone karsts aboard a traditional junk boat and walk the streets of imperial capitals. From vibrant Hanoi, the natural beauty of Halong Bay, the atmospheric imperial capital of Hue, and the charms of Hoi An to the modern day life of Saigon, experience the energy of Vietnam in 10 jam-packed days. An experienced Chief Experience Office will lead you to must-see highlights but allow plenty of time for you to do your own thing.

Highlights – Experience bustling Hanoi, sail on a junk boat through Halong Bay, shop in romantic Hoi An, squeeze through the Cu Chi tunnels, sip Vietnamese iced coffee, people-watch in hectic Saigon

Travel Best Bets Package Includes:
  • Airfare to Hanoi and return from Ho Chi Minh City
  • 9 nights accommodation: Hotels (7 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), junk boat (1 nt)
  • Meals – 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Transportation while on tour by train, local bus, air-conditioned bus, boat, cyclo, plane
  • Local guides throughout
  • Small group experience; Max 15, avg 12.

 

May 7-June 14, 2019 select departures 
Vancouver from $2199 + $222 tax
Victoria, Kelowna, Comox from $2599 + $222 tax
Calgary, Edmonton from $2599 + $222 tax
My Own Room add $399

Per person based on shared accommodation

My Own Room Exceptions – Please note that if you have booked the “My Own Room” option for this tour, you will receive your own single accommodation for all night stops, with the following exceptions: Night 2, Halong Bay boat; Night 3, Sleeper Train

Important Notes

In some major cities in Vietnam, hotel rooms may not have windows.

There may be a weight restriction on luggage for the internal flight on this tour. Each passenger is allowed to carry one checked bag with a maximum weight of 15 kg (33lbs). Additional bags or excess weight charges may apply. These charges are the responsibility of the passengers.

Map of the route for Classic Vietnam Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Hanoi
Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to your hotel. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting at 6pm. After the meeting, opt for dinner out with the group.
Hotel: Church Boutique Hotel Lan Ong (or similar)

Day 2 Hanoi/Ha Long (B/L/D)
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. Drift to sleep in a cozy cabin on board. On rare occasion Halong Bay is closed to tourist vessels by the government authorities due to extreme weather conditions. Should this occur, an alternate activity will be provided.
Accommodation – Halong Bay Boat (or similar)

Day 3 Ha Long/Hue (B/L)
Cruise back to the port and take a private van to Hanoi. Enjoy some free 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.
Basic overnight train (beds) – Hanoi – Hue – Drive about 15 mins to the station and then board the southbound train for the overnight journey.

Day 4 Hue
Guided tour of the Imperial Citadel, Royal Tomb and Tien Mu Pagoda.  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.
Hotel: Asia Hotel (or similar)

Day 5 Hue/Hoi An (B)
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. Start the day touring the wonderful ruins of the Imperial Citadel before heading towards Hoi An in the late morning. 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.
Accommodation – Vinh Hung 2 Resort (or similar)

Day 6 Hoi An (B/L)
Spend two full days exploring 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. This program helps youth practice their English, increasing their skill-set and opportunities available to them in the tourism industry. Enjoy your yummy creations while learning more about the local cuisine and this initiative which empowers street youth through skills and employment training.
Accommodation – Vinh Hung 2 Resort (or similar)

Day 7 Hoi An (B) 
Spend a free day exploring all Hoi An has to offer. There’s plenty to see and do, feel free to relax or try optional activities like learning about Vietnamese cuisine with a cooking class, trying your hand at making traditional lanterns, and visiting the ruins of My Son.
Accommodation – Vinh Hung 2 Resort (or similar)

Day 8Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City (B)
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.
Hotel: Lotus Boutique Hotel (or similar)

Day 9 Ho Chi Minh City (B)
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.
Hotel: Lotus Boutique Hotel (or similar)

Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City (B)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home

Vietnam

Regular Canadian passport must be valid for at least 1 month beyond the expiry date of their visa. Tourist visa: Required. Holders of a valid Canadian passport are eligible to apply online for a single-entry electronic tourist visa (e-visa), valid for a maximum of 30 days (some restrictions apply).

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