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Classic Vietnam Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

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 ten jam-packed days. An experienced CEO will lead you to must-see highlights but allow plenty of time for you to do your own thing.

  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: AVCH/126949
  • Starts: Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Finishes: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
You will Visit
  • Hanoi
  • Ho Chi Minh City

Itinerary

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Day 4: Huế

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.

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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.
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.

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Day 6: Hoi An

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.

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Day 7: Hoi An

Spend a free day exploring all Hoi An has to offer.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch, Hoi An
    • Halong Bay caves entrance
    • Halong 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
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (7 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), junk boat (1 nt)
    • 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Train, local bus, air-con bus, boat, cyclo, plane
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour 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


Reviews (27)
Michale A. Posted on: 

I was so pleasantly surprised by the variety of each experience - modes of travel, accommodation and activities.

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Sonia G. Posted on: 

I loved our group leader - she was fun, energetic, and full of ideas. She made things possible and kept the group cohesive. I liked the tour guides along the way as well. Particularly the one at the Citadel in Hue. She was extremely knowledgeable and had information not readily available in any information books.

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Teresa S. Posted on: 

Quite a lot of content, fairly fast paced but quite informative.

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Suzanne M. Posted on: 

the timing of each destination was perfect!

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Craig F. Posted on: 

Overall it was good and what I expected.

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Lisa P. Posted on: 

Had a wonderful trip in Vietnam and found Erica to be friendly and pleasant. Accommodation was off a great clean and neat standard throughout journey. Bar the train transportation was great.

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Emily R. Posted on: 

The overall trip was great - good amount of free time vs organized tours. The only disappointment was the initial hotel in Hanoi.

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Leda F. Posted on: 

My trip to Vietnam was amazing. Our guide was really nice and helpful. My only problem was because I booked my trip through a travel agent I did not know that my tour continued on to Cambodia. I had already booked a flight to Siem Riep and the group was now full. Next time I will be sure to book everything through G Adventures because it would have made everything easier.I will be doing more G Adventures programs in the future :)

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Patrick C. Posted on: 

I had a great taste of Vietnam from North to South. Everything met or exceeded my expectations.

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Shante L. Posted on: 

Overall the experience was amazing! It was more than I ever expected. As my first experience with G Adventures it will definitely have me coming back again and again, as well as recommending it to all my friends.

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Selena M. Posted on: 

Overall I had a good experience with G Adventures and depending on a few variables I would book a tour with G Adventures in the future.

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Frank C. Posted on: 

Greatly exceeded expectations Excellent restaurant selections, fabulous food Hotels all very good.

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Patricia A. Posted on: 

How can a place so simple could be so intense? This was what I felt about Vietnam. During the free-time we did a motorcycle tour thru the rice swamp, war places and poor area of Hué, was fantastic to see how they have a simple way of life

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Robert G. Posted on: 

Vietnam was amazing! A real cultural experience.

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Kim W. Posted on: 

Fan-tastic! This was the best trip I have ever done.

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Jane G. Posted on: 

Was a great experience for us and we really enjoyed the group composition, eventhough I was the oldest and my other traveling companion, the youngest. We particularly loved the variety of transportation modes, and experiences. Really good variety and our leader, Kalyn went out of her way to encourage all of us to try all the various activities, group dinners were a good option and lot of fun. Particularly appreciated the information of local sustainable business, restaurants, craft stores to visit etc. Kalyn was so encouraging of this too. One time she really went out of her way to schedule in some morning kayaking in Halong Bay, after the first scheduled time did not work out. All of really appreciated that. She really offered assistance,maps, suggestions as we arrived in each new location.

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Christine J. Posted on: 

Overall, the trip surpassed the thoughts that I had about it, prior to leaving. This was a first - a tour; I've traveled plenty alone. The size and the number of people in my family with me assisted the quality of the trip.

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Lori Ann H. Posted on: 

Had a great time, best G Adventure I've done yet!! Awesome guide too!

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Randall W. Posted on: 

Outstanding! Would highly recommend this trip to anyone wanting to visit Vietnam.

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Patricia T. Posted on: 

Well organized and paced tour. I felt I was able to see everything I wanted without feeling rushed.

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Kathleen R. Posted on: 

We had an amazing time. The trip was wonderful. Kat did an amazing job as our tour leader. It's so nice to be able to relax and know that everything is already taken care of for you.

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Dianna K. Posted on: 

Great way to experience the culture in a short time. It was affordable.

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Susan C. Posted on: 

The best part of the trip was meeting the other travelers in the group. Nice people from all over the world. Definitely easier to travel this way in a part of the world where one has never visited nor knows the language, especially given how few people speak English there.

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Gavin R. Posted on: 

I enjoyed it more than I expected. My wife and I were much older than the average (by at least 40 years) in our group and, though not notably fit, we managed to keep up without too much effort.

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Simon A. Posted on: 

Great trip, good guide. The experience was great. A quick overview of Vietnam

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Jan Stefan O. Posted on: 

Fantastic trip, unforgettable, a "once in a lifetime" experience.

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John B. Posted on: 

The tour was fantastic. Everything went smoothly and the group had a great time.

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