Starting in busy, bright and bustling Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), we visit Reunification Palace and the fascinating Notre Dame Cathedral. We also crawl through the Cu Chi Tunnels and journey down the Mekong Delta, passing colourful floating markets. On a small island in the delta, we spend a night in a homestay with a local family – a real highlight. From the laid-back beach town of Nha Trang, we explore the offshore islands by boat and snorkel amongst the colourful coral in the warm waters of the South China Sea. We also explore ancient Hoi An and the charming northern capital, Hanoi, before heading to spectacular Halong Bay, where the rugged limestone pinnacles and grottoes combine to make up one of the worlds most recognizable landscapes.


Tour code:
OM/VN/CT/004
Country:
Vietnam
City:
Hoian
Holiday Types:
Classic Tours
Duration:
14D13N

 

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14D13N Vietnam Coastal Scenery
Overview

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Day 1 – HCMC Arrival

Day 2 – HCMC

Day 3 - Mekong Delta

Day 4 – HCMC

Day 5 - HCMC - Nha Trang

Day 6 - Nha Trang

Day 7 - Nha Trang 

Day 8 - Danang 

Day 9 - Hoi An 

Day 10 - Hoi An – Danang - Hanoi 

Day 11 – Hanoi 

Day 12 - Hanoi - Halong Bay 

Day 13 - Halong Bay – Hanoi 

Day 14 – Hanoi 

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1 – HCMC Arrival

Upon arrival at the HCMC international airport, our guide will transfer you to your hotel. Free and Easy and please be advised on HCMC (Saigon)’s many fantastic eating spots and explore on your own. Overnight in HCMC.

 

Day 2 – HCMC (B / - / -)

After breakfast at hotel, we will proceed to enjoy a city tour that includes visits to the Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral and Ben Thanh Market. The afternoon is left free for independent sightseeing, shopping or a chance to cool off and splash around at the excellent Dam Sen Water Park. The Water Park is easily accessed by bus or by taxi and is highly recommended, especially for the kids! Overnight in HCMC.  

 

Day 3 - Mekong Delta (B / - / D )

Depart HCMC by road to the agriculturally rich Mekong Delta and the town of Cai Be, where we begin a Mekong River boat trip that takes us past a floating market. The scenery here is lush and impressive, with many terrific photo ops along the way.We stop to visit typical riverside villages, where we have a chance to meet the people and learn about the local commercial enterprises. After sampling various tropical fruits, we continue on to our overnight homestay, located on an island in the Mekong River. Our accommodation for the night is in a large communal room that is separate to the actual living quarters of the family. Bed linen and mosquito nets are provided and we also recommend you bring a small towel as there are basic bathroom facilities available. 

 

Day 4 – HCMC (B / - / - )

Today we take an early morning walk through the island’s orchards and navigate our way through the narrow canals in a traditional wooden sampan. We then take another boat from our home stay island to rendezvous with our vehicle, which takes us back to Saigon.

 

Day 5 - HCMC - Nha Trang (B / L / - )

This morning we visit the wartime guerrilla stronghold of Cu Chi Tunnels, before returning to Saigon around lunchtime. (Note: Don’t wear good clothes this morning, as at Cu Chi you will be crawling through the tunnels. However, it is not obligatory to crawl though the tunnels if you do not wish to do so!). We then collect our luggage from the hotel and head out to the airport for our flight to Nha Trang. 

 

Day 6 - Nha Trang (B / L / - )

Spend a relaxing day cruising around Nha Trang’s offshore islands. Seafood lunch is served on board. Snorkeling equipment is also provided, including kids’ sizes. Note: Subject to suitable weather conditions, please take along a hat, sun block, swimwear and a towel.  

 

Day 7 - Nha Trang - overnight train (B / - / - )

Today is free, but it is an ideal place to relax, either by the hotel pool or at the nearby beach across the road. You might like to take an optional excursion to visit the Po Nagar Cham Towers or Thap Ba Hot Springs and Mud Bath Centre. Late this afternoon we transfer to the railway station in time to catch the overnight 4-berth, soft sleeper train to Da Nang. The beds on board come with a pillow and sheets, although some people may wish to bring their own sleeping sheet (purely optional and not a necessity). Also, breakfast tomorrow is not the best food you will find in Vietnam, so it is recommended that you purchase some snacks before boarding in Saigon. This journey is in keeping with the adventurous nature of our trips and allows you to experience a taste of the real’ Vietnam. 

 

Day 8 - Danang - Hoi An (B / -  / D )

On arrival at Danang railway station, we board our waiting vehicle and head towards Hoi An, the World Heritage-listed ancient port town that dates back to Portuguese trading days. This afternoon is left free for you to enjoy the sights of Hoi An at your leisure, do some shopping or to relax by the hotel swimming pool. In the evening you can join an informal cooking class, where you can learn how to make some of Hoi An’s famous specialty dishes and even participate in rolling your own spring rolls. 

 

Day 9 - Hoi An (B / -  / - )

A walking tour of Hoi An’s old town includes a visit to the Japanese Bridge, an ancient house, and a Chinese assembly hall. We then have further free time to enjoy a town that has become many visitors’ favorite destination in Vietnam. There are many optional activities that you can enjoy - maybe hire a bike, take a boat trip on the river, relax on the nearby beach or by your hotels swimming pool. Overnight in Hoi An.  

 

Day 10 - Hoi An – Danang - Hanoi (B / -  / - )

This morning we transfer to Danang where we visit Marble Mountain and China Beach. Note: Appropriate footwear (runners rather than thongs) should be worn for the walk up Marble Mountain. The walk takes about an hour and involves climbing approximately 200 steps. After the morning activity, we transfer to Danang Airport in time to catch a flight to Hanoi. On arrival in Hanoi we make our way to our hotel in town. This evening we enjoy a performance of Hanoi’s famous Water Puppets - kids and parents will be equally delighted!  

 

Day 11 – Hanoi (B / L / - )

This morning we enjoy a city tour of Hanoi that includes visits to the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the ‘House on Stilts’, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature and the Hoa Lo Prison (nicknamed the ‘Hanoi Hilton’ by American POWs). Lunch is included at the KOTO restaurant, a unique set-up where disadvantaged youth and street children are given the chance to become professional chefs or bar and service staff. We have a chance to meet these young people who are being afforded opportunities in life because of this unique project. You are at leisure this afternoon to enjoy a stroll around the Hoan Kiem Lake or a walk through the Old Quarter. Overnight in Hanoi.  

 

Day 12 - Hanoi - Halong Bay (B / L  / D )

Depart Hanoi for the three-and-a-half-hour drive to the bayside resort town of Bai Chay. Upon arrival, we board our boat, put our bags in our cabins and begin a memorable cruise amongst the remarkable limestone formations of Halong Bay. A lunch of local seafood is served on board and there are opportunities for swimming, visiting one of Halong Bay’s many limestone grottoes and even kayaking around the bay. Weather permitting we can watch the sunset over Halong Bay whilst our crew prepares tonight’s dinner. Overnight on boat. Note: Just prepare a daypack for your overnight Halong Bay tour. Main luggage can be stored at the hotel in Hanoi. Don’t forget a hat, sun block and swimwear. Northern Vietnam can be quite cold during the winter months and at this time you will also need to bring some warm clothing. It is also advisable to carry a sturdy pair of shoes for visiting the grottoes. All boats used by us have twin-share cabins with en suite facilities and air-conditioning. We also have the chance to get active and do some kayaking on Halong Bay.  

 

Day 13 - Halong Bay – Hanoi (B / -  / - )

After breakfast and perhaps an early morning kayak we continue sightseeing and cruising around Halong Bay, before returning to port and driving back to Hanoi. Tonight is our chance to celebrate the end of a terrific family journey through a beautiful country. Overnight in Hanoi.  

 

Day 14 – Hanoi Departure (B / -  / - )

Breakfast at hotel. Free and Easy until transfer to Hanois Noi Bai International Airport.

 


Includes

Experienced English-speaking local guide.

Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant): Saigons Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral and Ben Thanh Market; Cu Chi Tunnels; Hoi An; China Beach; Marble Mountain; and Hanois Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature and Hoa Lo Prison.

DOMESTIC flights: Saigon to Nha Trang and Danang to Hanoi.

Mekong River boat trip with visits to a floating market and riverside villages.

Overnight homestay with a local family on a Mekong River island including a traditional wooden sampan canal cruise.

Full day boat cruise on the South China Sea off Nha Trang, with a seafood lunch.

Lunch at KOTO café in Hanoi – a project providing vocational hospitality training to underprivileged young people.

Performance of Hanoi’s famous Water Puppets.

Overnight cruise on a traditional boat on Halong Bay with a seafood lunch and dinner (non-seafood also available) and accommodation in twin-share cabins with en suite facilities and air-conditioning.

Overnight train from Nha Trang to Danang, with accommodation in a 4-berth soft sleeper class compartment (a pillow and sheets provided).

Arrival transfer. 


Excludes

Air fares of any kind  except mentioned in the inclusions 

Services not mentioned above

Extra charges, personal expenses

Surcharge for peak/festival season if any (upon booking)

Optional tours/meals/transfers if any, drinks excluded

Travel insurance, visa fees

 


Departure

Daily

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