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.

Trip highlights

Breakfast at Hoa Sua, Hoa Sua is a cooking school and restaurant that prepares disadvantaged youths for careers in the hospitality industry. In 19 years, it’s trained more than 7,000 young people, giving them skills to combat poverty. Meet with one of the organizers and enjoy traditional Vietnamese dishes while supporting a worthy effort.

Itinerary - 13 Days

Day 1 Hanoi

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2 Hanoi/Mai Châu (1B)

Travel to the lush Mai Chau Valley and enjoy a countryside walk through rice paddies and local villages.

Day 3 Mai Châu (1B)

Enjoy free time to explore the valley. Options include cycling in the countryside, a cooking class, and kayaking.

Day 4 Mai Châu/Hanoi (1B)

Return to Hanoi to explore Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton), visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and go on a cyclo tour of the Old Quarter.

Day 5 Hanoi/Ha Long (1B, 1L, 1D)

Start your day off right with breakfast at Hoa Sua, a non-profit training restaurant for underprivileged Hanoi youth where you can enjoy a hearty meal while helping others. Afterwards, transfer to Halong Bay and spend the night on a traditional junk boat surrounded by turquoise waters, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the calm waters. Cruise through Bai Tu Long Bay, a more secluded section of this stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to cruise around the bay and explore the Me Cung cave with our local guide.

Day 6 Ha Long/Huế (1B, 1L)

Have an early lunch on board before returning to land and heading back to Hanoi to catch our short flight to Hue.

Day 7 Huế (1B)

Visit the ancient walled Citadel containing the former Imperial Palace. Take a trip into the surrounding countryside to see the final resting place of former emperors, visiting one of the most impressive royal tombs.

Opt to explore Hue like the locals on a motorbike taxi, visiting local shops and a convent for lunch. Pre-book the Hue Motorbike Tour on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour.

Day 8 Huế/Hoi An (1B)

Enjoy a scenic drive to Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and take a walking tour of the ancient town. Also learn how to make a lantern the traditional way, and leave with a beautiful souvenir.

Day 9 Hoi An (1B, 1L)

As part of the Oodles of Noodles experience, visit a local market, indulge in street food, and take a cooking class at this G Adventures-supported culinary training school. Visit the local markets with two students and their trainer to learn about and taste noodles, and then return to the school to cook lunch with the students.

Day 10 Hoi An (1B)

The day is free for optional activities of your choice.

Day 11 Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City (1B)

Flight to Ho Chi Minh CIty. Opt to take a cyclo tour and visit the markets and shops.

Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City (1B, 1D)

Visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, legendary for the vital part they played during the Vietnam War.

Day 13 Ho Chi Minh City (1B)

Depart at any time.

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