14 days, 13 nights
With pristine beaches, amazing landscapes, diverse culture and friendly people, Vietnam has everything and more to fulfil a family holiday. Travelling from the north of the country and heading south, this tour is carefully designed to allow children to actively experience Vietnamese culture, lifestyle and wonders in a comfortable and enjoyable pace. At every step, there are plenty of chances for children to learn new things, expand their creativity and interact with local people to open a wider window onto a different world.
Upon arrival at Hanoi International Airport, we are transferred to the hotel for check in at 2 pm. An earlier check-in may be available for an extra charge. The rest of the day is free to spend at leisure. Lunch and dinner are charged to your own account. Overnight is in Hanoi.
After breakfast, we commence our sightseeing tour at Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the One Pillar Pagoda to learn about Vietnam’s Buddhist traces before continuing to the Temple of Literature. Lunch is at a local restaurant. In the afternoon we visit the Ethnology Museum, or Vietnam History Museum which provides great educational and entertainment opportunities about the country’s history for children and adults alike. Plus, we enjoy an interactive Water Puppet Show. Next we hop on a cyclo to explore Hanoi in a typical, safe and means mode of transport to cruise around the French Quarter, the Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. An optional extra is the Hanoi Afternoon Street Food Tour that starts at 4 pm. This is suited to families with older children. Taking us across the city sampling local food such as a typical Hanoi Bun Thang, dumplings, local baguette, salted and sugared dried fruit. We even stop at one of Hanoi's oldest cafes to try an egg coffee. Dinner is charged to your own account. Overnight is in Hanoi.
Today we head out of the city to experience Vietnam's rural and more rustic way of life. In the morning after breakfast we drive 90 minutes to reach Ba Vi Homestead. This farming resort gives us an insight into how food is grown as we meet with a local for a walk through the wet rice and vegetables fields. Next we continue to a dairy farm. Optional extra activities at Ba Vi Homestead include fishing and helping with rice cultivation. Lunch is at the homestead. In the afternoon, we drive to visit a tea plantation where we are escorted by a local farmer to help pick the tea. We then learn how the tea leaves are dried and processed, plus we even get to the take the completed product home with us. Dinner is charged to your own account. Overnight is in Hanoi.
After breakfast, we are collected from the hotel and transferred to Ha Long Bay which is 155 km from Hanoi (2.5 hours). Upon arrival we board our boat for an unforgettable cruise through sublime scenery of limestone islands, clad in jungle, that are scattered across the emerald waters. A welcome seafood lunch is served on board while we cruise through Ha Long Bay and visit some islands and caves. There is the possibility to swim and kayak around these tiny beaches. Late in the afternoon we admire the sun setting over the Bay, or we can participate in a cooking demonstration, or refresh with sundowners on the bar deck during happy hour. Dinner and overnight are on board in Ha Long Bay.
We start the day with breakfast on board the boat as we soak up enchanting scenery, before continuing with the cruise through stunning Ha Long Bay. We then disembark from the boat at Ha Long Wharf to transfer to Hanoi Airport for a domestic flight to Hue where our journey continues to this ancient city designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival in Hue, we got to transfer to the hotel. Lunch and dinner are charged to your own account. Overnight is in Hue.
After breakfast, we hop on to a boat to cruise along the poetical Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda. Next we drive to visit the Imperial Citadel and the Dong Ba Central Market that is home to an array of homewares. Lunch is charged to your own account. The afternoon is free to spend at your own leisure. An optional extra tour by bicycle, or by rickshaw takes us to Thanh Toan, a peaceful countryside village 7 km from Hue. Here the ancient village dates back to the 16th century and this is visible through the landscape, the temples and the traditional way of living. We embrace in some hands-on experience and meet local farmers and learn rice farming techniques. We explore the countryside further with visits to villages, clan shrine house and some typical local workshops before hoping on to a sampan and fishing using traditional techniques. From 18.00, 3 hours to get an insightful introduction to Hue typical gastronomy at some insider’s selected shops. Explore slow living through slow food and an evening slow tour on cyclo. Your guide will give some basic introduction about Hue cuisine, as well as teach you some survival Vietnamese before moving to a vegetarian restaurant, where you can see Buddhist traditions imprinted in Hue’s food art. Farther and farther away from the tourist quarter, in a laid-back cyclo, the night tranquillity will show you the inner soul of Hue. Suddenly, the street food stalls come into sight and a crispy Hue styled pancake or lemongrass skewers will be worth a try with both your hands and your tongue. Enjoy some chilling time over a glass of savoury specialty drinks or local beer at a charming bar - coffee house while sharing more about Hue eating habits. Sweet soups may not be your favourite desserts, but Hue’s varieties of colours and flavours, will be a promise of a sweet ending for a sweet night! Take it easy and make it funny. Overnight is in Hue.
After breakfast the morning is free to spend at your leisure to explore the charming and slow paced city. We then embark on our journey to Hoi An, stopping at the Royal Mausoleum of King Tu Duc enroute before we travel on the winding Hai Van Pass to Danang which offers spectacular views of the sky and sea. Next we stop at the Cham Museum which houses an extensive collection of sculptures dating between the 7th to 15th centuries. Next we proceed to the UNESCO World Heritage destination of Hoi An. A former prosperous seaport city during the 16th to 18th centuries, we visit Tan Ky Old House; Fukien Assembly Hall and the ancient Japanese covered bridge. We also observe locals who raise silkworms and produce silk for Hoi An’s burgeoning textile industry. Lunch and dinner are charged to your own account. Overnight is in Hoi An.
After breakfast the day is free to spend exploring this picturesque town at your own pace. An optional extra tour gets your taste buds jumping as you attend a cooking class to try your hand at Vietnamese cooking. This half-day tour from 8 am to 1 pm starts at Hoi An’s colourful market where you experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market and buy some ingredients for the dishes. Each dish is demonstrated by the chef before you prepare your own dishes which you will get to savour afterwards. You also get a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving which is used as a plate decoration. Lunch and dinner are charged to your own account. Overnight is in Hoi An.
After breakfast at the hotel, we are transferred to Danang Airport for the morning domestic flight to Nha Trang. Dubbed the ‘Riviera of the South China Sea’, Nha Trang is considered one of the most charming coastal cities in Vietnam and it has a 6 km beach of white sand and coconut trees. The city has a fairly organised layout and was once the base of the former French General-Governor. French influences remain today, with large colonial style buildings, villas and hotels. We visit its highlights including the Long Son Pagoda with its white large Buddha, Po Nagar Cham Towers; an ancient sacred Hindu site which still remains a place of pilgrimage today and the catholic Cathedral. Afterwards we transfer to the hotel where the rest of the day is free to spend at our leisure. Lunch and dinner are charged to your own account. Overnight is in Nha Trang.
After breakfast, the day is free to choose your activity at your own pace. Our tour guide can give you some ideas. Two optional activities include a full-day Nha Trang Island hop. Stating at the Oceanographic Institute – a marine research centre that houses a wealth of marine species – you and your family hop on a boat for Mun Island to snorkel and spot live coral and fish. You can all relax, swim and partake in water sports on Mot Island and visit Hon Tam Island for a freshly made lunch, plus visit an authentic Vietnamese fishing village to observe daily life. The other tour takes you all to a resort surrounded by the Cai River for the ultimate in relaxation. Starting at 8 am or 1.30 pm, this four-hour tour takes you to the mud bathes where you can unwind with a choice of treatments. A bathing suit, towels and water are supplied. Lunch is available upon request. It is possible to combine this tour with another Nha Trang half-day excursion.
The day is free to spend at leisure, or join an optional extra tour. In the evening you and your family board an overnight train to Ho Chi Minh City, sharing a four berth cabin. Lunch and dinner are charged to your own account. Overnight on train.
We transfer to a Ho Chi Minh City hotel for breakfast and a scheduled 2 pm check-in. The use of a day room is available (extra charge) for those who require this ahead of the official room check-in time. There are two optional tours; the first to Cu Chi Tunnels. Leaving at either 8 am or 1 pm, this five-hour tour takes you 70 km out of the city past picturesque rice fields and rubber plantations to peaceful countryside which is home to 200 km of underground tunnels used during the American War. You have the chance to crawl through a short section of the tunnels to feel the oppressive narrowness and heat inside. The other tour option is an evening excursion that soaks up Vietnamese culture at the Saigon Opera House, which was built in 1898, where you can enjoy cultural shows with sophisticated lighting and mesmerizing live music played on 20 traditional instruments. The evening would not complete without feasting on typical local dishes at a Vietnamese contemporary dining room. Lunch and dinner are charged to your own account. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Ho Chi Minh City
After breakfast we depart for Ben Tre, a peaceful retreat in the Mekong Delta with lush vegetation, snaking canals and enchanting smiles. Here we immerse ourselves in local life and learn how bricks and grass mats are made through traditional techniques, as well as how products are extracted from coco. We taste local exotic fruits and admire the stunning panoramic countryside of green coconut palms, yellow river streams and colourful local products. An optional extra is a four-hour exciting evening adventure, leaving at 6 pm, which is suited to families with older children. Starting at Cafe Zoom for a cocktail and appetizer, we set off on the back of vintage Vespas to explore the city just like a local. Our driver takes us to his favourite local eating spots, including Banh Xeo which is famed for its southern style cuisine. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Ho Chi Minh City
After breakfast at the hotel, the day is free to spend at leisure until the transfer to the airport for the departure flight.
14 days, 13 nights
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