Vietnam Family Adventure

Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

12 days from 829 pp

Gifted with a staggering abundance of flavourful food, fascinating culture, untouched nature, and disarmingly friendly people, Vietnam has more than earned its rep as one of the world’s most popular travel destinations. This fun-focused family trip packs as much of the good stuff into 12 days as humanly possible – including cruising Halong Bay, exploring the Imperial Citadel, museum visits, and even a boat trip to a floating market – yet still offers more than enough time to relax. Don’t forget to pack your smile; you’ll be needing it often here.
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12 days Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

From 892 per person

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Travel Style: Family

Trips built for adventurers of all ages

Just because you’ve settled down and had kids doesn’t mean your adventuring days are through. Family trips explore exciting locales — Tanzania, Thailand, the Galápagos, Europe and more — with age-appropriate activities and hotels that know how to cater to families on the move.

 

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

 

Physical Rating: 2 – Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

 

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 20, avg 10

 

Age requirement: 6+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Day 1: Hanoi

Arrive at any time.

If you have time take a walk through Hanoi’s Old Quarter – a maze of streets, each one traditionally devoted to a different product or industry.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting:
1h18:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

 

Accommodation:
Golden Silk Boutique Hotel (or similar)
Day 2: Hanoi

Enjoy a guided cyclo tour of the Old Quarter before seeing a Water Puppet Theatre performance. Opt to visit a museum or do some shopping.

Hanoi Cyclo Tour:
Hanoi

Take a seat on a cyclo for a tour of Hanoi’s lively Old Quarter. Let the driver navigate through the bustling streets and start taking some photos or just use the tour to help get familiar with the area.

Thăng Long Water Puppet Theatre Performance:
Hanoi

Watch a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show with beautiful live music and intricate puppets dancing in a water stage.

 

Accommodation:
Golden Silk Boutique Hotel (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3: Hanoi/Ha Long

Halong Bay cruise, cave visit and island lookout. Seafood lunch and dinner.

Private Vehicle:
Hanoi – Ha Long4h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Halong Bay Overnight Cruise:
Ha Long

Cruise through majestic Ha Long Bay on a traditional wooden junk boat. Enjoy your time afloat eating fresh seafood, kayaking, and exploring Sung Sot cave. Spend a peaceful night anchored in the bay under the stars.

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.

 

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4: Ha Long/Huế

Continue on the cruise of Halong Bay to Man’s Head Island and Tortoise Island. Visit Luon cave by small bamboo boat. Overnight train to Hue.

After an early lunch on board we head back to Hanoi with time for shopping or further sightseeing until the overnight train to Hue.

Private Vehicle:
Ha Long – Huế3h-4h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Basic overnight train (beds):
Hanoi – Huế13h-14h

Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.

 

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 5: Huế

Guided tour of the Imperial Citadel. Opt for a visit to the Royal Tombs and Tien Mu Pagoda, or a countryside motorbike tour.

We arrive in Hue mid morning and take a tour of the Imperial Citadel which also contains the Forbidden Purple City. Afterward, there is free time to explore the city. Consider visiting Tien Mu Pagoda, or exploring the countryside on a motorbike tour.

Imperial Citadel Tour:
Huế

Tour this one-time capital city and UNESCO World Heritage site. See the walled fortress and former palace, which has many palaces, gateways, courtyards, and gardens to explore. The Forbidden Purple City (modelled on China’s Forbidden City) inside the citadel was once home to the imperial family and was significantly damaged during the Vietnam War.

 

Accommodation:
Asia Hotel (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6: Huế/Hoi An

Travel over the Hai Van Pass to Hoi An. Optional activities include cooking school, riverboat trip, bike riding, beach, visit the tailors or My Son ruins.

This morning take a scenic drive to Hoi An. After arriving enjoy free time to explore the city.

Private Vehicle:
Huế – Hoi An4h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Free Time:
Hoi An Afternoon

Explore the pagodas, temples, tombs and more than 1,000 old houses of this historic city. If you’re in the market for a lantern, this is the place to shop or visit the nearby beaches.

 

Accommodation:
Thanh Binh Riverside Hotel (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast

Days 7–8: Hoi An

Enjoy a noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a G Adventures-supported project. Afterwards enjoy some free time to explore Hoi An.

G Adventures for Good: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch:

Try some of the oodles of noodles (more than 26 types!) available in the city in this tasty cooking class. Run by G Adventures for Good partners, STREETS International, the class was developed exclusively for G Adventures. Former street youth that are part of this hospitality training program, will help you prepare and cook a number of different types of noodles. This program helps these 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.

Free Time:
Hoi An Half Day

Explore the pagodas, temples, tombs and more than 1,000 old houses of this historic city. If you’re in the market for a lantern, this is the place to shop or visit the nearby beaches.

 

Accommodation:
Thanh Binh Riverside Hotel (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 9: Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City

Morning flight from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Cyclo city tour of Central Saigon.

A short flight takes us to Ho Chi Minh City, the sprawling metropolis that once was the capital of South Vietnam and remains the country’s commercial center.

Plane:
Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City1h

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… yup, it is a plane, actually.

Ho Chi Minh City Cyclo Tour:
Ho Chi Minh City

Take a city tour on a cyclo (cycle rickshaw) – a great way to absorb the sights, sounds, and smells of Ho Chi Minh City. Watch your belongings though – they’re easy for people to grab, if you’re not careful.

 

Accommodation:
Continental Saigon Hotel (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City/Mekong Delta

Take a boat trip along the Mekong Delta, later enjoy a homestay and traditional dinner with a local family.

A boat trip through small villages shows a different side of Vietnamese life. Be amazed at how the locals rely on the Mekong for everything!

We spend the night in a small village in the delta—a great chance to interact with the locals.

Private Vehicle:
Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta2h30m95km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Local Living: Mekong Homestay:

Get ready for a change of pace in Vietnam’s “rice basket”. Explore the complex waterways of the Mekong Delta on a boat tour. Afterwards, take a short xe lam (tuk-tuk) ride to a nearby community for a homestay. Relax in a hammock, explore the area by bike, and get to know the local way of life. This evening savour a traditional southern Vietnamese dinner.

 

Accommodation:
Mekong Delta Homestay (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 11: Mekong Delta/Ho Chi Minh City

Return to Ho Chi Minh City; free afternoon. Option to visit War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace, and Ben Thanh Market.

Private Vehicle:
Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh City2h-3h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Free Time:
Ho Chi Minh City Afternoon

There are plenty of war-related spots to visit including the Reunification Palace (where the tank that ended the Vietnam War sits), the War Remnants Museum, Ho-Chi-Minh Museum and the Cu Chi Tunnels. For shopping, head to Dong Kohi Street and Pham Ngu Lao Street, or if you’re tired of walking, take a river cruise.

 

Accommodation:
Continental Saigon Hotel (or similar)
Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City

Depart at any time.

Departure Day:
Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
Meals included:

Breakfast

What’s Included:

  • G Adventures for Good: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch, Hoi An
  • Local Living: Mekong Homestay
  • Cyclo tour through Old Quarter (Hanoi)
  • Water puppets show
  • Halong Bay boat trip
  • Citadel tour in Hue
  • Cooking Class in Hoi An
  • City cyclo tour
  • Mekong Delta boat trip

 

Accommodations:

Hotels (8 nts), homestay (1 nt), sleeper train (1 nt), overnight junk boat (1 nt).

 

Meals:

11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
Allow USD135-175 for meals not included.

 

Transportation:

Train, bus, plane, cyclo, boat

 

Staff & experts:

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

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