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15 days Vietnam, Asia
Adventure level: 
2. Gentle
Family Holidays | Min age 5yrs
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New Trip for 2016

Trip Highlights: 
Cruise in Halong Bay
Discover the Mekong Delta
Take a cyclo ride
See the water puppet show
Flight Inclusive prices from
Child £1,534 Adult £1,704
Price includes flights, transfers, all accommodation and entry fees, as well as a selection of meals. More info »
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Child £806 Adult £895
Price includes everything listed above, excluding flights and transfers.
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(Departures in 2016)
  • Day 1 - Hanoi
  • Day 2 - Hanoi
  • Day 3 - Halong Bay
  • Day 4 - Overnight train
  • Day 5/6 - Hue
  • Day 7-9 - Hoi An
  • Day 10 - Ho Chi Minh City
  • Day 11 - Mekong Delta
  • Day 12 - Ho Chi Minh City
  • Day 13 - Departure day
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Arrive in Hanoi and make your way to your first night’s accommodation. Hanoi is sometimes called the Paris of the Orient, with shaded boulevards, verdant parks and ochre buildings that retain an old-world charm. A welcome meeting is at 6pm this evening when you will meet your group leader and the rest of your family group. 

Hong Ngoc Cochinchine Hotel



Today we will have lunch at KOTO restuarant which is part of a program where street children can learn hospitality skills that will enable them to find employment. You can rest assured you are helping to improve lives as you eat your breakfast today!

This evening you’ll make a visit to one of the water-puppet theatres to enjoy a performance of this fantastic art form - unique to Vietnam and best seen in Hanoi. The kids will be mesmerised.

Hong Ngoc Cochinchine Hotel - Breakfast included

Halong Bay

Halong Bay

From Hanoi you’ll travel for four hours by charter minibus to the coast and beautiful Halong Bay, whose name means ‘descending dragon’. The name derives from a Vietnamese legend that the gods sent a dragon to protect the people there. Arriving around lunchtime you’ll jump straight on a boat in this secluded bay, marvelling at the 2000 limestone peaks that emerge from the sea. You’ll have the opportunity to visit spectacular caves crammed with stalactites and stalagmites and, weather permitting, to swim from your boat, before spending the night on-board.

Halong Bay Junk - Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Overnight train

Overnight train

Today you return to Hanoi  (approx 3.5 hours). In the evening you board an overnight train to Da Nang. Conditions on the train are basic - but it's a great travel experience where you can mix with local people. The trains typically have four or six-berth soft sleeper compartments, a sheet, pillow and blanket are provided (you may prefer to bring your own sheet sleeping bag.  Most trains have dining facilities but you may prefer to bring your own supplies with you. 

Berth on overnight sleeper train - Breakfast included



Hue was once the capital of the Nguyen emperors, packed with influential people: bureaucrats, royalty, traders, astrologers and courtiers, who left behind many beautiful reminders of their times. For a fascinating look at life in Hue today, you make your way down to the Perfume River to embark on a journey by dragon boat. Explore the Thien Mu Pagoda (the Temple of the Heavenly Lady), possibly the most famous of all Vietnam’s pagodas. Legend tells of ‘fairy maids’ who predicted that a king would build a pagoda and bring great wealth to the countryside. Situated on the banks of the peaceful Perfume River, it is one of Vietnam’s best-loved buildings.

Discover the elaborate tombs of the Nguyen emperors. The tombs are situated among the houses of local farmers who grow rice, fruit and vegetables here. It is this location that gives rise to the views of the Vietnam you know from television; local farmers in straw hats working in paddy fields beneath towering palms. You’ll visit one of the seven tombs, all of which follow a similar layout: statues of mandarins, elephants and horses, a pavilion where a stele (obelisk) tells of each emperor’s glorious reign and a temple where he was worshipped after death.  

Thanh Lich Hotel  - swimming pool - Breakfast included

Hoi An

Hoi An

The rest of your time is left free to relax in this beautiful area. You could take a taxi or make the easy five-kilometre bicycle ride through the rice paddies and shrimp ponds to Cua Dai beach. Alternatively Hoi An is one of the best places to shop for souvenirs, especially if you’re looking for t-shirts, paintings or ceramics. For those interested in getting clothes tailored, this is definitely the place to shop – see Top Tips. Another good idea is to take a boat trip out to a village specialising in ceramics and boat-building (optional).

Van Loi Hotel - Swimming Pool - Breakfast included


Ho Chi Minh City

Today you make the short drive (one hour) to Danang and take a flight south to Ho Chi Minh City, previously known as Saigon, the cosmopolitan powerhouse of the south and a fascinating mixture of old and new.  

Victory Hotel  - Swimming Pool - Breakfast included


Mekong Delta

Today we head out on a day trip to explore the Mekong Delta. We travel south to Cai Be by private bus which takes about 3 hours. Here we board our boats to cruise the Mekong Delta and explore its intricate waterways. Often referred to as the "rice bowl" of Vietnam, the fertile delta is famous for its abundant harvests of tropical fruits, flowers and rice, as well as its fantastic views while boating along the canals.

We also visit an orchard where you can sample tropical fruits, before continuing on to visit some local cottage industries. Around sunset we make our way up one of the many canals to our homestay where we enjoy great local hospitality and a wonderful meal of local specialities. Tonight we sleep on simple camp beds in a dorm-style arrangement. Bedding and mosquito nets are provided. The toilet and bathroom facilities are shared and with cold water only !

Homestay - Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City

Life in the Delta starts with the sun so we are up early and after breakfast we visit the Cai Be floating market before heading back to Ho Chi Minh for one last night and a last chance to enjoy Vietnam before we fly out the following day home.

Victory Hotel - Breakfast included



Departure day

There are no planned activities for the final day and you're free to explore the city as you wish or take on of the optional excursions available.

Breakfast included