Classic Vietnam Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

  • Vietnam

Experience bustling Hanoi, sail on a junk boat through Halong Bay, shop in romantic Hoi An, squeeze through the Cu Chi tunnels, sip Vietnamese iced coffee, people-watch in hectic Saigon

Sail through limestone karsts aboard a traditional junk boat and walk the streets of imperial capitals. From vibrant Hanoi, the natural beauty of Halong Bay, the atmospheric imperial capital of Hue, and the charms of Hoi An to the modern day life of Saigon, experience the energy of Vietnam in 10 jam-packed days. An experienced CEO will lead you to must-see highlights but allow plenty of time for you to do your own thing.

was €1,01910 days from €739

(€73.90 per day)

Suitable for
All ages
Trip Code
AVCH
Travel Style
Classic
Service Level
Standard
Physical Grading
2 - Light
Trip Type
Small Group
Group Size
Max 15, avg 12
Transport
Train, local bus, air-con bus, boat, cyclo, plane.
Accommodation
Hotels (7 nights), sleeper train (1 night), junk boat (1 night).
Meals
8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
Other
  • G Adventures for Good: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch, Hoi An
  • Halong Bay caves entrance
  • Halong Bay boat cruise with seafood lunch and dinner
  • View more
    • Imperial Citadel and Tomb entrance (Hue)
    • Cu Chi Tunnels entrance and tour
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Classic Vietnam Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City itinerary
  • Day 1Hanoi

    Arrive at any time.

    There are no planned activities today until an evening welcome meeting. After the meeting, opt for dinner out with the group.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

    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

    Church Boutique Hotel Lan Ong

    Optional Activities:

    • Thăng Long Water Puppet Theatre Performance

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

    • Tran Quoc Pagoda Visit

      Visit one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam located on the eastern shore of Tay Ho. Learn about Tran Quoc's history from the 17th-century stela found on site. View it later in the day, if you can – the tall structure is striking against the setting sun.

    • Temple of Literature (Văn Miếu) Visit

      Visit this sprawling temple built to honour Confucius, sages, and scholars. Dedicated to learning, it housed the country’s first university in 1076. Explore its five courtyards, containing various gates, altars, sanctuaries, shrines, the stelae of doctors, and the Well of Heavenly Clarity.

    • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum Visit

      Tour the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum built in the square where Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence in 1945. Get in line to tour the grounds; queues of visitors come to pay their respects daily.

      The mausoleum and museum are closed for refurbishment from October-November each year.

  • Day 2Hanoi / Ha Long

    Enjoy a Ha Long Bay cruise on a junk boat with visits to a cave and an island lookout. Savour a seafood lunch and dinner.

    Drive to Bai Chay harbour, the jumping off point for Ha Long Bay. Thousands of islands with intricate cave systems rise dramatically from the waters. Sail past limestone karst mountains in the junk boat and stop to visit some of the islands and caves.

    In the evening, devour a seafood dinner, then opt to enjoy a drink on deck under the stars.

    Private Vehicle

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

    Junk

    Skim across the water aboard this iconic traditional Asian sailboat.

    Halong Bay Overnight Cruise

    Board a traditional junk boat at Ha Long Bay harbour and cruise out onto serene waters. Marvel at massive limestone karst mountains jutting out of the water, creating unforgettable spectacular scenery. Swim, kayak or go cave exploring on one of the islands, if conditions are right. Indulge in fresh seafood meals with a variety of dishes to sample. Drift to sleep in a cozy cabin on board. 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.

    accommodation

    Halong Bay Boat

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 3Ha Long / Huế

    Cruise back to the port and take a private van to Hanoi. Enjoy some time in the city before an overnight train to Hue.

    Enjoy breakfast on board before a morning sail back to the port. Drive back to Hanoi for a little more time to enjoy the city before boarding an overnight train.

    Private Vehicle

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

    free time

    Spend a few hours exploring this beautiful capital city. Visit some shops, have a bia hoi on a street corner or grab a coffee in a lakeside café.

    Basic overnight train (beds)

    The sleeper train is quite comfortable with cabins of bunk beds that sleep four. All bedding is provided and cabin doors lock from the inside. The train is air-conditioned with squat and Western-style toilets with wash basins at the end of each carriage. Bags can be stored in each cabin and accessed at anytime. Food and drinks are available for purchase on board, but it is recommended to bring your own.

    Drive about 15 mins to the station and then board the southbound train for the overnight journey.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 4Huế

    Guided tour of the Imperial Citadel, Royal Tomb and Tien Mu Pagoda.

    Arrive early to Hue, once the imperial capital of Vietnam. Start the day with a visit to the Tien Mu Pagoda followed by a visit to the tomb of one of Vietnam’s former emperors.

    After, opt for a vegetarian lunch at a local nunnery.

    While in the city, try some local Hue specialties such as banh khoai (Hue savoury pancakes), and banh bot loc boc tom thit (thin rice paper filled with meat and shrimp). Wash it all down with a Hue beer.

    Tien Mu Pagoda Visit

    Visit Tien Mu, one of the tallest and, perhaps, most elegant pagodas in Vietnam, at seven storeys high. Take a step back in time touring this historic temple - built more than 400 years ago along the north shore of the Perfume River, it has been the site of many political protests.

    Imperial Citadel Tour

    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.

    Royal Tombs Visit

    Visit the Royal Tombs along the Perfume River in Hue. Embracing the concept of Feng Shui, these tombs are extremely ornate and provide fantastic insight into the lives of the former rulers.

    accommodation

    Asia Hotel

    Optional Activities:

    • Motorbike Tour

      Hop on the back of a motorbike and let your professional driver take you out into the countryside. Explore rice paddy landscapes and see local villagers at work in the fields. Take in temples, shops, a scenic overlook or two, or, perhaps, an ancient covered bridge – routes can vary on these interesting rides.

  • Day 5Huế / Hoi An

    Drive the Hai Van pass. Take advantage of Hoi An's many options over the 2.5 days in town. Opt for a cooking class, riverboat trip, bike ride, beach time, tailor visit or My Son ruins.

    Start the day touring the wonderful ruins of the Imperial Citadel before heading towards Hoi An in the late morning. Cross the Hai Van Pass (weather permitting), with fantastic views in all directions, before arriving to Hoi An in the afternoon.

    With three nights here, there's plenty of time to explore all this charming town has to offer.

    Private Vehicle

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

    free time

    Use free time in this quaint town to explore any way you like.

    accommodation

    Vinh Hung 2 Resort

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 6Hoi An

    Spend two full days exploring all Hoi An has to offer. Dive into the culture, hang out on the beach or get clothes tailor-made in one of the many shops around town. Enjoy a noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a G Adventures-supported project.

    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

    Explore this charming city.

    accommodation

    Vinh Hung 2 Resort

    Optional Activities:

    • Hoi An Cooking Class

      Take a cooking class to learn more about Vietnamese food and its distinct flavours. Tour the local market to buy fresh ingredients before preparing some popular regional dishes. Enjoy your creations when you're done!

    • Bike Rental

      Rent a bike from a local shop and head out to explore.

    • Mỹ Sơn Excursion

      Travel approximately one hour from Hoi An to arrive at My Son. Tour these Hindu temples built between the fourth and 14th centuries; the site is widely accepted as one of the most important Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia. Learn about the architectural style and history of a site that’s often compared to Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Bagan in Burma.

    • Lifestart Lantern Making

      Add a little light to your life! Visit Lifestart Foundation and learn how to make a traditional lantern from area residents. See how this project, supported by G Adventures, helps local Vietnamese with chronic disabilities gain sustainable employment.

    • Tailor Shops

      Go home with some new (handmade!) clothes from one of Hoi An’s famous tailor shops. Walk the streets lined with hundreds of local shops that turn out gorgeous suits, dresses, winter coats, shoes, purses – almost anything – in a day's time to create next season's wardrobe.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 7Hoi An

    Spend a free day exploring all Hoi An has to offer.

    free time

    Enjoy free time in this charming town.

    accommodation

    Vinh Hung 2 Resort

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 8Hoi An / Ho Chi Minh City

    Fly from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City with free time to explore this hectic city.

    Drive to Da Nang for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City, once the capital of South Vietnam and the country’s commercial centre. Start exploring the small alleys and busy streets, keeping an eye out for laquerware shops and delicious local food stalls.

    Plane

    Drive approx 45 mins to Da Nang Airport before hopping a flight south.

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

    accommodation

    Hong Hac Boutique Hotel

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 9Ho Chi Minh City

    Enjoy a guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn more about the Vietnam War. Use free time in the afternoon to explore sprawling Ho Chi Minh City.

    With some free time in the city, opt to visit the Thien Hau and Giac Vien pagodas and stroll through the immense Ben Thanh Market. Also well worth a visit are the Reunification Palace (the residence of South Vietnam presidents before 1975), the city's Chinese quarter of Cholon, and the War Remnants Museum.

    Cu Chi Tunnels Guided Tour

    Take a guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels, a complex network of tunnels that the Viet Cong lived in to protect themselves from opposing forces during the Vietnam War. Try crawling through some of the tunnels (if you’re not claustrophobic). These tunnels stored ammunition, had underground hospitals, and served as a hidden base for attacking allied forces.

    free time

    Get out and explore this frenetic city.

    accommodation

    Hong Hac Boutique Hotel

    Optional Activities:

    • Thien Hau Pagoda Visit

      Visit the Thien Hau Pagoda, a beautiful temple in the Chinatown district of Ho Chi Minh City. Learn more about the customs associated with this 19th-century monument – it is dedicated to the goddess Thien Hau (the 'Lady of the Sea') who is worshipped in Chinese communities throughout Asia by those who depend on the sea for their livelihoods.

    • Giac Vien Pagoda Visit

      Find this hidden pagoda behind some small alleyways – it’s a rare treat of a monument that has been spared the over-restoration that has been done to so many temples. Tour the inside of this 18th-century pagoda to see nearly 100 carvings of divine beings.

    • Ben Thanh Market

      Wander this bustling market for more insight into Ho Chi Minh City. Pick up souvenirs, sample local cuisine, and experience local living. Talk to your CEO to learn about the market's origins – Ben Thanh started as a cluster of street vendors selling wares by the Saigon River and formalized into a true market in 1859.

    • Reunification Palace Visit

      Wander the historic halls of the Reunification Palace (Independence Palace), a landmark in Ho Chi Minh City. This former home of the South Vietnamese president during the Vietnam War became the location of the end of the war when a North Vietnamese tank pushed through the palace gates on April 30, 1975.

    • Cholon Visit

      Take in the busy rhythm of daily life in Cholon, the Chinatown of Ho Chi Minh City. Tour the area full of teahouses, pagodas, and people, and learn a little more about the unique culture within the city.

    • War Remnants Museum Visit

      Visit the War Remnants Museum, a gut-wrenching but worthwhile experience that includes three storeys of exhibits and military hardware. Learn about the devastation that occurred in Saigon during the Vietnam War, a period that greatly contrasts the joy and liveliness of the Vietnamese people today.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 10Ho Chi Minh City

    Depart at any time.

    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
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