Explore Vietnam

Immerse yourself in the incredibly vibrant Vietnamese culture with this 13-day introduction to its iconic highlights. Spend a night on a traditional junk boat in stunning Halong Bay, roam UNESCO World Heritage site Hoi An, trek through hilltribe villages to gain a glimpse of traditional rural life, and enjoy a cyclo ride through the heart of bustling Hanoi. Rediscover what a real adventure should feel like as you make your way through Vietnam.

Duration: 13 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, History Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Moderate% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 155244
Starts: Hanoi, Vietnam Finishes: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
You will visit
  • Hanoi
  • Ho Chi Minh City



Day 1: Hanoi

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Private Vehicle


Day 2: Hanoi/Mai Châu (1B)

Continue to the lush Mai Chau Valley where we stay in a rural lodge, the perfect base for exploration and learning about Vietnam's ethnic hill tribes. Options include a walking tour of the ethnic villages, cycling to the countryside, taking a cooking class, rock-climbing, or kayaking.

Included Activities:
Breakfast at Hoa Sua

Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)


Day 3: Mai Châu (1B)

Options include a walking tour of the ethnic villages, cycling in the countryside, cooking class, rock climbing or kayaking.


Day 4: Mai Châu/Hanoi (1B)

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

Included Activities:
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum Guided Tour
Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton) Guided Tour
Hanoi Cyclo Tour

Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)


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

On arrival in Halong Bay, we board a junk boat, our home for the evening. This traditional wooden sailing boat offers a unique way of navigating the lime karsts of Halong Bay with all the comforts of a motorized, floating hotel. The boat crew will prepare an included seafood lunch and dinner to feast on.

All cabins are twin share and have an en-suite bathroom. The boat features an enclosed dining and sitting area and of course plenty of outside deck space to enjoy your beautiful surroundings.

Included Activities:
Halong Bay Overnight Cruise

Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))


Day 6: Ha Long/Huế (1B, 1L)

Continue to cruise around the Bay finding more secluded areas to enjoy. Have an early lunch before returning to land and heading back to Hanoi. Later in the day catch our short flight to Hue

Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Plane (1.00 hour(s))


Day 7: Huế/Hoi An (1B)

Depart Hue for the scenic journey to Hoi An, via the Hai Van Pass, an incredibly scenic and mountainous stretch of highway with spectacular views of Lang Co Beach. Hoi An itself is a charming small town 30km (19 mi) south of Danang.

Included Activities:
Hoi An Walking Tour
Traditional Lantern Experience

Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))


Day 8: Hoi An (1B, 1L)

Enjoy the Oodles of Noodles cooking class at a 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.

Included Activities:
Oodles of Noodles Culinary Experience


Day 9: Hoi An (1B)

During your time in Hoi An, you may like to visit a local tailor and be fitted for some very reasonably priced clothes. Alternatively, you can organize an optional day tour to My Son, a major Cham site around one hour outside of Hoi An. These historical ruins are now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Or opt to spend the day by the pool or head to the nearby Cua Dai beach, a bike ride away.


Day 10: Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City (1B, 1D)

Discover the infectious energy of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's biggest city. Formerly known as Saigon, it was once the capital of South Vietnam and remains the country's commercial center.

During your free time you can take a tour by cyclo (rickshaw) to various sights around town. See Notre Dame Cathedral, Gustav Eiffel's Post Office, the Opera House, Rex Hotel, and town hall. Or you may wish to visit the War Remnants Museum or the Reunification Palace.

30 minute transfer from hotel in Hoi An to Nha Trang airport. One hour transfer from Ho Chi Minh City airport to hotel.
Plane (0.75 hour(s))


Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City (1B)

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

Included Activities:
Cu Chi Tunnels Guided Tour

Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 80km)
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 80km)


Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day


Day 13: Huế (1B)

Hue is the gateway to the treasures of Vietnam's royal past and remains one of Vietnam's major tourist attractions. This quiet city is widely known for the magnificent architecture of its citadel, royal tombs, pagodas, and temples built under the Nguyen dynasty on the lush banks of the Perfume River.

Included Activities:
Imperial Citadel Tour
Emperor's Tomb Guided Tour

Private Vehicle

    • Arrival transfer
    • Visit Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton) and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
    • Cyclo tour of Hanoi's Old Quarter
    • Breakfast at a youth training restaurant
    • Overnight on a junk boat on Halong Bay
    • Guided tour of Emperor's Tomb and Imperial Citadel Hue
    • Walking tour of Hoi An Old Town
    • Oodles of Noodles market tour and cooking class
    • Lantern-making class
    • Guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels
    • Internal flights
    • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels (9 nts), junk boat (1 nt), lodge (2 nt)
    Meals Included
    • 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
    • Bus, boat, cyclo, plane, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Learn to cook oodles of noodles at a G Adventures-supported youth-training school
  • Cruise along Halong Bay in a traditional junk boat
  • Learn how to make a traditional lantern in the lantern capital of Vietnam
  • Step back into history at the Cu Chi Tunnels and Hanoi Hilton
  • Enjoy lunch at Hoa Sua (a training restaurant for disadvantaged youth)