12 days 09 nights
Family, Halong Bay cruise, highlights of Vietnam.
In the South, you will enjoy discovering the colonial district, the historic buildings in Saigon and the exotic atmosphere of Cho Lon district. Then, get to know the daily life of the Mekong Delta’s inhabitants throughout its villages.
In the Centre, you will visit the charming old town of Hoi An where you will spend four nights in a boutique resort to enjoy the facilities of the hotel, the town and the beach. You will experience the farmer’s life.
In the North, you will discover the historical Hanoi, the astonishing Halong Bay and the peaceful Duong Lam village.
What will you do during your trip?
During the trip, you will have the opportunity to taste local delicacies, and to visit cultural sites such as temples and pagodas. But there will also be playful discoveries for the children. You will experience a tai-chi lesson on the junk’s deck and discover the natural caves of the Bay. You will ride a bike through villages to visit them and meet the local population at your own pace.
For you, we have chosen nice boutique hotels as well as a wonderful traditional junk where you will spend a night. We have tailored this tour for families with only a few carefully selected destinations for better comfort, games available for children in the cars. During the tour, you will experience the rickshaw, a domestic flight, the coach, the small boats, bicycle and a cruise in a junk.
We provide a national tour guide skilled in group management.
Departure at your expense to the airport of departure. Registration formalities and flight to Hanoi on regular flight. Dinner and overnight on board.
Breakfast on board. Lunch on board. Arrival in Hanoi where you will be met by your English speaking tour-guide, transfer to your hotel.
Conveniently placed to explore the city, your hotel has excellent facilities which you can make full use of as you relax after your flight. Dinner at leisure. Night at the hotel.
After breakfast rickshaw tour around the old quarter. Visit of the temple of Literature. Sightseeing around Ba Dinh square. The Ho Chi Minh mausoleum from outside, the one pillar Pagoda. Lunch in a local restaurant.
Visit the ethnographic museum, walk around the gardens filled with different ethnic houses. Late afternoon walking tour around the old quarter: The Opera colonial style, the Ly Thai To park, the Hoan Kiem Lake, the city’s landmark holding the Ngoc Son temple and the The Huc Bridge. The walk with end with a traditional water puppet show. Dinner at leisure. Night at the hotel.
Road towards Duong Lam ancient village. Bicycle tour in order to visit the village and enjoy slowly its peaceful views and discover the communal house of Mong Phu, the small alleyways, the Mia pagoda holding around 300 statues of Buddha and finally the houses where soy sauce is made.
Warm encounters with the locals. Lunch during the tour. Road back to Hanoi. Dinner at leisure. Night at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Road towards Halong with a stop in Don Trieu village famous for its ceramic crafts, meeting with the locals.
Boarding for a cruise in a traditional wooden junk, then navigate through the astonishing karstic limestones and the 3000 island and islets emerging from the emerald green waters of the Tonkin gulf. Seafood lunch. Cruising in the heart of this bay listed as UNESCO world heritage site. Stop on an island on the bay to enjoy the beach. Seafood dinner. Night on board.
At sunrise, Tai Chi lesson on the deck. Visit of a surprising naturally craved cave. Check-out and early lunch on board.
Road back to Hanoi throughout the countryside and transfer directly to Noi Bai airport for your flight towards Danang. Arrival to Danang and transfer to Hoi An, check-in your hotel. Dinner at leisure. Night at the hotel.
Morning dedicated to the discovery of Hoi An’s countryside. Start a bicycle tour through the rice fields. Discover the agricultural activities by participating in the harvest and the local farmers will explain to you the different steps of rice farming. Cooking class in the village followed by lunch you just made.
Visit of the old quarter of Hoi An. Walking tour around this very well preserved old quarter, the Japanese covered bridge, the Fujian communal house, etc… End of the tour with a boat ride on the Thu Bon River to experience the life on the river banks. Dinner at leisure. Night at the hotel.
Free day to enjoy the beach or to continue exploring the city. Meals at your expense. Night at the hotel. No guide nor driver this day.
Option 1: Snorkeling around the Cham Island. Two different spots and relaxing time on a beach. Regular snorkeling, 1 tank dive or 2 tank dive.
Option 2: Departure in the morning towards the ancient ruins of My Son. These ruins are the biggest remains of the Cham realm, brilliant from the VIIth to the XIIIth century.My Son is located 69km south-west of Danang and was an Imperial City during the Cham dynasty. These Hindu influenced temples, completely different from the rest of the Vietnamese temples are worth the trip.
Back to Hoi An. Lunch at your expense and rest of the afternoon at leisure. Dinner at your expense. Night at the hotel.
Transfer towards Danang airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
Sightseeing in the old French quarter. The central post office designed by Gustave Eiffel’s workshop and is inspired from Parisian buildings. The Notre Dame Cathedral. Lunch in the city. Transfer to your hotel and rest of the afternoon at leisure. Dinner at leisure. Night at the hotel.
Road towards Cai Be in the Mekong Delta. The delta is a large network of canals on a huge area of 40 000 km². On the way visit of a Cao Dai temple, religion born in the south of Vietnam.
Cruising along the canals surround by a luxuriant vegetation and passing by a wholesale floating market. You will enjoy local fruits on the boat. You will stop along the way to discover the making of rice cake, coconut candy and rice wine. Lunch on an island: the elephant ear fish. Road back to Ho Chi Minh. Dinner at leisure.Night at the hotel.
Road towards the Cu Chi war tunnels. This 200km long network of connecting tunnels was dug by the Viet Congs during the Vietnam War. You can enter those tunnels to discover the conditions of life of the Vietnamese soldiers during the conflict. Great excitement for the kids as well who will fit just well in those tunnels.
Road back to Ho Chi Minh. Meals at your expense. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of the city, its numerous coffee shops and make your last buys. Night at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure according to your return flight. Transfer towards the airport. Meals at your expense. Night aboard the aircraft.
Breakfast on board. Arrival in Your city.