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Highlights
  • 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.

Trip Description
Classic Vietnam Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City
 
Countries
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

42,855
G Adventures Travel Reviews & Ratings
100% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 32,586 Great 10,221 Average 4 Disappointing 1 Terrible 4
Value
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
4.8
Classic Vietnam Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

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The tour was brilliantly put together and run expertly by our CEO Ronnie allowing me to see the highlights of a spectacular country in a relatively short space of time December 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
A well organised trip that had loads of brilliant activities in stunning locations , led brillianty by our CEO Ronnie

Operator G Adventures

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Recommends

I had a fantastic time on the tour. The tour guide was excellent and the tour was very efficient in that we covered all the essential sights and many places in a short amount of time. December 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
It was fantastic, just what I was looking for!

Operator G Adventures

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Recommends

Fantastic CEO, patient and knowledgeable and made sure that people had the freedom of their own time if they chose. December 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
What an amazing 10 days!

Operator G Adventures

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Recommends

The primary reason is the energy, enthusiasm and passion of the CEO we had on our trip. His (Dee's )knowledge on the local area in terms of history and its people and also his advice to ensure everyone in the group stayed safe and had a great adventure was what made this trip so special. Also the range of activities provided in the tour and the number of great experiences I will never forget is one of the reasons I would highly recommend anyone to travel with gAdventures. Finally I really like the charitable side of gAdventures and the work that they do locally with Planeterra is something which makes G stand out from the crowd. My wife and I had an absolutely unforgettable experience and we have not stopped talking about it to anyone who will listen since we came home!! November 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Truly an amazing experience. I didn't really know what to expect to be honest but the trip far exceeded any previous holidays I have ever been on. I have been left with a lasting impression of an amazing country and its people, its food, culture and history is something which will stay with me forever. Thank you Dee and gAdventures for an absolutely awesome time!!
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Recommends

Because I really enjoyed my trip, it was well organised, and we got to see a lot of places during the 10 day tour of Vietnam. I was also impressed with the accommodation where we stayed and it was close to everything. Our tour guide was informative, with a good sense of humour and always professional. November 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
An amazing trip capturing this beautiful country from the Hanoi (north) to Ho Chi Min City (South), and learning about the history and eating some very nice Vietnamese food and learning how to use chop sticks. Beautiful Halong Bay, the more relaxed Hoi An where you can get clothes made to measure very cheaply to the vibrant more developed city of Hi Chi Min with tall buildings and so many many motorbikes. Crossing the road in Ho Chi Minh was an experience in itself. Good to experience such a different contrast of current Vietnamese life. Really enjoyed visiting the gui chi tunnels and learning how the Vietcon hid from the Americans during the Vietnam War.
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Itinerary

Day 1 Hanoi

There are no planned activities today until an evening welcome meeting. After the meeting, opt for dinner out with the group. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Hanoi/Ha Long (1B, 1L, 1D)

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. Included Activities: Halong Bay Overnight Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle Junk

Day 3 Ha Long/Huế (1B, 1L)

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. Transport: Private Vehicle Drive about 15 mins to the station and then board the southbound train for the overnight journey. Basic overnight train (beds)

Day 4 Huế

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. Included Activities: Tien Mu Pagoda Visit Imperial Citadel Tour Royal Tombs Visit

Day 5 Huế/Hoi An (1B)

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. Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 6 Hoi An (1B, 1L)

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. Included Activities: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch

Day 7 Hoi An (1B)

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

Day 8 Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City (1B)

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. Transport: Plane

Day 9 Ho Chi Minh City (1B)

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. Included Activities: Cu Chi Tunnels Guided Tour

Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City (1B)

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

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 1,299

Price Per Day:

$ 130 per person
 
Departure Tax is included in all International and Domestic tickets in China, Thailand & Vietnam.
Details
Trip Includes
  • 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
  • Imperial Citadel and Tomb entrance (Hue)
  • Cu Chi Tunnels entrance and tour
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportTrain, local bus, air-con bus, boat, cyclo, plane.Train travel in Vietnam is very basic and train cleanliness is often not a priority for train staff. Sleeper trains normally have 4 seats per compartment, which convert into sleeping bunks (two upper and two lower). A sheet, pillow and blanket are provided, although many people prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet. At times, passengers of different genders may be required to share a sleeper train berth and/or share a compartment with people not travelling in your group. Simple food is available on the train but many people like to stock up on freshly baked bread, cheese and fruit prior to departure. Water should also be bought before the journey. Train journeys in Vietnam are an experience and allow you to get a real taste of Vietnam.
Local Flights All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 15
Max 15, avg 12

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Hotels (7 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), junk boat (1 nt).
Start City
Hanoi
End City
Ho Chi Minh City
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

Please note that this tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, the CEO and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been travelling together with G Adventures, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour after your trip concludes. In some major cities in Vietnam, hotel rooms may not have windows. There may be a weight restriction on luggage for the internal flight on this tour. Each passenger is allowed to carry one checked bag with a maximum weight of 15 kg (33lbs). Additional bags or excess weight charges may apply. These charges are the responsibility of the passengers.

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Included breakfasts will usually be asian style consisting of noodles or congee (rice porridge) or bread and eggs. Vegetarians will be able to find a range of different foods, although in some areas the choice maybe limited. While trekking in remote regions food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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