From North to South Vietnam Family Holidays 11 days

Trip Code

FNTSVFH11D

Departure Date

Daily

Duration

11 days

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Maximum Seats

6

What's Included?

Accommodation
All Transport
All Meals
All Entrance fees
Tour guide
Airline tickets on tour

Summary

Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hue – Hoi An – Da Nang Airport – Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels – Mekong Delta

This captivating itinerary offers an array of delightful venues for a family vacation in Vietnam. Spanning from the north in Hanoi to the south in Ho Chi Minh City, the 11-day journey is crafted to bring smiles to every family member. Children will have the opportunity to explore must-see historical landmarks in the capital, engage in kayaking amidst the breathtaking limestone formations of Halong Bay, participate in a martial arts session or observe the skillful artistry of a kitemaker in action, followed by the chance to craft and fly their own kites within the historic walls of Hue Citadel. Other highlights include navigating through the renowned Cu Chi Tunnels, and experiencing the joy of bike trips in the enchanting Mekong Delta. In the end, your Vietnam family vacation promises to be a treasure trove of lifelong memories, countless tales to share, and children eagerly anticipating a return visit.

Tour Overview

Day 1

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Touch down in Hanoi, Vietnam. *Characterized by tree-lined boulevards and charming low-rise structures, Vietnam's bustling capital exudes the ambiance of a French provincial town. It is a splendid city to explore on foot. Gather at the hotel lobby at 6 p.m. for a warm welcome, and those interested can venture out for an evening meal. Today's schedule includes no further planned activities, allowing you the flexibility to arrive in Hanoi at your preferred time. For those opting for complimentary airport transport today, it is advisable to fly into Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), situated 30 kilometers away, with an estimated travel time of around 1 hour. In the event you are unable to attend the welcome meeting, your guide will promptly convey any essential information. If your flight arrives earlier in the day, consider exploring the Hanoi Old Quarter, a labyrinth of narrow streets named after the city's diverse trades and crafts. Sidewalks adorned with food vendors beckon you with enticing offerings such as warm noodles, snacks, and delectable stir-fried treats. Meals: NA Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Day 2

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour

Morning Embark on a journey to Hanoi, with the option to partake in a cooking class and a city tour. Join your tour guide this morning for a captivating sightseeing expedition in Hanoi. Visit notable landmarks such as the One-Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, and Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum. Afternoon Enjoy leisure time in the afternoon, with the opportunity to engage in an optional cooking lesson. Stroll through Hanoi's charming French Quarter. Night Experience a mesmerizing traditional water puppetry performance. *The narratives unfold on a water-filled stage, recounting tales of mythical heroes and everyday life, featuring dragons and unicorns, complemented by pyrotechnics and naval battles.
Day 3

Day 3: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - Overnight on Cruise

Morning Depart from Hanoi after a satisfying breakfast, en route to Ha Long Bay. Commence an enchanting overnight cruise on Halong Bay. *Halong Bay, acknowledged as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and featuring one of Southeast Asia's most captivating landscapes, serves as the backdrop for this memorable cruise. Set sail to explore the wonders of Halong Bay. Engage in sea kayaking and visit a local fishing village. Enjoy a delightful lunch immediately upon boarding. Afternoon Relax and marvel at the majestic limestone islands adorned with rainforest in Halong Bay. Explore a fishing village by either rowing boat or kayak, depending on your preference. Spend the remainder of the afternoon discovering the bay, adorned with caves and islets. Night Drop anchor for an overnight stay in Ha Long Bay, with dinner served on board. Indulge in fresh seafood delicacies and traditional specialties. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Halong Bay Cruise
Day 4

Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Train to Hue

Morning Proceed with the second-day exploration following a light breakfast featuring pastries, tea, and coffee. Venture into a captivating cave showcasing a variety of stalactite and stalagmite limestone formations in a remarkable cavern. Return to our boat and continue cruising through the bay. Enjoy a delightful brunch served onboard. Afternoon Reconvene with our transportation and journey back to Hanoi from the port. The remainder of the day is at leisure, with access to two-day use rooms for refreshing. Night Head to the central railway station in Hanoi to board the Reunification Express overnight sleeper train bound for Hue. Travel in comfortable four-passenger soft sleeper cabins with all bedding provided. *Please note that breakfast will not be provided on the train, so it is advisable to purchase snacks for the morning before boarding. Meals: Breakfast, Brunch Accommodation: Overnight train to Hue
Day 5

Day 5: Hue Ancient Beauty

Morning Reach Hue and explore the captivating attractions of this historically rich city. Wander through the Royal Palace, guarded by Terracotta Warriors. Continue to the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda, home to the city's oldest monastery. Afternoon Visit the residence of a Vietnamese national champion kite flier. Learn the art of crafting traditional Vietnamese kites. Engage in decorating kites with iconic motifs such as dragons, birds, and peacocks before launching them on the Citadel grounds. Stroll through the Imperial City, marveling at its ancient architecture. *The Imperial City is situated at the heart of the Citadel, spanning over 600 meters on each side. The Citadel itself is an impressive structure with a diameter of around 10 kilometers, featuring four entry gates, with the Noon Gate exclusively used by the King. Night Return to your hotel for a relaxing evening in your private room. Optionally, consider participating in the Hue Night Culinary Tour Half-day to delve deeper into Hue's traditional cuisine. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Hue
Day 6

Day 6: Hue Biking Day

Morning Embark on a cycling adventure through the picturesque countryside, featuring traditional wood painting and a martial arts class. Begin your guided walk and boat trip to Trieu Son hamlet along the Perfume River. First stop at Sinh village, where you'll meet a local family specializing in wood painting. Gain insights into the creation of these traditional artifacts. Cycle through the hamlet and country lanes to Thanh Tien village, renowned for its paper flowers. Continue the journey through paddy fields and the Vietnamese countryside to Tien Non hamlet. Board the cruise boat to Hue, covering a cycling distance of approximately 6km. Afternoon Explore a dedicated martial arts school, delving into the Vietnamese art of Kinh Van, similar to Kung Fu, focusing on tiger, cobra, and bird defense tactics. Proceed to Hoi An, an ancient coastal town situated across the Truong Son Mountains and the Hai Van Pass. Night Explore Hoi An at your leisure or savor the local cuisine with the option of the Hoi An Motorbike Street Food Tour Half Day, commencing at 6 pm. Overnight in Hoi An Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
Day 7

Day 7: Hoi An Ancient City

Morning Indulge in a day of self-discovery in Hoi An. For inspiration, consider the 10 Best Tours in Hoi An. *Recommendation for you: Commence your day with a visit to Hoi An's fish market, capturing fantastic photos and fostering unforgettable interactions with the locals. Explore the city's historical collection of traditional wooden houses and Chinese temples, with a visit to the iconic Japanese Bridge. Afternoon Opt for a bicycle rental to explore the scenic countryside. Enjoy a leisurely river cruise or unwind on the beach. Visit renowned tailor shops for a taste of Hoi An's famed craftsmanship. Night Unwind after an active day. Treat yourself to a rejuvenating massage service available around your accommodation. Meals: Breakfast, NA Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
Day 8

Day 8: Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh City

Morning Drive to Danang and then catch a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Explore the 'Secret Weapons Bunker' in Old Saigon. The morning journey to Danang takes us past the five peaks of the Marble Mountains. *The Marble Mountains, once believed to be islands, symbolize the five elements of water, wood, fire, gold, and earth. Afternoon Experience a different facet of Ho Chi Minh City. Head to District 3 and navigate the maze of alleyways that compose this lively district. Traverse through local markets and run-down storefronts. Pause at a local stand for a traditional Vietnamese coffee and 'Banh Mi,' a Vietnamese take on the French baguette. The adventure concludes at the 'secret weapons' bunker, marked by a trap door in the floor of an inconspicuous 'tube home' nestled in a serene neighborhood. The bunker, filled with guns, grenades, and ammunition, served as the base from which the Viet Cong's "Team 5" launched their Tet Offensive attack in 1968. Its existence remained concealed until after the war. Explore the home and bunker, adorned with deactivated weaponry, photographs, news clippings, and military mementos. Night Delight in a romantic evening with a Luxury Dinner Cruise on the Saigon River. Overnight in Saigon. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh
Day 9

Day 9: Cu Chi Tunnels Full Day

Morning Explore the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels, initially constructed by the Vietnamese during their struggle against the French colonial forces. These tunnels gained prominence during the Vietnam War, serving as an underground command post for 10,000 Viet Cong forces. Gain insights into the challenging conditions faced by both the Vietnamese and their American adversaries (the tunnels are narrow and can be quite claustrophobic). Afternoon Enjoy additional time in the city during the afternoon, with the option to visit the waterpark—a fantastic way to escape the midday heat. Consider joining the Ho Chi Minh City Half-day - Small Group tour for a deeper exploration of Saigon. Night Experience the evening on Bui Vien Street, renowned as Southern Vietnam's Lan Kwai Fong. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
Day 10

Day 10: Mekong Delta Discovery

Morning Depart the city and head to the Mekong Delta Board a boat to commence our cycling adventure Cycle approximately 10 - 12 kilometers along the flat Cai Thai village route The route is often shaded, providing relief from the humidity (the boat can pick up cyclists at various points if needed) Visit Mrs. Nani's house for a demonstration of the traditional method of making rice paper Stop at Mr. and Mrs. Chin's house for refreshments, including her renowned 'Banh Tieu' (traditional doughnut) Return to the boat and enjoy lunch on board Afternoon Sail to our overnight destination Conclude the day by transferring from our cruise boat to a sampan craft for the journey to our homestay nearby The accommodation is en-suite (with shower and toilet) and features traditional décor Nestled in a charming garden setting with a central sitting area and dining room Night Participate in a Vietnamese cooking class in the early evening Sample your culinary creations and savor your dinner Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Hotel in Mekong Delta
Day 11

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh Departure

After departing from the homestay, cruise back through the Mekong Delta Traverse small floating markets along the way Absorb the atmosphere of this distinctive trading center, an intricate network of waterways and islands weaving through agricultural communities, rice fields, and mangrove swamps Head back to Ho Chi Minh City Anticipate reaching Ho Chi Minh City around 3 p.m. Ensure that your flight departs no earlier than 5 p.m. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Not Applicable

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PRICES & INCLUDES

Option Private Tour Small Group Hotel
 Standard 1817 USD 1417 USD 3-star
Deluxe/Superior 2017 USD 1617 USD 4 & 5star

* From prices subject to availability and subject to change. Prices may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Amounts payable to third parties not included. We include all flights as detailed within the trip summary for each tour. From the moment you land in the starting city to the moment you are transferred to the airport in the end city, all transport arrangements are taken care of by us. Agents may charge service fees and/or fees for credit card payments which vary. Please check all prices, availability and other information with your travel consultant before booking. If you book with Tourism Union Indochina an additional 3% fee applies to credit card or charge card payments .

INCLUDES:

* All nights hotel accommodation.
* Breakfast daily & All lunches & Dinners.
* All transfers and transport in
modern air-conditioned vehicles.
*Boat trips on the Mekong Delta and Halong Bay.
* Domestic flights.
* Sightseeing as specified
* Expert Vietnamese local guides
throughout.

EXCLUDES:
  • Hotel EARLY check in & LATE check out
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner at the hotel (if any)
  • International flights with taxes
  • Entry permit or Passport Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, laundry and gratuities
  • Meals not marked on itinerary, and water during meals

Children Policy

  • The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults
  • For infant (<04 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost
  • 04 – 11 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate

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