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TailorMade Vietnam: North to South Explorer

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.

  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Supplier Tour ID: AVCHTM/250597
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Finishes: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Hanoi
  • Ha Long
  • Huế
  • Hoi An
  • Ho Chi Minh City

Itinerary

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Day 1: Hanoi

Arrive at any time. Your arrival transfer is included.

02

Day 2: Hanoi/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.

03

Day 3: Ha Long/Hanoi

Cruise back to the port and take a private van to Hanoi. Enjoy free time in the city.
Enjoy breakfast on board before a morning sail back to the port. Drive back to Hanoi and enjoy some free time in the city to explore.

04

Day 4: Hanoi/Huế

Fly to Hue. 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.

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.

05

Day 5: Huế/Hoi An

Drive the Hai Van pass. Upon arrival in Hoi An, take a guided city tour and get acquainted with this city's many options.
Cross the Hai Van Pass (weather permitting), with fantastic views in all directions, before arriving to Hoi An in the afternoon. There's plenty of time to explore all this charming town has to offer; opt for a cooking class, riverboat trip, bike ride, beach time, tailor visit or My Son ruins.

06

Day 6: Hoi An

Dive into the Vietnamese culture and enjoy a noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a G Adventures-supported project. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. You could rent a bike or visit a tailor, the choice is all yours.

07

Day 7: Hoi 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.

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Day 8: Ho 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.

09

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your G for Good Moment: Oodles of Noodles Meal and Demonstration, 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
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (7 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), junk boat (1 nt)
    • 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Train, local bus, air-conditioned bus, boat, cyclo, plane
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Tour Highlights:
  • Cruise to caves and lookouts in Ha Long Bay
  • Witness the ornate Royal Tombs in Huế
  • Enjoy a noodle making demonstration and lunch in Hoi An