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Cultural Treasures of Vietnam

14 days,Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi

Enjoying onsite history lessons with local experts at the Cu Chi tunnels and Hoa Lo Prison, Immersing yourself in local culture, Meeting local people in rural towns and floating villages, Tasting your way through local markets, Learning the basics of Vietnamese specialties in cooking classes


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Treasured culture, stunning scenery, turbulent history—Vietnam has the perfect set of ingredients for adventure travel and this trip is the recipe that brings them together with more than a dash of comfort. Get off the beaten path and take a peek behind the scenes at the places and people that make this country so intriguing. Changing at a scorching rate, this is the perfect time to experience Vietnam at its most dynamic.

What's Included

  • Arrival transfer - Welcome gift - Welcome dinner - Introductory language lesson - Explore the Mekong Delta with overnight on a traditional boat - Local meal experience - Tour of Cu Chi Tunnels - Hoi An old town tour - Hoi An Bicycle tour - Vietnamese Cooking class - Dinner at NGO restaurant 'Streets' - Visit My Son Cham Ruins - Visit Hue Citadel and Tomb - Royal Buffet Dinner - Perfume River Boat Cruise - Hanoi City and Cyclo Tour including Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton) and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum - Water Puppet show - Halong Bay tour and overnight on a traditional Junk boat
  • 13 Breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 Dinners (Allow USD275-325 for meals not included.)
  • Comfort hotels (11 nts), traditional junk boat (2 nts)
  • Private bus, cyclo, plane, boat, walking
  • Discovery Adventures guide, local guides
  • Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 12

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Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City (1D)

Arrive at anytime. Transfer to hotel and arrival dinner included.

Day 2 Mekong Delta (1B,1L,1D)

Travel to the 'rice basket' of Vietnam — the Mekong Delta. A full day of discovery, visiting small villages and local farms on the river, an introductory Vietnamese language lesson with an overnight on a traditional boat.

Days 3-4 Ho Chi Minh City (2B)

More exploration of the Delta, through waterways and floating markets before returning to frenetic Ho Chi Minh City. On Day 4 we visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, legendary for the vital part they played during the Vietnam war.

Days 5-7 Hoi An (3B,1L,1D)

Flight to the World Heritage town of Hoi An. On Day 6, travel by boat to Duy Hai village and visit an authentic wholesale fish market, enjoying a local breakfast. Tour around the countryside by bike, visit a local family for some snacks before returning in time for a cooking class. On Day 7, visit the ancient Champa ruins of My Son accompanied by a local expert guide.

Days 8-9 Hue (2B,1D)

Travel via the Hai Van scenic pass to Hue. Enjoy a Perfume River cruise on a dragon boat and visit the Citadel, Tu Duc Tomb and savour a Royal Buffet dinner.

Day 10 Hanoi (1B)

Morning flight to the capital of Vietnam. Guided tour of Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton) and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum followed by a cyclo tour of the Old Quarter and a Water Puppets performance.

Day 11 Halong Bay (1B,1L,1D)

Travel to Halong Bay for cruise and overnight on a traditional boat. With our local guide we explore caves and an island lookout. A fresh seafood lunch and dinner are included.

Days 12-13 Hanoi (2B,1L)

After our morning on the bay, travel back to Hanoi for more time to explore or shop the back streets of this intriguing city.

Day 14 Hanoi (1B)

Depart at anytime.