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Trip Extensions

Bangkok Hospitality

Duration: 3 days

If you are passing through Bangkok and want more than a transit stop, ask for our three day/two night Bangkok Hospitality Extension. We meet you at the airport and transfer you to an attractive centrally located hotel. This extension also includes yo... read more

Phuket

Duration: 4 days

Phuket is the largest of Thailand's islands. It is incredibly varied with rocky beaches, long broad sandy beaches, forested hills, and clear waters great for snorkeling and relaxing. There is no better way to end a trip!

Angkor Wat 3-Day Odyssey

Duration: 3 days

This excursion focuses on the amazing ruins of Angkor in Siem Reap. Angkor Wat, a spectacular architectural legacy of a period of bizarre regimes, is the most famous and confusing of the ruins in southeast Asia. This makes a perfect extension to any ... read more

Angkor Wat 5-Day Odyssey

Duration: 5 days

This excursion takes you to Siem Reap where you explore the magnificent Angkor sites followed by a ride on the Tonle Sap to see the local fishing villages. Then a short flight to Phnom Penh where you visit interesting museums, including Toul Sleng, a... read more

River Kwai & Erawan National Park

Duration: 4 days

This extension gives you a mixed variety of history and nature. You begin by exploring along the River Kwai stopping at important historical sites. You then travel to Erawan National Park, a unique and rugged landscape of high elevation plateau and s... read more

Ko Samui

Duration: 4 days

Relax and explore the beautiful island of Ko Samui. A perfect extension to any Asia tour.

Vietnam: Sapa Excursion

Duration: 4 days

Extend your visit to Vietnam with this delightful visit to Sapa, for a unique cultural interaction with the local tribes.

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive saigon

Arrive in vibrant Saigon, Vietnam's largest cityArrive in vibrant Saigon, Vietnam's largest city

Arrive in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), where you will be met and transferred to your centrally-located hotel for check in. The balance of the day is free to relax after a long flight.

Meals
None
Lodging
Grand Hotel or similar

Day 2: cu chi tunnels & historical sites

If you're brave, explore underground in the Cu Chi TunnelsIf you're brave, explore underground in the Cu Chi Tunnels

After depart for the Cu Chi Tunnels (approx. 1.5 hr drive), which served as an underground city for the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. They contained makeshift hospitals, weapon caches, and of course, living quarters. Approximately 10,000 people called these cramped tunnels home for many years. You will watch a short video introduction before exploring the tunnel system. It is a haunting and eye-opening learning experience. Note: We don't recommend those who are claustrophobic to enter the tunnels.

Return to Ho Chi Minh City where you'll spend the afternoon on a guided tour starting with a historic landmark - the infamous Post Office, which was built during the French Indochina era. Continue with a stroll down Dong Khoi Street, a wide avenue lined with luxurious shops and hotels, followed by a visit to Ben Thanh Market, one of the largest markets in Southern Vietnam. This market sells everything from fresh produce to local souvenirs. Next, visit the War Remnant Museum, which contains exhibits relating to the Vietnam War, as well as the first Indochina War involving French colonists.

In the evening, if you like, attend an A O Show, or if you're really seeking more adventure, explore the city at night by Vespa (not included in cost):

The "A O" Show (1 hour - join in): This performance takes place at the grandeur Opera House Theater, built in 1898 by Eugene Ferret in the shape of a giant city gate. The show features the culture of the Vietnamese through acrobatics and dance using traditional props such as bamboo poles and woven baskets. The energy of the performers and stunning choreography is sure to amaze you!

Ho Chi Minh City at Night by Vespa (4 hours): In the early evening, you will be picked you up at the hotel and stop at the "café zoom" to enjoy a cocktail and an aperitif before venturing into the city. As a passenger, you will have the chance to visit many off-the-beaten places. Your journey will begin in District 4 via crowded streets and busy alleys filled with people sitting on small plastic seats. You will savor some seafood dishes while sipping fresh drinks. Then, continue on to District 3 through to District 1 and enjoy the views, noises and smells of the city with stops along the way to take a closer look at whenever you like. The tour will continue towards a well-hidden Vietnamese cafe to enjoy some Vietnamese live music. Next, visit a lively loval bar for drinks and contemporary music and even perhaps join in with a dance. Return to your hotel around 10:00 pm. Meals included: street food (seafood, banh xeo)

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Grand Hotel or similar

Day 3: mekong delta cultures

Pass through Mekong Delta villagesPass through Mekong Delta villages

In the morning, transfer to Ben Tre province where you will walk among the flower fields and feel the daily life of the people in the "coconut land". Visit the handicraft workshop and then walk to the paddle pier where you take a row-boat ride to see the daily life of the people that make their home along the riverside. Stop to visit the grapefruits and coconut gardens where you can enjoy some refreshing coconut water and tropical fruit. You'll then take a motor-cart along the village road through the green coconut forest and coca garden for lunch featuring Mekong River dishes at the garden of Mr. 10 Ưa (Thuý Uyên restaurant).

In the afternoon, take a walk along the village road and talk with local people. You can even weed, fertilize, and water the coconut, coca, and grapefruit gardens with the locals. You'll then take a boat ride along Ba Lai Legend River line with coconute trees and stop to visit a coconut coir manufacturing facility. Continue cruising on the Ba Lai River and watch the daily activities of the local people and see coconut processing workshops located along river. Visit the brick kiln (Mr 4 Lo) to see how the locals use traditional methods to make bricks. Around 3:30 pm, you'll be transferred to the resort for your overnight. Rest of the day will be free to relax among the resorts peaceful gardens.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Mekong Riverside Resort & Spa or similar

Day 4: cai be / flight to danang & drive to hoi an

Enjoy the beautiful sunset in Hoi AnEnjoy the beautiful sunset in Hoi An

You'll have some time today to explore as you like until your transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City Airport for your flight to Da Nang. On arrival in Da Nang, you will be met and driven to your hotel in Hoi An. Hoi An was originally a Cham port town, but has since been influenced throughout the centuries by myriad traders from various cultures. It has is a distinctly Chinese appearance, with pagodas and assembly halls scattered along the small streets. The tranquility and charm of this town, with its low tile-roofed houses, makes it one of the most delightful places to visit in Vietnam and an enduring favorite of our travelers and staff. You'll have the rest of the day free to relax or take a stroll through this charming small town. Your hotel offers a variety of spa treatments, making this the perfect place to get a relaxing massage.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Almanity Hoi An Resort or similar

Day 5: charming hoi an

Take a stroll through the Japanese covered bridgeTake a stroll through the Japanese covered bridge

Early this morning you'll set off across plains of flooded rice fields for an opportunity to observe picturesque scenes of the locals in the countryside. Upon arrival at the local boat pier, you will board a boat for a 30-45 minute ride to the seaport of Cua Dai, located at the mouth of the Thu Bon River, which runs through Hoi An. 

From Cua Dai, you will be taught a form of fishing using huge nets raised by special pulleys, to the catch, accessible only by paddling out in “basket boats”. Afterwards, a bamboo basket boat will take you into the mangrove forest. This amazing round basket boat will carry you along for 30-45 minutes to a location where you can watch and take part in crab fishing. At this point, you’ll no doubt be invited to try and maneuver your boat yourself, but it’s not an easy task making circular paddle movements while trying to keep your balance! But you are sure to have a lot of fun trying.  As a reward for your morning's efforts, you will be accompanied to a local family’s house to enjoy a lunch consisting of local dishes carefully prepared by the fishermen. The friendly and hospitable family will welcome you to help in preparing the lunch or to make toys fashioned from coconut leaves, a very fun and enjoyable activity for kids.

Return to Hoi An and spend the rest of the afternoon strolling the ancient town center and taking in the former merchants’ houses, the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge, and the colorful market stalls brimming with tropical specialties. 

Optional Music performance in Hoi An (approx. $15 per person):
At the Hoi An Traditional Art Performance Theater to see a live performance of Vietnamese folk music and folk dance.  Some of these unique shows include Bai Choi singing, Quang Nam folk, ethnic instrumental ensembles, folk dance, etc. Throughout the show, the performers bring life to the many artifacts and relics that exist everywhere in this small town. The music, dance, instruments and costumes perfectly complement all the historical sites in Hoi An.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Almanity Hoi An Resort or similar

Day 6: scenic drive and panoramas to hue

View of Hoi An from aboveView of Hoi An from above

The three hour drive to Hue will take you through the city of Danang, before a climb over the hills. The scene from the top of the Hai Van Pass is one of the most impressive panoramic scenes in Vietnam with views over Lang Co Beach. Upon arrival in Hue, you will visit the Citadel and the Dong Ba Market. For a nice end of your day, enjoy sunset cruise in the Huong river, during the cruise you can enjoy aperitif and a relaxing foot massage while cruising on the romantic river. Transfer back to the hotel.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Imperial Hotel or similar

Day 7: hue city tour & flight to hanoi

Admire Phuoc Duyen tower at Thien Mu pagodaAdmire Phuoc Duyen tower at Thien Mu pagoda

After breakfast, visit the elaborate Tu Duc Royal Tomb, which was designed to blend in with the natural setting of the landscape. Continue on to Phu Mong village, an ancient village not far from the Citadel. This 19th century village is located in a quiet and peaceful area of Hue. Wealthy Mandarins and other Imperial officials built their houses here and today, many are still occupied to this day. The guide will briefly explain to you about the history of the village and the design of the houses. Enjoy a home-cooked lunch of Hue specialties, prepared by your host before heading to the Airport for the flight to Hanoi. On arrival, meet your local guide and transfer to your hotel.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Hanoi La Siesta or similar

Day 8: mausoleums, pagodas, & temples

While in Hanoi, attend a traditional water puppet showWhile in Hanoi, attend a traditional water puppet show

Hanoi is Vietnam's capital and second largest city that is best explored on foot or by bicycle. Your guided tour begins with a stop at Ho Chi Minh mausoleum (closed on Mon & Fri and Sep-Nov), an imposing monument built from a lavish amount of marble and granite. This is where the preserved body of “Uncle Ho” lies in state for public viewing. On exiting the mausoleum, walk to the One Pillar Pagoda, fashioned in the form of a lotus flower on its stalk, emerging from the water and resting on a single stone pillar. Inside there is a statue of the Goddess of Mercy with its legendary “thousand arms and thousand eyes”. You then visit the Temple of Literature for an overview of Hanoi culture and history. In the afternoon, visit the beautiful Museum of Ethnology to enhance your understanding of Vietnam’s diverse culture through its unique presentation of objects and dress from a variety of Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups. Experience another cultural aspect of Vietnam, its art, at Art Vietnam gallery, owned by an American art consultant. 

Return to your hotel in the afternoon where you have the rest of the day free to explore on your own. The Old Quarter is a fantastic place to roam and perhaps purchase some local arts and crafts. Or, you can arrange to attend one of the following traditional programs (additional cost):

  • Water Puppet Show (approx $15): During the water puppet show, you'll see traditional puppets that are controlled in a waist-deep pool, appearing as if they are moving in the water. This unique style of puppetry dates back to the 11th century when the villagers would entertain each other when the rice fields flooded.
  • "My Village" Show (approx $60): "My Village" is a new style of art performance, commonly known as the “new circus,” offering a chance to witness the charming beauty and cultural heritage of Vietnamese life in the countryside. The performance is a unique combination of bamboo basket boats, acrobatics, contemporary dance, and theatrical visual arts with live Vietnamese music playing in the background. This beautiful performance captures the essence of Vietnam’s fascinating culture. This show is 60 minutes long.
  • Ionah Show (approx $40): The Ionah Show is a unique experience combining modern dance, theater, circus, music, and visual and light effects—a Vietnamese "Cirque du Soleil." The show is divided into three scenes that tell the story of a beautiful young girl whose love for Hanoi is as pure and strong as it is for her lover. But the division threatens her happiness and Ionah is tormented between good and evil through a series of supernatural characters. The show is divided into three scenes that tell the story of a  beautiful young girl whose love for Hanoi is as pure and strong as it is for her lover. But the division threatens her happiness and Ionah is tormented between good and evil through a series of supernatural characters. This show is 90 minutes long.
  • Four Palaces Performance (approx $40): The Four Palaces Performance is a beautiful journey into the spiritual world and was inspired by the mother goddesses in Vietnam. This unique ritual performance is made up of beautiful costumes, fantastic music, and special performances that will leave you delighted. This 45-minute show is divided into 3 parts: The Reincarnation of the 2nd Lady of Highlands, Reincarnation of the 10th Prince, and Little Princess of Highlands. 
Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Hanoi La Siesta Hotel or similar

Day 9: halong bay cruise

Float among limestone islands in beautiful  Halong BayFloat among limestone islands in beautiful Halong Bay

You'll pack an overnight bag for a 3.5-hour drive, sometimes on bumpy roads, to Halong Bay, one Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights. Views of rocky outcrops in the bay and sailing junks navigating past 3,000 limestone islands are nothing short of spectacular. Arrive around noon at the quay side and board your private junk for a four-hour cruise through the bay, stopping along the way to explore limestone caves or just relaxing on the deck. While on board, indulge in a delicious seafood lunch and dinner. You'll have the option to participate in the activities offered on the boat including swimming (weather permitting), kayaking (own expense) and cave exploration. Overnight on the boat.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Indochina Sails Junk Boat or similar

Day 10: halong bay & departure

Bid farewell to your boat, then head back home via HanoiBid farewell to your boat, then head back home via Hanoi

You will need to get up early in the morning in order to catch sunrise on the bay. After breakfast, explore and cruise around the bay for fabulous photo opportunities. You will have brunch on the boat before returning to port and driving back to Hanoi with a stop en route in the ceramic making village of Phu Lang to observe a century-old method of ceramic production or But Thap Pagoda, one of the finest and largest Buddhist temples in Northern Vietnam. Return to Hanoi and immediately transfer to the airport in time for your late afternoon or early evening flight (your driver will have your luggage waiting for you in the vehicle.)  Or, if your schedule permits, consider lingering longer in Hanoi.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
None

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$2,400
Group size 2-3 cost: $2,750 Group size 4+ cost: $2,400 Flights within Vietnam add $250 (estimated)
Single Supplement:
$700
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Duration:
10 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
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(see full descriptions)
Charming 4-star boutique hotels & superior junk boat
Activity Level:
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(see full descriptions)
Easy walking; some long driving days
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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Arrive in vibrant Saigon, Vietnam's largest city
Arrive in vibrant Saigon, Vietnam's largest city
Visit a floating market on the Mekong
Visit a floating market on the Mekong
Wander the atmospheric streets of Hoi An
Wander the atmospheric streets of Hoi An
View of Hoi An from above
View of Hoi An from above
Admire Phuoc Duyen tower at Thien Mu pagoda
Admire Phuoc Duyen tower at Thien Mu pagoda
While in Hanoi, attend a traditional water puppet show
While in Hanoi, attend a traditional water puppet show
Float among limestone islands in beautiful  Halong Bay
Float among limestone islands in beautiful Halong Bay
Enjoy the local Vietnamese cuisine
Enjoy the local Vietnamese cuisine
Pass through Mekong Delta villages
Pass through Mekong Delta villages
See how villagers live in sync with the river
See how villagers live in sync with the river
See traditional architecture
See traditional architecture
See colonial architecture
See colonial architecture
Visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum
Visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum

Vivid Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Mekong Delta, Hoi An, Hanoi, and Halong Bay

overview

First-time travelers to Vietnam will find this to be the perfect trip. Starting in Saigon (now known as Ho Chi Minh City) with its bustling streets to the Mekong Delta for a close-up look at the daily lives of the locals. From here, it's on to Hoi An, a favorite of every traveler, then over the Hai Van Pass for panoramic views over Lang Co Beach to historical Hue. A flight then takes you to the ancient city of Hanoi, ending in spectacular Halong Bay. You’ll find the land beautiful and the people charming. Each day will bring a new and different experience that will leave you wanting to return to this vibrant land again and again.

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overview

First-time travelers to Vietnam will find this to be the perfect trip. Starting in Saigon (now known as Ho Chi Minh City) with its bustling streets to the Mekong Delta for a close-up look at the daily lives of the locals. From here, it's on to Hoi An, a favorite of every traveler, then over the Hai Van Pass for panoramic views over Lang Co Beach to historical Hue. A flight then takes you to the ancient city of Hanoi, ending in spectacular Halong Bay. You’ll find the land beautiful and the people charming. Each day will bring a new and different experience that will leave you wanting to return to this vibrant land again and again.

Continue to detailed itinerary...

itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive saigon
    Arrive in vibrant Saigon, Vietnam's largest cityArrive in vibrant Saigon, Vietnam's largest city

    Arrive in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), where you will be met and transferred to your centrally-located hotel for check in. The balance of the day is free to relax after a long flight.

    Meals
    None
    Lodging
    Grand Hotel or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: cu chi tunnels & historical sites
    If you're brave, explore underground in the Cu Chi TunnelsIf you're brave, explore underground in the Cu Chi Tunnels

    After depart for the Cu Chi Tunnels (approx. 1.5 hr drive), which served as an underground city for the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. They contained makeshift hospitals, weapon caches, and of course, living quarters. Approximately 10,000 people called these cramped tunnels home for many years. You will watch a short video introduction before exploring the tunnel system. It is a haunting and eye-opening learning experience. Note: We don't recommend those who are claustrophobic to enter the tunnels.

    Return to Ho Chi Minh City where you'll spend the afternoon on a guided tour starting with a historic landmark - the infamous Post Office, which was built during the French Indochina era. Continue with a stroll down Dong Khoi Street, a wide avenue lined with luxurious shops and hotels, followed by a visit to Ben Thanh Market, one of the largest markets in Southern Vietnam. This market sells everything from fresh produce to local souvenirs. Next, visit the War Remnant Museum, which contains exhibits relating to the Vietnam War, as well as the first Indochina War involving French colonists.

    In the evening, if you like, attend an A O Show, or if you're really seeking more adventure, explore the city at night by Vespa (not included in cost):

    The "A O" Show (1 hour - join in): This performance takes place at the grandeur Opera House Theater, built in 1898 by Eugene Ferret in the shape of a giant city gate. The show features the culture of the Vietnamese through acrobatics and dance using traditional props such as bamboo poles and woven baskets. The energy of the performers and stunning choreography is sure to amaze you!

    Ho Chi Minh City at Night by Vespa (4 hours): In the early evening, you will be picked you up at the hotel and stop at the "café zoom" to enjoy a cocktail and an aperitif before venturing into the city. As a passenger, you will have the chance to visit many off-the-beaten places. Your journey will begin in District 4 via crowded streets and busy alleys filled with people sitting on small plastic seats. You will savor some seafood dishes while sipping fresh drinks. Then, continue on to District 3 through to District 1 and enjoy the views, noises and smells of the city with stops along the way to take a closer look at whenever you like. The tour will continue towards a well-hidden Vietnamese cafe to enjoy some Vietnamese live music. Next, visit a lively loval bar for drinks and contemporary music and even perhaps join in with a dance. Return to your hotel around 10:00 pm. Meals included: street food (seafood, banh xeo)

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Grand Hotel or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: mekong delta cultures
    Pass through Mekong Delta villagesPass through Mekong Delta villages

    In the morning, transfer to Ben Tre province where you will walk among the flower fields and feel the daily life of the people in the "coconut land". Visit the handicraft workshop and then walk to the paddle pier where you take a row-boat ride to see the daily life of the people that make their home along the riverside. Stop to visit the grapefruits and coconut gardens where you can enjoy some refreshing coconut water and tropical fruit. You'll then take a motor-cart along the village road through the green coconut forest and coca garden for lunch featuring Mekong River dishes at the garden of Mr. 10 Ưa (Thuý Uyên restaurant).

    In the afternoon, take a walk along the village road and talk with local people. You can even weed, fertilize, and water the coconut, coca, and grapefruit gardens with the locals. You'll then take a boat ride along Ba Lai Legend River line with coconute trees and stop to visit a coconut coir manufacturing facility. Continue cruising on the Ba Lai River and watch the daily activities of the local people and see coconut processing workshops located along river. Visit the brick kiln (Mr 4 Lo) to see how the locals use traditional methods to make bricks. Around 3:30 pm, you'll be transferred to the resort for your overnight. Rest of the day will be free to relax among the resorts peaceful gardens.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Mekong Riverside Resort & Spa or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: cai be / flight to danang & drive to hoi an
    Enjoy the beautiful sunset in Hoi AnEnjoy the beautiful sunset in Hoi An

    You'll have some time today to explore as you like until your transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City Airport for your flight to Da Nang. On arrival in Da Nang, you will be met and driven to your hotel in Hoi An. Hoi An was originally a Cham port town, but has since been influenced throughout the centuries by myriad traders from various cultures. It has is a distinctly Chinese appearance, with pagodas and assembly halls scattered along the small streets. The tranquility and charm of this town, with its low tile-roofed houses, makes it one of the most delightful places to visit in Vietnam and an enduring favorite of our travelers and staff. You'll have the rest of the day free to relax or take a stroll through this charming small town. Your hotel offers a variety of spa treatments, making this the perfect place to get a relaxing massage.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Almanity Hoi An Resort or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: charming hoi an
    Take a stroll through the Japanese covered bridgeTake a stroll through the Japanese covered bridge

    Early this morning you'll set off across plains of flooded rice fields for an opportunity to observe picturesque scenes of the locals in the countryside. Upon arrival at the local boat pier, you will board a boat for a 30-45 minute ride to the seaport of Cua Dai, located at the mouth of the Thu Bon River, which runs through Hoi An. 

    From Cua Dai, you will be taught a form of fishing using huge nets raised by special pulleys, to the catch, accessible only by paddling out in “basket boats”. Afterwards, a bamboo basket boat will take you into the mangrove forest. This amazing round basket boat will carry you along for 30-45 minutes to a location where you can watch and take part in crab fishing. At this point, you’ll no doubt be invited to try and maneuver your boat yourself, but it’s not an easy task making circular paddle movements while trying to keep your balance! But you are sure to have a lot of fun trying.  As a reward for your morning's efforts, you will be accompanied to a local family’s house to enjoy a lunch consisting of local dishes carefully prepared by the fishermen. The friendly and hospitable family will welcome you to help in preparing the lunch or to make toys fashioned from coconut leaves, a very fun and enjoyable activity for kids.

    Return to Hoi An and spend the rest of the afternoon strolling the ancient town center and taking in the former merchants’ houses, the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge, and the colorful market stalls brimming with tropical specialties. 

    Optional Music performance in Hoi An (approx. $15 per person):
    At the Hoi An Traditional Art Performance Theater to see a live performance of Vietnamese folk music and folk dance.  Some of these unique shows include Bai Choi singing, Quang Nam folk, ethnic instrumental ensembles, folk dance, etc. Throughout the show, the performers bring life to the many artifacts and relics that exist everywhere in this small town. The music, dance, instruments and costumes perfectly complement all the historical sites in Hoi An.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Almanity Hoi An Resort or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: scenic drive and panoramas to hue
    View of Hoi An from aboveView of Hoi An from above

    The three hour drive to Hue will take you through the city of Danang, before a climb over the hills. The scene from the top of the Hai Van Pass is one of the most impressive panoramic scenes in Vietnam with views over Lang Co Beach. Upon arrival in Hue, you will visit the Citadel and the Dong Ba Market. For a nice end of your day, enjoy sunset cruise in the Huong river, during the cruise you can enjoy aperitif and a relaxing foot massage while cruising on the romantic river. Transfer back to the hotel.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Imperial Hotel or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: hue city tour & flight to hanoi
    Admire Phuoc Duyen tower at Thien Mu pagodaAdmire Phuoc Duyen tower at Thien Mu pagoda

    After breakfast, visit the elaborate Tu Duc Royal Tomb, which was designed to blend in with the natural setting of the landscape. Continue on to Phu Mong village, an ancient village not far from the Citadel. This 19th century village is located in a quiet and peaceful area of Hue. Wealthy Mandarins and other Imperial officials built their houses here and today, many are still occupied to this day. The guide will briefly explain to you about the history of the village and the design of the houses. Enjoy a home-cooked lunch of Hue specialties, prepared by your host before heading to the Airport for the flight to Hanoi. On arrival, meet your local guide and transfer to your hotel.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Hanoi La Siesta or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: mausoleums, pagodas, & temples
    While in Hanoi, attend a traditional water puppet showWhile in Hanoi, attend a traditional water puppet show

    Hanoi is Vietnam's capital and second largest city that is best explored on foot or by bicycle. Your guided tour begins with a stop at Ho Chi Minh mausoleum (closed on Mon & Fri and Sep-Nov), an imposing monument built from a lavish amount of marble and granite. This is where the preserved body of “Uncle Ho” lies in state for public viewing. On exiting the mausoleum, walk to the One Pillar Pagoda, fashioned in the form of a lotus flower on its stalk, emerging from the water and resting on a single stone pillar. Inside there is a statue of the Goddess of Mercy with its legendary “thousand arms and thousand eyes”. You then visit the Temple of Literature for an overview of Hanoi culture and history. In the afternoon, visit the beautiful Museum of Ethnology to enhance your understanding of Vietnam’s diverse culture through its unique presentation of objects and dress from a variety of Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups. Experience another cultural aspect of Vietnam, its art, at Art Vietnam gallery, owned by an American art consultant. 

    Return to your hotel in the afternoon where you have the rest of the day free to explore on your own. The Old Quarter is a fantastic place to roam and perhaps purchase some local arts and crafts. Or, you can arrange to attend one of the following traditional programs (additional cost):

    • Water Puppet Show (approx $15): During the water puppet show, you'll see traditional puppets that are controlled in a waist-deep pool, appearing as if they are moving in the water. This unique style of puppetry dates back to the 11th century when the villagers would entertain each other when the rice fields flooded.
    • "My Village" Show (approx $60): "My Village" is a new style of art performance, commonly known as the “new circus,” offering a chance to witness the charming beauty and cultural heritage of Vietnamese life in the countryside. The performance is a unique combination of bamboo basket boats, acrobatics, contemporary dance, and theatrical visual arts with live Vietnamese music playing in the background. This beautiful performance captures the essence of Vietnam’s fascinating culture. This show is 60 minutes long.
    • Ionah Show (approx $40): The Ionah Show is a unique experience combining modern dance, theater, circus, music, and visual and light effects—a Vietnamese "Cirque du Soleil." The show is divided into three scenes that tell the story of a beautiful young girl whose love for Hanoi is as pure and strong as it is for her lover. But the division threatens her happiness and Ionah is tormented between good and evil through a series of supernatural characters. The show is divided into three scenes that tell the story of a  beautiful young girl whose love for Hanoi is as pure and strong as it is for her lover. But the division threatens her happiness and Ionah is tormented between good and evil through a series of supernatural characters. This show is 90 minutes long.
    • Four Palaces Performance (approx $40): The Four Palaces Performance is a beautiful journey into the spiritual world and was inspired by the mother goddesses in Vietnam. This unique ritual performance is made up of beautiful costumes, fantastic music, and special performances that will leave you delighted. This 45-minute show is divided into 3 parts: The Reincarnation of the 2nd Lady of Highlands, Reincarnation of the 10th Prince, and Little Princess of Highlands. 
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    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Hanoi La Siesta Hotel or similar
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  • Day 9: halong bay cruise
    Float among limestone islands in beautiful  Halong BayFloat among limestone islands in beautiful Halong Bay

    You'll pack an overnight bag for a 3.5-hour drive, sometimes on bumpy roads, to Halong Bay, one Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights. Views of rocky outcrops in the bay and sailing junks navigating past 3,000 limestone islands are nothing short of spectacular. Arrive around noon at the quay side and board your private junk for a four-hour cruise through the bay, stopping along the way to explore limestone caves or just relaxing on the deck. While on board, indulge in a delicious seafood lunch and dinner. You'll have the option to participate in the activities offered on the boat including swimming (weather permitting), kayaking (own expense) and cave exploration. Overnight on the boat.

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    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Indochina Sails Junk Boat or similar
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  • Day 10: halong bay & departure
    Bid farewell to your boat, then head back home via HanoiBid farewell to your boat, then head back home via Hanoi

    You will need to get up early in the morning in order to catch sunrise on the bay. After breakfast, explore and cruise around the bay for fabulous photo opportunities. You will have brunch on the boat before returning to port and driving back to Hanoi with a stop en route in the ceramic making village of Phu Lang to observe a century-old method of ceramic production or But Thap Pagoda, one of the finest and largest Buddhist temples in Northern Vietnam. Return to Hanoi and immediately transfer to the airport in time for your late afternoon or early evening flight (your driver will have your luggage waiting for you in the vehicle.)  Or, if your schedule permits, consider lingering longer in Hanoi.

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    None
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Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$2,400
Group size 2-3 cost: $2,750 Group size 4+ cost: $2,400 Flights within Vietnam add $250 (estimated)
Single Supplement:
$700
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
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Need to Know

Duration:
10 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
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Charming 4-star boutique hotels & superior junk boat
Activity Level:
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Easy walking; some long driving days
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

Bangkok Hospitality

Duration: 3 days

If you are passing through Bangkok and want more than a transit stop, ask for our three day/two night Bangkok Hospitality Extension. We meet you at the airport and transfer you to an attractive centrally located hotel. This extension also includes yo... read more

Phuket

Duration: 4 days

Phuket is the largest of Thailand's islands. It is incredibly varied with rocky beaches, long broad sandy beaches, forested hills, and clear waters great for snorkeling and relaxing. There is no better way to end a trip!

Angkor Wat 3-Day Odyssey

Duration: 3 days

This excursion focuses on the amazing ruins of Angkor in Siem Reap. Angkor Wat, a spectacular architectural legacy of a period of bizarre regimes, is the most famous and confusing of the ruins in southeast Asia. This makes a perfect extension to any ... read more

Angkor Wat 5-Day Odyssey

Duration: 5 days

This excursion takes you to Siem Reap where you explore the magnificent Angkor sites followed by a ride on the Tonle Sap to see the local fishing villages. Then a short flight to Phnom Penh where you visit interesting museums, including Toul Sleng, a... read more

River Kwai & Erawan National Park

Duration: 4 days

This extension gives you a mixed variety of history and nature. You begin by exploring along the River Kwai stopping at important historical sites. You then travel to Erawan National Park, a unique and rugged landscape of high elevation plateau and s... read more

Ko Samui

Duration: 4 days

Relax and explore the beautiful island of Ko Samui. A perfect extension to any Asia tour.

Vietnam: Sapa Excursion

Duration: 4 days

Extend your visit to Vietnam with this delightful visit to Sapa, for a unique cultural interaction with the local tribes.

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Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
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Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
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