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Vietnam With Teens

10 days  |  Hanoi to Saigon  |  from USD $2,179  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Perfect for travelling with teenagers, Vietnam offers the perfect combination of adventure and excitement for all the family. Explore the backstreets of Hanoi by cyclo, cruise through spectacular Halong Bay, experience rural life in Tra Que, get suited and booted in Hoi An and live the high life in Saigon.

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Day 1

Saturday. Welcome to Hanoi and the start of your holiday! Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free for you and your family to explore the city, with its picturesque tree-lined avenues, scenic lakes, ancient pagodas and bustling old town, all which are easily accessible by foot.
Overnight: Hanoi

    Hanoi
Day 2

Hanoi – Halong Bay. Take a moment to picture in your mind some two thousand rugged karst islands dappled with lush vegetation seeming to float on top of pristine emerald coloured waters and you have the natural wonder that is Halong Bay. This morning a scenic drive will take us to this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site where we will enjoy a junk boat cruise.

Based on traditional designs, these wonderful vessels combine oriental style with modern luxury. Soak up the panoramic views from the sundeck as the boat gently plies its course, opt for a swim in the divine waters or hop in a row boat for a visit to a floating village. Tonight, there's a Vietnamese cooking demonstration held on the sundeck before an impressive seafood dinner is served – delicious for even the pickiest of eaters!
Overnight: Deluxe Junk Boat  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue. Wake up to the peaceful serenity of Halong Bay this morning, followed by a calming Tai Chi class on the sundeck or a traditional Vietnamese massage. After exploring a hidden grotto beneath towering cliffs, we will sail to the port for our journey back to Hanoi.

Arriving back in the capital we will enjoy a cyclo (rickshaw) ride through the famous Old Quarter, made up of an complex maze of intertwining alleyways and backstreets lined with small houses, handicraft workshops and street food vendors, for a quintessential Vietnamese experience. Later its back to the hotel for some time to refresh and relax before heading to the trains station in the evening to board our overnight journey (4 berth sleeper cabin, basic standard) to Hue on the ‘Reunification Express’ railway line.
Overnight: Sleeper train  |  Breakfast

Day 4
Imperial Hue

Upon arrival in Hue we will set out on a guided sightseeing tour of this fascinating imperial city. Once the capital of the Nguyen emperors, the last ruling family of Vietnam, UNESCO-listed Hue is full of palaces, pagodas and temples. Two of the main highlights here are the Thien Mu Pagoda, home to the oldest monastery in the city, and the Citadel. Within the walls of the latter is the Imperial Purple Palace – an exact replica of the famed Forbidden City in Beijing, with impressive ramparts, formal moats and imperial palaces, some of which lay in ruin.

Outside of the city we will visit the Royal Tombs of the erstwhile Nguyen kings, including the extravagant mausoleums of the two emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. In the evening there will be the chance to opt for a peaceful long boat cruise along the Perfume River as the sun sets and the river banks become illuminated by the dark of nightfall.
Overnight: Hue  |  Breakfast, Lunch

    Hue
Day 5

Hue - Road of the Ocean Clouds - Hoi An. Today we will travel on to the laidback riverside town of Hoi An, travelling through the picturesque Hai Van Pass – nicknamed the Road of the Ocean Clouds, with beaches on one side and verdant hills on the other. We will break up our journey with a stop at China Beach, an expansive sandy beach made famous by the film ‘Apocalypse Now’. Here there will be the chance to opt for a swim in its warm waters before continuing our journey south along the coast.

Radiating age-old charm with grand colonial architecture, Hoi An is one of Vietnam's most delightful destinations. The Old Town, recognised as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an immaculately preserved example of an Asian trading port with covered bridges, pagodas, temples and merchant houses. The town's beguiling riverside setting adds to the overall picturesque appeal of Hoi An with women in conical hats rowing their wooden vessels downstream and the glow of red lanterns in the evenings reflected on the water's iridescent surface. A short walking tour will take us to a bygone era, with a visit to the Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Hall, a 200-year-old Tam Ky house, former merchants’ homes and the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge.
Overnight: Hoi An  |  Breakfast

Day 6

For a taste of provincial life, today we will take a bicycle ride out of Hoi An to Tra Que village, famed for its traditional farming practises and rural atmosphere. Here enjoy a hands-on day for all the family, tending to the fields and gardens, before taking a lesson in preparation of traditional Vietnamese cuisine. Later enjoy your culinary masterpiece while soaking up the clean air and country views.
Overnight: Hoi An  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

Today is free for you to spend as you choose. You may wish to head to the beach for a day of relaxation or hit the town for some serious shopping - the streets of Hoi An are overflowing with tailor shops where you can get your own silk suit made exclusively! Hoi An is also something of a culinary mecca with classy restaurants for those who prefer their food served to them and local cooking schools for those who enjoy getting their hands dirty. Alternatively, those seeking a little more culture or history can opt to visit My Son – one of Vietnam’s holiest and most evocative Cham sites, or Quang Ngai – the site of the My Lai massacre memorial.
Overnight: Hoi An  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Hoi An - Saigon. An early morning flight will take us to Saigon today, where we will then continue on to the Mekong Delta by road. Known as the ‘Rice bowl of Vietnam’, the Mekong Delta is brimming with rice paddy fields, colourful fruit orchards, enchanting villages and bustling floating markets. Travelling by sampan from Vinh Long, we will cruise downstream through a maze of waterways, witnessing the activity of everyday life along the way. Passing colourful trading boats, house boats and children playing in the water, we will stop to visit some of the local cottage industries that produce popcorn, coco candies and paper along the way. Later we will enjoy lunch in a traditional wooden home on Dong Hoa Hiep Island.
Overnight: Can Tho  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9

Can Tho - Saigon. This morning we will pay a visit to the colourful floating market of Cai Rang. Here vendors have their boats piled high with goods, from melons, pineapples and fresh greens, to sacks of rice and children’s toys. Browse, barter and admire the hundreds of brightly coloured boats lining the banks here before continuing back to Saigon by road.

Once called the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, old and new collide in this modern city as gleaming sky scrapers, glamorous restaurants and designer shops stand side-by-side with colonial era landmarks and post-war remnants. Here we will enjoy a walking tour of the city taking in some of Saigon’s most famous landmarks, including the impressive red-brick Neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, the central Post Office and the sobering War Remnants Museum. Spend the remainder of the evening at your own leisure – Saigon has plenty of fun to offer all ages!
Overnight: Saigon  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Monday. This morning is free for you to do some last minute shopping or sightseeing before your departure transfer to the airport in the afternoon. Why not opt for a relaxing foot massage, bargain for goods at Ben Thanh Market or visit the grand Independence Palace.

Alternatively, those with a bit more time to spare can extend their stay and opt to join us on a day trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, where there will be the chance to explore a vast network of underground tunnels and hideouts that were used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Learn about booby traps, climb through trap doors, or even test your skills with an AK 47 at the firing range!
Breakfast

Cu Chi Tunnels - go underground!

Discover the Cu Chi Tunnels - a vast underground network of tunnels and hideouts used by Viet Cong guerrilla fighters during the 1960’s. Often lead by a relative of a Viet Cong fighter in green fatigues you’ll walk the bush trails discovering grass covered trapdoors, ingenious, yet gruesome booby traps and hidden underwater entrances in rivers. There is also an opportunity to go underground and pop off a few rounds at the firing range. Our Cu Chi Tunnels bolt-on includes return transportation to and from Cu Chi, guided tour and 1 night accommodation in Saigon.

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Lan Vien Hotel, Hanoi
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

A warm welcome awaits guests at the Lan Vien Hotel. The hotel offers spacious rooms with luxury hard wood flooring and excellent marble en suite facilities. Wi-Fi is available throughout and the sumptuous buffet breakfast on the 11th floor restaurant affording fantastic views across the city is a wonderful way to start the day. Perfectly located in the heart of Hanoi's Old Quarter. Close to lots of excellent shopping streets and the legendary Hoan Kiem Lake.

Huong Giang Hotel, Hue
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Contemplate the beautiful city of Hue with the panoramic views afforded by this award-winning hotel. The well-appointed rooms blend traditional architectural styles with modern facilities including satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities, whilst the chain of restaurants and bars cover a variety of international cuisine.

Vinh Hung Riverside Resort, Hoi An
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Vinh Hung Riverside Resort offers luxury and gracious hospitality in a traditional Vietnamese environment right on the banks of the Thu Bon river with top notch facilities.

Ninh Kieu 2 Hotel, Can Tho
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

This 4 star hotel provides well appointed rooms with professional service and friendly staff to make your stay a comfortable one. Rooms are decorated with high-grade wooden furniture and come with complimentary internet as standard. The two restaurants provide extensive menus with the rooftop restaurant offering magnificent views of the city, whilst the massage centre is the perfect end to a busy day.

Northern Hotel, Saigon
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Located in Saigon's central business district, the Northern Hotel offers comfortable and stylish accommodation. Guest rooms are contemporary in style and are decorated with warming tones and excellent en suite facilities. The onsite restaurant offers a variety of European and Asian dishes set on the mezzanine floor. The hotel also offers complimentary use of computers in the lobby and a fully equipped gym for those who wish keep fit whilst staying in the city.

Trip Highlights

Hanoi - Hoan Kiem Lake and the Ancient Quarter
Hue - ancient citadel, Imperial Purple City, Royal Tombs, Thien Mu Pagoda and monastery
Saigon - ‘Pearl of the Orient!. Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Post Office and War Remnants Museum
Cai Be waterways, cottage industries, mansion home and Dong Hoa Hiep Island
Halong Bay - UNESCO Listed region with thousands of beautiful limestone peaks and islets
Hoi An - UNESCO Listed ancient town, famed for its beautifully preserved old city, tailors, handicrafts markets and nearby beaches
Mekong Delta - a maze of waterways, fertile farm land and floating villages
Can Tho - lively market town in the Mekong Delta and nearby Cai Rang floating market

Included

9 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner
Economy class flight Danang - Saigon
Bicycle ride to Tra Que village and cooking demonstration
Airport arrival transfer day 1 and departure transfer day 10
Escorted by an English speaking Vietnamese tour guide.
Visa approval letter (excl. stamping fee required upon arrival)
7 nights 4 star and special class hotels, 1 night deluxe junk boat and 1 overnight sleeper train (Junk boat: private cabin, Sleeper train: basic, 4 berth cabin.)
Halong Bay Junk boat cruise - swim, kayak, explore caves and floating villages
Sampan and row boat journeys in the Mekong Delta
Guided sightseeing - Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Ho Ain, Mekong Delta and Saigon
All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles
Maximum group size: 24 travellers

Not Included

International flights and visa. Vietnam visa letter included - stamping fee required upon arrival
Entrance Fees: $40-50 USD
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 6 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: $40-50 USD

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. On all of our family tours we guarantee that parents and teenagers rooms will be side by side or directly adjacent.

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2015
Price/Person
Single Supp.
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USD $2179
USD $1049
 
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USD $1099
 
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USD $2499
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2016
Price/Person
Single Supp.
 
USD $2179
USD $1049

We do not offer a triple share option on this holiday as there are no triple share cabins aboard the Junk boat or overnight train. If travelling as a party of 3, the third person may choose to purchase the 'Single supplement' added to the 'Twin/Double' price for the comfort of their own room. Alternatively, if an adult in your tour party is happy to be paired up with another adult traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

Travellers on this tour must be 12 years and above.

Tour Details
Starts
Hanoi
Ends
Saigon
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 9, Lunch: 4, Dinner: 1
Tour Bolt-ons
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Cu Chi Tunnels
USD $179 / 2 days
Sojourn to Sapa
USD $969 / 5 days
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