Flying the Nest Expedition - 8 days
Join Stephen and Jess from Flying the Nest on their very first expedition with this one-off journey touring the highlights of Vietnam from Hanoi to Hoi An. They'll be teaching you everything they know about being a travel influencer and how they get paid to travel the world full-time.
Welcome to Vietnam and the start of your expedition with Flying the Nest! On arrival at Hanoi's airport, you will be met and transferred to our joining hotel where the remainder of the day is at leisure.
At 5pm in the hotel, Stephen and Jess will be hosting a Welcome Meeting alongside our local tour guide to run through what to expect of the next 8 days. Afterwards, the group will have their first dinner together nearby.
Hanoi – Halong Bay. After breakfast we leave Hanoi and transfer to the spectacularly beautiful Halong Bay where dramatic karst islands rise from jade-coloured waters. It's one of Vietnam's most popular sites and a fabulous place to practice your photography skills.
We'll be boarding a traditional wooden junk boat with meals served on board for our night stay. After a scenic lunch on the boat, we'll cruise around Halong Bay, stopping to visit the Tien Ong Caves and its impressive stalagmites and stalactites. Later this evening back on the boat, enjoy a Vietnamese cooking demonstration before a delicious seafood dinner.
Overnight: Deluxe Junk Boat | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Floating villages and cyclo rides
Halong Bay - Hanoi - Hue. Early risers can join a relaxing Tai Chi class on the sundeck this morning or enjoy a traditional massage. After breakfast we can explore the floating village of Cua Van by kayak, home to generations of fishing families. We then head back to port for our return journey to Hanoi.
The afternoon is spent in Hanoi exploring the maze of streets in the city's Old Quarter where numerous guilds, from silk tailors to silversmiths, once occupied entire streets. We'll be travelling by rickshaw, a quintessential experience in Hanoi and great content for a vlog. And best of all there will be time to sample the local delicacies from street-side stalls.
Later this evening there's the chance to freshen up before boarding the overnight sleeper train (4-berth) to Hue, following the ‘Reunification Express’ railway line. An option to fly from Hanoi to Hue is also available.
Overnight: Sleeper train | Breakfast
This morning we arrive by train into Hue where we'll enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the 19th-century capital. We'll visit the city's oldest monastery and what has become the city's emblem - the Thien Mu Pagoda with its 21-metre-tall tower. There's also time to explore the Imperial Purple Palace, a walled fortress ringed by a moat with elaborate gateway arches and impressive ramparts, some of which lie in ruin.
In the countryside surrounding Hue are the Royal Tombs of the Nguyen kings. This afternoon we’ll view the elaborate mausoleums of Emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. Our day ends with a leisurely sunset cruise on the Perfume River. Travelling by longboat it's the perfect way to admire the city skyline.
Overnight: Hue | Breakfast, Lunch
Hue - Hoi An. This morning we follow the scenic 'Road of the Ocean Clouds' (aka Hai Van Pass) for our journey to Hoi An. With the coast to our left and verdant hills to our right, it really is a pretty drive. There'll even be time to walk along My Khe beach, nicknamed 'China Beach' by the Americans during the war and featured in Francis Ford Coppola’s movie ‘Apocalypse Now’.
Later this afternoon we arrive at the charming, old-world trading port of Hoi An where a short walking tour introduces you to the highlights including the Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Hall, 200-year-old Tam Ky house, former merchants’ homes and the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge.
Later this evening we'll be looking over the photos and video footage you've captured over the last few days with Stephen and Jess on hand to assist with editing recommendations and techniques.
Overnight: Hoi An | Breakfast
We'll start off the morning with breakfast before diving into a full day of workshops on what it takes to become a professional blogger and social media influencer.
Morning Workshop: YouTube and Content Creator 101 - learn the ins and outs of YouTube, how to create your own brand, learn how SEO works and how to grow an online audience.
Afternoon Workshop: How to get paid to travel the world - learn how Flying the Nest makes money whilst travelling full-time, how they pitch and work with brands and how they went from making coffee to travelling the world full-time whilst getting paid to do it.
After a busy day of learning, this evening is all about Vietnamese food as we jump on the back of colourful vintage vespas for a foodie tour around Hoi An. We'll visit some of the city’s most popular local haunts and tuck into lots of tasty street eats.
Overnight: Hoi An | Breakfast, Dinner
Rural Life in Vietnam
Today will be spent out in the countryside learning all about the rural way of life in Vietnam and putting your new knowledge into practice. Setting out by bicycle, we'll make our way to the delightful Tra Que village. It's a leisurely ride on flat roads that take us through rice paddies and farm land. During our time at the village, we'll be getting our hands dirty tending to the fields and gardens like the locals have done for decades. Lunch is a home-cooked affair with everyone mucking in.
Later this afternoon return back to Hoi An on your bikes where there will be time to look over all the amazing photos and video footage you've captured of the day.
Overnight: Hoi An | Breakfast, Lunch
Time to say goodbye
The hardest part of the trip has arrived and it's time to say goodbye to Stephen and Jess, and your fellow travellers. A departure transfer will be provided to take you to Danang airport in time for your onward departure flight.
Prices & Dates
Departure guaranteed subject to a minimum of four passengers. Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are two people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.
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.
Sunway Hotel, Hanoi
This ambient, boutique hotel combines traditional appeal with modern pleasures. Rooms are furnished in a contemporary fashion with an array of amenities for added comfort. Its restaurant provides a great variety of Vietnamese cuisine and you are welcome to enjoy cocktails and live music in the Jazz Bar or relax in the hotel's health spa.
Sleeper train - 4 berth cabin, Hanoi
Cabins on board are comfortable though not comparable to European standards. Aboard each wagon are 9 compartments that comprise of 4 bunks per compartment shared by mixed sexes. A western-style toilet (with a varying degree of cleanliness) is located at either end of the wagon. Air-conditioning (not always operational in the summer) and lighting are controlled from inside the cabin, which is also lockable. Luggage can be stored in a compartment under the bottom bunk. Linen and a pillow are provided.
Bhaya Classic I Junk Boat, Halong Bay
This premier cruise boat offers 18 well appointed cabins with en suite amenities. Cabins are contemporary in design, whilst the finer touches have a distinct oriental influence. All cabins feature large windows creating a bright and airy atmosphere as well as scenic views. Facilities and services onboard include a dining room and bar, a sunbathing area on-deck, masseur and small library.
Mondial Hotel, Hue
Just a 5 minute walk from the Ho Chi Minh museum, the Mondial Hotel is a contemporary hotel with excellent amenities. Guest rooms benefit from spacious interiors, comfortable beds and lots of mod-cons. There is complimentary Wi-Fi for guests, an outdoor pool and onsite spa - perfect for a re laxing massage. As well as the delicious Huong Xuan Restaurant there is also the Lobby Lounge - great for cocktails before dinner!
Hoi An Historic Hotel, Hoi An
Occupying lush and spacious grounds in the heart of the old town, this contemporary hotel offers 150 guestrooms and suites, all of which have a private balcony and views of the beautiful gardens. Rooms are elegantly furnished with the modern convenience of WiFi and TV. Hotel facilities include a fitness centre, swimming pool and tennis court as well as a laundry service and a Zen Spa.