Best of Vietnam



From 03/12/2023 to 10/01/2025

Departure dates & prices

Dates Availability Price
  • Dec Sun 03 2023 to Dec Fri 22 2023
    Limited Availability
  • Jan Sun 07 2024 to Jan Fri 26 2024
  • Jan Sun 21 2024 to Feb Fri 09 2024
  • Feb Sun 04 2024 to Feb Fri 23 2024
  • Feb Sun 18 2024 to Mar Fri 08 2024
  • Mar Sun 03 2024 to Mar Fri 22 2024
    Sold Out
  • Mar Sun 17 2024 to Apr Fri 05 2024
  • Mar Sun 31 2024 to Apr Fri 19 2024
  • Apr Sun 07 2024 to Apr Fri 26 2024
  • Apr Sun 21 2024 to May Fri 10 2024
  • May Sun 05 2024 to May Fri 24 2024
  • Jul Sun 07 2024 to Jul Fri 26 2024
  • Sep Sun 01 2024 to Sep Fri 20 2024
  • Sep Sun 22 2024 to Oct Fri 11 2024
  • Oct Sun 06 2024 to Oct Fri 25 2024
  • Oct Sun 20 2024 to Nov Fri 08 2024
  • Nov Sun 03 2024 to Nov Fri 22 2024
  • Nov Sun 17 2024 to Dec Fri 06 2024

What's included

Experience local life during homestays in the Mekong Delta and Da Bac.
Get to know local families, participate in their activities and enjoy a homestyle meal.
Travel to both popular and lesser-known destinations in Vietnam, including tourist hotspots like Halong Bay and hidden gems such as Da Bac.
See Vietnam through an exciting mix of transport, including motorbike, sampan, junk-style boat, bus and train.
Visit the mind-boggling Phong Nha and Thien Duong Caves.
These labyrinthine systems were used to shelter civilians during the Vietnam/American War.
Spend a day in Hue, touring the city's sights on a motorbike and eating lunch at a serene nunnery.
Relax in the turquoise waters at Nha Trang and discover local fisherman's life on a boat trip.
Breakfasts Included: 17.
Lunches Included: 5.
Dinners Included: 3.
Homestay (3 nights),Hotel (13 nights),Overnight boat (1 night),Overnight sleeper train (2 night).
Boat,Overnight sleeper train,Private minibus,Taxi,Train.
Age: min 15.
Group Size: 1 - 12.
Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels.
Ho Chi Minh City - War Remnants Museum.
Ho Chi Minh City - City tour.
Mekong Delta - Sightseeing Tour.
Mekong Delta - Guesthouse Dinner.
Dalat - Garden visit.
Nha Trang - Nha Trang Bay Boat trip.
Nha Trang Bay - Island hopping, Fishing Villages & Snorkelling.
Hoi An - Old Town walking tour.
Hue - Imperial City Full Day Tour.
Hue - Royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc.
Hue - Highlights & back streets by motorbike.
Quang Tri - Vinh Moc Tunnels.
Quang Tri - Hien Luong Bridge.
Phong Nha Ke-Bang NP - Thien Duong (Paradise Cave).
Phong Nha Ke-Bang National Park - Phong Nha Cave.
Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh Complex.
Hanoi - One Pillar Pagoda.
Hanoi - Old Quarter Walking Tour.
Da Bac - Sung cave and village tour.
Da Bac - Sung village to Da Bia hike.
Da Bac - Homestay Dinner.
Da Bac - Homestay Lunch.
Da Bac - Da Bia Lunch.
Halong Bay - Dinner on Boat.
Halong Bay - Lunch on Boat.
Hanoi - Water puppet show.


  • 1 - Ho Chi Minh City Xin chao! Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm today, where you'll get to know your fellow travellers and meet your legendary group leader. If you arrive early before the meeting, perhaps head to Pham Ngu Lao Street to see the local open-aired market, visit Vinh Nghiem Pagoda or one of the amusements parks. Ho Chi Minh City has a dynamic atmosphere and a French influence. After the welcome meeting, you may like to join your group for an optional meal at one of the city's fantastic eating spots. Because this trip doesn't spend much time in Ho Chi Minh City, you might even choose to spend an extra day or two here to see the sights.
  • 2 - Ho Chi Minh City After breakfast today, you'll visit one of the most important sites in Ho Chi Minh City, the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. These complex tunnels were used by the Viet Cong in the long war against the Americans and were instrumental to the Vietnamese victory. You'll be amazed by the ingenuity of these dangerous tunnels. Later in the day, take a tour of the city, passing the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Opera House. Head to the War Remnants Museum for a sobering yet informative lesson on the Vietnam War. Here you'll see things like old military equipment, an F5A fighter and a UH1-Huey helicopter.
  • 3 - Mekong Delta Homestay Today you'll travel south by private minibus to Cai Be. When you arrive, you'll board a boat and explore the intricate waterways of the Mekong Delta. Often referred to as 'the rice bowl' of Vietnam, the fertile delta is where rice, tropical fruit and flowers are grown for the whole country. You'll get a chance to get off the boat to visit an orchard and sample some tropical fruit. You'll then continue on the cruise and visit a selection of local cottage industries along the way where you'll experience local life and the industries surrounding the river up close. For sunset today, you'll make your way up one of the many canals to your homestay where you'll tuck into a wonderful meal of local specialities. Your guesthouse accommodation tonight will be simple, but the experience will be rewarding.
  • 4 - Ho Chi Minh City Travel back to Ho Chi Minh City today and enjoy some free time to do a bit of sightseeing at your leisure. We recommend exploring the city's restaurants and trying Ho Chi Minh City's distinctive fresh and flavoursome food. In contrast to the north of Vietnam, the cuisine here is spicier, sweeter and more varied. There are also plenty of street food stalls if you'd like to take a few bites of the local fare.
  • 5 - Dalat After exploring Ho Chi Minh City, take a bus transfer to Dalat. Temperate and cool compared to the rest of the country, Dalat has gained the name "City of Eternal Spring" due to the mists that cover its nearby valleys nearly all year around. This fairytale nickname spreads to its amazing architecture - the Hang Na guesthouse, an expressionist masterpiece, stands as a towering, melted stone obelisk over the lush garden below. There's also plenty of charming Art Deco-influenced structures and gardens littering the area as well. This afternoon, perhaps go for a wander through the streets for a better feel of the city or find a caf? for a cup of artichoke tea, a regional specialty.
  • 6 - Dalat Dalat's soothing climate isn't just a great reprieve from the heat of Vietnam's coast, it also creates the perfect environment to grow a wide selection of fruits, vegetables and herbs. Take a full day to stroll through the tranquil gardens of this city, darting past plantations full of plump vegetables, dazzling flowers, medicinal herbs, aromatic lavender and juicy strawberries. You'll enjoy a guided garden visit to learn more about this fruitful area.
  • 7 - Nha Trang After breakfast this morning travel by minibus to the coastal town of Nha Trang. On arrival, stretch your legs with a leader-led orientation walk. Then, enjoy free time in the afternoon and evening in this stunning coastal city -you might like to make a beeline straight to the beach or try a mud bath. Be sure to find a beach side bar for a cocktail at sunset and then tuck into some of this town's epic seafood - your leader knows all the good spots, so be sure to ask them for their top tips.
  • 8 - Nha Trang After breakfast this morning, enjoy a leisurely boat trip in Nha Trang Bay. You'll stop at Mieu Island to learn about local fishermen's life here, and even get a chance to give it a go yourself with the rowing bamboo basket boat. Then you'll hop to Tam Island and enjoy swimming and snorkelling in the turquoise water amongst the stunning corals. Head back to Nha Trang in the early afternoon. This evening, board an overnight train to Da Nang. Conditions are basic on these trains and hygiene standards may be lower than what you're used to at home, however overnight trains are the best way to brush shoulders with the locals and make the best use of your time. Most trains have a dining carriage serving simple food, but we recommend stocking up on snacks before you board.
  • 9 - Hoi An You'll arrive in Hoi An early today. Recently declared a World Heritage site, Hoi An was a major trading port with the West from the 15th to the 19th century. Today it has been restored to look exactly as it did more than a century ago, giving it an old-world feel full of nooks and crannies for you to explore. You'll have some free time to wonder the city and adventure at your own leisure this afternoon. Hoi An is very much a shopping mecca. Why not browse the paintings, woodwork, ceramics, embroidery all made by the locals? The city is also famous for its talented tailors who work with beautiful fabrics for a good price.
  • 10 - Hoi An Enjoy another free day in the town of Hoi An. You'll have time to see the beautiful Chinese shophouses, enjoy the busy market, visit Cua Dai Beach, cycle to the rice fields or browse the array of art galleries. With plenty of options to keep you busy in this quaint city, you can build the day into whatever you wish.
  • 11 - Hue This morning, wave goodbye to Hoi An as we make tracks to the white sand and blue sea of My Khe Beach. Continue on the journey and cross the dramatic Hai Van Pass and make a quick stop at the fishing village of Lang Co before making your way to Hue. The former imperial capital of Vietnan, Hue contains the treasures of Vietnam's royal history, and has a curious blend of bustling streets and tranquil settings. You'll explore the Imperial Citadel this afternoon - this fortress houses the Imperial City and the citadel-within-a-citadel, the Forbidden Purple City. This icon was almost completely destroyed during the Vietnam War, and the ruins and holes left by bombs are a reminder of the destruction caused by the war. In your free time here you might like to visit to Dong Ba Market which offers locally made goods, fresh produce and tantalising street food. This is a good place to try the specialties enjoyed by Emperor Nguyen such as the banh khoai royal rice cake.
  • 12 - Hue Today's adventure will be taken on the back of a motorbike. You'll have your own driver who will take you first on a drive around the Imperial Citadel, including the Forbidden Purple City. The latter was almost completely destroyed during the Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War, but its humble, foliage-covered ruins remain a testament to its proud history. Here you'll gain some insight into the horrific damage endured during the war. Next, you'll ride to a special lunch spot at a convent or Buddhist monastery for a delicious home-cooked vegetarian feast. After lunch, drive to the royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, set amid a lake, frangipani bushes and pine trees. This evening, perhaps ask your leader for the best place to try imperial street specialties.
  • 13 - Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park Today, we'll take a minibus to the Vinh Moc Tunnels. These were used during the Vietnam War as shelter for the villagers who were escaping intense bombing. Incredibly, the locals here lived in the underground system that went over three levels. You'll get a chance to enter the tunnels which remain in their original form. This afternoon, continue on to your home stay tonight located at the center of Phong Nha. Your host is a family of 3 generations and you'll be able to experience how the locals go about their daily routines while staying here.
  • 14 - Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park After breakfast today, visit the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage site contains the oldest known karst mountains in Asia. The area is also known for its enormous cave system. You'll visit the Thien Duong Cave (Paradise Cave), then take a cruise up the Son River towards the Phong Cave - the scale of the place is truly astounding. In the late afternoon, travel to Dong Hoi and catch an overnight sleeper train to Hanoi.
  • 15 - Hanoi Arrive in Hanoi early in the morning and transfer to your hotel. Vietnam's capital is famous for its beautiful lakes, shaded boulevards, public parks and French-style Old Quarter. As an emerging city in South East Asia, Hanoi has an attractive contrast of modern office buildings, old Buddhist temples and a labyrinth of ancient streets. Later in the day, you'll visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum complex, including One Pillar Pagoda and the Ho Chi Minh Museum.
  • 16 - Da Bac Today you'll kiss goodbye to Hanoi after breakfast and make the drive to Sung village. There are around 70 families living at Sung Village and the majority are Dzao 'Tien' people. Farming and forest plantation are their main source of income. You'll enjoy a traditional lunch at your homestay then take an introductory walk around the village. After getting to know the village better, take a short trek (2 kilometres) to the alluring Sung Cave and visit a 100-year-old tea plantation. The trek has some steep and slippery sections so please ensure you have suitable footwear for this activity. After a handicraft workshop, return to your homestay accommodation for a nice hot shower and a delicious dinner.
  • 17 - Hanoi This morning, you'll get the opportunity to take in more of the Vietnamese highlands on a 10 kilometre (6.2 mi) trek from Sung Village to Da Bia. The first 8km of the trek is mostly flat ground along well-worn buffalo tracks. The final 2km gradually inclines and for a period of approximately 300m there are some steps to climb, however the walk will be a steady relaxed pace. Keep an eye peeled for the monumental stone at the peak of Da Bia Mountain during the hike that takes us through the local villages, meeting people from the ethnic Muong tribe along the way. Stop for lunch at Da Bia before enjoying a scenic 1.5 hour boat cruise on Hoa Binh hydropower reservoir. Arrive at Thung Nai then board a bus transfer to Hanoi, where you'll arrive at around 6 pm. This evening is free for you to explore this delightful city. Why not relax with a bia hoi (freshly brewed draught beer) at one of the microbars in the Old Quarter?
  • 18 - Halong Bay After breakfast today, drive to Bai Chay Harbour towards the famous world heritage site of Halong Bay. A blue-green bay studded with limestone outcrops, this area is full of beaches and natural grottos. You'll take a boat through the limestone peaks and caves filled with stalactites and stalagmites and have the chance to go for a swim or perhaps take a kayak out on the bay. Spend the night on board the boat beneath a sky alive with starlight. The boat has twin-share cabins with air-conditioning and private facilities. There's also a dining room and bar where you can enjoy the day's meals.
  • 19 - Hanoi After breakfast today you'll return to Hanoi, arriving mid afternoon to enjoy a water puppetry performance - a unique and traditional Vietnamese art form. Afterwards, perhaps mark the end of your trip with an optional farewell dinner. Spend a final night in Hanoi before the trip ends tomorrow.
  • 20 - Hanoi There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. There's so much to see and do in Hanoi, why not stay a day or two longer? We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you have extra time, you may like to do an Urban Adventure tour. Your leader will be able to assist you in booking the tour of your choice. See
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