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National Geographic Journey: Explore Vietnam

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Price From: R 24,799.00

13 days, Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City.

Immerse yourself in the incredibly vibrant culture of Vietnam with this 13-day introduction to some of its greatest highlights. Spend a night on a traditional junk boat in stunning Halong Bay, roam the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hoi An, trek through hilltribe villages to gain a glimpse of traditional rural life, and enjoy a cyclo ride through the heart of bustling Hanoi. Rediscover what a real adventure should feel like as you make your way through Vietnam.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEY - greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam!

Booking Details For This Small Group Adventure

Various departures available: Prices per person sharing from:
March - May 2018 R 26,579.00 pps
June - August 2018 R 24,799.00 pps
September - November 2018 R 26,579.00 pps
  • Trip Type: Small Group
  • Physical Rating: Light
  • Trip Code: AVHNG (National Geographic Journeys)
     

Small Group Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2: Hanoi/Mai Châu

Travel to the lush Mai Chau Valley and enjoy a countryside walk through rice paddies and local villages.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: Mai Châu

Enjoy free time to explore the valley. Options include cycling in the countryside, cooking class, relaxing or kayaking.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4: Mai Châu/Hanoi

Return to Hanoi to explore Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton), visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and go on a cyclo tour of the Old Quarter.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5: Hanoi/Ha Long

Start your day off right with breakfast at Hoa Sua, a non-profit training restaurant for underprivileged Hanoi youth. Help yourself to some yummy cuisine while helping others. Afterwards, transfer to Halong Bay and spend the night on a traditional junk boat surrounded by turquoise waters, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the calm waters. Cruise through Bai Tu Long Bay, a more secluded section of this stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to cruise around the Bay and explore the Me Cung cave with our local guide.
Exclusive Inclusions:National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Breakfast at Hoa Sua
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6: Ha Long/Huế

Have an early lunch on board before returning to land and heading back to Hanoi to catch our short flight to Hue.
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 7: Huế

Visit the ancient walled Citadel containing the former Imperial Palace. Take a trip into the surrounding countryside to see the final resting place of former emperors, visiting one of the most impressive royal tombs. Opt to explore Hue like the locals on a motorbike taxi, visiting local shops and a Convent for lunch.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8: Huế/Hoi An

Enjoy a scenic drive to Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage site and take a walking tour of the ancient town. Also visit the Lifestart Foundation and learn how to make a traditional lantern from one of the beneficiaries of this program. Supported by Planeterra, this project helps local Vietnamese with chronic disabilities gain sustainable employment.
Exclusive Inclusions:National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Traditional Lantern Experience
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9: Hoi An

Enjoy the Oodles of Noodles market visit, street food experience and cooking class at a G Adventures-supported culinary training school. Visit the local markets with two students and their trainer to learn about and taste noodles, and then return to the school to cook lunch with the students.
Exclusive Inclusions:National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Oodles of Noodles Local Market Excursion|G Adventures for Good Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 10: Hoi An

The day is free for optional activities of your choice.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11: Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City

Flight to Ho Chi Minh CIty. Opt to take a cyclo tour and visit the markets and shops.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City

Visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, legendary for the vital part they played during the Vietnam War.
Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City

Depart at any time.
Meals included: Breakfast
 

Tour Inclusions

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Breakfast at Hoa Sua, Hanoi
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Traditional Lantern Experience, Hoi An
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Oodles of Noodles Local Market Excursion, Hoi An
  • G Adventures for Good: Oodles of Noodles Demonstration and Lunch, Hoi An
  • Visit Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton) and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
  • Cyclo tour of Hanoi's Old Quarter
  • Overnight on a junk boat on Halong Bay
  • Guided tour of Emperor's Tomb and Imperial Citadel Hue
  • Walking tour of Hoi An Old Town
  • Guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels
     
Validity Various departures available from March - November 2018
Currency NB. Our prices are quoted in ZAR, and subject to exchange rate fluctuations.
Tour Identifiers AVHNG (National Geographic Journeys)
Inclusions • Arrival transfer
• All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
• Accommodations: Hotels (9 nts), junk boat (1 nt), lodge (2 nt).
• Meals: 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners.
• Transportation: Bus, boat, cyclo, plane, walking.
• Internal flights
• Staff & experts: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Exclusions • Allow USD155-205 for meals not included.
• International flights and taxes.
• Visas.
• Drinks and items of personal nature.
T's & C's • Deposits: A non-refundable deposit of R1 000 per person per tour is required at the time of confirmation, in order to secure the reservation.
• Final Payment: This is due 60 days prior. For bookings made eight weeks or less before the date of departure, the whole contract price is payable at the time of booking. Note that failure to remit payment on due date could involve passengers in cancellation of their reservations and forfeiture of deposit.
• Cancellation: Any cancellation by passengers must be made in writing and acknowledged by G Adventures in writing. Charges will be determined by date on which the cancellation is received by G Adventures.
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