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Family Adventure in Vietnam

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12-day tour with kayaking, biking and culture expedition
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Places to visit: Hanoi - Halong Bay kayaking - Hue biking - Hoi An - Saigon - Ving Long - Can Tho - Sai gon

With its stunning natural landscapes, millennia-old history, exciting cosmopolitan cities, friendly hamlets and mélange of cultural influences, Vietnam has it all. And there’s no better way to become acquainted with this vibrant country than by exploring it under your own locomotion and at your own pace. Walk past pagodas and temples in old Hanoi, kayak amid labyrinthine limestone outcrops in Halong Bay, bike past vibrant green rice paddies, investigate magnificent historic sites in Hue and stroll through the enchanting city of Hoi An, one of Vietnam’s architectural gems. Round out your days of discovery with meals of delicious local cuisine and stays at warm welcoming hotels.

Tour Highlights
  • Kayaking in the amazing Halong Bay
  • Biking in the majestic former capital of Hue
  • Charming ancient town of Hoian
  • Floating market of Cai Rang

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TOUR AT A GLANCE

Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi
Day 2: City tour of Hanoi
Day 3: Drive east to Halong Bay
Day 4: Kayaking Halong Bay
Day 5: Cruise/drive back to Hanoi
Day 6: Fly Hue/city tour in Hue
Day 7: Transfer to Hoian
Day 8: In Hoian
Day 9: Fly Saigon
Day 10: Mekong Delta tour
Day 11: See floating market/drive back to Saigon
Day 12: Departure.

TOUR PRICE (Per person)
(Valid to 31st December 2017)

Group of 1 person: US$ 2465
Group of 2 persons: US$ 1494
Group of 3 -4 persons: US$ 1294
Group of 5-6 persons: US$ 1117
Group of 7 persons upon request
Single Supplement: US$ 447

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

- AC support vehicle along the tour
- Friendly English speaking guide
- High-end Mountain bikes rental
- Meals as indicated
- Domestic air tickets
- Twin shared rooms at 3 star standards
- Room at hotel (twin shared)
- Boat expenses if any
- Kayaking equipment
- First-aid kit
- Water & Snacks
- Entrance & Sightseeing fees
- Service charges and taxes

TOUR EXCLUSIONS:

- Travel insurance
- Visa process and stamp fee
- Tips and gratitude
- Personal expenses
- Others not mentioned

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Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi

Our Vietnam adventure tour guide welcome you at the airport and transfer to hotel in downtown Hanoi. Welcome drink and tour briefing in the afternoon (If you come in the afternoon, the tour briefing will be done at dinner time)
In the evening, enjoy a special Water Puppet show and have welcome dinner with local delights. Overnight in Hanoi. 
Activities:  Tour briefing, Water Puppet Show
Meal:    Welcome drink & Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi city tour

After breakfast in the hotel, you will take an interesting guided city tour of Hanoi including Ho Chi Minh complex (the mausoleum, the house & garden, and the museum) and One Pillar Pagoda, a unique ancient architecture. After here we move to Temple of Literature, the site of Vietnam’s first university, dates back to 1070. It's peaceful gardens and pavilions offer a relaxing respite from Hanoi’s busy streets. Lunch in a local restaurant. 
In the afternoon, we enjoy a relaxing cyclo tour in the ancient part of Hanoi. Walking down some small and lively street to see busy local market then join locals for green tea or coffee in local café. Free time for shopping. Overnight in Hanoi
“Cyclo" is three wheeled rickshaws, operated by pedal-power, with a seat attached to the front. 
Activities:  Full-day city tour
Transportation: AC vehicle
Meals:    Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay

Leave Hanoi for Halong Bay at 8.30am. On the way, we will have a short break for refreshment at a handicraft center. Upon arrival in Halong City, we board a wooden boat for a fine seafood lunch and a short cruise to Thien Cung Cave. After exploration of the cave, we board the junk again for a great cruise through an amazing area of limestone islets. We will pass a floating village to reach our overnight spot near Luon Cave, which is a tunnel thrusting through a mountain. Dinner and overnight on the junk.
Transfer Hanoi – Halong:  3.5 hrs
Activities:    Cruising
Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation:   Twin shared cabin 

Day 4: Kayaking Halong Bay

After breakfast, we start paddling to Van Chai Floating village and then continue paddling to Dark Cave. Tide permitting, we explore this amazing cave by kayak. The cave is a 200m long, dark tunnel thrusting through a limestone mountain. The tunnel is the only entry to a secluded and beautiful lagoon. Lunch on support boat in front of the cave. After lunch, we paddle to Ba Trai Dao Lagoon, along a stunning and fairly rough sea channel, to explore its beautiful beaches. Continue paddling to Lan Ha Bay, which is smaller than Halong bay but much more interesting with lots of secluded beaches. Cruise back to Halong Bay for dinner and overnight on mother-boat.
Activities:   6 hr kayaking 
Transportation: Boat, Kayak
Meals:    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:  Twin shared cabin

Day 5: Halong Bay – Hanoi

Breakfast on the junk and enjoy the sundeck of the junk while she navigates amazing rock formations of Bai Tu Long Bay to get back to Halong City. Lunch on the junk before reaching Halong Harbor for a drive back to Hanoi. On the way back to Hanoi we will have a stop in Dong Trieu Town for refreshment and visiting a ceramic factory. Overnight in Hanoi. 
Transfer Halong – Hanoi:  3.5 hrs 
Transportation:  AC vehicle, Junk
Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch 
Accommodation:  Hotel in Hanoi

Day 6: Hanoi – biking in Hue

Take the early flight to Hue City, the former capital of Vietnam in 17th, 18th century. Hue has been recognized a World Heritage Site by UNESCO thanks to its outstanding cultural and historical values. Upon arrival, we transfer to our hotel in Hue. After check-in, we take a short drive to the Imperial City to visit the impressive Royal Palace and other beautiful royal buildings. 
Lunch in a local restaurant with local delights. After lunch we embark on a relaxing biking tour to the rural area of Hue, passing scenic villages and green rice fields to reach Emperor Minh Mang Tomb, one of the most beautiful Emperor’s tombs in Hue. The tomb is particularly impressive being an extravagant complex of pavilions, temple, courtyards, and lakes. After visiting the Emperor’s tomb we will take a boat trip on the peaceful Perfume River to get back to Hue City. Overnight in Hue.
Activities:    Sightseeing, biking 15km and 1.5 hr river cruise
Transportation:  AC vehicle, Boat, Bicycle
Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch 
Accommodation:  Hotel in Hue

Day 7: Hue – Hoian walking city tour

Breakfast in the hotel and leave Hue for Hoian. Hoian is a small, beautiful ancient town by the bank of Thu Bon River. The town thrived on trading with the Chinese, Japanese, Spanish,…some hundred years ago. On the way, we will have a short stop at Lang Co beach for refreshing. Upon arrival in Hoian Town, we check in hotel and have lunch in local restaurant.
In the afternoon, we will take an interesting guided walking tour to see the ancient town of Hoian. We will visit ancient houses, old Chinese communal houses and the lively market of Hoian. Overnight in Hoian.   
Activities:    Walking tour of Hoi An
Transportation:  AC vehicle
Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch 
Accommodation:  Hotel in Hoi An

Day 8: Hoi An free time

Breakfast in hotel. Today is your free day to do whatever you want. There are some options for you to choose; shopping in the town – Hoi An is the paradise for those who like shopping, going to the beautiful beach of Cua Dai which is only 5 km from the town. Or you could take a short guided biking tour to the beautiful surrounding villages – this is excluded in the tour. Overnight in Hoi An.
Activities:    Free time 
Transportation:  N/A
Meals:     Breakfast
Accommodation:  Hotel in Hoi An

Day 9: Hoi An – Da Nang – Saigon

Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Da Nang for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport, we transfer to our hotel downtown Saigon. The busy city of Saigon used to be the capital of South Vietnam, is the biggest commercial and cultural center of Vietnam. We will have lunch at a local restaurant before taking an interesting city tour of Saigon including the Unification Palace, the Post Office, the Jade Emperor Pagoda and Ben Thanh Market. Overnight in Saigon.
Activities:    City tour of Saigon
Transportation:  Airplane, AC vehicle
Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch 
Accommodation:  Hotel in Saigon

Day 10: Saigon – Vinh Long – Can Tho

Breakfast in a hotel before leaving Saigon for an exciting day tour in Mekong Delta. After two hour driving, we will reach Vinh Long. From here we take a boat trip on the mighty Mekong River to reach a peaceful island on the river. On the island, we will walk through fruit orchards and visit local family. We will try many different kinds of tropical fruit cultivated on the island, and we will be entertained with songs and music performed by villagers. After here we take a rowed boat trip on small canals, which are shaded by water coconut trees. We visit a coconut candy factory and have lunch at a local restaurant. 
After lunch, we travel further south to Can Tho City. On the way, we will cross a branch of Mekong River on a public ferry. Overnight in Can Tho.
Activity:    Sightseeing, River cruise
Transportation:  AC vehicle, Boats
Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch 
Accommodation:  Hotel in Can Tho

Day 11: Can Tho – Saigon 

Get up early in the morning and take a boat trip on Mekong River to see one of the most lively and colorful floating markets in Southeast Asia. The best time to see the market is around 8 am. Taking boat trip back to Can Tho for breakfast. Leave Can Tho for Saigon with a stop on the way for lunch. We will reach Saigon early afternoon. Overnight in Saigon.
Activities:    Visit floating market
Transportation:  AC vehicle, Boat
Meals:     Breakfast, Lunch 
Accommodation:  Hotel in Saigon

Day 12: Sai gon Departure 

Breakfast in hotel. Our guide and driver are at your disposal until we transfer you to the airport for your flight home or connect to another adventure in Cambodia, Laos or Myanmar with ActiveTravel.Asia.
Activities:    Transfer to airport
Transportation:  AC vehicle
Meals:     Breakfast
 
Note on client safety
We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, the frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.