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Vietnam Family Holidays

Fall in love with Vietnam on this adventure full of life, colour and flavour!

Vietnam Family Holidays

$ 1,363 from, per person

With its friendly locals, delicious food and incredible scenery, Vietnam is the ideal place for a family adventure. Stroll the winding streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, laugh yourself silly at the water puppet theatre at Hoan Kiem and see ancient temples and pagodas alongside modern houses from a cyclo. Barter with stallholders at a floating market, explore the Forbidden Purple City and eat all the pho you can handle. With 13 days to adventure from the towering limestone karsts of Halong Bay to the frenetic markets of Ho Chi Minh City, you and your gang will get all the highlights of vivacious Vietnam in one neat package.

 

 

You will love it! We would happily recommend this trip to anyone that would like to share a fantastic experience with the family and other like-minded people as you can enjoy a vibrant towns, ancient small villages, a strong culture, delicious food in a such a diverse and beautiful Vietnam.
Not for you? We can offer similar tours and tailormade packages for adults, couples, families, LGBT, groups. Get in touch with us and we will suggest our best holiday experience for you organized in a very safe manner to bring back unique memories.

 

Holiday Details

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  • Departure/Return Location
    Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh
  • Important Notes
    This is a small group journey 2-16 pax, with minimum guaranteed departures. Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you. Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old.
  • Main Destinations
    Hanoi | Halong Bay | Hue | Hoi An | Ho Chi Minh City | Mekong Delta
  • Incredible Moment
    A cyclo tour of Hanoi is an excellent introduction to bustling inner-city Vietnam, and the novelty of travelling on these three-wheeled wonders is a thrill for all ages.
  • Included
    Accommodation
    Internal Flights
    Meals
    Transport
  • Not Included
    Flights
    Guide
    Insurance

Day to Day Itinerary

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Day 1: Hanoi
Welcome to Vietnam. You will be transferred from the airport to your hotel, and your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 5pm. Afterwards, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow families. Hanoi is famous for its beautiful lakes, shaded boulevards, verdant public parks and thriving Old Quarter. The latter is a veritable architectural museum piece that feels like a 1930s provincial French town – a great place to explore today if you have time.
If you arrive before your tour begins there is plenty to see and do. Consider booking the Hanoi Morning Highlights Urban Adventure with a local expert guide. This optional tour visits the Temple of Literature, stops by a traditional tea house, and takes you through the Hoa Lo Prison Memorial before concluding at Hoan Kiem Lake. Or maybe take it at your own pace and wander the Old Quarter to admire the city’s French-colonial architecture.
• May de Ville City Centre Hotel or similar (1 night)
• Room Type – Based on leading Standard Rooms
• Included Meals – Dinner
Included Activities
Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Special Information
It is very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information for each member of your family. If you are going to be late please let the hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.  
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Day 2: Hanoi
Embark on a full-day tour of the city. You will visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum, and the tranquil Temple of Literature – an oasis of calm in the heart of town. Also head to the Museum of Ethnology to learn more about the diverse heritage of Vietnam. Enjoy some lunch at the KOTO restaurant – an excellent establishment and long-time friend of Intrepid which lives by the philosophy of 'know one, teach one'. It supports underprivileged local youth by giving them a chance at making a career in hospitality. In the evening, sit down to a traditional water puppet performance. This northern tradition, dating back nearly a thousand years, is performed alongside traditional Vietnamese music that employs drums, wooden bells, horns and bamboo flutes.
• May de Ville City Centre Hotel or similar (1 night)
• Room Type –on leading Standard Rooms
• Included Meals – Breakfast and Lunch
Included Activities
Hanoi - Temple of Literature
Hanoi - Water puppet show
Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh Complex: Ho Chi Minh, Stilt House and Museum
Hanoi - Museum of Ethnology
Hanoi - Koto Restaurant lunch
Special Information
Please note that the Ethnology Museum is closed on Mondays. If you are on a departure that falls on a Monday in Hanoi, you will visit the Vietnamese Women's Museum instead. If you are arriving into Hanoi before the trip departs, we highly recommend you take the time to visit the Ethnology Museum in your own time as it is a real highlight.  
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Day 3: Halong Bay
Travel by minibus to the spectacular World Heritage-listed site of Halong Bay (approximately 4 hours). The bay is a breathtaking secluded harbour with some 2000 limestone islands jutting out of the waters of the Bac Bo Gulf. Board your private boat and cruise among the dramatic limestone peaks. There's an opportunity to swim in the famous Vietnam East Sea and explore caves filled with stunning stalactites and stalagmites. Spend a peaceful night on board, beneath a sky alive with stars.
• Overnight boat (1 night)
• Room Type –Standard Cabin
• Included Meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Included Activities
Halong Bay - Overnight boat cruise with seafood lunch and dinner
Special Information
Due to recent unforeseen changes by local authorities, many boats are no longer permitted to stay overnight on the bay. This has resulted in a boat shortage. To ensure all travellers are accommodated, a larger boat (usually with 12 cabins) may be used, and passengers may be split across multiple boats. A group leader will be present on each boat, and the route and onboard inclusions will remain the same.
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Day 4: Hue
Enjoy breakfast on the boat this morning and perhaps head out for an optional early morning kayak. Return to Hanoi by bus (approximately 3.5 hours). From there you will board an overnight train bound for Hue. As the former imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue holds the treasures of Vietnam's royal past. It's a curious mix of bustling streets and tranquil settings. Although conditions are basic on your train journey, overnight trains are a classic South East Asian experience and the best way to travel long distances with the locals. Lie back and enjoy the ride! Most trains have a dining carriage serving simple food, but it's a great idea to stock up on fresh bread, cheese and fruit before you head off.
• Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
• Room Type –Standard Cabin
• Included Meals – Breakfast
Optional Activities
Halong Bay - Kayaking - VND190000
Special Information
Sleeper trains typically have four-berth compartments (occasionally they're six-berth, depending on seasonal variations) which have bench seats that convert into sleeping bunks. A sheet, pillow and blanket are provided, although some travellers prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet. On occasion, passengers of different genders will be required to share a compartment and there will be occasions where you'll be sharing with local travellers or travellers who are not part of your group.
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Day 5: Hue
As the former imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue holds the treasures of Vietnam's royal past. It's a curious mix of bustling streets and tranquil settings. As well as the Imperial Citadel, you will visit the Forbidden Purple City, which was almost totally destroyed during the American War's Tet Offensive. The gaping holes left by bombs give an idea of the destruction wreaked upon the country during the war. Thankfully the ruins are now World Heritage protected and being restored.
• Cherish Hotel Hue or similar (1 night))
• Room Type –Standard Room
• Included Meals – There are no meals included on this day.
Included Activities
Hue - Imperial City Full Day Tour Urban Adventure
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Day 6: Hue
Enjoy a dragon boat cruise along the Perfume River to visit the royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc. The tomb is set amongst 12 hectares of parkland that has been carefully decorated with frangipani and pine trees, tranquil lakes and impressive architecture – much of which survived the ravages of time and war. While you're here, take the opportunity to learn a little more about this figure who opposed the French involvement in Vietnam. You can also try your hand at making incense sticks and see how Hue’s unique conical ‘poem’ hat is made from palm leaves. You will also visit Thien Mu Pagoda, considered by many to be the unofficial symbol of Hue. It has been an active Buddhist site since 1601.
• Cherish Hotel Hue or similar (1 night))
• Room Type –Standard Room
• Included Meals – Breakfast
Included Activities
Hue - Royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc
Hue - Perfume River cruise
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Day 7: Hoi An
Travelling by bus (approximately 4 hours), head south through coastal rice paddies before traversing the spectacular Hai Van Pass. You'll all be treated to some stunning mountain scenery en route. After a brief visit to the beautiful China Beach, arrive at Hoi An. Recently declared a World Heritage site, Hoi An and its delicate beauty is being restored and preserved. Known as Faifo to early Western traders, it was one of South East Asia's major international ports during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Today, parts of it look exactly as they did more than a century ago – it's the sort of place that grows on you the more you explore it.
• Hoi An Riverside Resort & Spa or similar (1 night)
• Room Type –Standard Room
• Included Meals – Breakfast
Included Activities
Hoi An - Orientation walk
Hoi An - Old Town walking tour
Optional Activities
Hoi An - Cooking Class, Central Vietnamese - VND420000
Hoi An - Thu Bon river boat trip - VND100000
Hoi An - Countryside bicycle hire - VND40000
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Day 8: Hoi An
After breakfast, head out to spend the morning at Cua Dai beach. This beach is known for its stunning palm-fringed white sand and views of the Cham islands. Transfer back to town for lunch, before spending the afternoon learning how to make wonton cake. This hands-on experience is one the whole family will enjoy!
• Hoi An Riverside Resort & Spa or similar (1 night)
• Room Type –Standard Room
• Included Meals – Breakfast and Lunch
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Day 9: Hoi An
The rest of your time is left free to relax in this beautiful area. You could take a taxi or make the easy five-kilometre bicycle ride through the rice paddies and shrimp ponds to Cua Dai beach. Alternatively, Hoi An is one of the best places to shop for souvenirs, especially if you’re looking for t-shirts, paintings or ceramics. For those interested in getting clothes tailored, this is definitely the place to shop. You might also like to speak to your leader about arranging a cooking lesson and learn about the many layers of fresh herbs and flavours that can be found in Vietnam's fresh and tasty cuisine.
•Hoi An Riverside Resort & Spa or similar (1 night)
• Room Type –Standard Room
• Included Meals – Breakfast
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Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City
Take a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City (approximately 1 hour). Formerly known as Saigon, this bustling metropolis is full of vibrant sights and sounds; a fascinating blend of old and new. Check out Ben Thanh Market and feast on a delicious lunch of local street food, and take an orientation walk. Afterwards, you're free to explore the city as you please. Your leader will have plenty of interesting ideas for you and your family. Consider scooting off on cyclos to Cholon, the Chinatown area of Ho Chi Minh City, or for a bit of temple-hopping. Otherwise, you could visit the Vietnamese version of a department store for some serious shopping.
•Huong Sen Hotel or similar (1 night)
• Included Meals – Breakfast and Lunch
Included Activities
Ho Chi Minh City - Orientation Walk
Optional Activities
Ho Chi Minh City - Reunification Palace - VND40000
Ho Chi Minh City - War Remnants Museum - VND40000
Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnel Experience Urban Adventure - USD39
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Day 11: Mekong Delta
Head down to the Mekong Delta and visit unexplored Ben Tre where coconut is everything and anything. The journey to Ben Tre is south by private bus (approximately 2.5 hours). The fertile delta is famous for its abundant harvests of tropical fruits and flowers. On arrival, board your private boat and cruise along the maze of waterways to visit some local cottage industries. This is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at a different part of the local economy. Then head to your overnight homestay by the water. Be invited into a family home for a true local experience – a chance to see daily life from the inside. You'll be sleeping on simple camp beds in dorm-style rooms, with all meals included. Bedding and mosquito nets are provided.
•Homestay (1 night)
• Included Meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Included Activities
Mekong Delta - Boat Cruise and Homestay
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Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City
Rise early, as the locals do here on the delta. Enjoy a leisurely morning before heading back to Ho Chi Minh City on the bus. On arrival, you'll have free time to further explore the city at your own pace. This is an opportunity to do anything you might have missed the first time around. District 1 is a great place to walk around with the family. If you've fallen in love with Vietnamese food, sample some of the culinary delights you haven't got around to yet – perhaps some grilled cuttlefish or, for the adventurous, street-barbecued sea snails.
•Huong Sen Hotel or similar (1 night)
• Included Meals – Breakfast and Dinner
Included Activities
Mekong Delta - Local market visit
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Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time, provided you comply with the hotel’s internal check-out policies
• Included Meals – Breakfast
Inclusions
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
Transport: Boat, Minibus, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Private Bus
Accommodation: Hotel (9 nights), Overnight Boat (1 night), Overnight Sleeper Train (1 night), Homestay (1 night)
Included activities
Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Hanoi - Temple of Literature
Hanoi - Water puppet show
Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh Complex: Ho Chi Minh, Stilt House and Museum
Hanoi - Museum of Ethnology
Hanoi - Koto Restaurant lunch
Halong Bay - Overnight boat cruise with seafood lunch and dinner
Hue - Imperial City Full Day Tour Urban Adventure
Hue - Royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc
Hue - Perfume River cruise
Hoi An - Orientation walk
Hoi An - Old Town walking tour
Ho Chi Minh City - Orientation Walk
Mekong Delta - Boat Cruise and Homestay
Mekong Delta - Local market visit

Map and Highlights

Hanoi
Hanoi is one of the oldest and most charming cities in Asia, and apart from its traditional Vietnamese architecture, there is a French quarter with grand French colonial villas and broad boulevards lined with trees and coffee houses.
Halong Bay
Halong Bay is one of the most magnificent scenic spots in all of Vietnam and was recognized as a world natural heritage site by UNESCO in 1994. Halong is a picturesque bay with almost 2,000 islets rising from the clear emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, dotted with sandy coves, grottoes and limestone islands formed over millennia by wind and water erosion.
Ho Chi Minh City
Still called Saigon by many locals, this dynamic city has a unique life of its own. Full of history and important landmarks like the former Presidential Palace. It was towards this modern building that North Vietnamese resistance fighters tanks (Viet Cong) rolled on the morning of April 30, 1975 as Saigon fell. This fascinating building is filled with history still fresh in the minds of many. Other major sights of colonial Ho Chi Minh City include the red-brick Catholic cathedral of Notre-Dame, the nearby 19th century Empire-style Post Office.
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