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Vietnam Family Holiday

Minimum age 5 years

Explore Vietnam in comfort from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh, Halong Bay and Hue.
With its friendly locals, delicious food and incredible scenery, Vietnam is a great 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. Give your family a bank of memories to last a lifetime on this 13-day adventure combining history, geography and food – so really, it’s just like school – only much better!

Trip Highlights

  • 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
  • There’s a great mix of included activities and free time, which is perfect in atmospheric destinations like Hoi An, with the beach just a short bike ride away
  • Halong Bay is more than an amazing and unique natural wonder – it’s a proper escape from the world around you. Sleep under the stars on a comfortable cruise boat and enjoy a sumptuous lunch and dinner on board
  • By dining at KOTO in Hanoi, you’ll not only feast on delicious northern specialties, you’ll be supporting an excellent cause that helps connect street kids with careers in hospitality

We share this holiday with another company, which is not a dedicated single parent company and so the group is likely to consist of one and two parent families. However, the 6 July 2018 and 15 July 2018 are dedicated single parent departures.

Included activities

  • Hanoi – Temple of Literature
  • Hanoi – Water puppet show
  • Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh Complex: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Stilt House and Museum
  • Hanoi – Museum of Ethnology
  • Hanoi – Koto Restaurant lunch
  • Halong Bay – Overnight boat cruise
  • Hue – Imperial citadel
  • Hue – Royal tomb
  • Hue – Perfume River cruise
  • Hoi An – Orientation walk
  • Hoi An – Ancient town walk and entrance ticket
  • Hoi An – Children Hope in Action visit
  • Ho Chi Minh City – Orientation Walk
  • Mekong Delta – Local market visit

Vietnam

Day 1 Hanoi – Xin chao! Welcome to Vietnam. You will be transferred from the airport to your hotel, and your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. Afterwards, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travellers. 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. Accommodation: May de Ville City Centre Hotel or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Dinner

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 longtime friend of Intrepid which lives by the philosophy of ‘know one, teach one’. It supports the 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. 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. Accommodation: May de Ville City Centre Hotel or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

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 2,000 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. Your sailing junk has twin-share cabins, air-conditioning and private facilities. There’s also a dining room and bar. Accommodation: Halong Bay – Overnight boat cruise Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 Hue – Return to Hanoi by bus (approximately 3.5 hours). From there you will board an overnight train bound for Hue. Although conditions are basic on your train journey, it’s 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. Notes: 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. Accommodation: Overnight Sleeper Train (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast

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 foliage-covered ruins are still atmospheric in places. You will also make a visit to Thien Mu Pagoda, considered by many to be the unofficial symbol of Hue. It has been an active Buddhist monastery since 1601. One of the most poignant displays is a car belonging to a former monk who, in 1963, drove to Saigon and set himself alight to protest against the treatment of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese regime. Accommodation: Cherish Hotel Hue or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 Hue – Enjoy a dragon boat cruise along the Perfume River. You will visit one of the royal tombs, that of Emperor Tu Duc, and see the central lake which is set amid a grove of frangipani and pine trees. There is also the chance to visit the tomb of Minh Mang – perhaps the most majestic of all the royal tombs. Its lush forest backdrop and impressive architecture make it a delight to explore. While you’re here, take the opportunity to learn a little more about this figure who opposed the French involvement in Vietnam and was a strict orthodox Confucianist. Accommodation: Cherish Hotel Hue or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast

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 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. Accommodation: Phu Thinh 2 hotel or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 Hoi An  In the morning, visit CHIA (Children’s Hope in Action Centre) to learn more about its cause and perhaps interact with the local kids. This is a community-based project supported by the Intrepid Foundation. For lunch you will sit down to a picnic on the beach, which is quite close to town. In the afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore. You’re sure to be impressed by the Japanese Covered Bridge which, after many additional layers and changes over the years, retains its beautiful original aesthetic. It’s built very sturdily, to protect it from earthquakes. Accommodation: Pho Thinh 2 hotel or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

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. Accommodation: Pho Thinh 2 hotel or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast

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 characterised by a vast array of sights and sounds, a fascinating blend of old and new, East and West. 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 you family. Consider scooting off on cyclos to Cholon, the Chinatown area of Ho Chi Minh City, for a bit of temple-hopping. Or visit the Vietnamese version of a department store for some serious shopping. Accommodation: Asian Ruby 1 Hotel or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

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. Accommodation:Homestay (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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. Accommodation: Hong Sen Hotel or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

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.

What’s included in this holiday:

Meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport: Boat, Car, Minibus, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Private Bus

Accommodation: Hotel (9 nights), Overnight boat (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (1 night), Homestay (1 night)

Activities

Day 2 Included Activities:

  • Hanoi – Temple of Literature
  • Hanoi – Water puppet show
  • Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh Complex: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Stilt House and Museum
  • Hanoi – Museum of Ethnology
  • Hanoi – Koto Restaurant lunch

Day 3 Included Activities:

Halong Bay – Overnight boat cruise

Day 5  Included Activities:

  • Hue – Imperial citadel

Day 6 Included Activities:

  • Hue – Royal tomb
  • Hue – Perfume River cruise

Day 7 Included Activities:

  • Hoi An – Orientation walk
  • Hoi An – Ancient town walk and entrance ticket

Optional Activities:

  • Hoi An – cooking course
  • Hoi An – Thu Bon river boat trip
  • Hoi An – Countryside bicycle hire

Day 8 Included Activities:

  • Hoi An – Children Hope in Action visit

Day 10 Included Activities:

  • Ho Chi Minh City – Orientation Walk

Optional Activities:

  • Ho Chi Minh City – Reunification Palace
  • Ho Chi Minh City – War Remnants Museum
  • Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels

Day 12 Included Activities:

  • Mekong Delta – Local market visit

Vietnam Dates and Prices

Travel Dates Nights Adult Child 5-17 Notes
Mon 26 Mar – Sat 7 Apr 2018 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Thurs 29 Mar –Tues 10 Apr 2018 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Fri 30 Mar – Wed 11 Apr 2018 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 31 Mar – Thurs 12 Apr 2018 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Mon 2 Apr – Sat 14 Apr 2018 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Tues 3 Apr – Sun 15 Apr 2018 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Thurs 5 Apr –Tues 17 Apr 2018 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 7 Apr – Thurs 19 Apr 2018 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Mon 9 Apr – Sat 21 Apr 2018 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Thurs 12 Apr – Tues 24 Apr 2018 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Fri 29 June –Wed 11 July 2018 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 30 June – Thurs 12 July 2018 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Tues 3 July – Sun 15 July 2018 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Wed 4 July – Mon 16 July 2018 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Thurs 5 July – Tues 17 July 2018 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Fri 6 July – Wed 18 July 2018 12 £960 £865 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices.

This departure date is EXCLUSIVELY FOR SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES.

Please enquire, as this visits the same areas, but has different itinerary.

Sat 7 July – Thurs 19 July 2018 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Mon 9 July – Sat 21 July 2018 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Tues 10 July – Sun 22 July 2018 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Wed 11 July – Mon 23 July 2018 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Thurs 12 July – Tues 24 July 2018 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 14 July – Thurs 26 July 2018 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun, 15 July – Fri 27 July 2018 12 £960 £865 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices.

This departure date is EXCLUSIVELY FOR SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES.

Please enquire, as this visits the same areas, but has different itinerary.

Tues 17 July – Sun 29 July 2018 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Thurs 19 July – Tues 31 July 2018 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 21 July – Thurs 2 Aug 2018 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Thurs 26 July – Tues 7 August 2018 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 28 July – Thurs 9 Aug 2018 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Fri 3 Aug – Wed 15 Aug 2018 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
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Tues 7 Aug – Sun 19 Aug 2018 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
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Thurs 27 Sep – Tues 9 Oct 2018 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Fri 28 Sep – Wed 10 Oct 2018 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
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Fri 21 Dec 2018 – Wed 2 Jan 2019 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 22 Dec 2018 – Thurs 3 Jan 2019 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
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Sat 5 Jan – Thurs 17 Jan 2019 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Wed 9 Jan – Mon 21 Jan 2019 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Fri 11 Jan – Wed 23 Jan 2019 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 12 Jan – Thurs 24 Jan 2019 12 £1005 £905 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices

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The prices shown above exclude flights. Since flight availability and airfares change constantly, these prices are subject to availability at the time of booking so please enquire for a full quotation including flight. You may choose to buy your own flight, in which case you may want to also check out the price of a private transfer to the start of the holiday and returning to the airport at the end of your stay or information regarding shuttle buses. In many cases there will be a complementary transfer, and we can confirm the time of these transfers, where applicable. We will always endeavour to find the best available flights at the time of booking and confirm your flight inclusive price at that time. We advise that you book early to secure the best prices.

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