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Vietnam Family Holiday

Minimum age 5 years

Single parent family holiday to Vietnam

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

The single parent family holiday to Vietnam departs 6 July and 15 July 2018.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. You can enquire for group composition before booking.

Included activities

  • Hanoi – Temple of Literature
  • Hanoi – Water puppet show
  • Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh Complex: Ho Chi Minh, Stilt House and Museum
  • Hanoi – Koto Restaurant lunch
  • Hanoi – Museum of Ethnology
  • Halong Bay – Overnight boat cruise
  • Hue – Perfume River cruise
  • Hue – Royal tomb
  • Hue – Imperial citadel
  • Hoi An – Orientation walk
  • Hoi An – Ancient Town Entrance
  • Ho Chi Minh City – Orientation Walk
  • Mekong Delta – Soya bean workshop
  • 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: Hong Ngoc Cochninchine Hotel or similar (1 night) 

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: Hong Ngoc Cochinchine 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 – Welcome to Hue! Your leader will help you chose a local, tasty breakfast option this morning after you disembark the overnight train. Afterwards, enjoy a dragon boat cruise along the Perfume River. The trip includes a visit to Thien Mu Pagoda, which is considered by many to be the unofficial symbol of Hue. It’s an active Buddhist monastery originating in 1601. One of the most poignant displays here 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. You will visit one of the royal tombs, that of Emperor Tu Duc, and see the central lake set amid a grove of frangipani and pine trees. There is also the chance to visit the tomb of Minh Mang. Its lush forest backdrop and impressive architecture make it perhaps the most majestic of all the royal tombs. Accommodation: Thanh Lich Hotel or similar (1 night)

Day 6 Hue – Delve further into the fascinating former capital today. You will visit the Imperial Citadel, which is the best-preserved remnant of a large citidel and Royal centre that once existed on this fortified site. The unique fortifications are fascinating, even though much of this place has sadly been destroyed by war. The foliage-covered ruins make for an interesting couple of hours of exploring. You will visit the Forbidden Purple City, which was almost totally wiped out during the Tet Offensive in 1968. The gaping holes left by bombs give an idea of the shocking destruction wreaked upon the country during the war. Accommodation: Thanh Lich Hotel 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 -After breakfast we 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. You will enjoy a picnic on the beach before heading back into town where in the afternoon you will partake in wonton cake making. A hands on experience all the family will enjoy. Accommodation:Like Hoi An Hotel or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9 Hoi An Enjoy further free time in this beautiful old town. Perhaps take up a cooking class and learn the secrets of preparing local specialties like cao lau – dark pork broth with thick yellow noodles, sliced pork, bean sprouts, green vegetables and croutons. Street food tours can also be arranged. Alternatively, hire some bikes and take the family out on a cycling trip into the gorgeous surrounding countryside. Another great activity which kids will enjoy is a bamboo basket ride down the waterways of the jungle. For more optional day- and half-day trips, chat to your leader.Accommodation: Like Hoi An Hotel or similar (1 night) Meals IncludedBreakfast

Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City – Take a short flight to the economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City (approximately 1 hour). Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City 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 experience a delicious local lunch of street food, and enjoy an orientation walk. Afterwards, you’re free to explore the city on your own. Your leader will have plenty of interesting and fun ideas for you and your children. 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: Ha Hien Signature hotel or similar (1 night)Meals IncludedBreakfast 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 IncludedBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12 Ho Chi Minh City – Life in the delta starts with the sun, so embrace the day early. You will visit a local market and soya bean workshop before heading back to Ho Chi Minh City for one more night. You should arrive in the afternoon, which will give you time for a final exploration of the city. Accommodation: Ha Hien Signature hotel or similar (1 night) Meals IncludedBreakfast

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. Meals Included: Breakfast

Vaccinations – You will need vaccinations to travel; you should ask your doctor or Health clinic, but you can check them out on The Fit For Travel Website.

Visas – Please note that visas are the responsibility of the passenger. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it is important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant Consular or Embassy website of the country or countries you are visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

Most nationalities are required to obtain tourist visa in advance to travel to Vietnam. When obtaining your visa, you should allow 3 weeks for processing with your nearest Embassy or Consulate, the cost is approximately US$60 to US$100. Please check with your Embassy or Consulate for further requirements.

Some nationalities are exempt from visas for a stay of a maximum of 15 days, including British, German, French, Spanish and Italian citizens travelling to Vietnam (for all purposes). This exemption period is currently effective until 30 June 2018, and is based upon meeting all conditions prescribed by Vietnamese laws. If you are planning on staying in Vietnam for longer than 15 days you will need to obtain a visa extension in advance (please contact your relevant Consulate or Embassy). Please also check requirements if you plan to re-enter Vietnam.

An eVisa is available for some nationalities including passport holders from France, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, valid for a single entry of a maximum of 30 days stay in Vietnam. For information on obtaining an eVisa visit the immigration website.

Evisas take up to 3 days to be processed. You will need a clear electronic copy of your passport data page and passport photo, and to make a non-refundable payment as outlined on the immigration website.

Keep the customs and immigration form you receive on arrival, as you need it to complete exit formalities on departure.

You can check visa requirements for British Citizens on the Foreign Office website. Other nationals should check with their relevant Consulate or Embassy.

What’s included in this holiday:

Meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 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)

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 – Perfume River cruise

Day 6 Included Activities:

  • Hue – Royal tomb
  • Hue – Imperial citadel

Day 7 Included Activities:

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

Optional Activities:

  • Hoi An – cooking course – VND420000
  • Hoi An – Thu Bon River boat trip – VND100000
  • Hoi An – Countryside bicycle hire – VND40000

Day 10 Included Activities:

  • Ho Chi Minh City – Orientation Walk

Optional Activities:

  • Ho Chi Minh City – Reunification Palace -VND40000
  • Ho Chi Minh City – War Remnants Museum – VND15000

Day 12 Included Activities:

  • Mekong Delta – Soya bean workshop
  • Mekong Delta – Local market visit

Optional Activities

  • Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnel Experience Urban Adventure – USD43

Vietnam Dates and Prices

Travel Dates Nights Adult Child 5-17 Notes
Fri 29 June – Wed 11 July 2018 12     FULLY BOOKED
Sat 30 June – Thurs 12 July 2018 12     FULLY BOOKED
Sun 1 July – Fri 13 July 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Mon 2 July – Sat 14 July 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices

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Tues 3 July – Sun 15 July 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Wed 4 July – Mon 16 July 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Thurs 5 July – Tues 17 July 2018 12 £1025 £925 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.

3 single mum families with girls aged 7, 9 and 11 and boys aged 9, 14 and 18

Sat 7 July – Thurs 19 July 2019 12 FULLY BOOKED
Mon 9 July – Sat 21 July 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Tues 10 July – Sun 22 July 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Wed 11 July – Mon 23 July 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Thurs 12 July – Tues 24 July 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 14 July – Thurs 26 July 2018 12 £1025 £925 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.

Thurs 19 July – Tues 31 July 2018 12 £1065 £960 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 21 July – Thurs 2 Aug 2018 12 FULLY BOOKED
Thurs 26 July – Tues 7 August 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 28 July – Thurs 9 Aug 2018 12 FULLY BOOKED
Thurs 2 Aug – Tues 14 Aug 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Fri 3 Aug – Wed 15 Aug 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 4 Aug – Thurs 16 Aug 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Tues 7 Aug – Sun 19 Aug 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Fri 10 Aug – Wed 22 Aug 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 11 Aug – Thurs 23 Aug 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Wed 15 Aug – Mon 27 Aug 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Fri 17 Aug – Wed 29 Aug 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices

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Sat 18 Aug – Thurs 30 Aug 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices

2 places left

Thurs 20 Sep – Tues 2 Oct 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Fri 21 Sep – Wed 3 Oct 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 22 Sep – Thurs 4 Oct 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 23 Sep – Fri 5 Oct 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Mon 24 Sep – Sat 6 Oct 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Tues 25 Sep – Sun 7 Oct 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Wed 26 Sep – Mon 8 Oct 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Thurs 27 Sep – Tues 9 Oct 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Fri 28 Sep – Wed 10 Oct 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 29 Sep – Thurs 11 Oct 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 30 Sep – Fri 12 Oct 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Mon 1 Oct – Sat 13 Oct 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Tues 2 Oct – Sun 14 Oct 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 6 Oct – Thurs 18 Oct 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Fri 12 Oct – Wed 24 Oct 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 13 Oct – Thurs 25 Oct 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Mon 15 Oct – Sat 27 Oct 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 15 Dec – Thurs 27 Dec 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 16 Dec – Fri 28 Dec 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Mon 17 Dec – Sat 29 Dec 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Tues 18 Dec – Sun 30 Dec 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Wed 19 Dec – Mon 31 Dec 2018 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Thurs 20 Dec 2018– Tue 1 Jan2019 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Fri 21 Dec 2018 – Wed 2 Jan 2019 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 22 Dec 2018 – Thurs 3 Jan 2019 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 23 Dec 2018 – Fri 4 Jan 2019 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Tues 25 Dec 2018 – Sun 6 Jan 2019 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Thurs 27 Dec – Tues 8 Jan 2019 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Fri 28 Jan – Wed 9 Jan 2019 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 29 Jan – Thurs 10 Jan 2019 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 30 Dec 2018 – Fri 11 Jan 2019 12 £960 £865 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices.

This departure date is EXCLUSIVELY FOR SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES.

Wed 2 Jan – Mon 14 Jan 2019 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Fri 4 Jan – Wed 16 Jan 2019 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 5 Jan – Thurs 17 Jan 2019 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Wed 9 Jan – Mon 21 Jan 2019 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Fri 11 Jan – Wed 23 Jan 2019 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 12 Jan – Thurs 24 Jan 2019 12 £1025 £925 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices

Land only

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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