TailorMade Vietnam: North to South Explorer

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Overview

Sail through limestone karsts aboard a traditional junk boat and walk the streets of imperial capitals. From vibrant Hanoi, the natural beauty of Halong Bay, the atmospheric imperial capital of Hue, and the charms of Hoi An to the modern day life of Saigon, experience the energy of Vietnam in 10 jam-packed days.

Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi

Arrive at any time. Your arrival transfer is included.

Day 2: Hanoi/Ha Long

Drive to Bai Chay harbour, the jumping off point for Ha Long Bay where thousands of islands with intricate cave systems rise dramatically from the water. Sail past limestone karst mountains in a traditional junk boat and stop to visit some of the islands and caves. Transfer from boat to kayak for a guided water tour, giving you the chance to get even closer to the stunning natural surroundings. In the evening, devour a seafood dinner, then opt to enjoy a drink on deck under the stars.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Ha Long/Hanoi

Enjoy breakfast on board before a morning sail back to the port. Drive back to Hanoi and enjoy some free time in the city to explore.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Hanoi/Huế

Catch an early flight to Hue, once the imperial capital of Vietnam. Start the day with a guided tour of the Imperial Citadel, a visit to the tomb of one of Vietnam’s former emperors, and check out Tien Mu Pagoda.

While in the city, try some local Hue specialties such as banh khoai (Hue savoury pancakes), and banh bot loc boc tom thit (thin rice paper filled with meat and shrimp). Wash it all down with a Hue beer.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 5: Huế/Hoi An

Cross the Hai Van Pass (weather permitting), with fantastic views in all directions, before arriving to Hoi An in the afternoon. Upon arrival, take a guided city tour and get acquainted with this city's many options. There's plenty of time to explore all this charming town has to offer; opt for a cooking class, riverboat trip, bike ride, beach time, tailor visit, or My Son ruins.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 6: Hoi An

Dive into the Vietnamese culture and enjoy a noodle making demonstration and lunch at Oodles of Noodles, a G Adventures-supported project. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. You could rent a bike or visit a tailor, the choice is all yours.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Hoi An/Ho Chi Minh City

Drive to Da Nang for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City, once the capital of South Vietnam and the country’s commercial centre. Start exploring the small alleys and busy streets, keeping an eye out for lacquerware shops and delicious local food stalls.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City

Enjoy a guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn more about the Vietnam War. Use free time in the afternoon to explore sprawling Ho Chi Minh City. Opt to visit the Thien Hau and Giac Vien pagodas and stroll through the immense Ben Thanh Market. Also well worth a visit are the Reunification Palace (the residence of South Vietnam presidents before 1975), the city's Chinese quarter of Cholon, and the War Remnants Museum.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City

Depart at any time.

Includes: Breakfast

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