Xin Chao! Welcome to Vietnam. Join this tour, your students can explore the new culture, history and people by themselves.
16 Days Vietnam Tour for School Group
Tour Code: VN16
Duration: 16 Days 15 Nights
Meals: as indicated
Day 01: Arrive Hanoi (D)
Arrive Hanoi’s International Airport off Flight SQ 176, you will be met by your local English speaking guide for the transfer by coach to your hotel for check-in.
This afternoon a Walking Tour of Hanoi.
Tonight an introduction to the Vietnamese cuisine with dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 02: Ninh Binh (B, L, D)
Full Ninh Binh Tour – visit the ancient capital city of Hoa Lu and wander the two temples that remain at the site; dedicated to King Dinh and King Le, heroes and dynastic founders from the 10th Century. From Hoa Lu you will take a car for the journey to Tam Coc, known as the Ha Long Bay-on-land, to explore the rich traditions and daily life of the local village people.
Take a boat trip to visit 3 Caves and walk up the steep hill steps to Mua Cave Pagoda after your boat trip. Lunch a a local restaurant.
Day 03: Hanoi (B, L, D)
This morning a half-day City Tour of Hanoi’s historical sites. Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum where the great man lies in state and his House nearby are reminders of a man who led his country through hard times. One Pillar Pagoda is a significant symbol to the nation. Short visit to Ho Chi Minh’s Museum, Temple of Literature. Continue on to visit Hanoi Hilton (Hoa Lo Prison). Lunch and dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 04: Hanoi – Dien Bien Phu (B, L, D)
Transfer to Hanoi airport for the flight to Dien Bien Phu.
On arrival at Dien Bien Phu, transfer and check in to hotel for lunch. This afternoon tour to visit the former Ho Chi Minh Head Quarters and the Military Museum and War Memorial.
Tonight, you will enjoy dinner & Music show in Ethnic Village.
Day 05: Dien Bien Phu – Hanoi (B, D)
Morning visit to Markets before transfer to the airport for the flight back to Hanoi.
Arrive Hanoi and transfer to hotel for check-in. Remainder of day at leisure.
Dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 06: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)
2 Day/ 1 Night Halong Bay Tour. Depart Hanoi for majestic Ha Long. Arrive Ha Long Bay and board your traditional Deluxe(Huong Hai) Junk for lunch. Cruise around the many islands of Halong Bay with stops for swimming. Kayaks available for use. Dinner and overnight onboard.
Day 07: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, D)
Visit to Sung Sot Caves and enjoy brunch on-board as you cruise back to Halong City. Arrive Ha Long Bay and return by road to Ha Noi with a stop along the way for lunch (own cost). Arrive back in Hanoi late afternoon.
Note – Rooms have been held for the group to use for showering and freshen up at hotel prior to visit back to the old quarter area.
Dinner at a local restaurant before transfer to Ha Noi train station for the for the overnight train to Dong Hoi in Central Vietnam.
Day 08: DMZ Hue (B, L, D)
Arrive Dong Hoi Train station and transfer to hotel for breakfast and freshen up prior to DMZ tour.
Today your tour visits the DMZ. During Vietnam-American War, the Ben Hai River was the demarcation line between North and South Vietnam. This makes a Demilitarized Zone of five km each from the river. However during the war, the Southern area of DMZ was one of the bloodiest battlefields. This tour will take you back to the war sites, including: Ben Hai River, Hien Luong Bridge, Vinh Moc Tunnel, Dong Ha Town and Cemetery. Lunch at a local restaurant.
Return by coach to Hue for check-in at your hotel.
Tonight experience the fun Imperial Dinner & Show – dine on dishes the Emperor’s would have enjoyed.
Day 09: Hue (B, L)
Today explore the historical significance of the small city of Hue, the former Imperial City, on a city tour. Start the day with a boat trip along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda, built in 1601. Then continue by road to the Ancient Citadel, the capital of Vietnam from 1802-1945, which was recognized as a World Heritage Site, where the last King of Vietnam – Bao Dai King – abdicated on 30 August, 1945.
Lunch at a local restaurant – visit Khai Dinh Tomb with its mix of Asian and Western architecture.
Remainder of day at leisure.
Day 10: Hue – Hoi An (B, D)
Visit Orphanage just outside Hue before you depart to Hoi An over the Hai Van Pass, a spectacular scenic road showcasing the South China Sea. Visit Marble Mountain, a fascinating group of hills that hold vast quantities of marble, and the village that has sprung up producing carvings.
Lunch on the way (own cost) with a stop at Lang Co Beach before arriving at Hoi An hotel for check in. Freshen up prior exploring the ancient township of Hoi An. Dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 11: Hoi An (B, L)
Half Day Cycling Tour. After breakfast depart the hotel on a Cycling Tour. Ride through the Old Town of Hoi An, along scenic country back roads past paddy fields to Tra Que vegetable village. You’ll get to see local farms growing produce and making handicrafts. Get to assist planting the vegetables and enjoy a foot massage. Lunch at Tra Que village then cycle out to the beach for swim and then free time.
Afternoon at leisure.
Day 12: Hoi An (B, D)
Morning walking tour of Hoi An explores the historic buildings and then try your hand at Traditional Vietnamese Lantern making.
Remainder of day at leisure. Dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 13: Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh (B)
Depart from the hotel to continue onto Da Nang Airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).
Arrive Saigon and transfer to Hotel for check-in and freshen up prior to walking tour to Ben Thanh market.
Evening at leisure at the markets. Sample the local cuisine at any of the many food stands or local restaurants.
Day 14: Cu Chi – Mekong (B, L, D)
This morning visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. One of the few intact monuments to the Vietnam War. Beneath the ground lie 200km of underground tunnels, dug by hand and inhabited by the Viet Minh during the US war. A video of the tunnels in use is shown, before walking around the area to view some of the tunnels, field kitchens and hospital. Crawl inside and experience life in the tunnels if you wish! Lunch at a local restaurant.
Continue by road to the Mekong Delta, you’ll travel into the fruit bowl of the country, past rice fields and fruit plantations. Boarding a boat discover the myriad of tributaries and visit home industries.
Tonight a special treat at a local village (My Tho) stay. Your accommodation is simple but the experience unforgettable with amazing local cuisine to end a perfect day.
NOTE: Sleeping arrangements are basic with shared facilities (cold shower/toilet) and canvas stretcher type beds with blanket and mosquito net. Students are requested to pack and travel with an overnight bag for use at the Home stay. Main luggage will remain at their Saigon Hotel
Day 15: Mekong – Saigon (B, D)
Depart by boat for the return journey through the Mekong witnessing daily life dawn, before returning to Saigon by coach with a stop for lunch. Arrive Saigon transfer to hotel with a stop at the War Remnants Museum on the way. NB: WARNING: Exhibits can disturb some people, before lunch (own cost). Afternoon visit Reunification Palace then Cholon Markets and Thien Hau Pagoda.
Tonight a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 16: Depart Saigon (B)
Pickup from hotel and transfer (directly) to Saigon International Airport for your onward flight.
Includes: Private transfer, English speaking guide, all accommodation includes daily breakfast, meals as indicated, domestic flights and trains, entrance fees, wet towel and mineral water.
Excludes: International flights, visa, insurance, personal expenses and gratuities.
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