Welcome to Vietnam, we are excited for your family adventure and all the fun and unique experiences that are available to you. We begin with a warm and smiley welcome to Hanoi - and an orientation walk to make you feel more at ease in this bustling city and animated culture. In between the cities we take the cycle paths, hike in the jungles and snorkel to your hearts content. This adventure is a mixture of wildlife, sightseeing, activity and of course family time!See more
The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.
When you arrive at Noi Bai International airport in Hanoi, you'll be welcome by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel in the downtown. The remainder of the day will be your own. The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi, is a modern city that retains a unique old world charm and some of Asia's most striking colonial architecture. The many lakes and parks give the city a relaxing atmosphere.
This city tour of Hanoi takes in essential sites which will commence from your hotel lobby at 08.30 a.m. In the morning, you'll visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex including the Mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace. You'll continue visiting the Museum of Ethnology, widely acknowledged as the best in the country, containing an extensive display of life-size structures dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority peoples. After lunch, your time will be yours!
Late afternoon embark on a Hanoi street food tour in Hanoi’s Old Quarter where your expert English-speaking local guide will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes. Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, tempt your tastebuds with the famed Hanoi dishes at local eateries. Watch in awe as the skilled chefs demonstrate for you how this tasty dish is put together. Continuing into the atmospheric heart of the Old Quarter, you wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can observe local life that has changed little since Hanoi was founded over 1000 years ago. At the end of your tour you are free to continue exploring the area or your guide will assist you with directions or a taxi back to your hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
At 09.00 AM, you'll will pick up your bikes and ride to Bat Trang village, passing the Red River through the legendary Long Bien Bridge - the pride and symbol of architecture in the Far East; the scenic countryside and rural villages with lush rice fields, cornfields, vegetable farms and fruit farms. When you arrive at Bat Trang Village, walk the tiny alley to see the local life and the traditional handicraft and visit the largest ceramic markets in Hanoi. You will then continue biking along Red River dyke and experience the local daily life. After a short local ferry ride crossing the Red River, you will arrive at Thanh Tri Village - known for its rolled rice pancake for age. Learn steps of making rolled rice pancake and try your hand making your own under the instructions of local villager. Lunch will then be served with rolled rice pancake specialty.
After lunch, your vehicle will take you back to your hotel. In the late evening, enjoy a cyclo ride for 1 hour touring through the narrow, chaotic streets of the Old Quarter - a must for any visitor to Hanoi! Finally your kids would love watching a traditional performance of Vietnamese water puppets - a must see place for all foreigners to Hanoi! Overnight in Hanoi.
Meals: Breakfast, Home Lunch - Cycling distance: ~20km (for the morning & further 10km in the afternoon if you wish to
At 08.00 AM, you will be picked up at your hotel and start the scenic 3.5 hour drive to Halong Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the world's largest marine limestone 'karst' landscape. Enjoy the landscape of the Red River Delta countryside and have a short break en-route. Meet the crew upon boarding the boat with cruise briefing, then relax and enjoy lunch while the boat heads towards the secluded islands. Visit a less visited ancient limestone caves and go sea kayaking and swimming if the weather permits. Return to the junk refreshed and relax on deck with a drink to watch the sunset. Enjoy a freshly prepared seafood dinner under the stars.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Enjoy an early morning swim (if weather permits) followed by breakfast. You will visit a fishing village by a rustic rowing-boat, meet the local people and pass through the floating school and pearl farms before cruising back to the main harbor where your private vehicle will be waiting for you and transfer to Noi Bai airport in Hanoi for the late afternoon flight to Danang. Upon arrival, you will be picked up and transferred to your chosen hotel in Hoi An.
Meals: Breakfast, Brunch
At 9:00 AM sharp, your guide will meet you at your hotel lobby to give you a proper show-around of the old town. You'll start a walking tour with a lion's share of places of interest: the 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge; the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls; the museum and the colorful local market. Following the narrow lanes, you'll meander through tiny streets studded by houses influenced by Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures. After such gallavanting, your time will be your own to wander around or getting amongst some retail therapy. This afternoon is your own. You’ll spend the night in Hoi An.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
This half day trip adventure is ideal for children which provides your family with a close-up and intimate exposure to both the local farming and fishing communities. Accompanied by your local tour guide, you commence the day with a gentle cycling along country roads witnessing local Vietnamese rural life first hand, discovering all manner of photo opportunities - coming and visiting a beautiful organic vegetable village, watering and planting vegetable, hoeing a soil with local farmer, riding a water buffalo in a rice paddy field; seeing ducks swimming along the rice farm or farmers tending their crops. The photo opportunities are endless.
You will also experience the friendliness of the local people greeting you en-route. Later you will board a boat for a river cruise to meet and engage with local fishermen and enjoy a hands-on experience of traditional net fishing. You will also experience paddling the unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boat while the waterways of coconut palm paradise – and your kids must love this too. This tour provides you with a cultural window into the ways of life of both our farming and fishing communities. After a simple yet tasty lunch on the boat, return to your hotel at around 14.00. The remainder of the afternoon will be your own!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
A free day to spend in Hoi An as your wish! Apart from exploring Hoi An's World Heritage architecture & colorful market on foot, you might visit Vietnam's grandest Cham ruins at My Son; attend a cooking class at a riverside restaurant; or join other travelers to get up close and personal to daily farming and fishing life. For early risers, why not capture the real Hoi An by joining a 4-hour photography tour led by a local expat expert? If you want to go below, hop on a boat to Cu Lao Cham Island for a fun and relaxing day to explore exotic coral reefs and marine life [best between March & September]. If you'd like any of these activities to be included during your free time in Hoi An, just let it be known during your enquiry, or ask one of the Travel Specialists.
Option 1: Cham Island Discovery (Boating, Swimming & Snorkeling) (Group Tour): The snorkeling day trip and island tour is a great way for non-divers to join the water sport activities in Cham Island. Our professional snorkeling team provide in water safety and guidance throughout. In addition to snorkeling, a variety of options are available in the afternoon, enjoy more snorkeling or simply relax and enjoy the beach. The tour begins with hotel pickup at 8 am and return back to your hotel at 5.30pm. Tour price includes all transfers, (within the Hoi An area), boat transfers, drinking water, tea, coffee, fruit and cakes, full professional diving and snorkeling equipment lunch on the beach, all Island fees and taxes; led by multilingual tour guides/PADI professional team (speaking English, French, Italian, Spanish, Vietnamese).
Option 2: Hoi An – Cycling to Kim Bong Village ½ Day (Private Tour): At 8.30 AM, your guide will meet you at your hotel and check your bike and start to cycle to Cam Kim Island. You will cycle on small paved paths in the middle of the island, through rice and corn fields passing by beautiful hamlets. Firstly, you’ll visit to Kim Bong carpentry village. Here, traditional skill sets have been utilized for a long history of building boats, beautiful wooden houses and furniture in the old town dating from the 18th century. Then, you will stroll to a family that produces rice wine. You’ll also visit the ship - building yards and rice paper in the village before back to hotel. The afternoon will be your own! Overnight in Hoi An.
Option 3: Hoi An - Bach Ma National Park – Hue (Private Tour): This morning, you will drive along the coastal road to Danang, then continue the scenic route to Hue, enjoy the view of the coast line and Danang from the top of the Hai Van Pass (Pass of the Clouds) makes your journey interesting and have your camera ready for some great photo opportunities. You will arrive at National Park entrance around 11.00 where you begin your hike through sub-tropical forest taking you to the Ngu Ho (Five lakes) and Do Quyen Waterfalls (Cascade is a series of small waterfalls) which crash down into pristine pools of clear water secluded under a canopy of foliage. For trekking within a day you do not require any special hiking equipment. Choose great pleasure place close by lake and water to enjoy picnic lunch. Then hike back to car park and drive back to your hotel.
After breakfast, your time will be your own till being picked up and transferred to Danang airport for a short flight to Nha Trang. When you arrive, you will be met by another driver who will transfer you to along the coastal road to the north of Nha Trang where you will board a speedboat for short transfer to the Whale Island. Stay 3 nights in a simple bungalow at this secluded beach resort.
Free days to spend as your wish! Whale Island Resort (aka Palm Island) located along the sandy white beach of stunning Van Phong Bay, well known for its diving sites. It offers views of the tropical landscapes and free Wi-Fi. Traditional, bamboo thatched bungalows are simply furnished with a fan and mosquito net. Guests will enjoy the spaciousness of the rooms, the ample work space and sitting area provided. Diving and snorkeling facilities are available at Whale Island Resort. Guests can also enjoy windsurfing and the use of kayaks and catamarans provided by the on-site PADI diving center. A range of fresh seafood dishes and beverages is available at Whale Island’s restaurant and bar. All-day dining is available. Whale Island Resort is 2 hours north of Nha Trang by ferry. Whale Island Resort is located along the sandy white beach of stunning Van Phong Bay, well known for its diving sites. It offers views of the tropical landscapes and free Wi-Fi in the bar lounge.
Traditional, bamboo thatched bungalows are simply furnished with a fan and mosquito net. Guests will enjoy the spaciousness of the rooms, the ample work space and seating area provided. Diving and snorkelling facilities are available at Whale Island Resort. Guests can also enjoy windsurfing and the use of kayaks and catamarans. From March to October, guests can also take part in diving courses and boat trips at the PADI-certified dive centre. A range of fresh seafood dishes and beverages is available at Whale Island’s restaurant and bar. All-day dining is available. Whale Island Resort is 2 hours north of Nha Trang by road.
Your time will be your own until being picked up to head to Cam Ranh airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat Airport to connect with your departure flight. Be warned, though: you'll probably want to come back. Farewell from Vietnam!!
The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.