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Vietnam Highlights For Families

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Our fully customisable, private 12-day Vietnam tour has been designed for families travelling with children and teenagers. Your tour starts in Hanoi and ends in Ho Chi Minh City, taking you and your family on a cultural journey that combines must-see sights and hidden gems from Hanoi to Hoi An, before finishing off the adventure with a relaxing three days on the ...

Our fully customisable, private 12-day Vietnam tour has been designed for families travelling with children and teenagers. Your tour starts in Hanoi and ends in Ho Chi Minh City, taking you and your family on a cultural journey that combines must-see sights and hidden gems from Hanoi to Hoi An, before finishing off the adventure with a relaxing three days on the idyllic coastal resort of Whale Island.

Kids and teens will love...

• Spending the night under the stars on a boat cruising through Halong Bay

• Tasting and learning to make Vietnamese dishes on a Foodie Walking Tour

• Snorkelling through colourful coral reefs at Nha Trang's 'Whale Island Resort' 

​Parents will love...

• The perfect balance of family-friendly activities and down time

• The presence of English-speaking guides throughout 

• The safety of 24:7 on-the-ground assistance

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Customizable tour itinerary

This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Hanoi - Arrival & Welcome

Upon arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you'll be met by a representative from our local travel agency and transferred to your hotel. Depending on the time of your flight, you and your family will have the whole day to relax or explore some of Hanoi's lakes and parks on foot.


Day 2: Hanoi - City & Foodie Walking Tour

After breakfast, you and your family will be picked up from your hotel lobby and taken on a guided city tour around Hanoi, starting with the Ho Chi Minh Complex. Your visit includes the Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh Museum, and the Temple of Literature - Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070. 

After lunch, you'll have a few hours to relax until your street food tour of Hanoi's atmospheric Old Quarter, where your English-speaking guide will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture, taking you to the best local eateries around.

Visited:
Hanoi

Day 3: Hanoi - Cycling Tour & Water Puppet Show

At 9:00 AM, you'll pick up your bikes and ride to Bat Trang village. The scenic countryside and rural villages are lush with rice fields, cornfields, and fruit farms. Upon arrival at Bat Trang Village, you'll get to see the local life and traditional handicrafts before visiting the largest ceramic markets in Hanoi. You'll then continue biking along the Red River dyke and a short ferry ride across the river will take you to Thanh Tri Village, known for its rolled rice pancakes. You'll be taught how to make this tasty local dish and get to sample it for lunch!

In the afternoon, you'll be driven back to your hotel where a one hour cyclo ride through the Old Quarter awaits you. Finally, you and your family will end the day being treated to a traditional performance of Vietnamese water puppets - a must for all visitors to Hanoi.Cycling distance: 20km (distance can be shortened upon request)

Visited:
Hanoi

Day 4: Halong Bay - Overnight Cruise & Kayaking

After breakfast, you and your family will be picked up at your hotel to 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. 

Upon arrival, you'll meet your boat crew and hop on board to relax and enjoy lunch as the boat heads towards secluded islands. You'll visit a hidden local gem; an ancient limestone cave where you can go sea kayaking and swimming (if weather permits!). After a sunset drink on board and a fresh seafood dinner under the stars, you'll spend the night on board.

Visited:
Halong Bai Tu Long Bay

Day 5: Noi Bai - Transfer to Hoi An

After an optional early morning swim and some breakfast, you'll head on to a fishing village in a  rustic rowing-boat. You'll pass friendly local people, floating schools, and pearl farms before cruising back to the main harbour where your private vehicle will be waiting to take you to Noi Bai Airport for your late afternoon flight to Danang. Upon arrival, you'll be picked up and transferred to your hotel in Hoi An for the night.

Visited:
Nội Bài

Day 6: Hoi An - Guided Walking Tour

At 9:00 AM, your guide will meet you and your family at your hotel lobby for your private walking tour of the Old Town. On the agenda: the 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls, the museum, and the colourful local market. At the end of your tour, you'll have the rest of the day free to spend at leisure.

Visited:
Hoi An

Day 7: Hoi An - Local Culture Experience

Today, you and your family will have a half-day tour getting to know Vietnam's rural culture. Accompanied by your local guide, you'll start with a gentle cycling tour along country roads, during which you'll stop off to visit an organic vegetable village, water and planting vegetable, hoe soil with a local farmer, and even ride a water buffalo in a rice paddy field!

Later you will board a boat for a river cruise to meet local fishermen and try your hand at traditional net fishing. You'll also get to try paddling the unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boat in the coconut palm-filled waterways. After lunch on the boat, you'll return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free to relax.


Day 8: Hoi An – Free Day 

We've factored in a free day in Hoi An for you and your family to spend as you wish. Either relax and put your feet up at the hotel, or try out one of the following activities we recommend for families:

• A 4-hour photography tour led by a local ex-pat

• Hop on a boat to Cu Lao Cham Island to see the marine life with our professional snorkelling and diving teams

• Cycle to Kim Bong Village for a ½ day private tour to immerse yourselves in the local culture

• A private tour of Bach Ma National Park to hike through sub-tropical forests to waterfalls and rock pools

Free time all day

Visited:
Hoi An

Day 9: Nha Trang - Whale Island Resort

For the last part of your family adventure, you'll be jetted off to the idyllic Whale Island Resort in Nha Trang. After breakfast, you and your family will be picked up and transferred to Danang Airport for a short flight to Nha Trang. Upon arrival, your driver will transfer you to the coastal road north where a speedboat will take you on to Vietnam's famous Whale Island. 

Free time all day

Visited:
Nha Trang

Days 10 to 11: Whale Island Resort - Free Day 

For the last part of your trip, you and your family will spend two days staying in a bamboo-thatched bungalow at the secluded, white sand beach resort of Whale Island (aka Palm Island). The resort is located along the stunning beaches of Van Phong Bay, known for its fantastic snorkelling and diving sites. The resort offers views of the tropical landscapes, with great opportunities for windsurfing, kayaking, and catamaran tours as well as an array of fresh seafood dishes served at the seaside bar.

Free time all day

Visited:
Whale Island Resort

Day 12: Nha Trang - Ho Chi Minh City & Departure

Enjoy a last breakfast at the hotel before your transfer to Cam Ranh airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat airport. From there, you'll hop on your flight home. We hope you've had an amazing time in Vietnam and look forward to seeing you again soon!

Visited:
Ho Chi Minh City

Hanoi Halong Bai Tu Long Bay Nội Bài Hoi An Nha Trang Whale Island Resort Ho Chi Minh City

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific 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.

Approx. $1,590 / 12 days
Excluding international flights
2 pax 4 pax 6 pax Single Supplement
Price per adult (October to December) $1,650 $1,480 $1,340 $460
Price per child (October to December) $820 $740 $670
Price per adult (May to September) $1,570 $1,410 $1,280 $440
Price per child (May to September) $780 $710 $640

Included in price:

  • All pick-ups and transfers by private vehicles with experienced drivers.. Experienced local English speaking guides and guide on board in Halong BayMeals as indicated in the programme at the best local restaurantsAll entrance fees as mentioned in the programme1 hour cyclo ride and First classs water puppet tickets All VAT and government taxes
  • Accommodation: 11 nights, based on 1 double room and 1 twin room in all hotels, including a one-night stay on a cruise boat in Bai Tu Long Bay
  • Transfers: to/from airport on days 1 & 12
  • Transport: all pick-ups and transfers by private vehicles with experienced drivers,
  • Domestic flights: Hanoi - Danang, Danang - Nha Trang and Nha Trang - Ho Chi Minh City (economy class by Vietnam Airlines)
  • Activities: all activities mentioned in the tour (except optional activities on day 8)
  • Entry: to all sites/museums
  • Meals: breakfast x 11, lunch x 6 (on days 2 to 7), dinner x 1 (on day 4)
  • Guides: experienced English-speaking local guides for all visits and activities
  • Welcome kit upon arrival
  • All VAT and other government taxes
  • 24:7 on-the-ground assistance

Not included in price:

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Airport taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks and other personal expenses
  • Tips for drivers and guides
  • Dinner, and lunch on days not specified in 'The price includes'
  • Extras at the hotels (such as laundry)

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