Explore Vietnam

Explore Vietnam

Explore VietnamVietnam
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    Your Guided Adventure Holidays Vietnam

    Join us on an adventure to Southeast Asia on our guided group adventure holidays Vietnam. This beautiful country has so much to offer, from stunning white sandy beaches and buzzing cities to spectacular countryside filled with rice fields and sleepy villages.

    On this adventure holiday to Vietnam, we’ll embark on a cultural discovery tour of the country from North to South. We’ll experience Hanoi’s Old Quarter by cyclo ride, cycle through the Vietnamese countryside in search of pagodas, explore the underground network system of the Cu Chi Tunnels, cruise through the emerald waters of Halong Bay and soak up the local culture in the Mekong Delta.

    This small group tour holiday to Vietnam allows us to truly immerse ourselves in the Vietnamese way of life. So, if you’re ready for an adventure holiday, come and explore with us.

    Holidays to Vietnam from Ireland

    Our holidays to Vietnam from Ireland depart from Dublin airport; outbound and return flights will be via Dubai. Flights and transfers, accommodation and tours with a local guide are all included, so get ready for your next adventure.

    Please Note:

    • Visas are required for travel on this tour. Please visit our visa information page for more information.
    • For departures from Dublin, outbound and return flights will be via Dubai.
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    Trip Itinerary

    Activity Level 6

    Activity Level: Challenging

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    Day

    Depart for Vietnam

    1

    Overnight flight to Hanoi

    Let's begin our Vietnamese adventure with an overnight flight to Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. Hanoi is well known for its centuries-old architecture and rich culture which have Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences.

    Arrive in Vietnam

    2

    Arrive in Hanoi

    On arrival in Hanoi, we will be welcomed by our local expert guide and transferred to our hotel in the downtown area. The remainder of the day will be at leisure so you can settle in and get to know your surroundings.

    Accommodation

    3 star hotel in Hanoi (3 nights)

    Tour of Hanoi

    3

    Ho Chi Minh Complex

    Time: MorningMorning

    Today, let’s jump head-first into Hanoi's iconic sights and sounds on a full day city tour of Vietnam’s iconic capital.

    We’ll start the day by visiting the Ho Chi Minh Complex, which includes the Mausoleum, Uncle Ho's former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh Museum and The Temple of Literature.

    (Please note that the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed from 1st October - 30th November for annual conservation.)

    Museum of Ethnology & Cyclo ride

    Time: AfternoonAfternoon

    After an included lunch, let’s explore the Museum of Ethnology, which contains an extensive display of life-size structures dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minorities.

    Next up is an exciting cyclo ride winding through the narrow, chaotic streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. A cyclo is a three-wheel bicycle taxi that appeared in Vietnam during the French colonial period, after a failed attempt to introduce rickshaws. There is no better way to get to know the winding narrow streets of Hanoi than by this traditional mode of transport.

    This evening, you will be free to further explore this buzzing city yourself, or just relax at your hotel.

    Hoa Lu & Tam Coc

    4

    Guided visit of Hoa Lu

    Time: MorningMorning

    Today, let’s adventure more in Vietnam as we embark on a road trip through the picturesque countryside from Hanoi to the ancient complex of Hoa Lu, the capital city of Vietnam under both the Dinh and Le Dynasties between 968 and 1009. Here, let’s enjoy views of many palaces, pagodas, tombs and pavilions as well as a visit to the Dinh and Le Temples followed by an included traditional Vietnamese lunch.

    Explore Tam Coc

    Time: AfternoonAfternoon

    Afterwards, let’s experience a sampan boat ride along Tam Coc, a winding waterway dotted with limestone karsts, before embarking on a 6km bike ride through the countryside towards the Bich Dong Pagoda. The more adventurous among us can climb the steps to explore this cluster of cave temples, including three pagodas located at different levels of the mountain, before returning to Hanoi in the late afternoon.

    Halong Bay

    5

    Halong Bay Cruise

    Time: Full DayFull Day

    Let’s depart Hanoi for the world famous Halong Bay, the highlight for many who visit Vietnam. Halong Bay is well known for its emerald-green waters and thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rainforests. Let’s explore this iconic area by boarding a traditional wooden junk boat for a one-night cruise. 

    Let's enjoy an included lunch on board while the boat heads towards some of the caves and grottoes of the limestone islands in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay.

    In the afternoon we will have the opportunity to explore Ti Top beach and go for a swim at its beach, as well as have time to explore the Tung Sau area. Or we can simply relax on board and soak up the tranquil atmosphere.

    Please note swimming is subject to weather conditions.

     

    Please note that the itinerary for 2025 will differ as below.

    Let’s board our junk boat and head towards Bai Tu Long Bay, a lesser-explored gem of the wider Halong Bay renowned for its pristine beauty and serene atmosphere. Let's uncover the secrets of this secluded corner of Vietnam, immersing ourselves in the beautiful backdrop of emerald waters embraced by limestone cliffs and experiencing the local fishing culture.

    After lunch onboard admiring the stunning scenery, we’ll stop at a local floating fishing village. Let’s learn more about the life and culture of the people who live and work here as we explore via kayak and locally woven bamboo boats before returning to our ship.

    After some time to relax, let's enjoy a cooking demonstration of traditional Vietnamese dishes, before dinner on board, and an evening spent squid fishing, or just admiring the stars from the top deck.

    Vietnamese Cooking Class & Dinner

    Time: EveningEvening

    This evening let’s attend a Vietnamese cooking class on the sundeck while watching the magnificent sunset over Halong Bay.

    Accommodation

    Overnight cruise in Halong Bay (1 night)

    Halong Bay & Yen Duc Village

    6

    Tai Chi & Sung Sot Cave

    Time: MorningMorning

    Let’s start the morning early with an outdoor Tai Chi lesson on deck as our boat cruises through Halong Bay. The ancient Chinese practice of Tai Chi combines slow, deliberate movements, meditation, and breathing exercises and is practised in Vietnam for its reported health benefits.

    After a well-deserved breakfast, we will cruise to Sung Sot Cave where we will have the chance to explore one of the biggest caves in Halong bay with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites before returning to our boat where we will continue cruising passing Ba Hang fishing village and Dog Islet before disembarking the boat in the early afternoon.

     

    Please note that the itinerary for 2025 will differ as below.

    Wake up early this morning and enjoy a Tai Chi class as we cruise through the limestone pillars of the Bay. The ancient Chinese practice of Tai Chi combines slow, deliberate movements, meditation, and breathing exercises and is practised in Vietnam for its reported health benefits.

    After breakfast let's visit the Thein Canh Son Cave underground cave, covered in limestone stalactites and stalagmites. Hike the 200 steps to the top of the cave and admire the vista of Bai Tu Long Bay that stretches before us. Next, take some time to relax on the white sands of the local beach and board our ship before returning to Halong Bay port.

    Yen Duc Village & fly to Danang

    Time: AfternoonAfternoon

    After leaving our ship let's travel to Yen Duc Village, a community-based tourism project which aims to give visitors an authentic glimpse of Vietnamese village life. Here we will have lunch along with a 30-minute traditional performance of the famous Vietnamese water puppets, an ancient Vietnamese tradition that dates back as far as the 11th century.

    Afterwards let's continue towards Noi Bai airport for our internal flight to Danang. On arrival in Danang we will travel to our hotel in Hoi An where we will have the rest of the evening at leisure to relax in this beautiful city.

    Accommodation

    3 star hotel in Hoi An (3 nights)

    Hoi An & Cam Kim Island

    7

    Cycle Cam Kim Island

    Time: MorningMorning

    Today let’s travel back in time to the beautiful town of Hoi An, one of Vietnam’s most delightful and atmospherics towns, where colourful merchant houses, warehouses and Chinese temples still dot the streets and canals as have done for centuries.

    First let’s embark on a cycling tour this morning on Cam Kim Island with our local guide. Cycle on small paved paths in the middle of the island, through rice and corn fields, with some stops included at the small traditional villages along the way where life has changed very little in the last few hundred of years. (Duration by bicycle: 15km)

    Let's then relax and enjoy an included lunch at one of Hoi An’s traditional restaurants.

    Explore Hoi An by foot

    Time: AfternoonAfternoon

    In the afternoon, let’s discover more of Hoi An on foot with a walking tour of Hoi An’s old town. The 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls and the colourful local market are just some of the sights we will get to experience on this tour with a difference. 

    At leisure in Hoi An or optional cooking class

    8

    Optional cooking class

    Time: MorningMorning

    Let's discover Vietnamese cuisine from the garden to the plate today with an optional Vietnamese cooking class. Begin your day with a welcome drink at Hai Café in the Ancient Town of Hoi An, visit the morning market to uncover some of the ingredients you’ll work with in your cooking class and then board a boat for a cruise along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. Explore the herb garden, learning about some of Vietnam’s most well-known dishes and partake in a cooking class. After lunch, there will be time to take a dip in the cooking school’s swimming pool. Culinary guide, lunch and transfers included. (Please note: This excursion is subject to minimum numbers)

    Full day at leisure

    Time: Full dayFull day

    Today you have a full day to spend as you wish in Hoi An. Rent a bicycle and take a ride to the nearby beach, relax by the pool at your hotel, visit one of the many tailor shops for custom made items or barter down at the central market for some souvenirs. The options are endless.

    Evening at leisure

    Time: EveningEvening

    You will also have the evening at leisure to spend as you desire. We highly recommend that you visit the ancient old town by night as the atmosphere is simply stunning. In the evening, the streets are illuminated by lively lanterns strewn between buildings, creating a magical array of colour as far as the eye can see. Grab a bite to eat at one of the riverside restaurants and soak up the atmosphere at your own pace.

    Marble Mountain & Hue

    9

    Guided tour of Marble Mountains & Hue

    Time: Full dayFull day

    Let’s explore more of central Vietnam as we drive north to the Royal City of Hue with a stop for a short climb up the famous Marble Mountains. These are a cluster of five marble and limestone hills named after the five elements (metal, water, wood, fire and earth). We will then continue travelling along the scenic route to Hue, enjoying the view of the coastline and Danang from the top of the Hai Van Pass. Lunch will be included along the way.

    In the afternoon we will arrive at the former imperial city of Hue, filled with impressive palaces from the time of the Nguyen dynasty where you can enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Visit one of the bustling local markets independently, walk along the banks of the Perfume River or simply relax at your hotel. The choice is all yours.

    Optional activity: Hue street food walking tour

    Time: EveningEvening

    Let's try a variety of street food dishes in Hue on a street food walking tour. Discover hidden restaurants, traders, and street food vendors located off the beaten track that most tourists won’t find. Start by sampling some Hue local specialties such as Loc cake, Beo Cake, Nam Cake and Khot cake. Afterwards indulge in a Vietnamese BBQ with some local beer and locally prepared noodle soup. Your foodie tour will end with a sweet and cool dessert. Culinary guide and food tastings included (This excursion is subject to minimum numbers)

    Accommodation

    3 star hotel in Hue (1 night)

    Hue

    10

    Imperial City of Hue

    Time: MorningMorning

    Let’s spend the beginning of our day discovering the Imperial City of Hue. Modelled on the Forbidden City in Beijing, Hue is home to many colourful palaces and temples housed within its giant walls.

    We will then enjoy life like a local at Dong Ba market, browsing local produce, followed by an included lunch at a local restaurant before your afternoon transfer to Phu Bai airport for your short flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

    Ho Chi Minh City

    Time: EveningEvening

    Ho Chi Minh City (commonly known as Saigon) is a city in southern Vietnam famous for the pivotal role it played in the Vietnam War. On arrival in this bustling city, let's travel to our hotel in District 1, a great choice for those looking for shopping, culture & nightlife.

    You will have the remainder of the evening at leisure. Check out some of the local food stalls that line the city’s streets, especially around bustling Bến Thành Market, or simply relax at your hotel while you get to know your surroundings.

    Accommodation

    3 star hotel in Ho Chi Minh City (3 nights)

    Ho Chi Minh City

    11

    Guided City Tour

    Time: MorningMorning

    Let’s embark on a city tour of Ho Chi Minh City that will cover all of it's iconic highlights, starting with the War Remnants Museum - a real eye-opening part of Vietnam's history; followed by the Reunification Palace; the former South Vietnam Presidential Palace; the Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office, offering us a glimpse into the past of Vietnam's biggest city..

    Chinatown Guided City Tour

    Time: AfternoonAfternoon

    After an included lunch at a local restaurant, let’s discover the sights of Chinatown with a walking tour through its back-streets allowing you to witness local daily life as we visit the Cholon and Binh Tay Market before exploring the Thien Hau temple, which was built in the early 19th Century as a tribute to the goddess of seafarers.

    Cao Dai Temple & Cu Chi Tunnels

    12

    Visit Cao Dai Temple

    Time: MorningMorning

    Today let’s explore more of the area surrounding Ho Chi Minh City as we drive to Tay Ninh, which was once the historical centre of the Cao-Dai religion. Founded in 1926, Cao-Dai is a combination of Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism and Confucianism. At the Holy See Temple, we will have the chance to watch the worshippers in their long white tunics during the noon Buddhist ceremony.

    Tour of Cu Chi Tunnels

    Time: AfternoonAfternoon

    After an included lunch at a local restaurant, let's experience the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of underground tunnels that were used during the Vietnam War. The tunnels were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous North Vietnamese fighters. A must do for any visitor to Vietnam!

    The Mekong Delta

    13

    Mekong Delta by Boat

    Time: MorningMorning

    Let’s depart Ho Chi Minh City and drive towards the Mekong Delta to explore its famous network of fresh and saltwater canals that cover a wide area of Southern Vietnam.

    Our first stop will be Ben Tre where we will take a boat on Ben Tre River, one of the tributaries of the Mekong River, with a stop along the way to see how traditional bricks are made by printing and baking. We will also visit one of the many coconut processing workshops and a local village located along the water’s edge.

    Mekong Delta by Bicycle or Tuk Tuk

    Time: AfternoonAfternoon

    In the afternoon, let's take a bicycle ride or a tuk tuk along the village pathways, passing by green rice fields and vegetable plains, enabling us to discover local day to day activities in the Mekong Delta. After lunch at a riverside restaurant, let's enjoy a small rowing-boat trip along water palm creek, and a boat trip back to the pier where we will then be transferred to our hotel in Can Tho.

    Can Tho is set on the southern bank of the Hau River and is known for its canal network and nearby floating markets.

    Accommodation

    3 star hotel in Can Tho (1 night)

    Cai Rang Floating Market

    14

    Experience the Cai Rang floating market

    Time: MorningMorning

    Let’s embark on a cruise to visit the Cai Rang floating market. This is a unique market where all sorts of types of commerce take place on boats and ships only. Watch the locals make their local purchases from their own boats. Afterwards, let’s continue to a small canal to visit a fruit garden where we will have a short tour and the chance to sample some local produce.

    Ho Chi Minh City

    Time: AfternoonAfternoon

    In the afternoon we will travel back to Ho Chi Minh City, observing rural life and the lush vegetation along the riverbanks. Enjoy lunch en route before arriving at our hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. The evening will be at leisure to experience the bustling night time atmosphere of Vietnam's largest city!

    Accommodation

    3 star hotel in Ho Chi Minh City (1 night)

    Return Home

    15

    At Leisure & Return Home

    Time: Full dayFull day

    Let's enjoy one final day at leisure in Ho Chi Minh City for independent exploration. Your guide will be happy to suggest something to suit your taste. Enjoy a local beer at one of the many lively cafes on Phạm Ngũ Lão Street, do some last minute souvenir shopping at the Bến Thành Market or simply relax. Late checkout is included at your hotel before your evening transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home. (Late checkout is subject to flight times)

    Arrive home

    16

    * We aim to operate your tour itinerary according to the format shown. Occasionally, local conditions and unexpected events may result in adjustments to the planned schedule. We kindly ask for your understanding and flexibility in the event of any changes.

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    What if there is an emergency?

    We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.

    Do I need a Visa?

    Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements

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    You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your Travel Department guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.

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