Tage 13

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Preis ab EUR 1.052

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With great food, lush scenery and lots of warm, friendly locals, the whole family will fall in love with Vietnam. Sail beautiful Halong Bay. Delight at water puppets in Hanoi. Learn about rich emperors in Hue. Get a new outfit tailor-made in Hoi An. Maybe even take a dip in the Vietnam East Sea. With so much to share and do together, you'll experience the culture, flavours, and highlights of a Vietnamese adventure your family will always remember.

Übersicht

Start
Hanoi
Ende
Ho Chi Minh City
Besuchte Länder
Vietnam
Style
Original
Theme
Family Explorer
Trip Code
TVFA
Mindestalter
Gruppengröße
16
Physical rating

Highlights

  • A cyclo tour of Hanoi is an excellent introduction to bustling inner-city Vietnam, and the novelty of travelling on these three-wheeled wonders is a thrill for all ages
  • There's a great mix of included activities and free time, which is perfect in atmospheric destinations like Hoi An, with the beach just a short bike ride away
  • Halong Bay is not only an amazing and unique natural wonder – it's a proper escape from the world around you. Sleep under the stars on a comfortable cruise boat and enjoy a sumptuous lunch and dinner on board
  • By dining at KOTO in Hanoi, you and your family will not only feast on dellicious northern specialties, you'll be supporting an excellent cause that helps connect street kids with careers in hospitality
  • One of the many advantages of group travel is the social aspect, and kids often have playmates, giving you a little more time to relax

Reiseprogramm



Day 1
Hanoi
Xin chao! Welcome to Vietnam. Hanoi is famous for its beautiful lakes, shaded boulevards, verdant public parks and its thriving Old Quarter. The latter is a veritable architectural museum piece, with blocks of ochre buildings retaining the air of a 1930s provincial French town. You will be transferred from the airport to your hotel, and your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 5pm. Afterwards, perhaps enjoy some dinner with your family and fellow travellers (this is optional).

Day 2
Hanoi
Embark on a full-city tour of town. You will visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum, and the tranquil Temple of Literature – an oasis of calm in the heart of town. Also head to the Museum of Ethnology to learn more about the diverse heritage of Vietnam. Enjoy some lunch at KOTO restaurant, an excellent establishment and longtime friend of Intrepid which lives by the philosophy of ‘know one, teach one’. It supports the underprivileged local youth by giving them a chance at making a career in the hospitality industry. In the evening, sit down to a traditional water puppet performance. This northern tradition, dating back nearly a thousand years, is performed alongside traditional Vietnamese music that employs drums, wooden bells, horns and bamboo flutes.

Day 3
Halong Bay
Travel by minibus to the spectacular World Heritage-listed site of Halong Bay (approximately 4 hours). The bay is a breathtaking secluded harbour, with some 2,000 limestone islands jutting out of the waters of the Bac Bo Gulf. Board your private boat and cruise among the dramatic limestone peaks. There’s an opportunity to swim in the famous Vietnam East Sea and explore caves filled with stunning stalactites and stalagmites. Spend a peaceful night on board, beneath a sky alive with stars. Your sailing junk has twin-share cabins that have air-conditioning and private facilities. There’s also a dining room and bar.

Notes: Due to recent, unforeseen changes by local authorities, many boats are no longer permitted to stay overnight on the bay. This has resulted in a boat shortage. To ensure Intrepid travellers are all accommodated, a larger boat, usually with 12 cabins, may be used, and passengers may be split across multiple boats. An Intrepid group leader will be present on each boat, and the route and onboard inclusions will remain the same.

Day 4
Hue
Enjoy breakfast on the boat this morning and perhaps head out for an optional early morning kayak. Return to Hanoi by bus (approximately 3.5 hours). From there you will board an overnight train bound for Hue. As the former imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue holds the treasures of Vietnam’s royal past. It’s a curious mix of bustling streets and tranquil settings. Although conditions are basic on your train journey, overnight trains are a classic South East Asian experience and the best way to travel long distances with the locals. Lie back and enjoy the ride! Most trains have a dining carriage serving simple food, but it’s a great idea to stock up on fresh bread, cheese and fruit before you head off.

Notes: Sleeper trains typically have four-berth compartments (occasionally six-berth, depending on seasonal variations) which have bench seats that convert into sleeping bunks. A sheet, pillow and blanket are provided, although some travellers prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet. On occasion, passengers of different genders will be required to share a compartment and there will be occasions where you’ll be sharing with local travellers or travellers who are not part of your group.

Day 5
Hue
Welcome to Hue! Your leader will help you chose a local, tasty breakfast option this morning after you disembark the overnight train. Afterwards, enjoy a dragon boat cruise along the Perfume River. The trip includes a visit to Thien Mu Pagoda, which is considered by many to be the unofficial symbol of Hue. It’s an active Buddhist monastery originating in 1601. One of the most poignant displays here is a car belonging to a former monk who, in 1963, drove to Saigon and set himself alight to protest against the treatment of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese regime. You will visit one of the royal tombs, that of Emperor Tu Duc, and see the central lake set amid a grove of frangipani and pine trees. There is also the chance to visit the tomb of Minh Mang. Its lush forest backdrop and impressive architecture make it perhaps the most majestic of all the royal tombs.

Day 6
Hue
Delve further into the fascinating former capital today. You will visit the Imperial Citadel, which is the best-preserved remnant of a large citidel and Royal centre that once existed on this fortified site. The unique fortifications are fascinating, even though much of this place has sadly been destroyed by war. The foliage-covered ruins make for an interesting couple of hours of exploring. You will visit the Forbidden Purple City, which was almost totally wiped out during the Tet Offensive in 1968. The gaping holes left by bombs give an idea of the shocking destruction wreaked upon the country during the war. You’ll also stop into a local non-government organisation that supports Hue’s deaf and mute community by providing training, employment, support and a place to connect with others. Here you’ll meet members of the community and join them for a traditional paper flower making class – a fun and interesting way to get to connect with your hosts without exchanging any words.

Day 7
Hoi An
Travelling by bus, head south through coastal rice paddies, then traverse the spectacular Hai Van Pass along the mountains en route to Hoi An (approximately 4 hours). Recently declared a World Heritage site, Hoi An is beautifully preserved and exudes a tranquil atmosphere. It’s perfect for strolling around at a leisurely pace, with many beautiful Japanese houses and Chinese temples lining the narrow lanes. Parts of Hoi An look exactly as they did more than a century ago. It’s also a shopping mecca – browse local markets and shops for original paintings, handcrafted woodwork, ceramics, embroidery and lanterns. Hoi An has also become famous for its tailoring, with a great variety of fabrics and tailors to choose from.

Day 8
Hoi An
After breakfast we head out to spend the morning at Cua Dai beach. This beach is known for its stunning palm-fringed white sand and views of the Cham islands. Transfer back to town for lunch, before spending the afternoon learning how to prepare White Rose Cake. This hands on experience is one the whole family will enjoy!

Day 9
Hoi An
Enjoy further free time in this beautiful old town. Perhaps take up a cooking class and learn the secrets of preparing local specialties like cao lau – dark pork broth with thick yellow noodles, sliced pork, bean sprouts, green vegetables and croutons. Street food tours can also be arranged. Alternatively, hire some bikes and take the family out on a cycling trip into the gorgeous surrounding countryside. Another great activity which kids will enjoy is a bamboo basket ride down the waterways of the jungle. For more optional day- and half-day trips, chat to your leader.

Day 10
Ho Chi Minh City
Take a short flight to the economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City (approximately 1 hour). Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is characterised by a vast array of sights and sounds – a fascinating blend of old and new, East and West. Check out Ben Thanh Market and experience a delicious local lunch of street food, and enjoy an orientation walk. Afterwards, you’re free to explore the city on your own. Your leader will have plenty of interesting and fun ideas for you and the kids. Consider scooting off on cyclos to Cholon, the Chinatown area of Ho Chi Minh City, for a bit of temple-hopping. Or visit the Vietnamese version of a department store for some serious shopping.

Day 11
Mekong Delta
Head down to the Mekong Delta and visit unexplored Ben Tre where coconut is everything and anything. The fertile delta is famous for its abundant harvests of tropical fruits and flowers. On arrival, board your private boat and cruise along the maze of waterways to visit some local cottage industries. This is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at a different part of the local economy. Then head to your overnight homestay by the water. Be invited into a family home for a true local experience – a chance to see daily life from the inside. You’ll be sleeping on simple camp beds in dorm-style rooms, with all meals included. Bedding and mosquito nets are provided.

Day 12-13
Ho Chi Minh
Life in the delta starts with the sun, so embrace the day early. You will visit a local market and soya bean workshop before heading back to Ho Chi Minh City for one more night. You should arrive in the afternoon, which will give you time for a final exploration of the city. On Day 13 your trip comes to an end, and you are free to leave at any time. For those who have booked an airport transfer, the leader will confirm your departure time and onward flight details.

Was ist inklusive?

Mahlzeiten

11 Frühstück, 5 Mittagessen, 2 Abendessen

Transport

Boat , Minibus , Overnight sleeper train , Plane , Private Bus

Unterkunft

Hotel (9 nights), Overnight boat (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (1 night), Homestay (1 night)

Eingeschlossene Aktivitäten

Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Hanoi - Temple of Literature
Hanoi - Water puppet show
Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh Complex: Ho Chi Minh, Stilt House and Museum
Hanoi - Koto Restaurant lunch
Hanoi - Museum of Ethnology
Halong Bay - Overnight boat cruise with seafood lunch and dinner
Hue - Perfume River cruise
Hue - Royal tomb
Hue - Imperial Citadel
Hoi An - Orientation walk
Hoi An - Old Town walking tour
Ho Chi Minh City - Orientation Walk
Mekong Delta - Soya bean workshop
Mekong Delta - Local market visit

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Reviews

Nicola
great family adventure to learn about another culture & have a holiday at the same time
Anna
This trip is ideally suited to families with children aged 8+. The days are well organised and there's time to relax as well as sightsee. I chose this trip rather than a 'holiday' resort as i wanted my children to understand more about the wider world, how privileged they are and that there is life outside their 'bubble'.
Rodney
Fantastically enjoyable, well organised and good value trip with a wonderful local guide. Great itinerary with lots of inclusions but also a fair amount of spare time. Perfect for young families - our kids (aged 8 and 10 years) loved it. Suggest taking more local currency than recommended in the trip notes, although there are plenty of ATMs.
Andrew
Awesome family trip, had a great combination of families and kids generally jelled and had a good friendship during the trip. Good mix of interesting activities that appeal to both parents and kids.
Abbi And Andrew
We haven't travelled on a guided family tour in years. Intrepid have re-invented the family tour concept, making it fun, safe, stress free, informative and inclusive of all family members. Looking forward to our next Intrepid tour.
Melinda
Vietnam Family Holiday was our best trip yet. It was the perfect mix of activities and down time when the kids just wanted to relax. The activities were informative and we learned a lot about Vietnam’s culture, whilst also keeping the kids excited and interested. Our local guide was a wealth of knowledge and taught us so much, he was caring and great with our children. Would highly recommend this family trip, we’ve made some amazing memories.
Neil
The tour was great.We did get a little over the temples & mueseums after a while, however we really enjoyed extra side tours, such as: working on the farm land in Hoi An, Cu Chi Tunnels, a 2 hour ride around the streets of Hue on the Cyclos, the old City was amazing & Hoi An was our Favoruite place.
Deidre
The trip was an amazing experience for all of us. We got to see so much in such a short time period- we saw more and got to see more local life than I would have expected. A great learning adventure and holiday.
Matthew
A great introductory trip to Vietnam for those who have not travelled Asia with kids before. This takes all the hassle out of it and all you have to do is enjoy.
Melanie
Intrepid Family Tours are a truly fabulous way to share unique travel experiences with other families, in a safe and organised environment, of which much of the planning is completed so you can sit back and enjoy your well deserved time away.
Vanessa
We had a wonderful time in Vietnam and did things that we would never have attempted (or known about) without the support of Intrepid and our tour guide, Sonny. We highly recommend the family tours - they are designed for people with kids and families just like ours, and the tour is somewhat flexible, and built around the kids' needs at the same time as providing many interesting things for the grown ups. Thanks Intrepid!
Corliss
Taking an Intrepid family trip is a great way to travel with children. An added bonus of Intrepid trips is the international makeup of travel groups, which gives both adults and kids to learn about the home countries of each other as well as the country in which they’re traveling.
Vanessa
We would definitely recommend Intrepid for family travel - this trip was not something we would have attempted to do without Intrepid, as we have heard wonderful things about the company which built our confidence. We loved that idea that the tour was designed for people with families just like ours. We had an amazing time and we did things that we would never have had the courage to do without the support of Intrepid. And our tour leader was fabulous - funny, entertaining and knowledgeable. See you next time, Intrepid...!
Thomas
the itinerary is excellent, but more time is needed at the War Museum
Shelley
I can't reccomend Intrepid enough
David
An amazing experience from begining to the end. A great tour guide in Ha Tran and a great group of travellers made this an experience our family will never forget. We have learnt alot about Vietnams history and local cultures, seen some amazing sites, and made some great friends along the way. I would definately recommend using Intrepid and I hope to use them again in the future.
Cath
Family trip was ideal for our ten year olds first long haul holiday. It was really well pacedwith enough free time so you could explore or relax on your own. The hotel in the middle with pool was great and the homestay at the end was an absolute high light
Melinda
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. The cyclo ride to the Hue countryside was one of the most enjoyably afternoons of our lives. Our children, 7 and 9 years, had a fantastic time traveling throughout the country.
Mario
Great family trip and adventure to a wonderful place on earth. My only complaint would be I wish to stay longer ;-)
Julie
Take a good backpack, insect repellent and reusable water bottles that you can fill up.
Anna
Having not read up much about Vietnam before the trip we arrived with open minds and hearts. It was such a great trip. Every day was better than the last. Each destination had something special and unique to offer. Our teenage son took it all in and really loved the whole trip. The food was excellent not too spicy and very fresh and healthy. The hotels were comfortable and modern and the people always so friendly. I recommend visiting this lovely country before it gets seriously touristy and looses it's native charm to the dragon of commercialism. We were sad to leave but happy we had decided to visit Vietnam and know we will return.
Helen
Our trip to Vietnam with Intrepid tours was outstanding! The family adventure tour we chose was perfect for the 3 of us as our son had other children to hang out with! We will definitely be booking again!
Ernst
Excellent family holiday, accomodations are very nice (nearly 4 Star comparable in Europe), lots of fun activities for kids and adults, great food with lots of choices - if you want to experience South East Asia, this a great way to do it!
Alex
Our Vietnam trip was excellent in every aspect. Our children of 5 and 7 loved every minute. We had a great guide who couldn't have been better, the itinerary had a good balance between sightseeing and free time, and the whole trip was very stress free!
Lee
Intrepid's family tour to Vietnam was a fabulous way to see this fascinating and beautiful country in a safe and relatively straight forward way. The tour is challenging, but Intrepid and our tour guide took on much of the hard work organising the sorts of things it would take ages to do if we were travelling on our own. The tour took in the main must-see sites and cities in Vietnam and having such a knowledgeable and thoughtful guide with us the entire way was invaluable. It was also really nice to meet share the experience with the fellow travellers in our group which bonded extremely well and was a great way for children in the group to make new friends. This isn't a holiday for those looking to kick back and relax on a beach for two weeks. Elements are challenging, in particular the overnight train ride, but possibly more so for the parents that the kids. Ten out of ten. Unforgettable.
Mitchell
Go for it.. intrepid and tour leader quang ROCK
Mandeep
The tour covers a lot of ground, which is why its great value for money - so it might be worth considering getting out a day or two earlier to get used to the weather, heat, food and time difference so that you can relax ahead of the tour.
Jodi
Please take any comments from above and also- this tour was an excellent family holiday. The youngest in our group was 5 and the oldest 75. We will always remember this trip- I would highly recommend it for anyone but especially a busy family who want to get away from their busy lives and enjoy time together in a very different place.
Victoria
This was a fantastic introduction to a fascinating country. In two weeks we feel like we did so much and learned lots about Vietnam, it's culture and people.
Edmond
If you travel to Vietnam on your own for 2 weeks and organise things yourself, there is no way you can cram in this many adventures and visits. We went for Vietnamese food every time, and had a delicious 2 weeks.