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Discover the essence of captivating Vietnam on this ten-day tour through backstreets, villages, cities and waterways. Trace the east coast on this fast-paced adventure and take in World Heritage-listed landscapes and towns, feel the buzz of bustling cities and fuel yourself with banh mi and condensed milk coffee. As lively as it is lovely, Vietnam can seem an intimidating place to travel, but our local leaders will guide you to the best street food (and tell you how to order it), introduce you to fishermen on the Mekong Delta and give you the inside scoop on the best tailors in Hoi An. This is an adventure full of life, colour and flavour that introduces you to the highlights of this fascinating nation.

Übersicht

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

Highlights

  • Fall in love with Vietnam one bite at a time, from pho, slurped on a busy street corner to a vegetarian feast in a Buddhist nunnery.
  • Sail through Halong Bay’s limestone karsts and island caves and spend the night checking out the stars on an overnight cruise.
  • Travel like a local on a motorbike tour, riding pillion and taking in the historical pagodas, bridges and villages of Hue.
  • Embrace a slower pace during a private boat tour of the Mekong Delta and meet local craftspeople in the villages that line the river’s myriad waterways.
  • Wander through the remarkably well-preserved streets of Hoi An’s Old Town on a guided tour, where elegant wooden buildings line the canals.

Reiseprogramm



Day 1
Hanoi
Xin chao! Welcome to Hanoi! Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm and is followed by a group dinner at KOTO restaurant. This organisation is dedicated to developing the hospitality careers of disadvantaged youth.

If you arrive before your tour begins there’s plenty to see and do. Consider booking the Hanoi Morning Highlights Urban Adventure, a wide-ranging tour with a local expert guide. This optional tour visits the Temple of Literature, stops by a traditional tea house, and takes you through the Hoa Lo Prison Memorial before concluding at Hoan Kiem Lake. Or maybe take it at your own pace and wander the Old Quarter to admire the city’s French-colonial architecture.

Day 2
Halong Bay
Travel by private minibus to World Heritage-listed Halong Bay, which is dotted with sandy coves, grottoes and 1600 limestone islands formed over millennia by wind and water erosion (approximately 4 hours). Board a private boat and cruise the bay, exploring Surprise Cave and perhaps even enjoying a swim from Ti Top Island Beach during the warmer months. Access to Surprise Cave is via staircases. Once inside the cave the pathways are a little uneven and slippery. To end the day, spend an evening aboard the boat beneath the night sky. What better way to get to know your fellow travellers than an old school sleepover in an unforgettable location?

Day 3
Hanoi – Overnight train
Return by boat to Halong Bay. At approximately midday, return to Hanoi by bus. Arrive late this afternoon and enjoy free time until tonight’s train voyage. Be sure to grab a bowl of pho while you’re in town and slurp down this local specialty made from broth, noodles and meat. Maybe chill by Hoan Kiem Lake until you board an overnight train to Hue this evening.

Day 4
Hue
Arrive in Hue at approximately 11 am and transfer to the hotel. Once the imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue holds the treasures of the country’s royal past. Enjoy free time in the morning to rest or explore. If you choose the latter (and who can blame you) the bustling Dong Ba Market is a great place to sample some of the specialties that once graced the Nguyen emperors’ tables like banh khoai (royal rice cake). Reunite with the group to visit the war-damaged ruins of the Imperial Citadel, a sprawling city-within-a-city which contains the remains of temples, state houses and the emperor’s palace.

Day 5
Hue
See Hue like a local – from the back of a motorbike! Straddle the saddle and whiz around town with a local guide, taking in historic and contemporary sights along the way. Stop at Thanh Toan to see the 18th-century covered bridge and villagers shopping at their local market. Visit the 17th-century active Buddhist monastery of Thien Mu Pagoda and see the car that belonged to Thích Quang Duc, the monk who self-immolated in 1963 in protest against the treatment of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese regime. For lunch, savour a vegetarian feast in a nunnery. Finish at the lakeside royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc before heading back to town.

Day 6
Hoi An
This morning travel by bus through coastal rice paddies and the spectacular Hai Van Pass (approximately 3 hours). After a photo stop en route, arrive into Hoi An. Recently declared a World Heritage site, Hoi An was a major international trading port during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Today, parts of the beautifully-preserved town retain the feel of centuries past. It’s also a shopping mecca, famous for its plethora of tailors. On arrival your leader will take you on a sightseeing walk through the Old Town to visit a handful of the city’s major attractions. You’ll also be given a sightseeing pass so you can further explore select attractions at your leisure.

Day 7
Hoi An
Today is a free day to explore Hoi An. Maybe browse the cobbled streets and art galleries or hire a bike and cycle through rice paddies out to Cua Dai Beach. Maybe browse for paintings, ceramics and colourful cloth lanterns in the town’s markets and preserved Chinese shophouses. If you’re craving a new look, you could pay a visit to one of the hundreds of tailors and get something special made. Hoi An is also known for its delicious regional food, so be sure to enjoy a meal at a riverside restaurant or perhaps partake in a cooking class.

Day 8
Ho Chi Minh City
Today take a short, early morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City (approximately 1.5 hours). Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City has a fascinating history and is arguably Vietnam’s capital of commerce and culture. After landing, take a sightseeing tour around the city by bus. Pass the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Opera House, then stop in at the War Remnants Museum to discover some of the sobering stories of the 20-year-long Vietnam/American War.

Day 9
Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh City
This morning head out on a day trip to explore the Mekong Delta. Board a private boat to Ben Tre to visit the coconut gardens and stop at a local home to sample tropical fruits and coconut jams. Afterwards, paddle in sampans (small rowing boats) past coconut trees along the Mekong Delta. Take a tuk-tuk tour around the villages and learn about rural life and the industry created around coconut products like brooms and coconut fibre mats. Eat lunch at a restaurant in the heart of the Delta, sampling regional specialties such as the famous elephant ear fish. Cruise the major waterways to Ben Tre boat pier, then return by bus to Ho Chi Minh City. This evening, perhaps head out to sample some local specialties as a final farewell with your fellow travellers and leader.

Day 10
Ho Chi Minh City
There are no activities included and you’re free to depart your accommodation at any time as long as you comply with check out time. If you would like to spend some more time in Ho Chi Minh City, we’re happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability). Ask your group leader or booking agent for more recommendations or help booking an Urban Adventure if you plan to stay.

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8 Frühstück, 3 Mittagessen, 2 Abendessen

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Reviews

Ina
Great trip with amazing guides!
Roshni
I loved the trip!
Richard
We were looking for a tour where we didn't have to organize every last detail. Intrepid took away a lot of the pain of travelling, we would definitely use there services again. There was a great mix of people & the tour allowed for some personal time to explore, while also providing other options if you wanted them in every place we visited. The local guides are fantastic, they really add to the experience.
Nina
Intrepid is an amazing organisation. When you like to travel together with other people and want to see the most importanst things, Intrepid is the right organisation for you. You don't have to worry about organising or something else, you can trust your leader and enjoy a beautiful and amazing trip!
Joshua
Intrepid were a pleasure to work with. The layout/design of the trip was perfect enabling me to see and do as much as I could in the limited time I had in each country. Very well managed company with great representatives (team leaders) who made the experience exceed my expectations, Recommend to anyone.
Jennifer
Most amazing holiday!! Vietnam, our tour guide Thoa, my group and Intrepid far exceeded all my expectations. Everything was so well organised, informative and fun, I highly recommend this trip to anyone looking for an adventure.
Brian
This trip was perfect, well organized which ensured we got to see all the highlights of Vietnam within a short timeframe. Best decision I have ever made as it eliminated the time and effort I would have needed to sort out an amazing trip.
Sonya
Loved the Vietnam Express Southbound tour! So many great people on the tour and our tour guide was fantastic in leading us through the different, chaotic cities! Also appreciated the small tour size when traveling as it felt less like a tour and more like traveling with friends.
Bonnie
Intrepid does a great job of organizing excursions of a small size. This is great, not like a huge bus with 50 passengers! I love that they are concerned about the environment and support local businesses. Intrepid provides more of an "authentic" travel experience than most travel companies!
Michelle
The South East Asia trip was an amazing experience and I truly loved exploring the heart and soul of south east Asia. I feel as though you really get to see an authentic side of Asia you wouldn't be exposed to if you travelled by yourself. You have dinner with families, visit remote villages off the beaten track and get the opportunity to talk to monks. Highlights during the trip included an overnight train from Bangkok to Chiangmai, early morning Alms with the monks, visiting an Elephant Sanctuary, a 2 day boat ride down the Mekong, cooking lessons, the beautiful sleepy Luang Prabang, the very chic Hanoi and all of Cambodia! I recommend the trip wholeheartedly. There are some parts of the trip I think you should brace yourself for, such as the overnight train in Vietnam and some very basic guest houses. However these experiences are all part of it.
Louise
We had a super guide, everything was very well organised and the trip provided a great insight into local life in Vietnam. I met lovely people and enjoyed every second of this beautiful tour through all the best spots.
Mary
I have done 2 trips with Intrepid. In 2015 I did Grand Cuba and this year the Best of Vietnam and Cambodia. I really like their ethos and I have met great people on the trips. I have always loved travelling and it's not always easy to find a good travelling companion. With Intrepid I don't have to worry because there are always other solo travellers. On both occasions I have chosen to share a room and it worked out extremely well both times. The Intrepid guides I have met are superb and they also use extremely good local guides when necessary.
Michael
Just do it
Pat
A very full itinerary but still with time to do your own thing. Practise converting various 'Dong' prices to your local currency so you are not alarmed when confronted with the local prices in Vietnam. Everything is much cheaper than home the big numbers are just scary until you get use to them!
Susan
Intrepid offers fantastic cultural, honest and genuine experiences. You feel involved in supporting the local people. I see the locals appreciating our involvement. A really, really good experience.
Madeline
This trip was amazing. Our tour guide had great local knowledge and was very friendly. Would do this trip again. This was an amazing experience
Annette & Rick
We have had the pleasure of partaking in 2 Intrepid trips and all we can say is that if you are looking for an amazing adventure with passionate and superb guides, Intrepid is the way to go.
Vazira
Good trip with much included. However the lack of assistance in our free time ultimately left us wondering if the extra costs of coming with a group were entirely worth it.
Talitha
Tam is a very enthusiastic and organised tour leader. He catered to everyone in the group and made sure everyone was having a good time and was safe.
Linda
The whole trip was great however the hotel beds in Hanoi were like sleeping on the floor! All accomodation didn’t provide tea and coffee facilities. No hotel provided milk and at times only herbal tea. 2 small bottles of water per day per room was no where near enough considering this water was used for cleaning teeth.
Catherine
Intrepid is a highly organised tour to go on. We enjoyed the tour guides company and assistance and would go on another adventure through Intrepid.
Colin
Great trip great sites great food
Alisha
I really enjoyed this combo trip. While you do spend a lot of time on the road, this trip packs a lot of the highlights in and is very well organized. Definitely worth it.
Nicole
Intrepid made travelling easy in a foreign country we did not know much about. We did not have to think about getting anywhere as intrepid took us straight to each destination. There was plenty of optional tours to choose from as well as lots of free time to chill out, relax or explore the cities on your own
Katherine
The tour was great - our leaders Ha and Channy were both amazing! We got to see a real range of places throughout the trip which I never would have seen travelling on my own. Missing the tour family! Would definitely recommend this trip to any first time travellers to this area :)
Sophia
excellent trip. well organised - filled with lots of local surprises along the way - wont forget eating in a monastery! getting to know fellow travellers on the sleeper train across Vietnam or the kindness of the local people who invited us into their home. great food, great scenery with like minded people. came back to the uk ready to book my next trip with intrepid.
Antonio
(To IntrepidTravel, pls just use my initials if you will post this on your website. Thank you.) This trip is well-organised and well-paced. From one destination/activity/experience to another, there was very minimal to no waiting time...wherever we went, the bus, motorbike, cyclo, bike, canoe/raft, tuk tuk, boat were already waiting for us. There were ample breaks (for meals, to rest, or to go to rest rooms).
Dara
Makes travelling easy with no worries.
Lee
Very well organised trip, lots of included activites, great group leader
Maire
We had an action packed and extensive trip from Hanoi to Saigon experiencing all sides of Vietnam life food and culture that we will never forget amazing