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Vietnam In-Depth Highlights For Families

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Our fully customisable, private two-week 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 on a cultural journey that combines must-see sights and hidden gems as you travel through imperial cities, the peaceful Mekong Delta, and the iconic Halong Bay.Kids and teens will lov...

Our fully customisable, private two-week 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 on a cultural journey that combines must-see sights and hidden gems as you travel through imperial cities, the peaceful Mekong Delta, and the iconic Halong Bay.

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 Street Food Adventure 

• Buying fresh local produce in Cai Be's colourful floating market

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 Tour & Water Puppet Show

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 at a local Vietnamese restaurant, you'll continue visiting the Museum of Ethnology and embark on a cyclo ride through the streets of the Old Quarter - a must for any visitor to Hanoi! Finally, the day will end with a traditional performance of Vietnamese water puppets and an overnight train to Hoa Lu.


Day 3: Hoa Lu - Tam Coc Cycling Tour

In the morning, you'll set off on a two hour road trip through the picturesque countryside that leads to Hoa Lu. Upon arrival, your guide will lead you through the ancient complex to show you ancient palaces, pagodas, tombs, and pavilions built by different dynasties. From there, you and your family will hop on your bike for a gentle ride through some of the most stunning landscapes in the countryside, pas rice fields and along streams before stopping off for lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, you'll take a two hour sampan ride along the waterways of Tam Coc. Known locally as the ‘Halong Bay of the land,’ this winding river way is dotted with gorgeous limestone karsts. You'll also visit Bich Dong Pagoda before returning to Hanoi for the night.

Day 4: Bai Tu Long Bay - Overnight Cruise & Kayaking

At 8:00 AM, you and your family will be picked up at your hotel to start the scenic 3.5 hour drive to the UNESCO-listed Halong Bay, 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.

Bai Tu Long BayHạ Long Bay

Day 5: Bai Tu Long Bay - Overnight Train to Hue

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 for the drive back to Hanoi.

Upon arrival in the afternoon, you'll have some free time to relax or stroll around the Old Quarter. In the evening, you'll head to Hanoi Railway Station for an overnight train to Hue.

Bai Tu Long Bay

Day 6: Hue - Dragon Boat Tour, Pagoda & Royal Tombs

Upon arrival in Hue Railway Station at 9:30 AM, you and your family will be greeted and transferred to your hotel in Hue city centre. 

In the afternoon, you'll get to enjoy a ‘dragon boat’ (motorised traditional Vietnamese boat) ride down the Perfume River to the staggering Thien Mu Pagoda. Later, you'll visit the majestic Royal Tomb of King Ming Mang as well as the tomb of the emperor Khai Dinh, before arriving back at your hotel just before sunset. An optional activity for this evening is a candle-lit dinner set in a garden house!


Day 7: Hue - Dong Ba Market & Transfer to Hoi An

After breakfast, you'll spend the morning on a guided city tour of Imperial City of Hue, firstly with the ancient walled Citadel and former Imperial Palace. You'll then visit the Dong Ba market to learn about local produce and specialties of Hue.

In the afternoon, you and your family will be driven south to Hoi An, on a spectacular road trip past the coast line and Hai Van Pass (Pass of the Clouds).


Day 8: Hoi An - Street Food Adventure

At 9:00 AM, your guide will meet you at your hotel and start your incredible street food adventure tour by bicycle! Setting off in Tan An Central Market, you'll visit the food hall hosting an array of home-cooked street foods. You'll then continue on to a local family's house where they'll show you how to make the famous Vietnamese White Rose dumpling and 'Mi Quang' noodles.

Another short bicycle ride will take you to another local home in the peaceful countryside where you'll be greeted with a refreshing drink. You'll then prepare the ingredients for your dishes and start your hands-on food experience with the local family! Your day ends with a ride to the Ancient Quarter of Hoi An where your guide will lead you on a short evening tour.

Hoi An

Day 9: Hoi An - Local Culture & Free Time 

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.

Hoi An

Day 10: Hoi An - Flight to Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast, you'll have some free time until your transfer to Danang Airport for a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City. When you arrive, you'll be met by another driver who will transfer you to your hotel where you can put your feet up for the rest of the day.

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh - Street Food Tour

After a late breakfast, you'll embark on a guided city tour including; the War Remnants Museum, the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Old Post office. 

After lunch, you and your family will have some free time until the evening when you'll embark on a quick, fun, and tasty overview of Ho Chi Minh City’s best street food. We finish our foodie adventures with Vietnamese 'dessert-in-a-glass.' We’ll take you to and from the area by xe om (motorbike taxis). If you’re worried about your children riding on a motorbike, you'll have the option of taking a taxi (this requires a slightly earlier pickup and a small surcharge).

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh - Cooking Class & Cu Chi Tunnels

Learn the secrets of local cuisine with our English- speaking Vietnamese Chef! At 8:00 AM, you'll be picked up and taken to the agricultural village (approx 40km from the city centre). Upon arrival, you'll visit an organic garden with many kinds of herbs, spices and vegetables. Later, experience what it is like to be a Vietnamese farmer - selecting herbs and vegetables from the garden under guidance of your chef. You'll then sit down to cook and enjoy a tasty 3 course meal under guidance of your friendly professional chef.

After lunch you'll be driven to the Cu Chi tunnels. You'll get to explore the bedrooms, meeting rooms, air-raid shelters, and kitchens of the 200 km tunnel complex built by the Communist guerrillas.

Day 13: Mekong Delta - Cruise & Homestay

In the morning, you and your family will leave Ho Chi Minh City for Vinh Long in the Mekong Delta. Upon arrival, you'll be taken to Vinh Long market where you can sample local produce such as seafood, tropical fruits, and vegetables. You'll then embark on a private boat to visit brick- kilns where you can see how the local people create beautiful potteries from clay. You'll also visit a nursery garden and meet with a famous farmer who will invite your kids to sample seasonable fruits from his garden while you samply the homemade local vodka! 

In the afternoon, you'll take a rowing sampan along small creeks before cruising to your homestay on An Binh Island where you'll be treated to a traditional music show. Next up: cycling along village paths of the Mekong Delta. Your accommodation for the night will be in private rooms of a friendly local family's house.

Mekong Delta

Day 14: Cai Be Floating Market - Return to Ho Chi Minh City

Today, you'll have an early start to travel by boat to Cai Be's colourful floating market, cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables. An optional stop can be made at local workshops where you can see how to make rice paper, coconut candy, popcorn, soya sauce, and coconut leaves for cottage roofs! The cruise will end at Cai Be town where your vehicle will transfer you back to Ho Chi Minh City with lunch break en-route.

Cái Bè

Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City - Departure for Flight Home

Enjoy a last breakfast at the hotel before your transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport. We hope you've had an amazing time in Vietnam and look forward to seeing you again soon!

Hanoi Hoa Lư District Tam Coc Bai Tu Long Bay Hạ Long Bay Huế Hoi An Ho Chi Minh City Mekong Delta Cái Bè

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. $1,440 / 15 days
Excluding international flights
2 pax4 pax6 paxSingle supplement
Price per adult (October to December)$1,570$1,420$1,370$550
Price per child under 12 (October to December)$780$710$690
Price per adult (May to September)$1,490$1,350$1,310$530
Price per child under 12 (May to September)$750$680$650

Included in price:

  • Accommodation: 14 nights, based on 1 double room and 1 twin room in all hotels, including a one-night stay on a cruise boat on Bai Tu Long Bay
  • Transfers: to/from airport on days 1 & 15
  • Transport: all pick-ups and transfers by private vehicles with experienced drivers, and one way train tickets from Hanoi to Hue (in private soft 4 berth cabin with air-con)
  • Domestic flights: Danang - Ho Chi Minh City (economy class by Vietnam Airlines)
  • Activities: all activities mentioned in the tour
  • Entry: to all sites/museums
  • Meals: breakfast x 14, lunch x 12 (on days 2 to 9 & 11 to 14), dinner x 3 (on days 4, 11 & 13)
  • 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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