A Taste of Vietnam Group Tour
On this trip you can enjoy the beautiful beaches on Whale Island, explore Ho Chi Minh City in the Mekong Delta, and more. In just 13 days you'll cross the entire country!
- 13 days
- 4-24 participants
- Accommodation, including breakfast
- English-speaking guide
When visiting Vietnam, you’ll quickly realise how fascinating and varied this country is. With its delicious food, exotic markets, and vibrant cities full of pagodas, temples, museums and more, you'll never run out of things to do or see. Of course, its delicious food should not go unmentioned. Enjoy delicious traditional dishes made with fresh vegetables, fish, and herbs. Let yourself be enchanted by Vietnam as you take an incredible, unforgettable journey from the South to the North: Ho Chi Minh City, Nah Trang and Whale Island, Hoi An, Hue and Hanoi are all part of the itinerary. Have fun exploring this enchanting country with few tourists.
A Taste of Vietnam Group Tour Itinerary
On this fascinating Vietnam tour, you'll travel to several cities including Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hue, and Hanoi. You can relax on the beach, visit the Forbidden Purple City, look at the famous Marble Mountains, and more – all in just two weeks!
Below you’ll find the day-by-day breakdown for our A Taste of Vietnam tour.
Welcome to Vietnam! Today you can check into your hotel and meet your guide. Then spend the rest of the day as you please. In Ho Chi Minh City there's plenty to see: museums such as the Historical Museum, the Sri Mariamman Temple, Buddhist shrines like Chua Vinh Nghiem, colonial buildings such as the Majestic Hotel, churches such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, and much more. Take in the unique atmosphere of the city and get yourself oriented for your two week adventure.
You have a free day to explore Ho Chi Minh City. This modern, vibrant metropolis now has around 12 million inhabitants. Formerly known as Saigon, the city was officially founded in 1698 by the Khmer. Saigon became a French colony in the middle of the 19th century and there's still quite allot of European influences in the local architecture. If you're interested in nature, you can take a full-day trip through the Mekong Delta (optional). There you'll get to see how Vietnamese farmers cultivate rice, coconuts, and bananas.
Overnight Stay Breakfast
Spend today as you please. You can spend some more time exploring Ho Chi Minh City or take a day trip to Tay Ninh and Cu Chi (optional). If you take this optional excursion you'll get to witness an exceptional religious ceremony at noon. In Cu Chi you can also visit the famous tunnel system used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. In the evening we'll take the night train to Nha Trang. As long as there's light, you should watch the passing scenery. Then you can buy something to eat on the train.
Overnight Train Breakfast
Nha Trang is the most popular holiday destination in Vietnam. Sunny, sandy beaches with tall palms, surrounded by mountains, make this the ideal place to spend a few relaxing days by the sea. After the train ride, you can either relax on the 6km long beach in town or take a stroll through the city. There are also opportunities for snorkelling and diving.
In the morning we'll leave Nha Trang and head to Van Ninh, just 60 km away. From there you can take a boat to Whale Island. The trip only takes about ten minutes. Spend the next two days relaxing on an island paradise, surrounded by palm trees and colourful coral reefs. You'll stay in simple bamboo huts with private bathrooms on this relaxing little island.
Overnight Stay Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Spend the whole day as you please. This is the ideal time to spend a lazy day at the beach. You can relax in your cabin or in a hammock, take a dip in the crystal clear sea, or admire the diverse marine life by going snorkelling or scuba diving. Those who prefer to be more active can also surf, sail, kayak, or walk around the island.
Overnight Stay Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Today you must bid farewell to Whale Island. After breakfast the boat will take you back to the mainland where you'll board your bus and drive along the coast to Sa Huynh. Once you've arrived you can spend the rest of the day swimming, relaxing on the beach, or exploring the city. History buffs will be interested in the famous and unique cemeteries found nearby. These cemeteries of the Sa-Huynh culture commemorate the dead with lid urns which range from 500 BC to 100 AD.
Overnight Stay Breakfast
Today we'll drive you along the coast, to vibrant Hanoi. The trip will take three to four hours. Hoi An is an important city for trade and it's one of the highlights of any trip to Vietnam. You can stroll through the narrow streets, take a boat trip on the river, or go to the beach located nearby.
Overnight Stay Breakfast
Numerous narrow merchant houses line the streets of Hoi An. Colourful temples, shops, restaurants and cafes can also be found in the old town. Hoi An is known for its many delicious culinary specialties including Cao Lau – rice noodles with pork, bean sprouts, herbs and croutons in a broth.
Today we'll travel to Hue, which is about three hours north of Hoi An. We'll make several stops along the way. First we'll stop in Da Nang where you can visit the Cham Museum (optional). Here there are more than 300 sandstone pictures to admire from the 7th to 15th centuries. You should also visit the Marble Mountains, five limestone hills named after the elements: Kim (metal), Thuy (water), Moc (wood), Hoa (fire) and Tho (earth). Today these mountains are Buddhist shrines but during the Vietnam War they were used as a place of refuge by the Viet Cong. Once you've arrived in Hue you should make a point to visit the purple Forbidden City.
Overnight Stay Breakfast
You'll have plenty of time in the morning and early afternoon to see Hanoi. We recommend that you visit the Palace Museum, the colourful Dong Ba Market, and the Imperial mausoleums around the city. Walking through the Kim Long district, where the so-called ‘garden sheds’ are, is also an enchanting experience. Your tour guide will happily provide you with all the information you need. In the late afternoon you'll board the night train, the so-called "Reunification Express", to Hanoi.
Night Train Breakfast
The last stop on your A Taste of Vietnam tour is Hanoi, which was founded about 1000 years ago. Hanoi is very much a city of contrasts and has something of a European look as a result of French occupation. There are small shops, lively markets, large avenues, and some lakes. Some particularly beautiful sights include the Ngoc Son Temple, the Presidential Palace, St. Joseph's Cathedral, and The Revolution Museum.
Alas, this is the last day of your Vietnam adventure. If you have time before your flight, you can spend a bit more time exploring the city or picking up some last minute souvenirs. Take a walk along the West Lake or take a bicycle rickshaw through town. If you haven’t quite experienced all that you came for, our friendly staff are more than happy to help you extend your stay.
We recommend that you read this information carefully before booking or departure. Here you will find important information about Vietnam. Be aware that you may need to get some vaccinations in advance. This trip includes several excursions, but there is also allocated time for optional activities. Let one of our friendly tour guides help you book any additional adventures.
Important advice regarding entry and exit, necessary vaccinations and general information about the country and people can be found here. If you have any further questions one of our staff members would be more than happy to help.
- To enter Vietnam you'll need a visa
- A malaria prophylaxis is recommended
- An English-speaking guide will accompany you on your trip
- 10 nights of accommodation with breakfast
- 2 lunches and 2 dinners on Whale Island
- Night trains from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang and Hue to Hanoi
- Boat transfer from Nha Trang to Whale Island and back
- All incomplete optional described transfers
- Short introductory tour in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi
- Visit to the Marble Mountains and Cham Museum
- Qualified, English-speaking guide
What's not included?
- All flights
- Other meals and drinks not listed
- Optional excursions
- All entrance fees
- Departure tax
- Travel insurance
- Transfer to/from airport
- It's possible that accommodation on Whale Island will be fully booked. In this case you'll stay in Doc Let on the mainland, which is located on a long sandy beach (lunch and dinner are included).
- On the night train you'll be staying in a 2nd class sleeper.
- For groups of only 2-5 participants there will be some changes in transportation.
- Groups of two will travel by car.
- Your group may be combined with our 20-day tour group for some activities, however, the combined group will never exceed 24 people.
- You'll stay in double rooms. We try to place solo travellers of the same sex together wherever possible. If you want a single room, please specify as much when you make your booking.
Prices & Dates
2017/ 2018 Season Information
The price for all A Taste of Vietnam tours in the 2017 season is $1,457.00 CAD p.p. in a double room. For the 2018 season it is $1,638.00 CAD p.p. in a double room. For travelers wishing to have a private room, a single-room supplement of $374.00 CAD p.p. will be charged.
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*Solo Traveler Tour (click for more info)
|Dates||Duration||Price pp in DBL|
|15.10.2017 - 27.10.2017||13 Days||$1,457.00 CAD|
|05.11.2017 - 17.11.2017||13 Days||$1,457.00 CAD|
|05.11.2017 - 17.11.2017*||13 Days||$1,457.00 CAD|
|19.11.2017 - 01.12.2017||13 Days||$1,457.00 CAD|
|23.12.2017 - 04.01.2018||13 Days||$1,457.00 CAD|
|24.12.2017 - 05.01.2018||13 Days||$1,457.00 CAD|
|24.12.2017 - 05.01.2018*||13 Days||$1,457.00 CAD|
|25.02.2018 - 09.03.2018||13 Days||$1,638.00 CAD|
|25.02.2018 - 09.03.2018*||13 Days||$1,638.00 CAD|
|01.04.2018 - 13.04.2018||13 Days||$1,638.00 CAD|
|22.04.2018 - 04.05.2018||13 Days||$1,638.00 CAD|
|22.04.2018 - 04.05.2018*||13 Days||$1,638.00 CAD|
|29.04.2018 - 11.05.2018||13 Days||$1,638.00 CAD|
|10.06.2018 - 22.06.2018||13 Days||$1,638.00 CAD|
|15.07.2018 - 27.07.2018||13 Days||$1,638.00 CAD|
|15.07.2018 - 27.07.2018*||13 Days||$1,638.00 CAD|
|22.07.2018 - 03.08.2018||13 Days||$1,638.00 CAD|
|05.08.2018 - 17.08.2018||13 Days||$1,638.00 CAD|
|16.09.2018 - 28.09.2018||13 Days||$1,638.00 CAD|
|16.09.2018 - 28.09.2018*||13 Days||$1,638.00 CAD|
|14.10.2018 - 26.10.2018||13 Days||$1,638.00 CAD|
|14.10.2018 - 26.10.2018*||13 Days||$1,638.00 CAD|
|04.11.2018 - 16.11.2018||13 Days||$1,638.00 CAD|
|04.11.2018 - 16.11.2018*||13 Days||$1,638.00 CAD|
|18.11.2018 - 30.11.2018||13 Days||$1,638.00 CAD|
|23.12.2018 - 04.01.2019||13 Days||$1,638.00 CAD|
|23.12.2018 - 04.01.2019*||13 Days||$1,638.00 CAD|