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Vietnam Family Holiday Comfort

Land Tour

With its friendly locals, delicious food and incredible scenery, Vietnam is the ideal place for a family adventure. Stroll the winding streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, laugh yourself silly at the water puppet theatre at Hoan Kiem and see ancient temples and pagodas alongside modern houses from a cyclo. Barter with stallholders at a floating market, explore the Forbidden Purple City and eat all the pho you can handle. With 13 days to adventure from the towering limestone karsts of Halong Bay to the frenetic markets of Ho Chi Minh City, you and your gang will get all the highlights of vivacious Vietnam in one neat package.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

1. Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.
2. Minimum age: 5 years old. Please note that anyone aged under 18 must be accompanied by (and share accommodation with) a parent or legal guardian.
3. A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children 17 or younger at the time of travel.
4. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport) for train and flight tickets. Ticketing fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket.
5. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement exclude Day 3 (Overnight Boat), Day 4 (Sleeper Train) and Day 11 (Homestay) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
6. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
7. This trip starts with a welcome meeting at 5 pm on Day 1 in Hanoi. This trip ends on Day 13 and you are free to leave at any time.
8. Tet is Vietnam's New Year festival, held annually in late January or early February based on the lunar calendar. While this can be a fascinating time to travel and experience this event, expect some shop closures and busier than usual local transport. Opening hours at some tourist sites may also be affected or closed. Although we make all reasonable efforts to avoid disruption, a flexible approach from the traveler is appreciated.
9. During the rainy months (approx. June to October), our mode of transport can be changed at short notice due to weather conditions.

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Tour Provider Intrepid Travel
Number Of Days
13
Price From
RRP: $2,710 Our price: $2,304
Price per person, twin share
Start Location
Hanoi, Vietnam
End Location
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
2 to 16
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Family
Physical Rating
Easy
Itinerary Expand all
Day 1: Hanoi
Xin chao! Welcome to Vietnam. You will be transferred from the airport to your hotel, and your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 5pm. Afterwards, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow families. Hanoi is famous for its beautiful lakes, shaded boulevards, verdant public parks and thriving Old Quarter. The latter is a veritable architectural museum piece that feels like a 1930s provincial French town – a great place to explore today if you have time.
Day 2: Hanoi
Embark on a full-day tour of the city. 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 the KOTO restaurant – an excellent establishment and long-time friend of Intrepid which lives by the philosophy of 'know one, teach one'. It supports underprivileged local youth by giving them a chance at making a career in hospitality. 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 2000 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.
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.
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. As the former imperial capital of Vietnam, 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. Afterwards, you will take 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.
Day 6: Hue
After breakfast you and your family will visit Tu Duc Tomb, Emperor Tu Duc enjoyed the longest reign of any monarch of the Nguyen dynasty, ruling from 1848-1883. Next up we pay a visit to a local non-government organisation that supports Hue’s deaf community by providing training, employment, support and a place to connect with others. Take part in a traditional paper flower making class with members of the community – this exercise is conducted in silence using body language and sure to be a special experience the whole family will remember. This afternoon you will journey through the streets of Hue on a cyclo tour. Travelling around the citadel, passing through the local fruit and vegetable marketing before stopping over at Ho Chi Minh’s house.
Day 7: Hoi An
Travelling by bus (approximately 4 hours), head south through coastal rice paddies before traversing the spectacular Hai Van Pass. You'll all be treated to some stunning mountain scenery en route. After a brief visit to the beautiful China Beach, arrive at Hoi An. Recently declared a World Heritage site, Hoi An and its delicate beauty is being restored and preserved. Known as Faifo to early Western traders, it was one of South East Asia's major international ports during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Today, parts of it look exactly as they did more than a century ago – it's the sort of place that grows on you the more you explore it.
Day 8: Hoi An
After breakfast, 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 and pop into a local restaurant where you’ll learn how to make ‘white rose cake’, one of Hoi An’s most popular street foods. These tasty savoury dumplings are made with rice paper and minced shrimp and named after their resemblance to a white flower. Once your local instructors have taught you how to make these delicious parcels, sit down together and tuck into your creations for lunch. This hands-on experience is one the whole family will enjoy!
Day 9: Hoi An
The rest of your time is left free to relax in this beautiful area. Hoi An is one of the best places to shop for souvenirs, especially if you’re looking for t-shirts, paintings or ceramics. For those interested in getting clothes tailored, this is definitely the place to shop. You might also like to speak to your leader about arranging a cooking lesson and learn about the many layers of fresh herbs and flavours that can be found in Vietnam's fresh and tasty cuisine. Or simply spend your day by the pool.
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City
Take a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City (approximately 1 hour). Formerly known as Saigon, this bustling metropolis is full of vibrant sights and sounds; a fascinating blend of old and new. Check out Ben Thanh Market and feast on a delicious lunch of local street food, and take an orientation walk. Afterwards, you're free to explore the city as you please. Your leader will have plenty of interesting ideas for you and your family. Consider scooting off on cyclos to Cholon, the Chinatown area of Ho Chi Minh City, or for a bit of temple-hopping. Otherwise, you could 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 journey to Ben Tre is south by private bus (approximately 2.5 hours). 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: Ho Chi Minh City
Rise early, as the locals do here on the delta. Enjoy a leisurely morning before heading back to Ho Chi Minh City on the bus. On arrival, you'll have free time to further explore the city at your own pace. This is an opportunity to do anything you might have missed the first time around. District 1 is a great place to walk around with the family. If you've fallen in love with Vietnamese food, sample some of the culinary delights you haven't got around to yet – perhaps some grilled cuttlefish or, for the adventurous, street-barbecued sea snails.
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time, provided you comply with the hotel’s internal check-out policies.
Inclusions Expand
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners.
Transport: Boat, Minibus, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Private Bus.
Accommodation: Hotel (9 nights), Overnight boat (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (1 night), Homestay (1 night).
Complimentary Arrival Transfer.
Hanoi - Temple of Literature.
Hanoi - Water puppet show.
Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh Complex.
Hanoi - Museum of Ethnology.
Hanoi - Lunch at KOTO.
Halong Bay - Overnight Boat Cruise.
Hue - Imperial City Full Day Tour.
Hue - Royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc.
Hue - Lavin House Craft Experience.
Hue - Cyclo Tour.
Hoi An - Orientation walk.
Hoi An - Old Town walking tour.
Ho Chi Minh City - Orientation Walk.
Mekong Delta - Boat Cruise and Homestay.
Mekong Delta - Local market visit.
Departure dates Expand
Price per person, twin share
Start End Availability Price
27 Jul 2024 08 Aug 2024 7 $2,760
$2,346
31 Jul 2024 12 Aug 2024 5 $2,790
$2,372
03 Aug 2024 15 Aug 2024 6 $2,815
$2,393
06 Aug 2024 18 Aug 2024 7 $2,760
$2,346
09 Aug 2024 21 Aug 2024 1 $2,925
$2,486
16 Aug 2024 28 Aug 2024 12 $2,710
$2,304
20 Sep 2024 02 Oct 2024 7 $2,900
$2,465
23 Sep 2024 05 Oct 2024 12 $2,815
$2,393
30 Sep 2024 12 Oct 2024 4 $3,040
$2,584
19 Oct 2024 31 Oct 2024 1 $3,275
$2,784
16 Dec 2024 28 Dec 2024 10 $2,955
19 Dec 2024 31 Dec 2024 12 $3,130
21 Dec 2024 02 Jan 2025 3 $3,070
24 Dec 2024 05 Jan 2025 16 $2,925
29 Dec 2024 10 Jan 2025 12 $2,925
30 Dec 2024 11 Jan 2025 5 $3,010
04 Jan 2025 16 Jan 2025 11 $2,955
06 Jan 2025 18 Jan 2025 16 $2,955
11 Jan 2025 23 Jan 2025 16 $3,070
31 Mar 2025 12 Apr 2025 9 $3,100
05 Apr 2025 17 Apr 2025 16 $3,070
06 Apr 2025 18 Apr 2025 16 $3,070
07 Apr 2025 19 Apr 2025 14 $3,070
09 Apr 2025 21 Apr 2025 16 $3,070
11 Apr 2025 23 Apr 2025 13 $3,070
13 Apr 2025 25 Apr 2025 16 $3,070
28 Jun 2025 10 Jul 2025 5 $3,095
30 Jun 2025 12 Jul 2025 16 $2,955
05 Jul 2025 17 Jul 2025 16 $2,955
06 Jul 2025 18 Jul 2025 16 $2,845
07 Jul 2025 19 Jul 2025 16 $2,845
08 Jul 2025 20 Jul 2025 16 $2,845
24 Jul 2025 05 Aug 2025 16 $2,845
25 Jul 2025 06 Aug 2025 16 $2,845
26 Jul 2025 07 Aug 2025 12 $2,845
28 Jul 2025 09 Aug 2025 16 $2,845
30 Jul 2025 11 Aug 2025 16 $2,845
02 Aug 2025 14 Aug 2025 16 $2,845
05 Aug 2025 17 Aug 2025 16 $2,845
08 Aug 2025 20 Aug 2025 16 $2,845
15 Aug 2025 27 Aug 2025 16 $2,845
20 Sep 2025 02 Oct 2025 16 $2,845
21 Sep 2025 03 Oct 2025 16 $2,845
22 Sep 2025 04 Oct 2025 16 $2,845
24 Sep 2025 06 Oct 2025 16 $2,955
26 Sep 2025 08 Oct 2025 16 $2,955
27 Sep 2025 09 Oct 2025 16 $2,955
28 Sep 2025 10 Oct 2025 16 $2,955
29 Sep 2025 11 Oct 2025 16 $2,955
30 Sep 2025 12 Oct 2025 16 $2,955
17 Dec 2025 29 Dec 2025 16 $2,955
20 Dec 2025 01 Jan 2026 8 $2,955
22 Dec 2025 03 Jan 2026 16 $3,070
23 Dec 2025 04 Jan 2026 16 $3,070
26 Dec 2025 07 Jan 2026 16 $3,070
27 Dec 2025 08 Jan 2026 16 $3,070
28 Dec 2025 09 Jan 2026 16 $3,070
29 Dec 2025 10 Jan 2026 16 $3,070
30 Dec 2025 11 Jan 2026 16 $3,070
03 Jan 2026 15 Jan 2026 16 $2,965
05 Jan 2026 17 Jan 2026 16 $2,965
10 Jan 2026 22 Jan 2026 16 $2,965
30 Mar 2026 11 Apr 2026 16 $2,965
04 Apr 2026 16 Apr 2026 16 $2,965
05 Apr 2026 17 Apr 2026 16 $2,965
06 Apr 2026 18 Apr 2026 16 $2,965
08 Apr 2026 20 Apr 2026 16 $2,965
10 Apr 2026 22 Apr 2026 16 $2,965
12 Apr 2026 24 Apr 2026 16 $2,965
27 Jun 2026 09 Jul 2026 16 $2,965
04 Jul 2026 16 Jul 2026 16 $2,965
05 Jul 2026 17 Jul 2026 16 $2,965
06 Jul 2026 18 Jul 2026 16 $2,965
07 Jul 2026 19 Jul 2026 16 $2,965
23 Jul 2026 04 Aug 2026 16 $2,965
24 Jul 2026 05 Aug 2026 16 $2,965
25 Jul 2026 06 Aug 2026 16 $2,965
27 Jul 2026 08 Aug 2026 16 $2,965
29 Jul 2026 10 Aug 2026 16 $2,965
01 Aug 2026 13 Aug 2026 16 $2,965
04 Aug 2026 16 Aug 2026 7 $3,020
07 Aug 2026 19 Aug 2026 16 $2,965
14 Aug 2026 26 Aug 2026 16 $2,965
19 Sep 2026 01 Oct 2026 16 $2,965
20 Sep 2026 02 Oct 2026 16 $2,965
21 Sep 2026 03 Oct 2026 16 $2,965
22 Sep 2026 04 Oct 2026 16 $2,965
25 Sep 2026 07 Oct 2026 16 $2,965
26 Sep 2026 08 Oct 2026 16 $2,965
27 Sep 2026 09 Oct 2026 16 $2,965
28 Sep 2026 10 Oct 2026 16 $2,965
29 Sep 2026 11 Oct 2026 16 $2,965
16 Dec 2026 28 Dec 2026 16 $2,965
19 Dec 2026 31 Dec 2026 16 $2,965
21 Dec 2026 02 Jan 2027 16 $2,965
22 Dec 2026 03 Jan 2027 16 $2,965
25 Dec 2026 06 Jan 2027 16 $2,965
26 Dec 2026 07 Jan 2027 16 $2,965
27 Dec 2026 08 Jan 2027 16 $2,965
28 Dec 2026 09 Jan 2027 16 $2,965
29 Dec 2026 10 Jan 2027 16 $2,965

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