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Book from € 1,099.-
GROUP SIZE: 6-24 | 20 DAYS

Excursions Intro

Below is a list of locally offered excursions. The prices are based on the participation of at least 6 participants, and based on a price in U.S. Dollars/ Vietnamese Dong (due to exchange rates the price can sometimes change). Entry fees are exclusive (unless explicitly stated). During holidays (like New Year or Tet) prices can be increased.

€ 30.-

Hanoi - 1000 year-old Hanoi

Starting at 8am and finishing at 4pm, this is a full days' tour. You will be picked up by your private guide and driver and embark on a city tour of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. In the morning, you will visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is one of the most important and visited sites in Vietnam, a pilgrimage site where “respect” and “reverence” are the key words.
You must dress appropriately (no T-shirts or shorts) and cameras/bags have to be kept in a locker before entering.

You will also visit Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House and the One Pillar Pagoda.

*Please note that the Mausoleum and Museum are closed in October, November and December. In these months, we will visit Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House and the One Pillar Pagoda as well as the History Museum.

After lunch at a local restaurant you will visit the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu) and explore the Old Quarter of Hanoi. There is a visit to the Ngoc Son Pagoda as well. Afterwards, you return back to hotel by cyclo.

Includes: English speaking guide, entrance fees, lunch, transfers, cyclotour.
Excludes: Insurance, personal expenses, all drinks, tips, seasonal surcharges (i.e. New Year, Holidays)

€ 22.-

Ho Chi Minh City - Cooking demonstration and dinner with local family

Do you want to get off the 'tourist trail' and attend a cooking demonstration with authentic dishes? Then try 'Trinh's Home dinner'! This is an excellent opportunity to get in touch with Vietnamese cuisine and culture. In a warm and friendly atmosphere you learn the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine with the Trinh family. At the end of the demonstration, where you will lend a hand, you will be ready to surprise your friends and family back home with an array of delicious Vietnamese dishes.

Excursion schedule (subject to change and in consultation with the tour leader):

17:00: Departure
17.30: Visit local market
18.00: Arrival at the Trinh family
19.00: Dinner
Approximately 20.00: Departure

Includes: transfers, dinner, a drink
Excludes: other drinks, tip

€ 34.-

Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi tunnels & Tay Ninh

This is a full day trip beginning at 830am and returning you to the hotel by 5pm. Your driver will pick you up from the hotel and travel north-west to the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City and into the rural environment of Tay Ninh. We arrive at Cao Dai temple in Tay Ninh late morning for a tour of this unusual temple, which is home to the headquarters of the unique Cao Dai sect. The religion is an odd mix of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism and Christianity.

On the way to the Cu Chi tunnels we’ll stop at a roadside restaurant for lunch break. We arrive at Cu Chi in the mid afternoon. The tunnels are 75 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, an area that played an important role during Vietnam’s wars for independence and unification. The more than 200 km of tunnels built here, by the Communist guerrillas, are often the highlight of any South Vietnam venture. You can explore the bedrooms, meeting rooms, air-raid shelters, smokeless kitchens and experience life underground in this extraordinary tunnel complex. You return to HCMC in the late afternoon.

Includes: English speaking guide, entrance fees, lunch, transfers.
Excludes: Insurance, personal expenses, all drinks, tips, seasonal surcharges (i.e. New Year, Holidays)

€ 34.-

Ho Chi Minh City - Life in the Mekong Delta

This morning the driver will pick you up from your hotel at 7am, then drive you to the Mekong city of Cai Be. On arrival, you’ll transfer to the boat and cruise the Mekong River to Vinh Long. During the trip you’ll have a chance of witnessing the exotic bustling floating market, sample tropical fruits in a local orchard and visit family-run businesses such as coconut candy, pop-corn and rice-paper manufacturers. Lunch will be served in a local bonsai garden.

We then take the return journey to the wharf by boat, crossing the busy Mekong, where we can view the daily life on the river. Drive back to Saigon (HCMC) in the afternoon. Arrive in Saigon at around 1700. (The boat trip including lunch is 3.5 hours)

Includes: English speaking guide, entrance fees, lunch, transfers, boat trips as mentioned.
Excludes: Insurance, personal expenses, all drinks, tips, seasonal surcharges (i.e. New Year, Holidays)

€ 32.-

Hoi An - Cooking Class: Tra Que Village

This morning your guide will pick you up at your hotel at 8am and you will then travel by bicycle to a local farm in Tra Que village. On arrival, take a guided tour through the vegetable garden where your guide will explain the local herbs used in Vietnamese cuisine. You can then join the Tra Que farmers in preparing their land, sowing, watering, picking vegetables and many other traditional gardening activities. After being a ‘real local’, you will take a short rest and enjoy a footbath before getting to prepare lunch with a local family.

Your lunch will consist of many local delicacies including ‘tam huu’ spring roll, banhxeo or local pancake of people from the middle region of Vietnam. You can join in the cooking with the chef, whilst he prepares the group lunch. After your morning excursions and your lunch, you will take a traditional Vietnamese post-meal nap before learning how to harvest and wrap vegetables.

At around 1400hrs, bid farewell to your host family before riding back to Hoi An. On the way back we will stop at a Japanese tomb, a remnant of centuries of trade between the two nations.

Includes: English-speaking guide, sightseeing fee, bicycle, lunch.
Excludes: Insurance, personal expenses, all drinks, tips, seasonal surcharges (i.e. New Year, Holidays)

€ 34.-

Hoi An - Half day ‘My Son’ Cham Temple tour

At 8 this morning you will be collected and driven to the Cham Temples at the historical My Son site. Walking around the temple structures with your guide, they will explain the historic and cultural significance of these 16th century ruins. As you listen, you will be brought back to the glorious time of the Champa civilization.

On completion of your exploration of the My Son temples, you travel to the Cau Lau boat station, where you will board a motorized river boat to visit the Thanh Ha ceramics village and Kim Bong carpentry village and enjoy lunch, before returning to Hoi An at about 1pm.

Includes: English speaking guide, entrance fees, lunch, transfers, boat
Excludes: Insurance, personal expenses, all drinks, tips, seasonal surcharges (i.e. New Year, Holidays)

€ 36.-

Hue - Perfume River & Royal Tombs

This is a half day excursion, starting at 8am and ending at 1pm. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the banks of the Perfume River. Here you will board a traditional perfume river dragon boat to visit some of the tombs of the Nguyen emperors. Along the way visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the most photographed objects in the country. You then continue to the tomb of Emperor Minh Mang.

After this, cross the Perfume River and visit the remarkably different tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh which represents a fusion between traditional Vietnamese and contemporary European. You then stop for lunch before returning to the hotel.

Includes: English speaking guide, entrance fees, lunch, transfers, boat journey.
Excludes: Insurance, personal expenses, all drinks, tips, seasonal surcharges (i.e. New Year, Holidays)

€ 33.-

Hue - Royal Dinner

Make your own way to the Royal Park restaurant with your tour leader. When you arrive (around 7pm), you will be dressed up like King and Queen in traditional royal clothes and treated to ancient court music as played to the Nguyen’s King while having dinner. All the food served, including dishes symbolizing the dragon, phoenix, or peacock, is prepared meticulously to the finest details. Why not be king for a few hours and enjoy the sumptuous Hue royal cuisine in typical royal style..!

Finish time approx. 9.30pm

Includes: English speaking guide, dinner, traditional royal clothes.
Excludes: Insurance, personal, transfer, expenses, all drinks, tips, seasonal surcharges (i.e. New Year, Holidays)

€ 51.-

Sapa - 2 day trek Lao Chai – Ta Van – Giang ta Chai (Pre-book)

This two-day trek passes through beautiful landscapes and picturesque villages of various tribes, where you will overnight. The places you stay are somewhat primitive, but beds, mosquito nets and blankets will all be available for use. So you do not need to bring a sleeping bag or sleeping mat yourself. A towel is handy though. During the trek you carry the things that you need yourself. Your main luggage can be left in Sapa for your collection on return.

Sometimes in very bad weather this trek is not possible and is then replaced by day hikes in the Sapa area. (Note: the price of the trek is based on a minimum participation of 6 people. If there are less than 6 persons there may be a surcharge).

If you would like to do this trek then you need to add it at the time of making your booking.

Day 1: Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van

Meals: L D
After breakfast, we will trek down the Muong Hoa valley to Lao Chai village to visit the Black H'Mong, see their house, daily life and unique culture. We have a picnic lunch on the way then keep walking through terraced rice fields to Ta Van village. You will walk for around 5 to 6 hours today. This evening we overnight at the home-stay. The rest of the day, we are free to explore the village by ourselves. Different possibilities include trekking up the mountains to have a panoramic view of the valley, swimming down in the river, or just helping your guide cook the delicious Vietnamese dinner. Dinner will be special but do not forget to taste some home-made rice wine. Overnight in Ta Van in a local family house.

Day 2: Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai – Sapa
Meals: B L

After breakfast we say goodbye to our hosts and continue our trek through rice terraces and bamboo forests. Today we walk about 3 hours through villages of the Red Zao and Giang Ta Chai. The panoramas are sometimes spectacular. From Giang Ta Chai you walk back to Cau May bridge where the vehicle drives you back to Sapa.

Includes: English speaking guide, entrance fees, meals as indicated, home-stay, transfer.
Excludes: Insurance, personal expenses, all drinks, tips, seasonal surcharges (i.e. New Year, Holidays)

Note: This trek is run in different ways. Sometimes the group split in two, and depending on the season and weather conditions the route is slightly modified. It is possible that you will be going to other villages on your trek. Your tour leader will assess this based upon the situation on the ground. The number of hours spent trekking is therefore approximate.

If there are up to 4 participants for this optional trek, it will be performed on a 'join in' basis. That means that other travellers (outside your group) can participate in the trek. From 5 participants you will have a 'private' group.