Vietnam Family Holidays

Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels – Mekong Delta – Da Nang – Hoi An – Hue – Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Halong Bay – Bai Tu Long Bay
From: $1115
  • China town
  • Family
  • Cooking class
  • Enjoy biking tour
  • Pony drawn carriage in Mekong delta
  • Experience the rural life
  • Van Long Kenh Ga

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Tour Code: VNFA03
Starting from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), this Vietnam family tour has it all! 3 UNESCO World Heritages and other famous attractions of Vietnam are inclusive. Fun activities as learning to make special dishes of Hoi An, farming as a peasant in Tra Que herb village, sunbathing and kayaking in hidden private beaches in Bai Tu Long Bay, riding buffalo-cart in Ninh Binh, family cycling through serene villages in Gia Vien and capturing the moment of thousands of birds flying in the backdrop of sunset. All services are private only for your family, including 1 charter cruise in Halong Bay – Bai Tu Long as well as free upgrade to 5-star luxury Emeralda resort next to Van Long Nature Reserve.
Itinerary Day by Day

Arrive at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, welcome by our guide and transfer to your hotel for check in. 

Formerly named Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city and economic center of Vietnam always bustled with activities of modern life. It is where businesses converge and shoppers indulge themselves into unlimited choices. However the city also carries with it a rich historical legacy in contrast with its dazzling glamor.

Late afternoon, visit Cho Lon area or the city’s China Town and the Jade Emperor Temple (Phuoc Hai), a rare Taoist structure in Vietnam built by the Cantonese community in the area in 1909. Dinner and overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Meals: Dinner  
Accommodation: Elios Saigon Hotel or similar in Ho Chi Minh City

Morning, take a half-day tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels, 75 km Northwest of downtown Ho Chi Minh City, which were once a major underground hideout and resistance base of Viet Cong forces during the two wars against the French and later on Americans. The tunnels, entirely hand-dug, formed a highly intricate network of interlinked multilevel passageways at times stretched as far as the Cambodian border and totaling over 120 km in length. Its complexity was beyond imagination containing meeting rooms, kitchens, wells, clinics, schools, depots, trenches and emergency exits all aimed for guerrilla warfare. The tunnels were deep and strong enough to withstand destructive bombings and self-contained enough to outlast prolonged sieges. 

Back to Ho Chi Minh City for lunch and an afternoon tour around major sights including Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, a neo-Roman cathedral as a French-built neo-Roman cathedral, Saigon Central Post Office, former Presidential Palace,  Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Catinat), Opera House and City Hall, the History Museum. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch   
Accommodation: Elios Saigon Hotel or similar in Ho Chi Minh City

Morning, after breakfast, travel by road to the Mekong Delta, the world’s largest delta and Vietnam's largest rice bowl. On arrival in My Tho City, capital of Tien Giang Province, embark on a boat and navigate through intricate canals while observing the local daily life up close as well as the landscape of waterways and lush islands. The next, you land on the Unicorn Island to enjoy wandering through verdant orchards, tasting fresh fruits and listening to some Southern style traditional music. Move on to the second delta province, Ben Tre, where you will watch local villagers make coconut candy in a rural workshop, walk around briefly and try riding a horse-pulled carriage. Continue cruising to some bee-keeping households to taste fresh homegrown honey and honey tea.  

Go back Ho Chi Minh City and take a stroll through the French-built Ben Thanh Market which dates back to 1870 and whose main entrance clock tower become a city’s symbol. Conclude the day with a cup of Vietnamese coffee or beer on the street while watching the commotions of city life. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch   
Accommodation: Elios Saigon Hotel or similar in Ho Chi Minh City

Free at leisure until transfer to airport for a flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang.
Flight time is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. 
After arrival in Da Nang, you meet and greet with your guide followed by a private transfer to your hotel in Hoi An. The transfer is approximately 40 minutes. 

Afternoon, take a town tour of Hoi An to see its beauty up close. Included for your sightseeing will be the town’s iconic 400-year-old Covered Bridge with a small temple attached to one side as a prominent example of Japanese architecture, the Museum of Trade Ceramics which is an elegant Vietnamese style wooden house built in 1858 showcasing antique ceramic artifacts, the 200-year-old Tan Ky House typifying an ancient Chinese merchant residence, the Ong Temple built in 1653 by Chinese settlers to worship Guan Yu, an ancient Chinese general whose character stands for loyalty, bravery and justice. Enjoy strolling the small streets of antique low tile-roofed houses, which reflect the town’s multi-cultural past.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch   
Accommodation: Lantern Hotel Hoi An or similar in Hoi An

Morning meet our guide at your hotel and transfer out to a local market. A guide from the local cooking school will take you on a tour through the market to learn about the ingredients to be used in your recipes. After the market, board a boat to ride along Hoi An river for about 25 minutes, watching local fishermen casting nets as part of their daily routine. Arrive at a small township and walk to the cooking school. The class starts in an open-air pavilion by the river under the instruction of an experienced chef. Observe, practice, sample and bring out a good lunch cooked the local style to your own taste. Enjoy it yourself. 

Afternoon, a bicycle tour to the countryside and explore Tra Que vegetable village. You and your kids will join into farming activities and farming works such as go fishing with local fishermen, visit the water coconut palm jungle, and walk around the Eco – Tra Que Organic village. End of the day, you enjoy Vietnamese traditional snacks on board and see the sunset before tour ends.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch   
Accommodation: Lantern Hotel Hoi An or similar in Hoi An

Morning, you are transferred to Hue (110km) by car. Admire the beautiful landscape on the road through the Hai Van Pass. Enjoy a stunning headland-and-bay panoramic view from the pass, which for miles hugs the mountainside along the shoreline and overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Stop at the Cham Museum and Marble Mountains en route. Continue on to Hue for overnight. 

Hue was Vietnam’s feudal capital from 1802 to 1945 under the Nguyen dynasty. It is widely known for the grand architectures of its citadels, palaces, royal tombs, pagodas and temples set in a poetic background of the green banks of the Perfume River. Enjoy ½ day tour beginning with dragon boat to Thien Mu Pagoda, then to the Citadel at the Imperial Palace with one hour cyclo-ride. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch   
Accommodation: Gold Hotel Hue or similar in Hue

Morning, transfer to airport for a flight from Hue to Hanoi.
Flight time is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. The airport transfer is approximately 40 minutes.

Upon arrival, meet with our guide then enjoy a private transfer to the downtown, start the half day city tour in Hanoi. Hanoi is city of lakes, public parks surrounded with French architecture and historical monuments. During the half-day city tour, you will visit Ho Chi Minh Complex which features the life of Ho Chi Minh, the nation’s founder. At the complex, visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where the nation’s founder’s body is preserved (closed on Monday, Friday and through October - November), the colonial Presidential Palace, originally the French Governor Office and a fine example of French architecture in Hanoi, and the rural style Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked. Stop by one of Hanoi’s icons, the One Pillar Pagoda, built in the 11th Century in dedication to Avalokiteshvara or Buddha of Compassion and reminiscent of a lotus blossom rising from a pond. Continue to the Temple of Literature, known as the first university of Vietnam built in 1070 by the Ly Dynasty to honor Confucius, sages and outstanding Vietnamese scholars. Next, visit Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple; enjoy your free time to walk around the old quarter 36 streets. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch   
Accommodation: Hanoi Paradise Boutique hotel or similar in Hanoi

Morning, after breakfast at hotel, private transfer about 100 km South of Hanoi (2.5 hour drive) to Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh Province. Discover the first capital of Vietnam, which was founded in the 10th Century by the Dinh Dynasty as a stronghold against the Northern invaders and shortly later was inherited by the Le Dynasty. Visit the two old temples one dedicated to Dinh Tien Hoang, the only king of the Dinh Dynasty and also Vietnam’s first emperor and the other to the succeeding kings of the Le Dynasty. 

Get on the bike and cycling through serene hamlets, temples, bamboo trees, along the canals, communal house and countryside market (7 km) to Van Long stilt-house. Enjoy lunch with goat meat, the most authentic cuisine of Ninh Binh province.

Afternoon, you’re transferred by buffalo-cart to Van Long Nature reserve, a 3,000 ha area of wetland and limestone mountain. Take a small bamboo boat to travel around and enjoy the scenic views of towering mountains, vast expanse of water and flocks of bird. Rich in wildlife, Van Long is home to a many species of migratory birds and a wide variety of animals including those rare and endangered like the Delacour’s langur. The reserve is an ideal bird-watching place where you may sight white storks, herons, spoonbills, pygmy geese and crakes. Enjoy 1-hour leisurely boating. Overnight in Emeralda resort near from the Nature reserve

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch   
Accommodation: Emeralda Resort in Ninh Binh

Morning, enjoy a private transfer from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay which is about 160 km or 3.5-hour drive away.  On the way, you will see some rural areas of the Red River Delta with plenty of chances to take photos of Vietnamese farmers working in paddy fields. 

Arrive in Ha Long City at 11:30 AM 

12.00 – 12.30: Embark at Hon Gai International harbor.
12.30 – 13.00: Check-in, enjoy welcome drink & cruise briefing.
13.30 – 15.00: Have lunch while cruising to magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay; admire the fascinating 
15.00 – 16.30: Cruise to Cap La, Tra San.
16.30 – 17.30: Enjoy paddling around Cap La and Tra San by kayak.
17.45 – 19.00: Back to junk for swimming or relaxing.
19.00 – 21.00: Have dinner and overnight on board in Cong Do.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner   
Accommodation: Prince Junk or similar

07.30 – 08.00: Morning view of Bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee. Have breakfast in the fresh air.
08.15 – 09.15: Start cruising to Vung Vieng.
09.30 – 10.30: Visit Vung Vieng fishing village by a rustic row-boat, meet the local people and pass 
through the floating school and fish farms.
10.30 – 11.30:  Reach to Hon Co Island for swimming or relaxing. Explore the well-hidden Thien Canh Son 
12.00 – 13.30: Have a BBQ lunch and relax on a wild beach or in Thien Canh Son cave (Depending on the 
availability and weather condition).
13.45 – 15.45: Back to junk for relaxing while cruising to Cong Do area
16.00 – 17.30: Enjoy swimming or kayaking through Cong Do and Thay cave area
19.00 – 21.00: Have dinner & overnight on board.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner   
Accommodation: Prince Junk or similar

07.30 – 08.00: Enjoy fresh air & gentle breeze of the bay in morning. Have breakfast on board.
08.30 – 09.30: Free time for swimming & relaxing.
10.00 – 11.30: Start cruising towards the harbor while A la carte lunch is served.
11.45 – 12.00:  Disembark. Drive to Yen Duc village in Dong Trieu province.
14.00 – 14.30: Enjoy water puppet show performed by local artists.
14.45 – 17.30: Arrive in Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi

Meals: Brunch    
Accommodation: Hanoi Paradise Boutique Hotel or similar in Hanoi

Free morning at leisure until our tour guide transfers your family to Hanoi international airport. End of services.

Price Details & Inclusions of this Trip
What's included
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room with daily breakfast
  • 3Days/2Night Private Charter Cruise in Halong Bay
  • Services of a driver and private air-conditioned vehicle during all tours and transfers
  • Experienced English-speaking guide during all tours and transfers
  • Private board for sightseeing mentioned in the program 
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary
What's excluded
  • International & Domestic flight tickets 
  • Vietnam visa stamping fee at the airport
  • Meals, if not specified in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (we highly recommend that you purchase adequate insurance)
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.
  • All other services not specified in the itinerary
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1 Pax 2 Pax 3-4 Pax 5-6 Pax
Price 77 60 54 48

Just imagine that you are the King, beside you is the Queen accompanied by tens of servants. All wear traditional royal clothes. All the served food is royal including dishes reminding dragon, phoenix, or peacock. They look so nice but taste even better.

ncluded: Private transportation with English speaking guide. Mineral Water & Royal meals
 Full Day Kites Making With Lunch (HUI-F04)
1 Pax 2 Pax 3-4 Pax 5-6 Pax
Price 96 67 57 47

Among many places in the country, Hue City seems to be regarded as the most ideal for kite flying. Except on rainy days, hundreds of kites can be seen soaring in the sky over Hue Citadel every afternoon, to the cheer of lively families, both adults and children. Our guide will pick up you at hotel and go to family making flykites, guests can see with their eyes and themselves make all work stages: from sharpening bamboo, bending into frame, cutting cloth, sticking and completing flykites under the guidance of enthusiastic craftmen. Guest will have chance to have lunch with family before afternoon lesson, that is a great for experience.
After making flykites, guide will take you to Ngo Mon for flying a kite, you manage kite by solid string and balance it on the sky. That is fantastic emotion to experience.

Included: Private transportation with English speaking guide. Entrance fee & Mineral Water. Lunch with family is included in tour.

 Full Day Hanoi Trade Villages (Duyen Thai Lacquer & Bat Trang Ceramic Villages) (HAN-F11)
1 Pax 2 Pax 3-4 Pax 5-6 Pax
Price 113 62 44 27

Pick up at hotel and transfer to visit Duyen Thai Lacquers follows a long Vietnamese tradition of lacquer ware production, whose roots in our home village of Duyen Thai date back over 250 years, Quat Dong Village is an area of traditional lace embroidery trade dated back in 17th century. It is said that this trade was handed down by literature mandarin Le Cong hanh in Le Dynasty after he returned the village from making an envoy abroad and learnt it. its traditional product is very diversified like embroidered painting, table cloth, handkerchief ect. All are handmade with natural materials and colours and BatTrang ceramic village - We will have time to create ceramic products by themselves from steps such as portray products by clay , you can be free to design all forms  you like, when you finish your products, artisans will put your products in kiln to make it be solid.

Included: Private transportation with English speaking guide. Entrance fee & mineral water.

Hotels Used in This Tour
Elios Hotel Saigon Ho Chi MinhHo Chi Minh City: Elios Hotel or similar

Address: 233 Pham Ngu Lao - Dist 1 Saigon - District 1 - Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam

Description: Elios Hotel has 81 elegant designed rooms with a panoramic park-view rooftop restaurant.
In addition to a uniquely Saigon night life experience with bars, restaurants, music and a variety of shops, Elios Hotel are within walking distance from the famous Ben Thanh Market and other places of interest in the city.


Lantern Hotel Hoi AnHoi AnHoi An Lantern Hotel or similar 

288 Nguyen Duy Hieu – Son Phong – Hoi An – Quang Nam Province - Viet Nam

Description: Hoi An Lantern is the best choice for those seeking breezy accommodation near Hoi An center. This hotel has an Asian and European styled restaurant set on the top floor with a full panoramic view of the ancient town. Rooms are updated full facilities of satellite LCD TV, self-controlled conditioner, IDD telephone, etc. A large swimming pool, a beauty salon and tour desk are always available with the help of professional staff.

Gold Hotel HueHue: Gold Hotel Hue or similar

28 Ba Trieu - Hue City - Thua Thien Hue - Vietnam

Description: Situated in Hue with the Huong River just around the corner, Gold Hotel sits in cherished and peaceful surroundings and provides easy access to many other popular tourist areas. Although perfect for visitors who wish to explore and experience the natural attractions of Vietnam, business men can also benefit from the splendid facilities and the unique dining experience the hotel offers. The hotel also features a bar, restaurant, TV room, reading lounge, piano bar, barbecue, outdoor swimming pool, Internet Point, wireless Internet connection, meeting room for up to 60 persons, outdoor play area for children, massage service, and 24-hour room service and reception. Tours, excursions, and bike or car rentals can be organized by the hotel. Genuinely focused on the needs of their clients, Gold Hotel is worth your stay.

paradise boutique hotel hanoiHanoi: Paradise Boutique Hotel or similar

Address: 62 Hang Bac - Hoan Kiem District - Hanoi - Vietnam

Description: Ideally located in the heart of Hanoi's historical streets, close by is the gate of Hanoi Old Quarter and it's just a minute's walk to Hoan Kiem Lake. There are plenty of dining and entertainment options that are easily accessible as well. First-time visitors to Hanoi should not miss a visit to attractions such as Opera House and Water Puppet Theatre and join in on the many tours the hotel provides. In addition to modern facilities, each room comes fully equipped with free Internet access and daily newspaper. Other convenient services guests will find are currency exchange, business center and an indoor heated swimming pool perfect for a relaxing afternoon.

Emeralda resort Ninh BinhNinh BinhEmeralda Resort or similar (5-star)
AddressVan Long Reserve - Gia Van Commune - Gia Vien District - Ninh Binh - Vietnam

Description: Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh is located in the first imperial capital of Vietnam, Ninh Binh. It is only 90km from Hanoi, and you will find a more leisurely pace of living. This property provides you unlimited relaxation with a sense of privacy along with the traditional Vietnamese village style. The resort also provides spaciously arranged rooms where guests can relax on a private terrace with the peaceful garden scene. The hotel is an ideal place for business meetings, international conferences, and team building sessions that offer convenient technology and modern audio-visual equipment. Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh provides many recreational facilities such as a spa, fitness center, as well as a swimming pool. Guests can take a bicycle ride to explore the surrounding attractions. This hotel offers excellent dinning choices at restaurants with a variety of healthy international menus and Vietnamese cuisine. Superb facilities and an excellent location make Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh the perfect base from which to enjoy your stay.

Prince Junks Halong bay cruiseHalong Bay: Prince Junks or similar (5-star)

Address: No 58, Au Trieu street - Hoan Kiem district - Hanoi - Vietnam

Description: If what you're looking for is a conveniently located hotel in Halong, look no further than VIP Prince Junks. Set 0.5 km from the excitement of the city, this 3-star hotel commands an excellent location and provides access to the city's biggest attractions. A haven of rest and relaxation, the hotel will offer total renewal just steps away from the city's numerous attractions such as City Church, Bai Chay Bridge, Hon Gai Port.

Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, VIP Prince Junks is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. Restaurant, business center, coffee shop, bicycle rental, car park are just a few of the facilities that set VIP Prince Junks apart from other hotels in the city.

Step into one of 20 inviting rooms and escape the stresses of the day with a wide range of amenities such as daily newspaper, air conditioning, complimentary bottled water, balcony/terrace, bathtub. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. VIP Prince Junks is a smart choice for travelers to Halong, offering a relaxed and hassle-free stay every time.
Service Details During the Trip
Surcharge for domestic flight tickets with taxes: 
           o Flight from Ho Chi Minh City - Da Nang: US$105 / person
o Flight from Hue - Hanoi: US$105 / person

-  All prices are quoted in USD/ per person, based on Double/Twin occupancy
-  Supplement for standard Vietnamese menu meals: US$ 10 for lunch & US$ 15 for dinner 
-  Private services & daily departure
-  Surcharge for Compulsory dinner for Christmas and New Year Eve
-  Surcharge for booking during Chinese New Year from 18 – 24 Feb 2015: 25% of adult prices

- [Free] Mineral water is available.
- [Free] Vietnam visa approval letter on arrival
- Free] Vietnam Traditional Gift
In every tour we handle, we always try our best to create the best travel experience for you in Indochina region. We take care every little details so that there is no problem on your dream vacation.  

tour guide servicePrivate Local Tour Guide
To maximize your comfort and joyful experience with driving service, cold drinking water, cold towel and soft drink are provided in the car.

We also can arrange facilities for the disabled (upon on request)

Featured Local Flavor Dinning
Don’t worry about meals, we select both restaurants and menus for you.

We will select clean and good environment restaurants for our customers. Menu is also carefully selected by us with attentions to details to ensure you try different flavor food every meal. We will recommend and arrange local cuisine since it is part of the cultural experience while traveling. If you do not like it, please tell us. We also recommend dinners are free on your own so you can choose your favorite food by yourself under necessary assistance of our local tour guide, he/she will be very helpful.

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Comfort and good value is our priority for choosing hotels for our customers. Comfort of mattress and bedding, joyful decoration style, user friendly facilities, good service and good breakfast. We consider all high-rated hotels in Tripadvisors and Lonely Planet to use in our services.

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