The perfect holiday for adults and children of all ages. Our family holiday is full of discovery, culture, fun and relaxation. Explore Vietnam, participating in fun activities whilst learning about local traditions and unique ways of living. Also take time to relax on one of the most golden and pristine beaches in the Far East – the perfect all round holiday for the family.
Depart London Heathrow for international economy flight to Hanoi. We can also arrange departures from your local airport at no extra cost.
We’ll be greeted upon arrival and transferred to the hotel for check-in and tour briefing. We’ll take an orientation tour and a chance to acclimatise ourselves if time permits. A welcome dinner awaits us tonight.
After breakfast we set out to visit the Temple of Literature and the Tran Quoc Pagoda to gain understanding of one of the driving forces in Vietnam culture. Next stop will be the Museum of Ethnology which houses a fascinating exhibition of artefacts about the 54 ethnic groups in the country, indoor and outdoor. Mid-afternoon, we hop on a rickshaw and ride through the lively Old Quarter, a series of 36 ancient streets where peddlers still trade the way they have done for centuries. We’ll be dropped at the famed water puppet theatre where we will enjoy a performance of the traditional art form created by village farmers around the Red River Delta region – unique but widely known. Free time afterwards makes for excellent opportunities to further explore Hanoi independently. The Old Quarter provides a wide range of quality shops and restaurants.
Today we journey east through the Red River Delta to Halong Bay, the greatest natural wonder of Vietnam. On arrival, we board a beautiful traditional junk and set sail for a cruise deep into the protected area of Halong. Bask in the tranquillity and beauty of the unique seascape made up by magnificent rock formations out of the emerald waters. We’ll have opportunity to challenge ourselves with swimming and kayaking and even fishing. Spend the night on boat.
Wake up to a Taichi class on the sundeck and morning coffee. The junk will be taking us past more rock wonders before heading back to the shore. We disembark around 11:00 and return to Hanoi. Take a flight to Danang City in Central Vietnam. On arrival we’ll be met and chauffeured 35 km along the coast to Hoian for the night.
This morning we’ll visit the home of a local lantern craftsman and have a hands-on workshop to learn the traditional art of lantern making. Bend the frame and select the cloth to build your own lantern from scratch and even take a completed one home. After lunch we’ll be on foot exploring the ancient quarter of Hoian, recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage site because of its historic role in international trade, unusually well-preserved ancient streets and homes. Visit the old merchant’s house with Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese influenced architecture and admire the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, an iconic symbol of Hoian. The tour also includes the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation and the Central Market. Balance of the day is at leisure. Maybe shop for silk and embroidery or have something made by one of the many tailors in town.
We commence today’s tour with a bike ride along country roads, witnessing rural life first hand. Visit a beautiful village where we can water and plant vegetables, hoe soil with a local farmers and ride a water buffalo in a rice paddy field. Later, meet and engage the local fishermen and try fishing with a net in local way. We will also experience paddling the unique Vietnamese bamboo basket through the palm-flanked waterways. Enjoy rural fares for lunch on boat then return to the hotel.
After breakfast we fly to Nha Trang in the morning and check into our beach-side hotel for 5 nights.
Four full days at leisure.
Transfer to the airport for your home-bound flight.
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