Private Vietnam Tour - Cultural Explorer from Boundless Journeys
Vietnam
Cultural Explorer Private Journey

From the busy streets of Hanoi and old Saigon, to the historic provincial towns dotting the South China Sea coast, this active Private Collection exploration reveals the natural and cultural treasures of Vietnam, on the dates the work for you.

Vietnam Trip Overview

This Private Collection exploration of one of Southeast Asia's most interesting countries begins with Hanoi, long called the “Paris of the Orient”. In the following days, you'll discover sacred caves, relax aboard longboats on scenic rivers, cruise Ha Long Bay in a traditional sailing boat, immerse yourself in historic towns, and peruse evening markets with your expert local guide. Our journey ends in the southern capital of Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, where you'll have the opportunity to explore poignant war sites such as the Cu Chi Tunnels.

Vietnam Private Tour Itinerary At a Glance

SAMPLE ITINERARY: Other private customized options are available.

Vietnam Tour map with Boundless Journeys

Days 1-2: Explore the former city of Saigon, from the Chinese quarter of Cholon, to the Reunification Palace and Cu Chi Tunnels. We'll discover that this city and its surroundings have many stories - both ancient and modern - to tell. Enjoy Vietnamese specialties and learning about the incredible variety of dishes, flavors, and spices.

Days 3-4: Hué. Explore the life and times of Vietnam's greatest Emporer, Tu Duc. Visit the Citadel, Imperial Palace, and Forbidden Purple City. Enjoy a sunset boat ride on the Perfume River.

Days 5-6: Hoi An. Walk and bicycle through villages where traditional ways are still very much evident. Explore Hoi An's well-preserved trading port with its mix of Japanese, Chinese, and European architecture. Hike amid the spectacular Marble Mountains and My Son, replete with Cham cultural relics and views over China Beach.
 

Day 7: Early morning flight and transfer to Ha Long Bay. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay while on an overnight cruise on a luxury traditional junk. 

Day 8: Morning cruise in Halong Bay; Disembark cruise mid-day and transfer to Hanoi.

Day 9: Hanoi. Tour historic and cultural sites of Hanoi including Ho Chi Minh’s house, the One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, and the city’s Old Quarter. Dine at renowned restuarants featuring a fusion of Asian and colonial influences. Enjoy a farewell dinner in Hanoi on final night of the tour.

Days 10: You may depart from Hanoi at your leisure during the morning.

 

The Private Collection Advantage:

  • Independent travel at its best. With your own exclusive party of family or friends, you'll enjoy itineraries developed from our years of experience.
  • Your dates, your friends. You chose your dates and traveling companions, and let us do the rest!
  • Reconnect in remarkable places. What better way to celebrate important milestones than with family and friends in amazing places, with all of the details handled for you so you can simply relax and enjoy each other’s company?
  • Do your own thing. Customize your journey to indulge your most amazing travel fantasies.
  • Travel with Trusted Leaders in Adventure Travel. Recognized by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine as a Top 10 "World's Best Tour Operator and Safari Outfitter".
RESERVE EARLY!
Our tours often fill months in advance, and our maximum group size is smaller than most tour operators. It's very quick and easy to reserve a trip. Give us a call at 800-941-8010 or complete the online Reserve a Trip form. We will confirm your reservation with a $500 per person deposit, payable by check or credit card.
 
QUESTIONS?...CONTACT US.
If you have any questions about the level of comfort, difficulty, or any activities included in this trip, please call Boundless Journeys at 800-941-8010, or Contact Us by e-mail. Our travel experts look forward to helping you choose the perfect adventure!

Group Size

2+ (solo traveler pricing available on request)

Trip Rating (1 Easiest - 5 Most Strenuous)

Description of Trip Ratings

Adventure travel may involve exotic destinations, varying levels of physical exertion, and activities that may be new to you. We want to make sure that you choose the adventure that's right for you from our many one-of-a-kind trips. Each trip is rated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the easiest, and 5 being the most strenuous. A few of our trips have had a "+" added to the number, indicating something that falls in between. Our Trip Ratings may be found on the trip schedule and on our website. Our detailed itineraries provide additional information on what to expect on the trip you are considering (detailed itineraries are available by mail or e-mail; or you can find them on our website: www.BoundlessJourneys.com). We encourage you to call one of our travel experts with any questions or concerns that you may have. We are happy to assist you in selecting the most appropriate adventure for you.
 
EASIEST 1
 
Our easiest trips are generally hotel-based cultural and nature journeys that offer light activity. Walks and hikes (approximately 2 to 4 hours) are through gentle terrain with little elevation gain or loss. Altitude is not a factor on these tours. Other activities, such as snorkeling or sea kayaking, are optional. Examples: Galapagos Islands Cruise, Tanzania, and Vietnam.
 
EASY TO MODERATE 2
 
Hotel nights and/or deluxe, safari-style camping. Walking, hiking (approximately 3 to 5 hours), kayaking, or other activities on most days. Trails and paths are through rolling countryside, with occasional steep trails with up to 1,000 feet of elevation gain. Many of our hotel-based walking trips are in this category. Examples: Tuscany & Umbria, Turkey, and Bhutan.
 
MODERATE 3
 
Hotel or inn-based hiking trips, that involve full day hikes (approximately 4 to 6 hours), mostly on unpaved trails and paths through hilly terrain with typical elevation gains and losses of 1,000 to 2,000 feet. There may be occasional steep sections of trail. Examples: Slovenia, Amalfi Coast, Spain.
 
MODERATE TO STRENUOUS 4
 
Full day hikes (approximately 5 to 7 hours) through mountainous terrain with significant elevation gains and losses (2,000 to 3,000 feet). Terrain may be rugged with uneven footpaths. The average altitude is generally no more than 12,000 feet. Vehicle support is limited. These trips may involve some full-service camping or simple accommodations in remote locations. Examples: Tour du Mont Blanc, Peru Trek, Haute Route.
 
MOST STRENUOUS 5
 
Full-day trekking (approximately 6 to 8 hours) through rugged mountainous terrain with steep climbs and descents and the following present: elevation gains and losses of as much as 4,000 feet, altitude that exceeds 12,000 feet, and rugged uneven footpaths with some exposure. These trips typically offer minimal to no vehicle support and include full-service camping in a remote setting.

Activity Details

Easy cultural touring and walking.

Meeting Point

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Departure Point

Hanoi, Vietnam

Traveling To and From

Most Convenient Airport for Arrival:
Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (airport code SGN)

Meeting Time and Place:
Tan Son Nhat International Airport, upon the arrival of your international flight on Day 1 of the tour.

Most Convenient Airport for Departure:
​Hanoi International Airport, Hanoi, Vietnam (airport code HAN)

Departure Time and Place:
Day 10, at your leisure. Airport transfers to Hanoi International Airport, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam will be provided.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Typical Trip Rating
Boundless Journeys’ trips are designed for energetic and flexible individuals who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. Cultural Explorer Private Adventure is rated 1+, easy with some moderate options on a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being the most strenuous). The walks on this trip are day walks with some vehicle support. Much of the walking will be flat terrain, in and around villages, towns and temples, 4-6 hours per day, broken up by rest and meals. As this is a Private Collection trip, there is some flexibility to make the trip easier or more challenging to suit your group.

Preparing for this Trip
It is very important that you realistically assess your physical condition with regard to the demands of this trip. The more well-prepared you are for the activities on this trip, the more you will enjoy yourself! Please engage in moderate aerobic activities (walking, jogging, cycling) for at least 30-45 minutes several times a week for 4-6 weeks before the trip. If you live in a flat area, try to incorporate some stairs into your workout, or use a treadmill with varying incline capability. Consult your doctor before undertaking any new fitness program. 

Weather
During our trip, you will likely experience a range of weather conditions, as various locations fall within different climate zones. While Hanoi will be relatively cool, Ho Chi Minh City will be warmer. The range of temperatures you might expect to encounter is listed here:

Hanoi:
                  high          low

October:    84°F        71°F
November: 76°F        66°F
December: 71°F        59°F
January:    68°F        55°F
February:  67°F        60°F
March:       73°F        63°F

Ho Chi Minh City:
                   high          low

October:    87°F        76°F
November: 87°F        74°F
December: 87°F        72°F
January:    88°F        72°F
February:  90°F        73°F
March:       92°F        76°F

You can obtain more detailed weather information at www.weatherbase.com.

When to Go
The cooler dry season lasts from October to March. In October and November, arriving just after the rainy season, you’ll have the benefit of being there for the newly greened trees and rice paddies, as well as the much clearer air quality that can be expected at this time of year. December through March remain much drier and a bit cooler than during the summer months. However, it is possible to have some rain at any time of year.

Vietnam Tour Accommodations

Overview:  Deluxe, first-class hotels, ideally located, and a deluxe Ha Long Bay junk (a traditionally rigged Asian sailing vessel). All with private baths and many amenities.

Night 1:  Rex Hotel
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Rex Hotel - Ho Chi Minh City

Strategically located in old downtown Saigon, Rex is a luxury heritage hotel dating to early 20th century when it originally opened as a French garage. For over 80 years, the Rex has been a landmark, as well as a witness to the ups and downs of the city’s history.

 

 

Nights 2 & 3:  La Résidence Hôtel and Spa
Hué, Vietnam

Indochina Cultural Tour - La Residence Hotel and Spa, Hue, VietnamLa Résidence Hôtel and Spa in Hué, Vietnam is an enchanting boutique hotel on the banks of the Perfume River, overlooking the former Imperial Citadel.

 




Nights 4, 5 & 6:  Anantara Resort
Hoi An Town, Vietnam

Indochina Culural Tour - Life Resort, Hoi An, VietnamLocated in the French colonial quarter of Hoi An, this tranquil property has landscaped gardens and is situated on the riverbank, just a few minutes walk from the center of town. All rooms have a bedroom, living area and private porch.

 

 

Night 7:  Jasmine Luxury Cruiser
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Jasmine Luxury Cruiser Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

This traditionally rigged Asian sailing vessel offers the highest standard of service and amenities on Ha Long Bay. This junk has 24 cabins, stylishly decorated with an antique Asian motif. There is also a restaurant, lounge, and sundeck offering uninterrupted views of the bay.


 

Nights 8 & 9: Sofitel Legend Metropole
Hanoi, Vietnam

On Condé Nast Traveler’s prestigious 2010 "Gold List" as one of the best hotels in Vietnam.

Vietnam Cultural Tour - Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel, Hanoi, VietnamThis Colonial-style building has stood proudly in the heart of Hanoi since 1901. The hotel has a rich history and lovely rooms, a recently built spa, and swimming pool.

 

 

Vietnam Private Tour Itinerary

SAMPLE ITINERARY: Other private customized options are available.

DAY 1
Ho Chi Minh City

Upon arrival of your international flight to Ho Chi Minh City, you will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel. Following a lunch together, we set out to explore some of the well-known city sites. Our first stop will be Cholon (the Chinese quarter), the Thien Hau and Giac Vien pagodas, and the immense Binh Tay Market. 
 
Time-permitting, we will visit the Reunification Palace, which was the residence of the president of South Vietnam until 1975. We’ll also visit the War Remnants Museum, where various themed rooms display images and artifacts from the war. This may be a very moving visit for some with memories of this time in history. 
 
This evening, we’ll gather with our guide and fellow guests for a welcome dinner at an acclaimed restaurant featuring the best of traditional Vietnamese specialties. The restaurant is set in a restored colonial house, and will introduce you to French influences on Vietnamese culture. 
Rex Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City
Meals included: L, D
 
DAY 2
Chu Chi Tunnels; transfer to Hué
 
Walking – easy, 2 hours on dirt paths and city streets.
Driving  – approximately 3 hours.
 
This morning we’ll depart early for a one and a half hour drive to explore the Cu Chi Tunnels. During the Vietnam War the Vietcong dug an extensive tunnel complex that served as a sanctuary in the fight against American forces. Part of the complex has been left in its original state. For those who are comfortable with very close quarters, we’ll have an opportunity to crawl through some of these tunnels, a unique experience indeed. 
Upon our return to Ho Chi Minh City, we’ll enjoy lunch at a popular local restaurant before transferring to the airport for our flight to Hué. 
 
From 1802 to 1945, Hué was the country’s political capital under the Nguyen Dynasty’s thirteen emperors. Hué was very much caught in the crossfire during the years of the Vietnam war. The educated populace did not support the North nor the South, but still they suffered from their location in between the two. Hué experienced truly awful devastation when, during the 1968 Tet Offensive, the North Vietnamese held the city for nearly a month, using the ancient citadel as their base of operations. American soldiers fought to regain the city, but did so only after an estimated 10,000 people died (many of them Hué civilians) and the city’s many important historic cultural sites were destroyed. Restoration is steadily underway, and today you will find Hué to be a rather small and quiet town, especially in comparison to the northern and southern capitals of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.  
 
Dinner tonight is at one of our favorite restaurants, situated just outside the Forbidden Purple City in the Citadel, enjoying the ambience of a quieter pace and ancient history.
La Résidence Hotel and Spa, Hué
Meals included: B, L
 
DAY 3
Walking tour of the Forbidden Purple City and cyclo tour of the Citadel; Tu Duc Tomb and  evening boat ride on the Perfume River
 
Walking – easy, 2 hours.
 
This morning we visit the Forbidden Purple City. In the early 19th century, Emperor Gia Long conscripted thousands of laborers to build a replica of Beijing’s Forbidden City. Extensive moats and thick stone walls form the outer perimeter. The Emperor decided to locate his own palace within the walls of the citadel, and a second, smaller set of walls and moat were built to define the area of the Forbidden Purple City. Here, a network of palaces, gates, and courtyards served as his home and the core of his empire. Largely destroyed during the 1968 Tet Offensive, the city has now been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and those buildings that remain have been painstakingly restored. After time to explore, we take a cyclo ride around the perimeter of the Citadel, which gives us a glimpse into daily life.
 
We then are introduced to our first royal tomb, the one of Khai Dinh. This final resting place of the Emperor of Vietnam from 1916-1925 represents a fusion of traditional Vietnamese style and modern influence, and includes many European architectural details.
 
Afterwards we enjoy a special lunch prepared by the nuns of Dong Thuyen pagoda (perhaps featuring Banh Khoai, a delicious Hué trademark). Following lunch, we focus on the life of one of the most interesting emperors of Vietnam, Tu Duc, and visit the elaborate grounds of his tomb and where he spent the latter years of his life. Vietnam’s fourth emperor, living from 1829 until 1883, is said to have had 104 concubines. During his reign, his country lost its independence to France. 
 
From a landing on the Perfume River, we board a dragon boat for a pleasant river journey back to our hotel. Along the way, we stop at the Tien Mu Pagoda – very characteristic of the architecture of its time. We enjoy dinner at our hotel this evening.
La Residence Resort and Spa, Hué
Meals included: B, L
 
DAY 4
Transfer to Hoi An; Marble Mountain and Hoi An walking tour. 
 
Walking – easy, 2-3 hours.
Driving  – 3 hours.  
 
This morning after breakfast, make our way to Hoi An. En route, we ascend Hai Van Pass, with its incredible views over the Lang Co Lagoon and the South China Sea. Just south of Danag, a major commercial center of Vietnam and sight of the largest American military base during the Vietnam war, we will stretch our legs at Marble Mountain and take a short climb up to see the shrines and limestone caves that blanket the hills. 

We then continue to Hoi An, a picturesque town along the Thu Bon River. This exceptionally well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port, dating from the 15th century, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Upon our arrival,  we will enjoy some regional specialties for lunch. 
 
Following lunch, we embark on a walking tour of Hoi An’s charming old town with its numerous historic houses, congregation halls, pagodas, and other structures. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the varied influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site. Among our stops this afternoon will be the Museum of History and Culture, Tan Ky house, the Japanese Bridge, and the Fujian Assembly Hall. As Hoi An is known for its extraordinary talent in tailoring, we’ll also visit the local cloth market, where we are introduced to this trade.
 
The evening will be yours to explore Hoi An, which is very festive at night, and you may enjoy dinner at one of the many wonderful restaurants in the Old Quarter.
Anantara Resort, Hoi An 
Meals included: B
 
DAY 5
Biking and boating exploration of farming and fishing communities; Lifestart foundation artisan workshops
 
Cycling – 1-2 hours. 
Walking – easy, 1-2 hours.

This morning following breakfast, we embark on a cycling tour of the surrounding countryside. Our first stop is an organic vegetable garden that is run cooperatively among local residents, where we learn about traditional farming techniques. Cycling on to the shores of the Tu Bon River, we board a river boat to explore fishing communities set amidst coconut palm groves. We have the opportunity to paddle a Vietnamese bamboo basket boat through the surrounding coconut groves, with a stop at a local home to have snacks and tea, while learning about how the area was a stronghold for Vietcong resistance during the war. For those who are interested, there will be the opportunity to cast a traditional conical fishing net under the guidance of local fisherman. We conclude our morning excursion with a delicious, home-cooked meal of a variety of seafood dishes aboard our river boat.

This afternoon, we have the unique opportunity to visit the art studio of a local Vietnamese painter, Sinh Trong. Sinh grew up in an orphanage in Hoi An, and through the Lifestart Foundation (an organization supporting disadvantaged youth through skills and employment training) he was able to become a successful artist. Over Vietnamese tea, we learn more about the Lifestart Foundation, and may have the chance to make a miniature Hoi An lantern, under the instruction of workshop staff. You will see these lanterns at night glimmering along the Tu Bon River.
 
This evening, you are free to wander the vibrant markets of Hoi An and perhaps you will choose to visit one of the many famous tailors or numerous shops showcasing local handicrafts. Dinner will be on your own this evening.
Anantara Resort, Hoi An 
Meals included: B, L
 
Day 6
Hoi An optional cooking class or cycling (morning); My  Son Cham Ruins (afternoon)

Optional Cycling - 1-2 hours
Walking easy - 1 hour
 
This morning is yours to enjoy at your leisure. There will be the option to participate in a street food cooking class (at your own expense), where you explore Hoi An’s colorful and bustling market and learn about the different uses of fresh noodles, how to recognize and buy fresh fish, herbs, spices, rice, and grains, while perhaps tasting some exotic fruits. After the chance to mingle with the vendors, you have the chance to watch live cooking demonstrations, followed by a lunch tasting the incredible variety of Vietnamese dishes.
 
For those who opt out of the cooking class, you may choose to explore by bicycle a pair of nearby villages, whose people earn their livelihoods doing carpentry and building boats. Or you simply can set your own pace and explore Hoi An’s markets independently.
 
Following lunch on your own, we depart by car to explore the ancient Cham ruins of My Son, about one hour outside of Hoi An. The Champa reigned over central Vietnam from the 2nd to 15th centuries and you can still see cultural influences of their kingdom today in pottery, fishing, and agricultural techniques, as well as in temple structures which embody influences from the Hindu traditions. Our bucolic drive will take us through the countryside outside of Hoi An. Although the temples of My Son are in relative disrepair, the partially overgrown vegetation encroaching on the temples actually adds to the mystique and intimate feel of the sight. We will have the chance to walk around for about an hour to take in the tranquil setting and learn about these ingenious and spiritual people.
Anantara Resort, Hoi An 
Meals included: B
 
Day 7
Flight to Hai Phong and transfer to Halong Bay for overnight cruise
Cruising aboard a traditional junk; optional swimming and kayaking – easy.

An early morning flight takes us north to Hai Phong, where we venture to Halong Bay by road (approximately a one-hour drive). Ha Long Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. In 1994, this unique landscape was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival you will board a deluxe Asian “junk” for a two-day trip through the bay. 
 
We enjoy a lunch of Asian-fusion specialties on board while sailing into the bay, soaking up the scenic views and unwinding for the last leg of our journey. Various excursions are available including a visit toTien Ong Cave. The Cave is about 2.000 square meters and is peppered with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites, formed out of ancient limestone karsts about 700,000 years ago. The voyage continues with an excursion to the floating fishing village of Cua Van, the biggest and oldest fishing village in Halong Bay. Once we are back on board, there will also be a cooking demonstration by the ship’s chef to reveal some of the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine. 
 
This evening, you may enjoy sunset from the deck before an elegant five-course dinner in the restaurant. Afterward, you can relax on the deck and socialize with other travelers before retiring to your bunk.
Jasmine Cruise, Ha Long Bay 
Meals included: B, L, D
 
Day 8
Ha Long Bay; transfer to Hanoi
 
Optional Tai Chi lesson – easy, about 1 hour; optional hike – moderate, about 30 minutes.

Early risers will be treated to ideal light for photographs, and perhaps you’ll join other guests on deck for a morning Tai Chi lesson. After breakfast, we continue our cruise through the unforgettable landscape, stopping at one of the most spectacular beaches – where you are free to disembark and hike up a nearby hill for a panoramic view of the bay. 
 
We disembark the cruise by midday, and return to Hanoi by road. This afternoon, there will be the option to take a relaxing one hour “cyclo” tour through the Old Quarter. Also known as the “36 Streets,” this bustling area of narrow alleys is home to hundreds of small businesses and shopkeepers. It’s a great place to explore, with plenty of photo opportunities. You may also simply choose to take in the vibrant scene of street vendors, while enjoying coffee at a traditional Vietnamese coffee house or walking through the maze of streets that comprise the Old Quarter. 
 
This evening we attend a special performance of Ca Tru, an ancient genre of chamber music featuring female vocalists, combining a unique style of poetry and music. Ca Tru originated in northern Vietnam dating back to the 11th-century, and was performed at royal receptions and religious rituals. 
 
Following the show, you are on your own to dine at one of Hanoi’s many incredible restaurants.
Sofitel Legend Metripole, Hanoi
Meals included: B, L
 
Day 9
Ho Chi Minh’s  House, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Old Quarter and Thanh Chuong Viet Palace
 
Walking – easy city tour.

This morning you may rise early to see many locals praticing Tai Chi along Hoan Kiem Lake. After breakfast, we embark on an exploration of Hanoi’s many historic and cultural sites.  Ho Chi Minh’s masoleum will be our first stop (if open) and then we continue on to visit the Presidential Palace where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked from 1954 to 1969. Originally the home of the Governor General of Indochina, the immaculate grounds became the center of revolutionary activity once North Vietnam achieved independence in 1954. Ho Chi Minh opted not to move into the palace at that time, believing it belonged to the North Vietnamese people, and instead lived in the neighboring “House on Stilts.” Here the revered Uncle Ho worked amid the gardens, mango alley, and carp-filled pond. The whole structure has been preserved in perfect condition, a tribute to the well-loved leader.  

Next we visit the One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. Built after King Ly Thai To’s vision of a bodhisattva sitting on a lotus in 1049, the lotus-shaped One Pillar Pagoda sits atop a pillar jutting out of a lily pond. Soon after the temple was built, the King’s wife gave birth to a son, and today childless couples visit the pagoda to make prayer offerings. The Temple of Literature is perhaps Hanoi’s best-preserved ancient site. Also built in the 11th century, Van Mieu, as it is known in Vietnamese, served as the national university for 700 years. 

We take a midday break for lunch at a local restaurant, featuring the famous dish of Hanoi, Cha Ca, a delightful mixture of lightly fried fish and fresh herbs over rice noodles. In the afternoon,  we visit Thanh Chuong Viet Palace that was initially the home and studio of Thanh Chuong, one of the celebrated painters in contemporary Vietnamese art. Soon after its existence in 2002, Thanh Chuong Viet Palace instantly became famous as a unique cultural preservation resort and a spiritual legacy of Vietnamese art and culture. Lying on a hill leaning back over Soc Son Mountain, the site covers over 10,000 square meters and keeps thousands of cultural and historical artifacts collected by the resident artist.
 
This evening we enjoy a farewell dinner, savoring Vietnamese cuisine one last time while we toast to our journey.
Sofitel Legend Metropole, Hanoi
Meals included: B, L, D
 
DAY 10
Departure
 
Following breakfast, we will say farewell and depart for our onward journey. A airport transfer will be provided.
Meals included: B
 

Please note that this is a typical itinerary, and actual activities may vary to take advantage of weather conditions, local events, and to allow serendipity to play a hand in your experience. Accommodations are as outlined in the itinerary, although we reserve the right to change these should the need arise.
 

Trip Length

10 days

When to Go

Upcoming Trips:

This Private Collection trip is available year-round on the dates that work for you. We suggest October-March for the best weather.

Prefer a group departure?
Africa | Asia | Europe | Latin America | South Pacific

2014 Land Cost

From $4,695 per person

2014 Land Cost Details

2-3 guests: $5,495 per person
4+ guests: $4,695 per person

Please inquire for pricing for solo traveler pricing. Prices not valid over Lunar New Year beginning January 31, 2014. December holiday supplements may apply.

Single Supplement

$1100

View Single Supplement Policy

Single Supplements: (Free or reduced single supplements are not combinable with other offers or promotions.)

Accommodations (hotels, tents, cruise cabins) are based on double occupancy. A single supplement may be charged to participants who specifically request single accommodations, subject to availability. We have made every effort to eliminate or greatly reduce this cost for most of our scheduled small-group departures; however, these savings are limited to two single supplements per departure. Therefore, the first two single participants to reserve will receive the savings. This is not applicable to our Private Collection journeys.

If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender. If you reserve at least 90 days ahead and a roommate is not available, you will only be charged a “forced” single supplement in the amount of 50% of the standard single supplement (unless otherwise noted in the detailed itinerary).* Single accommodations are limited so you are encouraged to reserve early!

*This does not apply to cruises in the Galapagos Islands. Please see these trip pages for more details.

Internal Airfare

$245 per person

View Internal Airfare Description

Ho Chi Minh City - Hué; Danang - Hai Phong

What's Included

  • Expert local guide in each location
  • All accommodations, including an overnight on a deluxe traditional junk on Ha Long Bay
  • Private, air-conditioned ground transportation
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary.
  • Entry fees
  • All activities as noted in the itinerary

Please complete the following information to request a reservation. A trip deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm your reservation (payable by check or major credit card). Once we receive your request we will contact you within one business day to confirm availability and answer any questions you may have.

Reserve A Trip
Total People in Party:
Trip Name:*
Departure Date:*
Title:
First Name:*
Last Name:*
Date of Birth:*
Address 1:*
Address 2:
City:*
State/Province:*
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
E-mail Address:
Day Phone:*
Evening Phone:*

*Required. Your e-mail address will not be distributed to other organizations, and you may opt-out at any time.

Name and Address of one additional person in your party, if applicable

Title:
First Name:
Last Name:
Date of Birth:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State/Province:
Zip/Postal Code:
Country:
E-mail Address:
Day Phone:
Evening Phone:

Accomodations Type & Traveler Information

Double: One bed Two beds
Roommate's name:
(if not listed above)
Single: I prefer single accomodations
(single supplement required/space-available basis)*
Shared: Please assist me in finding a roommate*

*please click General Information for further information
about our single supplement policy.

I give permission to Boundless Journeys to give my name and phone number to a potential roommate.

Do you have any dietary restrictions or allergies we should be aware of? Yes No
Comments:
Would you like to celebrate a special occasion on this trip? Yes No
Comments:
Please describe your outdoor experience and regular physical activities:
Please describe your health (including prescription medications), physical condition, or limitations:
How did you hear about Boundless Journeys?

About our guides
With a Boundless Journeys guide, your experience is that of friend and local adventurer. We believe strongly in working with local guides, experts in the areas to which we travel, and they hold the keys to unlocking the hidden delights of your chosen destination. Although you will never know they are at work – the mark of a truly great leader – our guides make magical things happen and add a dimension to your trip that you could not experience on your own.

Over the years we have forged bonds with some of the best guides in the world, and we typically work with a small team of guides in each region. You will be informed of the guide for your trip one month prior to your departure.

Featured Guide

Costa Rica Tour guide - Pedro Bolanes - Boundless JourneysElske de Vries: Elske was born in Surabaya, Indonesia, and later raised in a small village in the Netherlands, giving her a unique perspective on global culture and travel. Currently living in Bangkok and working as a tour leader in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia, Elske loves introducing guests to new experiences. When not working, she enjoys exploring Asia with her camera in hand. Throughout your travels in Vietnam, Elske will be joined in each region by a local guide to further enhance your experience.

What other guests have said about our guides in Vietnam:

"Elske was the best! She was just so good in every way ― very knowledgeable and easygoing. I wanted to visit a hospital and she arranged that too. She did an A+ job! This was a trip of a lifetime. I have wanted to go to Vietnam and Cambodia for 35 years and this was everything I wanted to see and more. I would highly recommend this trip for anyone who is interested in Vietnam as it was very well planned and included everything one could want to see and do! It was the dream adventure of a lifetime and I will tell all my friends to take a Boundless Journeys trip.” – S.H., Keene, NH

Ask a Question about our Private Collection Trips

Call us toll-free 1-800-941-8010 or send a message below

Picture Yourself Here:

Exploring the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Ha Long Bay, Hué, and Hoi An

Immersing yourself in Hanoi, the "Paris of the Orient"

Discovering poignant sites of war history, from the Cu Chi Tunnels to China Beach

Perusing markets and indulging in authentic Vietnamese cuisine with its blend of French and Asian influences

Upcoming Trips:

This Private Collection trip is available year-round on the dates that work for you. We suggest October-March for the best weather.

You may also be interested in:

Prefer a group departure:

Extension Options:

Latest Blog Posts About Vietnam

Exploring Vietnamese Cuisine

My Vietnamese guide Su Xuan lead me through the narrow alleyways of the Old quarter of Hanoi, pointing out the astonishing variety of street food delicacies from vendors’ stalls spilling out onto the pavement.

A fascinating side trip, Boundless Journeys-style – Vietnam

- Written by Boundless Journeys’ Vietnam guest Barbara H. Because my husband is in the furniture business, our guide Elske arranged for a visit to a village that makes heavy, traditional Asian furniture.

An Update From the Foundation for African Medicine & Education

A few years back a group of Boundless Journeys guests on our Tanzania: Migration Safari shared a special experience. They engaged in volunteer work at the Foundation for African Medicine & Education (FAME).

Get to know Boundless Journeys

Deborah Tobey, Destination Manager What types of trips do you offer and who are your customers? Many consider Boundless Journeys trips to be a bucket list for the adventurer’s soul. Our itineraries span from majestic peaks to lush landscapes, from serene deserts to dramatic coastlines, and from historical meccas to the world’s great wildernesses.

Iceland Special Opportunity

Only a few more rooms available for our Iceland: The Land of Fire and Ice hiking tour, July 17-24. Call 800.941.8010 or e-mail Karen@boundlessjourneys.com for details and to learn about special incentives to join us.

Read More from the Boundless Journeys Blog »

Testimonials

Ireland Hiking Tour"We admired the Irish people - their beautiful spirit, love and devotion to their country, their history, culture, and gorgeous countryside make us want to plan our return before we even leave."
- Mary Ruth Green, Ireland Private Tour
 

Boundless Journeys Facebook
Boundless Journeys Twitter




*Required

For Reservations & Customer Service:
Toll-free: (800) 941-8010
Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET
info@boundlessjourneys.com

Home Office:
Boundless Journeys
998 South Main Street, Suite 2
Stowe, VT 05672 USA
Phone: (802) 253-1840
Toll Free: (800) 941-8010
Fax: (802) 253-1844
Email: info@boundlessjourneys.com

Frequently Asked Questions
Click to view FAQs about our journeys.

Travel Editors & Writers:
Please visit our Media Gallery.