11-Day Central and Northern Vietnam School Tour
Spend 11 days discovering the best experiences Vietnam tourism has to offer. This itinerary will allow your students to explore in-depth the mountainous North Vietnam and the culturally-diverse Central Vietnam. This tour includes visits to famous sites such as My Son Holy Land, Hoi An Ancient town, Halong Bay and more. Your students can actively engage with the local communities through homestay accommodation option and community service projects.
Cost is subject to class availability and exchange rate, may change without prior notice.
- Explore Stately Hanoi
- Cruising in Halong Bay with its breathtaking scenery
- Explore My Son Holy Land
- Enjoy a fun Vietnamese Cooking Class in Hoi An
- Experience a homestay in Sapa
- Participate in exciting community service projects in Sapa, in Vietnam's Northern highlands.
- Interacting with local people and culture, visiting local and minority communities.
- Experience traditional Vietnamese ways of Life, Customs and Traditions.
- Discover Vietnam War, Military, Cultural and Religious history.
- Stay in the picturesque cities of Hoi An and Hanoi.
- Discover the UNESCO World Heritage site of Halong Bay.
Day 1: Adelaide to Hanoi (D)
Your flight will leave Adelaide at 96.25am. Transit via Hong Kong and arrive in Hanoi around 6.40pm.
On Arrival your group will be welcomed by our Tour Director and Tour Guide before transferring to your hotel where our Tour Director will assist your group with checking-in.
After check-in, you will have some free time to rest and then our Tour Director and Tour Guide will take your group out for a Welcome Dinner. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi - City Tour (B, L, D)
After breakfast our tour director, driver and local tour guide will pick your group up from your hotel at 8am. We will then venture out to visit Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum and his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh museum, One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, and the Museum of Ethnology.
The colonial capital city Hanoi is a unique Asian city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and oriental pagodas and temples dating back a thousand years.
After lunch we will take a 'cyclo' tour in Hanoi's old quarter and experience traditional street life before watching Water Puppet show.
In the afternoon you have the option to visit museums such as the Hanoi Hilton or Hoa Lo Prison, the National Museum of Vietnamese History, the Vietnam Military History museum, and the Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts. Our driver will drop you off at your Hanoi Hotel around 5 pm. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi - Dong Ngac village - Sapa (B,L,D)
Our tour guide and driver will pick your group up from your hotel at 7.45am and then take a short drive to Dong Ngac village. When we arrive at the village, we will stop at a local market to buy the ingredients which we will use to cook for your lunch today.
After the market, we transfer to a traditional house and welcomed by our host. We will have a short break before taking our bikes to venture deeper into the village to visit Dong Ngac communal house, the oldest house in the village. Next we join our cooking demonstration in hour host's house and enjoy the dishes we have prepared.
After lunch, our driver and Tour Director will transfer you to Sapa. Arrive in Sapa around 7.30pm where our tour director will assist your group to check-in to your accommodation. Enjoy your evening dinner. Overnight in Sapa.
*Note: Accommodation options in Sapa include a Homestay or Hotel Accommodation.
Day 4: Sapa Community Service Project (B,L,D)
After breakfast, our Tour Director will take your group to visit the less fortunate children of the village. The local council will be notified of your group's visit and after metting at the local community hall, you will have time to interact with the village children.
We strongly encourage people to make much needed contributions of old clothing and toys to the local children. Sapa in the Northern Highlands of Vietnam can experience very cold temperatures and many of these local children cannot afford or have access to warm clothing.
After lunch, our tour director will take you to participate in projects such as building a school for the children of the community. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 5: Sapa to Halong Bay (B, L, D)
After breakfast our Tour Director and driver will transfer your group to Halong Bay which takes approximately 8 hours. We will stop along the way for lunch and have a rest before arriving in Halong Bay around 4.30pm.
Embark onto your cruise boat and enjoy dinner on-board. In the evening participate in a squid fishing competition with your crew. Overnight on Halong Cruise.
Day 6: Halong Bay (B, L, D)
After breakfast onboard your cruise, we transfer to the day boat and visit Lan Ha bay, Cat Ba island.
On arrive at Viet Hai pier we take the bicycle trip along the village paths through rain forests and dark tunnels. Enjoy the wildlife, stunning scenery with rice fields and fresh water dike. We will then stop at the village to chat with the locals before a short trek in the Cat Ba National Forest to visit Bat cave
Next we cycle back to Viet Hai pier and embark back onto the boat and continue cruising before lunch is served on board.
After Lunch enjoy kayaking in Dark Cave, Light Cave or in the 3-Peach lagoon or have a swim on the beach (weather and tide condition). Next we will cruise back near Drum Cave.
In the afternoon relax and enjoy the sunset or join a cooking demonstration on the sundeck and learn to make the fresh/fried spring rolls and mix fish-sauce. After that we will enjoy a luxury buffet BBQ dinner.
Evening activities onboard the cruise include: film entertainment in the outdoor bar; Board and card games; or squid fishing on a boat with our crew. You can enjoy the squid cooked with assistance from our chef. We then anchor overnight near Drum cave. Overnight on Halong cruise.
Day 7 – Halong Bay – Hanoi – Danang – Hoi An (B, L, D)
We have an early start today. After breakfast your group will disembark the cruise boat around 7.00am. Then our driver and Tour Director will pick your group up from the port and transfer you to the airport. On the way to the airport we will stop for an early lunch and you will arrive to the airport around Midday. Your group’s flight will depart Hanoi at 2pm.
On arrival in Danang, you will be welcomed by our local driver and tour guide before being transferred to your Hoi An accommodation where our tour director will help your group check in. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 8 - Hoi An Cooking Class & Sunset River cruise (B, L, D)
Our Tour Director and driver will pick your group up from your hotel lobby and we will cycle to Hai Scout Café at 98, Nguyen Thai Hoc Street. From here we will leave our bikes at the café and continue walking to the markets to buy ingredients before heading to the restaurant for your cooking class. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours with each dish first being demonstrated by the Red Bridge’s master Chef before we prepare the same dish ourselves.
After your cooking class, we will return to our hotel for a rest and freshen up before this evenings river cruise. Our driver and tour guide will pick you up from your Hoi An hotel at 4pm for your transfer. Next we board Jack Tran’s boat and cruise to the mouth of the river where it meets the Cua Dai Sea. Witness the daily ritual of the local Hoi An fishing fleet venturing out to the Cua Dai Sea. Join local fisherman on the river and enjoy the hands-on experience of round net and cast net fishing. Learn how to paddle the Vietnamese basket boat before re-boarding Jack Tran’s boat to enjoy a cool beverage and Vietnamese snack. Your group will be transferred back to your hotel in Hoi An around 7pm. Overnight I Hoi An.
Day 9 - Hoi An Ancient Town & My Son Tour (B, L, D)
Our tour director and driver will pick your group up from your hotel at 7.30am and transfer you to My Son Holy Land. Located in a lush valley, My Son was a capital and religious centre of Cham people, now remaining with red brick towers and sanctuaries which were built from the 7th to 13rd centuries. Next we will transfer to Hoi An for lunch and a short break we will explore the town of Hoi An, visiting the 400 year old Japanese Bridge, 300 years old Chinese temples and 200 year old Vietnamese former merchants’ houses. Our driver will drop your group off at your hotel around 4 pm to freshen up before our tour director takes you out for a farewell dinner. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 10: Danang Departure (B)
After Breakfast, our tour director and driver will pick your group up from the hotel lobby and transfer you to Danang Airport for your 10am departure flight home. Vietnam School Tour ends.
Day 11: Adelaide Arrival
Your flight will arrive back in Adelaide around 5.10am.
- All International Airfares with Cathay Pacific Airways
- Vietnam Visas
- All transfers in private air-conditioned vehicle
- All accommodation in 3-Star PLUS Hotels
- Option of Sapa Homestay or Hotel Accommodation
- Services of a dedicated Tour Director
- Professional Driver and English speaking Tour Guide
- Domestic Flights between Hanoi and Danang in Economy cabin
- 2 Nights on Halong Bay Private Cruise
- Hoi An Cooking Class
- Pre-paid tips
- Entrance fees at monument
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
- Water during the tour
- 9 Breakfasts (B), 8 Lunches (L), 9 Dinners (D)
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TERMS OF PAYMENT
You will be required to pay $1000 deposit per person after booking confirmation. All deposits are non-refundable, subject to your rights under the Australian Consumer Law.
Any booking within 65 days before departure. No voucher will be issued until final payment is received in our office. If the outstanding payment is not received by day 65, your booking will automatically be cancelled.
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Cancellation of reservation(s) must be provided to us in writing and is subject to the following cancellation fees:
- 65 days or less before departure - loss of deposit
- 59-40 days before departure - 30%
- 39 - 30 days before departure - 75%
- Within 29 days of departure - 100%
- Please refer to the airlines cancellation policies
After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for unused services due to your illness, early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.
After bookings are deposited, a $60 fee per person is applicable. Within 65 days of departure, amendments may also be subject to cancellations.
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