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Vietnamese Whirl: a Journey of Urban and Rural DiscoveryFrom Hanoi to Hoi An, uncover the myriad layers of Vietnam on this 12-day adventure.
Starts AtHanoi
Ends AtHoi An
Duration12 days
Group SizeMaximum 18
Physical Rating
Light
Style
Discovery
Starts AtHanoi
Ends AtHoi An
Duration12 days
Group SizeMaximum 18
Physical Rating
Light
Style
Discovery
Secure Payment
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COVID-19 Safety MeasuresBookings made by 30 October 2021 for travel before 28 February 2022 are covered by our Ultimate Covid Booking Booking Guarantee: if Covid-19 regulations change your plans, we'll rebook you for free. Find out more. Covid-19 safety measures are in place on all our trips. Read more details.

About Your Trip

Savour traditional street food, immerse yourself in rural village life and marvel at diverse tropical scenery on this action-packed journey through Vietnam. Starting in the capital, Hanoi, you’ll make the unforgettable trip to Mai Chau – a rural valley lined with paddies between forested mountains. After cruising through the dreamlike seascapes of Lan Ha Bay on a junk ship, continue south by overnight train to Hue, where the Imperial City offers a fascinating window into the country’s past. Wrap up your trip in Hoi An, soaking up the atmosphere of its lantern-lit streets and charming canals.

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Trip Highlights

  • 1
    Enjoy Vietnamese street food at a night market in Hanoi
  • 2
    Visit the picturesque Mai Chau Valley and experience the local culture
  • 3
    Sail through Lan Ha Bay on a classy junk-style ship
  • 4
    Swim, kayak and take a tai chi class among spectacular seascapes
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    Discover the Imperial City of Hue and cruise along the Perfume River
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    Explore the eclectic architecture and canals of Hoi An
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Your Itinerary

What's Included

  • 10 nights twin-share / one night four-berth cabin
  • Private and local transport (including airport transfers)
  • 11 breakfasts, six lunches, four dinners
  • Local Insider
  • Return airport transfers
  • Hanoi street food tour
  • Hanoi walking tour
  • Mai Chau farm tour experience
  • Mai Chau walking tour
  • White Thai village visit
  • Bamboo weaving class
  • Halong to Lan Ha Bay cruise
  • Cua Van village visit
  • Jasmine Cruise cooking demonstration
  • Tai chi class
  • Swimming and kayaking in Lan Ha Bay
  • Hue cyclo food tour
  • Hue market visit and cooking masterclass
  • Hue Citadel visit
  • Perfume River boat transfer
  • Royal tea ceremony
  • XQ Hand Embroidery Art Museum visit
  • Qigong session
  • Hoi An walking tour and sightseeing

Accommodation

La Siesta Classic Ma May, HanoiThis luxury boutique hotel offers spacious, air-conditioned rooms in the heart of Hanoi’s lively Old Quarter. Sip a cold beer at the rooftop Moonlight Sky Bar and watch the sun go down with spectacular views of the city.
Mai Chau Ecolodge, Hoa BinhSustainability is central to this rural hideaway surrounded by paddies, mountains and tropical forests. All 43 rooms were built using naturally sourced materials and are powered by renewable energy. Unwind by the pool or treat yourself to a massage at the spa.
Jasmine Cruise Heritage Line, Lan Ha BaySet sail across one of the most breathtaking seascapes in the world on board this classy junk-style ship. Expect wood-panelled cabins, sumptuous buffet meals and a sun deck where you can sit back and admire the scenery with a cocktail in hand.
Overnight train, Hanoi to HueSee a different side to Vietnam as you pass along the rugged coastline on this 700km (435mi) southward journey by train. The sleeper cabins may not be the height of luxury (there are no showers), but it’s all part of the experience.
Eldora Hotel, HueFrench colonial-style decor characterises this elegant boutique hotel in Hue. Inside, you’ll find lavish rooms, a large indoor swimming pool and a rooftop bar with panoramic city views. Enjoy a nightcap in the piano bar under glittering chandeliers.
La Siesta Hoi An Resort and Spa, Hoi AnTwo palm tree-flanked pools (one freshwater, one saltwater) are a highlight at this tranquil resort in Hoi An. Sunbathe on a private section of An Nang beach, before tucking into sizzling street food at the on-site Red Bean restaurant.

Covid Safety

Your safety and wellbeing are our top priority, so we’ve put the following measures in place on all our TRIPS:
  • Our average group size is 10 people (max 18), which gives you all the security of being in a group whilst avoiding a crowd.
  • Our private vehicles have daily assigned seating, and every day they undergo deep cleaning of all surfaces.
  • Where possible, we use small/ boutique accommodation – this means fewer guests and reduced exposure to other travellers.
  • We require all accommodation providers to share protocols around the extra health and hygiene measures they are taking.
  • Included activities are exclusive to our group wherever possible, to minimise contact with others.
  • Covid-19 negative test results or vaccine certificates may be required. Please check the entry requirements for the destination you are travelling to. Our travel experts can assist you in finding this information.
  • We recommend you confirm all guidance on official government sites and check that you are able to travel with your travel insurance issuer. Your travel insurance may be invalidated if you travel against government advice. Our travel experts can assist you in finding this information.

Important Info

  • You must be aged 25 years or over to join this trip.
  • Please be sure to check whether or not you need a visa to enter the country you're travelling to. Please refer to our Booking Terms & Conditions for further information.
  • If you have any pre-existing medical conditions or accessibility requirements, please notify our Customer Support team as soon as possible.
  • We won't charge you extra if you travel alone – you'll be allocated a twin room with another traveller of the same gender.
  • To upgrade to a private room, share a room with a friend, or book pre- and post-trip accommodation and/or airport transfers, please contact our Customer Support team.
  • Please be aware that travel insurance is compulsory for all travellers.
  • Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. While unlikely, these changes can happen due to circumstances beyond our control. We will always do our best to ensure minimal impact on your experience.
  • Please be aware images on this page are for illustrative purposes and may not reflect your itinerary exactly.

Additional Info

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Chat to our teamIf you’d like to book or enquire about one of our trips, get in touch with our travel experts.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com
Chat to our teamIf you’d like to book or enquire about one of our trips, get in touch with our travel experts.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com