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Family holiday in Vietnam

A family-friendly tour with few hotel changes, a mini cruise in Ha Long Bay, the Golden Bridge, Ba Na Hill’s amusement park and ending with a beach holiday in the charming seaside town of Hoi An.

Family holiday in Vietnam Family holiday in Vietnam
12 days

Family holiday in Vietnam

A family-friendly tour with few hotel changes, a mini cruise in Ha Long Bay, the Golden Bridge, Ba Na Hill’s amusement park and ending with a beach holiday in the charming seaside town of Hoi An.

What is included in the price?
This package includes the following
  • Flights from the UK to Hanoi and return from Da Nang
  • 7 nights at 3-star hotels
  • 1 night on the 4-star mini-cruise ship Aphrodite Cruises in Ha Long Bay
  • 1 night in a 4-berth sleeping car on the Livitrans train from Hanoi to Da Nang with the option of flying instead of travelling by train (surcharge applies)
  • 9 x breakfast (days 3–11)
  • 2 x lunch (days 5 and 9)
  • 1 x dinner (day 5)
  • Local English-speaking guide on transfers and excursions
  • Travelling in an air-conditioned minibus, bus or car
  • All mentioned transfers and excursions take place within international groups of up to 14 people and with Asiatours’ own guests only
  • Possibility of extending the tour to include a beach holiday on the island of Phu Quoc or some extra days in the bustling metropolis Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) from which you can go on a day trip to the Mekong Delta
  • ATOL certificate
  • 24-hour manned emergency telephone throughout the tour
  • Departure guarantee – the tour goes ahead regardless of the number of participants

Extensive excursion package:

  • Guided tour of Hanoi taking in the Temple of Literature, Ngoc Son Temple, the Red Bridge, Hoan Kiem Lake, a rickshaw ride and water puppet theatre
  • 2-day mini cruise in Ha Long Bay
  • Visit to the home of a Vietnamese family in Cam Thanh village outside Hoi An, a ride in a bamboo boat and a lantern workshop
  • Full-day excursion to the Golden Bridge at Da Nang and Ba Na Hills amusement park with a cable car ride over the jungle and waterfalls in stunning scenery
  • Admission and fees for the sights and attractions mentioned

The tour in short

Vietnam is a wonderfully exciting country to travel in for the whole family. This family-friendly tour is organised in such a way that there are only a few changes between the different places and hotels, while the excursion itinerary is balanced to ensure that there is something for both the youngest and the oldest members of the family. There are several free days, so you can set the pace and decide what activities you want to do.

On this family holiday, you will experience the essence of Vietnam in both northern and central Vietnam. In the atmospheric capital, Hanoi, you can sit back in a rickshaw and soak in all the impressions on a ride through the exotic, old neighbourhood. You can look forward to unique scenery on the 2-day mini-cruise in the iconic Ha Long Bay, including a visit to one of the impressive caves. The tour rounds off in the charming and cosy coastal city of Hoi An with its characteristic yellow houses and colourful lanterns, where you are just a few kilometres from the sea and the lovely sandy beach.

Finally, you have the opportunity to extend your tour to include an extra beach holiday on the island of Phu Quoc or extra days in the bustling metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), from which you can go on a day trip to the Mekong Delta.

Why choose this tour

  • Child-friendly tour with few hotel changes, a family-friendly excursion itinerary and several days to yourself, allowing you to set the pace and decide which activities you wish to do
  • Discover the atmospheric capital, Hanoi, enjoy a 2-day mini cruise in the iconic Ha Long Bay, the Golden Bridge at Da Nang, Ba Na Hill’s amusement park and a beach holiday in charming Hoi An
  • If you are a family of 4 or 5, you will at the hotels either stay in a family room or 2 rooms side by side with a door in between
  • Extend your tour to include a beach holiday on the exotic island of Phu Quoc or in the vibrant metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), from which you can go on a day trip to the Mekong Delta

Our prices always include

  • All international and domestic flights
  • All destination transfers
  • All specified excursions and activities
  • All accommodations
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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Departure from selected airport

Today you will fly to Hanoi, with connecting flight(s) on the way.

Day 2: Arrival in Hanoi

After arriving at the airport in Hanoi, you go through immigration and collect your luggage. Your guide will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall, holding up an Asiatours sign with your name on it, and you will be driven to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please, giving the whole family time to relax after the long flight.

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, bids you welcome with a wealth of things to see and do. It offers wide boulevards with lots of trees, Hoan Kiem Lake, which is a lovely oasis in the heart of the city, the exotic Old Town with its quaint shops, the French quarter with its beautiful colonial buildings and myriad rickshaws and mopeds.

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Day 3: Sightseeing i Hanoi

The morning is yours to spend as you wish, so you might like to stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake, where the green areas are buzzing with locals practising tai chi or playing board games in the shade of the trees.

This afternoon’s sightseeing starts with a visit to one of Hanoi’s most iconic and picturesque attractions: the Temple of Literature, built in 1070 as a university in honour of Confucius’ teachings. The temple is a magnificent example of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Today, the young students come here, among other things, to pray for good luck with their exams. The area is a beautiful, peaceful oasis in the heart of the big city and consists of 5 courtyards, the first 2 of which are adorned with beautiful gardens with old trees, small ponds and small sculptures of animals.

You can then sit back and relax as the tour continues in a rickshaw (bicycle taxi) through the atmospheric old neighbourhood to yet another of the city’s oases: Hoan Kiem Lake. Here, you cross the distinctive red Huc Bridge, which leads to the small island in the lake where the Ngoc Son Temple stands. Hear the story of a legendary emperor, a magic sword, a giant turtle and how the lake got its name.

The excursion rounds off with a traditional performance of an art for which Hanoi is particularly famous, namely water puppet theatre, which is a fun experience for the whole family.

Day 4: Day to do as you please in Hanoi

There is no planned itinerary today, so you are free to explore Hanoi on your own or choose one of our extra excursions.

You might like to go for a walk in the charming Old Quarter with its 36 streets that were originally named after the items sold there, such as Silver Street, Silk Street, Basket Street and Bonsai Street. The area is awash with tradespeople and exciting little shops. At the northern end of the Old Quarter is Hanoi’s largest indoor market, Dong Xuan, which is brimming with souvenirs. Or how about a stroll around the French Quarter south-east of Hoan Kiem Lake, where the beautiful French colonial buildings such as the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel and the Opera House are flanked by modern cafés and shops.

The Museum of Ethnology is also a wonderful experience for young and old alike. Learn about the 65 different minorities that make up the Vietnamese population. You will experience the Vietnamese lifestyle in various exhibitions of clothing, cooking, various ceremonies, crafts to name but a few. A visit to the outdoor exhibition of different types of traditional Vietnamese houses including the characteristic houses on long stilts is particularly fun for children. There is also a playground with a slide and climbing frames.

Day 5: Hanoi – mini-cruise in Ha Long Bay

Early this morning, you head off on a 2.5-hour drive to the mini cruise in the truly unique scenery of Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site by virtue of its great beauty. Towering, green-clad limestone formations shoot up from the sea, forming thousands of islands in the beautiful bay, most of which are uninhabited. After check-in on the ship, you set off out into the green sea while a delicious lunch is served. On the way, a stop is made at one of the bay’s spectacular caves, where the whole family can explore the curious stalagmites and stalactites. There is also time to relax on a sun lounger on the deck. Before tonight’s dinner, you have the opportunity to observe or take part in a demonstration of traditional Vietnamese cooking. Enjoy the sunset from the deck with a drink or cast a line and fish for squid with the kids.

Day 6: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi – night train to Da Nang

Start the day off with a bracing morning dip or just enjoy the majestic landscape you’ve opened your eyes to. Go ashore on the island of Ti Top where, from the top of the cliff, you have a great view of the bay and the surrounding islands. Soak in the last impressions while enjoying a nice brunch and sailing back to the mainland. With solid ground underfoot, you drive back to Hanoi, arriving mid-afternoon. The rest of the afternoon is yours to do as you please in Hanoi until you are accompanied to the train station in the evening to continue your journey to Da Nang.

The night train departs from Hanoi at 7 pm and you arrive in Da Nang at 11 am the next day.

For an additional fee, it is possible to upgrade to travelling by air instead of taking the night train from Hanoi to Da Nang. This upgrade will include an extra night in Hoi An.

Day 7: Da Nang – Hoi An

You wake up as the train is winding its way through scenic, lush landscapes which, on the last stretch after Hué, are along the coast.

On your arrival at Da Nang train station, you will be met by a guide and driven to your hotel in Hoi An – a drive of around an hour. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please, allowing the whole family to have fun by the hotel pool or explore the charming city centre, just 5 km from the coast and the beach.

Most people fall instantly in love with the colourful, charming city of Hoi An, which exudes atmosphere. Hoi An is especially famous for its architecture, silk production, amazing tailors and the Old Town.

The Thu Bon River runs through the middle of the Old Town, where you will also find a maze of cosy little streets. It is clear to see how the former colonial powers each made their mark on the district with the colourful lanterns, Japanese houses, Chinese temples and yellow, French merchant houses, which have made the city a UNESCO world Heritage Site. Shops, street kitchens, cafés and restaurants line the streets, where you can while away several hours. The streets might be busy, with many tourists, but there is still a lovely calm to the area, and the district has managed to retain its authenticity and charm.

Day 8: Hoi An – visit to the home of a family in the village Cam Thanh

After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, you can look forward to a morning when you will get right up close to local life in a small village 5 km outside Hoi An. You will be picked up by the guide and driven into the verdant countryside, past rolling rice fields to the village of Cam Thanh, which is especially famous for its houses with roofs woven from the branches of water coconut trees. You arrive at the home of a local family, where you will learn how rural life is lived. You will then board one of the distinctive round bamboo basket boats. A local fisherman will show you how to paddle the small boats and cast nets to catch crabs. Back on the land, it’s time for a little break, when you’ll be served a nice fresh coconut before heading on to a lantern workshop. Lantern production is one of the proudest traditional crafts in Hoi An. Here, you will be given a demonstration of how the lanterns are made before having the chance to make your own. You then head back to Hoi An.

The rest of the day is yours to do as you please, allowing you to relax by the pool at the hotel, head to the beach, explore Hoi An or purchase one of our extra excursions.

Day 9: Full-day excursion to Golden Bridge with fantastic scenery and Ba Na Hills and amusement park

Today, an adventure-packed day awaits you, brimming with unique experiences for young and old alike. The picturesque scenery at Ba Na Hills in the Truong Son Mountains takes most people’s breath away, and you feel your stomach lurch as you glide in a cable car across the jungle and waterfalls up to the spectacular Golden Bridge, which hovers majestically in the sky. At the top of the mountain, there is entertainment for the whole family at the amusement park, which offers a rich selection of rides.

The guide will pick you up from the hotel in the morning, and after around a 1.5-hour drive, you arrive at the cable car, which takes you on a stunning 15-minute ride up to an altitude of 1,400 metres. An impressive sight meets you at the top, where the Golden Bridge suddenly appears, hovering on 2 large hands carved out of stone. The bridge was completed in 2018 and has quickly gained world renown for its spectacular design in the midst of a magical mountain range, designed to look like God’s hands lifting up a piece of the earth, like a path in the sky. The area at the cable car’s intermediate station was originally established in 1919 by the French colonial power, among other things for storing wine due to the cooler temperatures, which are typically 10 degrees below the temperature at the coast. Here, you will have time to walk around the beautiful, colourful flower gardens also known as “Le Jardin d’Amour” – the Garden of Love – from which a giant white Buddha looks out over the mountain and lush hills. Further along the cable car ride up to the top of the mountain, you are welcomed by the castle towers. You are now in the heart of the park, and a fairytale landscape of various changing themes opens up to you, including the carnival in Rio, a French village, a Japanese tea house and much more besides. Here, you have free admission to most amusements for children and adults alike. After a nice lunch, you can have a go on the rides on your own, just walk around and enjoy the surroundings, find souvenirs or take a rest at one of the many cafés and restaurants or in a quiet corner of the park such as the Linh Ung Pagoda.

After a day of adventure, you head back to Hoi An, arriving at the hotel late afternoon. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please.

Day 10: The day is yours to do as you please in Hoi An

The day is yours to do whatever you please, so you get to set the agenda. You can relax by the pool or splash about at the beach, purchase extra excursions or stroll around the city.

Explore the small streets of the Old Town among the yellow merchant’s houses with small shops and local crafts, cosy cafés and restaurants and serene courtyards with lovely temples. Or how about a visit to the Japanese Bridge across the Thu Bon River, connecting the Chinese and Japanese quarters.

Day 11: Departure day

You will be picked up from the hotel and driven the 45-minute journey to the airport in Da Nang, from which you will fly home with connecting flight(s) on the way. Alternatively, when booking the tour, you can extend it to include either a beach holiday on the island of Phu Quoc or spend a few extra days in the bustling metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), where you also have the opportunity to go on a day trip to the Mekong Delta.

Day 12: Arrival back home

You land at the selected airport after a lovely holiday.

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Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), 3 nights

Experience the vibrant metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), where you will encounter an exciting mix of modern and old, with beautiful colonial buildings flanked by the shining façades of the skyscrapers, beautiful temples and exotic markets. Look forward to highlights such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Central Post Office designed by the famous French architect Gustav Eiffel, Reunification Palace and the city’s China Town. Today, Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s economic dynamo, which is clearly reflected in the large number of smart shops, cafés and restaurants. Finally, this city is where you seriously feel the history from the Vietnam War.

The city is also a great base for day trips to Vietnam’s lush Mekong Delta or the famous Cu Chi tunnels.

Phu Quoc, 3 nights

Phu Quoc is Vietnam’s largest island and is located at Vietnam’s west coast, in Siambugtens warm water. The island has beautiful, palm-covered golden sandy beaches and dense green forests central to the island. The water surrounding the island is crystal clear and provides great opportunities for lovely a lovely swim in calm waters. Around the An Thoi islands there are excellent opportunities for diving and snorkelling to enjoy the beautiful reefs. The best time to visit the island is from November to April.

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