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14 Days Vietnam School Tour ‘The Amazing Race’

Enjoy your 14 days discovering the highlights of Vietnam in a very highly active way, as well as take part in community project and interact with local people ! Commencing in Ho Chi Minh, your journey works from Southern to Northern Vietnam. This itinerary features amazing-race-style exploration around Ho Chi Minh City, eco-tours in Hoi An Ancient Town, homestay, community projects and more! Finish the trip by cruising the picturesque waters of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Halong Bay.

from $ AUD per person
Trip code:VNST02
Duration:14 days
Destination:Vietnam
Travel Dates:

Cost is subject to class availability and exchange rate, may change without prior notice.

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Explore stately Hanoi
  • Explore Ho Chi Minh City by participating in the exciting Saigon Amazing Race Game
  • Cruising in Halong Bay with its many breathtaking islands
  • Eco-tour in Hoi An
  • Enjoy a fun Vietnamese Cooking Class in Hoi An
  • Experience a homestay or the Mekong Eco-lodge in Mekong Delta
  • Participate in exciting community service projects in the Mekong Delta
  • Interacting with local people and culture, visiting local and minority communities
  • Stay in the picturesque cities of Hoi An and Hanoi
  • Discover Vietnam War, Military, Cultural and Religious history
  • Visit Ancient ruins, temples and pagodas
  • Discover the UNESCO World Heritage site of Halong Bay

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Day 1 - Adelaide to Ho Chi Minh City (D)

Your flight will depart Adelaide at 09.10am. Transit via Singapore and arrive in Ho Chi Minh City around 06.40pm.

On Arrival your group will be welcomed by our Vietnam School 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.

Day 2 - Saigon The Amazing Race (B, L, D)

Today we begin our sightseeing around Vietnam’s largest and busiest city - but we do it “Amazing Race” style. Teams will each be given a guide and a van and will need to join forces in a team work of map reading, negotiating and interacting with locals and displaying creative communication skills whilst appreciating Saigon’s attractive sights like the Presidential Palace, The Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Ben Thanh Markets. Today we will explore Saigon, its lifestyle and famous landmarks whilst engaging with one another and the locals at the same time. The final check in point will be at a local Vietnamese restaurant where we sit down to enjoy a well-deserved lunch.
Tonight we enjoy a Saigon River Dinner Cruise. We will spend 2 hours cruising and reflecting on-board the ‘’BONSAI”- the largest existing dragon boat in Vietnam. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 3 - Ho Chi Minh City to Mekong Delta (B, L, D)

At 07.30am our driver and Tour Director will pick your group up from your hotel lobby and head to Vietnam’s ‘rice basket’, the Mekong Delta. Upon arrival we will start off at the Vinhlong market where we will see everything from Vietnam’s beautiful tropical fruits to delicacies such as rice-field rats and even snakes!

Our boat ride today will include a trip to the brick kilns where we will witness potters at work sculpting their amazing clay pots. Following this we will visit a nursery garden and sample a vast array of the wonderful fruits which he cultivates on this land.

At the end of our boat ride our tour director and driver will take you back to your Mekong accommodation for a rest before dinner. Overnight in Mekong Delta.

*Note: Accommodation options in Mekong Delta include Mekong Homestay, Mekong Lodge or Hotel Accommodation.

Day 4 – Mekong - Community Service Project (B, L, D)

After breakfast, our Tour Director will take your group to visit the less fortunate children of the Mekong Delta. The local council will be notified of your group’s visit and after meeting 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.

After lunch, our tour director will take you to participate in projects such as building schoolrooms for the children of the community.

Enjoy afternoon activities and games with the local children of the village, before transferring back to your Mekong accommodation. Overnight in Mekong Delta.

Day 5 – Cai Be Floating Markets - Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, D)

We will have a very early start at 07.00am this morning as we prepare to visit the famous Cai Be Floating Market. We are certainly in for an amazing experience as we watch the local farmers selling their produce from their boats at this amazingly colourful market right on the waters of the Mekong.

Following this we will stop at various local workshops where we will have a chance to see rice-paper and coconut candy being made.

Our Driver and Tour Director will transfer your group back to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh around 4.30pm. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 6 - Ho Chi Minh City to Hoi An (B, L, D)

Our Driver and Tour Director will pick your group up from your hotel lobby and transfer to the airport for your short flight to the enchanting port town of Hoi An which was declared a World Heritage Site in 1998 (Hoi An is a great case study for any student who is interested in sustainable tourism). On the way we stop at the famed China Beach.
This evening our driver and tour director will take you into Hoi An to explore the town famous for its tailors and great food. After dinner your group will be transferred back to your hotel. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 7 – Hoi An Eco-Tour (B, L, D)

Our Tour Director and driver will pick your group up from your hotel lobby at 07.45am. We then head out cycling to Tre Que Village, taking the opportunity to take some photos of the picturesque landscape on the way. Visit the village’s gardens, meeting local farmers, learn about Tra Que “Organic farm” and join in with various farming activities.

Next we continue cycling through the rice paddy fields before arriving at Mr. Nhi’s house, the local farmer at Cam Thanh Ecological village. Here we will hear stories of his life, join in on farming activities and ride a water buffalo, before enjoying lunch with Mr. Nhi’s family.

After lunch we will enjoy a rest and food massage at Mr. Nhi’s house before transferring down to the local fishing village where we will join in fishing and experience the local cast net “CHAI”. From here we will enjoy a basket boat cruise through the water coconut palm forest and have fun catching little crabs.

In the afternoon we will walk around the Eco –village and meet a local former guerrilla who will talk about his/her memories and the history of the U.S – Vietnam War. We then return to our boat and enjoy traditional Vietnamese food before being transferred back to our hotel in Hoi An around 6pm. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 8: Hoi An Cooking Class & Cycle Tour (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 cycle around Hoi An town and visit the beach. Return to your hotel around 5pm. Overnight in Hoi An.

Day 9 - Hoi An to Hanoi (B, L, D)

Our driver and Tour Director will pick your group up from your hotel lobby at 10.30am and transfer you to the airport for a short domestic flight to Hanoi.

On arrival in Hanoi, our local tour guide and driver will pick you up and transfer your group to the hotel where our tour director will assist you to check-in.

After check-in, your group will have time for a short rest before our Tour guide and Tour Director takes you out for lunch.

After lunch we will visit the Ho Chi Minh complex where we will spend time at Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, his former stilt-house, the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh Museum and One Pillar Pagoda. Following this we visit the infamous Hanoi ‘Hilton’ Prison, where former US presidential candidate John McCain was incarcerated for 5 years. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 10 – Hanoi to Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Our Cruise bus will pick your group up from your Hanoi Hotel at 8am and we will take a scenic, 3.5 hour drive to Halong Bay. Enjoy the landscape of the Red River Delta country side and have a short break on the way.

Embark on V’Spirit Classic Cruise around Midday followed by a short cruise briefing. Cruise among the limestone islands while enjoying a delectable lunch.

After lunch, enjoy kayaking among the hidden areas of the bay, around the Luon Cave area. In the afternoon we will head back to the V’Spirit Classic Cruise and then visit Soi Sim island. Go swimming and relaxing at the beach of Soi Sim or climb up to the top of the island for a panorama view of Halong Bay.

In the afternoon we return to the main boat to freshen up, relax or take some photos as the sun sets. After dinner on board we have time to socialize with other guests, fish for squid, or simply relax. Overnight on V’Spirit Cruise.

Day 11 – Halong Bay - Hanoi (B, L, D)

Start your morning with a Tai Chi exercise or a photo hunt. After breakfast we will visit the amazing Sung Sot Cave. After that we will return to the boat to freshen up and check out of your cabin. Later Next we continue cruising to exploring the Bay, visiting Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet and many more attractions.

We then head back to the harbor and watch the cooking demonstration before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch.

After lunch we disembark V’Spirit Classic Cruise and your group will be transferred back to your hotel in Hanoi around 5pm. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 12 – Hanoi - Free Day (B, L, D)

Day at Leisure.
Our driver and tour director will take you out for a farewell dinner. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 13 – Hanoi Departure (B)

After Breakfast our driver and Tour Director will pick your group up from your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your departure flight home around 10.45am. Vietnam School Tour Ends.

Day 14 – Adelaide Arrival

Your flight will arrive back in Adelaide around 7.30am.
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Inclusions:

  • All international airfares with Singapore Airlines
  • Vietnam Visas
  • All Transfers in private air-conditioned vehicle
  • All accommodation in 3-star PLUS hotels
  • Option of accommodation at Mekong Eco-Lodge or Mekong Homestay
  • Services of a  dedicated Tour Director
  • Professional Driver and English speaking Tour Guide
  • Domestic Flights between Ho Chi Minh and Da Nang, Danang and Hanoi in Economy cabin.
  • 1 Night on Halong Bay Private Cruise
  • Hoi An  Cooking Class
  • Pre-paid tips
  • Entrance Fees at monuments
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Water during the tour
  • 12 Breakfasts (B), 11 Lunches (L), 12 Dinners (D)

Contact Tweet World Travel for more information. 

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.

Credit Card Payment

Additional 2% fee applies to credit card payment

Cancellation Fees

Cancellation of reservation(s) must be provided to us in writing and is subject to the following cancellation fees:

Land only

  • 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%

Airlines

  • 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.

 Amendment Fees

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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