Two Weeks Wandering Through Vietnam

JANUARY 20–february 02 | 2019


“Our trip exceeded our expectations...we were instantly comfortable with our guide who put us under his fun and knowledgable wings and the adventure began... One of the most amazing parts of the trip was each destination had such different nuances and joys to be witnessed. The trip was planned perfectly as each new place seemed to be more familiar and more fascinating. A South/North trip was definitely the way to see Vietnam. We have been forever changed by this trip and sincerely thank you for making it easy and a reality for us!”

- Katie L.



JANUARY 20–february 02 | 2019

This Vietnam trip will take you from south to north, visiting both inland and coastal areas, covering major, bustling cities as well as intriguing towns and quiet villages along the way. With so much diversity and so many highlights, both well-visited and off-the-beaten-path, Vietnam offers a combination of history, culture, oh-so-yummy food, stunning nature (from mountains to the sea), unique activities and so much more... the kind of combination that few countries can offer.

Trip Highlights

  • Ho Chi Minh City

  • Mountain town of Dalat

  • Mud baths and hot springs

  • Tour of the Imperial City

  • Phong Nha Caves

  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

  • Extension to Halong Bay


Keep in mind that the below itinerary and activities are subject to change. Travel almost always involves unexpected situations so things might need to be re-arranged at times. However, it is important to remember that travel is all about the journey, and so even the unexpected situations we may face should be treated as part of the overall experience.


Prices are based on the sharing of rooms and single members of the group will be put together in a twin room with 2 separate beds. (If you wish to have a private room to yourself, there is a single supplement available.)


While the tour itself is not very strenuous, please note that it can involve the following: somewhat long days, a good amount of walking, being in the sun in potentially hot temperatures, long journeys by bus or train (including overnight trips), early morning wake-ups and other similarly challenging scenarios.


  • Accommodation in comfortable 3* guesthouses/hotels (+1 overnight sleeper train)
  • Meals – Breakfast every day, 8 lunches/dinners
  • Transportation – all transportation within Vietnam during the tour (trains, buses, vans, etc.)
  • All included activities and associated entrance & guide fees
  • Plenty of surprises along the way!


  • Flights or other transportation to/from Vietnam
  • Meals/drinks/activities not mentioned
  • International travel/health insurance
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Tips and gratuities


  • Non-refundable deposit
  • Balance due 90 days in advance
  • Balance is 50% refundable up to 30 days before the tour
  • Balance is non-refundable within 30 days

full trip price - $2750 ($450 Single supplement)

halong bay extension - $275

trip size: maximum of 13

This purchase and the associated trip is made available via a close partnership with Wandering Earl Tours–an RPCV recommended operator. The "purchase reservation" button will re-direct you to this tour operator's check-out page.

Trip Balance due 90 days before departure. Reservation fee will be credited towards full ticket price.




Ho Chi Minh City – trip orientation in the morning followed by a traditional lunch and a journey out to the Cu Chi Tunnels in the afternoon; night out in the city visiting some of the bustling night markets

DAY 2, 3 | DALAT

Dalat - morning tour of central Ho Chi Minh City followed by an afternoon drive to the mountain town of Dalat, known as the artistic hub of the country; full day tour of this lively city and its surroundings


Nha Trang – a morning drive to Nha Trang where you'll spend the afternoon at the well-known mud baths and hot springs, with an opportunity for a therapeutic massage; on Day 5, you'll take a trip to a remote stretch of beach for a unique gathering on the sand, hosted by local friends, and complete with a traditional BBQ


Quy Nhon - we'll reach the beachside haven of Quy Nhon in order to soak up the rural side of Vietnam with a relaxing afternoon and evening and perhaps a stroll along the beautiful coast

DAY 7-9 | HOI AN

Hoi An – reaching Hoi An in the afternoon, you'll embark on a walking/orientation tour of this quaint, laid-back town; over the following two days there will be time for boat trips, cycling through the beautiful lanes, dining on some of the best food in the country and watching life go by along the riverside; the town is also known for tailor-made clothes, with cheaply priced tailored suits, summer dresses and jackets made to order in 24 hours

DAY 10 | Hue

Hue – we'll drive to Hue for a tour of this Imperial City, including stops at the Forbidden Purple City and the Tu Duc Tombs; the next day we'll take off on the back of motorbike taxis for a group excursion through the Hue countryside, across rice fields, over covered bridges and past multi-level pagodas; we'll have a unique lunch inside a local nunnery before heading to our next destination

DAY 11, 12 | DONG HOI

Dong Hoi (Phong Nha Caves) – a much lesser visited, but incredible site, you're going to explore the Phong Nha Cave network on Day 12, which is the longest river cave in the world; describes it by saying, ”There are caves, there are big caves and there are gigantic, world record-breaking caves. You'll find some of Planet Earth's best of the latter category around Phong Nha.”; in the evening the group will transfer back to the coast for an overnight train to Hanoi

DAY 13, 14 | HANOI

Hanoi - on Day 13, we'll go for a walk through central Hanoi, visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum; we'll also attend a Water Puppet Theatre (a popular Vietnamese Art form), visit the Presidential Palace and have a complete city tour that covers the major highlights as well as several off-the-beaten-path locations; we'll then have a farewell group dinner on our final evening


There will be an optional two-day trip to Halong Bay after the tour ends. You will be picked up on the morning of Day 14 and driven to this serene and tranquil bay, where you'll board a luxury junk boat. You'll spend the rest of the day and next morning sailing through limestone karst, exploring caves, kayaking and swimming along the way. You'll dine on fresh seafood and learn all about the region, which was recently voted as one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. Trip Includes: transport, meals, twin share accommodation, entrance fees, kayaking, welcome drink, english speaking guide