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Vietnam Adventure

From £1349 for 14 days
Trip Overview
This trip encapsulates the magic of Vietnam: the conservative north, the rich heritage of the imperial cities, coastal scenery and the vibrant life of Saigon and the Mekong Delta. We come face to face with an outgoing culture, where so much goes on in the streets: eating, washing, socialising, buying and selling or impromptu games. This intoxicating parade of Vietnamese daily life may leave us with our strongest memories, as much as the superb landscapes and amazing cuisine.
Essential Info
Starts: Start Hanoi
Ends: End Saigon
Ages: Min 16
Theme: Discovery
Trip Code: EAOV
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: Vietnam
What's Included

Meals

12 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners are included

Transport

10 nights comfortable hotels 1 night boat with twin share cabins

Accommodation

Trip Highlights

•    Boat trip around stunning Halong Bay

•    Hanoi city tour including the Old Quarter

•    In Hue visit the Imperial Citadel, the Thien Mu Pagoda and the Tu Duc Mausoleum

•    The historic trading town of Hoi An

•    Crawling through the Cu Chi war tunnels

•    Exploring the Mekong Delta by boat

•    Experiencing mouth-watering cuisine

Dates & Availability
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Departing: 7th Feb 2021
Returning: 20th Feb 2021
£1,349pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 17th Feb 2021
Returning: 2nd Mar 2021
£1,249pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 28th Feb 2021
Returning: 13th Mar 2021
£1,349pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 7th Mar 2021
Returning: 20th Mar 2021
£1,349pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 24th Mar 2021
Returning: 6th Apr 2021
£1,249pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 28th Mar 2021
Returning: 10th Apr 2021
£1,349pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 11th Apr 2021
Returning: 24th Apr 2021
£1,349pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 9th May 2021
Returning: 22nd May 2021
£1,249pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 25th Jul 2021
Returning: 7th Aug 2021
£1,349pp
Availability: Good
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Itinerary & Notes
The day is free to recover from the flight or stroll amongst broad tree-lined avenues dating from the French period. There is a faded colonial charm where baguettes and good coffee are sold from doorways of grand buildings of a past era.  This evening there will be a welcome briefing followed by an optional group dinner at a local restaurant. *May de Ville City Centre Hotel or similar*
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Reviews
       
This was a great trip, taking in a multitude of sights across the length of Vietnam, right from Hanoi in the north down to the Mekong Delta in the south. The guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and friendly, helpful and funny. The food was amazing, the hotels all comfortable. The sleeper train is quite an experience. Don't expect luxury - just a hard mattress and a bumpy ride. My group were well looked after the entire time.
       
This trip lived up to what it promised from the start to the end. It was excellent value for money and provided a real insight into this wonderful country and it's people. Our group consisted of 16 people, some couples, some travelling independently with a range of ages from the UK, USA and Spain. By the end of the two weeks we were all good friends. The weather started pleasantly warm, although very cloudy, in the north and steadily became hotter and sunnier the further south we travelled. Our group leader Anh Tran, who we knew as Viet, also helped to make this trip special as he worked hard throughout to provide us with information and guidance about the places we visited.
       
Vietnam is everything you think it may be and everything you can never imagine! So opposite to your life in the western world, the country is a beautiful, absolutely chaotic, in your face and also serene at times. This is an extremely well organised trip and you will definitely get a flavour of Asia. Food is beyond amazing and our tour guide was unbelievable and a wonderful human!
       
I had high expectations for this trip and I was not disappointed. The trip was perfectly described in the brochure and offers an unforgettable experience of this fascinating country.
       
it was a fantastic holidays exceeding all our expectations.
       
Well organised and very good well informed guides. Very comprehensive trip. Grateful for arriving a day early and leaving a day later arrangements - accommodation & airport transfers. Excellent accommodation. Very variable activities - some included (cycling) and some optional (kayaking, cooking) Hoi An - too touristy. Saigon - uninteresting. Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, My Son, Tunnels, Mekong delta, Angkor temples, Floating villages - all excellent. Phnom Penn s21 prison and nearby "killing fields" - very harrowing. Meals - some were relatively expensive and I found with a good breakfast that I only needed a snack at lunchtime if eating a full meal in the evening.
       
Our Vietnam Adventure was indeed an adventure - having such a varied itinerary - but not over-organised - with interesting places visited - travel by boats and train- and activities such as bicycling and kayaking-and crawling through tunnels. Staying in excellent hotels - and overall led by a very competent, entertaining and knowledgeable guide - who looked after us, without being imperious
       
This was an excellent tour. We packed a lot in but the pace never felt too much. It was a really good mix of culture, history and activity.
       
What an amazing adventure that we have had with exodus, never been to Vietnam before this was a great way to see the country.
       
This was an outstanding and memorable trip which taught us so much about the history, culture and geography of Vietnam. Travelling from north to south, the itinerary was exceedingly well planned and varied - from the variety of accommodation and modes of transport to the experience of both city and rural life. As members of the generation which remembers the Vietnam War on the TV screeens for a decade, it was a profound experience to visit those places where momentous events took place, heightening our awareness of both the suffering, resilience and achievements of the Vietnamese people.
       
This was our first ever group tour holiday so we didn't quite know what to expect, however we loved every part of it. The itinerary is full to enable you to see what's on offer in the region but it allows some down time. We wouldn't have seen all that we did if we did it under our own steam. Having read previous reviews we took advice and went for all the optional extras that were offered, and thoroughly enjoyed them all, including kayaking in Halong Bay, the cyclotaxi ride, cycling and round boats, Vietnamese cookery course and the floating village near Siem Reap. The boat accommodation and food in Halong Bay was first class. The overnight train was an experience but was better than we thought it might have been, and we did actually manage some sleep. We also enjoyed the night in the homestay. We would totally recommend this trip and if you're lucky enough to have Phuong Le as your leader in Vietnam you will be well looked after. We were also well looked after by our guides in Cambodia, albeit for shorter times and thanks to Johnny Temple we have some very creative photographs to remember our trip to the Angkor Thom complex.
       
A fantastic experience. Vietnam is a fascinating country and with this trip you travel from North to South and experience the wealth of the country's geography, history, culture and food. Our trip was enhanced by a really great tour leader (Phuong Le) who was attentive from the start to each and every one of us and made sure that everything ran seamlessly. She had a lovely sense of humour, spoke English proficiently and went out of her way to tell us about all aspects of Vietnam so that we had a great understanding of the history and culture. We had a great group and right from the start we felt at ease with everybody. Lots of laughs and jokes were shared and we are still in touch using a WhatsApp group! The trip is very full on. You move from Hanoi in the north to the wonderful Halong Bay, then you're on an overnight train down to Hue in central Vietnam exploring the Forbidden Purple City and the next day cycling amongst the paddy fields. Then you're in Hoi An with its waterfront beautifully lit with hundreds of lanterns. Here we had time to relax, get the washing done, have a massage, do a cooking course, get some clothes made. The last part of the trip is based in Ho Chi Minh city and it is here were I became much more aware of the violent history of Vietnam, visiting the War Remnant museum (shocking) and then the Cu Chi tunnels. The next day we were on a boat weaving amongst the maze of waterways in the Mekong delta where we stayed overnight in a homestay. The food in Vietnam is fabulous. As I don't eat meat, Phuong went out of her way to ensure that I always had a veggie or fish alternative when we visited restaurants as a group. I have done quite a few Exodus trips but this is one of the best and is very high up in the ranking!
       
A good start with the best coffee i've ever had by the lake nr Hanoi Hotel The holiday was extremely varied, showing so many aspects of Vietnam - chaotic cities with 'formation dancing' motorbikes ignoring most traffic lights but managing never to collide - the peace and quiet of Halong Bay and the Mekong Delta. The hotels and their buffet breakfasts were all top class, the 'homestay' was more like a basic 'eco hotel' , was in a peaceful spot and had bikes you could borrow. The original itinerary bike trip in Hue was discontinued, but made up for in Hoi An, with a ride plus a coracle and boat trip and the bonus that bikes could be kept for the rest of the day. I took advantage of this whilst Margaret went for the best massage she has ever had! The Reunification Express was very comfortable and could only be improved on if you were allowed to hang out of the doors or ride on the roof.! I could have done without the CuChi tunnels and would have preferred a 2/3 hr walk in quiet, scenic countryside as an option. All in all - A great holiday with a great group.
       
This was my first trip out of Europe and really glad I picked Exodus to do it with. The trip was well organised, plenty of places to visit and things to do, a great range of included and optional activities (which are all well worth doing!). Our group leader was Phuong Le - she was amazing, gave us a lot of information about each place we visited, plus teaching us about the history and some of the language. 100% recommend this trip if you want to visit Vietnam!
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