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  • Personalised journeys from start to finish

  • Every trip helps support Conservation

  • Every detail taken care of

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What's included

  • Privately guided cultural and historical tours
  • Day trips to Hue and My Son
  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
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Engage with and become immersed in Vietnam on this specially created educational tour, perfect for families who want something extra out of their holidays, on a number of expertly guided and exclusive private tours.

Start in the southern city of Ho Chi Minh, otherwise known as Saigon, retracing the bustling urban centre’s history. Aboard a classic motorcycle and sidecar, your guides will introduce you to the city, with stops at notable French colonial buildings such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, and discuss Saigon’s expansion in the 21st century.

Learn about Vietnam’s war with America with visits to the Remnants Museum, important landmarks in the city and take a tour led by a veteran to the Cu Chi Tunnel system. You’ll also spend a day discovering the artistic heritage of Vietnam, visiting the Fine Arts Museum, gaining exclusive access to a private collection and meeting contemporary artists at their studios.

Next head north to the pretty historic port of Hoi An. Though quietly unassuming, its architecture belies a fascinating mixture of influences over the ages – Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese and French. Not far away is the imperial citadel of Hue, the seat of Nguyen Dynasty emperors and former capital, and My Son, a cluster of partially ruined Hindu temples constructed between the 4th and the 14th century.

Whilst here, there will be the chance to learn how to make traditional Vietnamese lanterns, synonymous with Hoi An, take a class in calligraphy and spend time exploring at your leisure.

Example trip itinerary

Days 1-5

Ho Chi Minh

Flights & transfers


Meet and greet at Ho Chi Minh Airport


Private transfer to your hotel in the city

Accommodation in Ho Chi Minh

Four nights in Ho Chi Minh Four nights in Ho Chi Minh

Enjoy Ho Chi Minh, with its pretty streets, buzzy atmosphere and rich history. We can arrange private guides and specialist excursions, restaurant recommendations and suggest the best places to go to simply watch the world go by.

Ho Chi Minh Sidecar Tour Ho Chi Minh Sidecar Tour

The day begins cruising along the tree lined boulevards of Central Ho Chi Minh City on a classic motorcycle and sidecar; gazing at French inspired colonial architecture and traditional shop houses sitting side by side among 21st Century hi-rises, hotels, modern shops, restaurants and bars. Stop by the French built Notre Dame Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh City Central Post Office, the War Remnants Museum and Ben Thanh Market.

Vietnam War City Tour Vietnam War City Tour

Take a step back in time with this private Vietnam War History tour in Saigon. Join an English-speaking guide as he takes you across the city to some of the key locations of the conflict such as the US Consulate, former CIA headquarters and Reunification Palace, learning about the key figures, locations and decisions that impacted the course of this dark historical chapter. Finally, enjoy a lunch of pho soup at the Pho Binh restaurant which used to be the headquarters of Viet Cong commanders where they gathered to plan for the 1968 Tet Offensive.

Saigon Art Tour Saigon Art Tour

In the morning, visit the ochre-coloured Fine Arts Museum to learn more about the past, present and future of the arts movement in Vietnam, then to to Ben Thanh Art & Frame Gallery to admire contemporary artworks. Next, drive the private museum of the art collector, Duc Minh, which displays striking works of young artists and provides an overview of the flourishing Vietnamese arts scene.

The tour also stops by Gallerie Quynh, founded in 2000 by a Vietnamese American, Quynh Pham, to promote a selected group of young artists. It also exhibits international painters’ artworks, allowing local community access to a diverse range of contemporary art practice. Finally, drive to the impressive studio of a celebrated artist in Saigon’s suburban District 2. Being inspired by the lights, shadows and colours of Vietnam, artist Helene Kling has lived in Vietnam since 1996.

Private Cu Chi Tunnels Tour Private Cu Chi Tunnels Tour

Visit the underground Cu Chi tunnel system, an immense network dug by the Viet Cong during their wars against the French and Americans to avoid air raids and ground sweep, as well as to launch attacks from. Now a preserved war memorial, learn about their ingenious design that included communication routes, food and weapon caches, hospitals, living quarters, traps and bunkers.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer from your hotel to Ho Chi Minh airport


Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Danang

Days 5-10

Hoi An

Flights & transfers


Private transfer from Danang airport to your hotel in Hoi An

Accommodation in Hoi An

Five nights in Hoi An Five nights in Hoi An

Relax on a beautiful beach and soak up the atmosphere in the pretty town of Hoi An. We can arrange private guides for specialist excursions and ensure reservations at our favourite restaurants.

Hoi An street food walking tour Hoi An street food walking tour

Visit the local market of Hoi An to enjoy the tantalising sights, smells and flavours of local produce and xplore zigzagging alleys to savour real street food as the local people do on this delicious walking tour.

Hoi An Walking Tour Hoi An Walking Tour

Stroll through the narrow lanes of Hoi An and soak up the heritage of this old-world town. Highly prosperous between the 17th and 19th centuries, this World-heritage listed area now boasts well-preserved towns, pedestrianized streets and unique cuisine, allowing visitors a glimpse of its illustrious past. On this walking tour there is plenty to visit, including the old merchant’s houses with influences from Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture; the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge; the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation with outstanding wood carvings; and the colourful market with stalls brimming with local specialties including silk, which can be turned into fashionable garments within a day or two.

Private tour of My Lai Private tour of My Lai

Of all the events during the American War in Vietnam, the My Lai massacre is one of the most infamous. The 2-3 hour drive from Hoi An will bring you to the site to visit the museum and wander around the village, getting an insight into the atrocities that took place in 1968 and to to see how My Lai has changed since then.

My Son Temple Cycling Tour My Son Temple Cycling Tour

Depart Hoi An town to the countryside then start cycling through the quiet back roads to My Son. It is one of the foremost Hindu temple sites in South East Asia and a UNESCO listed site. For the Cham civilization that ruled Central Vietnam from the 2nd to the 13th century, My Son was an important place of worship given its location in the center of a ring of mountains. Stroll around the temple complex to learn about the Cham culture, architecture and civilization before returning to Hoi An.

Hoi An to Hue - Imperial City Tour Hoi An to Hue - Imperial City Tour

Depart Hoi An and drive three hours over the Hai Van Pass to Hue, which once served as an imperial capital to the Nguyen Lords from the 17th to the 19th centuries. With splendid emperors’ tombs, ancient pagodas and the remains of the Citadel, the city retains its royal charm. First, you'll visit the Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO listed site. Enter through the towering main gate and admire the magnificent architecture and gardens while your guide explains the events and the intrigue of the former royal court. Despite being bombed heavily, there are some incredibly well-preserved sections still intact and others which are in the process of being restored. In the afternoon, drive to visit Thien Mu pagoda, Hue’s best-preserved religious monument. Standing on the riverbank with its seven-storey tower, the pagoda is a wonderful sight. End the trip at the elaborate Khai Dinh Royal Tomb; its architecture showcases elements of eastern art and western design. Drive back to Hoi An town through Hai Van tunnels in the late afternoon.

Hoi An Lantern Making Class Hoi An Lantern Making Class

Learn about the history and traditions of Hoi An's iconic lanterns before learning how to make them with local artisan, Mr Huynh Van Trung.

Vietnamese Calligraphy Class Vietnamese Calligraphy Class

Enjoy a class with calligrapher Do Minh Nhan who has been preserving Viet Nam's ancestral penmanship in the historic port town of Hoi An for over four decades.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to Danang Airport

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