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11-Day Vietnam Historical School Tour - Southern to Central

HO CHI MINH - CU CHI TUNNEL - MEKONG DELTA - HUE - HOI AN - MY SON

This student tour in Vietnam focuses on history, and spends 11 days of in-depth exploration of the Vietnamese story from ancient times until today. Commencing in Ho Chi Minh City, students will journey from Southern to Northern Vietnam, crossing the country to visit significant temples, tombs, ancient ruins, and War heritage sites like the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, ancient battlefields of Khe Sanh, and the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Our educational tours also include exciting community projects; this school trip will contribute to building classrooms for less fortunate children of the Mekong Delta. Your group will finish the trip by visiting the ancient town of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Trip code : VNST03

Duration : 12 days

Destination : Vietnam

Travel Dates : As required

  • Tour Ho Chi Minh City and the famous Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Tour the Mekong Delta by boat to see local villages, floating markets and farmers at work
  • Participate in a worthwhile community service project for less fortunate children
  • Explore Hue, which was the capital of Vietnam during the Nguyen dynasty in the 19th and early 20th centuries
  • Tour the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) and visit the ancient battlefields of Khe Sanh. Other notable historic sites include the Rockpile, the Ho Chi Minh Trail, Ta Con Airfield
  • Explore the enchanting port town of Hoi An, declared a World Heritage Site
  • Visit historic My Son, with its ancient towers and religious sanctuaries
  • Finish in Hoi An, while taking in ancient Chinese temples and merchants homes
 
On arrival to Ho Chi Minh City your group will be welcomed by our 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. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Our driver and tour guide will pick your group up from your hotel at 8am and travel to Cu Chi Tunnel. The Cu Chi tunnels are known as the “Iron Triangle” or “Iron Land”. Before entering the tunnels, we will see a short introductory video showing how they were constructed. Next our tour guide will take you to explore the maze of tunnels.

After that we will stop for lunch on the way back to Ho Chi Minh city for the city tour.

Ho Chi Minh city, formerly named Saigon is a largest city of Vietnam. In this tour you will learn about Vietnamese history in the War Remnants Museum and the Reunification Palace, admire French-colonial architecture at the General Post Office, Opera House and Notre Dame Cathedral.

Our driver will transfer your group back to your hotel around 5.30pm. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Our driver and tour director will pick your group up from hotel lobby at 7.30am. We will then travel to Cai Be which is a colourful floating market.

Cai Be is known as a wholesale floating market where wholesalers on big boats come to moor.
Retail buyers often take smaller boats so they can easily manoeuvre around the markets. Above the wholesaler’s boats are tall wooden poles which display samples of what they are selling.

Our next stop is at local workshops to see how rice paste, coconut candy and pop-rice, pop-corn made.

After that we will board the rowing boat that will take us deeper in to the countryside along the smaller canals you will see the traditional houses made of wood & palm tree leaves as well as watch the local farmers fishing.

After lunch, we will visit the fruit garden and listen to the traditional music. Next we will travel by bike along the village paths to see the local farms, houses. Around 3.30 pm we will cruise back to Vinh Long city where we take our driver will Transfer your group to your accommodation. Overnight in Mekong Delta.

*Note: Accommodation options in Mekong Delta include Mekong Homestay, Mekong Lodge or Hotel Accommodation.
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. Later that afternoon our driver and tour director will transfer your group back to your accommodation in Ho Chi Minh. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
After breakfast our Driver and Tour Director will pick your group up and transfer you to the airport for your short domestic flight to Hue, which was the capital of Vietnam during the Nguyen dynasty in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

On arrival in Hue our local tour guide and driver will meet you at the airport and transfer your group to your Hue hotel where our tour director will assist you with checking in.

Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Hue.
After breakfast our tour director and driver will pick your group up from your hotel lobby around 8am before boarding the Dragon boat to cruise the Perfume River. Our first stop is the charming Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda), before continuing on to visit King Khai Dinh’s Tomb and King Tu Duc’s Tomb. After lunch at a local restaurant, we will visit Hue Imperial City, the home of Vietnam’s last royal Dynasty, then travel on to Dong Ba Market to see the daily life of local people.

Hue, Vietnam’s former Royal Capital, is a city that represents the outstanding demonstration of the power of the vanished Vietnamese feudal empire, including a complex of monuments, tombs and pagodas that attract tourists coming from all over the world.

Our driver will drop your group back at your hotel around 5 pm. Overnight in Hue.
After breakfast our tour director and driver will pick your group up from your Hue hotel around 8am and drive north to the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone). From Dong Ha town we will visit the ancient battle fields Khe Sanh and historic sites including the Rockpile, the Ho Chi Minh Trail, Ta Con Airfield.

After lunch we will visit Van Kieu ethnic minorities in the Central of Vietnam and pass the Ben Hai river before proceeding to the amazing tunnels of Vinh Moc.

During Vietnam-American War, the Ben Hai River was demarcation line between North and South Vietnam. The Demilitarized Zone was five km each site from the river banks. However, during the war, the Southern area of DMZ was one of the bloodiest battlefields.

Our tour guide will drop your group off at your hotel around 5pm. Overnight in Hue.
After breakfast our tour director and driver will pick your group up from your hotel around 7.30am and transfer you 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.
Our tour director and driver will pick your group up from your hotel at 7.30am and transfer you to My Son Holy Land. Located in a lush valley, My Son was a capital and religious centre of Cham people, now remaining with red brick towers and sanctuaries which were built from the 7th to 13rd centuries.

Next we will transfer to Hoi An for lunch and a short break we will explore the town of Hoi An, visiting the 400 year old Japanese Bridge, 300 years old Chinese temples and 200 year old Vietnamese former merchants’ houses. Our driver will drop your group off at your hotel around 4 pm to freshen up before our tour director takes you out for a farewell dinner. Overnight in Hoi An.
Morning at leisure. Our tour director will assist your group with checking out of your accommodation.

After lunch our driver and tour director will pick your group up from your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your 5pm departure home.
11-Day Vietnam Historical School Tour - Southern to Central

  • All International Airfares 
  • Vietnam Visas
  • All transfers in private air-conditioned vehicle
  • All accommodation in 3-Star PLUS Hotels
  • Option of Mekong homestay or Mekong Lodge Accommodation
  • Services of a dedicated Tour Director
  • Professional Driver and English speaking Tour Guide
  • Domestic Flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Hue in Economy cabin
  • Pre-paid tips
  • Entrance fees at monuments
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Water during the tour
  • 9 Breakfasts (B), 8 Lunches (L), 9 Dinners (D)

ITINERARY OPTIONS:

Ideal for ages 13-21

PARTICIPANTS WILL NEED:

  • Good level of fitness
  • Strong interest in chosen subject
  • Engaging outdoor activities/learning
  • Keen to try local cuisine
  • Sense of adventure
  • Competent swimming ability

COMMUNITY SCHOOL PROGRAMS

These programs include: building houses, school rooms and kindergartens for communities. Other activities include visiting orphanages, children's hospitals and disability/rehabilitation centres.

DURING THE TOUR:

Our local English speaking tour guide and drivers are highly trained and experienced, with safety being their number one priority. Our staff are available 24/7 to provide any necessary support for your group. We guarantee students to always be located within the same area in hotels.

Please contact us on +61 8 7226-1898 or 1300 739 652 for the price.

Price depends on the below:

- Projects your group would like to participate
- Desired outcome/Learning objectives for students
- Accommodation level
- Travel date
- Group Size
- Duration of the tour
- Sightseeing

You must have a valid passport and a visa (or pre-approval for a visa on arrival or a visa exemption certificate) to enter Vietnam. Your passport must be valid for six months beyond your planned stay, and you must have at least one blank visa page.

Some travellers with e-visas have reported having to pay a second visa fee on arrival because of differences between their passport and e-visa application. Make sure you correctly enter your details when applying. Print a copy of your application and carry it with you.

If you're planning to stay longer than 30 days or require multiple entries, you'll need to apply for a visa directly from the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Vietnam. Complete the visa application form online, then print it and take it to the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Vietnam. If you arrive in Vietnam with a written approval letter for a visa to be issued on arrival, you'll need to pay the fee in cash, either in US dollar or Vietnamese dong. Check whether you will require a single entry or multiple entry visa.

If your spouse or parent is a national of Vietnam, you can apply for a visa exemption certificate. The certificate is valid for five years and allows multiple entries into Vietnam for up to six months.

If your visa expires or is otherwise no longer valid, you will face delays and fines when leaving.

You cannot change the status of your entry visa (such as tourist visa or spouse visa) to any other visa type (such as a working visa) in-country.

To obtain a visa extension from the Vietnamese immigration authorities (including for overstaying your visa), your passport must have at least six months validity remaining at the time of application.

There are value and quantity restrictions on the import and export of prescription medicines.

And 'addictive medicine' (used for the treatment of addiction). Prescriptions and medicines must be shown to customs.

Vietnam has health screening for all inbound travellers. All foreigners must register their place of residence with the local police within 24 hours of arrival. The Australian Embassy and Consulate-General can't provide translation services to assist with registration.

If you stay at a hotel, confirm you'll be registered as part of the normal check-in process. They'll need your passport details.

Many hotels ask foreigners to leave their passport with hotel staff for registration purposes. It isn't a legal requirement for hotels to retain your passport for the duration of your stay.

If you stay with family, friends or in another private residence, you'll need to register at the local police station, with a translator if needed.

Local hosts need to pre-register foreign guests – if you stay in a private residence, make sure your host has satisfied this legal requirement.

By law, you must use only one passport for your entry, exit, transit and residence in Vietnam.

Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after the date you intend to return to Australia. If your passport has less than six months, validity, you could be refused, or may not be permitted to board your flight.

Your passport is a valuable document and attractive to criminals who may try to use your identity to commit crimes. Always keep it in a safe place.

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