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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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)
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
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