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Vietnam Mountains & Bay Multi-Adventure Tour

The Best of Vietnam from Hoi An to Hanoi & Bay Cruise


Experience the wonders of Vietnam on this action-packed adventure! Savor delicious street food in historic Hoi An before exploring rice fields and tranquil villages by bike. Then gear up for an epic hike in Bach Ma National Park, where scenic trails ascend through majestic mountains. In Hanoi, see the impressive Ho Chi Minh complex and take a rickshaw ride through the bustling Old Quarter, before trying your hand at traditional Vietnamese cooking. Delight in the lush green landscapes of Ninh Binh and visit the ancient temples at UNESCO-listed Hoa Lu. End your adventure with a magical overnight junk cruise on Lan Ha Bay.

9 Days

From: $3,195

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Highlights


  • Hike, bike, explore, and more on this true multi-adventure -- includes overnight junk cruise!
  • Immerse yourself in the cultural and historic wonders of Hoi An, Hanoi, and Hoa Lu
  • Feast on delicious Vietnamese food, and enjoy warm hospitality at comfortable and authentic hotels

Vietnam Mountains & Bay Multi-Adventure

Start: Danang, Vietnam   End: Hanoi, Vietnam

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Arrive in Danang & Hoi An Street Food Tour

    Day 1

    Meet your guides in Danang and transfer to your hotel in historic Hoi An. Explore the atmospheric narrow streets of the city's UNESCO-listed old town and marvel at the mix of Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, and French architecture. Enjoy views from the famous Japanese Bridge, the Chinese Temple and Tan Ky trading house, and savor gastronomical delights on an evening street food tour. Try delicious Hoi An specialties, from white rose dumplings to green bean cakes, and wash it down with a traditional Vietnamese coffee. Expect warm welcomes on this immersive insider experience. Relax at your hotel tonight.

    Accommodation: Almanity Hoi An Wellness Resort

    Activity: 3-hour street food tour

    Transportation: 45-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Dinner

  • Explore Hoi An by Bike

    Day 2

    Start your morning with a bicycle ride across Cam Kim Bridge to a small village on the other side of Thu Bon River. Here, amidst peaceful rice fields and bamboo groves, you'll visit a Vietnamese family in their ancestral home. Learn about their genealogy and traditions, including sedge mat weaving. Continue cycling among nut trees and sedge fields on shady paths that meander through quiet villages. Take a break and enjoy lunch at a local house, before cruising back to Hoi An. The afternoon is free to explore Hoi An at your leisure.

    Accommodation: Almanity Hoi An Wellness Resort

    Activity: 1-2 hours/6-7 miles biking on paved roads or optional cyclo ride

    Transportation: 45-minute boat ride

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Hike in Bach Ma National Park & Travel to Hue

    Day 3

    Wake for an early drive up to beautiful Hai Van Pass (1,627') and on to Bach Ma National Park, where the mountains reach 4,750 feet. Follow scenic trails to Hai Vong Dai and enjoy stunning panoramic views of majestic mountains, lagoons, and quaint local villages. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant, before trekking into the jungle to explore the Five Lakes. Immerse yourself in serene nature and take a dip in the cool water of lake number five. Next it's on to the pretty Do Quyen Waterfall set in a dense forest. From here, head back to the start and continue your trip to Hue — your home for the night.

    Accommodation: Pilgrimage Village-Hue, Vietnam
    Accommodation: Senna Hotel

    Activity: 4-5 hours/5 miles hiking with 515' elevation gain and 240' loss

    Transportation: 3.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Explore Hue's Ancient Past & Fly to Hanoi

    Day 4

    This morning explore the majestic Imperial Citadel of Hue, built in 1804 and perched along the Perfume River. Inspired by French military engineer Vauban, it originally encompassed the capital city (Kinh Thanh), the Imperial City (Hoang Thanh) and the Forbidden City (Cam Thanh). Though largely destroyed during the Vietnam War, parts have been restored allowing visitors to imagine its former glory. This afternoon, visit an impressive private collection of ancient ceramic artifacts pulled from the Perfume River and other antique treasures at an enchanting garden house. Cap off your visit with a tea tasting in this serene setting before heading to the airport for your flight to Hanoi. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel.

    Accommodation: Hotel de l’Opera

    Transportation: 1-hour flight

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Traditional Vietnamese Cooking Experience

    Day 5

    Savor the flavors of Vietnamese cuisine with a chef-led cooking class. First stop is the local market, where you'll meet your chef and wander the stalls in search of the freshest ingredients. With the shopping done, you'll be ready to head to your chef's kitchen and learn how to cook several traditional Vietnamese dishes. Wrap up your epicurean adventure by eating your tasty lunch! Bid farewell to your chef and host before returning to the hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided visit to Ba Dinh square, center of the impressive Ho Chi Minh complex. See the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh Museum, One-Pillar Pagoda, and Presidential Palace. Then go back in time on a rickshaw ride through the bustling Old Quarter, where artisans have sold their crafts for over 500 years!

    Accommodation: Hotel de l’Opera

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Discover Ninh Binh's Natural Wonders

    Day 6

    Journey to Ninh Binh and experience the region's majestic landscapes. Head to Cuc Phuong National Park, the oldest nature reserve in Vietnam! Immerse yourself in rare and remarkable wildlife on a jungle walk. Next, visit Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam and part of the UNESCO-listed Trang An Landscape Complex. Marvel at Hoa Lu's ancient temples with their scenic mountain backdrop.

    Accommodation: Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Hotel & Resort

    Activity: 2-3 hours hiking with various options

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Cruise Lan Ha Bay

    Day 7

    Start the day with a journey to Hai Phong, where you'll embark on an epic cruise of must-see Lan Ha Bay, part of UNESCO-listed Halong Bay. This world-famous bay is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Vietnam, with its giant rock islets covered in lush green vegetation. Experience it up close with a magical night aboard a traditional junk! Dine on freshly caught seafood and let the motion of the bay rock you to sleep in your well-appointed cabin.

    Accommodation: Orchid Trendy Cruise

    Activity: Short cycling and kayaking options while on cruise

    Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Morning Cruise & Return to Hanoi

    Day 8

    Wake for sunrise over the aquamarine waters of La Ha Bay and enjoy a morning cruise. Return to your hotel in Hanoi and relax in the afternoon. Gather for a festive farewell dinner this evening.

    Accommodation: Hotel de l’Opera

    Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart from Hanoi

    Day 9

    After a leisurely breakfast, transfer to Noi Bai airport for your departure flight.

    Meals: Breakfast

Why Travel With Us?


  • MT Sobek captures the best of Vietnam on this immersive insider adventure spanning the country's historical, cultural, and natural wonders — all in just 8 days!

  • Our team of local guides are true experts and have over 25 years' experience leading guests through Vietnam.

  • This is one of the few trips to combine authentic local encounters with active days and an overnight cruise.

Dates & Prices


  • 2024
  • 2025
  • Go Private
  • Go Custom
  • Inclusions

2024

Scheduled Dates


Price is per person, double occupancy in USD.

The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you’ll have and once you book, your price is guaranteed.

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Go Private

Go Private


Gather your favorite travel companions to share an MT Sobek adventure on an easy-to-book Private departure.

Call or email us to get the ball rolling.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.


Looking for a private family adventure?


This trip can accommodate guests with a
minimum age of 9.

Private Trip Pricing: 2024


2 to 3 guests from $3,645 per person double occupancy

4 to 5 guests from $3,545 per person double occupancy

6 to 9 guests from $3,445 per person double occupancy

10 guests from $3,345 per person double occupancy

Included Costs:

Internal Airfare: $150

Private Trip Pricing: 2025


2 to 3 guests from $3,850 per person double occupancy

4 to 5 guests from $3,750 per person double occupancy

6 to 9 guests from $3,650 per person double occupancy

10 guests from $3,550 per person double occupancy

Included Costs:

Internal Airfare: $155

*Seasonal rates may apply.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

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Go Custom

Create Your Very Own Adventure


Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.

When to start planning? Earlier is always better when designing a custom trip. More time allows for better availability of preferred accommodations, guides and your desired activities. Ideally, start the conversation with us at least 6 months before you want to travel. If you are looking for a custom trip that departs within three months, chances are greatly diminished in securing requested accommodations and the best guides.

*Custom trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit once an itinerary is agreed upon.

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Inclusions

Price Includes


  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted in the Trip Planner)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include


  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Tony V.

Tony V.

Tony is a graduate of Vietnam National University's College of Foreign Languages and has been an adventure travel guide for more than 15 years. He enjoys mountain biking, trekking, and kayaking, and sharing his knowledge of history, culture, ethnology, and sustainable tourism. He considers himself fortunate to meet so many new people and learn from different cultures-and looks forward to showing you his country!

To Kim D.

To Kim D.

Dat studied accounting in college, but has been a guide for almost 20 years. He speaks fluent English and French and loves to guide all sorts of trips, from city tours to mountain adventures. He also has special expertise in Vietnamese culture and geography. In his free time, Dat enjoys traveling, hanging out with friends, and trying the culinary specialties of different regions. He looks forward to sharing his passion for Vietnamese culture with you!

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Meet your guides in Danang and transfer to your hotel in historic Hoi An. Explore the atmospheric narrow streets of the city\'s UNESCO-listed old town and marvel at the mix of Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, and French architecture. Enjoy views from the famous Japanese Bridge, the Chinese Temple and Tan Ky trading house, and savor gastronomical delights on an evening street food tour. Try delicious Hoi An specialties, from white rose dumplings to green bean cakes, and wash it down with a traditional Vietnamese coffee. Expect warm welcomes on this immersive insider experience. Relax at your hotel tonight.

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Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 1

3-hour street food tour

Day 2

1-2 hours/6-7 miles biking on paved roads or optional cyclo ride

Day 3

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Day 6

2-3 hours hiking with various options

Day 7

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Accommodations


Comfortable and authentic hotels in scenic locales — all carefully selected by our Asia experts — plus an overnight stay on a classic junk.

Pilgrimage Village-Hue, Vietnam
Pilgrimage Village-Hue, Vietnam

Pilgrimage Village is situated in the quiet countryside surrounded by lush tranquil gardens, yet near to famous historical landmarks and the city of Hue. Delicious meals and a peaceful atmosphere are the trademarks of Pilgrimage Village. The property features 139 rooms & villas, two pools, a relaxing spa and several restaurants and bars. Tai chi and yoga classes are offered.

Almanity Hoi An Wellness Resort
Almanity Hoi An Wellness Resort

Unwind at the Almanity Hoi An, an oasis in the heart of ancient Hoi An. The property is set around a stunning swimming pool and Zen garden, and its 138 rooms have an elegant, minimalist style. Revive body and mind with a massage or sauna at the My Chi Spa, and enjoy a drink at the Blue Bottle Bar. Savor the resort's homegrown organic fare at the onsite Four Plates Restaurant.

Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Hotel & Resort
Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Hotel & Resort

The excellent Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Hotel & Resort is ideally located for Ninh Binh exploration and river cruising. With friendly staff and comfortable, well-appointed rooms you'll enjoy a pleasant stay amidst scenic surroundings. Lounge in the hot tub or take a dip in the pool before enjoying a delicious meal at the hotel's restaurant.

Orchid Trendy Cruise
Orchid Trendy Cruise

Experience the wonders of Lan Ha Bay in deluxe style aboard an Orchid Trendy Cruise junk. Elegantly decorated with rich dark wood, this high-end hotel on water comes complete with the highest level of customer service, extremely comfortable cabins, and relaxing spaces both above and below deck. Be enchanted as you take an overnight bay cruise of your dreams.

Hotel de l’Opera
Hotel de l’Opera

Indulge in the luxurious ambiance of Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi, where French colonial-inspired opulence meets modern comfort. This hotel is a Best Boutique Hotel in Asia winner in 2015, located in the heart of Hanoi. It has individually decorated guest rooms with amenities such as Wi-Fi, A/C, a 32-inch LCD TV, a coffee and tea bar, and a desk. There are two on-site restaurants, a bar, a swimming pool, a fitness center, and a terrace with sun loungers - perfect for relaxation after a day of sightseeing!

Senna Hotel
Senna Hotel
Located in the center of Hue, Senna Hotel is close to the Imperial Citadel, Truong Tien Bridge, Dong Ba Market, and other key sights. A modern hotel inspired by colonial French design, its spacious rooms open onto an airy balcony or terrace. The inner courtyard features a large tranquil pool, and the restaurant is a superb culinary experience featuring traditional family-style Hue cuisine with a contemporary twist. The spa will soothe the travel-weary with massage, Jacuzzi, and sauna.

Weather


Vietnam's unique geography includes both tropical and temperate zones. Expect temperatures from the 60-80°Fs, down to the 50°Fs in Hanoi and Lan Ha Bay in Nov-Dec.

 
Feb
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Nov
Hanoi 
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Hanoi
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74
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72
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66
Hoi An 
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Hoi An
79
68
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71
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71

FAQs


How do I get to Danang, Vietnam?

Connect through Taipei, Seoul or Singapore. The main airlines that fly to Vietnam from the US are Eva Airways, Vietnam Airlines, Asiana Airlines and Singapore Airlines.

Who will meet me on arrival?

Your trip leader will meet you on arrival at Danang Airport.

Do I need a visa for Vietnam?

Yes, American citizens need a visa for Vietnam. Vietnam has a new, streamlined e-visa process.

What internal air is included?

The internal air includes a flight from Hue - Hanoi.

Do I have to cycle?

No, there is a cyclo option for those who would prefer not to cycle.

What should I expect on the mountain hike day?

The mountain hike is steep and can be slippery in rainy weather. Wear appropriate hiking clothes and shoes, and bring insect repellent. The hike is not recommended for children or those with vertigo.

What is the minimum age for this trip?
The standard minimum age for this trip is 18, but check out our family friendly departures and private trip options for groups with younger guests.

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