THE VIETNAM TOUR
April 19-26, 2023
Led by Tristina Kennedy & Michael Fong
**Optional 3 night Hanoi add-on April 16-19**
Click here to view details for the Hanoi add-on
Why join us?
We've traveled to Vietnam several times now and it has been our dream to share this country with others. We are SO excited that the time is finally here! Join us on a journey through Vietnam's exotic landscapes and zestful culture. Spend seven nights traveling from a bustling city, to quaint villages, delightful heritage sights, and staggering natural sceneries. Vietnam's complex history shines through in a vibrant society full of incredibly sweet people and delicious food. Allow your heart to be touched and perspectives shifted by this once-in-a-lifetime journey!
Over and over we hear people say, "I've always wanted to go to Vietnam!" and yet they haven't gone. We get it. It can feel overwhelming to plan a trip to somewhere so foreign. That's where we come in! Enjoy the ease of having all the details arranged for you, be accompanied by amazing local guides (and us!), plus have fun traveling with a like-minded group. All you really have to do is say yes and book your airfare!
We're also offering a 3-night stay in fabulous Hanoi for the ultimate Vietnam experience!
Since you'll be flying through Hanoi, why not arrive early and spend a few extra days enjoying all the city has to offer: a rich culture, history, stunning architecture, delicious food, and time to explore!
Be sure to visit the Hanoi Add-on webpage for all the details on this opportunity!
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The Places You'll Visit
This is our meeting point to begin the trip! If you join us for the Hanoi Add-on, you will arrive early & have 3 extra nights here to explore the culture of the city, go to a nearby village to share a homemade meal with locals, visit a Vietnam war museum to learn more about Vietnamese history, as well as take part in one of the most incredible street food tours of your life! If you do not join us for the add-on, Hanoi will simply be your landing point - you'll arrive on 4/19 and we will depart for Halong Bay as a group the following morning.
Behold one of the greatest spectacles on earth! You will take one of the most impressive voyages through the emerald waters of this UNESCO World Heritage site, staying aboard a luxury ship for 2 nights. Halong Bay has been named one of the world's new seven wonders of nature. Witness over 1600 towering limestone pillars that provide a natural beauty of epic proportions. On the boat you can take part in food demonstrations, games, get massages, and observe the most glorious sunrises/sunsets from the rooftop sundeck. Enjoy time off the boat to kayak around the bay, visit a floating village + pearl farm, go swimming, and explore hidden caves/islands.
Visit one of the most charming and culturally rich cities in Vietnam. We will explore this UNESCO World Heritage riverside town through a cycling tour through the Cam Nam island, connecting with friendly locals, and relaxing on the nearby smooth beaches. Use your spare time to lay out by the pool, get massages, take a cooking class, practice yoga, get tailored made clothes, and eat/shop your way through the colorful lantern-lit street markets.
Like all good things, our trip will come to an end with a flight back to Hanoi for your journey home,
but you will always carry with you the memories of this unique and unforgettable experience!
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Activities & Yoga
Luxury cruise through Lan Ha Bay (a gorgeous & more secluded part of Halong Bay)
Visit Cat Ba Island (Halong Bay's largest island) for a walking & cycling tour through the Viet Hai Village
Explore the Van Boi floating fishing village & kayak to the untouched beaches of the Three Peach islets
Take a kayak or bamboo sampan through the grottos of Cat Ba's National Park
Guided walking tour of the the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hoi An
Enjoy street bazaars, a plethora of art/handmade crafts, & world class clothing tailors
Take an interactive cooking class to learn the art of Vietnamese food
Catch a ferry ride across the Thu Bon River for a 15km cycling tour of Cam Kim Island to connect with a war veteran and other locals in their homes for tasting rice wine, play with mat weaving, and eating homemade noodles
Visit local tailors in Hoi An to have anything you can dream custom-made just for you - clothing, shoes, bags, etc!
Taste incredible Vietnamese coffees with a local coffee roaster & eat your way through Vietnam's extensive cuisines by enjoying options ranging from street food to fine dining
Visit the beach near Hoi An for an afternoon in the sun & sand
Get massages at incredibly low rates
We will practice daily yoga, meditation, and/or pranayama (suitable for all levels) in Halong Bay & Hoi An to ground and connect. Our schedules are specially created to allow for your enjoyment of personal space and free time. Bring your journal, books, and whatever else you've been wanting to indulge in! We believe in choice and options for your retreat experience, so you can always opt out of any activities in the program should you wish.
We have carefully selected top-rated properties with modern amenities in fantastic areas for you to explore from. Rooms can be single or double occupancy (1 large bed or 2 single beds). Please note that we do have a limited number of single occupancy rooms; if this is your preference, be sure to register early! See below slideshow for photos of the stunning places we'll be staying!
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FLIGHTS: To allow maximum flexibility, you will book your own international flights to/from Hanoi. If you are attending the Hanoi Add-on, you will need to arrive on April 16th. If you are not attending the Hanoi Add-on, you will need to arrive on April 19th. Late morning/midday arrivals are ideal. Book your departure out of Hanoi on April 26th, no earlier than late afternoon. Please run your flights by us before final booking to ensure dates/times are correct. There will be one domestic round trip flight during the tour between Hanoi and Da Nang airport. This ticket is included in your trip cost.
VISA: In order to travel to Vietnam with a US passport, you need a valid passport that is valid for at least six months from the date you enter Vietnam and has at least one full blank page for your visa. You must have a valid passport and a visa (or pre-approval for a visa on arrival) 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. Visit the Embassy of Vietnam website for the most current information.
VACCINATIONS: The Centers for Disease Control recommends certain vaccines when traveling in Vietnam. You can review their current recommendations HERE. You should always discuss medications and vaccinations with your doctor to evaluate which ones are right for you given your own unique health needs and personal beliefs about vaccines.
Don't worry, we will be sending you plenty of helpful emails to aide you in your preparations!
Pricing & Inclusions
DOUBLE OCCUPANCY: $2600 per person
SINGLE OCCUPANCY: $3200 per person
Please refer to the webpage for the Hanoi Add-on to see pricing for that portion of the trip.
7 nights accommodations at stunning properties throughout Northern/Central Vietnam
Breakfast every morning (except arrival day), lunches/dinners on the cruise,
Daily yoga and/or meditation sessions suitable for all levels (in Halong Bay + Hoi An)
Experienced local tour guides
Domestic round trip flight between Hanoi and Da Nang (airport nearest to Hoi An)
All ground transportation within tour
All included activities as outlined above
Group airport transport on arrival/departure days (if you arrive/depart outside of the group transfer time, we are happy to help you in coordinating transportation)
Cost does not include international airfare, visa, travel insurance, optional activities, meals/beverages not outlined above, massages, shopping, gratuities (suggested $5-10pp per day), or the Hanoi Add-on.
All rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like double occupancy and do not have a roommate, we will make efforts to pair you with another solo traveler who would like a roommate. Please note that if there is not another solo traveler, you will be responsible for the single occupancy rate. Instead, why not invite a friend to join you on this grand adventure?!
A $700 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your space. If you are attending the Hanoi Add-on, an additional $300 non-refundable deposit is added and applied towards Hanoi ($1000 total). These amounts are applied to the total cost of each part of the trip. The remaining balance can be satisfied in two payments, due 120 & 90 days prior to the retreat. By submitting your registration and deposit to us, you are agreeing to the policies in our Terms & Conditions.
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If you have any questions prior to registration, please contact us directly. We are more than happy to talk with you!