A Taste of Vietnam - Halong Bay to the Mekong Delta

A Taste of Vietnam - Halong Bay to the Mekong Delta

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A Taste of Vietnam - Halong Bay to the Mekong Delta

13 Days Starting in Hanoi, Hoàn Ki?m, Hanoi, Vietnam and ending in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Visiting: Hanoi, Đường Lâm Du, Hạ Long Bay, Ninh Bình, Phong Nha Cave, Vinh Moc Tunnels, Quảng Trị, Hue, Tra Que Village House, Hội An, Mekong River Delta, Bến Tre, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City

Tour operator:

Explore!

Tour code:

XVN

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

10 - 16

Physical rating:

Medium, Moderate

Age range:

16-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Adventure Tours

Activities:

Fishing, Sightseeing

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Tour Overview

Sample Vietnam's fresh flavours and colourful cuisine on a trip that explores the country's rich history of food. Find food from farm to plate as we explore rural villages, teeming river deltas and bustling city life.
City life - Eat your way around the Old Quarter of Hanoi and modern Saigon on street food tours
Rural Vietnam - Learn rice cultivation, cycle through lush farmland and try cast-net fishing
Unique Experiences - Eat a royal banquet, kayak tranquil rivers, and try out a barista lesson

Highlights

  • City life - Eat your way around the Old Quarter of Hanoi and modern Saigon on street food tours

  • Rural Vietnam - Learn rice cultivation, cycle through lush farmland and try cast-net fishing

  • Unique Experiences - Eat a royal banquet, kayak tranquil rivers, and try out a barista lesson

  • Food from farm to plate as we explore rural villages, teeming river deltas.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Join Tour In Hanoi. Streetfood Tour Of The Old Quarter
Location: Hanoi
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Flower Garden
Meals Included: Dinner

Arrive in Vietnam's capital, which is famous for its rich culture, bustling life and colonial influences in their centuries-old architecture. Little lakes dotted around the city are encased by busy streets and secret alleyways, which are waiting to be explored.

For those arriving on time our Leader plans to meet you in the hotel reception at 6pm for the welcome meeting and for those that wish, there is the chance to go out on a street food tour. There are no other activities planned today, so you are free to arrive in Hanoi at any time. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive into Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), which is only a 45 minute drive to the hotel. Should you miss the welcome meeting, your Leader will inform you of any essential information by note left at the front desk.

This evening we will embark on a street food tour, exploring the narrow lanes of the Old Quarter. Focusing on Dinh Liet and Ta Hien Street, we stop by several vendors to try some local delicacies. Banh Goi is a Vietnamese crispy dumpling and makes a perfect street snack with its rice paper outer stuffed with minced meat and soft noodles. Another Hanoi delicacy is Bun Cha - seasoned pork meatballs served with rice noodles and fresh herbs. The experience is not complete without washing it down street-side with a cold Ha Noi Beer, on the ample outside seating as we watch the city's nightlife buzz by.

Day 2 : Breakfast Pho, Explore Hanoi And Take A Cookery Course In Duong Lam Ancient Village
Location: Đường Lâm Du
Accommodation: Hotel,
Accommodation Name: New Star Ha Long 2
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

We start this morning like the city's locals - with a steaming bowl of the ubiquitous Pho. Pronounced 'Fuh', this beef and noodle soup is Vietnam's national dish and each region has its own take - with the herbs, noodles and broth differing from north to south. In Hanoi, pho is prepared the night before in giant containers, with beef bones, oxtails, herbs and spices simmering in a rich broth for up to 14 hours to draw out the maximum amount of flavour. It is then served for breakfast the next morning with thinly sliced beef flank or brisket, flat rice noodles and garnished with fresh herbs. We'll take breakfast at a local pho stall before starting our day. Next up will be an egg coffee (ca phe trung). This concoction is made by beating an egg yolk with condensed milk for about 10 minutes, forming a cake-like batter. This is then poured on top of a steaming espresso.

Filled up and thirsts quenched, we continue to take in some of the capital's main sights. Architecturally styled like a French provincial town with tree-lined boulevards and low-built houses, the city is wonderfully nostalgic. Among the interesting sights are the charming One-Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature and the Presidential Palace. Ho Chi Minh himself, a spartan-living and scholarly man, chose not to live in the Presidential Palace; he preferred instead a simple teak stilt-house specially built for him in the grounds.

We then cross the Red River and head out of the city to the ancient settlement of Duong Lam. The UNESCO-awarded village is like stepping back in time and offers an insight into what village life was like in the north before it was colonised by the French. Ancient shuttered houses, elegant pagodas and communal halls line the narrow brick lanes which are interspersed by great sprawling Banyan trees. We meet with one of the local residents who gives us some insight into the history here, before teaching us to prepare and make some local delicacies. We make cha gio, more commonly known as spring rolls, cha la lot (beef-stuffed betel leaves) and thit xien nurong (grilled meat skewers).

From here we continue by road on to Halong Bay.

Day 3 : Junk Boat Cruise Through The Limestone Cliffs Of Halong Bay With Seafood Lunch
Location: Hạ Long Bay
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Van Long Green
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

One of South East Asia's most spectacular settings, where thousands of limestone islands rise from the jade green waters of the bay like the scales of some great submerged dragon, Ha Long Bay is a World Heritage site of natural majesty. Ha Long translates as the place where the dragon descends to the sea and local legend tells of a time when this rugged landscape was created by the pounding tail of a mighty dragon as he ran from the mountains into the sea. This morning we will board a charter boat for a cruise amongst its limestone islands, threading our way through a flotilla of boats, junks and wooden sampans as they ply their way across the gentle waters of the bay. The plan is to spend the day sailing through this stunning seascape, stopping off to visit some of the limestone caverns that pepper the landscape, and we enjoy a delicious seafood lunch on board. After disembarking later in the afternoon, we will drive onto the small town of Ninh Binh.

Day 4 : Experience Rural Village Life In Ninh Binh; Learn To Farm And Eat A Home-Cooked Meal With Family
Location: Ninh Bình
Accommodation: Hotel, Overnight Train to Dong Hoi
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning we head into the countryside to explore the more rural side of Vietnam, and to the source of some of the fantastic ingredients we are sampling. We start our day with a family learning how to cook the Ninh Binh dish of com chay, literally translated to 'burnt rice'. This crispy rice square is paired with meat, fresh vegetables and secret spices for a thoroughly tasty snack. We then move outside the village to learn about the farming techniques and practices that have been used here for hundreds of years and passed down through generations. We have an opportunity to help cultivate rice, cut banana leaves, tend to the gardens and generally participate in farm life. We eat in the farm, with a meal prepared from the fresh and local produce we have spent time amongst. After lunch we take a leisurely bike ride through the lush rice paddies, passing pagodas and through small villages.

After freshening up this evening, we proceed to the train station to board the Reunification Express, for our overnight train journey to Dong Hoi.

The train has private four-berth, lockable cabins with air-conditioning and toilets are located at each end of the carriage. All bedding is provided.

Day 5 : Explore The Caves Of Phong Nha With A Seafood Barbecue. Gentle Kayak Along The Tra Ang River
Location: Phong Nha Cave
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Luxe Dong Hoi
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

After freshening up and taking breakfast at a local hotel, we drive into the majestic Phong Nha National Park - a UNESCO-listed paradise made up of towering limestone karst landscapes, verdant jungle, vast, cavernous caves and a network of underground rivers. We'll board small wooden boats that take us across the placid Son River, winding its way through the lush vegetation and then inside the mouth of Phong Nga Cave. This vast cavern is adorned by huge stalactites and stalagmites cutting through the cave like the teeth of a giant monster, according to local legend. We have some time exploring the cave on foot before driving onto the Tra Ang Valley. We start with a short walk through verdant forest before finding a smaller cave, beautifully illuminated by a network of lights.

We stop for lunch where we enjoy barbecued giant river prawns, grilled fish, marinated BBQ pork and freshly prepared Vietnamese salad.

After a leisurely lunch we board our kayaks and gently make our way back down the Tra Ang river, stopping at the jungle beach where we pull up and relax with an ice cold beer.

Later we drive back to Dong Hoi where our evening is at leisure.

Day 6 : Visit The Dmz Site And Vinh Moc Tunnels, Then Drive Onto Hue. Evening Royal Banquet
Location: Vinh Moc Tunnels, Quảng Trị, Hue
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Thanh Lich 2
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We make our way this morning to the iconic 17th parallel, which formed the border between North and South Vietnam between 1954 after the First Indochina War, until 1976 after the reunification of Vietnam. The De-Militarised Zone formed an approximate 10 kilometre buffer stretching from the Laotian border through to the Vietnamese coastline. We explore some of the areas found along the DMZ including Vinh Moc - a village that relocated its entire population underground, into an amazing network of tunnels and caverns that snake their way out to a beach on the South China Sea. We also visit the Quang Tri Citadel, an ancient walled Imperial City that saw huge amounts of fighting during the war and as such its structure has been peppered with bullet holes.

From the DMZ we cross the Ben Hai River and continue onto the ancient city of Hue, where this evening we will take part in a 10-course Royal Banquet. Hue's Nguyen dynasty ruled over the imperial city for over a century and developed a whole series of culinary traditions, from ingredients through to preparation and presentation. This evening we sample several of the dishes in the traditional way, elaborately presented in animal form such as a phoenix or an elephant. Our dinner is accompanied by royal folk music and we will get to try such dishes as nem cong (peacock starter), Tom ngu thuyen ron (shrimp in passionfruit sauce) and chuoi ngu & banh phu the (stuffed mung bean cake served with banana).

Day 7 : Explore The Imperial Citadel Of Hue And The Thien Mu Pagoda. Dinner With A Local Family
Location: Hue
Accommodation: Hotel,
Accommodation Name: Thanh Lich 2
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Once the capital of Vietnam and an inspiration for poets and artists alike for centuries, Hue is divided by the waters of the Perfume River, which separate the city's 19th-century citadel from the suburbs that radiate from the eastern shore. Even today, its easy air of leisurely ambience makes it one of the most engaging cities in the country to explore and this morning we head out to the imposing citadel. Built by the Nguyen dynasty (Vietnam's ruling emperors from the early 1800s to 1945), the citadel still dominates the left bank of the Perfumed River. Its formal moats and impressive ramparts were constructed to be an exact copy of the Forbidden City in Beijing, and whilst much of the inner city suffered badly during the heavy bombardments of the Tet Offensive in 1968, the huge outer walls and the West Wing remain an eloquent reminder of the palace's former glory.

This morning we spend time exploring the imposing Citadel before visiting a nearby family to learn to make a tasty snack that is popular during TET (Vietnamese New Year) celebrations - Keo Me Xung or chewy sesame candy. Later in the morning we visit the Thien Mu Pagoda and the Tu Duc Tomb, a mausoleum dedicated to the longest reigning emperor of the Nguyen dynasty, said to have over 100 wives and concubines.

This evening we drive outside of the city limits to visit the house of a local family where we dine with them. We will be welcomed as friends and have the opportunity to share stories and experiences over a variety of flavoursome home-cooked meals including va tron (Hue fig salad) banh beo (water fern cakes) and bun bo (a spicy beef and pork noodle soup).

Day 8 : Scenic Drive Over The Hai Van Pass To Hoi An. Explore Tra Que Herb Village And Try Banh Mi
Location: Tra Que Village House, Hội An
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Vinh Hung 2
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

We follow the coastal road this morning towards the Truong Son Mountains and the lofty heights of the Hai Van (Sea Cloud) Pass. This scenic region once marked the boundary between Vietnam and the Champa Kingdom to the south and as we reach the pass itself the views before us are simply spectacular. After a short stop at the pass we drive downhill towards the UNESCO-awarded fishing port of Hoi An, accompanied by stunning panoramas of mountains, islands and ocean.

Before arriving in Hoi An, we visit Tra Que Herb Village, a quaint area of lush fertile ground served by the Thu Bon River Delta where over 150 farmers tend to their vegetable patches. We will meet some of the farmers and learn about some of the produce grown here and how the crops are helped along not with pesticides but with local algae found in a nearby lagoon. We will get the opportunity to relax here with a foot soak made from a solution packed full of the herbs grown here.

For lunch we stop off at Banh Mi Phuong, once-lauded by Anthony Bourdain as a 'symphony in a sandwich'. The banh mi is one Asia's best examples of fusion cuisine - taking the humble French baguette and then stuffing it chock-full of fresh and flavoursome Vietnamese ingredients. A traditional banh mi would usually contain pate, beef or pork sausage, coriander, chillies, pickled carrots and finished with a creamy mayonnaise. We will eat this street-side before continuing on our walking tour of Hoi An, taking in the incredible architecture of buildings like the Japanese Bridge and the Chinese Meeting Hall. The streets are lined with lanterns that glow in a haze of technicolour as the sun starts to set and day turns to night.

This evening has been left free to take in the wonderful evening atmosphere of the town, or to independently try one of the many excellent eateries here.

Day 9 : Free Day To Explore Hoi An; Optional Fishing By Cast Net Or Visit To My Lai
Location: Hội An
Accommodation: Hotel, Vinh Hung 2
Meals Included: Breakfast

The historic, merchant town of Hoi An had become one of the busiest international trading ports of Southeast Asia by the 17th and 18th centuries. First colonised by the Portuguese in the 16th century it still retains its medieval charm today, with many of its old buildings superbly preserved. The day has been left free to explore at leisure. You may choose to visit the Japanese Bridge or some of the Chinese temples and meeting halls in the Old Town. There are many shops, bars and restaurants in this charming town and it is a great place to buy souvenirs, have clothing tailored or simply watch the world go by in a riverside cafe. You may wish to take an optional excursion out to the site of the My Lai village massacre memorial. The massacre was a significant turning point in the American War and the horrific story is told through a very emotive exhibition of photography.

Another option would be to take a fishing trip out to the Thu Bon River Delta, where we learn how to fish using a traditional cast net. Travelling out by boat we meet local fisherman and try our hand at cast net fishing as well as trying the bamboo winches used to haul in the huge drop nets from the river. We also have a chance to go out in a Vietnamese 'basket boat' - a circular boat constructed from bamboo that takes a little practice to row!

Day 10 : Fly To Ho Chi Minh City And Cruise Through The Narrow Waterways Of The Mekong Delta. Overnight In A Homestay
Location: Mekong River Delta, Bến Tre, Da Nang
Accommodation: Homestay, Homestay
Accommodation Name: Ut Trinh Homestay - Ben Tre
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a short drive to Danang Airport we fly to Ho Chi Minh City, from where we drive further south to Ben Tre in the Mekong Delta. Surrounded with lush and fertile land the area is home to a patchwork of cottage industries, with the villagers all plying their trade from this vital life source - either from growing produce on its land, fishing its vast waterways or making things from the local resources. We take a traditional sampan through the narrow waterways lined with swaying coconut palms, where we visit a series of villagers, all making their own delicacies from the produce around them. We can try baked potato cakes, Vietnamese doughnuts or suong sam - a Vietnamese jelly. We also spend some time in the delta cycling alongside palm-fringed canals, an excellent opportunity to take in daily life in this thriving region of Vietnam.

Our accommodation tonight is in a comfortable homestay - we will be housed in a brick-built block separate from the main family, in twin rooms with en-suite facilities and showers. All bedding and mosquito nets will be provided.

This evening we help prepare our meal alongside our hosts, making such dishes as ca loc nuong trui (grilled snakehead fish), banh xeo (rice pancakes) and banh la mit (jackfruit leaf cake).

Day 11 : Visit A Local Market In The Mekong Delta. Drive To Ho Chi Minh City; Street Food Tour And Craft Beer House
Location: Ho Chi Minh City
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Alagon Central
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We spend a further morning exploring the delta by boat, visiting one of the bustling local markets where fish, vegetables, exotic fruits and drinks are sold. We'll also likely see an array of colourful exotic fruits not familiar to us, such as rambutan, mangosteen, dragon fruit and jack fruit - the heaviest fruit in the world. We will buy some ingredients at the market which we then take a local house, to learn how to make a selection of snacks that are ubiquitous to this corner of Vietnam.

After lunch we drive back to Ho Chi Minh City. Still commonly referred to by locals as 'Saigon', the city is the largest in Vietnam and the country's commercial hub. You will find an eclectic mix of the traditional and the new, where pagodas and markets compete alongside the trappings of Vietnam's newly discovered entrepreneurial spirit.

Later this afternoon we embark on a street food tour along some of Old Saigon's bustling moped-laden streets. Over 86% of households in Vietnam own a motorbike, and Ho Chi Minh City's streets are thought to be the most densely- packed in the world for scooters. So much so, the Vietnamese have even designed their own way to cross the road, walking slowly but consistently so the motorcyclists can predict your path and then either go in front or behind you. It's a little un-nerving, but sometimes necessary! On the food tour we talk to several stall vendors and will be able to try fried quails eggs with tamarind, nam vang noodle soup, crispy sweet potato balls and even avocado ice cream. We'll end the tour at the trendy East-West brewery, a local craft beer house where the Saigonese come to relax after a busy day. They serve up sliders of a variety of different craft beers brewed on site as well as offering a variety of Vietnamese pub snacks.

The rest of this evening has been left free as there are a wide variety of excellent restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City to choose from.

Day 12 : Morning At A Barista School; Afternoon Exploration Of Ho Chi Minh City
Location: Ho Chi Minh City
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Alagon Central
Meals Included: Breakfast

We set off this morning to the International Barista School, an institution providing local students with an international accreditation in the art of coffee making. We spend the morning here with one of the expert baristas, who will be explaining the importance of coffee in Vietnam, and the story of how Vietnam grew to become the second-largest exporter of coffee in the world. We learn about the art of growing, roasting and grinding the bean, and how different notes and acidities of the bean are created and detected. We also learn to brew and press the coffee, and of course finish off with some latte art.

Later this afternoon we set off for a walking tour of the city. The tour will take in some of the central sights of the city, including the Opera House (formerly South Vietnam National Assembly), Hotel de Ville, Notre Dame Cathedral and the impressive French style edifice that is the GPO building.

This evening has again been left free to eat at your leisure.

Day 13 : Trip Ends In Ho Chi Minh City
Location: Hanoi
Meals Included: Breakfast

The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Hanoi at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day, luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to depart from Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) , which is 45 minutes from the hotel.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    1 nights guesthouse, 1 nights premium hotel, 9 nights comfortable hotel, 1 nights comfortable overnight train

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    Complimentary airport transfer to Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) on first and last day of tour.

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

  • Meals

    As per details given in an itinerary.

  • Fully Guided

What's Not Included

  • International Travel

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  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    1 nights guesthouse, 1 nights premium hotel, 9 nights comfortable hotel, 1 nights comfortable overnight train

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Moderate

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes, minimum age 16 years or above.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes, complimentary airport transfer is provided on the first and last day of tour.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    16

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Yes, as per details given in an itinerary.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    International flights are not included however domestic flights are included

  • I'm going on a walking/cycling trip-do I need to train?

    It will depend on the grade and how fit you already are. Check the trip page for details of the walking or cycling grade and how far you’ll be walking/cycling each day. For moderate or challenging trips in particular we’d recommend doing some walks or cycles before you leave to build up your fitness and prepare you for the distances being covered.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    We have a wide range of ages nationalities on our small group trips and they come from all walks of life.

  • Should I get travel insurance?

    Yes–it is a condition of booking that you are fully insured when travelling with us

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    At Explore, we're the experts in adventure travel. Our small group adventure holidays have been running since 1981. Today, Explore is one of the most trusted travel companies in the UK with over 500 trips to more than 120 countries.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Yes, but there are no concessions for doing so, and we must have a record in your booking advising as such before the trip departs.

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    Being a responsible company is a large statement, something that has to be entwined within the very fibre of a company. Discover the charities and partnerships we support as part of this at https://www.explore.co.uk/about/sustainability/charities-and-partners

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    We want to be as clear as and as honest as possible about what happens if you decide to that you no longer wish to travel on your trip. Our booking conditions have details of the costs you’ll incur when you cancel-these charges depend on how long it is before your planned departure.

  • What is the accommodation like?

    We choose comfortable accommodation in the best locations possible. We opt for small, local and family-run accommodation where we can, as opposed to large chain hotels. We typically use hotels that are the equivalent of European 3-star, and you’ll usually have an en suite room. Occasionally, where we want to get off the beaten trail we may stay in more basic accommodation.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Sustainability is embedded within the fibre of Explore, it emanates from the inside out. But as we enter a new decade it is clearer than ever that our world needs help, and Explore has created a sustainability strategy based on the 2015 UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Our flexible booking and safety policies mean you're protected before and during your travels with us. Receive a full refund if your trip is cancelled, transfer your trip free of charge up to 10 days before departure minus any irrocoverable costs.

  • Do I need to be very fit to book with you?

    All our trips require some level of active participation. This could be on a cultural trip, trek, safari, expedition or voyage. It is in the interests of all members of the group that everyone should be capable of fully participating in the activities of their chosen trip.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Final documents will include a comprehensive trip itinerary, climate and country information, budgeting and packing advice visa and passport information and details on optional activities available.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Yes on most of our trips. Most trips are based on customers sharing twin-bedded rooms. If you book a group trip as an individual, you will share a room with someone of the same sex. However, on many trips we offer the opportunity to pay a supplement to pre-book a single room, known as our single room option. On some trips a single room will be provided every night, on others it will be provided o

  • Do we have to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel

    It’s now a condition of booking a trip with us that customers should have one of the following before they travel - — Be vaccinated against COVID, having received the full recommended course, and allowing enough time for immunity to take effect. Full vaccination includes any booster required to keep the vaccine valid. — Have taken a negative test (rapid antigen or PCR) within 72hrs of departure.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Explore will only offer hotels that have specific COVID-19 protocols in place and comply with local government guidelines. We will ensure these measures include; enhanced room cleaning, ventilation, social distancing, regular cleaning and disinfection of high frequency touch points in public areas, food safety, staff re-training and minimising contact within the properties.

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Sunday - Friday

Nov 16, 2025 - Nov 28, 2025
$2750 $2674 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $76 (USD)

Instant Booking Available

Sunday - Friday

Nov 23, 2025 - Dec 05, 2025
$2750 $2674 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $76 (USD)

Instant Booking Available

Sunday - Friday

Dec 14, 2025 - Dec 26, 2025
$2750 $2674 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $76 (USD)

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  • Free Date Changes

    Explore! allows you to make 1 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 60 days before the start of the tour.

  • Low Deposit

    Explore! requires a minimum deposit of 10% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of explore! charges.

    Up to 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 59 days before tour starts: Forfeit 30% of booking price.

    At 41 days before tour starts: Forfeit 60% of booking price.

    At 27 days before tour starts: Forfeit 90% of booking price.

    At 13 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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