A Sample 21-Day Tour Itinerary
The following itinerary is an example that is based on a three-week (21 day) study tour in Vietnam. Its length and focus can be customized to fit the needs of university faculty members, students, and specific course objectives.
Day 1: Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City
Attend an orientation briefing on safety, health and emergency planning, and then explore the streets of Ho Chi Minh City. Attend a welcome dinner.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City
Attend a Vietnamese language class and then listen to a lecture on Vietnam’s culture, history and society from a university professor.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City
Visit to the key historical sites of Ho Chi Minh City. Spend the afternoon listening to a lecture on a boat trip along the Saigon River about the country’s river system. Participate in a fun cooking-class competition and dinner in the evening.
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City
Attend a lecture on Vietnam’s History; visit to historic sites. Spend the afternoon at leisure. In the evening participate in a networking event with students from local universities.
Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City
Visit an NGO that works with street kids to learn about the challenges of the urban poor. In the afternoon visit a local art museum.
Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City
Visit a rice farm in the rural countryside to understand the culture and business of rice cultivation in Vietnam, the world’s largest exporter of rice. In the afternoon spend time exploring the city.
Days 7-8: Ho Chi Minh City-Vung Tau
Drive from Ho Chi Minh City to the beach resort of Vung Tau to enjoy the beach and other resort activities at leisure
Day 9: Vung Tau -Ho Chi Minh City-Hue
Drive to Ho Chi Minh City and then fly to Hue, a city in central Vietnam that was the seat of Nguyen Dynasty emperors and the national capital from 1802 to 1945.
Hear a lecture on Central Vietnam’s culture, history and society from a university professor. Attend a presentation on the Vietnamese cuisine of Central Vietnam. Participate in a fun cooking-class competition and dinner in the evening.
Day 10: Hue
Take a bicycle tour of the countryside to learn about local society in central Vietnam. Have lunch at a local restaurant. Spend the evening at leisure.
Day 11: Hue
Visit the key historical sites and art museums of Hue. In the evening have dinner with Vietnamese students from a local university.
Day 12: Hue-Hanoi
Fly from Hue to Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital that is known for its centuries-old architecture and rich culture. Spend the afternoon exploring this fascinating city.
Day 13: Hanoi
Visit the key historic sites of Hanoi including Ho Chi Minh’s Tomb. Then
attend a briefing by the US Embassy Commercial Section about Vietnam’s economy. In the evening have dinner with Vietnamese students from a local university.
Day 14: Hanoi
Visit the morning market. Spend the afternoon at leisure. Attend a presentation on the Vietnamese cuisine of Northern Vietnam. Participate in a fun cooking-class competition & dinner in the evening.
Day 15-16: Hanoi-Ha Long Bay
Take a bus to Hạ Long Bay that is known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone karst islands topped by trees. Spend the night in the area.
Day 17: Ha Long Bay-Hanoi-Danang
Fly from Hanoi to Danang, a coastal city of 1.5 million people in central Vietnam that is known for its sandy beaches and history as a French colonial port.
Day 18: Danang
Spend the day with a Vietnamese student peer to learn about local life from the perspective of a college student. Have dinner at their home
Day 19: Danang
A free day to enjoy the beaches and markets.
Day 20: Danang
Final debrief and farewell dinner.
Day 21: Danang-Ho Chi Minh City-Return Home
Check-out of the hotel; catch flights home, or remain in the region to join another tour, internship, or for personal travel.