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 with particular emphasis on the Vietnam War and the mass exodus of Vietnamese people to the United States, France, and Australia.
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. Spend the afternoon and evening with a local family as part of a local homestay program.
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. Meet with Vietnamese student peers in the evening over a casual dinner.
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
The group will fly drive back 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.
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.
Day 10: Hue
Take a bicycle tour of the countryside to learn about real society in central Vietnam. Have lunch at a local restaurant. Participate in a fun cooking-class competition and dinner in the evening.
Day 11: Hue
Visit the key historical sites and art museums of Hue. Spend the afternoon and evening with a local family as part of a homestay program.
Day 12: Hue-Hanoi
Fly from Hue to Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital that is known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture. Spend the afternoon exploring this fascinating city. Meet with Vietnamese student peers in the evening over a casual dinner.
Day 13: Hanoi
Visit the key historic sites of Hanoi including Ho Chi Minh’s Tomb. Attend a briefing by the US Embassy Commercial Section about Vietnam’s economy. Spend the afternoon and evening with a local family as part of a homestay program.
Day 14: Hanoi
Visit the morning market. Spend the afternoon at leisure. Attend a presentation on the cuisine of Northern Vietnam. Participate in a fun cooking-class competition and 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 university student peer to learn about local life from the perspective of a college student. Have dinner at their home.
Day 19: Danang
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 hotel; catch flights home, or remain in the region to join another tour, internship, or for personal travel.