Family Holiday: Mekong Delta Cruise


Close  Halong Bay. The UNESCO world heritage site in north Vietnam.

Family Holiday: Mekong Delta Cruise

Take your family on a holiday to Vietnam with exciting activities, educational tours to Hoi An and beautiful countryside with Asian Geographical Adventures.

Hoi An is a coastal city in central-south Vietnam known for its ancient port town. Amongst the surviving wooden structures include the Quan Cong temple, adorned with elaborate statues and artwork, and a fine wooden Japanese bridge with a pagoda on it. The Museum of History and Culture, boasts a collection from major civilizations that have occupied Vietnam. While the Museum of Trading Ceramics, display centuries old ceramics that have been a Hoi An’s specialty.

This family holiday begins in Hanoi. Watch Water Puppets performances, visit Hanoi Water Park. Cruise on the Halong Bay with options for sea kayaking, swimming and snorkelling. Hoi An, with great food, cafes and dessert shops has safe places for bike riding along lakes and empty village roads. Ho Chi Minh City offers a choice of activities; especially for kids. bowling (fun), water park (Dam Sen), and Vietnamese circus (fantastic) and tour the markets.

We Love
  • Your own private guide and driver for flexible touring based on your interests.
  • The Evason Ana Mandara by Six Senses is the only beachfront resort in Nha Trang. Its semi-detached garden villas offer breathtaking views across the bay
  • The Emeraude is as transporting as time travel. And the vessel's history is as captivating as a fine old yarn. A painstaking recreation of an old vessel with love and passion beyond belief
  • Experience the essence of the modern Vietnamese lifestyle at the Park Hyatt in Saigon
  • Around-the-clock support with our local contacts at our associate offices throughout Southeast Asia/Vietnam.
Need to Know
  • Your international airfare is not included. We can book your international and domestic flights.
  • Take your visa seriously. Ensure that you print visa-on-arrival pre-approval paper.
  • Some hotels in Ho Chi Minh City may ask to hold your passport
  • Wi-Fi is everywhere, at least in the cities and major tourist destinations.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday
  • Bring proper walking gear and outdoor clothing. Do not forget your skin and eye protection items
  • Our Vietnam tours easily combine with touring in Cambodia & Thailand or other destinations in Southeast Asia


Family Holiday: Mekong Delta Cruise This tour features the best of Vietnam, tailored to satisfy everyone from children to grandparents.
Saigon, Mekong Delta, Hoi An, Hanoi, Halong Bay
(11 days – Travel Any Day)

The largest of the three countries of the Indochina Peninsula, Vietnam is blessed with a ravishing coastline, emerald-green mountains, national parks, dynamic cities and one of the world’s best cuisines.

From the limestone peaks of Halong Bay, the French boulevards of the capital Hanoi and the thick forests of the north-west, to the charming cultural town of Hoi An, the glorious beaches of Nha Trang, and the floating markets of the mighty Mekong River, you'll find cultural diversity and natural wonders around each and every corner. 

Vietnam is a great family destination. This tour features the best of Vietnam, tailored to satisfy everyone from children to grandparents with options of cycling the Vietnam open spaces.

Your private guided tour begins in the bustling metropolis of Saigon (HCM), the crowded capital city whose colonial French boulevards contrast sharply with pagodas and roadside food stalls. Here you cruise into the heart of the Mekong Delta and explore a vast underground network of tunnels, which the North Vietnamese used for guerrilla warfare during the Vietnam War.

Continue to Central Vietnam and visit the ancient merchant town of Hoi An – a UNESCO world heritage site. Explore an Imperial city of the Champa Empire (4th-12th century), a large complex of over 70 religious architectural remains.

Next, travel to Hanoi and transfer to Halong Bay where you will board the luxurious Chinese style junk, the Emeraude. Named for a cruising vessel that plied these waters between 1906 and 1937, the Emeraude aspires to the magnificence of the bay itself. Its air-conditioned cabins, en suite bathrooms, award-winning cuisine and spacious deck space set the stage for the voyage of a lifetime. The tour concludes in Hanoi.

This tour combines nicely with touring elsewhere in Southeast Asia e.g. Cambodia, Vietnam & Thailand. Throughout your tour, AwimAway will arrange for you to experience the best the country has to offer. Please let us know your interests and we will be happy to tailormake your itinerary.

Day 1 – Arrive
Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) Meet and greet on arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport After a warm reception, our representative will escort you to your hotel for 2 nights stay.
Sofitel Plaza Saigon Hotel, Superior Room (Nil)

Day 2 – Tour
Saigon Your private tour starts with a drive to Cu Chi (70 km), an amazing complex of underground tunnels built first as a defence against the French and later expanded during the American (Vietnam) war. It’s a thrilling experience to crawl through this amazing system and later to try your shooting skills on original AK47s and other guns from past war times (subject to a surcharge).

Return to Saigon and enjoy an afternoon tour of the city. After lunch, take a tour accompanied by your private guide to visit the former Presidential Palace, which is now preserved as a museum, including the underground communications bunkers, headquarters for the Saigon Government during the Vietnam War. Continue to Notre Dame, an impressive neo-Romanesque cathedral in the centre of city, and Dong Khoi street, formerly the centre of haute couture in Saigon, when it was known as Rue Catinat.
Sofitel Plaza Saigon Hotel, Superior Room (B)

Day 3 – Transfer
Saigon Transfer to Cai Be and embark the Cai Be Princess, an exclusive river junk to explore the fascinating life on the Mekong River. You will cruise through small floating markets, stop for photo shoots and visit local villages enroute to learn their way of life. Dine at a superb Indo Chinese villa located in a lush tropical garden by the river. Continue cruising, passing several islands and make  unscheduled stops on the way to see an ancient Church or a Bonsai Garden before returning to hotel.
Sofitel Plaza Saigon Hotel, Superior Room (B)

Day 4 – Transfer
Hoi An Transfer to Saigon airport for your flight to Danang. On arrival meet your private guide and tour the Cham sculpture museum in Danang, which houses the largest and most impressive collection of Cham artefacts anywhere in the world, dating from the 4th to the 14th centuries. The Chams are descendants of the great kingdom of Champa and are known for their beautiful textiles and patterns.

In the afternoon, take a leisurely bicycle ride to Tra Que village along picturesque country roads to visit a farm and learn about Vietnamese food and ingredients. Alternatively, explore the beautiful back streets and learn about the history of Hoi An. In the evening enjoy a sunset cruise on the river.
SwissBelhotel Golden Sand Resort, Deluxe Garden-view Room (B)

Day 5 – Explore
Hoi An With your private guide, take an early morning drive through rolling countryside, passing through small towns, often journeying alongside the wide reaches of the Han River. The last few kilometres of the journey are rather bumpy and we walk the final 500m through lush hillsides, before emerging into the main site of My Son, which translates literally as "Beautiful Mountain".

My Son is an imperial city of the Champa Empire (4th-12th century). It is a large complex of over 70 religious structures and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your private guide will offer full commentary on the Cham heritage of My Son while you wander around this historic site.

Return to Hoi An and take a private guided tour of the ancient city and a boat trip to explore villages famous for making pottery.
SwissBelhotel Golden Sand Resort, Deluxe Garden-view Room (B)

Day 6 – Explore
Hoi An Take a leisurely bicycle ride along picturesque country roads to visit a local farm and learn about Vietnamese food and ingredients. Walk through vegetable gardens and join the farmers in their daily working routines, like raking the ground, sowing, watering and picking greens and many more gardening activities. Visit the village that makes Hoi An's colourful paper lanterns.
SwissBelhotel Golden Sand Resort, Deluxe Garden-view room (B)

Day 7 – Transfer
Hanoi Transfer to the airport for your flight to Hanoi. Our representative will meet you on arrival and escort you to your hotel.

This evening, attend the theatre where the ancient and unique art form of water puppetry is performed. The puppets, 40 cms high and attached to a long bamboo pole, are dipped in and out of the water by a person behind a rattan curtain. But how to manipulate these puppets is usually a family-held secret passed down through generations. Try to unravel the mystery if you can.
Sofitel Plaza Hotel, Luxury Room (B)

Day 8 – Cruise
Halong Bay Take a private transfer to Halong Bay and check in on board the luxurious M/V “Emeraude” for an overnight cruise. Few places anywhere rival the extreme natural beauty and serenity of Vietnam's Halong Bay. A noted Vietnamese poet and scholar described it as a "rock wonder in the sky". In modern times, it has been a backdrop for countless movies including the Oscar-winning French epic, Indochine. It is now universally acknowledged as an unmissable corner of Vietnam.

The cruise commences with and a lavish buffet lunch. Then weather permitting, visit the Sung Sot Cave (Cave of Surprises). Watch a Vietnamese cuisine demonstration will take place on the sundeck and attend a happy hour with complimentary canapés followed by an evening movie show. A scrumptious International buffet dinner is served at the restaurant.
Onboard M/V Emeraude, Superior Cabin (B, L, D)

Day 9 – Cruise
Halong Bay Wake up in the morning and practice Tai Chi on the sun deck with one of our instructors. Spend your day, swimming, diving or kayaking in the clear waters of Halong Bay. Discover for yourself the pristine corners of the mythical Dragon Bay, with the option of relaxing walks on the small islands. Participate in kayak expeditions, safely supervised by our professional guides, to explore the lagoons and caves for hidden treasures. There is a lot to do and explore or just experience the beauty of the region and relax.
Onboard M/V Emeraude, Superior Cabin (B, L, D)

Day 10 – Transfer
Hanoi In the morning, practice Tai Chi or swim in the clear waters of the Halong Bay. After an energizing western breakfast, check out from M/V Emeraude and transfer to Hanoi. Rest of the day at leisure.
Sofitel Plaza Hotel, Luxury Room (B)

Day 11 – Depart
Hanoi Transfer to the airport for your onward flight
Meals (B)

Family Holiday: Mekong Delta Cruise Vietnam

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

Getting There There are few direct flights from Europe to Vietnam’s three main international airports – Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Da Nang, but these are steadily increasing over the years. The majority of visitors take indirect flights routed through Bangkok, Singapore or Hong Kong. It can be cheaper if you fly to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore or regular international carriers and from there take one of the low-cost carriers to Vietnam.  Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar are the two main domestic carriers. Fares are very reasonable and the frequencies of flights to main hubs are good.

When to go The high season in Vietnam is from November to March. Prices peak over the Christmas and New Year period, and if you don’t fancy crowds then it is best to avoid this busy time. During this period, it is warm and dry in the South but as you travel north of Nha Trang, it begins to get cooler.

From April or May to October, summer monsoon brings hot, humid weather except in the mountains up north.  A slight break in monsoon during July and August makes it the second-high season in the South but violent and unpredictable typhoons can hit central and northern Vietnam. May, June and September are usually the quietest months.