Vietnam has a rich and troubled past. Long before the American War in Vietnam, the country battled with the Chinese, the Khmers, the Chams and the Mongols, and also suffered several years of French colonisation.
The past has left its mark on Vietnam, and your students will have plenty of opportunities to consolidate their understanding of historical events here, with visits to some fantastic museums and the impressive Cu Chi Tunnels.
Moreover, you’ll also learn about the resilience of the Vietnamese nation and discover how the country went on to become one of South East Asia’s most peaceful countries.
Our Suggested Itinerary
Overnight flight to Hanoi airport.
Flight arrival in Hanoi and coach transfer to your accommodation.
Settle in and spend your evening at leisure in Hanoi, accompanied by an English-speaking guide.
Take a guided tour of Hanoi to see some of the Vietnamese capital’s most important historical sights! Highlights of the tour include Ba Dinh Square, where Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Vietnamese Independence in 1945, and a visit to the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
You’ll also visit the Temple of Literature – Vietnam’s first university, which was established in 1076.
In the afternoon, your guide will take you to the Old Quarter where you’ll discover more about the history of the city. There’s an option to add on street food walking tour here if you would like!
Round off the day with an evening performance at the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre.
Coach transfer to Hanoi airport for your flight to Hue.
Take a guided tour of Hue, which was the political, cultural and religious centre under the Nguyen dynasty until 1945. Highlights of the tour include The Imperial City & the Forbidden Purple City, the home of the last Emperors of Vietnam.
Board a dragon boat for a pleasant cruise along the Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda.
In the afternoon, pay a visit to the Tombs of Tu Duc.
Coach transfer to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh.
Flight arrival in Ho Chi Minh and coach transfer to your accommodation.
Take a guided tour of the city with your local guide. Some of the main sights on your tour will be the War Remnants Museum, which documents the stories of the Vietnamese victims from their own point of view, the Reunification Palace and the Saigon Central Post Office.
Visit to the Ho Chi Minh City Museum to learn more about the city and the struggle for independence.
This morning, pay a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels to learn more about the region’s ingenious resistance activities. During your visit, you will be able to explore the bedrooms, meeting rooms, air-raid shelters and hospitals of this extraordinary underground tunnel complex.
Coach transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home.
Flight arrival back in the UK.
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