Early Bird pricing until Dec. 15, 2023.
The word Vietnam, for many, conjures visions of rice paddies, helicopters, war, beaches, and GIs. But those who haven’t visited this enigmatic, beautiful country are in for a surprise. Nowhere will you feel more welcome, feel more like your preconceptions shaped by old movies and the war-era press are wrong. The Vietnamese are quintessentially kind and welcoming.
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And we'll have the chance to meet many of them as we explore in depth the riches and natural wonders of Northern Vietnam. We'll start and end in Hanoi, visiting rural communities in the lush Red River Delta, then travel north to the hill tribe town of Sapa.
Here we'll find breathtaking landscapes, including terraced rice fields, lush valleys and rugged mountain peaks. We'll also find the wonderful world of local ethnic minority groups, such as the Hmong, Dao and Tay people.
Ann Hillers has been a peripatetic globetrotter for 35 years, leading groups (or her family of three college-age boys) to more than 70 countries. Her strictly women tours have taken her to Vietnam, Laos, India, Mexico, South Africa, and Namibia.
Comfortable on barstools and at food stalls around the world, she is happiest staying in a different hotel room every night (provided the thread count on the sheets is high). After living in San Miguel de Allende for several years, Ann is now based in Claremont, California, a beautiful, walkable small town but farther from LAX than she would like.
NextTribe offers a safe travel environment that through the energy and alchemy of adventurous women turns into a real community in a short amount of time.
On every trip, you will be led by a friendly and fun woman of our own age, who has deep local knowledge and/or roots. She has proved to us that she is responsible, flexible, and truly cares about every traveler, nurturing new friendships and making sure no one feels left out. Other tour companies drop in a local guide who remains apart from the group. Our leader is the glue among the travelers--the person who ensures that this is more than a trip; it's a community of curious, like-minded women on the move.
We are known for group travel for women over 45 who don't normally like group travel. We keep our groups small and know that our guests are curious explorers who can take care of themselves. We allow them space to make the trip their own. You will not be in lockstep on a tight schedule behind a guide. You can roam on your own if you want (with a good GPS and an understanding of how to meet up with the group later) or you can take full advantage of the guide's knowledge of the city.
We do expect our travelers to have a level of self-sufficiency, being able to carry their own bags if need be, and to be respectful of others in the group and open to new experiences and friendships.
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Austin, Texas 78759
We strongly encourage every traveler to purchase travel insurance within 21 days of booking your trip. Several people have had to cancel recent trips because of a death in the family, an injury or COVID, and once we enter the non-refundable stage of your booking, we can NOT refund your trip for any reason.
Your initial deposit in non-refundable and reserves your spot on a trip. Unlike other NextTribe trips, the deposit is not transferable because of the nature of the booking system we are working with.
50% of balance is due by March 7; at that point, the 50 % is non-refundable.
Full payment for your retreat is due 120 days in advance, or July 5, 2024.
Trip is non-refundable after July 5, 2024.
If you must cancel within this 60-day period, you will need to contact your travel insurance company for reimbursement.
IF YOU CANCEL:
Before March 7th, your deposit is non-refundable
After March 7th, 50% of trip price is non-refundable.
After July 5th, 100% of trip price is non-refundable.
Your room and tour has already been paid to our vendors. NextTribe cannot offer refunds for any reason (Covid, injury, illness, death, etc). For this reason, we highly recommend you purchase travel insurance.
To officially cancel, you must send an email to NextTribe stating that you wish to cancel to travel@NextTribe.com.
IF WE CANCEL:
If we are forced to postpone or cancel your trip due to a significant event that makes it infeasible to operate the trip as planned (including, but not limited to, natural disasters, manmade disasters, Covid, disease, travel restrictions, etc.) NextTribe will offer credit for another trip (with a $100 discount on the next trip) or refund all of your payments. California travelers please note that NextTribe's Seller of Travel license number is 2153726-70 and we do not participate in the California Travel Consumer Restitution Fund (TCRF).
PLEASE DO NOT MAKE AIRLINE RESERVATIONS UNTIL THE NUMBER OF SIGN UPS REACH THE MINIMUM STATED ON THE TRIP POSTING.
CHANGES TO TRAVEL:
We will make every effort to operate all trips as advertised, however all itineraries are subject to change. We reserve the right to alter or make reasonable substitutions as deemed necessary.
Travel insurance is recommended to be purchased within 21 days of booking your retreat.
We don't require it, but we strongly encourage all of our travelers to purchase travel insurance.
If you buy it within 21 days of booking (and before your final payment) you'll get a better deal than if you wait. There is trip protection insurance and travel insurance.
Trip Protection style travel insurance plans are designed to provide coverage for Trip Cancellation if you are prevented from taking your trip due to a covered reason listed in the plan certificate; most notably - illness, injury, or death to the traveler, a traveling companion, and/or an immediate family member not traveling, unforecasted inclement weather, and much more. Also included are benefits for Trip Interruption, Trip Delay, Baggage & Personal Effects, Travel Medical Expenses, and Emergency Medical Evacuation. Included:
Several people have had to cancel trips because of a death in the family, an injury (one women broke her foot on the way out the door to the airport!) or COVID, and once we enter the non-refundable stage of your booking, we CANNOT refund your trip for any reason.
NextTribe is an affiliate of Allianz, and you can get a quote from them by clicking on the name below. They offer one time policies and annual policies to cover all of your trips in a single year.
We are also an affiliate of Wanderwell, a certified B corp and a member of the Transformational Travel Council.
These plans provides insurance coverage that only applies during the covered
trip. You may have coverage from other sources that provides you with similar
benefits but may be subject to different restrictions depending upon your other
You may wish to compare the terms of this policy with your existing life,
health, home, and automobile insurance policies.
If you have any questions about your current coverage, call your insurer or
insurance agent or broker.
When selecting a travel insurance policy, please bear in mind that all travelers are strongly recommended to have medical coverage and that we recommend a minimum coverage of $150,000 USD for travel medical/accident & sickness, and $500,000 USD for emergency medical evacuation and repatriation. It can help for those benefits to be Primary coverage. We strongly recommend that the policy also includes benefits for trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip delay, and some coverage for baggage & personal effects.
Since we are not licensed insurance agents or brokers, we are not allowed to
*Answer technical questions about the benefits, exclusions, and conditions of any of the
insurance offered by the travel retailer.
*Evaluate the adequacy of the prospective insured’s existing insurance coverage.
Make sure you vote early and then catch an overnight flight to Hanoi. You need a flight that gets in on WEDNESDAY, Nov. 6th to enjoy the full itinerary.