VIETNAM: North to South

The Continental DRIFTER®
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Nov 5 - 18, 2023
Group size: 6 - 10
VIETNAM: North to South

The Continental DRIFTER®
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2 reviews

Nov 5 - 18, 2023
Group size: 6 - 10

About this trip

Enjoy a customized small group tour of Vietnam (6 pax min. to 10 max.) with your leader The Continental Drifter founder and CEO (Chief Experience Officer) Ralph Velasco.

Trip Highlights

We’ll start in the capital of Ha Noi, spend a night on Ha Long Bay, fly to Da Nang to transfer to nearby Hoi An (known as the City of Lanterns, and you’ll see why).  Next, we fly down to Can Tho to experience the Mekong Delta, then end our adventure in Saigon (aka Ho Chi Minh City).

We’ve got lots of great experiences planned, such as a foodie tour and cyclo ride in Ha Noi, a bicycle ride into the countryside near Hoi An along with basket boat ride, a night walk in Hoi An, boat rides on the Mekong Delta, including early morning visit to the famous Cai Rang Floating Market, and so much more.

Click here to get a feel for Hoi An, included on our upcoming Vietnam tour!

Testimonials about this trip

“Traveling in Vietnam on a PhotoEnrichment Adventure was the experience of a lifetime. Ralph does a lot of preparation and research in order to provide the best experience possible. A phenomenal place to photograph! Highly, highly recommend it!! RockStar AweSome!” - Laurie K. 

“Vietnam was so interesting! I loved the people and the culture a lot. The itinerary had a lot of activities that I would not have done if I were on my own. It’s nice to go on a trip where everything is planned out and ready to go!  Thanks, Ralph, for a great time!” - Carole R. 

“As soon as I arrived in Hanoi I knew this was going to be an amazing trip! There were so many great photo opportunities at every turn. The tour was well thought out – offering examples of the food, history and culture that is Vietnam. Our tour leader Ralph Velasco gave great photo/camera advice making this trip well worth the cost. I came back a better photographer and I am looking forward to my next adventure with Ralph! Thank you again!- Greg I.

About this Itinerary


Most meals are included and B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, and D = Dinner

About the Country

Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country on the South China Sea (a.k.a. the Eastern Sea) known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities. Hanoi, the capital, pays homage to the nation’s iconic Communist-era leader, Ho Chi Minh, via a huge marble mausoleum. Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Sai Gon) has French colonial landmarks, plus the Vietnam war history museum.

What’s included

  • Accommodations
    13 nights accommodation in wonderful 3- and 4-star boutique hotels in each location as well as 1 night each on Ha Long Bay (on a private boat) and in Can Tho, along the Mekong Delta.
  • Airport Transfers
    Private airport transfers in Ha Noi on arrival and in Sai Gon for your departure, as well as for both internal flights.
  • Internal Airfare
    Internal flights from Ha Noi (HAN) to Da Nang (DAD) and Da Nang to Can Tho (VCA).
  • English-Speaking Guides
    The services of a local, English-speaking guide in each location.
  • Meals
    Breakfast daily, plus 13 Lunches and 6 Dinners, including Foodie Tour in Ha Noi.
  • Beverages
    One drink per included meal (local beer, soft drink, bottled water).
  • Orientation Tour
    Cyclo ride as part of orientation tour in Ha Noi.
  • Transportation
    Transportation between locations in private, air-conditioned vehicles with professional drivers.
  • Other Transportation
    Bicycle and basket boat rides in the countryside outside of Hoi An.
  • Entry Fees
    Entry fees for all included sites and experiences.
  • Gratuities
    Group tips for all local guides, drivers, porters and included meals.
  • International Airfare
    Airfare to Ha Noi (HAN) and from Sai Gon (SGN) from your home country.
  • Visa Fees
    Fee for required visa to Vietnam due upon entry (currently US$25 for U.S. citizens, varies for other countries).
  • Personal Items
    Items of a personal nature such as, but not limited to, laundry (very inexpensive), Internet access (most of our hotels have free Wi-Fi), souvenirs, telephone calls.

Available Packages

Double Occupancy (per person)
Available until October 5, 202310 left

You can save the Single Supplement by sharing a room in Double Occupancy.

Deposit: $750
Single Occupancy
Available until October 5, 202310 left

If you'd like your own room throughout this experience please add $599 for Single Supplement.

Deposit: $750


Day 1
Arrival in Ha Noi, Meet & Greet, welcome dinner

Meals: D

Whatever your point of origin, board your Ha Noi (HAN)-bound flight to arrive by 3:00 pm local time on  November 5 (the first day of the tour) or earlier.

Please don’t make any non-refundable travel arrangements until given confirmation by CD administrators to do so.  

Once our trip is officially a GO we’ll ask for your flight information via a form we’ll send out.


Upon arrival at HAN airport, get in line with your passport, Visa Letter of Authorization (LOA), visa form and one passport photo to secure your visa.  As of this writing the fee is US$25 for U.S. citizens and must be paid in cash to officials (you might want to use a large bill to receive change back, which should be in US$).  You’ll wait until your passport is processed and your name is called, at which point you’ll take your passport and continue through immigration. Then you’ll collect your luggage and meet the driver to TRANSFER to our hotel. A convenient Visa Fast Track service is also available at an additional fee.

NOTE: There are two arrival halls at HAN, 1 and 2. If after 5 or 10 minutes you don’t see your driver near the door you come out, make your way to the other hall (not far away) and look for him. Look for a person holding a Tropical Journeys or PhotoEnrichment Adventures sign, with your name on it.

Depending on your arrival time, if your room is ready, you may check in and get settled.


6:00 pm: Based on everyone’s flight arrival times, we’ll plan to have a Meet & Greet at our hotel, in order for you to get to know your fellow tour participants and to go over the details of the trip ahead. Timing and exact location to be determined.

7:30 pm: Walk with your guide and the group to WELCOME DINNER at the Red Bean restaurant or similar.

Your Organizer

The Continental DRIFTER®
2 reviews
Since 2008, Continental DRIFTER® founder Ralph Velasco has been organizing and leading unique, once-in-a-lifetime small group cultural tours around the world (all have been 5-star rated). Our guides, accommodations, restaurants, and activities are each thoroughly vetted in advance so that your trip goes without a hitch. Come learn about the people, food, drink, music, and many other cultural aspects of the incredible destinations we visit. Remember, DRIFTER...Life's too short not to travel!


Continental DRIFTER’s Northern Spain trip was the trip of a lifetime, but I will definitely travel with Ralph again, so there’s going to be competition for that “trip of a lifetime” title! With a small group of delightful companions, we saw spectacular views and architecture, ate amazing local food, drank delicious local wine, visited interesting locations with fun and knowledgeable local guides, and had so many laughs. Highlights included the sheer cliff faces overlooking Zumaia Beach, the lush terraced vineyards over the impossibly blue Bay of Biscay, the charming beachfront of San Sebastian, the ridiculously delicious tapas crawl on Calle Laurel in Logroño, and spending part of the trip in a little 13th century walled town in Rioja. Ralph takes care of every detail, so all that’s left to do is to marvel, learn, and enjoy. And eat. And eat. I loved spending enough time in each location to really get a feel for it instead of rushing from place to place checking items off a list, and Ralph curates the coolest experiences, like olive oil farm tours and cooking classes. 47 thumbs up from me!
By Karen Gareis G for Northern SPAIN’s Basque Country & La Rioja on Sep 20, 2023
I have recently returned from this trip to Northern Spain and I highly recommend it! We toured wineries, had an olive oil tasting in an olive grove, attended a cooking class, took tours of churches and architecture, and so much else! At each stop Ralph had hired guides with extensive knowledge of their area, who were interesting, helpful, and punctual. (In Ramon's case, hilarious as well!) After daily excursions, we had the late afternoon and evening free to wander on our own and explore the three different cities we stayed in. The food was fantastic and fresh. We never had a bad meal. The hotels were beautiful. My favorite memory will always be sitting on the outdoor patio of a beautiful winery in the sun, eating pintxos (Basque tapas), drinking incredible wine, chatting with the really nice group of people on the trip; all with a beautiful view of the Bay of Biscay. It was definitely one of the highlights for me! I would recommend Ralph and Continental Drifter to anyone looking for an amazing travel experience!
By Diana S for Northern SPAIN’s Basque Country & La Rioja on Sep 18, 2023