Get away to two of Vietnam's most alluring cities - Hue and Hoi An

Get set for an imperial odyssey through the centre of enchanting Vietnam. The heart of this diverse country boasts several World Heritage sites; from the romantic ancient town of Hoi An, packed full of artisans and tailors, to the walled citadel and decadent emperor tombs of Hue. Become lost in the allure of rich aromas, divine food, vibrant market places and welcoming locals. Along with a variety of fun inclusions, including walking and cycling adventures and a hands-on Vietnamese cooking lesson, this all-encompassing short break covers the highlights of central Vietnam in style and promises to be a memorable journey.

Hue, Vietnam
Hoi An, Vietnam
Short Breaks
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 5
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
81kg pp per trip


  • See the ornate pagodas of the Forbidden Purple City
  • Share a meal with local Buddhist nuns
  • Help in a local community garden before dining on its bounty
  • Take a sampan cruise on Tam Giang Lagoon
  • Marvel at the lantern-lit streets of Hoi An
  • Cycle the country lanes around beautiful Hoi An


Kick off this adventure in Hue, a treasure trove of temples, tombs and palaces from Vietnam's royal past. Glimpse of everyday Vietnamese life, taste traditional foods and meet local vendors on a tour of dynamic Dong Ba market. Explore the Imperial City within the imposing Citadel - many of Hue’s best sights are contained here, including the Forbidden Purple City. Stop for lunch in a nunnery and discuss the finer points of Buddhism with nuns. Pass lush rice paddies and traditional villages on a bus ride through picturesque countryside. Admire the seven tiers of Bao Quoc Pagoda, a sprawling temple complex that sits atop a hill overlooking the Perfume River, then unwind with a cruise along the magical river itself.
This morning is free to explore Hue. You will be picked up from your hotel between 1.00-1.30 pm by your experienced local motorbike driver. We recommend you take your swimwear today for our stop at the wild beach.
Escape the hustle of Hue on a journey to Quang Dien, a peaceful village known for its beautiful architecture, stunning surrounds and friendly locals. On the way you can take in the sea air from the back of the bike, as you wind through quaint towns en route to the majestic Tam Giang Lagoon .
First off, we’ll call in to a farming family to witness their traditional lifestyle. Roll up your sleeves to lend a hand with the garden tasks, from watering the vegetables to helping harvest crops. We’ll reward you with a taste of Hue’s most famous specialty snacks and honey tea.
Our Hue motorbike tour continues to a so-called Ghost City, where hundreds of tombs have been built and beautifully decorated. Here you’ll learn its secrets and the beliefs and history of the local people. Back on our motorbikes, we continue this Hue tour to Quang Dien wild beach to relax on a white sandy beach next to the translucent water. This is a quiet escape from the crowds and a perfect place for an ocean dip.
Before the sun sets, we’ll take you to Tam Giang Lagoon where a sampan is waiting to take you out for a fishing harvest. We’ll stop by a fish and prawn farm to help the fisherman haul up their catch ready to sell at market. Get a lesson in how to throw a fish net, then try your luck to catch a fish in the lagoon.
After a day of farming and fishing, our day in the Hue countryside ends with fresh fruits and tea prepared by our local host as we bid farewell to the last rays of sunshine and ride back to our hotel in Hue.
Take to the streets and waterways on a unique boat and bike tour. Pass emerald rice paddies, snaking waterways and plenty of waving children while discovering some of the most beautiful landscapes in this region. On a small island in the middle of the Thu Bon River, settle in to watch the sun set over bobbing fishing boats while feasting on barbecued local specialities. With full bellies, return to Hoi An where this Vietnam Getaway ends.
Traverse scenic Hai Van Pass – a 21 km stretch of road that winds through spectacular mountains and buts up against the sparkling South China Sea – to reach Hoi An. Explore the ancient streets and buildings of World Heritage-listed Old Town before uncovering Vietnamese culinary secrets during a cooking class at a family-run restaurant. Hit the local market to stock up on fresh produce and cook up a storm back at the restaurant. End the day by feasting on the delicious creations.
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3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Hotel (3 nights)
Included activities
  • Hoi An - Ancient town orientation walk and entrance
  • Hoi An - Cooking Class
  • Hue - Half day motorbike tour to Tam Giang Lagoon
  • Hue - Imperial citadel
  • Hue - Perfume river cruise and Thien Mu Pagoda
  • Hue - Royal tomb


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Important notes

1. This Short Break Adventure starts at 8.30am on Day 1, and finishes at 6pm on Day 4.
2. You will be picked up on Day 1 from the Joining Point Hotel listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary. Pick-up will take place between 8.00 - 8.30am in the hotel foyer.
3. If you require pick up from another centrally-located hotel in Hue, please inform your booking agent at least 14 days prior to departure.

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