Vietnam Exploration Tour – December 2023

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11 days
Tour Dates: December 28, 2023 - January 7, 2024
Tour Details

Are you ready for a luxurious 11-day journey through the stunning landscapes, fascinating cities, and rich cultural heritage of Vietnam this December 2023? Join me for a trip of a lifetime!

We’ll kick off our adventure in the vibrant and historic Ho Chi Minh City, where we’ll explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, check out the War Remnants Museum, the Reunification Palace, and the iconic Notre-Dame Cathedral. Plus, we can’t forget the Ben Thanh Market for some serious shopping! And don’t worry, we won’t miss out on the Mekong Delta – we’ll sail down the Mekong River, visit the Vinh Trang Ancient Pagoda, and witness the daily life of the people.

Next stop, Hoi An! This charming town is full of ancient architecture, lantern-lit streets, and organic farms. We’ll get our hands dirty in some gardening activities, explore the markets, and indulge in the delicious local cuisine. You can even join a cooking class to learn how to make traditional Vietnamese dishes or visit the stunning My Son Sanctuary.

Hanoi, here we come! We’ll discover the historic Old Quarter, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the One-Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, the Museum of Ethnology, and the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. But the highlight of our trip will be Halong Bay, one of Vietnam’s most spectacular natural wonders. We’ll spend two days and one night on the 5-Star Amanda Cruise ship, exploring unspoiled spots like Surprise Cave and Trinh Nu Beach, enjoying the delicious food and activities on board.

This is a trip you don’t want to miss, so let’s pack our bags and explore the beauty and culture of Vietnam together!

Meeting Point Airport

Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN)

Price Includes

  • Teaching and presentations by Dr. Carl Cosaert
  • First class hotels
  • Two domestic plane flights
  • All transportation within Vietnam, as per itinerary
  • Breakfast, lunch, and supper, as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees to all sites listed in the itinerary
  • Expert English-speaking guide

Price Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Vietnamese Visa ($25)
  • The cost of drinks at meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Guide and Driver tips - $100
  • General tips for maids and others, as desired
  • Travel Insurance, (highly encouraged)
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Day 1December 28 – Depart from the US

Depart from the airport of your choice. The final destination airport will be Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN).

Day 2December 29 - Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City. A representative of Advent Tours will meet our group at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) and transfer them to the Eden Star Hotel (or similar) in downtown Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 3December 30 – Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnels - City Tour

We being our adventure as we explore the beautiful countryside of Vietnam on our way to the Cu Chi Tunnels. These tunnels were no ordinary ones! They were an elaborate underground network used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Once we arrive, we’ll watch a short intro video, and then it’s time to get underground and explore the maze. After we resurface, we will head back to Ho Chi Minh City, where we will have a delicious lunch!

After lunch, we’ll travel back in time as we explore the city’s most iconic French colonial buildings. The Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office are stunning examples of classic French architecture that will leave you feeling like you’re in Paris!

Next, we’ll visit the Reunification Palace, where we’ll learn about its crucial role in the Vietnam War. But be prepared for a reality check when we visit the War Remnants Museum, where you’ll see poignant displays that remind us the high cost of a war that took so many lives.

And of course, no trip to Ho Chi Minh City would be complete without stopping by the bustling Ben Thanh Market! You can pick up some souvenirs or sample some local delicacies before we head back to our home base at the Eden Star Hotel (or similar).

Day 4December 31 – Mekong Delta Tour and Vinh Trang Ancient Pagoda

Welcome to the Mekong River tour, where we’ll embark on an adventure to the four islands of Dragon, Unicorn, Turtle, and Phoenix! But don’t worry, you won’t be alone because we’ll be cruising along the river, enjoying the sights and sounds of the beautiful scenery.

After sightseeing, we’ll head to the Unicorn Island, which is the biggest island in the area. Here, you’ll get to see beehives and enjoy some honey tea at the local people’s house. Then, we’ll visit a coconut candy workshop in An Hóa Island, where you can learn how to make candy and even try some for yourself.
But that’s not all! We’ll also take a horse-carriage or electric cart ride along the village road and stop at a farm-house to enjoy some fresh tropical fruits and listen to traditional music performed by local people. Afterward, we’ll row a small boat (sampan) along a beautiful natural canal and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere in the countryside.

Hungry yet? We’ll take a break and head to a local restaurant for lunch, where you’ll have the chance to try some typical Mekong Delta food. But before we return to Mỹ Tho city, we’ll enjoy some fresh coconut on the boat.

The Mekong tour may be over, but we have one more stop for you – Vinh Trang Pagoda. This beautiful temple has a rich history and has undergone many changes throughout its lifetime. You’ll have the chance to learn about the pagoda’s formation and explore the grounds.

After a full day of adventure, we’ll return to Ho Chi Minh city in the late afternoon. It’s time to head back  to the Eden Star Hotel (or similar) to relax and unwind after a day of fun and discovery. Come and join us on the Mekong River tour – an experience you’ll never forget! Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City. 

Day 5January 1– Free Morning in Ho Chi Minh, Flight to Da Nang - Transfer to Hoi An

After a few thrilling days of adventure, it’s time to take it easy and recharge. This morning, we can hit that snooze button, sip on some delicious coffee, and get ready for the next leg of our journey.

Our trusty driver will then whisk us away to the Tan Son Nhat airport, where we’ll hop on a plane to the beautiful city of Da Nang. Once we arrive and get transferred to the Lantana Boutique Hotel Hoi An  (or similar), it’s time to sit back, relax, and soak up the stunning scenery.

You can choose to take a dip in the pool, pamper yourself with some spa treatments, or explore the nearby attractions – it’s all up to you!

Day 6January 2 – Life as a farmer in Cam Thanh village

We’ll start with an enjoyable rickshaw ride, taking in all the breathtaking views that the countryside has to offer. From green water coconut forests to vibrant rice fields, you won’t want to miss a single moment of this picturesque scenery.

When we arrive at the Trà Quế organic farm, we’ll be welcomed with open arms and given a tour of the farm’s vegetable garden. Get ready to learn as the farmers share with us what it is like to live on a farm and teach us about the organic methods they use to cultivate their crops. We’ll even have the chance to get our hands dirty with some gardening activities like raking the ground, sowing herb seeds, and perhaps even helping them pick some vegetables.

Next, we’ll visit a rice farming village and learn how to make white rice by hand. Join in the process of husking, sifting, and pounding rice to make rice flour.

Before heading back to the Lantana Boutique Hotel in Hoi An (or similar), it’s time to sit back, relax, and soak up the stunning scenery. Hoi An, we’ll enjoy a delicious meal with our new farmer friends. Feast on deep-fried spring rolls, local rice pancakes, and fresh organic vegetables. And for dessert? We’ll be indulging in some sweet and juicy seasonal fruits.

So get ready to embrace the Vietnamese farmer lifestyle and join us for an unforgettable day full of adventure, learning, and of course, delicious food!

Day 7January 3 – Free Day in Hoi An or Optional Cooking Class or Visit to My Son Sanctuary

Are you ready for an awesome day in Hoi An? Today, you’ve got three options to choose from to make your day unforgettable!

First up, Option One: A Vietnamese Cook Class and Foot Massage.

After a delicious breakfast at our hotel, we’ll catch a minivan to the Tra Que Organic Village. There, we’ll learn about traditional farming methods and and head to the local market where we will pick all the fresh ingredients for our Vietnamese vegetarian meal. Our local host will then teach us how to prepare and cook the meal from scratch. And, of course, we’ll get to enjoy the delicious results afterward!

After lunch, we will enjoy a leisurely cruise back to central Hoi An on the Hoi An River, and then conclude our day with a relaxing foot massage. Sounds like a perfect day to me!

Option Two is for the history buffs: A Trip to My Son Sanctuary.

Get ready for an exciting day as we embark on a journey to the mystical My Son Sanctuary! Our adventure begins with a scenic drive across the Cua Dai bridge where you’ll be able to feast your eyes on the majestic Hoi An river system, towering mountains, and the beautiful Cham Islands. We’ll even make a pit stop at a charming local fishing village where you can watch the fishermen sell their fresh catch.

Once we arrive at the Sanctuary, we’ll be greeted by a stunning traditional dance performance. Then, it’s time to explore the jungle-bordered track that leads to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hindu temples. You’ll be amazed by the breathtaking beauty and intricate details of the temples which date back to the 4th to 13th centuries.

After a fulfilling day of adventure, we’ll unwind with a scenic countryside cruise back to the Lantana Boutique Hotel in Hoi An (or similar) on the Thu Bon River. We will then top off the day with a relaxing foot massage.

But hey, if you’re feeling lazy and want to take it easy, Option Three is always open! You can choose to sleep in and spend the day in Hoi An doing whatever your heart desires. Either way, I guarantee it will be a memorable time filled with fun and relaxation.

Day 8January 4 – Flight to Hanoi and Evening Food Tour

Today, we have a free morning in Hoi An, so you can catch up on some much-needed sleep or explore the charming town. Take a stroll along the peaceful river and breathe in the fresh air, or indulge in a shopping excursion at the colorful markets to grab some souvenirs for your loved ones back home. But, don’t get too comfortable because we have a flight to catch to the bustling city of Hanoi!

Get your taste buds ready for a culinary adventure through Hanoi’s Old Quarter! After checking into the Tirana Hotel (or similar) and taking a quick breather, it’s time to hit the streets for an evening excursion like no other. As we meander through the maze-like alleys, we’ll unveil the delicious secrets of local street food. Satisfy your hunger with the world-renowned Banh Mi Chay sandwich, slurp up the mouth-watering Pho Bo, or enjoy a tasty plate of Bot Chien. Our taste buds will dance with joy as we indulge in the authentic flavors of Vietnam.

But wait, there’s more! Our tour will finish with the unique and delightful Ca Phe Trung, or Egg Coffee. You won’t want to miss this sweet treat. And if you’re not ready to say goodbye to the vibrant city of Hanoi, feel free to hang out in a nearby coffee shop and soak up the atmosphere.

Day 9January 5 – Hanoi - Halong Bay - Overnight on Cruise

Are you ready for an unforgettable adventure in Vietnam? Get ready to embark on a two-day 5-star cruise on Halong Bay, where we’ll discover breathtaking limestone rock formations that tower out of the sparkling emerald waters.

Our journey begins with a pickup from our hotel in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Once we arrive in Ha Long, we’ll check in and receive a refreshing drink to quench our thirst. After settling into our cabins, we’ll indulge in a scrumptious lunch as we set sail towards Trinh Nu cave. Once we arrive, we’ll explore the cave and have the option to paddle around in kayaks to Trinh Nu beach, which is a picture-perfect paradise.

When we’re back on board, the fun doesn’t stop. You can learn how to cook traditional Vietnamese dishes in a cooking class or just soak up the sun on the sundeck while sipping tea or coffee. As the day comes to a close, we’ll dine on a scrumptious meal under the stars before dipping our toes in herbal wood foot baths or trying our hand at night squid fishing. Or, if you prefer, just kick back and admire the starry night sky.

Get ready to make some unforgettable memories on this amazing Halong Bay cruise!

Day 10January 6 – Halong Bay Cruise – Hanoi Water Puppet Show

Are you ready for an adventurous morning in Ha Long Bay? Wake up to stunning views and start your day with complimentary Tai chi lessons – perfect for getting your blood pumping.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, join us for a lite breakfast before we head off to explore the incredible Sung Sot cave. This cave is truly one of a kind with unique rock formations you won’t see anywhere else. As we walk through the steep stone steps, you’ll feel like you’re climbing to the sky!

Back on board, it’s time to relax and indulge in some well-deserved pampering. Take a nap in your cozy room, or treat yourself to a rejuvenating herbal foot bath prepared by our amazing crew. You can also catch some rays on the sundeck or snap some pics of Ha Long Bay to show off to your friends. Don’t forget to grab some souvenirs to take home with you!

After packing up our belongings, we’ll enjoy a delicious early lunch buffet at the restaurant. Then, it’s time to disembark around 11 am at Tuan Chau Marina.

Once we get back to Hanoi, get ready for a truly unique experience – an authentic Vietnamese water puppet show! You’ll be delighted by puppets performing traditional dances and stories while floating gracefully on water.

Finally, we will head back to the Tirana Hotel (or similar), where we will enjoy a good night’s rest.

Day 11January 7 – Hanoi City Tour – Evening Flight Home

For our last day in Vietnam, we will immerse ourselves in the rich history and culture of Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi!

First up, we’ll be stopping to pay our respects at the mausoleum and former residence of the famous leader of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh. Then, we’ll be visiting the One-Pillar Pagoda, which is like no other pagoda you’ve seen before!

Next stop, the Temple of Literature! It’s a thousand years old and was Vietnam’s first university! And if you think that’s impressive, just wait until you see the Museum of Ethnology! With thousands of artifacts from 54 different ethnic groups in Vietnam, you’ll be blown away by the diversity and richness of Vietnamese culture. And we won’t want to miss the outside exhibition, which has fascinating ethnic houses from all over Vietnam.

But wait, there’s more! After lunch at a local restaurant, we’ll visit the stunning Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. Finally, we’ll be taking a walking tour through the hidden alleys of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Get your cameras ready for some amazing street photography!

Around 5 pm, we will head to the airport to catch our flights home. As we do we will take one last glance at the stunning landscapes of Vietnam and reflect on our amazing time together. And who knows, maybe we’ll meet again on another adventure with Advent Tours! 

Registration Information

You are invited to register for the tour here through the Advent Tours website or by mail (see below). Please note that all payments will need to be sent separately by check or Zelle payment. Payment by credit card is not available.

$2,469 per person in a double room. A single room is an extra $450. These prices are subject to change if the group size is smaller than 24 and/or in case of any increase of governmental taxes, sales taxes, entrance fees or fuel charges.

Early Bird Discount: Applicants who submit their deposit before July 1, 2023 will receive an early bird discount of $75.

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An Invitation from Dr. Cosaert

I invite you to join me on an amazing cultural tour to Vietnam that will take us through bustling cities, tranquil countryside, and centuries-old traditions.

On this tour, we’ll explore the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, where we’ll crawl through the underground maze and learn about their historical significance during the Vietnam War. We’ll also visit the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum, where we’ll be transported back in time and gain a deeper understanding of the country’s complex history.

But that’s not all – we’ll also experience the beauty of French colonial architecture with visits to the Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office. And of course, we’ll take in the sights and sounds of the bustling Ben Thanh Market, where you can pick up souvenirs and sample local delicacies.

But the real highlight of this trip is the opportunity to connect with the local people and learn about their customs and traditions. From cooking classes to village visits, we’ll immerse ourselves in the culture and gain a deeper appreciation for Vietnam.

So, pack your bags and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!


My husband and I just got back from Egypt with Dr. Cosaert in December 2019 and once again we had an AWESOME TIME! That was our third trip with him. Dr. Cosaert’s trips are well organized, infused with local customs, safe, informative, and make the Bible come alive!

Jasmine Jackson

My wife and I went on a tour of lsrael and Jordan with Dr. Cosaert in 2018. It was hands down one of the highlights of our lives. We will never read the Bible the same after seeing the biblical sites in person with Carl’s thoughtful devotional thoughts and the insights of amazing local guides. Highly recommend going on one of these trips!

Jeffrey Colburn

I have been on Dr. Cosaert’s Turkey and Greece (Footsteps of Paul) trip in 2009, Jordan and Israel trip in 2014, and most recently, this past December 2019, his Egypt tour. Every single experience has been incredible. The sites are amazing, the food delicious, the hotels comfortable, the local guides knowledgeable, our safety a constant priority, and best of all the entire experience spiritually uplifting. This is a true life “mountain top experience” with each part of the trip carefully constructed to not only be historical but also connect the travelers to the Living God, personally interested in a relationship with them. Meeting other travelers from all over the world also broadened my horizons and I keep in touch with many of them years later, considering them each dear friends. If you are considering going on any of these trips, you absolutely must decide to do it. Your life will be changed for the better.

Julie Alvarez

We visited Eygpt in 2017. Learned so much and saw some amazing sights. Very well organized. Accommodations were excellent. Local tour guide very knowledgeable. Call and his wife were great hosts. Looking forward to Steps of Peter and Paul in Turkey and Greece in a couple of months.

Donna Street

My daughter and I have done all three Advent Tours …. Carl is a great tour guide who pays close attention to all the details of the trip while at the same time providing a deeply enjoyable and spiritual experience. Loved holding a book in the Alexandria library, riding camels at the great pyramid of Egypt, boating on Galilee, and swimming in the Dead Sea! His trips provide a great mix of history, adventure, opportunities to make the Bible come alive and for spiritual growth! Just do it!

Jaimy Hill
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