Optional Private Excursions available for purchase
Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Give us a call or email us. Let us personalize your experience!
08.00AM Arrive in Danang. Disembark the ship and your experienced guide will be there to meet you. Drive to Hoi An ancient town
09.00AM Stop en route at Tra Que village, known for growing excellent fresh herbs with a distinctive aroma. It is also chance to experience the colorful countryside where paddy fields and vegetable gardens lie tucked away in sleepy villages.
09.10AM Walk to a typical house and meet with the family members. Sit down for a home-made welcome drink while interacting with the family members to understand the history of the village as well as the farmers’ daily life.
09.30AM The quickest way to understand the local people is by being a local. Borrow some farming equipment and set foot in the garden with the friendly farmers and learn the traditional cultivating methods. Especially, savor the scent of “tra que” which is the spice used so often in Hoi An cuisine.
10.45AM Drive to Hoi An ancient town. Between the 16th and 19th centuries, Hoi An was a prosperous trading port. Today, this World Heritage-listed ancient town boasts well-preserved buildings, pedestrianized streets and unique cuisine, allowing visitors a glimpse of its illustrious past.
11:00AM Explore the river life along the picturesque Thu Bon river on a loud, diesel engine boat as used by locals for their daily transportation. Here you will see a diversity of local industries in action from cast net fishing to duck farming and boat building.
12.00PM Stop for lunch at Brother’s Café restaurant. This riverside restaurant is an elegant old building with a French colonial style exterior and traditional Hoi An interior.
02.00PM Embark on a traditional cycle rickshaw, which is almost a “lost in oblivion” means of transport in Vietnam, through the ancient town. Enjoy the scene of narrow streets lined with old tile-roofed shop houses, shady pagodas, colorful communal halls and bustling street life.
02.30PM Stop at a former merchant house and enjoy a cultural interaction with a member of Hoi An Relics Conservation Center – Ms Uyen Ho to get a glimpse of the current preservation projects.
03.00PM Continue the ride to visit the Japanese Covered Bridge built in the early seventeenth century and the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation with outstanding wooden carvings
04.00PM Depart Hoi An town for a drive back to Danang
05.00PM Arrive at the port
06.00PM Ship departs.
End of services.
What is included?
- Dock permit
- Private transportation on tour with English speaking guide
- Entrance fees & boat ride
- Interaction with Ms. Uyen Ho
- Lunch at Brother Cafe
- Water & refreshment towel during the car transfer
- Souvenir gift/ Tips & Gratuities
What is not included?
Vietnam visa/ Travel insurance/ Personal expenses/ Other services not mentioned in the itinerary