Daily Itinerary

This is our current itinerary and is subject to change.  Refer to this website at a later stage for the complete, up to date itinerary.

Day 1 (Saturday, 16 Nov 2019)

Meet at Hong Kong Airport at 05.30hrs to take Cathay Pacific flight KA 220 departing at 07.55hrs.

Arrive at Da Nang airport at 09.00 hrs, meet your local guide and driver and then travel over the iconic Hai Van pass.

This narrow coastal highway winds its way through a mountain pass near Da Nang and showcases Vietnam’s stunning coastal scenery. It was made famous by the TV show ‘Top Gear’ and is a popular route for visitors each year.

The transfer to Hue takes about 3 hours including stops. Students will go to a Buddhist monastery for lunch – a delicious vegetarian buffet. After that, they will start the City Tour which takes in the Imperial Palace, Forbidden City, An Emperor’s tomb, a famous pagoda and a whole lot more.

Hue is a peaceful central city that has a fascinating history, beginning with its ancient Cham origins, to becoming the capital of Vietnam until 1945, and the site of one of the bloodiest and longest battles of the Vietnam War in 1968. Today Hue is regarded as the cultural and spiritual capital of the country and has been recognised by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage site.

Check-in at the hotel and enjoy the pool and relax. Group dinner near the hotel.

Day 2 – 4 (Sunday-Tuesday, 17-19 Nov 2019)

A 3-day service project with Hearts for Hue at Phu Luong Primary, an outlying rural school about 45 minutes from Hue City.

Each morning the groups will drive out through the countryside to the small rural community. Students will continue the ongoing development work at the school, including the construction of a much needed school library and supporting the development of an IT suite, allowing DC students to connect with Phu Luong students over the internet. DC Lunch will be enjoyed on site and students will return to Hue late afternoon for some reflection and relaxation time.

On 2 of the evenings, students will split into 2 groups. On one night a group will take a unique Vietnamese cooking class in the garden of a local family’s house on the banks of the Perfume River. The following night the group will enjoy a dinner cruise on the Perfume River – vice versa.

Day 5  (Wednesday, 20 Nov 2019)

Transfer to Hoi An.

Leaving Hue. the group will pass the famous Hai Van Pass, a narrow highway which showcases Vietnam’s stunning coastal scenery. It was made famous by the TV show ‘Top Gear’ and is a popular route for visitors each year. Descend to one of Vietnam’s most modern and picturesque cities: Da Nang, It has many interesting bridges that span the Han River including a dragon bridge that not only changes colour at night but also ‘breathes’ fire.

After lunch there, the group then continue a little further south to Marble Mountain, a cluster of 5 limestone and marble hills overlooking the Eastern Sea. The main mountain has many caves and pagodas dating from the early seventeenth century. Climb the 150 steps to the top to enjoy the beautiful pagodas, fresh air and a spectacular vista down the length of the coast.

Drive another 30 mins down the coast to Hoi An where the group will check-in to the accommodation. Later the students head to the river for kayaking. Double kayaks require coordination and teamwork but no experience is necessary – this activity is guided and all gear is provided. Participants just need a bathing suit, hat and sunscreen.

After that, the group will go back to the hotel for a shower, then head into Hoi An’s colourful, lantern-lit, historic centre for dinner and shopping.

Day 6 – (Thursday, 21 Nov 2019)

Hoi An

Bus transfer an hour from Hoi An to visit a unique village. Ky Anh village played a vital role in the American war and the 32km long tunnel has slowly been restored since 1997.

First, meet the village head and look around this small village. On this tour, the students will pay respects to the founders of the village, a Vietnamese custom, Visit a small museum showing war artefacts, Then learn firsthand about the tunnels which were built by the locals and explore some of the tunnels by visiting different entrance points. (optional)

Next, learn to cook fish in a traditional way and enjoy a tasty lunch prepared by the locals. Listen to some stories from war survivors and learn some traditional mat weaving skills and how the river was used strategically in wartime and nowadays.

Drive back to Hoi An, where students will take part in an ‘Amazing Race’, based on the TV show of the same name. Culturally based challenges will test their skills as they race against the clock and each team.

Reflection time until dinner and time for exploring, shopping or relaxing.

Day 7 (Friday, 22 Nov 2019)

Please note – Day 7 itinerary tentative due to possible airline carrier change and departure time confirmation.

After breakfast and a leisurely check out we’ll drive 10 minutes to An Bang beach. Today is a chance to chill out at the beach.

The group will engage in team building activities with a raft making challenge. Teams are taught how to tie specialist knots and then provided with materials to build a raft. Then the rafts are tested out in a short
race. (subject to sea conditions) This is fully guided by experienced and qualified lifeguards.

Lunch will be a scrumptious beach BBQ. After lunch, there is another activity: surviving on a desert Island. teams need to discuss and negotiate which 3 items they would choose to keep in case of being marooned.

If students are feeling active they can swim, play frisbee or football but if they prefer some down time then they can enjoy a deck chair or lie in a lounger and read, relax and reflect.

Plenty of time to enjoy the beach and get changed before transferring to Da Nang airport. This gives the group ample time to get checked in for the return flight to Hong Kong.