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World Youth Adventures (WYA) specialises in custom school group adventures & youth adventure travel experiences to some of the world’s most captivating destinations.

Our experience in organising secondary school group adventures spans two decades. We are passionate about immersing young people in environments that offer unique experiences and which are bound to have profound, life-changing effects.

But WYA takes this a step further by involving students in a ‘hands-on’ project that will help an underprivileged community leaving a positive and permanent benefit for the peoples of that community. Students will experience the joy of giving without the expectation of reward or reciprocation when they give their time and physical effort to those less fortunate.

Our adventures also teach students the important values of teamwork, building self-confidence, cultural understanding and an interest in natural environments. They will experience the world beyond computers and shopping malls to where the power of an adventure experience is enjoyed in all of its components.

WYA tailors adventure itineraries to the requirements of individual schools. We operate with high-quality services and support at an extremely reasonable price. We will provide you with a fully inclusive package, without the use of local payments, ensuring that there are little to no out-of-pocket expenses once travelling.

World Youth Adventures are committed to providing safe, rewarding school group travel experiences that achieve real personal development for students. We aim to provide quality ground services, exceptional value, expert advice, unique itineraries and friendly service from the concept stage through to the day you return home.

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Why should you consider World Youth Adventures for School Trips and Educational Visits?

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* Experience the culture, history and colours of Hanoi’s Old Quarter
* Kayak the emerald waters of spectacular Ha Long Bay
* Enjoy an authentic family homestay experience in an ethnic minority village
* Hike the jungle trails of Cuc Phuong National Park
* Cruise the limestone landscapes of the Red River Delta’s Ninh Binh
* Cycle through villages at Mai Chau and Ninh Binh
* Spend the night on a traditional junk boat
* Vietnam is steeped in history
* Great climate year round
* Excellent value for money
* Huge cultural value
* Fantastic food and scenery
* Opportunity to be involved in a sustainable community project

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM OUR UNIQUE LEARNING TRAVEL EXPERIENCES
* first-hand experience in making a sustainable grass-roots contribution to an underprivileged community; investing their time and physical effort,
*The satisfaction of reaching fundraising goals and raising money for a worthy Community Project, an appreciation and tolerance of other cultures and a broader mind,
*The confidence to lead a group and make decisions,
*The skills of managing a project, setting and meeting objectives,
*The value of working together as a cohesive team to achieve a common objective,
*The ability to face mental and physical challenges,
*The ability to adapt to new environments outside of their 'comfort zone', to appreciate and care for the natural environment. The environments we travel through are beautiful and often pristine, invariably the students will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding about how their individual actions impact on the environment,
*Build strong friendships and bonds with their peers and also the people of their host community,
*Basic bush skills obtained on a 3-4 day trek such as personal hygiene, pitching a tent, helping to prepare meals – if applicable.
*A certificate for completing the Community Project as well as before and after photos,
*A plaque will be erected at the site if the Community Projects, naming their school and year the project was completed

PRICE & VALUE GUARANTEE
We’re confident that we can beat any quoted land price as well as provide the best value services on any student adventure that we operate.
We will only provide services that do not compromise on the quality or safety of
the experience.
We will ensure you do not pay for unnecessary services that your expedition does not need.
By making our trips affordable you can present a more achievable opportunity to your students allowing for a better sign up rate for your school adventure.
UNRIVALLED EXPERIENCE
Our three decades of tailoring successful student expeditions adds another dimension to the overall student experience.
As a division of one of the world’s first adventure travel companies, we’re unmatched in our ability to draw on expertise both in the field and in the planning stages.
Our primary focus is on providing a satisfying field experience where students can really learn.

Example Itineraries

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DAY 1 LEAVE THE UK. TRAVEL ON AN OVERNIGHT FLIGHT (GENERALLY) TO HANOI, NORTH VIETNAM (_/_/_)
After all the excitement, packing and preparing the time has finally arrived when we are on our way to the exotic Vietnam. Dine on the wild and wonderful at every corner, sample market wares, uncover an evolving arts scene, and then sleep soundly in a little luxury for very little cost. Meet the people, delve into the past and witness the awakening of a Hanoi on the move. Now sit back, relax and enjoy your overnight flight dreaming of this magical country
Overnight and meals on the aircraft

DAY 2 ARRIVE IN HANOI – TRANSFER TO THE HOTEL & WELCOME DINNER (B/L/D)
Upon arrival, you will be met by the World Youth Adventures team and transferred to your first hotel. ''Xin chao!’’ Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam. Hanoi is one of Asia’s most enchanting cities, full of culture, history and the engaging contradictions of a rapidly developing and deeply traditional society. After you have had the chance to freshen your tour guide will meet you at the hotel where a trip briefing will be held in the hotel lobby. In the evening we will get our first opportunity to the taste and enjoy the famous Vietnamese food at a warm welcome dinner.
Overnight in a 3* hotel in Hanoi

DAY 3 (B/L/D) HANOI
After breakfast we will head out to Ba Dinh Square and start our day with a tour of The Presidential Palace (formerly Palace of the Governor-General of French Indochina), Ho Chi Minh’s house-on-stilt and nearby One Pillar Pagoda. Afterwards we will continue our tour to see the Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam built in 11th century. Then we will also pay a visit to Hoa Lo Prison which was built by the French and used during the Indochina War to house Vietnamese patriot. Later during the Vietnam War it was used to hold American pilots who were shot down. The small part of the complex still remaining is now a museum with displays where you can learn about the bitter sweet history of Vietnam. Next on our history tour we will visit the Vietnam History Museum. Established in the 1920s as the Musée Louis Finot, the Vietnam History Museum is housed in an ‘Indochinese style’ structure and traces the history of the Vietnamese people from the earliest times to the present day. In the afternoon we will drive to the very heart of the Hanoi Center and explore the city's lively Old Quarter. This is a place you must see to experience Hanoi, where exciting shopping opportunities and vibrant cultural and historical sites share the same small area. In the evening we will be treated to a unique
performance of a water puppet show, a traditional art form closely linked with the agricultural roots of the Vietnamese people on the Red River Delta. It is performed in a pool of water, with the water surface being the stage. The puppeteers stand behind a screen and manipulate the lacquered wooden puppets using long bamboo rods and strings hidden beneath the water surface. A traditional Vietnamese orchestra provides musical accompaniment
Overnight in 3* hotel in Hanoi

DAY 4 – HANOI TO MAI CHAU
Mai Chau is located in a beautiful valley with what appears as a patchwork quilt of rice, farms and stilt-houses. In the spring Mai Chau displays a riot of colors with blooming flowers and peach blossoms. After a 4-hour-drive from Hanoi you will reach a peaceful valley, surrounded by majestic mountains, where we have come to see a village of the White Thai people and learn about their culture and daily life. After lunch we will get on our bikes to explore the real life of the Thai ethnic minority people. We will pass by the Thai villages of Lac and Na Phon. We will have chance to interact with local people, understand more about their life as well as enjoy the tranquil and beautiful sightseeing en-route. Ride back to the local house in Poom Cong village where you will spend the rest of the day to stroll around the village.
Overnight at homestay in Pom Coong Village
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DAY 5 MAI CHAU BIKING & HIKING (B/L/D)
Today is very interesting day as we will spend several hours trekking through beautiful countryside to visit the local people and discover more about their culture first hand. The majority of the cycling will be on paved roads before we dismount rom our cycles and start the trekking through the local Thai villages of Na Mon and Phay. The track is a little up and down surrounded by rice fields, rural countryside, local houses and local villages with stunning scenery. We will reach a Thai village at around noon time and enjoy a picnic lunch with a local family. After lunch, we take a short rest before continuing to enjoy the trekking which brings us the amazing opportunity and insight into how the locals live. We will reach the main road in the afternoon where our driver is waiting to pick us up and transfer us back to Mai Chau. Dinner will be followed by a live Thai traditional music performance.
Overnight at homestay in Pom Coong Village
Cycling Distance: approx. 25-30km
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DAY 6 MAI CHAU – NINH BINH (B/L/D)
After breakfast we will bid farewell to the all the members of the family that have been taking care of us in the last few days. We will also bid farewell to the beautiful Mai Chau, heading out to Van Long Nature Reserve .Set amid yet more glorious limestone pinnacles, this tranquil reserve comprises a reedy wetland that’s popular with bird-watchers. Among the bird species that have been spotted here are the rare black-faced spoonbill, cotton pygmy goose and white-browed crake. Van Long is also one of the last wild refuges of the endangered Delacour’s langur. Once we have arrived in Ninh Binh we will take a boat trip around the Unesco World Heritage–listed Trang An grottoes. Next stop is Hoa Lu, which used to be Vietnam’s capital of the Dinh and early Le dynasties in the 10th and 11th century. The sanctuaries were built in the 17th century. You will see the stone pedestal of a royal throne, bronze bells and statues of the Emperors. From Hoa Lu we will continue to cycle along the village road to Thai Vi Temple, built during Tran Dynasty in the 13th century and worship four generations of Tran kings. The next stop is a visit to the nation’s biggest pagoda, built on Ngu Nhac Mountain. You will ride back to the hotel.
Overnight in a 3* hotel in Ninh Binh
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DAY 7 NINH BINH – HA LONG BAY (KAYAK 1 HOUR) (B/L/D)
In the morning after breakfast, we will depart for Ha Long Ba which is famous for its towering limestone pillars and tiny islets topped by forest rise from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Designated a World Heritage site in 1994, Halong Bay's spectacular scatter of islands, dotted with wind- and wave-eroded grottoes, is a vision of ethereal beauty. Upon arrival at this wonderful place, we will get the opportunity to board a traditional junk boat and cruise to explore the magic of the Gulf of Tonkin.
12h30 – 13h00 Embark on V’Spirit Classic Cruise
13h30 – 14h30 Savor a delectable lunch as V’Spirit Classic cruises among the limestone islands.
15h00 – 16h00 cruising to Titov Island. Swimming and relaxing at the beach of Titov or climb up to the top of the island for a panorama view of Halong Bay.
16h00 – 17h00 Kayak around the Bo Nau Cave area.
17h00 – 17h30 Return to the main boat and continue cruising to the quiet areas whilst enjoying beautiful seascapes
17h30 – 19h00 Enjoy a Sunset Party on the sundeck and admire the best moments of the day when the sun starts to set.
19h00 Dinner is served. Take part in board games, fish for squid, or just laze around.
Overnight on board the traditional Junk Boat

DAY 8 HA LONG (KAYAK 4 HOURS) (B/L/D)
06h30 – 07h00 start your day with some Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt.
07h30 – 08h30 Have breakfast on board and enjoy the peaceful morning of Halong Bay.
08h30 – 12h30 Explore the nature zones by kayak or lay back and enjoy a nice swim at a nearby remote beach.
12h30 – 15h00 Return to the boat. Enjoy lunch on board and relax.
15h00 – 16h00 Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave – the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay.
16h00 – 17h00 Back to the boat. Freshen up.
17h00 – 19h00 Enjoy the beautiful sunset on the sundeck.
19h00 Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, take part in board games, fish for squid, or just laze around.
Overnight on board the traditional Junk Boat

DAY 9 HA LONG (KAKAK 1 HOUR) (B/L/D)
06h30 – 07h15 Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt.
07h30 – 08h30 Have breakfast on board and enjoy the peaceful morning of Halong Bay.
09h00 – 10h00 Kayak among the hidden areas of the bay, around the Man’s Head Islet area
10h15 – 10h30 Return to the boat. Freshen up and check out of your cabin.
10h30 – 11h30 While heading back to the harbor, watch the fruit carving demonstration and participate in the cooking class before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
11h45 – 12h00 Disembark V’Spirit Classic.
Transfer back to Hanoi. We will return around 17h00 where you will have free time before the Celebration Dinner.
Overnight in 3* hotel in Hanoi.

DAY 10 TRANSFER TO HANOI ARIPORT FOR THE FLIGHT BACK TO THE UK (B/_/_)
Perhaps some free time before the flight (TBC) Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK
What is Included in the price?
 International airfares and departure taxes from the UK to Hanoi in Vietnam (Airline TBC – Quote
 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 8 dinners
 Snacks and fruits on cycling days
 2 free bottles of mineral water per person per day whilst travelling on the vehicles
 Bike rentals and spare bikes (1-2 depending on group size)
 Experienced English speaking guides used to working with school groups and all first aid wilderness
trained
 1 mechanic to escort the group on cycling days
 Private transportation throughout the trip with air-conditioning
 All Entrance fees for all the activity listed in the program
 4 nights’ accommodation at a 3* hotel (on a triple share basis for the students)
 2 nights’ accommodation in a traditional homestay (communal sleeping area )
3 day and 2 night cruise in Ha Long Bay with kayaking (shared cabins = twin/double/triple rooms)
 Excursions to; Hanoi walking tour, Ba Dinh Square, The Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s house-onstilts,
One Pilar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Hoa Lo Prison, Vietnam History Museum, Old Quarter
tour, Water puppet show tickets, Mai Chau tour, homestay experience, Thai traditional performance,
Van Long Nature Reserve in Ninh Binh, boat trip around natural caves and grottoes, tour of Hoa Lu,
Thai Vi Temple, Bich Dong Pagoda, Titov Island, Bo Nau Caves, Sunset party, Tai Chi classes, board
games, fishing for squid, Sung Sot Cave, Man’s Head Islet, Fruit carving demonstrations, Vietnamese
cooking class
 All kayaking equipment with guides
 Emergency medical kit
 FOC teacher places (min paying students required)
 Safety briefings
 Emergency medical kit
 24 hour support from World Expeditions
 Risk assessments / pre-departure information and Expedition launch assistance / information events
What’s not included in the price?
 Travel Insurance (compulsory)
 Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.
 Tips and gratuities
 Bottled water and Aerated drinks (except where mentioned above)
 Optional Excursions not mentioned in the itinerary
 Community service project costs – these will be customised to the schools fundraising contributions
 Additional meals and drinks not mentioned
 Single supplement (1 provided)
 Additional transport or accommodation required due to any emergency situation (this would be covered by adequate travel insurance)

What size groups do you cater for?

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All groups sizes catered for - trips are custom made to match your requirements and to achieve educational outcomes with the correct guide to participant ratios in mind.

Is there first aid on site?

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DUTY OF CARE The safety of our travellers is our number one priority. Our commitment to provide a proper duty of care guides everything we do. World Youth Adventures has an unblemished record in the operation of school & youth adventures. We will only operate tours in accordance with strict operational standards that have built our reputation as leaders in the student travel industry. Every tour is underpinned by an industry leading risk assessment plan that exceeds the benchmark standard in Australia, New Zealand, the UK as well as the USA and Canada. All of our guides are local experts who are bilingual and first aid trained to a high standard

Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?

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Not Suitable – This trip is not suitable for people with limited mobility.

Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?

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Please call/email us to discuss the specifics to see if we can customise this trip for you.

Anything else?

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Stretching over 1,650 km (1,025 mi) from north to south along the eastern coast of mainland
Southeast Asia, Vietnam is a country of immense beauty and geographic diversity. The main
features of Northern Vietnam are mountains, forests, the vast Red River Delta, and the beautiful
Gulf of Tonkin coastline with its labyrinth of waterways and islands. Central Vietnam is made
up of agricultural plains wedged between the Truong Son Mountains and the South China Sea,
making for some dramatic mountain passes overlooking ocean vistas. The fertile waterways of
the Mekong Delta dominate the south, and over 3,200 km of coastline and countless islands
fringe the country. The country’s rich cultural identity has been steeped in the traditions of its
ancient civilizations and shaped by the influences of occupation, war and communism. Since
the relaxation of political and economic controls that began in the late 1980s, Vietnam has
experienced both exposure to capitalist liberalism and a return to many traditional cultural
practices. The country is a mosaic of different cultures, with over 50 ethnic groups officially
recognised. The lingering impact of socialism is evident here, especially in the capital of Hanoi,
where faded propaganda artworks adorn billboards throughout the city, but there’s never been a better time to visit this fascinating and beautiful country. There’s so much to love about Vietnam: lush mountains and great rivers, sandy beaches and tropical islands, chaotic cities and bustling markets, ancient towns and sleepy villages, tranquil lakes and peaceful pagodas, crumbling ruins and grand imperial palaces, lively culture and sophisticated cuisine, and above all, the humble nature and determined spirit of its people, that rises above the country’s dark and complex history.
climate
Vietnam’s climate can vary markedly from region to region due to its extreme latitudinal span.
You can go from soaring temperatures and extreme humidity in HCMC to cool and mild
conditions in Dalat to frosts and even occasional snow in the mountains of the north. Generally
two distinct seasons prevail in Vietnam: from November to April, the temperatures are usually
fairly cool, especially in the north of the country. In the mountain areas temperatures can be
as low as 0°C (32°F) and there can be a constant light drizzle. Hotter temperatures and heavy
monsoon rains characterise the months from May to October, although you can experience
rain at any time. The hottest months of the year are June, July and August. Southern Vietnam’s
weather patterns are more constant with a rainy season from May to October and a relative dry
season from November to February. The temperatures in the south can rise as high as 35°C
(95°F) from March to May.


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