Day 01: USA or Canada - Hanoi, Vietnam
in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. You are met and transferred to your hotel
Day 02: Start in Hanoi
breakfast, start exploring Hanoi, the quintessential Southeast Asian colonial
city. Visit Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum and house; the latter is a simple structure
surrounded by banyan, poinciana and milkweed trees. Visit the lotus-shaped One
Pillar Pagoda, a historic Buddhist pagoda built in AD
1049. Then stop by the Quan Thanh Temple, a Taoist temple, home to the 13-foot-high
Tran Vu bronze statue.
After lunch, explore the National Museum of fine arts and sample a local form
of transport with a cyclo ride through the Old Quarter. In the
evening,catch a roi nuoc (water puppetry) show.
This traditional art form centers on stories of local village life, with
maneuvered by wires and rods over a “stage” of water.
Day 03: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay
breakfast, drive overland through the Vietnamese countryside, passing rice paddies
and blue skies en route to Ha Long Bay. Board your luxury junk (boat), your
accommodations for the night. Sail through this magical bay, where thousands of
sculpted limestone islands rise from the waters. After
lunch on the boat, disembark and trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view
of the sail-dotted bay or swim on a secluded beach, or choose to stay on deck
to sunbathe. Later, visit a fishing village and meet third-generation fishermen
to learn about a traditional way of life. Return to the boat to see a sunset
with a sundowner in hand, before enjoying dinner.
Day 04: Hanoi – Flight to Hue
the day with a tai chi lesson on board as you catch the sunrise. After
breakfast, sail to a spellbinding limestone grotto before heading back to
shore. Return overland to Hanoi. In
the evening, fly to Hue, a historically significant city; it was the imperial
capital for the Nguyen Dynasty, which left behind regal monuments and sprawling
Day 05: Hue
morning, continue your exploration of Hue. Visit Emperor Tu Duc’s tomb, a
complex of terraces and pagodas. Then set off to discover Emperor Khai Dinh’s
mausoleum — though smaller than Tu Duc’s, it is far more elaborate. Following
lunch, take a scenic boat trip on the Perfume River, watching Vietnam’s mountainous
backcountry landscapes pass you by as you cruise to Thien Mu Pagoda. Afterward,
visit the Imperial Citadel, a 19th-century walled fortress taken by North
Vietnam during the
Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War, shocking South Vietnamese and U.S. forces.
Day 06: Hue – Danang - Hoi An
breakfast, transfer overland to Danang and continue to Hoi An. Upon arrival
this afternoon, explore Hoi An, once a flourishing port under the Nguyen lords.
Today, the charming town retains the spirit of a bygone era, with tile-roofed
wooden buildings and ancient winding streets. Stroll through this pedestrianized
town, losing yourself in the potpourri of vendors selling colorful handmade
lanterns (a Hoi An specialty), tailor shops with local fashions on display and
the intoxicating aroma
of Vietnam’s undeniable cuisine.
Day 07: Hoi An – Danang - Ho Chi Minh City
morning after breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly to Ho Chi Minh City,
formerly called Saigon. In contrast to sleepier Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City is an
electrifying cosmopolitan city.
In the afternoon, discover Cholon, the city’s historic Chinatown, with its
narrow streets lined with delis and homes of prestigious local businessmen.
Then stop at the Thien Hau Pagoda, the most
important in the city.
Day 08: Ho Chi Minh City
the rest of this fascinating city and surrounding sites today. Visit the Cu Chi
Tunnels, a key Vietcong resource during the Vietnam War. They span hundreds of
miles underground and accommodated the Vietcong for up to two weeks at a time. Later,
savor Vietnam’s intriguing culinary heritage at a local restaurant. After lunch,
visit the Reunification Palace, formerly South Vietnam’s presidential palace,
which remains largely untouched since it was built in the 1960s.
Day 09: Ho Chi Minh City – Departure
breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Highlights of the trip:
- Absorb the
mysterious beauty of Ha Long Bay - studded by soaring limestone islands - on an
overnight stay in your private luxury junk - Indochina Sails Junk (boat)
- Venture off the beaten track to UNESCO World heritage site Hue for an
in-depth understanding of pre-colonial Vietnam
- Contemplate the natural beauty and tranquility of the region during a sunset
boat trip in old-world Hoi An, another UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Experience Southeast Asia's legendary hospitality and relax in the region's
award-winning hotels, including The Nam Hai with its private villas dotting
- Get a close-up view of Hanoi's Old Quarter with a cyclo ride, a
mode of transportation still used by locals
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