DAYS 1-3: SAIGON & MEKONG DELTA
On arrival in Saigon, transfer to your hotel. Bond with your small group of fellow travellers and tour leader at a tour briefing and welcome drinks. Gain insights into the resilience of the Vietnamese people as you investigate the amazing Cu Chi tunnels before you wander along the city’s historic Dong Khoi Street, stop to explore the War Remnants Museum and take in the city’s historic buildings. Wind your way through the canals of the Mekong Delta seeing local orchards, and visit a fascinating Cao Dai temple en route.
Hotel: Northern Hotel
DAYS 4-6: HUE & HOI AN
Fly north to Hue, the former imperial capital and a window into Vietnam’s complex past. Delve into the ancient Citadel, an elaborate emperor’s tomb and the tranquil Thien Mu Pagoda. At the Spiral Foundation, meet the deaf and mute workers as they guide you to make your own souvenir. Witness the lovely countryside and spectacular coastal scenery on your way to Hoi An. A living monument to Vietnam’s rich history, this charming town boasts traditional houses and temples and the iconic Japanese Bridge. Enjoy free time in Hoi An for shopping and further exploration.
Hotel: Hotel Saigon Morin
Hotel: Hoi An Historic Hotel
DAYS 7-10: HALONG BAY & HANOI
Fly from Danang to Haiphong. Relax as you watch farmers working their land on the drive to enchanting Halong Bay for an overnight cruise. Enjoy the freshest seafood while you cruise amongst the thousands of limestone islands. Continue on to Hanoi, and enjoy a delightful water puppet performance. Visit the ancient Temple of Literature and ‘Hanoi Hilton’ prison and enjoy some free time before a farewell group dinner. On your last day, enjoy free time until your departure transfer.
Hotel: Overnight boat
Hotel: The Ann