(11 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, My Son, Saigon
Begin in Hanoi, Vietnam’s fascinating capital and intellectual center. During private touring with your expert local guide and private driver, visit the city’s most important historical attractions, such as the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, House on Stilts and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Take an in-depth tour of Hanoi’s incredible Old Quarter, where each street was historically dedicated to a specific trade or material, such as bamboo, silk and lacquer. While touring the narrow streets, learn about the history of the Old Quarter and its traditional architecture, and see how it has transformed into a fashionable district with cafes, art galleries and boutiques featuring the finest Vietnamese design and style. Also take a cyclo ride around Hoan Kiem Lake and explore leafy backstreets lined with beautiful French colonial-era buildings, many of which are now upscale restaurants. Other options include visiting museums such as the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology or the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum. One day, participate in a private meditation sessions in an ancient temple, then go on a biking excursion through the nearby countryside. Also see Hanoi’s renowned water puppet show, or attend a performance at the landmark Hanoi Opera House. Additional special interest touring can be arranged upon request, such as meetings with prominent artists and art gallery owners, cooking classes, in-depth street food tours and other culinary tours, a visit to a local village filled with beautiful historic architecture, meetings with prominent historians, and more.
Spend the next two nights cruising scenic Halong Bay on a luxurious, traditional junk-style boat. Sail among beautiful limestone islands, dine on fresh seafood, enjoy on-board activities such as tai chi at sunrise, and perhaps explore local caves, hike to a scenic overlook, go sea kayaking or visit a floating village.
Continue to Hoi An, an atmospheric port town and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stay at a luxury beachfront resort, and experience the best of this centuries-old town during private touring by bike. Visit the vibrant morning market, where stalls are piled high with fresh fish and produce. Explore the colorful backstreets, and tour well-preserved historic homes, temples, the Japanese Covered Bridge and other interesting attractions. Perhaps visit a local tailor for custom-made silk clothing, a Hoi An specialty. One day, take a biking through the countryside excursion to My Son, the ancient ruins of the once-powerful Cham civilization. Upon request, we can arrange additional activities in and near Hoi An, such as a visit to the nearby Museum of Cham Sculpture, as well as the Marble Mountains, which contain Buddhist cave temples; a visit to a village that specializes in making Hoi An’s colorful lanterns; a visit to a local farm to learn about Vietnamese food and ingredients; a cooking class focused on local specialties such as fresh spring rolls or cao lau noodles; and taking a sunset boat ride on the river. There will also be time to relax and enjoy your resort’s beautiful architecture, spa and beach.
End your tour in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam’s most dynamic city. With an expert private guide and driver, learn about the city’s history while touring French colonial-era landmarks, as well as the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum. Experience the best of Cholon, Saigon’s Chinatown, including a local market and busy temples. Sample local culinary specialties and see daily life in vibrant markets overflowing with spices, flowers, clothing, housewares and more. Perhaps stop for a refreshing Vietnamese iced coffee, or dine on a typical Vietnamese banh mi (baguette sandwich). Another option is browsing the boutiques of Vietnamese designers and renowned art galleries and museums. One day, visit the Mekong Delta, a vast network of islands and waterways where the Mekong River flows into the South China Sea. Cruise by private sampan (traditional boat) through the canals, visiting floating markets, fruit orchards and rural villages. Perhaps also enjoy riding bikes and meeting local farmers and producers of local items such as sweets, tea, honey and dried fruit. Alternatively, opt to take an excursion into the countryside to tour the Cu Chi Tunnels and observe a colorful religious ceremony at the Cao Dai Temple. Upon request, we can also arrange activities such as meeting with historians, visits to private homes, private musical performances, cyclo tours through backstreets, and private cooking classes or culinary tours.
Fast-track assistance through immigration. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights
Full-day private city tour, including touring by cyclo. Evening water puppet performance
Early morning private yoga practice at a temple. Full-day private biking and/or hiking excursion in the countryside
Hanoi – Halong Bay
Private overland transfer to Halong Bay luxury cruise for 2 nights. Afternoon cruising on the bay and visit to local villages
Morning tai chi demonstration and full-day cruising and kayaking excursion on the bay
Halong Bay – Hoi An
Sunrise cruise. Private overland transfer to Hanoi airport and flight to Hoi An. Private arrival transfer to resort for 3 nights
Morning private tour of Hoi An by bike
Hoi An & My Son
Full-day private biking excursion to My Son
Hoi An – Saigon
Private transfer to Danang airport and flight to Saigon. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon private city tour
Saigon & environs
Full-day private excursion to the Mekong Delta including a bicycle and boat tour or full-day private excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple
Private airport transfer
Sofitel Metropole Legend Hotel
Halong Violet Cruise
The Nam Hai
Park Hyatt Saigon
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