(10 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Saigon, Hue, Hoi An, Hanoi
This comprehensive tour features Vietnam’s most popular cities, small towns, and day trips.
Begin 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. If desired, 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, a private excursion to the Mekong Delta, and private cooking classes or culinary tours.
Next, fly to Hue, the former imperial capital, in central Vietnam. Visit royal tombs, the imperial Citadel, and take a cruise along the Perfume River. Meet with monks at an ancient pagoda and learn about Buddhism and life as a monk in Hue. Visit markets, sample Hue's vegetarian cuisine, and enjoy tea at a private home that once belonged to the royal family.
Continue on a coastal drive 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. 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. Also visit the nearby Museum of Cham Sculpture, as well as the Marble Mountains, which contain Buddhist cave temples. Upon request, we can arrange additional activities in and near Hoi An, such as 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; an excursion to My Son, the ancient ruins of the once-powerful Cham civilization; biking through the countryside; 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 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. Later, see Hanoi’s renowned water puppet show, or attend a performance at the landmark Hanoi Opera House. One day, enjoy a street food tour to sample local flavors such as pho (noodle soup) and cha ca (spicy fried fish). Also visit a local village filled with beautiful historic architecture. Additional special interest touring can be arranged upon request, such as meetings with prominent artists and art gallery owners, biking through the nearby countryside, cooking classes and other culinary tours, meetings with prominent historians, private meditation sessions in an ancient temple, and more.
Accommodation throughout the tour is in top room categories at Vietnam's best luxury hotels and resorts.
Fast-track airport assistance. Private transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Private afternoon tour
Private city tour
Private excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai temple
Saigon - Hue
Transfer and flight to Hue for 1 night. Full-day private touring
Hue - Hoi An
Morning private touring of royal tombs and pagodas. Mid-day drive to Hoi An for 2 nights
Hoi An Morning private tour. Afternoon at leisure at resort
Hoi An - Hanoi
Transfer and flight to Hanoi for 3 nights. Afternoon private city tour. Evening Water Puppet Theater performance
Full-day private tour in Hanoi
Morning market visit and cooking class. Afternoon at leisure
Private airport transfer
Park Hyatt Saigon
La Residence Hotel & Spa
The Nam Hai
Sofitel Metropole Hotel
Per person (double occupancy)
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