Hanoi / Halong Bay / Hoi An / Hue / Ho Chi Minh City

Highlights:

  • Explore 3 of Vietnam’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, including an overnight cruise through the spectacular Halong Bay
  • A cultural journey to explore the secrets of authentic Vietnamese cuisine
  • Taste Hanoi’s local street food and the Vietnam coffee
  • Local market visit and a private cooking class with a renowned chef in Hoi An
  • Discover the historic monuments in Hue – the former imperial capital
  • Wander through the dynamic Ho Chi Minh City and the legendary Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Dinner at one of the best restaurants in Hue and Ho Chi Minh City
  • Hands-On cooking lesson at the Saigon Culinary Art Center

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ACCOMODATIONS

CITYNIGHTSHOTELS
Hanoi2Mercure Hanoi La Gare
Halong Bay1Bhaya Classic Cruise
Hoi An2Hoi An Riverside Resort
Hue2Pilgrimage Village
Ho Chi Minh City2Grand Hotel Saigon
DAY 1
Arrival in Hanoi

Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam’s beautiful capital. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.

DAY 2
Hanoi

Your tour of the city begins at the vast Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex, including the mausoleum, Presidential Palace, Stilt House and museum. Continue to the One Pillar Pagoda, one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples. Then to 11th-century Temple of Literature, a peaceful series of walled courtyards and graceful gateways which is one of the best-preserved examples of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Later, a walking tour in the Old Quarter. Visit a coffee shop to sample the famous Vietnam coffees. Evening unique experience to visit the night market and try different local street foods together with a local food expert. (B,D)

Note: The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed Mondays, Fridays and during September and October. Some sites might be closed during Lunar New Year.

DAY 3
Hanoi | Halong Bay

Morning drive to picturesque Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and embark on your overnight cruise through the bay. Revel in the tranquility of the natural seascape dotted with around 2,000 islets and rocky outcrops. After lunch on board, visit a fishing village. (B,L,D)

DAY 4
Halong Bay | Hoi An

Continue sailing across the stunning islets and explore Sung Sot Cave, the largest and the most beautiful cave of the bay. Later, disembark and transfer to Hanoi Airport for flight to Danang. Upon arrival, transfer to Hoi An. (B)

DAY 5
Hoi An

Morning cooking class at a local restaurant, with a world-traveled chef, after joining him for a private and colorful experience at the local market. Reward yourself with a wonderful meal at the end of the class. Later depart for a tour at the ancient village of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The colorful shops, houses and temples reflect a diverse heritage, best explored on foot. (B,L)

DAY 6
Hoi An | Hue

Depart by private car to Hue, a 17th-century city that served as the capital of Vietnam for more than 140 years. Afternoon visits to the Old Imperial City, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Modeled after China’s Forbidden City, this massive complex provides a fascinating glimpse into the court life of the Nguyen Dynasty. Enter its Imperial Enclosure, an area of spacious courtyards and serene lotus ponds. In the evening, visit the famous Boi Tran Garden House, the first art gallery in Hue, for a candlelight dinner. (B,D)

DAY 7
Hue

Morning excursion to a relaxing boat journey on the Perfume River, passing traditional villages. On to the iconic, 7-story Thien Mu Pagoda, considered the most famous structure in the country. Then visit the Imperial Tombs of Minh Mang, Tu Duc and Khai Dinh and soak in the tranquil atmosphere, wandering among pavilions, courtyards and lotus ponds. (B)

DAY 8
Hue | Ho Chi Minh City

Morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, tour the city beginning with the Reunification Palace, formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president that was famously stormed by tanks in 1975 signifying the fall of South Vietnam. Afterwards, drive to the historic center to visit the Emperor of Jade Pagoda, one of the city’s most interesting pagodas and to many classic European-style landmarks. End your tour at the central Ben Thanh Market, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts. (B)

DAY 9
Ho Chi Minh City

Morning transfer to the Saigon Culinary Art Center for a cooking class. The course includes detailed explanations of the history and traditions of Vietnamese cuisine and a hands-on cooking lesson. Then drive to the outskirts to visit the legendary Cu Chi Tunnels, a 125-mile-long underground network that stretched to the Cambodian border. In the evening, enjoy dinner at one of the best restaurants in Saigon. (B,D)

DAY 10
Depart Hoi Chi Minh City

Transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)

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