City Trips and Tours
Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or to begin exploring the city. In the evening watch a performance of the renowned water puppet theatre whose origins date back over a thousand years.
A full day to explore Hanoi ‘s illustrious history. In the morning, visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex containing his mausoleum, former residence and the One Pillar Pagoda. Also visit the Temple of Literature . In the afternoon visit the Vietnam Museum of Fine Arts, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple . A one-hour tour of Hanoi ‘s Old Quarter by cyclo is a relaxing way to end the day. The tour includes a stop at an ancient Vietnamese “long house”.
Morning flight to the central coastal city of Danang . Upon arrival, transfer to the ancient port town of Hoi An. Embark on a walking tour of this charming town, visiting ancient merchants’ houses, a Hokkien temple, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge , and the colorful riverside market. Afternoon trip to one of Hoi An’s famous lantern workshops. Guests learn how the lanterns are made and then have a chance to create their own.
Depart Hoi An for the ancient capital of Hue . The three-hour drive hugs the ocean coastline, winds through emerald-green paddy fields and climbs over the dramatic Hai Van Mountain pass. Upon arrival in Hue , visit the Imperial Citadel and the elaborate tomb of Emperor Tu Duc.
Morning boat cruise on the romantic Perfume River . Visit the elegant Thien Mu Pagoda on the riverbank. Afternoon transfer to airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City . Upon arrival, transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is free for relaxation.
Drive to the remarkable Cu Chi tunnels outside Ho Chi Minh City . During the war “Viet Cong” guerillas built a labyrinth of narrow tunnels using them to hide during bombing raids and stage surprise attacks. Return to Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon for a half-day city tour including the Reunification Palace , Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, Chinatown, Binh Tay Market and Thien Hau Temple .
The morning is free for shopping before transfer to Tan Son Nhat International Airport for departure. End of services. [Breakfast]