Encounter Vietnam’s breathtaking natural beauty, abiding tradition, and profoundly hospitable people on this comprehensive 15-day small group journey. Get acquainted with French-accented Hanoi during a three-night stay, touring historic sites and sampling local cuisine. On a full-day Ha Long Bay excursion, explore this stunning waterscape by boat. Spending three nights in a beachfront hotel in Da Nang, tour the acclaimed Cham Museum and Hoi An’s charming Old Town, a UNESCO site. Enjoy a cooking lesson and see a farming settlement’s daily life. In Hue, explore the vast Imperial Citadel, take a cyclo ride, and cruise on the Perfume River. Then experience river life with two nights in the storied Mekong Delta, journeying by boat to a floating market and exploring by sampan. A three-night stay in vibrant Saigon with touring and independent exploration concludes the journey. Discover Angkor Wat’s amazing temples and Phnom Penh with an optional 5-day/3-night post-tour extension.
Day 1. Depart U.S./Canada for Hanoi, Vietnam
Day 2. Arrive Hanoi
Day 3. Hanoi
Day 4. Hanoi/Ha Long Bay
Day 5. Hanoi/Da Nang
Day 6. Da Nang/Hoi An
Day 7. Da Nang
Day 8. Da Nang/Hue
Day 9. Hue
Day 10. Hue/Saigon/Can Tho
Day 11. Can Tho/Mekong Delta
Day 12. Mekong Delta/Saigon
Day 13. Saigon
Day 14. Saigon
Day 15. Depart for U.S./Canada
- Tour the historic sites of Hanoi, including the infamous Hoa Lo prison, also known as the "Hanoi Hilton" during the Vietnam War.
- Enjoy a full day excursion to Ha Long Bay, sprinkled with 3,000 islands and islets.
- Visit acclaimed Cham Museum with artifacts from 7th to 15th century.
- Meander through Hoi An's Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
- Try out your culinary skills during a cooking lesson in Hoi An.
- Walking tour of a farming settlement in Da Nang.
- Explore the Imperial Citadel in the city of Hue, which houses the Forbidden Purple City complex where emperors lived with their families.
- Journey by boat to a floating market on the Mekong's lower reaches at Cai Rang.
- In Saigon, visit the former Presidential Palace, which served as the South Vietnamese government's wartime headquarters.