Day 1: Saigon: You arrive in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) where your guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Includes: (D).
Day 2: Saigon: After breakfast at your hotel, you will be taken to the Cu Chi Tunnels (aka Ho Chi Minh tunnels). A land that suffered great damage in the war, the length of the tunnels is more than 200 km under the ground. Stop-over to visit the rice-paper village. After lunch, you will go back to Ho Chi Minh for a city tour including: the Reunification Palace, Notre-Dame Cathedral, City Post-Office, Lam Son Square, War museum. Overnight in HCM. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 3: Saigon: A visit out to the Mekong Delta or a free day. Evening option: Saigon nightlife. Includes: (B).
Day 4: Hue: Breakfast at hotel. Then you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Hue, where your guide will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. After lunch you will take a bicycle or cyclo or car to visit the Imperial Citadel - first built by king Gia Long in 1805. Here you will visit Ngo Mon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, The Mieu Temple, and the Nine Dynastic Urns. Lunch. The n we will drive you to Royal Tombs (king Khai Dinh's and king Tu Duc's tombs), Thien Mu Pagoda, Trang Tien Bridge and shopping at Dong Ba Market. Dinner. Traditional music on boat cuising along Perfume River to release Chinese lanterm. Overnight in Hue. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Hoi An: After breakfast, you will go sightseeing on Hai Van Pass. Visit Marble Mountains with its beautiful grottoes and temples, which can be reached by climbing steep steps where you can buy their famous stone scultures. Then you will go to Hoi An, an ancient town, where your guide will check you into your hotel. Dinner with Hoi An special dishes. Overnight in Hoi An. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 6: Hanoi: After breakfast you will depart to Dannang, where you can visit the Museum of Cham Sculpture to see a fine collection of some 300 sandstone sculptures of gods, beasts & celestial dancing girls of exquisite beauty, created between the 7th to 15th centuries. Lunch. You can swim at Non Nuoc Beach. Later you will fly to Hanoi and be transferred to the hotel. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 7: Hanoi Today you will go to the Ho Chi Minh Museum, Masoleum and the surrounding grounds (including Ho Chi Minh residences). After lunch we will take you to the Museum of Ethnology. Evening option: Water Puppets. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 8: Cat Ba - Halong Bay: We will take you to Halong Bay where you can cruise through the spectacular islands, have lunch in the midst of the beautiful areas and visit the caves. Possibly swim in bay. Then continue onto Cat Ba island and check into your hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Hanoi: You will have free time in the morning. Late afternoon Ferry to Haiphong. A brief tour of the city and the harbor and drive back to Hanoi. Transfer to hotel. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 10: Sapa: Today you will visit Temple of Literature and enjoy a small concert of traditional Vietnamese music (complete with traditional ethnic costumes). After lunch, visit the Ngoc Son Temple on Hoan Kiem Lake and take a tour of the Old Quarter. Evening transfer for the late night train to Lau Chai to go to Sapa, the old French mountain resort and home to many VN minorities. Stay in hotel. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 11: Sapa: You arrive in the morning, where your guide will meet you and take you to by vehicle to Sapa. You will be checked into the hotel. Enjoy this interesting combination of French-style chateaus, mixed with VN and minority peoples. Visit the town market and see the many crafts and wares.
Day 12: Sapa: You will take walking tours to the nearby villages of the Hmong and Dao people, see how they live, and enjoy the beautiful landscapes with the terraced farming.
Day 13: Hanoi: A driving tour through the beautiful countryside. Visit various minorities and villages in the area. You return to the train station for the train to Hanoi.
Day 14: Hanoi: Drive out to the Thai Minority village at Mai Chau. You will stay with a family in the village, see the interesting countryside, enjoy the local hospitality, and visit the neighboring village as well. Sleep in a stilted house.
Day 15: Hanoi: Continue enjoying the area, go for a walking tour of the area, then return to Hanoi.
Day 16: Return USA: Transfer to the airport for your return flight with a lifetime of wonderful memories!
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