Day 1: When you arrive in Hanoi, your guide will meet you and transfer you to the hotel in the Old Quarter near Hoan Kiem Lake (the Hong Ngoc). When you are ready you will take an Old Quarter rickshaw tour. If there is time you will also visit the Confucius Literature Center also with a small concert of traditional
Vietnamese music (complete with traditional ethnic costumes). Includes: (B), (L).
Day 2: You will visit the Ho Chi Minh Museum, Mausoleum and the surrounding grounds (including Ho Chi Minh residences). After lunch you will go to the Museum of Ethnology. Evening option - Water Puppets. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 3: Today you take the Halong Bay cruise through the spectacular islands, have lunch in the midst of the beautiful areas and visit the caves. Possibly swim in bay. You will stay overnight on this lovely boat (with clean private bathrooms in each room). Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: The cruise continues. You can kayak in the gorgeous bay Then you will return to the port and then to Hanoi. Then we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Hue, where you will be transferred to your hotel. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 5: Today you will visit the Citadel, which is the King's Palace (which is a World Heritage Site). The cultural show there is also a World Heritage Site (one of the few performance groups in the world which has attained that status). Then you will be taken to two of the Emperor's tombs. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 6: You will be driven to Danang. Then you will visit the Cham Statues Museum. After that you will be taken to the Marble Mountains for a view of the grottoes, caves and the high view. After lunch you will be taken to China Beach for an afternoon on this beautiful and famous beach. Then you will continue onto Hoi An and will be checked into your hotel. You spend the night in Hoi An. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 7: Today you will visit the My Son Holy Land. Afterward you will return to Hoi An and check in at your hotel. Visit famous places in Hoi An, enjoy the ancient town at night, drinking coffee, beer or whatever your pleasure. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 8: You will fly to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) where your guide will meet you and take you on a half-day tour, which will include the War Museum, the Independence Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral, a Buddhist Temple and more. Then you will be transferred to your hotel. Evening option - The Saigon Saigon bar provides an open air high view of the city as well as enjoyable music. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 9: Return USA You are transferred to the airport for your return flight to your home country with a lifetime of wonderful memories.
Note: Extensions to other sites in VN are available.
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