Day 1: Depart USA.
Day 2: You arrive in Hanoi. There your guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Evening option - Water Puppets show.
Day 3: The morning is free. Then your tour will begin with a Cyclo Rickshaw Tour through the Old Quarter of Hanoi. After lunch you will visit the Museum of Ethnology, which is an excellent museum containing the ethnic costumes of the various minorities of VN, as well as relics, tools and even full size replicas of their homes and buildings. Afterward you will visit the Confucius Temple of Literature. The rest of the day is free for independent exploration.
Day 4: Today you are going to one of the most beautiful places on the face of the earth - Halong Bay! You will be driven north out of Hanoi, through the Hanoi Delta and along the Halong harbor. There you will board a private ship (or ships) to cruise through the spectacular islands, eat lunch in the midst of the beautiful areas and visit the caves. Stay overnight on the boat. The ship has small but clean and comfortable rooms with private bathrooms. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: You can kayak in this gorgeous area or ride a motorboat. Then you will cruise back to the harbor and drive to the Hanoi airport for your flight to Hue, where your guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 6: Today you can tour by bicycle, cycle 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. There is a cultural show here which is itself a World Heritage Cultural experience! After lunch you will visit the Royal Tombs (King Khai Dinh's and King Tu Duc's tombs), then Thien Mu Pagoda, Trang Tien Bridge and shopping at Dong Ba Market. Evening Option - You can board a traditional Chinese boat and hear traditional VN music (including musical cups) and cruise along the Perfume River. This includes a ceremony where you release Chinese lanterns with candles on the water. You will continue in Hue.
Day 7: After Breakfast you will be driven to Danang through the new tunnel. We will then visit a family in Danang. They will give you a brief tour of their apartment, answer questions and then make a delicious home-made lunch for you. Then we will take you to the ancient town of Hoi An and check you into your hotel. Dinner with Hoi An special dishes. Overnight in Hoi an.
Day 8: Today you will drive out and visit My Son. From there we will drive you to the Danang airport and fly you to Nha Trang. There your guide will meet you and transfer you to the best resort hotel in Nha Trang, the Vinh Pearl. Includes: (B).
Day 9: Free Day in Nha Trang.
Day 10: You can enjoy the morning at the resort. Then you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). There your guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. In the afternoon you will be given a general city tour of Saigon (HCMC) and visit the War Museum, Reunification Palace, Notre-Dame Cathedral, City Post-Office and Lam Son Square. Evening Option - Saigon nightlife – restaurants, clubs, bars with live music (e.g. Saigon, Saigon Bar).
Day 11: Today you will be taken to the airport for your flight to your home.
Price Excludes: Taxes and port fees, and is subject to availability.
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