Hanoi – Arrival: Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. In the evening, take delight in watching a traditional water puppet performance whose origin dates back over a thousand years. Overnight in Hanoi.
Hanoi – Sightseeing: Take a full day to explore Hanoi’s illustrious history. In the morning, visit the imposing marble edifice housing the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum (CLOSED ON MONDAYS & FRIDAYS) before moving onto his wooden stilt house and the One Pillar Pagoda. You will then explore the first university of Vietnam, the Temple of Literature, which is imbued with the profound philosophies of Confucianism. In the afternoon, visit the Hoan Kiem Lake and the Ngoc Son Temple. A one-hour cyclo tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter allows you to catch a glimpse of ancient Hanoi and learn about traditional Vietnamese architecture. The tour includes a stop at an ancient Vietnamese “long house.” Overnight in Hanoi. [Breakfast]
Hanoi – Hue – Sightseeing: Fly to Hue, the former Imperial Capital of Vietnam. Upon arrival, take an excursion to the Imperial Citadel and Dong Ba Market. The spectacular Citadel (which was built in accordance to strict principles of geomancy) houses a series of palaces, ornate halls, libraries, residences and colleges. In the afternoon, visit the poetic mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc and the Thien Mu Pagoda. Enjoy a peaceful tour on the Perfume River and relax on a sunset cruise back to Hue. Overnight in Hue. [Breakfast or Brunch]
Hue – Hoi An: Drive along the coast and via mountain passes to Hoi An with a stop en route at the photogenic village of Lang Co. Upon arrival in Hoi An, pay a visit to one of Hoi An’s famous lantern workshops and learn how to make one yourself before setting out on a walking tour to explore this World Heritage Site. Highlights include an ancient merchant house, the Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the vibrant riverside market. Take a peaceful boat trip on the Thu Bon River to Thanh Ha pottery village and afterwards enjoy free time to further explore the old town. Overnight in Hoi An. [Breakfast]
Hoi An – Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh City: Depart for Da Nang to catch your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, transfer to a hotel and the rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City. [Breakfast]
Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels – Sightseeing: In the morning you will visit the amazing Cu Chi Tunnels where Vietnamese guerrillas built a labyrinth of narrow tunnels as hideouts during the war. Return to Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon for a half-day city tour. Highlights include the Reunification Palace (photo stop), the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, Chinatown, the Binh Tay Market and either the Thien Hau Temple or the Quan Am Pagoda. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City. [Breakfast]
Ho Chi Minh City – Departure: Free at leisure until transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for your departure. [Breakfast]