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Your journey begins in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon. Visit sites important to Vietnam's history such Reunification Hall, formerly known as the Presidential Palace. It was towards this modern building that Communist tanks rolled on the morning of April 30, 1975, as the city fell at the end of the Vietnam War. Tour the Cu Chi Tunnels – an incredible network of underground passages used during the Vietnam War complete with trapdoors, kitchens and living quarters. Stroll along Le Cong Kieu Street, famous for the many shops and galleries selling crafts and antiques. And journey deep into the Mekong Delta by sampan for an intimate look into rural life.
You'll also have a chance to experience Vietnam's remarkable natural beauty. Discover quiet villages set along the fertile valleys and lush waterways of the Mekong Delta by sampan. Witness thousands of limestone islands rising from the emerald waters of majestic and inspiring Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site, as you transfer by private seaplane. Upon arrival, see this breathtaking body of water in style aboard a 5-star Paradise Cruise vessel where you'll spend the night in a deluxe cabin. Enjoy lunch and dinner onboard as you navigate along tranquil coves, past limestone caves and dramatic rocks jutting from the water.
Stroll along the beaches of Hoi An, a major international port during the 17th-19th centuries and now a popular seaside resort. And see fascinating scenes of local life in the educational and cultural town of Hue, another UNESCO World Heritage site.
There's also plenty of time to explore Vietnam’s culinary traditions and even learn to prepare traditional dishes yourself! In Ho Chi Minh City, dine at the Hoa Tuc Restaurant, famed for its contemporary approach to Vietnamese cuisine. Mingle with local farmers and sample fresh fruit in a village on the Mekong Delta. Use that experience later to help select fresh produce and spices at a market in Hoi An. The ingredients you select will be used later at a hands-on cooking class where you'll learn about some of the ingredients and techniques of traditional Vietnamese cooking.
Dine at the esteemed Brother’s Café, located on Hoi An’s waterfront. And in Hanoi, accompany a local chef on a tour of the city's diverse culinary scene. Explore a local market and gain insight into the many exotic spices and ingredients then join him for an authentic Vietnamese lunch at one of his favorite restaurants.
• 8 nights in deluxe and luxury hotels: 3 nights in Ho Chi Minh City, 2 nights in Hoi An, 1 night in Hue and 2 nights in Hanoi
• 1 night in a deluxe outside cabin aboard a Paradise Cruise vessel on Ha Long Bay
• 22 meals - Daily breakfast, 7 lunches and 6 dinners
• On-tour transportation and 3 internal flights
• Services of a professional trip leader
• Comprehensive escorted sightseeing with all entry fees
• Hotel to hotel baggage handling
February 1, 2016: A Special Tet Festival Departure
Join our special February 1, 2016 departure and experience Tet, the Vietnamese New Year when colorful decorations adorn nearly every street, home and building. As you explore the country at this festive time, you’ll encounter local residents as they celebrate in the streets en route to visit with family and friends.
Special dishes are a tradition of the New Year and you’ll have an opportunity to savor these delights including Banh Chung, sticky rice which has been carefully prepared with meat or vegetables and beautifully wrapped in a green banana leaf.
Day 1 - Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon)
Check in to the luxury Park Hyatt Hotel in the heart of the city. The remainder of the day is free to relax or explore on your own.
Accommodation: Park Hyatt Hotel - 3 nights
Day 2 - Discover Ho Chi Minh City
An enriching day begins this morning at the Cu Chi Tunnels, the incredible underground network used by guerilla fighters during the Vietnam War that once stretched for 210 miles. Marvel at secret trapdoors, underground kitchens, living quarters and even conference rooms. You’ll have ample opportunity to view the excavated areas from above. The more adventurous can even explore the deeper second and even third-level tunnels.
Back in the city, a sightseeing tour includes Saigon’s most important Colonial-era landmarks. See Reunification Hall, formerly known as the Presidential Palace. It was towards this modern building that Communist tanks rolled on the morning of April 30, 1975, as the city fell at the end of the Vietnam War. Stop by the General Post Office, a picturesque Colonial-era landmark, City Hall and Notre Dame Cathedral. Then stroll along Le Cong Kieu Street, famous for the many shops and galleries selling antiques – both old and new! Dine tonight at Hoa Tuc Restaurant, famed for its contemporary approach to Vietnamese cuisine.
Day 3 - Into the Mekong Delta
Drive deep into the Mekong Delta and explore these bustling waterways by sampan. Sample exotic fruits in the shade of a farmer’s garden before sitting down to a congenial lunch of local specialties. Return to Saigon, where your evening is at leisure.
Day 4 - Historic Hoi An
Fly to Danang and drive past the beautiful Marble Mountains and world-famous China Beach to Hoi An. This colorful seaport will bring you back to the 18th century when this was one of the busiest trading ports in Asia. Known as Faifo to early western traders, Hoi An was home to Japanese, Indian, Chinese and Portuguese merchants.
Today, Hoi An is known for its collection of original Chinese temples and impressive homes built by these wealthy merchants of earlier times. Your guided walking tour includes ample opportunity to marvel at historic merchant homes, ancient temples and bustling markets. Wander through the old town center to admire the art galleries that now draw visitors from all over the world, and the famous Japanese Covered Bridge. This evening, delight in your deluxe beachfront guestroom.
Accommodation: Victoria Resort - 2 nights
Day 5 - Hoi An Cooking Class
Mingle with residents at the local market and learn how to select the best spices and freshest produce - ingredients you’ll use later at a hands-on cooking class. Learn about the preparation techniques for traditional dishes including fresh spring rolls, green papaya salad and fish in banana leaf. After enjoying the lunch you helped prepare, your afternoon is free. This evening, dine along the riverfront at the esteemed Brother’s Café, located on the waterfront.
Day 6 - Scenic Journey to Hue
Founded more than 300 years ago, Hue has long been an important cultural, religious, and educational center for Vietnam. Visit the ornate tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh and the Imperial Citadel. Built 200 years ago and modeled after the Forbidden City in Beijing, this is an impressive complex of buildings, lakes, and tranquil gardens, all laid out in a series of concentric circles. At Dong Thien Pagoda, you’ll learn much about Vietnam’s Buddhist traditions when you sit down with resident nuns for a typical Buddhist vegetarian lunch. Then join residents at the famous Dong Ba Market.
Accommodation: La Residence Hotel - 1 night
Day 7 - Fly to Hanoi
Upon arrival in Hanoi, a sightseeing tour includes the 11th-century Temple of Literature, Ngoc Son Temple and lovely Hoan Kiem Lake. After lunch, visit Hoa Lo, the infamous "Hanoi Hilton," before stepping aboard a traditional cyclo to explore the charming lanes of the historic Old Quarter, now home to many artists’ studios. Tonight, experience an ancient art form at this evening’s Water Puppet performance.
Accommodation: Hotel Sofitel Metropol - 2 nights
Day 8 - The Flavors of Hanoi
After breakfast, a local chef will be waiting to give you a taste of the city’s diverse culinary scene. Explore a local market and meet the vendors as he offers up interesting facts and insight into the many exotic spices and ingredients for sale. Join him for coffee or tea at a charming sidewalk café and then sit down to an authentic Vietnamese lunch at one of his favorite restaurants.
Day 9 - Ha Long Bay Overnight Cruise
We take you to Ha Long Bay this morning aboard a new, American-built seaplane for an unforgettable bird’s-eye view over the towering peaks and hidden coves of Ha Long Bay. Touch down amidst the emerald waters of the bay and transfer to the deluxe Paradise Cruise vessel for an unforgettable overnight voyage. Inspired by traditional Vietnamese junks, this modern 5-star ship features just 17 outside staterooms, a stylish restaurant and bar, and plenty of windows and open deck space to enjoy the scenery.
Ha Long Bay is filled with thousands of limestone islands, forested peaks, hidden coves, secret caves and emerald green waters that stretch forth as far as you can see. Enjoy lunch, dinner and a wonderful journey deep into this captivating tableau of mountains, sea and sky. There’ll be plenty of time to take in the scenery and maybe even go swimming or kayaking as our ship explores along hidden caves, tranquil inlets and cliffs draped with lush tropical vegetation.
Accommodation: Stateroom aboard Paradise Cruise vessel - 1 night
Day 10 - Awake on Ha Long Bay and return to Hanoi
Early risers can watch as the sun casts its first light across the peaks and waters of Ha Long Bay. Relax over breakfast as your ship charts a leisurely course through the bay. Step off mid-morning and return to Hanoi where our services end at the airport for your onward flight.