Discover Vietnam’s breathtaking natural beauty, abiding tradition, and profoundly hospitable people on this comprehensive 17-day small group journey. Begin your tour in French-accented Hanoi, and take a full-day excursion to breathtaking Ha Long Bay. Tour Da Nang’s acclaimed Cham Museum, and visit Hoi An and its charming Old Town, a UNESCO site. See local life up close on a walking tour of a farming settlement. Proceed to the imperial capital Hue, where you explore the Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO site. Cruise the Perfume River to peaceful Thien Mu Pagoda. Travel to Can Tho in southern Vietnam and explore the storied Mekong River Delta’s tributaries and floating markets. Your journey concludes in vibrant Saigon with tours of Reunification Palace, the History Museum, and the notorious Cu Chi Tunnels; and a traditional water puppet performance. Discover Angkor Wat’s amazing temples on an optional 3-day/2-night extension to Cambodia.
For reservations and information, please call Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. toll-free at: 888-370-6765, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m., Eastern Time.
Depart U.S. for Hanoi, Vietnam
We arrive in the Vietnamese capital today then transfer to our hotel. Tonight, we visit the bustling Ancient Quarter, where we enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. D
This morning we take a walking tour of Ba Dinh Square. Highlights include the marble and granite mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the Presidential Palace, and thousand-year-old One Pillar Pagoda. Following lunch on our own, our tour of Hanoi features Hoan Kiem Lake; the marvelous Temple of Literature (c. 1070); and the infamous Hoa Lo Prison, also known as the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War. We dine tonight at a local restaurant. B,D
This morning we depart on a full-day excursion to Ha Long Bay, a breathtaking waterway sprinkled with 3,000 islands and islets, limestone cliffs, secret grottoes, and hidden caves. Our tour includes a boat ride and seafood lunch. B,L
We fly this morning to Da Nang, Vietnam’s third largest city, situated on the south central coast. Upon arrival, we tour the acclaimed Cham Museum, which celebrates the Cham people’s Hindu legacy with a fine collection of sculpture and artifacts dating from the 7th to 15th centuries. After we reach our beachfront hotel, the remainder of the day is at leisure in this splendid setting. B,D
This morning we visit nearby Hoi An, where a succession of Dutch, Chinese, Portuguese, and Japanese traders helped to build an architecturally diverse and colorful village where many ancient traditions still hold sway. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Hoi An’s Old Town is a charming car-free pedestrian zone lined with tailors, shops, and art galleries. This afternoon is at leisure to either remain in Hoi An on your own or return to our beachside resort for a relaxing interlude. B,L
A morning walking tour of a nearby farming settlement reveals the daily life of a local community up close. Here rice paddies occupy every spare patch of ground, water buffaloes plow the fields, and villagers ride to market with produce piled high on their bicycles. Later we enjoy a cooking lesson and dinner in Hoi An. B,D
We depart this morning by coach for the ancient imperial city of Hue, whose palaces, temples, and tombs evoke its past grandeur as home to emperors and mandarins. We explore the Imperial City – enjoying a traditional cyclo ride along the way – housing the Forbidden Purple City complex where emperors lived with their families and now a UNESCO site. We also visit the busy Central Market. Tonight we enjoy a special Hue dinner, with traditional music. B,D
This morning we cruise along Hue’s Perfume River to peaceful Thien Mu Pagoda, a Buddhist monastery that ranks among the city’s oldest and most important monuments. After admiring the seven-story octagonal tower, we visit the palatial Tomb of Minh Mang (c. 1840), with its pavilions and courtyards modeled after the Ming Tombs of China. This afternoon we see the tombs of Tu Duc, a gem of royal architecture; and Khai Dinh, an elaborate mix of ancient and modern, European and Asian. B,L
Today begins with an early morning flight to Saigon. Upon arrival we board a motorcoach for the three-hour drive south to the Mekong River town of Cai Be then on to the busy river port and provincial capital of Can Tho. B,D
We rise early for today’s journey by boat to the lively floating market at Cai Rang on the Mekong’s lower reaches. After lunch together at a local restaurant, the remainder of the day is at leisure. B,L
An hour-long coach ride this morning brings us to the upper reaches of the storied Mekong. Here we board motorized sampans for an up-close look at river life. After lunch at a local restaurant, we continue by coach to Saigon (the name Ho Chi Minh City is used interchangeably). We reach our hotel late afternoon; dinner is on our own in this vibrant city. B,L
A morning tour includes the former Presidential Palace, which served as the South Vietnamese government’s wartime headquarters. Now called Reunification Palace, it was here that the first Communist tanks rolled into Saigon on April 30, 1975; it remains preserved as a museum almost exactly as it was on that day. We also tour the History Museum. Later we attend a traditional water puppet performance. B,D
This morning we visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, the infamous underground network from which North Vietnamese forces operated in wartime. Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner. B,D
Following a day free for independent exploration, this evening we depart for the airport and our overnight flight to the U.S. Our rooms are reserved for our late check-out. B
We arrive in the U.S. and connect with our flights home.
for $995 total price (Single Supplement: $245).
Prices include int’l airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees.
- Boston, New York, Washington, DC: $4,197
- Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle: $4,497
- Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Miami, Minneapolis, Orlando, Philadelphia, Tampa: $4,597
- Denver, Detroit, Phoenix, Portland (OR): $4,697
- Land Only (transfers not included) $3,195
Your Tour Price Includes:
- Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within itinerary
- 13 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe and Superior First Class hotels
- 26 meals: 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 8 dinners
- Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
- Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
- Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
- Luggage handling for one bag per person
- Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
Please call if your city is not listed. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $802, which are subject to change until final payment is made.
Single travelers please add $1,495.
All tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.
Business Class upgrade on round-trip international flight: $5,995 per person in addition to the above costs (upgrade is subject to availability and pricing is subject to change).
For reservations and information, please call Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. toll-free at: 888-370-6765, Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–7:00 PM, Eastern Time.
Days 3-5: InterContinental Hanoi Westlake, Deluxe
Days 6-8: Hyatt Regency Danang, Deluxe
Days 9-10: Saigon Morin Hotel, Sup. First Class
Days 11-12: Victoria Can Tho Resort, Sup. First Class
Days 13-15: Sofitel Saigon Plaza, Deluxe