Saigon—an enchanted name. Strike out from the city for a calm boat outing on the mighty Mekong river tributaries, an oars-reach away from the thriving river life and local delicacies. Enjoy a Saigon evening getting lost in time, a haven of the French Colonial era embracing the modern bustle—all the big city perks with living history kept relevant by the warm-welcoming citizens. In Saigon, you’ll never know “when” you are, discovering remnants of a bygone time amid trendy startups, or dining on century-old flavors prepared in a modern light.
After the hustle of Saigon, slow down in Hoi An. Nestled in the backstreets, you’ll find Asian and European merchants known for high-grade porcelain and silk. Get hands-on and spice it up while shopping and chopping Vietnamese style in our local market tour and cooking class. Don’t worry, you’ll have a full day for unscheduled relaxation—seek the city’s treasures on foot, dabble in the customary arts and crafts, or go for a dip at one of Hoi An’s pristine beaches. Hungry for history? Schedule an excursion to the Cham temple ruins or pay respects at the infamous massacre fields of My Lai. Indoors or out, there’s never a dull moment.
Change pace with an early morning transit to Hue, Vietnam’s first World Heritage Site. A beacon in the time of Vietnamese Dynasties, Hue offers both rustic charm and richness of decades past. Be bold on a 5-hour stop-and-go motorbike tour through the once imperial city and surrounding area. A thought provoking reminder of royal monarchy mixed with folk music and traditions, Hue’s motorbike sightseeing offers the best of both worlds, stopping to explore pagodas, war-ravaged ruins, quaint countryside villages, private homes and more! Truly, traversing the area in native style is the best way to see the master handicraft and historical panache that has made this diverse city a world-famous landmark.
No Vietnam tour would be complete without the distinct allure and stately prominence of the 1000-year old Vietnamese capitol, Hanoi. For the curious fact-seeker, Hanoi is a goldmine of national history, and the Old City is the heartbeat of it’s heritage-rich present. Our guide will treat you to a half-day informational tour around the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Place and Residence, and the Temple of Literature, Hanoi’s first University and repository of Confucius’ teachings. Afterwards, be introduced by Cyclo-tour to the busy life of the Old City, and later test your own traveler merits bartering at the local market, indulging in the finely spiced street cuisine, or following your instincts on a tangent through the city.
There’s no better place to end an adventure than at sunset on the deck of the Halong Bay Phoenix Cruiser, right where you’ll be after a full day of slow cruising through a breathtaking limestone seascape, one unforgettable seaside cave tour, and an afternoon kayaking excursion in the fishing village. Spoil yourself with ocean-fresh seafood and an overnight stay filled with fun and games. Nearby, Ti Top Island provides a refreshing morning swim or a hike to the island’s scenic overlook. Take one final stab at becoming Vietnam’s next master chef in the ship’s sundeck cooking class before heading back to Hanoi for departure.
All transfers and accommodations included, you’ll stay at clean, modest 2 to 3 star hotels and enjoy efficient transportation to and from your destinations. Our guides, tours, and cooking classes are all inclusive, providing insight into Viet history, culture, and geography. Many meals included, as listed on itinerary, including a traditional Buddhist lunch at a Buddhist pagoda and don’t worry about entrance fees—those are covered too!