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Vietnam Sampler

9 days

Small Groups of never more than 16 guests or Travel Privately

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  • Mingle with Hanoi residents at a charming lakeside cafe and then delight in a Water Puppet performance – an ancient Vietnamese art form.
  • Immerse in the beauty of Ha Long Bay from  your balcony stateroom on our luxury cruise.
  • Delve into the seafaring heritage of Hoi An, an ancient port which so many other visitors miss.
  • Delight in our private cocktail reception high above Saigon as the sun sets over the city.
  • Thrill to a guided Cyclo adventure through the evocative old streets of Saigon’s bustling Chinatown district.
  • Finish your travels in style with our unhurried 3-night stay in the lively metropolis of Saigon.
Visit 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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On arrival, our VIP Fast Track Service expedites your arrival through immigration, baggage claim and customs. Before you know it, you’ll be on your way to the stylish Sofitel Legend Metropole, the finest luxury hotel in the city.

After breakfast, your full-day sightseeing begins at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an impressive monument constructed of marble, granite and precious woods. A tour of the Hoa Lo Prison Museum, ironically nicknamed the Hanoi Hilton by American POW’s during the war, offers a sobering and thought-provoking look into history. End your morning at the Temple of Literature, founded nearly 1,000 years ago and dedicated to the famous Chinese scholar and philosopher Confucius.

After lunch, explore Hanoi’s colorful Old Quarter, where ancient byways like Tin Street and Bamboo Street are named for the goods that have long been sold there. Continuing along labrynthine streets explored by few tourists, you’ll have a chance to peer into old temples and homes, meeting residents as your in-the-know guide shares insight. Take a break with a refreshing cup of Vietnamese coffee at a café overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake and then visit Ngoc Son Temple, built in the 18th century on a tiny island in the lake. End your sightseeing with a Water Puppet performance, a traditional and uniquely Vietnamese art form which started centuries ago – possibly in the nation’s flooded rice fields.  Meals B+L

The scenic drive from the bustling city to Ha Long Bay c is just a few hours, but the magnificent landscapes that greet you upon arrival will feel worlds away from Hanoi… Ha Long Bay is filled with thousands of limestone islands, forested peaks, hidden coves, mysterious caves and emerald green waters that stretch forth as far as you can see. Traditional sailing junks and local fishing boats ply these waters and here awaits our intimate luxury ship, the Paradise Elegance.
 
Settle in to your spacious balcony stateroom and enjoy a welcome cocktail as we begin our voyage into the sublime vistas of Ha Long Bay. After lunch onboard, you’ll explore Sung Sot Cave. Later, you can visit a pearl farm where traditional ways of cultivating pearl oysters have been enhanced with the most recent developments by Japanese marine biologists. The adventurous can choose to go kayaking instead! Return to ship for a cooking demonstration, sunset cocktails and dinner in the restaurant.  Meals B+L+D

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Disembark + Travel to Hoi An

Royal Mgallery Hotel - Hoi An, Vietnam

Early risers can join a Tai Chi session on deck as the sun is rising over the magnificent landscapes of Ha Long Bay. After a light breakfast, go ashore on Soi Sim Island where you can enjoy a refreshing swim or hike to the island’s summit for panoramic views. Return to ship where you’ll find a lavish breakfast buffet awaiting you in the restaurant. As we cruise back toward the marina, take these last moments to enjoy the passing vistas from your private balcony or the Sun Deck. Upon disembarking, transfer to the airport for your included flight to Danang. On arrival, a scenic overland journey brings you to Hoi An, a historic coastal town missed by many other travelers. Check in to the Royal Hoi An MGallery where Grand Deluxe Rooms with private balconies have been reserved for our guests.  Meals B

Join your engaging guide this morning for a walking tour in town. From the 16th to the 18th centuries, Hoi An was one of the wealthiest ports in all of Asia – home to Dutch, French, Portuguese, Arab, Japanese and Chinese merchants. Today, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site c famous for its splendidly preserved architecture and ancient seafaring heritage. Your tour includes Chua Ong Pagoda, built in 1653, and Jinshang Temple – dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea and the protector of seafaring merchants. You’ll also visit the 200-year-old Tan Ky Ancestral House and the oft-photographed covered bridge, built by Japanese craftsmen in the 17th century. A pleasant cruise on the Thu Bon River is a wonderful way to conclude your exploration of this ancient and lively port.  Meals B+L

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6

Fly to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Park Hyatt - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Return to Danang for your included flight to Saigon. On arrival, you’ll be escorted to the Park Hyatt Hotel. Situated on Lam Son Square in the heart of town, our luxury hotel is Saigon’s best – heralded for its style and attentive service.  Meals B
 

Begin your sightseeing with the graceful, Colonial-era landmarks of the city including the Central Post Office, built in the late 1800’s with its creamy yellow façade, and the Opera House - designed by French architect Eugene Ferret in the flamboyant style of the French Third Republic. Next up is a guided tour of Reunification Hall, from its landscaped gardens to its stately interior; formerly known as the Presidential Palace, it was towards this modern building that Communist tanks rolled on the morning of April 30, 1975 as Saigon fell. Nearby, the War Remnants Museum offers a penetrating look into the ravages of the war as seen through the eyes of the Vietnamese people. 
 
After lunch, explore a local market filled with exotic tropical fruits and embark on our Cyclo adventure through the colorful streets of Chinatown. A guided walk down one particular street reveals small shops specializing in traditional herbal remedies; meet some of the merchants as our guide offers insight into Vietnam’s ancient healing practices. Your day of exploration ends with a cocktail as you watch the sun set over Saigon from atop one of the tallest buildings in Asia.  Meals B+L+D

With its rich history and lively cultural scene, this metropolis offers so much to enjoy. Take the day to explore as you wish, your guide will be glad to make suggestions. Meals B

Day
9

Goodbye Vietnam

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight home or extend your stay to Angkor Wat.

Extend Your Trip

Extend to Angkor Wat

4-day Post-Tour Extension for $1,699

We include your flight from Hanoi to Siem Reap, transfers, 3 nights at the deluxe Sofitel Royal Angkor hotel, 6 meals including lunch at Viroth's and 2 full days of expertly guided sightseeing

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Day
10

From Vietnam to Angkor Wat

Your international flight today from Hanoi, Vietnam to Siem Reap, Cambodia is included. Upon arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to the deluxe Sofitel Royal Angkor hotel.  Meals B

Day
11

Unhurried exploration of Angkor

After breakfast, your expert guide will be waiting to show you these amazing jungle ruins, a spectacular legacy of the once-mighty Khmer Empire. You’ll begin the day at Angkor Wat, the largest temple in the world with a volume of stone equaling that of the Cheops Pyramid in Egypt. Inspired by 12th century Hinduism, it took an estimated 30 years to build Angkor Wat, including the intricately carved bas-reliefs which adorn all four sides of the temple.

Enjoy lunch at Viroth’s Restaurant and then continue your touring with the monumental magnificence of Angkor Thom. The last capital of the Khmers is renowned for its impressive Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King, and the stunning Bayon temple. This 12th century masterpiece lies at the very centre of Angkor Thom and is an archaeological wonder of symmetry and grandeur. Late in the day, your guide will lead you to a prime vantage point to witness the sunset over Angkor. Dine tonight at the Sugar Palm Restaurant.  Meals B,L,D

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12

The luxury of a second day at Angkor

Today’s sightseeing focuses on the lesser-known but equally significant sites of Angkor, like the oft-photographed Ta Prohm. Dedicated in 1186, this vast temple complex has been largely left in its natural state, surrounded by the massive roots and limbs of the encroaching jungle. At tonight’s dinner, you’ll enjoy a cultural performance of dance and music. Meals B,D

Day
13

Depart Siem Reap

Our tour program finishes this morning after breakfast.  Meals B

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