Join Educational Opportunities for this one-of-a-kind tour to Vietnam where you will enjoy the breathtaking scenery, friendly people, history and culture. Each day is packed with amazing sites and experiences from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. The tour departs on October 14, 2018 and pricing starts at $2,998* from Los Angeles.
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount
- All Inclusive Pricing
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Entrance and Program Fees
- First Class Hotels
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Guided Tours
- International Airfare
- Meals as listed in itinerary
Day 1 Depart the USA
Depart on your international overnight flights from the US.
Day 2 Cross the International Date Line
Cross the International Date Line - While in Flight.
Day 3 Arrival to Hanoi, Vietname
Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital represents the best of the country’s art and romance, poetry and beauty. Over a thousand years old, Hanoi is home to crumbling stone walls from centuries ago as well as French-colonial architecture from the time when Hanoi was one of the loveliest capitals of French Indochina. Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi is a city of numerous captivating faces. The traditional commercial bustle, street markets, chaotic traffic and fascinating shophouse architecture of the Old Quarter contrast dramatically with the quiet lakes, historic temples, shady city parks and regal architecture of the French colonial districts. Transfer to the Hotel on arrival in Hanoi, Vietnam. (-/-/-)
Day 4 Hanoi City Tour
Embark for a full day city tour with a start from Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing the Mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh, the Presidential Palace (From outside) and the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. This complex also comprises the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city. Following is a visit to trip to The Temple of Literature, considered as the Vietnam’s first university built in 1070. Lunch at a local restaurant before a visit to the beautiful Museum of Ethnology to enhance your understanding of Vietnam’s diverse culture through its unique presentation of objects & dresses of Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups. End the day at Thang Long Theatre for Water Puppet Show, unique Vietnamese traditional art which originates from rural festivals of Vietnamese, the artists-men and women-stand waist-deep in the water to manipulate the puppets, making them move about, talk and laugh and even dance on the surface of the water. Overnight in Hanoi. (B/L/-)
Day 5 Hanoi-Halong Bay
This morning head to the Hon Gai Harbour where you will embark on a cruise aboard the Tonkin Cruise boat. Enjoy a welcome drink once onboard while you cruise through Bai Tu Long Bay and enjoy lunch. Explore Vung Vieng Village: Guest choose to discover the daily life of the fisher communities with bamboo boat (one hour) or kayaking around Vung Vieng area (one hour). Options of things to do include swimming, sunbathing and relaxing at Ban Chan Beach. Relax and enjoy the sunset cocktail while the boat is cruising to Cong Dong - Cong Do area. Docking for overnight. Have a BBQ dinner. (B/L/D)
Day 6 Halong Bay - Hanoi / Fly to Danang / Drive on to Hoian
Explore the Thien Canh Son Cave, located at the centre of World Heritage Area Halong Bay, Thien Canh Son Cave treats tourists to the wild and mysterious beauty of nature. Return to the boat for check out and relaxing on sundeck or watching fruits carving demonstration. Enjoy the last of the Ha Long Bay scenery over lunch as the boat cruises back to shore. Fly to Danang, stay in Hoian. (B/L/-)
Day 7 Tour and stay in Hoian
The heart of the city is still the Old Town, full of winding lanes and Chinese-styled shop houses, which is particularly atmospheric in the evening as the sun goes down. The main thoroughfare in the Old Town is Tran Phu. Just south of the Old Town, across the Thu Bon River, are the islands of An Hoi to the west, reachable via Hai Ba Trung, and Cam Nam to the east, reachable via Hoang Dieu. Join us for a leisure walking tour to visit this charming town to visit some old houses, temples, and cover bridge. Afternoon free at leisure. (B/-/-)
Day 8 Hoian - Hue
After breakfast, then we drive on to Hue - served as an imperial capital to the Nguyen Lords, a feudal dynasty which reigned from the 17th to 19th century. With splendid emperors’ tombs, ancient pagodas and the remains of the Citadel, the city retains its Royal charm. Check into the Hotel on arrival, and take tour in the afternoon to explore the history and architecture around the Capital Citadel (the bastion), Royal Citadel (the sanctum), and the Forbidden Citadel (the royal family’s residence). Meet with Mr. Phan Thuan An Family at his home, Ngoc Son House. (Optional Royal Dinner in Hue $20 per person additional, minimum 10). (B/L/-)
Day 9 Tour in Hue and Fly to Ho Chi Minh City
You will embark on a dragon boat on the picturesque Perfume River to visit Thien Mu pagoda, Hue’s best-preserved religious monument. Standing on the riverbank with its seven-storey tower, the pagoda is a sight to behold. Then visit to the serene Khai Dinh Royal Tomb. Then, we will transfer to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). Today they are both used interchangeably by foreigners and locals alike, most preferring the former. Technically speaking, Saigon is actually downtown District 1 of the larger HCMC. Downtown Saigon is the most popular tourist destination in Vietnam. In the past it was referred to as the Pearl of the Orient and Paris of the East because of its wide boulevards, colonial-style villas and lively café society. It is a curious mix of the past and present. Transfer to the hotel on arrival. (B/-/-)
Day 10 Cu Chi Tunnels and Saigon City Tour
After breakfast, head to the Cuchi Tunnels - just about 60 kilometers northwest of Saigon where it lays on one of the most fascinating historical sights of Vietnam-American War. The beginnings of the Cu Chi tunnels date back to Vietnam's struggle for independence from the French, but it was not until the Vietnam-American War that the tunnel network was widely expanded to cover a total distance of some 250 kilometers (155 miles), A small part of this network has been restored and opened to visitors to cast a fascinating light on the lives of the Cu Chi guerrillas and their hideouts. The short visit gives you a better understanding of guerilla fighting tactics of Vietnamese. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in the city center. Afternoon, enjoy half-day city tour. Embark on a orientation tour to admire Saigon’s historic landmarks including a stroll down Rue Catinat of Graham Greene's 'The Quiet American' will reveal more colonial classics; the Opera House, a three-story classical theatre built to entertain the French colonists (outside visit); the former Hotel de Ville constructed for the French bureaucrats of Indochina in 1901, now The People's Committee building with no public access; the Notre Dame Cathedral, a stunningly massive red-brick edifice with twin spires, a clear reminder that French once ruled this city; the Central Post Office influenced by Renaissance architecture; and the former Presidential Palace, headquarters of the Saigon Government during the American-Vietnam war. Drive pass by the former U.S embassy (outside visit). Then, you will continue viewing the Vietnam’s History from 1945-1975, Vietnam-American War at the War Museum. (B/L/-)
Day 11 Full Day Excursion to the Mekong Delta, Cai Be
After breakfast, set off for a drive in the morning to Caibe Town, deep in the Mekong Delta - the second largest Delta in the world, and embark on a private boat. The tour begins with a visit of the colorful Cai Be floating market, followed by a visit to some local home factories that produce rice paste, rice popcorn and coconut candy. Proceed to evergreen islands among the Mekong River through a large network of meandering tributaries, crisscrossed with countless arroyos. Lunch is served at a local farmer home while listening to stories about their life on the land before the cruise back to Cai Be, drive back to Saigon for the night. (B/L/-)
Day 12 Saigon Departure
After breakfast, Free till check out & transfer to the airport for the departure flight back home, or continue your extension tour to Cambodia. (B/-/-)
Enhance Your Journey
Angkor Wat Extension $628
Oct. 25 – Saigon – Siem Reap. Transfer to airport for flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival at Siem Reap airport, you will be welcomed by tour guide and transferred to hotel for check in. 5:00pm, go to sunset at Angkor. (B/‐/‐)
Oct. 26 – Discover Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Phnom. Visit Angkor Thom by starting from the Southgate to the famous Bayon temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara. Continue visit to the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Afternoon, visit to the temple of Ta Prohm, with enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers embracing themselves in the stone foundations of the structure giving the impression of man’s creation being reclaimed by the powerful forces of nature is an incredible sight. Last but not least, visit most famous temple Angkor Wat, the World Heritage Site since 1992, famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas‐relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology. (B/L/‐)
Oct. 27 – Tonle Sap Lake, Siem Reap Departure. Excursion to Chong Kneas Floating Village, take a ride by traditional wooden boat on Tonle Sap Lake to experience the fishermen life. In the wet season, the Tonle Sap Lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia. Return to your Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Oct. 28 – Return to USA. Transfer to airport for departure flight.
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount
* Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.
October 14, 2018