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Vietnam South to North

Trip Length 8 days

From $2,995

  • Discover Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, My Son, Hue and and Hanoi
  • Learn about the rich culture and profound history of the land and its resilient people
  • Experience everything from the peace of the Marble Mountains to the bustle of Hanoi

Vietnam is an incredibly beautiful country with a unique civilization and a highly cultured people. Perhaps most remarkable of all is to see that Vietnam's rich, ancient culture survived colonial rule and civil war virtually intact. From bustling Ho Chi Minh City (old Saigon), we fly to Da Nang, where we visit the famous French-built Cham Museum and China Beach. We’ll then explore the karst formations of the Marble Mountains and stroll in the well preserved 17th-century trading port of Hoi An, much of which looks just as it did 150 years ago. We continue our odyssey with a visit to Hue, the old imperial city on the banks of the Perfume River. We end our adventure in Hanoi, the up-and-coming capital of the new Vietnam, with its sycamore-lined boulevards and ambience of decaying colonial grandeur.

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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon) in the morning. Transfer to hotel. Afternoon city tour, including a visit to the old Saigon Post Office, Notre Dame cathedral, the Reunification Palace, and Chinatown. Lunch and dinner on your own.

  • Accommodation:Renaissance Riverside Hotel

Day 2: Hoi An

After breakfast, we fly to Da Nang, the administrative center for Central Vietnam and a busy port city. In March 1965, the first battalion of American Marines landed along the coast of Da Nang. This area is also home of famed China Beach, made famous by the television series of the same name. We visit the Cham Museum, containing statuary and bas-relief sections of thousand-year-old Hindu temples (the Cham empire once stretched from China to Thailand). We then drive to the karst formations of the Marble Mountains to explore some of the hidden caves housing Buddhist shrines. (These caves were used by Communist forces in their fight against the American presence in Da Nang.)

We continue to Hoi An, once the wealthy trading port of Faifo. Chinese and Japanese architecture, temples and bridges abound from its glory days. Nowadays, Hoi An is a small traditional village noted for its artist colony. After a short walking tour, the time is yours to explore and shop.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Victoria Hoi An

Day 3: My Son

Today we drive westward toward the foothills of the mountain spine of Indochina. From here we’ll hike into the sacred valley of Vietnam’s most spectacular historic and religious site, My Son. Dating back to the fourth century, My Son was the holiest site of the Champa kingdom where over a period of 900 years, 68 significant Hindu temples—most dedicated to Shiva—were built. The towers are built of a combination of perfectly fitted, mortarless, fired brick and elaborately carved sandstone bas-relief panels. Only 25 survived the centuries of pillaging by Chinese and Khmer invaders as well as U.S. bombing raids. Return to Hoi An, where you'll have the remainder of the afternoon free.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Victoria Hoi An

Day 4: Hue

We embark on a morning boat trip to craft villages specializing in pottery, then indulge in a lunch of Hoi An’s special noodles—cao lau. After lunch we’ll drive 3½ hours over Cloudy Pass and along the spectacular tropical coastline to the ancient imperial capital of Hue, situated along the Perfume River. As Kyoto is to Japan, Hue is to Vietnam: an intellectual center with twelve educational academies and home to the fascinating 19th century Imperial ruins. Many of these remain damaged and serve as reminders of the Tet Offensive of 1968. Along the banks of the famed Perfume River we find magnificent Nguyen architecture: citadels, palaces, royal tombs, pagodas, and temples. The old moss and rust-stained buildings give the city an atmosphere that seems frozen in time.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation:La Residence Spa

Day 5: Hue

In the morning we visit the unusual royal tombs of Emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh, monarchs during the last dynasty of Vietnam: the Nguyen. We'll also explore the town's market and view its colonial architecture. After lunch, we travel by dragon boat up the Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu pagoda and Ming Mahn tombs. We then continue to the ruins of the Imperial Palace (the Citadel), located right on the banks of the Perfume River.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation:La Residence Spa

Day 6: Hanoi

This morning, we fly to Hanoi. Upon arrival, we'll be immersed in this great governmental center of almost three million people. Founded in 1010 AD as Thang Long, Hanoi's narrow tree-shaded streets are filled with lovely examples of French colonial architecture. We’ll spend the day exploring the old town on foot, visiting streets that specialize in hardware, funerary items, carpentry, and textiles. If you wish, a folk performance of traditional water puppets is available.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Day 7: Hanoi

This morning we continue touring Hanoi, visiting Ho Chi Minh's tomb (closed in October and November) and the one-pillar pagoda, symbol of Hanoi. We’ll also visit the Lake of the Restored Sword, the "Hanoi Hilton" Prison, and walk through the Old Quarter. We continue to the Temple of Literature and the Fine Arts Museum, where we can see displays of tools and costumes of the ethnic minorities of Vietnam, plus some classical and modern art.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Day 8: Hanoi - Depart for Home

Transfer to airport for departure on homeward-bound flight. Or extend your stay in this rich, exotic land by taking one of our Southeast Asia extensions, including the Angkor ruins of Cambodia, an exploration of Laos, or a visit to Myanmar's Inle Lake. Call and speak to a Regional Specialist for details on all our Southeast Asia extensions.

  • Breakfast

Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availability. Call us for details.

pricing

2016 / 2017 Prices
$2,995 per person (2 or more members)
$1,100 single supplement
$4,295 solo traveler

$260 internal air

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La Residence Spa — Hue

This elegant boutique hotel is perched on the banks of the Perfume River overlooking the former Imperial Citadel – once home to Emperors and now preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Formerly the residence of the French Colonial Governor, this beautiful example of Art Deco architecture was fully restored in 2005 and reimagined as a luxury hotel. Rooms are modern yet retain an air of their Deco past, with dark hardwood and French colonial touches throughout. Le Parfum restaurant serves first class French-Vietnamese fusion cuisine, while Bar Le Gouverneur evokes 1920s elegance.

Renaissance Riverside Hotel — Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Part of the Marriott family of hotels, the Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon is one of the leading hotel properties in Ho Chi Minh City. Located in the midst of the vibrant business and tourist hub of HCMC, the hotel boasts panoramic views of the Saigon River. 336 comfortable guestrooms make up this property, which also features two dining venues – Riverside Café and Kabins, which serve international and Cantonese cuisines. The Atrium Lounge is an ideal place to unwind with a glass of wine, and the Liquid Sky Bar transforms into a trendy rooftop lounge at night, complete with international DJs.

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi — Hanoi

The luxurious Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is a colonial landmark dating from 1901. Just steps from the Opera House located in the French Quarter, the stately architecture and handsome courtyard are a testament to this hotel's storied past. Opulent guest rooms are decorated in a New Classical style, with rich wood floors, plush beds and high-end amenities such as flat screen TVs, soaking tubs and Wi-Fi. Three excellent restaurants and rooms service offer guests several dining options, as well as three bars that provide a stylish setting to meet friends for a cocktail. A lovely swimming pool and full-service spa round out the offerings.

Victoria Hoi An — Hoi An

A beautiful resort located a short distance from the picturesque town of Hoi An, Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa provides a peaceful respite from the hectic pace of city life. Offering a private beach, a relaxing pool area, spa facilities and excellent food, Victoria Hoi An caters to your every need. Guest rooms are spacious and feature traditional Vietnamese decor and luxury amenities such as private balconies, soaking tubs and gorgeous river or ocean views. Exceedingly helpful staff are on hand to assist you with complimentary shuttle service to/from town, bike rentals, or organized tours.

"I could not have chosen more informative, warm and reliable guides (and drivers!), the accommodations were fantastic, and the overall trip was an experience that won't be forgotten." Susan Felzer

  • Discover Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, My Son, Hue and and Hanoi
  • Learn about the rich culture and profound history of the land and its resilient people
  • Experience everything from the peace of the Marble Mountains to the bustle of Hanoi

Vietnam is an incredibly beautiful country with a unique civilization and a highly cultured people. Perhaps most remarkable of all is to see that Vietnam's rich, ancient culture survived colonial rule and civil war virtually intact. From bustling Ho Chi Minh City (old Saigon), we fly to Da Nang, where we visit the famous French-built Cham Museum and China Beach. We’ll then explore the karst formations of the Marble Mountains and stroll in the well preserved 17th-century trading port of Hoi An, much of which looks just as it did 150 years ago. We continue our odyssey with a visit to Hue, the old imperial city on the banks of the Perfume River. We end our adventure in Hanoi, the up-and-coming capital of the new Vietnam, with its sycamore-lined boulevards and ambience of decaying colonial grandeur.

Always wanted to explore Southeast Asia and visit more than one country? If our group trips don't fit your schedule or style, then explore our Private Adventure options by contacting our regional specialists. 

Create Your Own Southeast Asia Adventure!

review

"I could not have chosen more informative, warm and reliable guides (and drivers!), the accommodations were fantastic, and the overall trip was an experience that won't be forgotten." Susan Felzer

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon) in the morning. Transfer to hotel. Afternoon city tour, including a visit to the old Saigon Post Office, Notre Dame cathedral, the Reunification Palace, and Chinatown. Lunch and dinner on your own.

  • Accommodation:Renaissance Riverside Hotel

Day 2: Hoi An

After breakfast, we fly to Da Nang, the administrative center for Central Vietnam and a busy port city. In March 1965, the first battalion of American Marines landed along the coast of Da Nang. This area is also home of famed China Beach, made famous by the television series of the same name. We visit the Cham Museum, containing statuary and bas-relief sections of thousand-year-old Hindu temples (the Cham empire once stretched from China to Thailand). We then drive to the karst formations of the Marble Mountains to explore some of the hidden caves housing Buddhist shrines. (These caves were used by Communist forces in their fight against the American presence in Da Nang.)

We continue to Hoi An, once the wealthy trading port of Faifo. Chinese and Japanese architecture, temples and bridges abound from its glory days. Nowadays, Hoi An is a small traditional village noted for its artist colony. After a short walking tour, the time is yours to explore and shop.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Victoria Hoi An

Day 3: My Son

Today we drive westward toward the foothills of the mountain spine of Indochina. From here we’ll hike into the sacred valley of Vietnam’s most spectacular historic and religious site, My Son. Dating back to the fourth century, My Son was the holiest site of the Champa kingdom where over a period of 900 years, 68 significant Hindu temples—most dedicated to Shiva—were built. The towers are built of a combination of perfectly fitted, mortarless, fired brick and elaborately carved sandstone bas-relief panels. Only 25 survived the centuries of pillaging by Chinese and Khmer invaders as well as U.S. bombing raids. Return to Hoi An, where you'll have the remainder of the afternoon free.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Victoria Hoi An

Day 4: Hue

We embark on a morning boat trip to craft villages specializing in pottery, then indulge in a lunch of Hoi An’s special noodles—cao lau. After lunch we’ll drive 3½ hours over Cloudy Pass and along the spectacular tropical coastline to the ancient imperial capital of Hue, situated along the Perfume River. As Kyoto is to Japan, Hue is to Vietnam: an intellectual center with twelve educational academies and home to the fascinating 19th century Imperial ruins. Many of these remain damaged and serve as reminders of the Tet Offensive of 1968. Along the banks of the famed Perfume River we find magnificent Nguyen architecture: citadels, palaces, royal tombs, pagodas, and temples. The old moss and rust-stained buildings give the city an atmosphere that seems frozen in time.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation:La Residence Spa

Day 5: Hue

In the morning we visit the unusual royal tombs of Emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh, monarchs during the last dynasty of Vietnam: the Nguyen. We'll also explore the town's market and view its colonial architecture. After lunch, we travel by dragon boat up the Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu pagoda and Ming Mahn tombs. We then continue to the ruins of the Imperial Palace (the Citadel), located right on the banks of the Perfume River.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation:La Residence Spa

Day 6: Hanoi

This morning, we fly to Hanoi. Upon arrival, we'll be immersed in this great governmental center of almost three million people. Founded in 1010 AD as Thang Long, Hanoi's narrow tree-shaded streets are filled with lovely examples of French colonial architecture. We’ll spend the day exploring the old town on foot, visiting streets that specialize in hardware, funerary items, carpentry, and textiles. If you wish, a folk performance of traditional water puppets is available.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Day 7: Hanoi

This morning we continue touring Hanoi, visiting Ho Chi Minh's tomb (closed in October and November) and the one-pillar pagoda, symbol of Hanoi. We’ll also visit the Lake of the Restored Sword, the "Hanoi Hilton" Prison, and walk through the Old Quarter. We continue to the Temple of Literature and the Fine Arts Museum, where we can see displays of tools and costumes of the ethnic minorities of Vietnam, plus some classical and modern art.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Day 8: Hanoi - Depart for Home

Transfer to airport for departure on homeward-bound flight. Or extend your stay in this rich, exotic land by taking one of our Southeast Asia extensions, including the Angkor ruins of Cambodia, an exploration of Laos, or a visit to Myanmar's Inle Lake. Call and speak to a Regional Specialist for details on all our Southeast Asia extensions.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

La Residence Spa — Hue

This elegant boutique hotel is perched on the banks of the Perfume River overlooking the former Imperial Citadel – once home to Emperors and now preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Formerly the residence of the French Colonial Governor, this beautiful example of Art Deco architecture was fully restored in 2005 and reimagined as a luxury hotel. Rooms are modern yet retain an air of their Deco past, with dark hardwood and French colonial touches throughout. Le Parfum restaurant serves first class French-Vietnamese fusion cuisine, while Bar Le Gouverneur evokes 1920s elegance.

Renaissance Riverside Hotel — Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Part of the Marriott family of hotels, the Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon is one of the leading hotel properties in Ho Chi Minh City. Located in the midst of the vibrant business and tourist hub of HCMC, the hotel boasts panoramic views of the Saigon River. 336 comfortable guestrooms make up this property, which also features two dining venues – Riverside Café and Kabins, which serve international and Cantonese cuisines. The Atrium Lounge is an ideal place to unwind with a glass of wine, and the Liquid Sky Bar transforms into a trendy rooftop lounge at night, complete with international DJs.

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi — Hanoi

The luxurious Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is a colonial landmark dating from 1901. Just steps from the Opera House located in the French Quarter, the stately architecture and handsome courtyard are a testament to this hotel's storied past. Opulent guest rooms are decorated in a New Classical style, with rich wood floors, plush beds and high-end amenities such as flat screen TVs, soaking tubs and Wi-Fi. Three excellent restaurants and rooms service offer guests several dining options, as well as three bars that provide a stylish setting to meet friends for a cocktail. A lovely swimming pool and full-service spa round out the offerings.

Victoria Hoi An — Hoi An

A beautiful resort located a short distance from the picturesque town of Hoi An, Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa provides a peaceful respite from the hectic pace of city life. Offering a private beach, a relaxing pool area, spa facilities and excellent food, Victoria Hoi An caters to your every need. Guest rooms are spacious and feature traditional Vietnamese decor and luxury amenities such as private balconies, soaking tubs and gorgeous river or ocean views. Exceedingly helpful staff are on hand to assist you with complimentary shuttle service to/from town, bike rentals, or organized tours.

Dates and Pricing

Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availability. Call us for details.

pricing

2016 / 2017 Prices
$2,995 per person (2 or more members)
$1,100 single supplement
$4,295 solo traveler

$260 internal air

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