18 days 17 nights
- DAY 1 Arrive Siem Reap
Met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Hotel: 4★+ Victoria Angkor or similar (3 nights)
- DAY 2-3 Siem Reap (B)
Spend 2 full days exploring this vast temple complex at Angkor. Tour highlights include Angkor Wat, the Ta Prohm and Banteay Srei, “The Citadel of Women”, Angkor Thom, Baphoun, Royal Enclosure and Phimeanakas, Bayon Temple, the Terraces of Elephant and Leper King.
Optional: Climb to Bakheng Temple perched on top of a natural hill with spectacular views over Angkor Wat & evening Apsara Show with dinner.
DAY 4 Siem Reap Luang Prabang (B)
Fly to Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage town, with beautifully preserved Buddhist temples and French fusion architecture. Met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Hotel: 4★+ Maison Souvannaphoum or similar (3 nights)
- DAY 5 Luang Prabang (B)
Your full-day tour highlights visits to National Museum; Wat Visoun, the oldest temple in Luang Prabang; Wat Xieng Thong, the crowning jewel of all monasteries and other temples of interest in the city. Late afternoon, climb up Mt. Phousi and discover the several wats on its slopes with a 24-metre high stupa on its peak.
- DAY 6 Luang Prabang (B)
Participate in the daily morning ritual of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings from faithful local residents. Travel down the Mekong River to Tham Pak Ou Caves where you can visit thousands of images of buddha inside the caves. Return to Luang Prabang in the afternoon with a visit to Ban Xang Hai Village, famous for production of local rice wine whisky.
- DAY 7 Luang Prabang Hanoi (B)
Fly to Hanoi. Met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Hotel: 4★+ Hotel De L’Opera Hanoi or similar (2 nights)
- DAY 8 Hanoi (B L)
After breakfast, proceed to visit to the One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Temple of Literature and the Ethnology Museum. Wind up your day with an exhilarating street-level cycle ride through Hanoi’s bustling lanes and alleys at the Old Quarters.DAY 9 Hanoi Halong Bay (B L D)
Depart early morning for Halong City traveling through the Red River Delta. Upon arrival, transfer to your junk boat for a cruise around Halong Bay. Enjoy a day of shore excursions. Enjoy evening activities on the boat. Overnight: 4★+ Paradise Junk or similar (1 night)
- DAY 10 Halong Bay Hanoi Hue (B)
Rise early for an optional Tai Chi Class. Cruise to Sung Sot Cave before sailing back to Tuan Chau Island where you will be met by our local representative. Transfer to the airport with en route visits to But Thap Pagoda, home to a 350 years old Buddhist statue of a thousand hands and a thousand eyes; Dong Ho folk painting village and Nguyen Dang Che Art Gallery. Fly to Hue and transfer to your hotel. Hotel: 4★+ Imperial Hotel: 4★+ Imperial Hotel or similar (2 nights)
- DAY 11 Hue (B L D)
Visit a garden house before taking a sunrise boat ride on the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda, a symbol of Hue. Enjoy vegetarian lunch at Thien Tam Restaurant. Visit the Imperial Citadel (Forbidden Purple City) and the Emperor’s private residence. Late afternoon, visit Tu Hieu Pagoda- the oldest Pagoda in Hue, and see young monks practicing martial arts in the pagoda’s yard. Tonight, enjoy a traditional royal tea ceremony and dinner with three generations of the formal royal family at Mrs. Tuyet’s house and learn more about Vietnamese culture and traditional customs.
- DAY 12 Hue Da Nang Hoi An (B L)
Drive to Da Nang (110km) and enjoy the beautiful landscape along the way through the Hai Van Pass. Visit the Cham Sculpture Musuem. Proceed to Hoi An, a historic trading post of seafaring Chinese, Japanese and Portuguese merchants. Hotel: 4★+ Life Resort or similar (3 nights)DAY 13 Hoi An (B L)
This morning, discover the historic attractions of this charming colonial town on a walking tour. Explore the historic riverside town with stops at the Quang Cong Temple, Phuoc Kien Pagoda, Japanese Covered Bridge and Quang Dung Pagoda. Conclude your tour with a bicycle ride to an ancient village and learn how to make silk lanterns.
- DAY 14 Hoi An (B L)
Cycle or be driven to Tra Que Vegetable Village, a charming little village on the edge of Hoi An known for its sweet scented & green vegetables that spice up daily meals of the locals. Experience a day of living and working with the local farmers in this village. You will be treated to an herbal foot massage followed by a session of cooking various local dishes.
- DAY 15 Hoi An Danang Ho Chi Minh City (B L)
Transfer to Danang Airport. Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon tour highlights include visits to Thien Hau Temple, Notre Dame Cathedral, Binh Tay Market, Municipal Post Office and the History Museum. Hotel: 4★+ Hotel Majestic Saigon or similar (3 nights)
- DAY 16 Ho Chi Minh City Mekong Delta Ho Chi Minh City (B L)
Depart for Ben Tre, referred locally as land of coconut. Cruise along the river and watch the daily life of the delta’s residents along the river banks. Enjoy cycling in the village, passing by rice fields and fruit orchards. Lunch is served with local specialties at a riverside restaurant.
- DAY 17 Ho Chi Minh City Cu Chi Ho Chi Minh City (B L)
Spend the day exploring the Cu Chi Tunnels, a 200 km network of tunnels used by the Vietcong in the Vietnam War.DAY 18 Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B)
Transfer to the airport.
Prices for 2014 available upon request.
Contact Gillian for details.