Day 1: Hanoi, Vietnam
Arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam’s charming capital city.
Day 2: Hanoi
Take a walking tour or a bike ride along the leafy boulevards of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Admire its French colonial architecture and learn about Vietnam’s hallowed artistic and cultural traditions. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, colorful markets, and watch a traditional water puppet show.
Day 3: Hanoi / Halong Bay
Discover the surreal natural beauty of the emerald waters of UNESCO World Heritage site Halong Bay by junk ship, rowboat, and kayak. Explore magical limestone islands, hidden grottoes and fisherman’s villages, and then dine and sleep on a traditional sailing junk.
Day 4: Halong Bay / Hanoi / Victoria Express Train
Enjoy a morning tai chi demonstration and pottery village visit. Board the Victoria Express Train and enjoy the scenic ride to Sapa.
Day 5: Sapa
Arrive in Sapa. Hike though hilly terrain past terraced rice paddies and quaint villages.
Day 6: Sapa / Victoria Express Train
Drive to Mong Sen village and Taphin, to meet Red Dzao and Black Hmong minority villagers, two of the largest ethnic groups in Sapa. Taphin is a unique village where the two ethnic groups live together yet retain their distinctive cultures. Board the Victoria Express Train toward Hanoi.
Day 7: Hanoi / Danang / Hoi An
Arrive in Hanoi and fly to Danang. Drive to Hoi An, an enchanting old trading port.
Day 8: Hoi An
Enjoy a walking tour along the cobblestone streets of old Hoi An. Visit the Merchant’s House, Japanese Covered Bridge, Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation, and a textile market. Take a bike ride through the countryside.
Day 9: Hoi An / Da Nang / Ho Chi Minh City
Fly to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, and experience the cacophony of motorcycles, cars, and bikes crowding the streets. Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, which served as an underground military network during the Vietnam War.
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City / Mekong Delta
Enjoy the verdant beauty and patchwork of emerald green rice paddies of the Mekong Delta during a bike ride through small villages. Enjoy a scenic boat cruise and visit the floating market.
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City / Depart for Home
Take a walking tour of the graceful former French colonial city of Saigon admiring historical landmarks such as the Opera House and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Say farewell to Vietnam and depart for home.