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  Highlights of Vietnam Tour
Start City: Hanoi City or HCM City
End City: HCM City or Hanoi City
Duration: (11 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Tour)
Visit: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Saigon

 Start in
Hanoi, Vietnam’s interesting capital and intellectual hub. While on a private tour with your knowledgeable guide and private driver, go to the city’s most significant attractions, namely the One Pillar Pagoda, House on Stilts, Temple of Literature, and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Go on an extensive tour of Hanoi’s magnificent Old Quarter, where each street provides a historical background of a specific material or trade, namely lacquer, bamboo, and silk.
 While wandering the narrow streets, discover tidbits about the history of the Old Quarter, be amazed by the traditional architecture, and see how the Quarter has changed into a chic district with many art galleries, cafes, and boutiques that showcase a distinctly Vietnamese style and design. The best way to explore the city is on a cyclo. Experience the serenity of Hoan Kiem Lake and discover the many splendid French colonial-era structures that line the backstreets of Hanoi. Many of the French-era buildings have been transformed into quaint and upscale restaurants.
 
1The city has other tourist destinations such as the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum and the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. Enjoy a one of a kind market tour with a well-known chef and experience cooking a Vietnamese meal. Learn how to prepare local cuisine namely fish marinated with herbs and beer, banana flower salad, and lemon chicken. Watch a famous water puppet show or watch a show at Hanoi Opera House. Special interest tours can be booked upon request, such as meetings with art gallery owners and well-known artists, bike rides through the countryside, extensive street food tours, and other kinds of culinary tours, a trip to a local village with splendid historical structures, meetings with famous historians, private meditation in one of the ancient temples, and several other types of tours.

1  Head to Picturesque
Ha Long Bay for an overnight cruise on an elegant and luxurious, junk cruise ship. Enjoy sailing among towering and spectacular limestone cliffs, munch on delectably fresh seafood, have fun with on-board activities namely tai chi, explore different caves, hike up a hill to get an overlooking view of the bay, go kayaking, or go on a trip to a floating village.
 Spend two nights in
Hue, the former capital of Vietnam. Visit the Imperial Citadel, a large complex that is home to the Forbidden Purple City, where the emperor’s family used to live in. Gaze upon the splendid gardens and traditional architecture found in the royal tombs lining the Perfume River. After exploring the former imperial citadel, visit the colorful and dazzling Dong Ba Market, and if you want to get a taste of local cuisine, sample Hue’s royal and vegetarian dishes. Upon request, you can also go on a philanthropic tour in Hue or visit an ancient Buddhist pagoda to eat lunch with monks and learn about the monastic way of life in the region.

1Up next is an overland travel to
Hoi An, a charming port town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stay at a luxurious beachfront resort, and experience a centuries-old town on a private tour. Go to the bustling morning market, where several stalls pile towers of fresh produce and fish. Explore the unique backstreets that explode with a multitude of colors, visit well-preserved ancestral houses, temples, a Japanese Covered Bridge, and many other noteworthy destinations. Does a trip to a local tailor tickle your fancy? Hoi An is known for customized silk clothing that dates back to ancient times. A trip to the Museum of Cham Sculpture and the Marble Mountains are other noteworthy destinations in the region. Upon your request, we can book extra activities in or around Hoi An, namely a visit to a village that makes colorful lanterns, a trip to a local farm to learn about Vietnamese food, a cooking class that focuses on local cuisine namely cao lau noodles or spring rolls, a trip to My Son, an ancient site of the former Cham empire, bike rides in the countryside, or a sunset boat trip on the river. Busy schedule aside, enjoy and relax on the resort you are staying in and take advantage of the beach and spa available to you.

1  Finish your trip in the vibrant city of
Ho Chi Minh, also known as Saigon. With the assistance of a private driver and guide, discover the city’s storied past while visiting French colonial structures, as well as the War Remnants Museum, and the Reunification Palace. Visit Saigon’s Chinatown, Cholon, which has several temples and a lively local market. Get a taste of local culinary delights and watch daily life unfold in the lively markets with overflowing produce, clothing, housewares, flowers, and spices among many other things. Grab a cup of Vietnamese iced coffee or grab a bite of a typical Vietnamese banh mi to satiate your hunger. You can also visit and browse the many Vietnamese boutiques, famous art galleries, and museums around the city. Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels and watch a religious ceremony performed in the Cao Dai Temple. Upon your request, we can book other activities such as a meeting with historians, a trip to private homes, private musical shows, cycling trips through back alleys, a private tour of the Mekong Delta, and culinary excursions or cooking classes.

Hotels Reference!
Hanoi: Sofitel Metropole Hotel
Halong Bay: Jasmine Cruise / Violet / Indochina Sails
Hue: La Residence Hotel & Spa
Hoi An: Sunrise Hoi An Hotel / Victoria Hoi An
Saigon: Intercontinental Saigon / Rex Hotel / Hyat Hotel.