(13 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Saigon, Con Dao, Hoi An, Halong Bay, Hanoi
Vietnam is one of the most romantic destinations in Asia. On this tour— perfect for couples or honeymooners— experience Vietnam's beautiful landscapes, slow-paced resorts, fresh delicious food, great shopping and vibrant cities accented with a breath of colonial air.
Begin in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam’s most dynamic city. With an expert private guide and driver, learn about the city’s history while touring French colonial-era landmarks, as well as the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum. Experience the best of Cholon, Saigon’s Chinatown, including a local market and busy temples. Sample local culinary specialties and see daily life in vibrant markets overflowing with spices, flowers, clothing, housewares and more. Perhaps stop for a refreshing Vietnamese iced coffee, or dine on a typical Vietnamese banh mi (baguette sandwich). Another option is browsing the boutiques of Vietnamese designers and renowned art galleries and museums. One day, take an excursion into the countryside to tour the Cu Chi Tunnels and observe a colorful religious ceremony at the Cao Dai Temple. Upon request, we can also arrange activities such as meeting with historians, visits to private homes, private musical performances, cyclo tours through backstreets, a private excursion to the Mekong Delta, and private cooking classes or culinary tours.
Next, fly to the beautiful Con Dao archipelago off the coast of southern Vietnam. Spend three days at the beachfront Six Senses Con Dao resort relaxing in your villa overlooking the ocean. During leisure time, indulge in treatments at the luxurious spa, and enjoy activities at your island resort such as snorkeling, diving, hiking, sailing, sea kayaking, windsurfing, biking and cooking classes. Perhaps opt to explore local markets and villages, learn some Vietnamese, or venture to a nearby island where turtles nest.
Continue to Hoi An, an atmospheric port town and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stay at a luxury beachfront resort, and experience the best of this centuries-old town during private touring. Visit the vibrant morning market, where stalls are piled high with fresh fish and produce. Explore the colorful backstreets, and tour well-preserved historic homes, temples, the Japanese Covered Bridge and other interesting attractions. Perhaps visit a local tailor for custom-made silk clothing, a Hoi An specialty. Upon request, we can arrange additional activities in and near Hoi An, such as a visit to the nearby Museum of Cham Sculpture, as well as the Marble Mountains, which contain Buddhist cave temples; a visit to a village that specializes in making Hoi An’s colorful lanterns; a visit to a local farm to learn about Vietnamese food and ingredients; a cooking class focused on local specialties such as fresh spring rolls or cao lau noodles; an excursion to My Son, the ancient ruins of the once-powerful Cham civilization; biking through the countryside; and taking a sunset boat ride on the river. There will also be time to relax and enjoy your resort’s beautiful architecture, spa and beach.
Next, fly to Hanoi, Vietnam’s fascinating capital and intellectual center. During private touring with your expert local guide and private driver, visit the city’s most important historical attractions, such as the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, House on Stilts and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Take an in-depth tour of Hanoi’s incredible Old Quarter, where each street was historically dedicated to a specific trade or material, such as bamboo, silk and lacquer. While touring the narrow streets, learn about the history of the Old Quarter and its traditional architecture, and see how it has transformed into a fashionable district with cafes, art galleries and boutiques featuring the finest Vietnamese design and style. Also take a cyclo ride around Hoan Kiem Lake and explore leafy backstreets lined with beautiful French colonial-era buildings, many of which are now upscale restaurants. Other options include visiting museums such as the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology or the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum. One day, take an excursion to the countryside to visit a local village filled with beautiful historic architecture. Also see Hanoi’s renowned water puppet show, or attend a performance at the landmark Hanoi Opera House. Additional special interest touring can be arranged upon request, such as meetings with prominent artists and art gallery owners, biking through the nearby countryside, cooking classes, in-depth street food tours and other culinary tours, a visit to a local village filled with beautiful historic architecture, meetings with prominent historians, private meditation sessions in an ancient temple, and more.
End your tour in scenic Halong Bay with an overnight cruise on a luxurious, traditional junk-style boat. Sail among beautiful limestone islands, dine on fresh seafood, enjoy on-board activities such as tai chi at sunrise, and perhaps explore local caves, hike to a scenic overlook, go sea kayaking or visit a floating village.
Fast-track assistance through immigration. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Full-day private city tour or full-day private excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple
Saigon – Con Dao
Private transfer to airport and flight to Con Dao. Private arrival transfer to resort for 3 nights
Days 4 & 5
At leisure at resort
Con Dao – Hoi An
Private transfer to airport and flight to Hoi An. Private arrival transfer to resort for 3 nights
Morning private walking tour
Hoi An – Hanoi
Private transfer to Danang airport and flight to Hanoi. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon private city tour by cyclo. Evening water puppet performance
Half-day private excursion to countryside
Hanoi – Halong Bay
Private transfer to Halong Bay luxury cruise for 1 night
Halong Bay – Hanoi
Sunrise cruise. Private transfer to Hanoi hotel for 1 night
Private airport transfer
Park Hyatt Saigon
Six Senses Con Dao
The Nam Hai
Halong Violet Cruise
Sofitel Metropole Hotel
per person (double occupancy)
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