Upon your arrival at Hanoi International Airport, our representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.(Accommodations, Hanoi)
Private Hanoi City Tour: Begin the day by passing the Ho Chi Minh President's Mausoleum (only viewed from the outside). Continue on to the Temple of Literature with its walled courtyards and graceful gateways. Founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, this was also the site of Vietnam's first university. Finally, take a walk through the Old Quarter, a fascinating network of narrow alleys and shop houses also known as 'The 36 Streets' - each street being named after the merchandise traditionally sold there, ranging from fabrics to crafts and from medicines to tombstones. Enjoy Vietnamese coffee at a local coffee shop during your stroll. Stop at the Ancient House on Ma May Street, an excellent example of traditional Hanoian style architecture from days gone by.(Breakfast & Accommodation, Hanoi)
Begin the day with a private guided transfer to Halong Bay. Then embark on a day-long cruise on this beautiful bay, known for its emerald waters and its thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rainforests. Many of the islets are named for objects they resemble, such as Coconut Tree, Dog Stone Islet, and Incense Burner.
You'll visit a pearl farm in Tung Sau area, where you can learn how pearls are cultivated, harvested, and processed. You can also try some kayaking. Proceed to Ti Top beach for some swimming, if the weather permits. Named by President Ho Chi Minh after the famed Russian cosmonaut Gherman Titov, Ti Top island is famous for its fresh atmosphere, clean water, and smooth white sand.
As you sail along Halong Bay, partake in a range of activities (many of which are optional and at your own expense) that includes a traditional Vietnamese cooking class on the sundeck. Anchor at Luon Bo area for the overnight stay, and dinner will be served on board.(Breakfast, Hanoi; Lunch, Dinner & Accommodations, Pelican Cruise)
In the morning, continue cruising along Halong Bay aboard Pelican Cruise. Tai Chi session on the Sundeck. Coffee, tea, & freshly baked pastries will be served at the onboard restaurant. Visit Sung Sot Cave, a UNESCO World Heritage site located on Bo Hon Island. Head back to the cruise to check out and settle the bill. Have a buffet brunch, relax on the sundeck or dining room, and enjoy the scenery as the ship returns to Tuan Chau Wharf.
With your private driver and guide, transfer from Halong to Hanoi Airport for the flight to Danang Airport. Then transfer to Hoi An with an intermediate stop to explore the Ba Na Hills. Take a cable to Ba Na Mountain, you will have chance to get a birds-eye view, while enjoying a feeling of flying in the blue sky amidst the clouds and wind. Walk around to visit Old villas, then return via funicular to Linh Ung Pagoda, Mountain Goddess Temple and especially Golden Bridge. This new site is located at a height of 5,000 feet and attracts visitors with its architectureâ€”the bridge is supported by giant hands and looks like a strip of silk across the sky. After this excursion, you'll be taken to your hotel in Hoi An.(Breakfast, Pelican Cruise; Accommodations, Hoi An)
You have free time in the morning to explore this old trading port, known for its well-preserved Old Town that offers a mixture of architectural styles - Chinese shophouses and temples, French Colonial buildings, Vietnamese tube houses and a Japanese Covered Bridge and Pagoda.
In the evening, enjoy a Foodie Night Tour by Scooter. Begin with a visit to a riverside café; enjoy a drink of your choice as you admire the view across the sparkling river to the Old Town. Then hop on the back of one of our electric scooters, expertly driven by local guides through the surrounding town, to experience the best local dishes. First off is a stop to sample one of Vietnam's delicacies with Hoi An flavor, Banh Mi (Vietnamese baguette). After this we will proceed to our next stop by winding our way through some of Hoi An's oldest and most charming streets and along the riverfront to witness the night life of the busy riverside area.
At the next stop, sample some of the best seafood dishes in town in an atmospheric Vietnamese seafood restaurant. Next is a ride back to the town center where we stop at a special little restaurant known as Streets. What makes this eatery particularly worthy is that it was established to help youth from poor and disadvantaged families to become excellent chefs. Money made by this restaurant goes back into the ongoing training to support these people.
The evening continues with our next stop at a local Karaoke center, a great place to understand an important part of Vietnamese culture - Asian Karaoke, which is the number one choice of entertainment for most Vietnamese people. You are bound to have fun watching our guide and drivers belt out their favorite songs and hopefully have a go yourself. To finish the night, we go to one of Hoi An`s riverfront bars and learn the art of making a cocktail of your choice, and naturally, you must sample your creation. Our food tour ends here but you are welcome to stay on at your leisure at the bar or return with our driver back to your hotel.(Breakfast & Accommodations, Hoi An; Dinner on Excursion)
Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City: In the morning, have a private transfer to Danang Airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City [Saigon]. (This flight is extra cost to you.) Upon landing you'll have a private transfer to your hotel. After checking in and freshening up, you'll meet your guide for your Afternoon Tour of the City.
A vibrant metropolis, Saigon teems with energy, activity and motion. Everywhere you look, you see the meeting of traditional and modern life. Begin with a tour of the historic center, strolling along Dong Khoi Street, formerly known as the Rue Catinat, the main shopping thoroughfare and heart of old colonial Saigon. Pass by classic European-style landmarks such as the ornate City Hall (Hotel de Ville), the old Opera House (both may only be viewed from the outside), and pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office.
Afterwards dive into modern history with a tour of the Reunification Palace. Formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, this 60`s style building was famously stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975, signifying the fall of South Vietnam. It has been preserved in its original state, and the original tanks remain on display near the entrance gates.
Continue to the harrowing War Remnants Museum, which comprehensively documents the travails of the long Vietnam-American War. Inside are detailed photographic exhibitions, while outside is a collection of tanks, planes and weapons. A powerful experience, this museum is guaranteed to provoke strong emotions. Finally, visit the Emperor of Jade Pagoda, one of Saigon's most interesting pagodas.(Breakfast, Hoi An; Accommodations, Ho Chi Minh City)
Spend the day at leisure, exploring the city on your own; or consider one of these optional tours:
Private Cu Chi Tunnels: Never discovered by American forces, the Cu Chi Tunnels were an important Vietcong base during the American War. Stretching over 200 km, this incredible underground network, dug by hand out of hard laterite, connected command posts, hospitals, shelter and weapons factories. Today, walk through the area and learn about the day to day life of the Vietcong, bear witness to the cleverly disguised entrances and elaborate booby-traps, and even venture inside the tunnels, some of which have been modified to accommodate tourists.
Private Foodies Afoot in Saigon Tour: Head to the Ben Thanh market in the early evening, to our meeting point at Pho 2000, and get ready to be fully immersed in Saigon's world-famous street food culture. Hit the streets with your guide and head to the sidewalk stalls most popular with locals. Enjoy this lively and informal atmosphere alongside locals, sampling special dishes and popular local favorites. Try the Vietnamese version of pizza, banh trang nuong, with tasty toppings on grilled rice paper, and the famous banh mi, an airy baguette loaded with a medley of meats, vegetables and spices. Visit Saigon`s walking street, a popular meeting point for Saigon`s youth, then cap off the evening with a cocktail at one of the city's lively rooftop bars while enjoying panoramic night views of the city below.(Breakfast & Accommodations, Ho Chi Minh City)
This morning, have a private guided transfer from your hotel to the Saigon Airport, where you will take a flight [at your own expense] to Siem Reap in northern Cambodia. Upon arrival, you'll have a private guided transfer to your Siem Reap hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.(Breakfast, Ho Chi Minh City; Accommodations, Siem Reap)
Private Tour of Angkor: Today you'll see the finest examples of Khmer architecture while enjoying a ride in a motorcycle drawn carriage. The crown jewel is Angkor Wat, the largest, best preserved and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples. It impresses the visitor by its sheer scale, its beautiful proportions, and it exquisite carvings.
Afterwards, visit the ancient walled city of Angkor, entering via a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods. Inside the city you'll see many ruined temples and public squares still adorned with dramatic bas reliefs. Finish your exploration at the mysterious Bayon Temple; climb the narrow flights of stairs to the central sanctuary, where giant stone faces smile down on you from every angle.(Breakfast & Accommodations, Siem Reap)
Private Khmer for a Day: Depart your Hotel and drive to Kompheim Village. When you arrive you will take an ox cart ride through the village and even learn how to drive! You will then meet the host family with whom you will be working today and take part in whatever seasonal activity is happening at the time. Afterwards you will meet another family to prepare a delicious Khmer lunch from fresh ingredients from the city (Prahat Chien, Khmer Chicken Curry, fresh fruit). After lunch take a short walk to see the rest of the village including the Husk community school and workshop and learn about our bottle building projects. Transfer back to town by mid-afternoon. Rest of the day at leisure to shop or explore Siem Reap on your own.(Breakfast & Accommodations, Siem Reap; Lunch on Excursion)
After hotel checkout, you'll have a private transfer to the Siem Reap airport for your connection to your next Avanti destination!