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Majestic Vietnam, Macao, & Hong Kong:
Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City,
Macao, & Hong Kong
From the compelling and superbly exotic country of Vietnam, the amazing skyscrapers and ancient traditions in Hong Kong, and the beautiful Portuguese architecture in Macao, there's something for everyone to enjoy on this vacation!
ACCOMMODATIONS
• 2 Nights Hanoi
• 1 Night Halong Bay Cruise plus
  Touring & Fullboard Meals
• 2 Nights Hoi An
• 2 Nights Ho Chi Minh City
• 3 Nights Macao
• 3 Nights Hong Kong
 
INCLUSIONS
• Private Arrival & Departure
  Transfers Per City
• Private Hanoi City Tour
• Private Hoi An City Tour
• Private Ho Chi Minh City Tour
• Private Highlights of
  Macao Tour
• Private Hong Kong Island Tour
• Private Kowloon Markets Tour
  via Public Transportation
• Ferry tickets between
  Hong Kong & Macao
• Daily Breakfast
Arrive Hanoi:

Arrival in Hanoi.

Transfer.

Overnight in Hanoi.

"We viewed the Presidential Palace, walked through the park to the famous Stilt House where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1958 to his last days in 1969. The car collection he has was on display and quite impressive. The Temple of Literature was also interesting architecture and dedicated to Confucius. It was the site of the first university of Vietnam. In the evening, we were treated to the Water Puppet Show which took place in the Thang Long Theater. It reveals the story of daily life of a Vietnamese farmer." - Kim Williams, Regional Sales Director

(Accommodations, Hanoi)

Hanoi:

Sightseeing in Hanoi

Although it is the modern-day capital of Vietnam, Hanoi still retains the mystery and charm of past centuries, with its narrow lanes and traditional shop houses. Begin with an exploration of the vast Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum which contains the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh (closed Mondays, Fridays and during September and October); and Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1958 until his final days in 1969. Preserved in the same condition as during his life, it may be viewed through the windows.

Continue to the miniature 11th-century One Pillar Pagoda which was rebuilt after being destroyed by the French in 1954, and then 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. Afterwards, head to the Museum of Ethnology (closed Mondays and during Vietnam New Year). This museum showcases art, traditional clothing, and reconstructions of traditional longhouses from 54 different ethnic groups.

In the afternoon, visit Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple which contains an islet with the tiny Tortoise Pagoda. Along the way pass by other colonial landmarks such as the magnificent Opera House (may be seen from the outside only) and St. Joseph's Cathedral.

Overnight in Hanoi.

(Breakfast & Accommodations, Hanoi)

Hanoi to Halong Bay:

Private Transfer from Hanoi to Halong Bay with guide.

Cruise along Halong Bay aboard Pelican Cruise (or another cruise of your choice).

Have a welcome drink before the cruise briefing, safety instructions, and cabin check-in. Enjoy a Vietnamese buffet lunch as the ship passes by the most beautiful and quiet areas of Halong Bay such as Incense Burner, Dog Stone Islet, Fighting Cock, Soi Sim beach, and Coconut Tree Island.

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 while you are there. 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.

"After busy days and a long ride, the cruise was amazing and serene. The beauty of Halong Bay was magical as the limestone monoliths jetted up out of the water." - Kim Williams, Regional Sales Director

(Breakfast, Hanoi; Lunch, Dinner, & Accommodations, Pelican Cruise)

Halong Bay to Hoi An:

Cruise along Halong Bay aboard Pelican Cruise (or another cruise of your choice).

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 Hoi An.

Overnight in Hoi An.

"Hoi An old town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the both indigenous and foreign influences that have combined to produce this unique heritage site. Hoi An felt like a welcome respite from Hanoi; interesting and authentic, a rather quaint village that is must visit for those who prefer non-mass tourist destinations." - Avanti FAM Group

*Please kindly note that this itinerary is based on inclusions on Pelican Cruise, other cruises may have different options. Inclusions at Pelican Cruise are subject to change.

(Breakfast, Pelican Cruise; Accommodations, Hoi An)

Hoi An:

Sightseeing in Hoi An

Hoi An, a picturesque riverside town, was one of South East Asia's major international ports during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. This walking tour includes many of the town's highlights. Visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, constructed in 1593 by the Japanese community to link the town with the Chinese quarters across the stream. Near the bridge is Sa Huynh Museum which houses exhibitions from the earliest period of Hoi An's history. Wander into the Tran Family Chapel, a 200-year-old house built for worshipping ancestors. Visit Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall, a Chinese pagoda built around 1690 and enlarged in 1900. It is typical of the Chinese clans in the Hoi An area and is dedicated to Thien Hau Thanh Mau, the Goddess of the Sea and Protector of Sailors and Fishermen. Also enter into a Lantern Making Workshop to see how the frame is made and the silk cloth put onto the lantern.

Overnight in Hoi An.

(Breakfast & Accommodations, Hoi An)

Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City:

Transfer to Danang airport.

Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City Transfer.

Sightseeing in Ho Chi Minh City

A vibrant metropolis, Ho Chi Minh City 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 Ho Chi Minh City. 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 60s style 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; 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 Ho Chi Minh City's most interesting pagodas.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

"Ho Chi Minh City aka Saigon The former capital of south Vietnam and gateway to the Mekong Delta. This is a bustling city (and the most populous) where all the action happens on the streets, river (Saigon river), temples and markets. The population of the city is very young with millions of scooters whizzing by. Navigating the city is easier than some, as the districts organized by number." - Gina Bang, Inside Sales & Marketing Manager

(Breakfast, Hoi An; Accommodations, Ho Chi Minh City)

Ho Chi Minh City:

A free day to explore this bustling capitol.

Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.


(Breakfast & Accommodations, Ho Chi Minh City)

Ho Chi Minh City to Macao:

Private Transfer from Ho Chi Minh City Hotel to Airport with Guide.

Flight form Ho Chi Minh City to Hong Kong is not yet included. Please book separately.

Skypier Ferry from Hong Kong Airport to Macao Pier - Super Class.

Private Transfer from Macao Ferry Pier to Macao Hotel with Guide.

Overnight in Macao.

(Breakfast, Ho Chi Minh City; Accommodations, Macao)

Macao:

Private Highlights of Macao Half Day Tour

Like Hong Kong, Macau is a place where East meets West, albeit with a slight twist. On this tour you will be shown the charm of the Chinese and Portuguese heritages embraced in arrays of modernized architecture.

The tour starts from the famous A-Ma Temple. It is located on the south-western tip of the Macao peninsula overlooking Barra Square and the seashore.

Then the tour continues to St. Paul's ruins and Senado Square. St. Paul's ruin overlooks the city center and is perhaps the most impressive of all the attractions, becoming the symbol of Macau. Strolling through the streets around St Paul s Ruins, guests will be able to sample famous Macanese snacks such as almond cookies, Portuguese egg tarts and beef jerky (not included).

Senado Square is the historic heart of Macau and it is also the location of one of the municipal markets, surrounded by several blocks of bustling street stalls. The square itself is a historic site with the 16th century St. Domingo's Church at one end and the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau building on the other, both located on what used to be Macau's main shopping street, Avenida Almeida Ribeiro. In the narrow streets leading off the main square a wealth of inexpensively priced goods of all kinds can be found.

The final stop will be the Macau Tower, where you can gaze out over Taipa and Coloane, look for Macau's landmarks and historical sites or try to spot Hong Kong's outlying islands.

Overnight in Macao.

(Breakfast & Accommodations, Macao)

Macao:

Free day at leisure.

Overnight in Macao.


(Breakfast & Accommodations, Macao)

Macao to Hong Kong:

Private Transfer from Macao Hotel to Ferry Pier.

Ferry from Macao to Kowloon or Hong Kong Island.

Private Transfer from cruise terminals to hotel.

Overnight in Hong Kong.

(Breakfast, Macao; Accommodations, Hong Kong)

Hong Kong:

Private Hong Kong Island Tour

Hong Kong was once a simple fishing village. Today, it is one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities where East truly meets West. See all the highlights of Hong Kong Island on this orientation tour. It is a great way to get to know Hong Kong and its famous landmarks and history.

Start with a ride on the iconic Star Ferry as you cross Victoria Harbour, one of Hong Kong's greatest assets and a jewel that people marvel at no matter how many times they visit the city. Next is a ride on the World's steepest funicular railway, the Peak Tram Pulled by steel cables, the tram climbs 373 metres (about 1,200 feet) and is so steep that the buildings you pass look like they're leaning. Looking down from The Peak, you'll be amazed by the spectacular view of the surrounding city skyline, the world-famous Victoria Harbour and Kowloon, towering skyscrapers and peaceful green hillsides.

Next you will visit Aberdeen, the famous fishing village where you'll see Hong Kong's junk-dwelling floating community- still very much a part of Hong Kong life. An optional 15-20 minutes sampan ride can be arranged into the typhoon shelter for a close-up view of waterborne life. (At own expense)

Next you will pass through picturesque Repulse Bay on your way to Stanley, a popular market town on the sunny south side of Hong Kong Island. Spend the remainder of your tour exploring Stanley's relaxed ambience and markets where bargain buys have made it world famous.

Tour fees include roundtrip transfers, guided service and one-way tram ticket to the Victoria Peak.

Overnight in Hong Kong.

(Breakfast & Accommodations, Hong Kong)

Hong Kong:

Private Kowloon Markets Half-Day Tour via Public Transportation

We start the morning with a guided walk along Hong Kong's historic harbor front, where we introduce the history of Kowloon. Here, well-known Hong Kong landmarks such as the old Railway Clock tower, 1881 Heritage and the Peninsula Hotel are situated. Our guided walk then takes you through the back streets of Kowloon and into the daily lives of local residents. We walk through colorful streets and come across some of Hong Kong's most lively markets, where you will feel first-hand the energy and soul of everyday Kowloon.

As you walk, you will be immersed in the living culture of the Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok districts - two of the most densely populated spots on earth - and where much of daily life is lived at street level. But also we explain the fascinating history of Kowloon, relating to how it is today. The walk begins at the busy and colorful Flower Market, the centre of Hong Kong's wholesale and retail flower business. The area is chock-a-block with vendors selling all manner of flowers, pot plants, bonsai and more. Next, we walk along Yuen Po Street Bird Garden, a tranquil scene of men and their bird cages.

You'll then visit the Goldfish Market to see the brightly colored tropical fish and a wide range of aquarium supplies on sale. Hong Kong people believe fish bring wealth, so the market is always packed and a fun place to visit. Walking further along we join the throngs at the Ladies Market, where bargain clothes, bags and nick-knacks are available. Then, amid the burning incense coils, you will learn the history of the local Tin Hau Temple - Our Empress of Heaven - one of the most popular deities of South China and without question the clear favorite of the boat people, of whom she must be considered the patron goddess.

Overnight in Hong Kong.

(Breakfast & Accommodations, Hong Kong)

Depart Hong Kong:

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to return home or to continue towards your next Avanti Destination!



(Breakfast, Hong Kong)