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Journey through Vietnam

Jan. 31–Feb. 14, 2020

Tour Operator: Odysseys Unlimited

Vietnam is a country rich in history, incredible scenery, friendly people and flavorful cuisine. Experience its variety of enticements during this popular two-week journey.


Day 1
Depart the U.S. for Hanoi, Vietnam
Day 2
Arrive in Hanoi

Arrive in the Vietnamese capital late this evening then transfer to your hotel.

Day 3

Take a walking tour of Ba Dinh Square, a popular complex of cultural and historic sites. Then enjoy an orientation driving tour of this French-accented city. You’ll pass Hoan Kiem Lake, visit the Temple of Literature (c. 1070) and tour infamous Hoa Lo Prison, also known as the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War. Later you’ll walk the narrow streets of the diverse Ancient Quarter, gathering at a local restaurant for a welcome dinner.

Day 4
Hanoi/Ha Long Bay

Today is spent on a full-day excursion to Ha Long Bay, a breathtaking waterway sprinkled with 3,000 islands and islets, and surrounded by a fairytale landscape of limestone cliffs, secret grottoes and hidden caves. Your tour includes a boat ride and seafood lunch.

Day 5
Hanoi/Da Nang

Fly to Da Nang, Vietnam’s third largest city situated on the south central coast. Upon arrival, you’ll tour the acclaimed Cham Museum, which celebrates the Cham people’s Hindu legacy with a fine collection of sculpture and artifacts dating from the 7th to 15th centuries.

Day 6
Da Nang/Hoi An

Visit Hoi An, where a succession of Dutch, Chinese, Portuguese and Japanese traders helped to build an architecturally diverse and colorful village where many ancient traditions still hold sway. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Hoi An’s Old Town is a charming car-free pedestrian zone lined with tailors, shops and art galleries.

Day 7
Da Nang

Take a walking tour of a nearby farming settlement and see the daily life of a local community up close. Here rice paddies occupy every spare patch of ground, water buffaloes plow the fields and villagers ride to market with produce piled high on their bicycles. Later you’ll enjoy a cooking lesson and lunch in Hoi An.

Day 8
Da Nang/Hue

Drive to the ancient imperial city of Hue, where palaces, temples and tombs evoke its past grandeur as the home of emperors and mandarins. You’ll explore the Imperial City — enjoying a traditional cyclo ride along the way. There you’ll find  the Forbidden Purple City complex, where emperors once lived with their families, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your evening is capped with a special Hue buffet accompanied by traditional music.

Day 9

Cruise along Hue’s Perfume River to the peaceful Thien Mu Pagoda, a Buddhist monastery that ranks among the city’s oldest and most important monuments. You’ll also visit the palatial Tomb of Ming Mang, with its pavilions and courtyards modeled after the Ming Tombs of China.

Day 10
Hue/Mekong Delta/Can Tho

Fly to Saigon and then board a motor-coach for the drive south to the busy Mekong River port and provincial capital of Can Tho.

Day 11
Can Tho/Mekong Delta

Journey by boat to the bustling floating market at Cai Rang on the Mekong’s lower reaches.

Day 12
Mekong Delta/Saigon

Drive to the upper reaches of the storied Mekong. Here you’ll board motorized sampans for a close look at river life as we explore the maze of tributaries and inlets that lead to tiny settlements and villages populated by fishermen and farmers. You’ll continue on to the vibrant city of Saigon (the name Ho Chi Minh City is used interchangeably).

Day 13

A city tour includes the former Presidential Palace, which served as the South Vietnamese government’s wartime headquarters. Now called Reunification Palace, it was here that the first Communist tanks rolled into Saigon on April 30, 1975; it remains preserved as a museum almost exactly as it was on that day. You’ll also tour the History Museum, with its excellent collection of art and artifacts from the indigenous peoples of Vietnam. Tonight, attend a traditional water puppet performance.

Day 14

Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, the infamous underground network from which North Vietnamese forces operated in wartime. Tonight you’ll enjoy a farewell dinner.

Day 15
Depart for the U.S.

Spend your final day in Vietnam as you wish, before a late night flight back to the U.S.

Day 16
Arrive in the U.S.

Program itinerary is subject to change. See final brochure for complete details.

Optional Post-Tour Extension

Spend three days and two nights in Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

Cost Details

Land Only: $3,095

With Group Air from Seattle: $4,397 (includes $302 in taxes and fees)

Single Supplement: $1,595

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I have traveled internationally since my teens – this trip, by far, was the most rich and rewarding. Just when you thought nothing could top the day before, it did!
Mary Pat Scofield, ‘76

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