- Meet Your Tour Director Meet your Tour Director who will accompany you for the duration of your tour and check in to your hotel.
- Ho Chi Minh City Walk Vinh Nghiêm Pagoda visit, lacquerware workshop, Chinatown (Cholon), Thien Hau Pagoda, Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, City Hall, Bình Tây Market.
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- Vietnam War Cu Chi Tunnels Visit the Viet Cong’s infamous Cu Chi tunnels. During the Vietnam War these tunnels served as supply routes, hiding spots and underground living quarters containing storage bunkers, hospitals and kitchen facilities!
- Optional - Long Tan Battlefield Excursion Visit the site of the Battle of Long Tan, Australia’s most costly single engagement of the Vietnam War.
- Museum of Cham Sculpture Visit From the 7th through the 17th centuries, Champa culture flourished in southern Vietnam. The culture was heavily influenced by India and brought both Hinduism and Buddhism into the country as well as creating a superb artistic heritage. See the highlights of Cham sculpture in this museum, including elaborate altars to Shiva and intricate animal figures.
- Travel to Hoi An via Marble Mountains & China Beach In 1992, China Beach was the site of Vietnam's first international surfing competition. The beautiful Marble Mountains, said to represent each of the five elements (water, wood, metal, earth, and fire), surround China Beach. The mountains contain mysterious caves and caverns, many now dedicated to deities.
- Hoi An City Walk Miraculously escaping the ravages of Vietnam's modern wars, the merchant city of Hoi An brings visitors back into old Vietnam. The town was once a major international port, and the influence of the Japanese, Portuguese, French, Dutch, and Chinese merchants who walked its streets lingers in its architecture. See merchant houses and shops from the 1700’s with their unique wooden doors, a picturesque Japanese-style covered bridge, and imposing assembly halls for Chinese residents with your tour director.
- Chinese Assembly Halls Explore Hoi An, a UNESCO heritage listed town on a walking tour that will take you to the Chinese Assembly Halls and Japanese Bridge.
- Free time in Hoi An Today you are free to explore the town with your teacher. Check out the bustling markets, enjoy some traditional dishes at one of the local cafes, or perhaps visit one of Hoi An’s many tailor shops to get an outfit made!
- Lang Co Fishing Village Travel to Hue via Lang Co fishing viallage.
- Mausoleums of Emperors Khai Dinh & Minh Mang Emperors Minh Mang (ruled 1820-41) and Khai Dinh (1916-25) built grand temples to serve as their palaces after death. Authoritarian Minh Mang used 10,000 workers for three years to construct his Chinese-style complex, while the construction of Khai Dinh's mausoleum took two years longer than his nine-year reign. The result is a frothy Baroque palace filled with elaborate dragons and other decoration, much of it imported from France.
- Imperial Citadel Visit The capital of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945, Hué still flashes its first-city pride at the citadel. Emperor Gia Long created a full city within its walls; unfortunately, his magnificent buildings were mostly destroyed during the Tet Offensive of the Vietnam War, which leveled most of the city. What remains is still impressive, however, especially the Thai Hoa Palace, whose gleaming red and gold interior hosted major imperial ceremonies. Don't miss the soaring Ngo Mon gate at the entrance - in addition to its elegant watchtower, the gate boasts two entrances dedicated for use solely by the emperor's elephants.
- Huong He Cruise to Thien Mu Pagoda The Thiên Mu Pagoda, built in 1601, is the oldest pagoda in Hue, and it has historically been active as an intellectual and political hub of Buddhism. During the war one of its monks, Quang Duc, set himself on fire in Saigon to protest the violence of war; the blue Austin car he used to drive himself there is still on display at the pagoda.
- Dong Ba Market Visit The colorful, noisy Dong Ba marketis a perfect place to shop for souvenirs. Be sure to check out the translucent conical hats, called "non Hue." A local specialty, the hats are designed with multicolored patterns or writing on the inside that reflect prettily on the wearer's face when the sun shines.
- Fly to Hanoi
- Travel to Ha Long Bay Journey by coach to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Ha long Bay. Made up of 1600 islands, Ha Long Bay legend says the islands were created by a great dragon living in the mountains.
- Ha Long Bay Cruise Take in the breathtaking scenery around you on an overnight cruise.
- Hanoi Guided Sightseeing Tour After returning to Hanoi via coach, take a guided tour of Ho Chí Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Army Museum, Old Merchant Quarter.
- Travel Home Return home date is subject to flight schedule.