Extend Your Trip to Hoi An and Beyond

 

Vietnam Pre- or Post-trip Extension

Experience the flavors and customs of Vietnam on an eight-day extension. Explore the imperial capital of Hue and the ancient town of Hoi An, and spend a night sailing among spectacular limestone pinnacles in Ha Long Bay—all UNESCO World Heritage sites. Then discover the historic city of Hanoi. Please call for pricing.

Please note: For pre-trip voyages, this extension travels in the reverse of the itinerary described below.

DAY 1 - Ho Chi Minh City/Da Nang/Hoi An

Fly to Da Nang in the morning, and continue overland to Hoi An. Once a prosperous trading port, Hoi An has a well-preserved legacy, and its historic core imparts the flavor of life during past centuries. After lunch, check into our hotel. On an afternoon walking tour, see old merchant houses; the Japanese covered bridge; the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation, known for its outstanding wood carvings; and the colorful market where merchants sell goods such as silk (which can be turned into fashionable garments within a day, if you wish). Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon to explore on your own or enjoy the amenities of the hotel. Dinner this evening is at our hotel.
Anantara Hoi An Resort (B,L,D)

DAY 2 - Hoi An

This morning offers a different view of a local market, as we visit the food stalls and select fresh produce that we will later learn to cook in the Vietnamese style. Take a boat along the river to a cooking school and participate in a hands-on cooking class, where you'll savor the dishes you've prepared. There is time this afternoon to explore the city on your own and dine at one of the local restaurants. (B,L)

DAY 3 - Lang Co/Hûe’

After breakfast, drive north, taking in panoramic views of the central coastline from the Hai Van Pass before descending to the fishing village of Lang Co. We continue to Hûe’, the imperial capital of the Nguyen dynasty from 1802 through 1945. Lunch today is a private meal hosted at a restored royal home. Then check into our art deco-style hotel, located along the banks of the Perfume River. Spend the afternoon at the Citadel, exploring the extraordinary gates, palaces, and residences of the Imperial City and Forbidden Purple City.
La Residence (B,L,D)

DAY 4 - Hue

This morning, visit emperor Minh Mang's mausoleum, built along a network of lakes. Then drive to the elaborate Khai Dinh Tomb and examine the elements of eastern art and western design in its architecture. Enjoy a special lunch today: a vegetarian meal at Buddhist Ba La Mat Pagoda, where monks will greet and talk with us. Continue to Thien Mu Pagoda, Hûe’'s renowned religious monument, with a seven-story tower situated along the river. This evening, gather for dinner at a restaurant that features distinctive central Vietnamese cuisine. (B,L,D)

DAY 5 - Hanoi

Take a morning flight to Hanoi, and check into our lovely, award-winning hotel. In the late afternoon, tour Hanoi's old quarter by cyclo, and see its colorful streets, shops, and markets. Later, enjoy a performance of water puppetry, an age-old northern Vietnamese folk art.
Hotel Metropole Hanoi (B,L,D)

DAY 6 - Ha Long Bay

After breakfast, drive to the coast, visiting a local home along the way. At Ha Long Bay, board a stunning boat built in the style of a traditional wooden junk for an overnight sail on the bay. Cruise among the dramatic limestone peaks for which the region is famous. In the afternoon, take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay.
Halong Ginger or Jasmine Cruise Halong (B,L,D)

DAY 7 - Ha Long Bay/Hanoi

Wake up early to see the sun rise over the bay and its extraordinary landscapes. Have a late breakfast on board before we disembark and drive back to Hanoi. Visit the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, with exhibits about the lives of Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups.
Hotel Metropole Hanoi (B,D)

DAY 8 - Hanoi/Depart

With ochre-colored colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards, and scenic lakes, Hanoi is a stunning city. We begin at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing monument of marble and granite where Ho Chi Minh's preserved body resides. Then visit the tiny One Pillar Pagoda, which rests on a single stone pillar emerging from the water. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to the Temple of Literature for a look at Hanoi's history and traditional architecture. The rest of the afternoon is free for further exploration, and our rooms are reserved until departure. In the evening, transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B,L)