Explore Vietnam’s cities, history, and art scene on this luxury Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh tour, which includes a sea cruise through Lan Ha Bay on a deluxe Indochine junk, and a fabulous French Colonial riverboat cruise through the Mekong Delta and across the Cambodian border to Phnom Penh.
Tour Vietnam’s charming capital of Hanoi and visit the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, where beneath the ancient gates lies a secret underground bunker used by North Vietnamese generals during the American War. Continue to the Temple of Literature, and glimpse local life in the backstreets of the French Quarter. Later, explore the Hanoi art scene and galleries in the company of an art curator, visit the Fine Arts Museum and meet a traditional Hang Trong woodcut artist. Watch the Quintessence of Tonkin, a live stage show that will introduce you to Vietnamese customs and culture. Wander through narrow, zigzagging terracotta alleyways past the century-old houses of Tho Ha village in the Red River Delta and observe traditional country life and craft making.
Lan Ha Bay cruise
Kick back on a two-day-cruise of the quiet Lan Ha Bay area of the Halong Bay archipelago aboard a sumptuous Indochine-Vietnamese junk boat. Relax, or participate in activities on board, visit Cat Ba Island and meet the villagers. Enjoy a refreshing swim or try paddle-boarding off a secluded beach on Frog Lake.
Saigon and the Cu Chi Tunnels
After completing your Hanoi and Halong Bay tour, embark on an excursion through Saigon in the company of a knowledgeable guide, check out all the major sights including Notre Dame Cathedral, the General Post Office, the War Remnants Museum, and the Reunification Palace, which served as the home and office of South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu during the Vietnam War. Conclude your day at an art exhibition, where you will meet and dine with the curator and artist. The next day, you’ll hear more stories of the American-Vietnam war as you discover the maze-like Cu Chi Tunnels in the company of a Viet Cong veteran who once lived there. Step back in time as you peek into the old storage areas, poke your head through camouflaged trapdoors, and crawl through military supply tunnels. In the evening, dine on home-cooked food with a local family.
Mekong Delta & cruise to Cambodia
The Mekong Delta is a sprawling region of intensively cultivated land, where the lives of the locals are dependent on the Mekong River and its myriad of tributaries and canals. In a specially arranged ceremony, you can donate a sampan to a family in need before boarding a luxurious French Colonial riverboat and discovering the charms of the Mekong River with its remote villages, historic cities, and ancient temples. See the sights at the old town of Sa Dec, visit the Chau Doc floating market and the Long Son Pagoda. Meet Buddhist monks and local villagers, go on a bike ride or ride in a rickshaw. Cross the border into Cambodia, where you will observe Khymer artisans dyeing and weaving textiles, visit a traditional village and enjoy a tuk-tuk tour of Phnom Penh.
Please note all of the featured excursions, activities, and accommodations can be tailored to suit your taste, budget, and time availability in accordance with your personal wishes. All are private tours and transport with a private guide, with the exception of the two cruise portions, which are on a shared basis with other passengers.