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Luxury Tailor Made Travel

Tailor Made Vietnam: North to South


8 days from $4,995

Private Journey

Travel with your private party on this Luxury Tailor Made Journey, departing when you choose and with expert local guides leading the way; you can even customize the itinerary to your interests.

Set out on an enriching, in-depth journey to Vietnam, visiting must-see sites that include the Cu Chi Tunnels in high-energy Ho Chi Minh City; Hanoi, known for its French colonial architecture; and tranquil Ha Long Bay, where you cruise overnight and partake in a Vietnamese cooking lesson.

A&K Advantages

Experience the best of Vietnam from north to south, including its major cities, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, as well as the tranquility of Central Vietnam

Enjoy an overnight cruise in Ha Long Bay — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — aboard your luxurious boutique vessel

Wander the winding streets of Hoi An, observing local artisans’ handicrafts firsthand

Delve into Vietnam’s complex history, descending into the Cu Chi Tunnels near Ho Chi Minh City

Explore Ho Chi Minh City like a local, rising early for a cyclo ride through peaceful parks, sipping French-pressed Vietnamese coffee, perusing flowers at a local market and sampling pho at one of the city’s best kept secrets

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
ARRIVE HANOI, VIETNAM
Day 2
HANOI | HO CHI MINH’S HOUSE
Day 3
HA LONG BAY | “WHERE THE DRAGON DESCENDS TO THE SEA”
Day 4
HA LONG BAY & HOI AN | TIME TO UNWIND
Day 5
HOI AN | CHARMING OLD TOWN
Day 6
HO CHI MINH CITY | ENERGETIC URBAN ENVIRONS
Day 7
HO CHI MINH CITY | CHU CHI TUNNELS
Day 8
DEPART HO CHI MINH CITY

Luxury Tailor Made Journeys depart on the dates that work for you and feature expert local guides throughout your journey. The itinerary below can be customized to your interests.

Day 1
ARRIVE HANOI, VIETNAM

Arrive in Hanoi, where you receive fast-track assistance through customs and immigration formalities before being met and transferred to your hotel.

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Day 2
HANOI | HO CHI MINH’S HOUSE

This morning, pay a visit to Ho Chi Minh’s stilted house, located among banyan and milkweed trees. Continue to the iconic, lotus-shaped One Pillar Pagoda, built by King Ly Thai To as thanks to the deity he believed helped his wife give birth to his son. See, too, the Temple of Literature (Quoc Tu Giam). Recognized as Hanoi’s first university, the temple is featured on the back of the 100,000 VND banknote. Proceed to the home of Mr. My, a former Vietnamese pilot who shares stories from his time during the Vietnam War, including the close friendship he developed with a U.S. pilot. After lunch at a local restaurant, pay a visit to the gatehouse-turned-museum at Hoa Lo Prison, used by the French colonists in Vietnam for political prisoners and later by North Vietnam for prisoners of war during the Vietnam War. Next, travel by cyclo (rickshaw) through the bustling Old Quarter along its time-honored streets before returning to your hotel.

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3
HA LONG BAY | “WHERE THE DRAGON DESCENDS TO THE SEA”

Travel overland to Ha Long Bay — meaning “Where the Dragon Descends to the Sea” — and board your luxury boutique vessel. Relax over lunch and begin your passage into the magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth. Spend the afternoon discovering the bay’s treasures, including fascinating caves, pristine beaches and picturesque floating villages. You can even kayak in the Trinh Nu Cave area if you wish, or enjoy the view from the deck. Back on board your vessel, enjoy afternoon tea and a floating village-themed dinner. After dinner, opt to go squid fishing or relax on deck as the sun descends.

'Hera Cruise'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
HA LONG BAY & HOI AN | TIME TO UNWIND

Rise early for a tai chi class on the sun deck, watching the picturesque bay scroll by. After tai chi, reward yourself with a healthful and light breakfast in the ship’s restaurant. Following breakfast, elect to luxuriate on the deck, hike to Sung Sot Cave (the biggest cave in Ha Long Bay) or swim at a nearby island. Enjoy a full brunch buffet as you cruise back to port. Transfer back to Hanoi, where you fly to Danang, and continue to your hotel in Hoi An. The remainder of your day is at leisure.

Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai
Meals: Breakfast
Day 5
HOI AN | CHARMING OLD TOWN

Travel to Tra Que Village, where you visit a local home and sample juice made from freshly squeezed fruits, followed by a stroll through the village gardens where local farmers still use traditional farming techniques. You may even assist some farmers with their crop collection. Return to Hoi An this afternoon and set out on a walking tour. Visit the Old House of Tan Ky, Fukien Assembly Hall and the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge.

Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6
HO CHI MINH CITY | ENERGETIC URBAN ENVIRONS

After a morning at leisure, transfer to the airport and fly to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel.

Park Hyatt Saigon
Meals: Breakfast
Day 7
HO CHI MINH CITY | CHU CHI TUNNELS

Afterward, continue on to Cu Chi, a small community located northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, known for its network of deep tunnels that provided shelter and an effective source of infiltration for the Vietcong during the later years of the Vietnam War. The tunnels, which reached hundreds of miles in total length, housed storage rooms, makeshift hospitals and sleeping quarters. After experiencing the Cu Chi Tunnels, return to Ho Chi Minh City for lunch. Later, visit the Reunification Palace and the Historical Museum before hopping off the beaten path to explore St. Joseph’s seminary, a historic oasis of calm. Round out the day with refreshments in a hidden city locale, and then return to your hotel for the rest of the day at leisure.

Park Hyatt Saigon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8
DEPART HO CHI MINH CITY

Recently experiencing a resurgence of art and culture, Ho Chi Minh City is a lively, evocative hub of activity. Rise early for a cyclo ride through the streets as the city slowly comes to life. Stroll through a special section of Tao Dan Park, where locals congregate with their prized birds and the air is alive with birdsong. Next, visit the memorial park dedicated to a Buddhist monk remembered for performing self-immolation in protest of the South Vietnamese government in 1963. Changing from cyclo to vehicle, continue along Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street to visit a little-known, hard-to-find weapons bunker, as well as a food market and flower market. Then, sample some of the city’s most sensational pho at one of its best-kept-secret restaurants. Transfer to the airport and board your departure flight.

Note: Touring on board Hera Cruises is on a shared basis. Cruise itineraries are subject to change.

Meals: Breakfast
Note: Touring on board Hera Cruises is on a shared basis. Cruise itineraries are subject to change.

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HANOI CULINARY ADVENTURE

Explore Hanoi’s culinary scene, sampling traditional dishes prepared by local vendors in the Old Quarter, Dong Xuan Market’s food street and lakeside Truc Bach. Make one final stop to enjoy an egg cappuccino, a regional specialty no foodie should miss.

HOI AN CULINARY ADVENTURE

Enjoy a morning at the Market Restaurant & Cooking School in Hoi An, learning about regional spices, herbs, grains, veggies and fruits. Tour a vast array of specialty food counters, observing live cooking demonstrations, trying your hand at local recipes and sampling new flavors along the way.

HO CHI MINH CITY BY VESPA

Enjoy a night on the town and a culinary adventure as you explore Ho Chi Minh City from the back of an expertly driven Vespa. Buzz through neon-lit streets en route to lively District 4, where you experience local nightlife, cuisine and café culture rarely glimpsed by other travellers.

BEN TRE BY BOAT & BICYCLE

Explore tropical Ben Tre’s vast network of canals, village roads and bridges by sampan, rickshaw and bicycle, stopping to visit with a local family and a former Vietcong soldier who survived two years fighting the Khmer Rouge in Phnom Penh.

COMBINE YOUR JOURNEY

Extend your time in Southeast Asia by combining this journey with Tailor Made Cambodia: Angkor Wat, Tailor Made Laos: Luang Prabang or exploring our Tailor Made Vietnam Farm to Fork Culinary Tour offerings.


Jan–Apr, Oct–Dec; Priced from $4,995

Internal Air from $305
Hanoi/Danang/Ho Chi Minh City

Prices are per person, double occupancy for the itinerary as published for 2020 travel, and subject to availability.
Pricing reflects A&K's recommended months of travel of this itinerary. Supplements may apply over holiday periods, festivals and special events. International air not included.
 

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