Day 1: Arrive HCM City (D)
warmly welcomed on arrival at HCMC's Tan Son Nhat International airport by our guide and transferred to your hotel. I will have free time before a welcome dinner at a chic restaurant and an overnight stay in HCMC.
Day 2: HCMC - Cu Chi Tunnels (B/L)
In the morning I will have a half day private excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels which consist of more than 200km of underground tunnels. This main axis system has many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction, giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel for what underground life was like during the U.S.-Vietnam War.
In the afternoon I will take a private city tour of HCMC, the country's commercial center and home to a growing number of upscale restaurants and shops. You will visit Chinatown, the Thien Hau Pagoda, the Reunification Palace, the Opera House and the Hotel de Ville. If desired, I can also visit the moving War Remnants Museum. Next I will explore colorful outdoor markets and Dong Khoi Street, the city's most upscale shopping boulevard with fashionable boutiques and accessories designed by new Vietnamese designers, hill tribe crafts, high quality linens and housewares. I will stay overnight in HCMC.
Day 3: HCMC- Hanoi (B/L)
I will transfer to the airport for a flight to Hanoi, a city with rich history and culture, reflecting the strong architectural influence of China and France. In the afternoon, I will enjoy a one hour cyclo tour of Hanoi's vibrant Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake, the focal point of the city. Then, in the late afternoon, I will be enchanted by the stories told in the water puppet show, a must see in Hanoi! I will then stay overnight in this charming metropolis.
Day 4: Hanoi (B/L)
Today I will have a fullday city tour and shopping adventure in Vietnam's artistic and intellectual capital. I'll explore the fascinating Old Quarter and its hundreds of specialty shops selling silk clothing, lacquerware, embroidered linens, furniture, bamboo, cooking utensils, ceremonial objects and more. Then, I can enjoy people watching at stylish cafes before shopping for impressive modern art in the city's many galleries. I will also visit Hanoi's main cultural attractions, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his House on Stilts, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Fine Arts Museum, the Temple of Literature and the very impressive Museum of Ethnology. IT is one of the finest museums in Vietnam, with many exhibits, pictures and model houses of the 54 ethnic minorities inhabiting Vietnam. I will then have an overnight stay in Hanoi.
Day 5: Halong Bay Excursion (B/L)
In the morning I will drive to Halong Bay City, approximately 3 hours away. Once at Halong Bay City I will be welcomed on board for a fourhour cruise on the stunning bay, stopping along the way to visit one of the limestone caves in the area. As I are cruising, the boat crew will serve me a sumptuous local seafood lunch. Afterwards, I'll sail back to the harbor and rejoin my car back to head back to Hanoi for another overnight stay. so Im are free to enjoy souvenir shopping until transfer to the airport for your onward flight.