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Vietnam

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.

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Hong Kong

Day 1: Hong Kong
Upon arrival in Hong Kong, I’ll be picked up by private vehicle at the Hong Kong International Airport and transferred to my hotel. Depending on when I arrive, spend the rest of the day either relaxing at the hotel or exploring the city at your leisure, using recommendations of things to do and see that you can find in my hotel lobby.

Overnight: Royal Plaza Hotel in Hong Kong (rated 4 stars on TripAdvisor) or similar

Day 2: Hong Kong (B, L)
After breakfast at my hotel, board the sightseeing coach and begin my Hong Kong tour, which includes interesting commentary from my guide. Make my way to the heart of the city to experience one of its most popular activities – riding the 120-year-old Peak Tram! As I take the 8-minute ride, enjoy spectacular views of the city, Victoria Harbour and beyond. Once I reach the top, continue to be amazed by views of the surrounding city skyline, Victoria Harbour, Kowloon, towering skyscrapers and peaceful green hillsides.

Then, board the coach once again to head to the Aberdeen Floating Village, an old fishing village at Aberdeen Harbour that celebrates the age-old marine and fishing traditions of Hong Kong. Walk around the area with your guide and discover the lifestyles of its residents, a lot of whom rely on the boats for living and working every day. For lunch, get an authentic taste of Aberdeen with Chinese dim sum at Jumbo Floating Restaurant, moored in Aberdeen Harbour.

Spend my afternoon perusing the stalls of Stanley Market to see a wide variety of souvenirs such as silk, garments, sportswear, Chinese artwork and accessories.

After my tour, the rest of the day is mine to do as I wish.

Overnight: Royal Plaza Hotel in Hong Kong (rated 4 stars on TripAdvisor) or similar

Day 3 Hong Kong – Macau (B, L)
After breakfast, enjoy a private transfer to the Hong Kong/Macau Ferry Terminal for your high-speed ferry from Hong Kong to Macau. During the hour-long ride, enjoy the modern vessel’s facilities like video entertainment and a catering counter (own expense).

Upon arrival, board I comfortable coach for my second fully guided sightseeing tour. As my ride around this diverse region, i’ll stop at various handpicked landmarks, including what is called the Historic Centre of Macau, a collection of more than 20 UNESCO World Heritage Sites that displays the successful co-existence of Chinese and Portuguese cultures in this region.

Stop at A-Ma Temple, one of the oldest and most famous Taoist temples in Macau, built almost 400 years ago. Then follow my guide up the 66 steps of the Ruins of St Paul, a 16th-century complex featuring remains of the Cathedral of St Paul. Admire the intricate stonework of the church’s façade and the incredible handiwork of its original pillars and shrines. I will also visit the Fortaleza de Monte (Mount Fortress), a historical military center built in the 1600s to protect Jesuit properties in the region. In between sightseeing, stop at a local restaurant to enjoy a lunch of local dishes that blend Southeast Asian and Portuguese cuisines.

Continue my tour at the Macau Museum, where I’ll view exhibitions displaying a vast number of historical objects that demonstrate the culture of the region’s original inhabitants. End my day at Macau Tower, where I’ll ascend 731 feet (223 meters) from the ground to the observation deck to enjoy unobstructed views of the Macau skyline, the Pearl River Delta and the outlying islands!

Macau Tower is host to a large number of both fancy and affordable bistros that offer a delectable end to my day (dinner at own expense). Then transfer back to my hotel for the night.

Overnight: Royal Macau Hotel in Macau (rated 4 stars on TripAdvisor) or similar

Day 4: Macau (B)
Today is a free day to explore Macau on my own and visit places I didn’t have the chance to the day before. After breakfast in my hotel, forge my own path, or choose any of the activities or attractions on my list of recommendations that I received prior to my trip (all activities on this day is at my own expense).

Perhaps I’d like to revisit the Historic Centre of Macau. Or if Im feeling a bit adventurous, go bungee jumping from the top of Macau Tower. Enjoy a lunch and dinner of Macanese cuisine like galinha a Portuguesa (Portuguese-style chicken), Macanese chili shrimp, bacalhau (dried and salted codfish) or stir-fry curry crab.

If I’d like a little entertainment this evening, enjoy the House of Dancing Waters, a breathtaking water show of high-flying stunts and aerial acrobatics set to the backdrop of a massive cobalt pool. End your night, if you wish, by trying your luck at one of the casinos sprinkled across Macau.

Overnight: Royal Macau Hotel in Macau (rated 4 stars on TripAdvisor) or similar

Day 5: Macau – Hong Kong (B)
After breakfast and checkout, you’ll be driven by private transfer back to the Macau Ferry Terminal to take the high-speed ferry back to Hong Kong. Then, relax in another private transfer to your own Hong Kong hotel or the Hong Kong International Airport.

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Tokyo, Japan

Day 1

==Your heading here...==: Self Guided Tour of Shibuya
Shibuya is the trendy and fashionable shopping district of Tokyo. Ideally this tour should be on a Sunday as this is when you can see the best of the Harajuku fashion and cosplay, which normally appears in the afternoon. You can continue to explore the shops, restaurants and cafes into the evening.In the morning start you exploration of Shibuya from Shibuya Station and work your walk towards Harajuku. There are many major shopping centre buildings and department stores around the Shibuya Station area. Use our Shibuya Map to help plan your walk. Some of the key highlights not to miss are:
Shibuya 109 Building, Omotesando and Takeshita-Dori, Meiji Jingu shrine and the Harajuku fashion (mainly weekends, particularly Sunday afternoon) on the bridge across to Meiji Jingu shrine.Meiji Jingu shrine is a popular and picturesque Japanese Shinto shrine set in a forest of 120,000 evergreen trees which block out the noise of the city. If you are lucky you may see a traditional Japanese wedding, but you should at least see some of the Shrine maiden walking through the shrine complex.

Day 2: - Mt Fuji and Hakone Day Tour
Mt Fuji is very difficult to access via public transport and while there are locations such as Hakone that can be accessed easily via public transport the views of Mt Fuji will still be quite distant. The best option is take an organised tour such as Mt Fuji and Hakone Day Tour from Tokyo: Return By Bullet Train.On this tour you'll enjoy lunch on Mt Fuji, cruise Lake Ashi and ride the aerial cableway at Mount Komagatake for sweeping views of the celebrated Hakone National Park. You will need to book this tour at least four days in advance.

Day 3: Self Guided Day Tour - Ueno Park
If you are in Tokyo in Cherry Blossom season (end of March through early April) then you will be delighted to visit Ueno Park. In other seasons it is still worth visiting, but you may choose to spend less time there. Ueno Park includes the following attractions:Bentendo Hall Temple
Bentendo Hall Temple is a Benzaiten Temple on an island in the the middle of Shinobazu Pond.In the evening you can stay on to enjoy the party atmosphere or head back to the bright lights and night life of Shinjuku or Roppongi.

Day 4: Nikko World Heritage Day Tour
This is an organised day tour to Nikko World Heritage, Toshogu Shrine, Lake Chuzenji, and Kegon Waterfall.

Day 5: Shinjuku, Ginza and Akihabara
This self guided day tour takes in some of the key modern parts of central Tokyo.First thing in the morning go to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building which is the best observation deck in Tokyo. Going early in the morning gives you the best chance of seeing things in the distance including Mt Fuji. If you are staying in Shinjuku it may be easiest to walk to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, otherwise the closest station is normally Shinjuku Station.Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum
Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum is a ramen theme park devoted to Japanese ramen noodle soup. The museum/theme park is devoted to the Japanese ramen noodle soup and features a large recreation of Tokyo in 1958, the year instant noodles were invented. Within the Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum are branches of famous ramen restaurants from Kyushu to Hokkaido.

Return to Shinjuku
From Shin-Yokohama Station take the Yokohama line to Kikuna Station change to the Tokyu-Toyoko Line (Commuter Limited Express) to Shibuya Station, change to the Yamanote Line to Shinjuku Station.Ketch up the flight going back to Canada Toronto.

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New York

the first day im going on my plane in the morning that is going to drop me of in New York.

Day 1 - Wednesday, July 1st

Flight arrives in at 5.30 pm. Taxi to hotel & check in. We are staying at The Hotel @ Times Square. Quick freshen up & out to explore Times Square & maybe something to eat

Day 2 - Thursday, July 2nd

Grab breakfast in hotel. Set off early & get subway to battery park. Lady Liberty & Ellis island ferry. Get some lunch. World Trade Center memorial site & St Pauls chapel. Spend hour or so looking around century 21. Get water taxi over to Brooklyn & walk Brooklyn bridge back to manhattan. Then make way back to hotel (subway). Shower & get changed. Back out, go for some dinner, look about & couple of drinks.

Day 3 - Friday, July 3rd

Get up & go out for some breakfast around hotel area. Make way to rockafella centre & top of the rock. New York public library. Grand central station, maybe get cheesecake in juniors. Chrysler building. Macy's. make way back to time Times Square for Halloween parade.

Day 4 - Saturday, July 4th

Get up & make way over to Central Park, go for breakfast/brunch at the Loeb Boathouse. Wander around CP. shop in the likes of Barneys, Bloomingdales, saks, tiffanys & FAO Schwarz. Go up to time square to queue at tkt booths for same night broadway show. After tickets have been purchased, wander back around shops & then make way back to hotel. Shower & changed then back out. Grab something to eat & then off to show.

Day 5 - Sunday, July 5th

Get breakfast & have a slow stroll to Soho. Shop & look about. China town & little Italy. Visiting Empire State Building and Central Park, Flight home isn't until 11pm so got full day.

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