First class cotel accommodations with private bath/shower.
American breakfast daily, 1 lunch and dinner.
Junk cruise (refurbished) of Halong Bay.
Assistance by ACTC representatives at airports and hotels.
Local English speaking guide for sightseeing tours.
Baggage handling and porterage.
Welcome to Thailand- Your tour begins:
DAY 1 – SATURDAY
On arrival in Hanoi, meeting assistance by an ACTC representative and escorted to the hotel of your choice. Rest of the day free or explore the city
DAY 2 – SUNDAY
LUANG PRABANG TOUR
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Later, proceed on a city tour of Luang Prabang visiting the local market,Imported Photos 00083 former Royal Palace (National Museum), Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Sen and Wat Visun.
Rest of the day is at leisure. B
DAY 3 – MONDAY
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
Rest of your day is at leisure to explore the city on own or take an optional tour. B
DAY 4 – TUESDAY
On arrival in Hanoi, meeting assistance by an ACTC representative and escorted to the hotel of your choice. Rest of the day free or explore the city.
DAY 5 – WEDNESDAY
HANOI CITY TOUR
After breakfast, embark on a guided half day tour to explore the architecture and history of Hanoi. Visit the one Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature and Hanoi’s Old Quarter. This afternoon is at leisure.
Optional – Half day tour of Quan Ho Folk Song: Drive to Bac Ninh, the cradle of traditional Vietnamese music and theater. On arrival take a horse-drawn cart through country lanes to visit the Dinh Bang communal house and Do Temple. Enjoy local folk songs before returning to Hanoi. B
DAY 6 – THURSDAY
HANOI / HALONG BAY / BOAT CRUISE
Early breakfast at hotel and travel overland to Halong Bay. Board a refurbished wooden sailing junk for cruise through magnificent Halong Bay. Fresh seafood lunch is served on board. Take a swim in the emerald waters (weather permitting).
Afternoon visit a Grotto and spend the evening and overnight on board boat. BLD
DAY 7 – FRIDAY
HALONG BAY / HANOI / HOI AN
Spend the morning cruising through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Halong Bay. After brunch on board, disembark and return to Hanoi, stopping en route at the Dong Trieu ceramic factory.
Transfer to airport for evening flight to Danang. Transfer to Hoi An and check-in at the hotel. B
DAY 8 – SATURDAY
HOI AN TOURING
Breakfast at the hotel. Take a half day walking tour of this quaint town, visiting ancient merchant’s houses, a Hokkien temple, the 400 year old Japanese Covered bridge and the colorful riverside market. Visit a workshop where artisans make Hoi An’s famous lanterns. Guest learns how the lanterns are made then have a chance to create their own lanterns, from designing the frame to gluing the cloth.
This afternoon can be spent at leisure.
Optional – Embark on an optional half day tour to My Son. Visit the extraordinary ruins of My Son in a jungle Valley. Formerly the religious center of the Cham Kingdom, now a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. B
DAY 9 – SUNDAY
HOI AN / HUE
After breakfast, travel overland to Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam. On arrival, visit the elaborate tomb of Emperor Minh Mang before checking into the hotel. Afternoon visit to the Imperial Citadel, built on the same principles and design as Beijing’s Forbidden Place. The spectacular citadel contains a series of palaces, ornate halls, libraries, residences and colleges. Proceed to the Thein Mu Pagoda to witness daily Buddhist prayer recital. Enjoy a sunset cruise on the river before returning to the Hotel. B
DAY 10 – MONDAY
HUE / HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfers to airport and leave Hue on board flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, enjoy a city orientation tour visiting Notre Dame Cathedral, central Post Office. In the afternoon tour the Chinatown, Binh Tay Market and Thien Hau Temple. B
DAY 11 – TUESDAY
Day at leisure or CU CHI TUNNELS
After breakfast enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the city.
Optional – Take a tour of the extraordinary Cu Chi tunnels, just outside Ho Chi Minh City. During the war of independence, Vietnamese guerrillas built the labyrinth of narrow tunnels virtually underneath the U.S. bases, using them to hide during bombing raids and to stage surprise attacks. Return to Ho Chi Minh City where your afternoon is at leisure. B
DAY 12 – WEDNESDAY
HO CHI MINH CITY / SIEM RAP
After breakfast time free to shop for local handicrafts before transfer to the international Airport to board your flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, transfer to hotel. In the afternoon, explore Khmer temples from the early Angkor period. Visit the Roluos group of temples dating from the 9th and 10 century, including Preah Ko, Bakong, and Lolei temples. Return to hotel in early evening. B
DAY 13 – THURSDAY
SIEM RAP – ANGKOR COMPLEX TOURING
After breakfast begin exploration of the ancient city by entering Angkor Thom via the South Gate.Imported Photos 00078 Continue with the ruins at Bayon, Baphoun, Phimeanakas, the Royal Palace, the Elephant Terraces and the Leper King Terrace. In the afternoon visit magnificent Angkor Wat with its extraordinary architecture and bas-reliefs. End your day with a spectacular sunset viewed from the top of the mountain temple of Phnom Bakheng. B
DAY 14 – FRIDAY
Breakfast at the hotel.
Rest of the day is at leisure to explore city on own or optional touring. B
DAY 14 – SATURDAY
SIEM RAP / FLIGHT BACK HOME
Breakfast at the hotel. Time free until transfer for your international flight. Return home …B