Travel on this small group tour that reveals the best of Vietnam, a beautiful country with a long and rich history. Arrive on day two in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. Day three your tour begins in Ho Chi Minh City. For centuries, the city has been the commercial hub of the region. Day four head to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a maze of underground passageways used as hideouts by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. After lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll get acquainted with the city’s colonial landmarks on a panoramic tour that features the Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Reunification Palace and the Old Market in District 1. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. Day five explore the famous Mekong Delta during a cruise along this bustling river. Be introduced to daily life during a visit to a home where coconut candy is made. Enjoy a lunch of regional cuisine in a lush tropical garden. Visit a local residence to learn about their traditional way of life. Later, enjoy a visit to Cao Dai Temple and explore the region’s rich architectural style. Day six fly to Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital. From the ancient past, through colonial rule to the modern day, this vibrant city boasts many layers of history. Hanoi’s French influences and traditional motifs paint a rich cultural portrait that enthralls visitors. Day seven your day begins in Ba Dinh Square, home of the mausoleum built to honor Ho Chi Minh, a revered figure in Vietnam. Lunch is included at a local restaurant. Then, set out on a cyclo tour of Hanoi that takes you through its Old Quarter. Catch a glimpse of ancient Hanoi and see the traditional Vietnamese architecture including the “long house.” Day eight venture to the countryside to Ky Son village. It’s your choice! Come to know life here as you embark on a stroll or a bike ride through the village. Next, learn about local culinary traditions during a cooking demonstration with a local chef before a lunch highlighting regional cuisine. En route to Duong Lam village, meet villagers and see their unique historic homes and communal places of worship. Enjoy a visit to the Mia Pagoda. Stop at the humble Ngo Quyen and Phung Hung temples, built by the locals in the 8th and 10th centuries to honor their kings. Return to Hanoi for an evening at leisure. Day nine journey to Halong Bay for your overnight cruise on a luxury junk boat. Travel through the rice paddy fields and stop in some of the villages. Marvel at the thousands of limestone islands that dot these waters. Enjoy a lunchtime seafood feast aboard followed by a swim in the crystal clear waters of the bay. This afternoon it’s your choice! Explore the floating fishing village by traditional row boat or by kayak! Day ten enjoy cruising through the emerald waters of Halong Bay back to the harbor. Then, return to Hanoi to board a flight to Hue, the Imperial capital city. Day eleven travel to the shores of the Perfume River and embark on a cruise that reveals Hue’s Imperial past. Our first stop is a Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the oldest and most remarkable religious buildings in the country. Then it’s on to see the incredible mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc, the most elaborate royal tomb in the country. Continue on to explore the sprawling Imperial Citadel that originally encompassed 148 buildings before arriving at the Dong Ba Market to witness or partake in the timeless art of bartering. Later, savor the local flavors during dinner at a local restaurant. Day twelve travel along the coast and through the countryside via the breathtaking Hai Van Pass on your way to Hoi An. En route, pause to see the quaint Lang Co fishing village. Enjoy a visit to the Cham Museum in Da Hang, which houses the finest collection of Cham artwork. Arrive in Hoi An, an ancient merchant trading port and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant. Day thirteen explore Hoi An during a morning tour. Learn about the local cuisine at today’s cooking class. Begin with a visit to a local market to interact with vendors and learn about traditional ingredients. Learn how each of the vegetables and herbs are used to create everyday Vietnamese cuisine and enjoy lunch after your class. Then, visit one of Hoi An’s famous lantern workshops and try your hand at lantern making. Set out on a walking tour of this well-preserved town. Stroll by the Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, the ancient merchant house, a 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge, and the vibrant riverside market. Later, enjoy a peaceful boat trip along the Thu Bon River before leisure time to explore the old town. Day fourteen glimpse into the Champa Kingdom at the remarkable ruins of My Son Sanctuary (UNESCO), situated in a remote jungle valley. This once thriving epicenter of religion and politics dates back to the 4th century and has more than 20 well-preserved monuments to discover. Next, explore the local way of life at Tra Que Herb village, a small farming community. En route, stop to see 17th-century Japanese tombs, the only ones of their kind outside of Japan. Arrive in town, observe the farmers tending to their crops, and sample some local delicacies. Relax as you soak your feet in an herbal bath before returning to Hoi An. Dinner is included tonight at a local restaurant. Day fifteen fly to Ho Chi Minh City. Tonight, toast the end of a remarkable adventure at your farewell dinner. Day sixteen the tour ends and you head home with memories of a lifetime.