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ITINERARY

  • Monday, September 30: Victoria–Vancouver
    Depart Victoria this evening via Air Canada to Vancouver.
  • Tuesday, October 1: Vancouver–Hong Kong
    Depart Vancouver via Cathay Pacific early this morning, bound for Hong Kong.
  • Wednesday, October 2: Hong Kong–Hanoi
    Arrive in Hong Kong this morning and connect via Cathay Pacific to Hanoi with a morning arrival, where we will be met and transferred to our hotel for a two night stay. The afternoon is at leisure. (D)
  • Thursday, October 3: Hanoi
    Today we have a city tour of Hanoi, visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One-Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature before continuing to the Ethnologic Museum. In the afternoon enjoy a cyclo-pousse and walking tour in the old quarter of Hanoi and visit Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. Evening water puppet show. (B)
  • Friday, October 4: Hanoi–Halong Bay
    Transfer to Halong Bay and board a Bhaya shared junk (deluxe cabin) for an overnight cruise. Enjoy a Vietnamese buffet lunch as the Bhaya Classic heads to Bai Tu Long Bay and Am Tich (Teapot) Islets and Vung Vieng fishing village. You visit the fishing village by local rowing boat and then return to the vessel for free time. Bhaya Classic cruises through the bay to its overnight anchorage near Ho Dong Tien. Vietnamese cooking demonstration on the sundeck. Sumptuous set-menu seafood dinner on board. Watch a movie on the lounge deck, or retire to your cabin. (B,L,D)
  • Saturday, October 5: Halong–Hanoi–Hue
    Start your day with Tai Chi on the sundeck while tea and coffee are served. Bhaya Classic weighs anchor at 7 am and cruises through the beautiful bay to Halong. Buffet brunch is served on board. Disembark at Tuan Chau Marina and return to Hanoi with a stop at Dong Trieu ceramic village. Transfer to the airport for your evening flight to Hue, the royal city of Vietnam’s last ruling dynasty. Transfer to your hotel for a two night stay. (Brunch)
  • Sunday, October 6: Hue
    Sightseeing in Hue today, including a boat trip on the Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda. Visit the Imperial Citadel and Dong Ba market. We also visit the Khai Dinh and Tu Duc Mausoleum. Dinner at Les Jardins de la Carambole restaurant. (B,D)
  • Monday, October 7: Hue–Danang–My Son–Hoian
    Morning visit to the An Dinh palace before departing for Danang via the Hai Van Pass. Visit Cham Museum at Danang. Lunch at a local restaurant. Drive to My Son, the former Champa Kingdom. Stay two nights at the Hoi An Beach Resort or similar. (B,L)
  • Tuesday, October 8: Hoian
    Spend the full day in Hoian. Take a walking tour around the ancient town, then visit the Phuc Kien hall, Japanese covered bridge, Tan Ky old house and a silk workshop. This afternoon enjoy a boat trip on the Thu Bon river. (B)
  • Wednesday, October 9: Hoian–Quy Nhon
    Overland to Qui Nhon visiting Cha Ban on the way. Stay two nights in Quy Nhon. (B)
  • Thursday, October 10: Quy Nhon
    In the morning we visit Twin Tower (Thap Doi), built at the end of the 12th century. Afternoon at leisure.
  • (B)
  • Friday, October 11: Quy Nhon–Nathrang
    Morning transfer to Nathrang. Afternoon visit to Long Son Pagoda and Po Nagar Cham Towers. Accommodation for two nights in Nathrang. (B,D)
  • Saturday, October 12: Nathrang
    This morning we take a boat cruise to offshore islands in Nathrang Bay. Afternoon free. (B)
  • Sunday, October 13: Nathrang–Dalat
    Morning at leisure. In the afternoon we depart for Dalat, a cool mountain resort and one of the most popular in Vietnam. Spend two nights at Dalat Hotel Du Parc. (B)
  • Monday, October 14: Dalat
    Discover some of Dalat’s attractions, history, culture and unique architecture. View some of Dalat’s spectacular landscapes and visit sites such as the old railway station. Then explore the historic Bao Dai King’s Summer Palace, Hang Nga’s “Crazy House,” a seemingly fairytale castle. Afternoon visit to Lat village. (B)
  • Tuesday, October 15: Dalat–Ho Chi Minh–Cu Chi
    Transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival transfer to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an amazing complex of underground tunnels used during the Vietnam war. Lunch at a local restaurant. Return to Ho Chi Minh and visit the Reunification Palace and take a panoramic tour to see Notre Dame Cathedral and the post office, built by an Eiffel student. Two nights in Ho Chi Minh City. (B,L,D)
  • Wednesday, October 16: Ho Chi Minh–Caibe–Vinh Long–Ho Chi Minh
    Take a coach trip to Caibe, then embark on a cruise along the Mekong River. The trip includes a visit to the canal where the floating market of Caibe takes place and to a family-run business making rice paper and corn flakes of Vietnamese style. Lunch at a local restaurant. Complete the experience with a folklore music performance. Return to Ho Chi Minh City in late afternoon. (B,L)
  • Thursday, October 17: Ho Chi Minh–Siem Reap
    Transfer to the airport for the flight to Siem Reap. Afternoon visit of Ta Phrom, then visit by the South Gate of Angkor Thom, the famous Bayon, Baphuon, Royal Enclosure, Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Accommodation for two nights at Angkor Paradise Hotel or similar. (B,D)
  • Friday, October 18: Siem Reap
    Morning visit to Angkor Wat. This afternoon we visit Banteay Srei, stopping en route at a village to learn how to farm a rice field and how to collect sugar palm. Continue to Banteay Samre temple. This evening visit Angkor Night Market, the only true night market in Siem Reap. It harbours more than 100 shops and stalls offering a wide range of goods; the atmosphere is peaceful and relaxing. (B,L)
  • Saturday, October 19: Siem Reap–Phnom Penh
    We transfer to the airport for a mid-morning flight to Phnom Penh. This afternoon visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Museum and Tuol Sleng. Accommodation at the Hotel Juliana. (B,L,D)
  • Sun. Oct. 20: Phnom Penh–Hong Kong–Vancouver–Victoria
    Early morning transfer to the airport for your Dragonair flight to Hong Kong with connecting Cathay Pacific flight to Vancouver and Air Canada to Victoria. Arrive same day.

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