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Kingdoms of Indochina
     
Tour Information
Number of Days: 19
Meals Included: 17B, 10L, 8D
Important Info: Airfare not included
Immigration: A Passport is required for this tour.
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Day 1: Overnight Flight
Journey to a region rich in culture and history, taking in three extraordinary countries: Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - Tour Begins
Your tour opens in historic Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. For centuries, the city has been the commercial hub of the region which has created a melting pot of culture.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City
Get acquainted with the city’s colonial landmarks on a tour including the Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Opera House. Discover the Reunification Palace where the Vietnam War ended and learn more about the lasting effects of this struggle at the War Remnants Museum. Join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at a popular local restaurant. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.
Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City
Immerse yourself in the culture during a visit to the Mekong Delta and cruise along the bustling river. Be introduced to daily life here during a visit to a local home factory which produces rice paste and coconut candies. Enjoy a traditional lunch in a lush tropical garden and have time to explore local villages. Continue on and make a stop at Cao Dai Temple to take in its striking architectural style. Tonight you may choose to experience the region’s multifaceted culinary heritage with an optional dinner at a French restaurant. Today breakfast and lunch will be included.
Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City - Hoi An
Fly to Da Nang. Your first stop is at My Khe Beach (China Beach) where American troops visited. Continue to Hoi An, an ancient merchant trading port and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Board a cyclo for a tour of the preserved town. Feel like you have stepped into the past as you ride by the Tan Ky Old House, Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, Chua Ong Pagoda and a 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge. Today breakfast and lunch will be included.
Day 6: Hoi An
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. Today breakfast and lunch will be included.
Day 7: Hoi An - Hue
Early this morning you have the opportunity to partake in an optional sunrise photography class and observe fishermen bringing in their catch in the dawn light. Today’s journey takes us to Hue, the Imperial capital city, via the breathtaking Hai Van Pass. En route, pause to savor lunch at Lang Co fishing village. Time is allowed to explore at the haunting Imperial tomb of Emperor Tu Duc. Arrive in Hue, home of the Nguyen dynasty and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Tonight, enjoy a lavish royal feast, complete with traditional music and Imperial costumes. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.
Day 8: Hue - Hanoi
Discover Hue’s Imperial past while visiting the Imperial Citadel, the Forbidden Purple City and the Thien Mu Pagoda. Later, fly to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 9: Hanoi
Begin your day in Ba Dinh Square, home of the mausoleum built to honor Ho Chi Minh, a revered figure in Vietnam. Behind this impressive site and standing in stark contrast is Minh's simple house on stilts. Admire the lotus-shaped One Pillar Pagoda resting on a single stone pillar emerging from the water. Take in the well-preserved traditional architecture at the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university founded in the early 11th century. Enjoy lunch at a non-profit restaurant that empowers underprivileged children by training them with new skills. Spend time at Hoa Lo Prison (the Hanoi Hilton), where American POWs were held, and gain insight into their captivity as you stroll past the poignant exhibits. Then, have time to stroll along tranquil Hoan Kiem Lake and through the craft guild streets in the nearby old quarter. End the day with a traditional Water Puppet performance. Today breakfast and lunch will be included.
Day 10: Hanoi - Halong Bay
Journey to Halong Bay for your overnight cruise on a luxury junk boat. Marvel at the thousands of limestone islands that dot these waters. Transfer to a sampan to visit a floating fishing village; watch the sunset before sharing a seafood feast. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.
Day 11: Halong Bay - Hanoi
Join a sunrise tai chi class on deck as the fog lifts, revealing the morning light. Explore an ancient cave on a nearby island. Enjoy brunch on board and cruise back to the harbor, returning to Hanoi. This afternoon you have the option of embarking on a street food tour of the city that delves into authentic culinary delights such as pho noodles. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 12: Hanoi - Luang Prabang, Laos
Enjoy a morning at leisure in Hanoi. From Hanoi, fly to Luang Prabang, the spiritual capital of Laos. Tonight, gather for a traditional Baci ceremony, a “calling of the soul” reserved for special events, followed by dinner. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 13: Luang Prabang
This morning we are off to the most remarkable temple in Luang Prabang, Wat Xieng Thong. Continue through the Luang Prabang countryside en route to the stunning Kuang Si waterfalls, passing rice fields and small villages along the way. Return to town and board a traditional river boat. Cruise down the Mekong River…enjoy a picnic lunch on board and make a stop at Pak Ou Caves, home to hundreds of Buddhas. Later, return to town by road. Hop on a tuk tuk to a local restaurant for dinner. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.
Day 14: Luang Prabang
Visit a living craft center to learn about the fascinating world of Lao textiles and handicrafts. Enjoy a hands-on experience with natural dyes prepared using plants from the garden and create your own design! Then, discover the country’s regal history on a guided tour of the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum. The afternoon is yours to independently explore quiet and reserved Luang Prabang. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 15: Luang Prabang - Siem Reap, Cambodia
Wake before dawn and participate in the offering of alms to hundreds of saffron-robed monks. Then, discover the country’s regal history on a guided tour of the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum. Fly to Siem Reap. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 16: Siem Reap
Be amazed by the Roluos Group, temples remaining from the first major capital of the Khmer Empire. Take an ox cart ride to the Roluos Pagoda where monks celebrate a private blessing ceremony. Feel like a local as you explore Kompong Phluk, a floating village,* and enjoy a picnic lunch at a floating restaurant. Meet local school children at the JWOC Community Center.** This evening get to know Cambodian culture during a traditional Apsara show with dinner. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.
Day 17: Siem Reap
Begin your day exploring the ancient ruins of Angkor Thom by tuk tuk, famous for the Bayon temple and its colossal stone-carved faces. Continue to the haunting Ta Prohm temple, overgrown by creeping jungle. After lunch, visit and explore the famous Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious building and symbol of Cambodia. Stand before the stone carvings and bas-reliefs that adorn the complex and remain until sunset. Today breakfast and lunch will be included.
Day 18: Siem Reap - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Fly to Ho Chi Minh City this afternoon. Tonight, toast to the end of a remarkable trip while savoring your farewell dinner. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 19: Ho Chi Minh City - Tour Ends
Return home with a wealth of incredible memories. Today breakfast will be included.


 


 
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