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Small Group Tour Highlights
  • Unique small group itinerary
  • Hanoi sightseeing
  • Ha Long Bay cruise and overnight
  • Imperial capital of Hue
  • Charming Hoi An
  • Acclaimed Cham Museum
  • Visit to farming settlement
  • Extensive Mekong Delta touring
  • Floating market at Cai Rang
  • Saigon touring
Day-by-Day Itinerary

Days 1 & 2: Depart U.S. for Hanoi, Vietnam

Day 3: Arrive Hanoi We arrive in the Vietnamese capital today then transfer to our hotel. As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities or meals planned.

Day 4: Hanoi This morning’s orientation tour of this French-accented city features Hoan Kiem Lake; the marvelous Temple of Literature (c. 1070); infamous Hoa Lo Prison, also known as the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War; and the narrow streets of the diverse Ancient Quarter. Following an afternoon at leisure, this evening we attend a traditional water puppet performance then gather at a local restaurant for a welcome dinner. B,D

Day 5: Hanoi We continue our discovery of this culturally rich city with a walking tour of the Ba Dinh Square complex of sites, including the marble and granite mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the Presidential Palace, and thousand-year-old One Pillar Pagoda. This afternoon we get a taste of local life when we visit the lively Long Bien produce market then we take a cycling tour of nearby villages. A highlight: a visit to an artists’ community where we have the opportunity to meet painters in their studios. Returning to Hanoi, tonight we dine in the home of a gracious local family. B,D

Day 6: Hanoi/Ha Long Bay Early this morning we depart for Ha Long Bay, a breathtaking waterway sprinkled with 3,000 islands and islets, and surrounded by a fairytale landscape of limestone cliffs, secret grottoes, and hidden caves. Our boat tour includes lunch on board and stops to explore this dramatic landscape on foot. Tonight we dine at our hotel overlooking the bay. B,L,D

Day 7: Ha Long Bay/Da Nang We fly this morning to ­Da Nang, Vietnam’s third ­largest city, situated on the south central coast. Upon arrival, we tour the acclaimed Cham Museum, which celebrates the Cham people’s Hindu legacy with a fine collection of sculpture and artifacts dating from the 7th to 15th centuries. After we reach our beachfront hotel, the remainder of the day is at leisure in this splendid setting. B,D

Day 8: Da Nang/Hoi An This morning we visit nearby Hoi An, where a succession of Dutch, Chinese, Portuguese, and Japanese traders helped to build an architecturally diverse and colorful village where many ancient traditions still hold sway. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Hoi An’s Old Town is a charming car-free pedestrian zone lined with tailors, shops, and art galleries. This afternoon is at leisure to either remain in Hoi An on your own or return to our beachside resort for a relaxing interlude. B,L

Day 9: Da Nang A morning walking tour of a nearby farming settlement reveals the daily life of a local community up close. Here rice paddies occupy every spare patch of ground, water buffaloes plow the fields, and villagers ride to market with produce piled high on their bicycles. Later we enjoy a cooking lesson and dinner in Hoi An. B,D

Day 10: Da Nang/Hue We depart this morning by coach for the ancient imperial city of Hue, whose palaces, temples, and tombs evoke its past grandeur as home to emperors and mandarins. We explore the Imperial City – enjoying a traditional cyclo ride along the way – housing the Forbidden Purple City complex where emperors lived with their families and now a UNESCO site. We also visit the busy Central Market. Tonight we enjoy a special Hue dinner, with traditional music. B,D

Day 11: Hue This morning we cruise along Hue’s Perfume River to peaceful Thien Mu Pagoda, a Buddhist monastery that ranks among the city’s oldest and most important monuments. After admiring the seven-story octagonal tower, we visit the palatial Tomb of Minh Mang (c. 1840), with its pavilions and courtyards modeled after the Ming Tombs of China. This afternoon we see the tombs of Tu Duc, a gem of royal architecture; and Khai Dinh, an elaborate mix of ancient and modern, European and Asian. B,L

Day 12: Hue/Saigon/Can Tho Today begins with an early morning flight to Saigon. Upon arrival we board a motorcoach for the three-hour drive south to the Mekong River town of Cai Be then on to the busy river port and provincial capital of Can Tho. B,D

Day 13: Can Tho/Mekong Delta We rise early for today’s journey by boat to the bustling floating market at Cai Rang, one of the region’s largest. Then we go ashore to visit the Old Can Tho market. After lunch at a local restaurant, we travel by motorcoach to the upper reaches of the storied Mekong. Here we board motorized sampans for an up-close look at river life as we explore the maze of tributaries and inlets that lead to tiny settlements and villages populated by fishermen and farmers. B,L

Day 14: Mekong Delta/Saigon Today we travel by coach to Saigon (the name Ho Chi Minh City is used interchangeably), arriving in time for lunch at a local restaurant. Our afternoon tour includes the former Presidential Palace, which served as the South Vietnamese government’s wartime headquarters. Now called Reunification Palace, it was here that the first Communist tanks rolled in to Saigon on April 30, 1975; it remains preserved as a museum almost exactly as it was on that day. We also tour the History Museum, with its excellent collection of art and artifacts of the indigenous peoples of Vietnam. B,L

Day 15: Saigon This morning we visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, the infamous underground network from which North Vietnamese forces operated in wartime. Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner. B,D

Day 16: Depart for U.S. Following a day free for independent exploration, late this afternoon we depart for the airport and our overnight flight to the U.S. Our rooms are reserved for our late check-out. B

Day 17: Arrive U.S. We arrive in the U.S. and connect with our flights home.

B = Breakfast included L = Lunch included D = Dinner included

Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within itinerary
  • 13 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe and Superior First Class hotels
  • 26 meals: 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)
Tour Dates & Prices

2018/2019 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

2018
Oct 3
2019
Mar 17
Mar 20
2018
Oct 14
Oct 21
Nov 11
Nov 14
2019
Mar 3
Mar 6
2018
Oct 28
Oct 31
Nov 4
Nov 25
Dec 2
2019
Jan 4, 9
Jan 13
Jan 20
Jan 30
Feb 6
Feb 10
Feb 17 
Los Ang, New York,
San Francisco
$3,487$3,687$3,787$3,887
Atlanta, Chicago,
Houston, Phoenix,
Port (OR), Seattle,
Washington, DC
$3,787$3,987$4,087 $4,187
Boston, Dallas,
Denver, Minn
$3,887$4,087$4,187 $4,287
Balt, Charlotte,
Cincinnati, Cleve,
Detroit, Miami,
Orl, Phil, Tampa
$3,987$4,187$4,287 $4,387

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $192, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

Single travelers please add $1,495. Your $375 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days prior to departure. All 2018/2019 tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

Airline upgrades on round-trip international flight: Business Class – $4,195 per person; Premium Economy – $1,495 per person

A visa is required for this tour. Odysseys Unlimited will provide information about visa requirements upon reservation.

Accommodations
    InterContinental Hanoi Westlake, Hanoi / Days 3-5 / Deluxe

    Overlooking West Lake, the InterContinental Hanoi Westlake offers a tranquil resort atmosphere conveniently located just 15 minutes from the city center. The 359-room hotel, decorated with contemporary Vietnamese styles, includes three restaurants, two bars, and a lounge; Internet access; fitness center with sauna and spa; laundry and dry cleaning services; and outdoor pool. Air-conditioned guest rooms have a private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

    Wyndham Legend Halong, Ha Long / Day 6 / Superior First Class

    The high-rise Wyndham Legend Halong hotel enjoys an ideal location on the shores of Ha Long Bay, a world-renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The hotel offers three restaurants, two bars (including a fourth-floor bar with direct access to the swimming pool, which looks over the bay), fitness center, laundry and dry cleaning service (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Each air-conditioned guest room has private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

    Hyatt Regency Danang, Da Nang / Days 7-9 / Deluxe

    With an ideal location on a private white sand beach at the foot of the Marble Mountains, this contemporary 200-room resort hotel offers a host of amenities including two restaurants, two bars, lounge, café, complimentary internet access, laundry and dry cleaning services, ocean terrace, fitness center, sauna/steam room, outdoor swimming pool, massage treatments, beauty salon, tennis courts, shuttle service to Hoi An, and laundry and dry cleaning service. Featuring Vietnamese décor, air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, private balcony, in-room safe, tea- and coffee-making facilities, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

    Saigon Morin, Hue / Days 10-11 / Superior First Class

    Built in 1901 and renovated in 1998, this colonial style hotel in the city center blends Old World charm with traditional Vietnamese hospitality. Hotel amenities include several restaurants and lounges, Internet access, laundry and dry cleaning services, fitness center with sauna and massage, outdoor pool, beauty salon, and crafts shop. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

    Victoria Hotel, Can Tho (Mekong Delta) / Days 12-13 / Superior First Class

    Built in 1998, this resort hotel sits on the banks of the Hau River, an estuary of the Mekong River, amid beautiful tropical gardens. Hotel amenities include a restaurant and bar; Internet access; laundry and dry cleaning services; outdoor pool; spa with sauna, massage, and aromatherapy; tennis and badminton courts; billiard table; and a library. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, tea- and coffee-making facilities, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

    Sofitel Saigon Plaza, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) / Days 14-15 / Deluxe

    Designed with a blend of modern French and Vietnamese influences, this 286-room hotel in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is close to the Notre Dame Basilica, the Presidential Palace, the botanical gardens, and other attractions. Hotel amenities include two restaurants and a bar; fitness center with steam, sauna, and massage treatments; and a rooftop pool overlooking the city. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, mini-fridge, tea- and coffee-making facilities, complimentary internet access, TV, and phone.

    Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort, Siem Reap / Extension / Deluxe

    Set amidst tranquil landscaped gardens on beautiful, tree-lined Charles de Gaulle Avenue, Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort is close to the ruins at Angkor Wat, as well as near traditional markets and other local attractions. Combining French and Khmer architecture to provide refined, elegant accommodation, the 238-room hotel features five restaurants and two bars, Internet access, laundry and dry cleaning services, fitness center with Jacuzzi and sauna, and outdoor pool. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.
Post-Tour Extension

Cambodia: Angkor Wat

3 days/2 nights for $895 total price
Single Supplement: $245

A special opportunity to discover the amazing temples and statuary from the Angkorian Empire, a UNESCO site and the world’s largest religious monument.

 

Your Tour Price Includes
  • Air transportation Ho Chi Minh City/Siem Reap inclusive of airline taxes and fees
  • 2 nights’ accommodations in Siem Reap at Sofitel Angkor (Deluxe)
  • 4 meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Three days’ sightseeing of Angkor complex (UNESCO World Heritage site), including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation
  • Gratuities for dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers

Please see the Accommodations tab for hotel information.

A visa is required for this extension. Odysseys Unlimited will provide information about visa requirements upon reservation.

Tour Directors for this Journey
Khet Hem

Tour Director – Cambodia Extension

 

Dang Si Hiep ("Hiep")

“Hiep was outstanding in every respect! He could not have been better. He did everything possible to make the tour perfect.”
Edward T. Clifford
Fair Oaks, CA

Vu Do Hoang ("Hoang")

“We loved having Hoang as our guide. He was both professional and approachable.”
James & Patricia Richardson
Fort Collins, CO

Nguyen Tuan Huy ("Huy")

“Huy was a terrific tour director who made our trip go seamlessly through transfers and traffic in Vietnam. Huy’s knowledge of the history and culture was outstanding. His helpfulness went above and beyond.”
Nora Mahoney & Diane Birkel
Baiting Hollow, NY

Bunrith Kol

Tour Director – Cambodia Extension

 

Duong Vuong Lien (“Yang”)

“Yang was amazing. Knowledgeable, informative, and he shared his own experiences. He made the trip special.”
Dena & Lloyd Zucker
Miller Place, NY

Nguyen Nhat Duy ("Duy")

“His knowledge, insight, and willingness to answer every question and request were unparalleled.”
Ted Esborn
Hudson, OH

Pech Pov

Tour Director – Cambodia Extension
“Pech was outstanding – he had tremendous knowledge.”
David Macaulay
Huntley, IL

Roath Pum

“He was very knowledgeable and eager to share all he possibly could with us.”
Diana Williamson
Henry, IL

Hoa Nguyen Quang

“Best tour director we’ve had in 20 years of travel. Marvelous sense of humor, consistently went out of his way to help everyone, always upbeat.”
Barbar Scher
Fort Lee, NJ

Vu Huu Tuyen ("Tuyen")

“Tuyen was exceptionally knowledgeable and friendly at all times. He made this trip very special!”
John & Wilda Apostol
Evans, GA

Destination Insight

Suggested Reading

David Lamb
Vietnam Now, A Reporter Returns
An insightful portrait of contemporary Vietnam by a Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent and National Geographic writer. Lamb interweaves stories of Vietnam today with his own experiences and memories as a young reporter for UPI during the war.

John Balaban, Nguyen Qui Duc
Vietnam, A Traveler’s Literary Companion
From rainforest to city, these 17 stories from Vietnam’s finest writers explore its landscapes, myths and changing traditions.

Eyewitness Guides
Eyewitness Guide Vietnam and Angkor Wat
Featuring innovative site diagrams, local maps and hundreds of color photographs, this handy companion introduces the culture, history and attractions of Vietnam.

ITMB
Vietnam Map
A sturdy, double-sided map of Vietnam, at a good scale (1:1,000,000), including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh and the Hue region. With index.

Geoffrey Murray
Culture Smart! Vietnam
Take along this concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture.

Nguyen Xuanthu
Lonely Planet Vietnamese Phrasebook
A handy palm-sized guide to pronunciation, grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.

Anthony Bourdain (Foreword), Graham Holliday
Eating Viet Nam, Dispatches from a Blue Plastic Table
While living in Vietnam, native Englishman Holliday penned this gastronomic adventure which takes him from fancy dining tables to streetside vendors and everywhere in between. A genuine adventure through Vietnamese cuisine.

Bill Hayton
Vietnam, Rising Dragon
The veteran BBC newsman covers the tangled politics, rapidly changing economy, culture, history and people of Vietnam with great insight in this timely portrait of a nation in transition.

Peter D. Sharrock, Vu Hong Lien
Descending Dragon, Rising Tiger, A History of Vietnam
This first English-language account of Vietnam’s often neglected, understudied history takes us through 10,000 years of outsiders, invaders and technological innovation.

Fredrik Logevall
Embers of War, The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this bold history traces the four-decade build-up to the Vietnam War as the French disengaged from the country and American forces were deployed in full.

Frances FitzGerald
Fire in the Lake
A classic historical, political and cultural portrait of the Vietnam War, seen through the eyes of the Vietnamese. Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, FitzGerald, a staff writer at the New Yorker and a reporter in Vietnam, presents a vivid image of a revolution and a clear-sighted case for why the U.S offensive was doomed from the start.

Neil Jamieson
Understanding Vietnam
Jamieson’s ambitious primer addresses politics, social history, village life, structural renewal, literature and the arts, illuminating the Vietnamese worldview with insight and depth. It’s a terrific introduction to Vietnam.

David Halberstam
Ho
The historian explores the life and times of Ho Chi Minh and his fight for Vietnamese independence in this brief sketch, originally published in 1987.

John Laurence
The Cat from Hue, A Vietnam Story
Journalist John Laurence’s detailed and haunting account of Vietnam War combines his first hand experiences as a correspondent with a historical overview of the war. The cat in the title is Meo, a Vietnamese stray he adopted along the way.

Andrew X. Pham
The Eaves of Heaven, A Life in Three Wars
Pham recounts the story of his father’s life during the French occupation, Japanese invasion and the American War, weaving such momentous events with anecdotes from his childhood and details of family, friends, food and daily life.

Edward Gargan
The River’s Tale, A Year on the Mekong
A personal, probing chronicle of a 3,000-mile journey on the river from its source in China through Tibet, Burma, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia to the Mekong Delta in Vietnam.

Robert Olen Butler
A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
Winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize, this collection of 15 short stories captures the spirit of Vietnam through a juxtaposition of American and Vietnamese perspectives and settings.

Quan Barry
She Weeps Each Time You’re Born
A beautiful, lyrical novel written in a magical realist style. Born during the Vietnam War, a woman has the ability to hear the voices of the dead and pieces together a truly human version of Vietnamese history.

Colin Cotterill
The Coroner’s Lunch
The first in Colin Cotterill’s wonderful Dr. Siri Paiboun mystery series follows the septuagenarian national coroner of Laos as he navigates both the criminal underworld of communist Laos and the spiritual world of his ancestors.

Truong Vu (Editor), Le M. Khue (Editor), Wayne Karlin (Editor)
The Other Side of Heaven, Postwar Fiction by Vietnamese and American Writers
An anthology of fiction, with contributions from both sides of the experience of the Vietnam War

Graham Greene
The Quiet American
A classic, this is the most famous Western work of fiction on Vietnam. Greene writes of a love triangle between a war correspondent, his Vietnamese consort and an optimistic young American during the last days of French rule.

Craig Robson
Birds of Southeast Asia
This authoritative, masterfully illustrated guide, featuring 140 color plates covering 1,270 species throughout the region, also includes Malaysia, Burma, Borneo and Indonesia.

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