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Women practising Tai Chi by Hoan Kiem Lake

Day 1: Hanoi

Welcome to Hanoi, perhaps the most graceful, atmospheric and exotic capital city in Asia. Your guide awaits your arrival to assist with transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to explore the wide tree lined avenues, beautiful lakes, ancient pagoda’s and thriving, historic old city, all easily navigated on foot.

A street in the Old Quarter of Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi

After breakfast you shall commence exploring Hanoi by visiting the Ho Chi Minh complex followed by the Temple of Literature-one of the most interesting shrines in Hanoi called "Le Pagoda des Corbeaux" by the French. After lunch you shall visit the Museum of Ethnology and then head to the downtown area to enjoy a cyclo ride through the Old Quarter. Finally you head to Hoan Kiem Lake to attend the famous water puppet show. The rest of the evening is at your leisure.

The Huc Bridge

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay

This morning a scenic drive leads us to the stunningly beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay. Here, embark our traditional wooden junk boat we cruise the emerald waters soaking up the panoramic vista of the thousand or so karst limestone islands that stud the bay. Later opt for a refreshing swim in one of the many sheltered coves before taking row boats to the floating fishing village of Vong Vieng. Tonight, there's a Vietnamese cooking demonstration held on the sun deck before an impressive seafood dinner is served. Overnight on board our Junk Boat - Marguerite Junk, deluxe room

A junk sailing past a limestone peak in Halong Bay

Day 4: Halong Bay

Wake up to see a spectacular sunrise over the bay! This morning you transfer onto the day cruise boat and cruise through some of Halong Bay's most secluded and untouched areas. Later you return to the boat. After lunch you cruise to the Ba Trai Dao area where you can swim or sunbathe. Later that afternoon, we visit the floating fishing villages and then return to the junk to watch the sunset over this incredible seascape. Overnight on board our Junk Boat - Marguerite Junk, deluxe room

Halong Bay at sunset

Day 5: Halong Bay - Hoi An

After breakfast today you have the opportunity to take a rowing boat to the tunnel caves. Later today you shall check out of your cabins and enjoy the next few hours relaxing on the sundeck while the vessel cruises leisurely back to the harbor. After Lunch you will disembark. Then you will be transferred back to Hanoi. You are free to walk around the old town or relax at a coffee shop to wait for the night train departing at 7.30pm to Da Nang.

Day 6: Hoi An

Upon arriving in Da Nang at mid morning you shall be transferred to My Son, the holy land to visit the Cham towers. After, you are driven to Hoi An where you check in to your hotel and the rest of the evening is at your leisure.

Men sitting on the street in Hoi An in conical hats

Day 7: Hoi An - Saigon

Day at leisure. UNESCO Listed Hoi An is a former merchant trading post, famed for its beautifully preserved Chinese, Japanese and European architecture. Picturesque Hoi An has managed to retain its traditional character and charm, with its cobbled streets, markets and row upon row of tailors shops. Late this afternoon you will take a flight to Saigon and will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Ho Chi Minh's Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral at night

Day 8: Saigon

Today there is a full day city tour scheduled where you will visit the Re-Unification Palace, the former Palace of President Thieu and his predecessors. In the afternoon you shall visit Ben Thanh market and the FITO Museum.

A street trader in Saigon

Day 9: Saigon

In the morning travel north west of the city to visit the historic Cu Chi Tunnels which were a key battleground in the Vietnam War. Upon arrival watch a short introductory video on the construction of the tunnels before spending an hour exploring the maze of tunnels, accompanied by a guide. Also on display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500-pound bombs from B52 bombers. Returning to Ho Chi Minh City early afternoon and enjoying the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 10: Saigon - Siem Reap

Today morning you take an early flight to Siem Reap and upon arrival you shall be transferred to the hotel to check in your luggage and the rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 11: Siem Reap

This morning, we visit Angkor Thom Temple - “the World of Gods” that includes South Gate, the famous Bayon and Elephant terrace. In the afternoon, we will visit the famous Angkor Wat which was originally a Hindu temple, which later became Buddhist and it is the only temple in the complex which has maintained its religious significance, attracting pilgrims from around the world. Surrounded by a spectacular moat and towering high into the sky, with its striking Khmer architecture and extensive bas-reliefs, awe inspiring Angkor Wat is not only Cambodia’s leading attraction but one of the most impressive temples on earth. Later this evening you enjoy the superb view of sunset from Phnom Bakheng hill.

Day 12: Siem Reap

Today we visit the exquisite Banteay Srey, home to some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art, followed by a tour of Banteay Samre. This afternoon set out for a cruise on beautiful Tonle Sap Lake passing a floating village.

Day 13: Siem Reap

You have this morning at leisure and in the afternoon you shall visit the old market that offers the greatest selection of souvenirs and curio. The evening is at your leisure.

Lotus flower

Day 14: Siem Reap

Today we bid you farewell and transfer you to the airport for your onward flight.