Adventures in Indochine

Overview

The intriguing world of Indochine beckons with marvelous landscapes, centuries of history, and a fascinating mix of cultures. On this Private Journey, explore vibrant Hanoi, with its 15th century Old Quarter, and enjoy the surreal beauty of Halong Bay, with two overnights aboard your own private sailing junk. Heading along the South China Sea, stop at China Beach, where American soldiers spent “R&R” during the Vietnam War, and continue to the picturesque riverside town of Hoi An, with its wonderful markets and an option for bicycling along country lanes. After visiting the royal city of Hue, your grand finale is a private guided visit to Cambodia’s exquisite Angkor, an ancient temple city lost in the jungle. We offer a pre-trip extension to Laos to explore the ancient town of Luang Prabang, a World Heritage Site of royal temples and fascinating hilltribe markets; a pre-trip extension to Sapa, the best place to see Vietnam’s traditional hilltribes; or a mid-trip extension to the peaceful green Mekong Delta.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Ancient Hanoi

Thousand-year-old Hanoi is a fascinating city. The Old Quarter, the heart of Hanoi since the 15th century, is an incredible warren of winding streets and magnificent architecture. Explore on foot and by traditional cyclo-rickshaw with your private guide, visiting sites such as the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Temple of Literature.

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Days 3-5
Halong Bay by Private Boat

The World Heritage Site of Halong Bay is a magical setting of thousands of sheer limestone islands soaring out of a jade-green sea. Explore Halong Bay aboard your own private sailing junk, staffed by a crew of at least five plus a private chef. Visit Surprise Cave, with its spectacular stalagmites, and beautiful Ho Dong Tien ("Fairy Lake Cave"), a flooded cave. Optional kayaking is available, and you can enjoy visits to sea grottoes, hidden lakes, and coves. Return to Hanoi for overnight on Day 5.

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Days 6-7
Traditional Hoi An

You'll get a vivid sense of history as you walk the narrow streets of the picturesque town of Hoi An, a trading port from the 15th to 19th centuries and now a World Heritage Site. Explore nearby My Son, Vietnam's most evocative Cham archaeological site, and enjoy optional biking along country roads with your private guide.

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Days 8-10
Royal City of Hue / Saigon

In Hue, Vietnam’s cultural and religious capital, explore the Tam Giang Lagoon, the Royal Tombs of the Nguyen emperors, and the Thien Mu Pagoda and Imperial Citadel. Optional biking with your private guide is available. On Day 10, enjoy bustling Saigon, with its French colonial landmarkes, including the Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office.

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Days 11-13
Angkor, City of Temples

Scattered across a tropical landscape, Cambodia’s royal city of Angkor is one of the most extensive and awe-inspiring archaeolgical sites in the world, and a lasting testament to the glory of a bygone Khmer civilization. Explore this architectural masterpiece of breathtaking temples, and enjoy a sunset climb up Phnom Bakheng and sunrise over Angkor Wat for spectacular views. Depart on Day 13.

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Highlights

Highlights

Two-night cruise in the mystical karst landscapes of Halong Bay
Optional biking around enchanting Hoi An and Hue
Extraordinary temples of Angkor, a World Heritage Site

Details

Length: 13 days
Cost From: $4695  
Arrive: Hanoi, Vietnam
Depart: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Lodging: 10 nights in comfortable hotels (first class or deluxe option) 2 nights aboard private junk
Meals: All breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Archaeology, Cultural Adventures, Sea Kayaking
Trip Level:

City exploration, cultural touring, optional easy biking and kayaking

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Sunrise in Angkor Wat

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Sunrise in Angkor Wat