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zAAA Vacations® - Visions of Vietnam

11 days

Never more than 16 guests. Guaranteed.

Small Group Discoveries

+ Savor Hanoi’s thriving culinary scene as our local chef takes you on an immersive tasting exploration around town from bustling markets to his favorite cafes and restaurants.
+ Discover ancient Hue and the historic must-see port of Hoi An, which so many visitors miss.
+ Learn how to select exotic produce and spices for your hands-on culinary class.
+ Journey deep into the Mekong Delta and explore by sampan for an intimate and fascinating look into life along these bustling waterways

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Day
1

An Extra Night in Ho Chi Minh City

AAA Complimentary Inclusion: Enjoy a free extra night in Ho Chi Minh City before your tour at the evocative, city-center Park Hyatt, the best hotel in town!

Day
2

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Enjoy a day at leisure in Ho Chi Minh City. Meals B

Day
3

Out and about in Saigon

A morning excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels reveals a vast network of secret trapdoors, underground kitchens and living quarters. Back in the city, your sightseeing tour includes the former Presidential Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and Le Cong Kieu Street with its many antique vendors. Dine tonight at Hoa Tuc, famed for its contemporary approach to Vietnamese cuisine. Meals B,L,D 

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4

A Day in the Mekong Delta

Drive deep into the Mekong Delta and explore these bustling waterways by sampan. Sample exotic fruits in the shade of a farmer’s garden before a lunch of local specialties. Return to Saigon, where your evening is at leisure. Meals B,L

Day
5

Onward to historic Hoi An c

Fly to Danang. Upon arrival, drive past the Marble Mountains and China Beach to Hoi An for a guided walking tour. Visit a local school and marvel at Hoi An’s historic merchant homes, ancient temples and bustling markets. This evening, delight in your deluxe beachfront guestroom at the Victoria Resort. Meals B,D 

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6

Explore Hoi An

Mingle with residents at the local market and learn how to select the best spices and freshest produce - ingredients you’ll use later at a hands-on cooking class. After lunch, which you help to prepare, your afternoon is free. This evening, dine along the riverfront at the esteemed Brother’s Café. Meals B,L,D

Day
7

A scenic overland journey to Hue

Drive to the ancient city of Hue where you’ll visit the ornate tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh and the Imperial Citadel. Encounter fascinating scenes of local life as you cruise down the Perfume River and visit the famous Dong Ba Market. After dinner, retire to La Residence Hotel. Meals B,D 

Day
8

Fly to Hanoi

Upon arrival, visit the 11th-century Temple of Literature, Ngoc Son Temple and lovely Hoan Kiem Lake. Enjoy lunch and then explore the French Quarter aboard a traditional cyclo. Enjoy a Water Puppet performance and spend two luxurious nights at the Sofitel Metropol. Meals B,L,D

Day
9

The Flavors and Sites of Hanoi

Our local chef will give you a taste of the city’s culinary scene. Explore an exotic local market and meet the vendors before joining him for coffee or tea at a charming sidewalk café. Then sit down to an authentic Vietnamese lunch at one of his favorite restaurants. Meals B,L

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10

10 – Journey to Ha Long Bay for an overnight cruise

A morning drive brings you to magnificent Ha Long Bay to board our Paradise Cruise vessel for an unforgettable overnight cruise. Inspired by traditional Vietnamese junks, this modern 5-star ship features just 17 outside staterooms, a stylish restaurant and bar, and plenty of windows and open deck space to enjoy the scenery. Enjoy lunch, dinner and an unforgettable voyage deep into this captivating tableau of mountains, sea and sky.  Meals B,L,D

Day
11

Awake on Ha Long Bay and return to Hanoi

Early risers can join a Tai Chi demonstration on deck as the sun casts its first golden rays across the unforgettable peaks and inlets of the Bay. After a leisurely breakfast onboard, you’ll have more time to enjoy the scenery. Step off ship in the late morning and return to Hanoi where our tour services end at the airport for your onward journey.  Meals B

Day
1

An Extra Night in Ho Chi Minh City

Enjoy a free extra night in Ho Chi Minh City before your tour at the evocative, city-center Park Hyatt, the best hotel in town!

Day
2

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Check in to the luxurious Park Hyatt. Our exceptional hotel in the heart of town is the city’s finest.

Day
3

Out and about in Saigon

Descend into the Cu Chi Tunnels, a vast underground network of secret trapdoors, living quarters, kitchens and even conference rooms that once stretched for more than 200 miles. The adventurous can even explore the deeper second and third levels. Back in the city, your tour includes the Presidential Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and Le Cong Kieu Street with its many antique vendors. Dine tonight at Hoa Tuc, famed for its fine Vietnamese cuisine. Meals B+L+D

Day
4

Excursion into the Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta is a fertile region with thousands of waterways and tributaries. Exploring by sampan allows you to experience firsthand the rhythms of daily life on these waters. Sample exotic fruits in the shade of a farmer’s garden before sitting down to a congenial lunch of regional specialties. Meals B+L

Day
5

Travel to Hoi An

Fly to Danang and drive past the Marble Mountains and China Beach to Hoi An. As you join your guide for a stroll through this remarkably preserved seaport with its ancient temples and fine homes built by merchants of old, it’s easy to imagine yourself in the 18th century when the city was one of the busiest ports in all of Asia. This evening, delight in your deluxe beachfront room at the Victoria Resort. Meals B+D

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6

Get to know Hoi An

Mingle with residents at the local market and learn how to select the most fragrant spices and freshest produce - ingredients you’ll use at a hands-on cooking class. After the lunch you’ve helped to prepare, your afternoon is free to enjoy as you wish. Tonight, dine on the riverfront at Brother’s Cafe. Meals B+L+D

Day
7

A scenic overland journey to Hue

Visit the tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh and the Imperial Citadel, built 200 years ago and modeled after the Forbidden City in Beijing. At Dong Thien Pagoda, you’ll learn much about Vietnam’s Buddhist traditions when you sit down with resident nuns for a typical Buddhist vegetarian lunch. Later this afternoon, join Hue residents as they shop for exotic produce and prepared foods at the bustling Dong Ba Market. Then cruise down the Perfume River past the many sampans where fishermen and their families live. After dinner, retire to La Residence, our boutique hotel on the Perfume River. Meals B+L+D

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8

Fly to Hanoi

Upon arrival, tour the impressive Temple of Literature, founded a thousand years ago. After lunch, you’ll visit Hoa Lo, the infamous “Hanoi Hilton,” before stepping aboard a traditional cyclo to explore the charming lanes of the historic Old Quarter. Tonight, attend an enthralling Water Puppet performance and spend two nights at the Sofitel Metropole. Meals B+L+D

Day
9

The Flavors and sites of Hanoi

Our local chef joins you today to give you a taste of the city’s thriving culinary scene. Explore an exotic local market and meet the vendors before joining him for coffee or tea at a charming sidewalk café in the French Quarter. This relaxed setting is the perfect place to learn more about daily life in this vibrant city. Stop for Pho Cuon, a crepe-like snack of grilled beef and herbs, and then sit down with our chef for an authentic Vietnamese lunch at one of his favorite restaurants. Meals B+L

Day
10

Fly to Ha Long Bay for an overnight cruise!

We take you to Ha Long Bay this morning aboard a new, American-built seaplane for an unforgettable bird’s-eye view over the towering peaks and hidden coves of Ha Long Bay. (You can travel by private car if you wish.) Touch down amidst the emerald waters and transfer to our deluxe Paradise Cruise vessel for an unforgettable overnight voyage. Enjoy lunch, dinner and a wonderful journey deep into this captivating tableau of mountains, sea and sky. There’ll be plenty of time to take in the scenery and maybe even go swimming or kayaking as our ship explores along hidden caves, tranquil inlets and cliffs draped with lush tropical vegetation. Meals B+L+D

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Disembark and return to Hanoi

Early risers can watch as the sun casts its first light across the peaks and waters of Ha Long Bay. Relax over breakfast as your ship charts a leisurely course through the Bay. Step off mid-morning and return to Hanoi where our services end at the airport for your onward flight. Meals B

Extend Your Trip

Extend to Angkor Wat

4-day Post-Tour Extension for $1,699

We include your flight from Hanoi to Siem Reap, transfers, 3 nights at the deluxe Sofitel Royal Angkor hotel, 6 meals including lunch at Viroth's and 2 full days of expertly guided sightseeing

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Day
10

From Vietnam to Angkor Wat

Your international flight today from Hanoi, Vietnam to Siem Reap, Cambodia is included. Upon arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to the deluxe Sofitel Royal Angkor hotel.  Meals B

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Unhurried exploration of Angkor

After breakfast, your expert guide will be waiting to show you these amazing jungle ruins, a spectacular legacy of the once-mighty Khmer Empire. You’ll begin the day at Angkor Wat, the largest temple in the world with a volume of stone equaling that of the Cheops Pyramid in Egypt. Inspired by 12th century Hinduism, it took an estimated 30 years to build Angkor Wat, including the intricately carved bas-reliefs which adorn all four sides of the temple.

Enjoy lunch at Viroth’s Restaurant and then continue your touring with the monumental magnificence of Angkor Thom. The last capital of the Khmers is renowned for its impressive Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King, and the stunning Bayon temple. This 12th century masterpiece lies at the very centre of Angkor Thom and is an archaeological wonder of symmetry and grandeur. Late in the day, your guide will lead you to a prime vantage point to witness the sunset over Angkor. Dine tonight at the Sugar Palm Restaurant.  Meals B,L,D

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The luxury of a second day at Angkor

Today’s sightseeing focuses on the lesser-known but equally significant sites of Angkor, like the oft-photographed Ta Prohm. Dedicated in 1186, this vast temple complex has been largely left in its natural state, surrounded by the massive roots and limbs of the encroaching jungle. At tonight’s dinner, you’ll enjoy a cultural performance of dance and music. Meals B,D

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Depart Siem Reap

Our tour program finishes this morning after breakfast.  Meals B

Private Tour Add-Ons

Shanghai

Our 3-day FreeStyle Travel package includes a choice of fine hotels, daily breakfast, full day sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide and private car airport transfers.

Bangkok

Explore the ancient Buddhist traditions of this thoroughly modern city on a private tour featuring its most significant temples including the Temple of the Golden Buddha and the Marble Temple.

Phuket

Thailand’s most famous resort island is the perfect place to unwind and experience the region’s incredible landscapes. We include private airport transfers, a choice of fine resorts, daily breakfast, and an excursion to Phi Phi Island with lunch in a charming beachside restaurant.

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Prices are per person, land only. We offer air on Cathay Pacific or United. Add extra nights.

Family + Friends

Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
  • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
  • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
  • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
  • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!

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