Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho, Phu Quoc, Da Lat, Cam Ranh
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From grandiose pagodas that feature intricately designed Buddhist murals to remarkable recounts of Vietnam’s wartime past at iconic museums, there is so much to uncover within the vibrant cityscapes and sprawling landscapes of Southern Vietnam. On this tailor-made tour for seniors, you will be both amazed by the iconic highlights in addition to being swept away to peaceful seaside resorts for a vacation that is equal parts enthralling as it is relaxing. This brief but immersive tour will not disappoint...
Ho Chi Minh City – Profound Pagodas of Spiritual Sanctity
Steeped in both precious history and veiled in extravagant experiences, Ho Chi Minh City showcases a mesmerizing harmony of tradition and modern sophistication. As you draw closer to the runway, you will witness high-rise buildings that tower toward the sky with authentic modest markets that are peppered across the old town. There is something distinctly special about this contrast, and it will allow you to experience the best of both worlds, which is unrivaled opulence and truly genuine exploration. Your accommodation represents the pinnacle of luxury residence within Vietnam, and your classy suite is elevated with a spacious balcony that will allow you to admire the panoramic views.
After you have had some time to acclimatize to your surroundings, you will transfer to the stunning pagodas for which Vietnam is renowned. Giac Lam Pagoda is the oldest temple in the city, and its peaceful gardens, where a sacred Bodhi tree stands, will invite you to explore its intricate construction that is shrouded in Taoist and Confucianist philosophies. Your tour will culminate at Cao Dai Temple, which is an exemplary display of Caodaism and a community that believes all religions should be valued equally. The highlight of your visit will be witnessing the Caodaist people, who will be adorned in various colored robes and pray within the ornately decorated temple that features dragon-shaped pillars and a sky blue ceiling. Your first day in Vietnam will conclude with an elegant river cruise on a regal boat, where you will delight in a gourmet, multiple-course meal as you reminisce on your captivating discoveries thus far
Ho Chi Minh City – Trace Back Vietnam’s Past
Ho Chi Minh City is a destination that is imbued with iconic highlights that represent Vietnam’s turbulent past, both the dramatic disasters and gripping victories that occurred during the Vietnam War. This iconic period of history and, more specifically, the reunification of the country post-war will reveal itself to you as you journey with an experienced guide to the admired monuments and museums that are situated within the city’s diverse districts. Restored military vehicles, such as Huey helicopters and M48 Patton tanks, stand on display outside the War Remnants Museum while a collection of black and white stills hang on its interior walls. The trials and tribulations will have never felt as real as they will when you peruse the fascinating exhibits and are completely absorbed by the intriguing wartime stories.
Afterward, you will find yourselves crossing underneath the royal palm trees that envelope the 1960s-designed government building, which is known as the Reunification Palace. Its abandoned halls, which you will wander, evoke a hair-raising atmosphere that perfectly encapsulates the feelings that were experienced by officials in 1975 when Communist tanks rolled up onto the gardens. Though steeped in history, its antiquated decor creates an eye-catching display of decades-old Vietnamese architectural design by which to remember your expedition. Finally, you will tour Ho Chi Minh City’s History Museum for a more dated look into its heritage. What was once a French-colonial country house is now a museum that houses ancient artifacts and relics that date back to the Bronze Age. You will be astounded to explore its treasure trove of gems before you make your way to a delicious restaurant for dinner.
Can Tho – Luxuriate on the Waterfront
Can Tho is a spirited city within the Mekong Delta and is situated on the banks of the Hau River. It features an exuberant waterfront and is flanked by a number of bewitching markets that will showcase Vietnamese authenticity in an unbridled fashion. During your stay, you will grow accustomed to the city’s vibrant groove as you meander along palm tree-lined boulevards and traverse narrow back streets to discover what makes this internationally sought-after destination tick. For complete comfort, you will enjoy your time here at a distinguished resort that will be with outstanding amenities and set on its very own islet for supreme privacy away from the hustle and bustle.
You can spend the morning at your leisure before you transfer to Ninh Kieu Wharf, which is a thriving hotspot that features an ensemble of engrossing experiences. You can step out into nature and enjoy the serene settings at a quiet park before making your way to a premier restaurant for delightful Vietnamese dishes. You will be spoiled for choice over a collection of tantalizing meals, and each will highlight the celebrated chef’s finesse for crafting exquisite renditions of timeless classics. With an uninterrupted view of the river as your backdrop, you may snap up gorgeous images of the golden sunshine as it glimmers off of the water at sunset.
Can Tho – Tour the City Surrounds by Sampan Boat
This morning, you will board a private boat at the wharf and head for the Cai Rang floating market. Your voyage will transfer you across the river for approximately 30 minutes and provide you with a magnificent vantage point from which to view the city. Others will likely be doing the same as mornings in Vietnam begin with a bang, so you will float to the soundtrack of whistles and chatter, which will make your trip all the more immersive. Shortly after, you will reach the market and be in utter awe at its inception. Wooden vessels will be packed into a spacious corner of the river and present a variety of items for sale. Your boat will come into arms reach of the vendors, and you may exchange money for goods without having to leave your vessel. In a peculiar way, the chaos is orderly, and the locals have seemed to figure out a system that adapts on the fly to suit your travel needs, bringing you right into the thick of traditional Vietnamese living.
After a thorough exploration, you will continue along and veer off the vast river to the tapering canals that flowing through rural villages. Your experienced guide will show you to the mangroves and the age-old stilt houses that are nestled within. You will feel greatly humbled as you witness a simpler way of life in which locals make do with welcoming smiles. You can explore more of the endearing, natural scenery and picturesque riverside settings as you continue to My Khanh Tourist Village. Priding itself in eco-tourism, your afternoon will be as inspiring as it is entertaining. You can visit preserved, ancient houses along tree-shaded streets and enjoy delicious delicacies as you are surrounded by the luscious wilderness before returning to your resort for a tranquil night's rest.
Phu Quoc – Surreal Seaside Settings off Vietnam
Though Vietnam is well-known for its staggering mountain ranges in the Northern regions, South Vietnam boasts beautiful coasts with brochure-worthy beaches. Off the Southern tip of Cambodia, in the Gulf of Thailand, lies the Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc. You will transfer to Phu Quoc from Can Tho and arrive at the sights of soft, white-sand shores that stretch out across the island’s coastline. The island boasts world-class, seaside resorts, and you will reside in an award-winning suite that affords unobstructed vistas of the expanse of azure water.
A short walk out of your suite will find yourself on the pearly sands of Vung Bau Beach. Here, you can retreat to the shade of a nearby palm tree and watch the world go by in absolute comfort or wade in the warm water and feel all stress slip off out to sea. In the evening, you will transfer to a revered beach bar for some of the finest cocktails on the island. Tonight, you will be provided with a fine dining experience that you would expect from the likes of a Michelin-starred restaurant. A backdrop of the sunset over the sea will set the sky ablaze and share many surreal photo-worthy moments to commemorate your evening of relaxation.
Phu Quoc – Broaden Your Culinary Horizons
Today, you will discover more about the wondrous flavors of Vietnamese cuisine at a recognized culinary school on the island. Expert chefs will assist you in recreating cherished, traditional dishes, and you will discover Vietnamese cooking secrets to aid in your craft. The island naturally provides a spectacular setting in which to cook, and quality equipment and an expert chef will ensure that you experience the best training possible. After you have completed your course, you will delight in the fruits of your labor while you converse with your head chef to find out more about the country’s culinary culture.
Afterward, you will transfer to more of the island’s marvelous beaches for a day to soak up the sunshine. You can laze on loungers with an elegant cocktail in hand and be embraced by the serenity of it all. Your brief stay in Phu Quoc will refuel your minds and bodies for the final leg of your enthralling expedition, especially after you have enjoyed a deluxe spa treatment at a leading wellness center, where aromatic oils will awaken your senses, and professional masseuses will knead away your knots.
Da Lat – Astonishing Spectacles of Sacred Art
Da Lat is a scenic retreat in Vietnam as its trademark natural wonders include impressive lakes, pristine flower gardens, and emerald forests that are teeming with wildlife. You will experience it all from your luxurious, French-colonial style hotel, which embodies 1920s charm in its stately suites and decorous furnishings. The Bao Dai Summer Palace was constructed in 1933 and is a regal display of the destination’s affluent influence, and you will capture images of the ornate belongings and iconic furniture that it houses.
The elaborate architecture of Linh Phuoc Pagoda will provide further awe-inspiring spectacles to snap up in abundance as you encounter its colorful halls and storied murals, which serve as memoirs to Buddha’s life. Finally, you will witness the adored pieces of art within Zen Buddhist monk Vien Thuc’s sacred gallery in Lam Ty Ni Pagoda. The austere artwork embodies spiritual philosophies and depicts mysteries that are rooted in the local monks’ traditions in a manner that can rarely be seen anywhere else, giving you an entirely unique look into the talent of these humble painters.
Da Lat – A City of Unrestrained Natural Wonderment
The surrounding landscape features an array of pounding waterfalls and lakes, which offer dreamlike encounters with nature that you will revel in on your second morning in Da Lat. You will arrive at Datanla Waterfalls and be met by a momentous stream of silver water as you peer out from the small, wooden walkway bridge that connects the rocky paths. The trails, which wind around the waterfall, will become enveloped by a cool mist as the streams gush over the craggy rocks and you make your way to the translucent pools of water at the base of the falls.
The Lake of Sighs, which awaits your arrival, is a body of water that is shrouded in the local legend of star-crossed lovers who would meet on its banks, but sadly, never ended up together. Though the stories are somber, the lake is stunning, and you will be whisked away across its beautiful banks in a horse-drawn carriage. As you approach the water, you may board a paddle boat and gently glide out into the lake’s center. With only the melody of bird song around you and a refreshing breeze that blows against your cheeks, you will feel absolutely detached from everyday life. Your afternoon will culminate at the Da Lat Flower Gardens, where immaculate, brightly-colored flower displays will guide you through the greenery, and the sweet fragrances of these blossoming flowers will fill you with vigor.
Cam Ranh – Transfer to the Vietnamese Maldives
Today, you will escape to a premium beachfront resort in Cam Ranh. Your ultra-chic suite embodies the luxury of the world’s finest seaside hotels, and the first-class amenities will ensure that your stay is utterly riveting. You can unpack your belongings and meet your private transfer who will lead you to what is often referred to as the Vietnamese Maldives of Binh Lap. With immense stretches of emerald sea to swim in and in addition to pristine beaches to relax on, you will cherish your day in the secluded splendor of this beloved island.
The breathtaking landscape and calm atmosphere will make for an unforgettable afternoon under the radiant sun, and you can bask in the evening sunset at an award-winning beachside restaurant back in Cam Ranh for an exceptional taste of the finest Vietnamese seafood before falling asleep to the gentle, crashing of waves against the shore.
Cam Ranh – The Unspoiled Beaches of Nui Chua
Your final day in Vietnam will reveal the age-old beauty of Cam Ranh’s ancient coral reefs and untouched beaches of Nui Chua National Park. You will capture marvelous images of the picturesque rock and luminescent, moss-covered stone formations that encapsulate Hang Rai beach within the park. Before you return to your resort and gather your things, you will have the opportunity to visit Hang Rai’s grape arbor, where you can have a hand at picking grapes that burst with flavor and are used to produce local red wine. This uniquely Vietnamese experience will conclude your engrossing tour across its Southern highlights and fill your memories with magical moments of your adventures. You will comfortably transfer to Ho Chi Minh City before the afternoon sets in. You will make your way home feeling totally satisfied and wanting to return.
- Explore the spiritual heritage of Vietnam at beloved temples such as Giac Lam Pagoda and Cao Dai Temple
- Discover the country’s dramatic wartime past at astounding museums such as War Remnants Museum and Reunification Palace
- Cruise across the Hau River on a traditional, wooden sampan in search of the famous Cai Rang floating market and neighboring ethnic villages
- Transfer to the coastal beaches of Phu Quoc island for an impeccable few nights of luxury treatment by the sea
- Savor the delectable flavors of Vietnam’s distinct cuisine as you learn to prepare traditional dishes at a recognized culinary school
- Visit significant temples in Da Lat and witness the impressive displays of Buddhist art that honor the sacred culture
- Spend magical moments at the Datanla Waterfalls and the Lake of Sighs for an impressive display of Vietnam’s natural water features
- Luxuriate on the pearly white shores of the Vietnamese Maldives and explore the emerald rocks that encompass the beaches of Nui Chua National Park
You will unearth a wealth of insight into Vietnam’s dramatic past in addition to being inspired by the diverse topography of its spectacular, Southern destinations on this deep dive into the country’s compelling highlights. Your journey will begin in the country’s booming heart of Ho Chi Minh City, and your stay will be luxurious to every degree. Ho Chi Minh will reveal its firmly rooted spiritual ideologies and accompanying monuments of grand design as you transfer to iconic destinations such as Cao Dai Temple and Giac Lam Pagoda. The incredible war stories will also come to light as you visit the War Remnants Museum and other grounds of immense significance. You will ultimately feel humbled and dazzled as these stirring displays provide both a behind-the-scenes look at the heritage in addition to sharing enthralling sights along the way.
You will continue your tour to Can Tho, which is a city that is bursting with character and international flavor. Here, you will savor the unique taste of some of the country’s premier cuisine before relaxing on the vibrant waterfront as the sunset sets the sky ablaze. The highlight of your stay will be a visit to the Cai Rang floating market, where you will have the opportunity to meander through a market that is entirely positioned on the river. You can stroll through the market before making your way along the hidden canals, which lead to modest, ethnic villages that have been built up out of the rivers on stilts. Finally, you will arrive at the My Khanh Tourist Village for a unique look into the booming ecotourism industry of Can Tho. A short flight will then transfer you to the sunny shores of Phu Quoc, which is a vast island that is teeming with flora and fauna and also boasts beautiful stretches of pearl-white beach. You will then spend two nights in absolute relaxation as you bask in the brilliant sunshine and soak in the transparent sea.
Da Lat, which is an area of unrivaled natural allure, awaits your arrival following your voyage to Phu Quoc, and it is here that you will uncover what makes this country’s landscape so unique. Fragrant flowers blossom brightly, emerald-topped forests sprawl out in all directions, pagodas capture mesmerizing Buddhist art, and lakes are entirely tranquil. You will envelop yourselves in the whimsical, wilderness highlights that are trademark experiences of Da Lat. Your tour of Southern Vietnam will conclude along the soft shores of Cam Ranh at a world-class resort that is only a short walk from the beach. From the comfort of your stellar accommodation, you will transfer to the Vietnamese Maldives and immaculate Nui Chua National Park for picturesque moments within the seaside landscape before you return home with many stories of your eye-opening travels.
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$1,795 per person (excluding international flights)
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