Grand Tour of Indochina
|Resort:||Grand Tour of Indochina|
|Operator:||Wendy Wu Tours|
28 Day Grand Tour of Indochina Tour Itinerary
DAYS 1-2 FLY TO SAIGON
Fly overnight to Saigon, Vietnam’s most evocative city.
DAY 3 DISCOVER SAIGON
This morning, contemplate the horrors of guerrilla warfare at the Cu Chi Tunnels before returning to Saigon. The exuberant city of Saigon is driving Vietnam forward into the modern world, but it is also a treasure trove of fascinating heritage. Visit the Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum.
DAY 4 MEKONG DELTA
Pop down to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the Mekong. Paddle through the maze of palm lined canals and get a glimpse of daily life on the Mekong Delta. Lunch on typically Mekong fare. Return to Saigon.
DAYS 5-6 EXPLORE HOI AN
Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. This afternoon take a walking tour of Hoi An including the elaborate Japanese Bridge and the workshop of social enterprise, Reaching Out. The next morning visit the beautiful, rural Tra Que Village.
DAY 7 HOI AN LEISURE
Spend a day at leisure to explore and unwind in this willfully traditional town.
DAYS 8-9 HUE’S IMPERIAL CITADEL
Travel the scenic route to Hue over the Hai Van Pass. Visit the UNESCO Royal Tomb of Minh Mang. The next day explore the imposing Imperial Citadel before seeing Thien Mu Pagoda and cruising along the Perfume River.
DAY 10 JOURNEY TO HANOI
Fly to Hanoi. Vietnam’s capital brings all the charms of the past with a modern buzz in one fast-paced yet refined city. Take an exciting cyclo tour of the Old Quarter and enjoy a Vietnamese coffee at a caf overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake.
DAY 11 HANOI
Spend the morning at leisure. Later, explore the Museum of Ethnology and Temple of Literature before boarding an overnight train to Sapa.
DAYS 12-13 SAPA COUNTRYSIDE
Spend the next two days discovering this verdant area of rolling hills and rice terraces exploring colourful markets, minority villages including Cat Cat, and tribal architecture. Board the overnight train back to Hanoi.
DAYS 14-15 CRUISE HALONG BAY
Arrive back in Hanoi this morning and depart to Halong Bay. Spend two days aboard your comfortable cruise ship sailing amongst magnificent karst peaks on the tranquil green waters of Halong Bay. Stay overnight on the boat before returning to Hanoi. This evening enjoy The Quintessence of Tonkin show, a spectacular open-air performance celebrating the rich history of northern Vietnam.
DAY 16 FLY TO LUANG PRABANG
Visit Hanoi’s Ho Chi Minh Quarter, the Stilt House and One Pillar Pagoda. Fly to Luang Prabang.
DAY 17 TAKBAT
Rise early to witness the Buddhist ceremony of Takbat. Ascend Phousi Hill for city views and visit Wat Xieng Thong. Take to the waters of the Mekong to visit the sacred caves of Pak Ou, known for the hundreds of miniature Buddhist sculptures that reside within.
DAY 18 KUANG SI WATERFALLS
This morning visit the National Museum. Marvel at the cascading turquoise waters of the enchanting Kuang Si Waterfalls before returning to Luang Prabang via Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre.
DAY 19 TRAVEL TO VANG VIENG
Fly to Vientiane and travel to Vang Vieng, a town beautifully set in a spectacular karst landscape.
DAY 20 EXPLORE VANG VIENG
Venture into the Tham Chang cave before wandering through the dramatic limestone karst countryside beside the Nam Song River.
DAY 21 DISCOVER VIENTIANE
Travel back to Vientiane to visit Wat Si Saket, Wat Phra Keo, That Luang Stupa, and the Patuxai Victory Monument. Enjoy dinner with a traditional Laos music and dance performance.
DAY 22 ROYAL PALACE
Fly to Phnom Penh, a city of airy boulevards and colonial villas. Today’s visits include the magnificent Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Later on admire the artefacts of the lovely National Museum.
DAY 23 EXPLORE PHNOM PENH
Visit the children of the Apsara Arts Association and the harrowing Tuol Sleng Museum, later exploring the Russian and Central markets.
DAY 24 SUNSET FROM PRE RUP
Ascend to the hilltop Wat Phnom before transferring to the airport to fly to Siem Reap. Visit the captivating Banteay Srei, before taking a leisurely boat ride on the moat of Angkor Thom and view hidden elements of the ancient Khmer water systems.
DAY 25 EXPLORE ANGKOR
The seat of the Khmer Empire between the 9th and 15th centuries, the Angkor complex includes over 1,000 temples. Begin at atmospheric Ta Prohm, continuing to Angkor Thom and passing through the South Gate to reach the enigmatic Bayon. This afternoon is dedicated to the indescribable Angkor Wat. This evening enjoy a rollicking performance of the Phare Cambodian Circus.
DAY 26 TONLE SAP
High Water Season (Aug to Feb) Visit Beng Mealea, a mysterious temple overrun by the jungle. Enjoy a cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, visiting the floating village of Kampong Kleng. Return to Siem Reap via Artisan D’Angkor. This evening sit down to dinner and an Apsara dance show. Low Water Season (Mar to Jul) Head to Beng Mealea to explore this mysterious temple overrun by the jungle. Drop by Artisan D’Angkor after visiting the floating village of Chong Kneas. This evening sit down to dinner and an Apsara dance show.
DAYS 27-28 FLY SIEM REAP TO UK
Enjoy a free morning before transferring to the airport for your flight back to the UK, arriving home the following day.