Tailor your stay with our choice of deluxe and luxury hotels - and then discover this historic and vibrant metropolis with your own personal car, driver and guide. Delight in our special culinary tour of Saigon and plenty of free time to explore and enjoy on your own.
Day 1 – VIP Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
On arrival, our VIP Fast Track Service expedites your arrival through immigration, baggage claim and customs. Before you know it, you’ll be in your private chauffeured car, heading to your chosen hotel in the heart of the city.
Day 2 – Out + About in Ho Chi Minh City
After breakfast, your private car, driver and guide will be waiting to take you on a full-day tour of the city they know and love so well, starting at Vinh Nghiem Pagoda, built in traditional Vietnamese style and renowned for its intricate wood carvings. Next is a guided tour of Reunification Hall, from its landscaped gardens to its stately interior; formerly known as the Presidential Palace, it was towards this modern building that Communist tanks rolled on the morning of April 30, 1975 as Saigon fell.
Then discover some of the city’s best-known Colonial landmarks, including the Central Post Office designed by the noted French architect Gustav Eiffel. Nearby, the War Remnants Museum offers a penetrating look into the ravages of the war as seen through the eyes of the Vietnamese people. In the city’s bustling Chinatown, you’ll visit Thien Hau Pagoda, dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea and known for its large incense coils. A guided Cyclo adventure is a delightful way to experience the area’s colorful streets and markets. End your sightseeing along city streets and alleys that come alive late in the day with small pop-up restaurants and food vendors. Mingling with city residents and sampling local favorites is a wonderful way to experience traditional Vietnamese food and the True Spirit of the city. Meals B+L
Day 3 – A Day at Leisure
This entire day is yours to explore at your own pace. If you prefer additional guided sightseeing, you might choose one of these available excursions:
Cu Chi Tunnels: This half-day tour takes you outside of the city to visit the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels, the incredible underground network that was built by guerilla fighters beginning in 1940 and expanded throughout the Vietnam War. Marvel at secret trapdoors, underground kitchens, living quarters and even conference rooms. You’ll have ample opportunity to view the excavated areas from above; the more adventurous can explore the deeper second and even third-level tunnels.
Mekong Delta: This full-day excursion begins with a scenic drive to Cai Be where you’ll board the Cai Be Princess, a traditional riverboat made from native hardwoods and bamboo. Enjoy a refreshing beverage as you venture onto the timeless waterways of the Mekong Delta. Take in the bustling river traffic, witness timeless scenes of daily life along the shores and waterways and enjoy the beautiful scenery as the attentive crew serves tea and fruits to you and your fellow passengers.
Visit a finely-preserved, 19th-century home to learn more about the Delta’s history, and then continue your cruise - visiting a number of small communities to learn about some of the cottage industries that sustain many Delta families. For lunch, we’ve made reservations at Le Longanier, set in a Colonial-style villa surrounded by riverside gardens and fruit trees. Enjoy a post-luncheon stroll with your guide along a quiet Mekong canal before returning to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 4 - Depart Ho Chi Minh City
After breakfast, you’ll be chauffeured to the airport for your onward flight. Meals B