Although Vietnam was influenced by imperial China and 19th-century French colonialism, it has forged its own culture, on display from the rice fields of the south's Mekong Delta to the misty islands of Ha Long Bay in the north. With SNA Tours' eight-day, six-night tour of the Southeast Asian country, guests can tour Vietnam with the help of an English-speaking guide, with airfare and hotel accommodations already taken care of.
Days 1–2: Trips begin aboard an economy-class flight from Vancouver (or from another city for an additional cost), which delivers travelers to Noi Bai International Airport in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi, the centuries-old city brimming with French colonial houses and Buddhist temples. Prearranged shuttles take guests to the Silk Path Hotel.
Days 3–4: Guides lead groups around eclectic, urban Hanoi, stopping at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, a stark, marble monument in the middle of Ba Dinh Square that still houses the former leader's embalmed body. In the labyrinthine Old Quarter, ancient Buddhist temples share streets with neon-lit storefronts selling everything from furniture to jewelry to fragrant pho, the noodle soup that is the country's national dish and was briefly a popular talk-show host. A private boat cruise on day 4 navigates past the thousands of limestone isles in Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its otherworldly beauty. After a fresh seafood lunch on the boat, groups fly to Da Nang in time for a dinner consisting of central Vietnamese cuisine.
Days 5–6: As the tour winds down the coastline, a brief stop in the former capital of Hue provides a glimpse into Vietnam's feudal past. Dinner and dancing in the ancient royal court is followed the next day by a boat ride to Thien Mu Pagoda, an octagonal tower built in 1601 and regarded as the symbol of Hue. Before catching a flight to Ho Chi Minh City, visitors can pick up one of the region's famous conical hats at Dong Ba market.
Days 7–8: Honeybee farms, rice fields, and fruit orchards spread across the Mekong Delta south of Ho Chi Minh City, the next stop on the tour. A traditional sampan boat rides along creeks shaded by coconut palms, visiting local homes and creek-side limo dealers along the way. On the final day, the tour makes its way to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's largest city. Highlights include the Museum of Vietnamese History, which chronicles the nation's past, and the People's Committee Hall, the seat of municipal communist leadership, located inside a former French colonial hotel. Return flights depart from Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) that evening. See the full itinerary here.Groupon Says