OverviewWith its breathtaking physical beauty and enduring traditions, Vietnam provides endless rewards for the thoughtful traveler. Join us to experience the country’s fascinating culture in the imperial capital of Hué, once home to emperors and mandarins, and in the royal settlements and villages of Da Nang and Hoi An, a World Heritage site. During a journey along Ha Long Bay, marvel at the breathtaking natural landscape of thousands of limestone islands. Take a morning cruise of Hué’s Perfume River to peaceful Thien Mu Pagoda, a Buddhist Monastery, then to the palatial Tomb of Minh Mang. You’ll also spend two days along the tributaries and colorful floating markets of the Mekong River Delta. Enjoy in-depth guided tours of Vietnam’s most important cities, including Hanoi, the French-influenced capital, and Ho Chi Minh City, which has figured so prominently in recent history and is now a spirited and cosmopolitan city. Experience local cuisine as you engage in a private cooking lesson in Hoi An and get an up-close look at a farming settlement near Da Nang.
Special ValueThis tour is specially designed for a small group of 16 to 24 Smithsonian travelers and offers outstanding travel value. Prices include airfare, airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees.
Smithsonian ExpertsThroughout this tour, travel in the company of an exceptional Smithsonian Study Leader. Nguyen Nguyet Cam earned a Master’s degree in Asian Studies at U.C. Berkeley after her departure from Vietnam in 1995 and has taught Vietnamese literature at U.C. Berkeley for almost 10 years. Nguyen will lead the January departure.
Special HighlightsSpend two days exploring the vital Mekong River Delta, cruising to tiny settlements and the floating markets at Cai Rang and Cai Be.Enjoy a private cooking lesson featuring regional Vietnamese cuisine.Visit the home of a local historian, also a member of a former royal family.
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World Heritage SitesThis tour features the following World Heritage sites in Vietnam:
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- Ha Long Bay
- Hoi An Ancient Town
- The Complex of Hué Monuments