With its breathtaking beauty and enduring traditions, Vietnam provides endless rewards for the thoughtful traveler. Discover both the ancient and modern worlds of Vietnam on this popular and magical journey.

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 The breathtaking Ha Long Bay  Throwing fishing nets along the river in Vietnam. Credit: Amanda Mack  Terraced rice fields in Vietnam. Credit: Hoang Long Ly  Temple of Literature, Hanoi  The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi  Ha Long Bay  Terraced rice fields
  Da Nang Harbor  Traditional musicians   The village of Hoi An, a World Heritage site  The canals of Hoi An  The Perfume River near Hue  Pavilion in the Imperial City, Hue  Tomb area of Khai Dinh, Hue  Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue  Pavilion at the Tomb of Minh Mang in Hue  Woman working with flowers on the Mekong. Credit: Nhiem Hoang  Floating market on the river  Skyline of Ho Chi Minh City at dusk  Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City

Discovering Vietnam

15 days from $4,497 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

With its breathtaking beauty and enduring traditions, Vietnam provides endless rewards for the thoughtful traveler. Discover both the ancient and modern worlds of Vietnam on this popular and magical journey.

or Call 855-330-1542

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

This was our first Smithsonian tour and we were impressed! It combined first class transportation and accommodations with intelligent and thought provoking seminars plus knowledgeable tour directors and study leaders. It won't be our last Smithsonian Journey. 

- Carol R.

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Overview

Angkor Wat and Cambodia Post-Program Option — 3 Days, 2 Nights

A special opportunity to discover the amazing temples and statuary from the Angkorian Empire.

Your tour extension includes:

  • Air transportation Ho Chi Minh City/Siem Reap inclusive of airline taxes and departure fees
  • 2 nights accommodations in Siem Reap at Sofitel Angkor (Deluxe)
  • 4 meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Three days sightseeing of Angkor complex (World Heritage site), including all entrance fees
  • Services of a professional tour director
  • Private motorcoach transportation
  • Gratuities for tour director, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers

Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra 

Set amidst tranquil landscaped gardens on beautiful tree-lined Charles de Gaulle Avenue, Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort is close to the ruins at Angkor Wat, as well as near traditional markets and other local attractions. Combining French and Khmer architecture to provide refined, elegant accommodation, the 238-room hotel features five restaurants and two bars, Internet access, fitness center with jacuzzi and sauna, and outdoor pool. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Cambodia: Angkor Wat & Phnom Penh Post-Program Option — 5 Days, 3 Nights | October 19 and December 3, 2020 departures only

Discover the amazing temples and statuary from the Angkorian Empire and the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.

Your Tour Prince Includes

  • Air transportation Ho Chi Minh City/Siem Reap; Siem Reap/Phnom Penh, inclusive of airline taxes and fees
  • 3 nights accommodations: 2 nights in Siem Reap at Sofitel Angkor (Deluxe); 1 night in Phnom Penh at Sofitel Phnom Penh (Deluxe); rooms reserved for late check-out in Phnom Penh
  • 6 meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • Three days’ sightseeing of Angkor complex (World Heritage site), including all entrance fees 
  • Phnom Penh sightseeing
  • Services of a professional Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation
  • Gratuities for tour director, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers

Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort 

Set amidst tranquil landscaped gardens on beautiful tree-lined Charles de Gaulle Avenue, Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort is close to the ruins at Angkor Wat, as well as near traditional markets and other local attractions. The 238-room hotel features French and Khmer architecture and offers three restaurants and two bars, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, laundry, and dry cleaning services, 18-hole golf course, spa with massage treatments, fitness center with Jacuzzi and sauna, unheated outdoor pool, and gift shop. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, minibar, TV, and phone.

Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra 

This French colonial-style hotel is surrounded by landscaped gardens and sits in the city’s old quarter. The 201-room hotel’s amenities include four restaurants, a café, pool, spa, fitness center, tennis court, library, racquetball, bowling, ping-pong, game room, sauna, gift shop, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, laundry, and dry cleaning services. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, minibar, TV, and phone.

This was our first Smithsonian tour and we were impressed! It combined first class transportation and accommodations with intelligent and thought provoking seminars plus knowledgeable tour directors and study leaders. It won't be our last Smithsonian Journey. 

- Carol R.

Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 — Depart the U.S., Arrive Hanoi, Vietnam

Depart the U.S. and travel to the Vietnamese capital today then transfer to the hotel. 

Day 3 — Hanoi

This morning take a walking tour of the Ba Dinh Square complex of sites, including the marble and granite mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the Presidential Palace, and thousand-year-old One Pillar Pagoda. Following lunch on your own, embark on an orientation tour of this French-accented city. Pass Hoan Kiem Lake; visit the marvelous Temple of Literature (c. 1070); and tour infamous Hoa Lo Prison, also known as the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War. Later walk the narrow streets of the diverse Ancient Quarter where tonight you gather at a local restaurant for a welcome dinner. (B,D)

Day 4 — Hanoi

This morning depart on a full-day excursion to Ha Long Bay, a World Heritage site. This is Vietnam’s legendary waterway sprinkled with 3,000 islands and islets, and surrounded by a fairytale landscape of limestone cliffs, secret grottoes, and hidden caves. Your tour includes a boat ride and seafood lunch. (B,L)

Day 5 — Da Nang

Fly to Da Nang, Vietnam’s third-largest city situated on the south-central coast. Upon arrival, tour the acclaimed Cham Museum, which celebrates the Cham people’s Hindu legacy with a fine collection of sculptures and artifacts dating from the 7th to 15th centuries. Arrive at your beachfront hotel where the remainder of the day is at leisure. (B,D)

Day 6 — Da Nang and Hoi An

Visit nearby Hoi An, where a succession of Dutch, Chinese, Portuguese, and Japanese traders helped to build an architecturally diverse and colorful village where many ancient traditions still hold sway. A World Heritage site, Hoi An’s Old Town is a charming, car-free pedestrian zone lined with tailors, shops, and art galleries. (B,L)

Day 7 — Da Nang

A morning walking tour of a local farming settlement reveals the daily life of a local community up close. Nestled amidst seemingly endless rice paddies, the village represents the Vietnam of fable and film, where villagers engage in threshing and harvesting, water buffaloes plow the fields, and local residents ride to market with produce piled high on their bicycles. Enjoy a private cooking lesson of regional cuisine followed by dinner in Hoi An. (B,L,D)

Day 8 —Hue

Depart for the ancient imperial city of Hue, whose palaces, temples, and tombs evoke its past grandeur as home to emperors and mandarins. Explore the Imperial City, now a World Heritage site, and visit the Central Market where locals shop. Enjoy lunch in the home of a local historian. Tonight’s special Hue dinner is accompanied by a performance of traditional music. (B,L,D)

Day 9 — Hue

This morning cruise along Hue’s Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda, a Buddhist monastery, then visit the palatial Tomb of Ming Mang (c. 1804). Enjoy lunch in the home of a local historian. See the tombs of Tu Doc, a gem of royal architecture; and Khai Dinh, an elaborate mix of ancient and modern, European and Asian. Finish the day with a visit and lunch at the Dong Thein Buddhist Nunnery. (B,L)

Day 10 — Mekong Delta and Can Tho

Fly early to Saigon. Upon arrival transfer to a motorcoach for the three-hour drive south to the Mekong River town of Cai Be. Travel by coach and ferry to the busy river port and provincial capital of Can Tho. (B,D)

Day 11 — Can Tho and Mekong Delta

Rise early for today’s journey by boat to the bustling floating market at Cai Rang on the Mekong’s lower reaches. After lunch together at a local restaurant, the remainder of the day is at leisure. (B,L)

Day 12 — Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh City

Travel by motorcoach to the upper reaches of the storied Mekong. Here board motorized sampans for an up-close look at river life. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue by coach to Ho Chi Minh City, arriving late afternoon. Dinner is on your own in this vibrant city. (B,L)

Day 13 — Ho Chi Minh City

A morning tour includes the former Presidential Palace, which served as the South Vietnamese government's wartime headquarters. Now called Reunification Palace, it was here that the first Communist tanks rolled into Saigon on April 30, 1975; it remains preserved as a museum almost exactly as it was on that day. Also tour the History Museum, with its excellent collection of art and artifacts of the indigenous peoples of Vietnam. Later, attend a traditional water puppet performance. (B,D)

Day 14 — Ho Chi Minh City

This morning experience the Cu Chi Tunnels, the infamous underground network from which North Vietnamese forces operated in wartime. Tonight, gather for a farewell dinner. (B,D)

Day 15 — Depart for the U.S.

Today depart for the airport and your return flights to the U.S. (B)

Please note: Depending on flight schedules, certain U.S. cities may require an evening flight from Ho Chi Minh City on Day 15, arriving in the U.S. on Day 16. In this case, hotel rooms will be reserved for late check-out on Day 15.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)