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Each Cosmos Asia tour is limited to an average of just 20 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery Asia vacation is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.
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Welcome to Vietnam’s capital city. Hotel rooms are available for a mid-afternoon check-in.
Today’s included sightseeing tour takes you to many of the city’s highlights, including the Temple of Literature, a peaceful series of walled courtyards and gateways, and One Pillar Pagoda, designed to resemble a lotus blossom. You will also see Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house, Hoan Kiem Lake, and the fascinating network of alleyways and shop houses that make up the Old Quarter. This evening, enjoy a performance of Hanoi’s famed water puppets.
Drive to Ha Long Bay, one of Vietnam’s favorite destinations, and board your afternoon cruise through the stunning bay. Enjoy lunch on board as you sail through the dramatic limestone islands, then explore the Sung Sot (Surprising Cave) and visit Titov Island.
Return to Hanoi this morning and fly to Dong Hoi. From here, journey inland to remarkable Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO park littered with beautiful jungles, caves, and underground rivers. Your lodging tonight is a charming farmstay at the base of the park.
This morning, take a boat ride on the Son River to Phong Nha Cave, famous for its rock formations with names like the “Lion” and the “Buddha.” The afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy the activities and serene views at your hotel.
Drive to Hue, stopping at the DMZ bridge en route. Upon arrival in the imperial walled city of Hue, visit the Forbidden Purple City, modeled after Beijing’s famed Forbidden City. During your visit, you will see Thai Hoa Palace, the Halls of the Mandarins, and the Nine Dynastic Urns.
Begin today with a visit to pretty Thien Mu Pagoda, made up of seven tiers, each dedicated to a step assumed by Buddha to reach enlightenment. Continue up the river to the Imperial Tomb of Minh Mang, a majestic complex of courtyards, pavilions, and temples in a beautiful setting. Head south through spectacular Hai Van Pass (weather permitting) and visit the Cham Museum, then continue to the charming town of Hoi An.
Start today with a cruise on the Thu Bon River, passing unspoiled countryside. Then, a leisurely walking tour through Hoi An Ancient Town brings you to the Japanese Covered Bridge. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Enjoy your morning at leisure. This afternoon, fly to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest and most vibrant city, packed with timeless traditions.
Today’s sightseeing tour takes in Dong Khoi Street, the main shopping thoroughfare, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Central Post Office. Afterward, visit the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum, as well as the Chinese district.
Today, visit the Cu Chi tunnels, an extraordinary network of tunnels more than 120 miles long that was used by the Viet Cong as a hideout and secret village during the war. See secret trapdoors, underground kitchens, living areas, and meeting rooms. If you are feeling adventurous, you may enter and explore the deep, narrow tunnels.
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
Find yourself in the refined elegance of the Silk Path Hotel located in the historic Silk district of Hanoi. This chic and sophisticated boutique hotel has an essence of classic luxury mixed with rich oriental heritage. The professional staff is ready to provide exceptional service to make all guests feel welcome. Guestrooms at the Silk Path are tastefully decorated and include modern amenities for your convenience. With two bars and two restaurants, the Silk Path Hotel is equipped to serve your every need.
Ideally located in the Halong city, by Halong Bay, the Halong Plaza Hotel combines a warm welcome and excellent services to provide the ideal venue for guests. After a day of sightseeing, relax by the pool or indulge in a massage.
Experience an idyllic blend of rural relaxation and Chay Lap Farmstay hospitality, with the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park on your doorstep.
Eldora is a boutique hotel which embodies the essence of colonial elegance and blends it with modern conveniences, affording guests a truly singular experience.
Nestled on the edge of quiet lush green paddy fields and surrounded by tropical gardens, the Essence Hoi An Hotel embodies authentic Hoi An charm mixed with modern influences.
Liberty Central Hotel has an outdoor pool, a health club, and a spa tub. Wireless Internet access is complimentary in public areas. This Ho Chi Minh City hotel offers a restaurant, a coffee shop/cafe, and a bar/lounge. Additional amenities at this Art Deco hotel include a steam room, a sauna, and gift shops/newsstands.
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