The Wonders of Vietnam

Trip Highlights

Experience the wonders of Vietnam on this 9-day journey including stays in Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh. This trip has something for everyone. Experience Vietnam’s nature, culture, cities, and culinary magic, crafted together into one memorable adventure. You will start your exploration in the capital city of Hanoi, which will include an overnight cruise at the world-famous Ha Long Bay. You will enjoy a day in the serene waters in what is sure to be a breathtaking and relaxing experience. Your next destination is the port city of Hoi An, where you will explore the convergence of different architecture and cultures, ranging from the Chinese era to the French Era. Your final destination is Ho Chi Minh City, where you will take a deep dive into the history of the Vietnam War. You will start off with a visit to the Cu Chi tunnels, before saying farewell to this incredible country after a unique food tour on the back seat of a Vespa!

  • Hanoi City Tour
  • Ho Chi Minh Complex
  • Ha Long Bay – Overnight Boat Cruise
  • Hoi An – Orientation Walk
  • My Son Sanctuary
  • Hi Chi Minh City Tour
  • Saigon Sky at Sunset
  • Cu Chi Tunnel
  • Food Tour by Vespa

Exclusive departure: This departure is considered exclusive. The participants are U-M travelers, consisting of alumni, family, and friends.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Depart Gateway City/Hanoi

Check in at the La Belle Vie Hotel.

Join us for a Welcome Meeting with our tour guide.

Welcome to Hanoi!

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6:00pm at your hotel in Hanoi. Your Tour Leader will explain you the next few days’ activities and will give you all the necessary information for your stay in Vietnam.

Please join us for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2 – Hanoi City/Ho Chi Minh Complex

Embark on a half-day tour of the city. Your first destination will be Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest Buddhist temple in Hanoi. From there, you will be guided to Van Mieu – The Temple of Literature – the first Vietnamese University, founded in 11th century by the Emperor Ly Thai Tong. Learn about the educational system in the traditional Vietnam which was still applied until early 20th century.

Visit a local market and pick from delicious options for a traditional Vietnamese lunch.

Later today, pay a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Complex.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 – Ha Long Bay

Check out of the La Belle Vie Hotel.

Travel by minibus to the spectacular World Heritage-listed site of Ha Long Bay (approximately 4 hours).

Meals: Breakfast

Ha Long Bay – Overnight boat cruise

The bay is a breathtaking secluded harbor with some 2,000 limestone islands jutting out of the waters of the Bac Bo Gulf. Board your boat and cruise among the dramatic limestone peaks. There’s an opportunity to swim in the famous Vietnam East Sea and explore caves filled with stunning stalactites and stalagmites. Spend a peaceful night on board, beneath a sky alive with stars. The ship has twin-share cabins, air-conditioning and private facilities. There’s also a dining room and bar.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 – Ha Long Bay/Hanoi

Sail into Ha Long  Bay. As the boat continues to cruise along the majestic peaks, there will be new opportunities to immerse ourselves in Ha Long Bay’s mystical quality.

After returning to port, we will transfer to Hanoi where enjoy the rest of the day is at your leisure.

Check in at the La Belle Vie Hotel.

Enjoy the evening at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 – Da Nang/Hoi An

Check out of the La Belle Vie Hotel.

This morning, take a short flight to Da Nang.

Check into the Belle Maison Hadana Hoi An Hotel.

Our tour includes a walking tour of Hoi An, the original European trading port in Vietnam dating back to the mid-16th century. It is now a living museum, with attractive wooden merchant’s houses and pagoda-style temples with Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and European architectural influences. It is also a marvelous place to wander around and enjoy the thriving riverside market and great silk clothes shopping.

This afternoon is free time to enjoy Hoi An at your ease.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 – Quảng Nam/My Son Sanctuary

Depart the hotel for the 40km journey outside Hoi An. Arrive at My Son Sanctuary, a great sample of ancient Champa civilization situated in the southern region of Vietnam. Stand astounded by a great number of exquisite stone sculptures, temples and towers nestled in tropical jungle. There will also be a traditional music show that you can enjoy.

Late this afternoon, enjoy your beautiful surroundings at leisure, or have your guide set up one of the many optional activities we offer in this location.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 – Ho Chi Minh

Check out of the Belle Maison Hadana Hoi An Hotel.

Today take a short late morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Check in at the Sila Urban Living Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Hi Chi Minh City Tour

Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City has a fascinating history and is arguably Vietnam’s capital of commerce and culture. Make as visit to Ong Lanh Market, it was also a bustling marketplace and home to many Saigon traders and residents. There’s a possibility that some of the legends associated with Ong Lanhbridge could also be exaggerated. Then we will move to Le Cong Kieu Antique Street which is located behind Ham Nghi Road, has been known as the only one in Ho Chi Minh City selling various kinds of antiques. The street, about 200m long, is considered the oldest in Saigon and it seems unchanged with each passing day.

In the late afternoon, discover pulsating Saigon as the sun sets with a local who knows where to find the best watering holes. Learn about local life in this beautifully mishmashed city while you enjoy some of the best signature cocktails in Saigon with views from above.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 – Ho Chi Minh/Cu Chi Tunnel

After breakfast, transfer to Cu Chi Tunnels, an extensive underground network (some 200 kilometers) of tunnels dug initially by the Viet Minh and later expanded by the Viet Cong. They contained hospitals, dwellings and schools and were used extensively for refuge and storage, as well as being a military base.As you explore this extraordinary labyrinth you will learn more about its history and the 1968 Tet Offensive. A section of the tunnels has been widened to allow tourists to get a feel for what the underground life must have been like.

Note: tunnels will be hot and can be a little claustrophobic.

Food Tour by Vespa

In the late afternoon, you will head out for a foody experience, seating on the back seat of a vintage Vespa through the local areas.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 – Depart for Home

Check out of the Sila Urban Living Hotel.

Depart for home.

Meals: Breakfast

 

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Your Journey

Vietnam 2021 Bschool Trip Journey

By participating in an Alumni Association of the University of Michigan travel trip, you have stated that the Alumni Association has the exclusive right to use video and other visual/audio portrayals of You or Your likeness taken during Your trip in any medium of any nature whatsoever for any purpose, including advertising or promoting the services of the trip without any compensation being paid to You. Any such portrayal or likeness shall be the exclusive property of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan.

(9 days)
Starting price: $1,490
Singles $1,910
Deposit per person: $500
Asia & the Pacific
Bschool Travel
Type: Land, Exclusive U-M Departure

You must be an Alumni Association member to travel with us. Questions? Email Michigan Alumni Travel at alumnitravel@umich.edu.

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