Spend a day touring the “Pearl of the Orient,” Hong Kong. As we tour the city we will ascend Victoria Peak and see incredible views of the downtown area and Victoria Harbor, then travel to nearby Aberdeen, famous for its floating fishing village. Break for a scrumptious dim sum lunch, then continue to Hollywood Road and the Man Mo Temple, one of Hong Kong’s oldest and most famous places of worship.
Celebrate your time in Vietnam with an unconventional theater show! Talented performers stand in chest-deep water operating racks of colorful wooden puppets that depict scenes from Vietnamese folklore. This artform is said to have originated with villagers in northern Vietnam who would entertain themselves in flooded rice fields. The action is narrated with music performed by traditional musicians and singers.
Board a modern vessel and spend one night in a deluxe cabin cruising beautiful Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring hundreds of limestone islands and pillars that rise up from emerald-green waters. On our cruise we may explore by rowboat, kayak, or swim and sunbathe. Onboard activities include a Master Chef competition, a naturalist discussion, a squid fishing demonstration, and Tai Chi on the sundeck the following morning.
During our time in the UNESCO World Heritage port city of Hoi An we’ll learn how to create traditional Vietnamese foods at Vy’s Market Restaurant & Cooking School. Begin by collecting fresh ingredients at the market, then join a professional chef for a hands-on class preparing delicious regional specialties. We’ll taste the fruits of our labor when we’re finished. A walking tour of this ancient town follows.
Sprinkled throughout our tour are visits to attractions where we remember and learn more about the Vietnam War. Visit the museum at Hoa Lo, popularly known as the Hanoi Hilton, and see displays of large military equipment at the Zone 5 Military Museum. At Saigon’s War Remnants Museum, we’ll browse exhibits that reveal how wars from the last 100 years have impacted civilian life, and see underground tunnels used by Vietnamese guerrillas at the Cu Chi Tunnels.