Day One: Begin in Either Hoi An or Hue
We greet you at Hue airport and deliver you to your hotel. Later, travel by cyclo (pedicab) to the awe-inspiring Imperial Citadel and Forbidden Purple City, Vietnam's version of Beijing's Forbidden City. Nearly destroyed in two 20th century wars, the Citadel is now a UNESCO world heritage site. Why not don the robes of an ancient emperor to have your photo taken upon a gilded throne? You can begin in Hue and travel South or begin in Hoi An and travel north. We will suggest flights based on where you want to be at the beginning and end of this journey.
Day Two: Tu Duc's Tomb on the Perfume River
This morning we return to the shores of the Perfume River to visit a pagoda that has become the symbol of Hue. Then onwards to the magnificent country palace of Emperor Tu Duc. On an elegant boathouse in a giant, man-made lake, Tu Duc spent his days writing poetry and contemplating the meaning of life. Morning dew gathered from giant lotus in the lake was used to brew his tea! Later, over a majestic bowl of delicious noodles, you may be inspired to write poetry about your own about life and loves.
Day Three: The Sea Meets the Clouds on the Hai Van Pass
Head south this morning, hugging the coastline on the Hai Van (the "sea meets the clouds") Pass, one of the single most spectacular drives you will ever take. The road zig-zags through three distinct climates. Vehicles of every description compete to grind slowly to the top, where you are rewarded with a breathtaking view of the Central Vietnam coast. On arrival in Danang stop for a visit to the Cham Museum, home to Vietnam's largest collection of Cham treasures.
Day Four: Hoi An's Treasures, Day or Night
Early-risers can arrange a 4:30am bicycle trip to Vietnam's most fabulous beach, where hundreds of locals gather to enjoy a pre-dawn swim and wait for the spectacular sunrise. You will be back at your hotel in time to enjoy Hoi An's famous banana pancakes. Later, our guide takes you on a walking tour through the narrow streets of Hoi An. You will visit a shop-house that has been occupied by the same family for hundreds of years, an ancient pagoda, and one of the charming local museums. The rest of the day is free to pursue your pleasures. A lazy afternoon on the beach where cold beer and fresh seafood are delivered to you at the wave of a hand? Or perhaps a bit of shopping? Hoi An is filled with tailor shops where bargain suits are made overnight.
Day Five: Relax, Then Depart to Saigon, Hanoi, or Beyond
Morning at your leisure until we deliver you to Danang Airport for your flight.