Ritz Tours is offering an 11-day Vietnam Discovery package with
space available on some November and December departures offering
an introduction to the country’s tropical geography, culture and
With air-inclusive prices starting at $1,999 plus taxes per
person, double, the escorted journey begins in Hanoi, where Western
influences in food, fashion and music can be found throughout a
city that still retains its ancient culture, French architecture
and picturesque surroundings.
Highlights in Hanoi include stops at One Pillar Pagoda, the
Temple of Literature (founded in 1070 and dedicated to the Chinese
scholar Confucius), Hoan Kiem Lake and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
where travelers will enjoy a view of the Opera House.
In Hoi An an ancient, picturesque riverside town points of
interest include Quan Cong Temple and Phuoc Kien Pagoda. The tour
continues on to the Japanese Covered Bridge and the nearby Sa Huynh
Museum, as well as Phung Hung House, inhabited by the same family
for eight generations and boasting a combination of Vietnamese,
Chinese and Japanese architectural influences.
Travelers are then off to Danang, where they will experience the
Cham Museum, China Beach (made famous by the American television
series) and the five stone hillocks that comprise the Marble
The final leg of the journey is in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly
known as Saigon), with stops at Notre Dame Cathedral, the
Presidential Palace, the War Museum, Chinatown, Thien Hau Pagoda,
the Ben Thanh Market and a tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels, an intricate
complex of underground tunnels used during the Vietnam War.
The package features roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles or San
Francisco, airfare between cities visited in Vietnam,
accommodations in five-star hotels; sightseeing in air-conditioned
motorcoaches, meals and entertainment per the itinerary and tour