The Reel Thing

“Tropic Thunder” fans can see Vietnam up close.

“Tropic Thunder” fans can see Vietnam up close. // (c) Charles Chan
"Tropic Thunder" fans can see
Vietnam up close

The summer’s blockbuster movie season may have come to a close, but these tours from American Express Travel can put the big-screen magic into your clients’ fall holiday schedule.

Fans of “Tropic Thunder,” starring Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr. and Ben Stiller, can travel to Vietnam with the Images of Indochina package, which combines ancient civilization with Western influences. Clients explore Vietnam from top to bottom, first stopping in Hanoi, a charming city with French-colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and Chinese-inspired temples and gardens. Clients then cruise Halong Bay by private boat, where 3,000 islands line the waters. The next stop, Hue, reflects the strength and imperial majesty of Vietnamese dynasties. The tour ends at Ho Chi Minh City, home to Cu Chi, one of the most intriguing battle sites of the Vietnamese War. The 16-day tour also includes Cambodia and Thailand and starts at $9,285 per person, based on double occupancy. The last travel date is Dec. 15.

Clients also can follow in the footsteps of Brendan Fraser in “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” with the Yangtze Passage package. Fans of the film will visit the real Terra-Cotta Warriors in person and journey to some of China’s greatest cities. The tour starts in Hong Kong, with a private sampan ride through Aberdeen Harbor and includes accommodations at the venerable Peninsula Hotel. From there, clients head to the villages of Guilin and Yangshuo and the city of Shanghai, followed by a four-day cruise down the Yangtze River and through the Three Gorges region. The tour continues to Xian, one of the greatest archeological sites in China, and concludes with a visit to Beijing, where clients visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. The price for America Express Travel’s 18-day Yangtze Passage itinerary starts at $9,795 per person, based on double occupancy. The final date for travel is Oct. 25. 

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