While Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling memoir did not include Vietnam, that’s no reason to limit your own journey of discovery. This full luxury honeymoon itinerary includes some of the best of Vietnamese cuisine, ranging from five star professional chefs to your own fresh-from-the-village-market cooking class. You’ll visit a scenic ancient pagoda on Hanoi’s West Lake, hidden temples in the grottoes of Marble Mountain, and enjoy yoga and meditation classes. As for love, well, we cannot make any guarantees in that department! What we can do is set the scene, with the comedy of water puppets, the scenic wonder of Ha Long Bay, the serenity of the Perfume River in Hue, and the picturesque ancient streets of Hoi An, along with accommodation at some of the best resorts in the region. The ingredients are all here, it is up to you to make of them what you will.
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HANOI / HALONG BAY
Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi Airport: chauffeured transfer to your hotel, traditional water puppetry performance, Welcome Dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant, and overnight at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi.
Day 2: Free time in the morning, afternoon visit to Temple of Literature and Tran Quoc Pagoda, tour Hanoi’s Old Quarter by cyclo, and throw back a Cocktail Class to round out your day.
Day 3: After breakfast, drive to UNESCO World Heritage area Ha Long Bay, board your own private vessel to cruise the isolated corners of the bay, swim or visit amazing limestone caves, and stop at a quiet spot for overnight in your luxury on-board cabin.
Day 4: Continue cruising the bay, kayak through a fishing village and explore hidden lagoons, BBQ lunch on a secluded beach, dinner and overnight onboard.
Day 4: Go all-out with a romantic dinner inside Thien Canh Son Cave: candles light your way into the cave where you’ll be fêted to the best imperial cuisine by the boat’s professional chef, set to the music of romance.
Day 5: Start the day by swimming or simply relaxing, take a rowboat through a fishing village and nearby coves, visit a pearl farm, return to dock around noon and drive back to Hanoi, free evening, overnight at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi.
Day 6: Relax or wander Hanoi’s Old Quarter for the morning, chauffeured transfer to airport for flight to Hue, after hotel check-in, visit Imperial Citadel and Dong Ba Market, overnight at Pilgrimage Village Hue.
Day 7: Cruise up the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda, drive to royal tomb of Emperor Minh Mang, drop by one of Hue’s garden houses, return to resort for a break and a chakra balancing session, and enjoy dinner of traditional Hue cuisine in another garden house.
Day 8: Enjoy breakfast before a yoga session, then head out on a cycling excursion to Thanh Toan Bridge and Ngoc Son Princess garden house, lunch in a garden house, cycle to rural village producing traditional Hue cakes, and return to resort for overnight.
DANANG / HOI AN
Day 9: After free time in the morning, you’ll be driven south over the scenic Hai Van Pass to Danang, and check in at Fusion Maia Danang Resort for overnight.
Day 10: Drive to Hoi An for a guided market visit and take a boat up the river for a lunchtime cooking class, then you can spend some free time wandering Hoi An’s ancient streets before heading back to Fusion Maia Danang Resort for overnight.
Day 10: After transferring to Hoi An, cycle past rice paddies and water buffalos, take a boat down the river and try fishing from a basket boat, enjoy a fresh seafood lunch while visiting a local fishing village, then spend some free time wandering in Hoi An or head directly back to Fusion Maia Danang Resort for overnight.
Day 11 After breakfast, transfer to Marble Mountain to hike up Thuy Son Peak for panoramic views, visit several caves and pagodas around the peak, then explore the village famous for the marble products its skilled sculptors produce. Fusion Maia conducts Taichi sessions at Marble Mountain on Mondays, and meditation sessions on Saturdays at the Bodhisattva statue on Son Tra Peninsula
Day 12 to 14: Your time at Fusion Maia Danang. Featuring Central Vietnam’s largest spa with all services included in the room rate, and at a dream location right on China Beach only minutes from central Danang and Hoi An, Fusion Maia Danang is truly a special experience.
Day 15: Free time until chauffeured transfer to Danang Airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi in good time to connect with your international departure flight.
The price in US dollar for this sample tailor-made tour for a couple: US$ 4,856 per person
The price is valid until 31 October, 2018. Please note that bank transfer fees are not included.
Inclusions in brief:
- Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
- Domestic flight tickets
- Cocktail class, yoga and meditation classes
- Six lunches and four dinners
- Experienced English-speaking guides
- Private chauffeur-driven air conditioned vehicles
Exclusions in brief
- Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses
- Alternatives in blue
- Hanoi: Sofitel Metropole Hotel (*****historic colonial building in a city centre location – Luxury Room Historical Wing)
- Halong Bay: Princess Junk (Traditional Junk [Unique] (Deluxe quality wooden junks modelled on Imperial Court vessels – Chartered)
- Hue: Pilgrimage Village Boutique Resort and Spa (***** well-designed villa hotel in a quiet rural area, 6km from the city centre – Honeymoon Pool Hut)
- Danang: Fusion Maia Danang Resort (***** luxury resort on the China Beach – Pool Villa)
Please note that Vietnam hotels do not recognise provisional reservations, so specific hotels cannot be guaranteed until you have booked your chosen tour. As many of the better hotels are often full during the October to April peak season, early booking is advisable.