Best of Ho Chi Minh City

9.5 hours | Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My) | P H 1 - 1 0 0
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Max. age: 90 years (See special notes)
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Points of Interest

  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • National Museum of Vietnamese History
Shopping Opportunities, Includes meal, Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Your excursion begins at the pier where you'll board your air-conditioned motorcoach for the approximately one and half hour drive to Ho Chi Minh City. The route follows the Saigon River to Ho Chi Minh City, passing through a landscape of small villages, rice paddy fields, and oil and rubber trees.

Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, you'll visit the National History Museum of Vietnam. Their collection traces the cultural history of Vietnam with exhibits that feature stone and bronze artifacts, Champa art, ceramics and traditional costumes. At the National Museum Theater, traditional Vietnamese water puppet shows are performed. Enjoy watching a performance of this national art form.

You'll drive past the Botanical and Zoological Gardens, City Hall, Ho Chi Minh Park and the site of the U.S. miltary's weekly updates at the Rex Hotel, home of the infamous "Friday Night Follies." You'll stop for photo opportunities at Notre Dame Cathedral, the French Colonial Post Office and an inside visit of Reunification Hall.

Drive through Chinatown past the vast Binh Tay Market for a visit to Thien Hau Temple, home to the sea goddess who travels on the clouds rescuing seafarers from storms and shipwrecks. Explore the interior of this historic pagoda before lunch.

Next, you'll head to a deluxe hotel restaurant in downtown Ho Chi Minh City for a lunch buffet where both western and Vietnamese entrees will be available. Enjoy traditional Vietnamese entertainment.

After lunch, you'll stop at Minh Phuong Lacquer Factory. See the art of lacquerware-making, one of Vietnam's most popular exports. Take in a brief demonstration of the lacquering process and see a variety of lacquerware pieces, ranging from small boxes to large pieces of furniture. You'll have a brief time to shop before heading back on the return route to the pier and your cruise ship.

Special Notes:

The drive from Phu My to Ho Chi Minh City is approximately one and half hours each way and includes a restroom stop.

This tour is not available on all voyages.

Child Price:

12 years & under only

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from ship for an inside visit of the National History<br>Museum

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
34
Travel time:
01:30
Time at site:
01:00
Free time at site:
30
Inside visit:
Yes
Walking distance:
500
Steps:
5
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Narrated city drive with photo stops for Notre Dame Cathedral, City hall, and Rex hotel

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
34
Travel time:
00:30
Time at site:
00:30
Free time at site:
30
Inside visit:
No
Walking distance:
150
Restroom available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Inside visit the Reunification Hall

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
34
Travel time:
00:10
Time at site:
01:00
Free time at site:
60
Inside visit:
Yes
Walking distance:
200
Steps:
5
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes

Inside visit of the Sea Goddess Temple

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
34
Travel time:
00:20
Time at site:
00:30
Free time at site:
30
Inside visit:
Yes
Walking distance:
300
Steps:
3
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes

Buffet lunch at a leading local restaurant with a traditional music show

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
34
Travel time:
00:20
Time at site:
01:00
Free time at site:
60
Inside visit:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes

Inside visit of Minh Phuong Lacquer Factory

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
34
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
00:30
Free time at site:
30
Inside visit:
Yes
Walking distance:
300
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
34
Travel time:
01:30