Your friendly guide will meet you at your Ho Chi Minh Hotel and transport you in air-conditioned comfort around this stunning city. Visit the most popular museum in this urban landscape-the War Remnants Museum (once known as the Museum of Chinese and American War Crimes). Learn about the national history of this famous war from your tour guide.
After you’ve taken in some architecture and history, head to Reunification Palace and explore the dark empty halls of this former home and workplace of the president of Vietnam. A royal and regal structure during the Vietnam War, a North Vietnamese army tank crashed through its gates and ended the war, making it a significant city landmark.
Your friendly guide will take you past several other French-style architectural landmarks, including the Central Post Office and Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral. You’ll get an up close look at the striking interior of the public post building filled with painted maps of the former city and enjoy a tour of the stunning and peaceful neo-Romanesque architecture of Notre-Dame Cathedral.
From here, your small group tour heads to Dong Khoi Street—a bustling commercial district known for trendy boutiques, quiet cafes, tasty restaurants and unique shops. Wander past the Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh City—known as the Saigon Opera House—where the local symphony and city ballet perform. Your guide will share stories about this Gothic structure that served as a refuge for French Citizens in North Vietnam during WWI.
After you’ve experienced the highlights of Ho Chi Minh City, round out your urban experience with a thrilling speedboat ride along the Saigon River. Cruise past traditional stilt houses, and learn about the lives of locals who depend on the river for their livelihood. You’ll enjoy sunset views and warm breezes aboard your speeding ship before returning to shore by 6 p.m., where you’ll return to your hotel in air-conditioned comfort.