March 25, Saturday: Depart from LAX
March 26, Sunday: Transit
Day 1: March 27, Monday: Ho Chi Minh City - Morning arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Transfer to the hotel. After a brief rest followed by lunch, there will be a city tour visiting the Old Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, grounds of the U.S. consolate, and Ben Thanh market.
Day 2: March 28, Tuesday: Ho Chi Minh City - Childcare workers join us in visiting places of personal significance of each adoptee including Phu My orphanage, Allambie, New Haven, To Am, Hy Vong, Hoi Duc An, and former adoption offices and agencies.
Day 3: March 29, Wednesday: Ho Chi Minh City - Morning tour of the former Presidential Palace before driving to Cu Chi to visit the Cu Chi tunnels, an elaborate tunnel system used during the American war.
Day 4: March 30, Thursday: Ho Chi Minh City/Vinh Long - Morning departure for a 2-day excursion to the Mekong Delta. The group will pick up a boat and cruise to Vinh Long where they will stop at the bonsai gardener's home for lunch. Afternoon walk through a village and visit several family-run handicraft centers before retiring to a homestay.
Day 5: March 31, Friday: Can Tho - Morning drive to Can Tho, the commercial capital of the Delta, and visit to Providence Orphanage. Lesiure time in Can Tho.
Day 6: April 1, Saturday: Can Tho/Ho Chi Minh City - Morning visit to the colorful floating market before driving directly back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 7: April 2, Sunday: Ho Chi Minh City - Optional morning church service at Notre Dame Cathedral before attending a memorial service at the C-5 crash site to remember those who did not survive the Operation Babylift tragedy.
Day 8: April 3, Monday: Ho Chi Minh City/Hue - Monring flight to Hue, the former imperial capital, and transfer to hotel. City tour including the royal tombs of former emperor Minh Mang, Imperial Citadel and Thien Mu Pagoda. Dress up as royalty in the evening to enjoy a traditional imperial dinner.
Day 9: April 4, Tuesday: Danang/Hoi An - Late morning drive via Hai Van Pass to enjoy the spectacular view with a stop at Lang Co beach for lunch. Continued drive to Danang and a visit to former Sacred Heart Orphanage.
Day 10: April 5, Wednesday: Hoi An - Morning walking tour of Hoi An's ancient quarters. Remaining time free for your own exploration. This historic town was a former international shipping port in the 18th Century and today is popular among tourists for its eccentric architecture and variety of art galleries, restaurants, souvenir and tailor shops.
Day 11: April 6, Thursday: Danang/Hanoi - Morning drive to Danang for flight to Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. After lunch and checking into the hotel, the group will begin a city tour visiting Ho Chi Minh Museum, TEmple of Literature, the "Hanoi Hilton" prison and Ethnology Museum. In the evening, the group will enjoy a traditional water puppet performance.
Day 12: April 7, Friday: Hanoi - Morning visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum followed by a cycle tour of the Old Quarter of "36 streets of 36 wares."
Day 13: April 8, Saturday: Hanoi/Halong Bay - Morning drive to Halong City with a stop at Sao Do handicraft center where crafts are made by disadvantaged youth. At noon, board a private boat for a four hour cruise through the spectacular Halong Bay, a World Heritage Site, where thousands of limestone islets soar from the emerald sea. Early evening drive back to Hanoi.
Day 14: April 9, Sunday: Hanoi - Free day
Day 15: April 10, Monday: Departure - Transfer to Noi Bai aiport for U.S. departure to Los Angeles.