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The Best Viet Nam Culture Tour 15 Days

Opt :15 Days - 14 Nights
See the best of Vietnam culture on a highlight tour designed to give you just enough time to savour your travel experience at a leisurely pace. Starting with the majestic beauty in the North such as spectacular scenery in Mai Chau, the cave in Halong Bay, discover the country’s bustling capital and its historic monuments before heading South for a experience rural life by boat trip on Cai Be floating market This tour will definitely offer you a fascinating experience about Vietnamese Culture as well as Vietnamese gastronomy.



Highlights

  • Explore an array of city attractions in Hanoi and hidden lanes and alleys in the Old Quarter.
  • An overnight cruise in Halong Bay in a wooden junk with visits to one of its amazing caves
  • Discover the best top things to do in Hue including Imperial Enclosure, The Emperor King's tomb and river cruise along Perfume River with a visit to Thien Mu Pagoda.
  • A strolling or leisure biking tour to discover Hoi An ancient town and see the best of Hoi An has to offer
  • Discover the breath of life in Mekong Delta and savor every moment among the lushly green vegetation and mighty waterways, immersed in the rustic living of riverside province.


Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

The tour guide and driver will pick you up at Noi Bai international airport (Hanoi) and transfer to the city centre for hotel check-in.
Hotel rooms may not be ready until 14:00 hrs but an early check-in would be guaranteed with a surcharge.
Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
Optional: We introduce two one-of-a-kind traditional performances which are found nowhere else than in Vietnam. You can choose one of below options:
- Water Puppet Show where puppets are performed on water stage with folk music, presenting ancient tales, folklores and daily life in Vietnamese countryside.
- Tu Phu (Four Palaces) Show - a very unique show about ritual of spirit practiced in the Vietnamese indigenous religion with music, colors and lively dance performance. The Four Palaces Shows take place on Thursday and Saturday every week.
If you're interested in the shows, please contact our travel consultants to book.
Meals: NA
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Activities: Welcome to Vietnam! Be picked up and transfer to hotel, free day at leisure to prepare for the trip
 
Day 2: Hanoi Half day city tour

Half day Hanoi city tour (by car or by motorbike – upon client’s interest) - Routes can change subject to client’s interest.
Begin the first day of the trip with a tour of Hanoi. Depart from the hotel at 08:30 for a visit to Vietnam’s first university: the Temple of Literature. Founded in 1076, Quoc Tu Giam was established within a temple to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins and members of the elite.
Continue with a visit to the iconic One Pillar Pagoda, one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples. Nearby is the mausoleum of the historic father figure of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, and his modest house on stilts. (Sites are viewed from outside; closed Mon and Fri and from Oct-Nov)
Wrap up the morning with a visit to the picturesque West Lake and its sixth century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda.Tran Quoc Pagoda is regarded as the most ancient pagoda in Hanoi with its history line of more than 1,500 years.
Have lunch at an authentic Vietnamese Restaurant.
Around noon you will have the option for your Tour Guide to take you to any location in the Old Quarter or to your hotel. Free time at leisure for rest of the day.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
 
Day 3: Hanoi - Mai Chau

In the morning, pickup at your hotel and head to Mai Chau by van with a short break along the way.
Mid day, arrive in Mai Chau, enjoy welcome drink. Then enjoy traditional lunch in village (vegetarian available).
In the afternoon, bicycle ride with your tour guide, see farmers working in fields, locals weaving scarves and visit surrounding peaceful villages. Then you will have free time for bicycling, walking, shopping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Mai Chau

 


Day 4: Mai Chau - Hanoi

After breakfast, go with local tour guide to visit more remote rural villages Na Meo and Na Mo villages to understand more about their culture and customs. Mid day, back to the home stay for lunch and check-out. Free time for shopping and relaxing.
15:00 – 15:30 Say goodbye to the family to get on the bus to drive back to Hanoi (3.5 ~ 4 hours drive). Arrive in Hanoi, drop you off at your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
 
Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Overnight on Cruise

Halong Bay is listed by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage and voted as a Wonder of Nature by the New7Wonders Foundation. You will have a night staying in this world famous bay.
Be ready for pick-up at your hotel lobby at 08:00. Halfway to Halong City we will have a stop at Hong Ngoc Humanitarian Centre. Apart from having clean western style toilet facilities we will be able to see local craftsmen at work and have time for relaxation.
Upon arrival at the pier, embark on the boat and set sail on a cruise through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Halong Bay, taking in the spectacular scenery of this UNESCO World Heritage site.
Lunch is served as you cruise by impressive rock formations with unusual names and shapes.
In the afternoon you will start to discover Halong Bay, listed as a World Heritage of outstanding natural beauty, known in Vietnamese as “Dragon descending to the sea“. Depending on each cruise’s itinerary of the day, you may visit a beautiful cave, have some swimming at Titov or Soi Sim beach.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: On-board an overnight cruise in Halong Bay
Activities: Drive to Halong Bay where you board a junk for a cruise among the hundreds of islets of this magical World Heritage Site. Enjoy lunch and a swim. Drop anchor in the evening for an overnight stay among the dramatic limestone peaks.
Our tour guide will not accompany aboard the cruise in Halong Bay. Resident English speaking guide on board is available
 


Day 6: Halong Bay - Hanoi


Wake up by the sounds of the sea. After breakfast, cruise will take tourists to explore the most stunning caves in Halong.
At around boat starts cruising back to the harbor while brunch is served. We continue cruising through the bay, along the way seeing more of the fascinating formations.
Back on shore we will then transfer back to hotel in Ha Noi
Spend leisure time to relax or discover Ha Noi on your own
Meals: Breakfast, Brunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Activities: Continue cruising to explore the most stunning caves in Halong and have the brunch on board. Disembark then back to Hanoi. Spend the rest of the day on your own
 
Day 7: Hanoi - Flight to Hue

We will then transfer by car to the airport in Hanoi to catch a flight to Hue. It will take about 1 hour 20 minutes on flight. Welcomed by our driver in Hue Airport then transfer by car to hotel in Hue
Check in hotel, free at leisure the rest of the day.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue
Activities: Transfer to Hanoi to take a flight to Hue
 
Day 8: Hue Half Day City Tour

Located in Central Vietnam, Hue was the former capital of the last Dynasty of Vietnam and has an elegant setting on the banks of the Huong Giang or Perfume River surrounded by lush green hills. Founded as a Royal city in 1687, this small and quiet city is known for the magnificent architecture of its citadels, palaces, royal tombs, pagodas and temples built under the Nguyen dynasty. The city has preserved its cultural heritage including music, the arts and many other traditions and is probably the best place in Vietnam to get a sense of the past and imperial court life.
Tombs and pagodas lie everywhere in and around Hue. Start to explore Hue by a visit to Thien Mu pagoda, then you will visit ONE of the three most beautiful mausoleums around Hue:
• Minh Mang Royal Tomb
• Tu Duc Royal Tomb
• Khai Dinh Royal Tomb
Situated near the eastern corner of the Citadel where the Dong Ba Canal merges with the Perfume River is one of the largest markets in Hue province called the Dong Ba Market where you can see, smell, and taste the freshness of the produce. It is truly amazing.
Optional Activities
• Hue - Imperial citadel - VND150,000
- 12:30: Drop you off at your hotel.
Afternoon: free at leisure
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue
Activities: Tombs and pagodas lie everywhere in and around Hue. The city has preserved its cultural heritage including music, the arts and many other traditions and is probably the best place in Vietnam to get a sense of the past and imperial court life.
 


Day 9: Hue - Danang - Hoi An - Road transfer

In the morning you will get transfer by shuttle bus from Hue to Hoi An. Along the way, stop for photo of the “best coastal way” Hai Van Pass, Marble Mountain, Lang Co beach ..... We arrive Hoi An around 14:00. Check in hotel for relax for the rest of the day.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
Activities: Transfer from Hue to Hoi An by shuttle bus, passing by the “best coastal way” Hai Van Pass, Marble Mountain and Lang Co beach
 
Day 10: Hoi An Half day City tour

After having breakfast in your hotel, your guide will take you on a stroll through the ancient town. Its friendly inhabitants, narrow streets, old houses, temples and wooden bridge still remain its ancient character.
The best way to discover Hoi An, however, is to simply wander. Little more than a maze of a few streets, there are temples, museums and preserved houses to visit; yet with some 850 buildings heritage-protected, the best feel for the town comes from the places which are free to all. As with everywhere in this country, the ‘real’ Vietnam is to be found in unexpected places, such as a back street or turning down an unexpected alley, or talking in broken English to the old lady who sells Chinese scrolls. In hidden nooks and crannies are art galleries, cafes, gastronomic gems, ceramics for sale, shops filled with lanterns and, of course, the silk for which the town is famed. There are woodworkers and carvers, artists at work, craft shops. Plus there are always cold drinks for sale, important no matter the time of year. In this part of Vietnam, it is either hot and dry, or hot and wet.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
Activities: Follow local to leisurely stroll through the famous ancient town and learn about its history, the blend of Orient and Western culture, and visit ancient temples, houses as well as enjoy shopping. Free in the afternoon
 
Day 11: Hoi An - Free day

Optional: We introduce some ways to explore the beauty of Hoi An. You can choose one of below options:
Option 1: Discover My Son Holly Land haft day: My Son Sanctuary - a collection of Champa ruins nestled amongst the mountains in a geological basin of the Quang Nam province.
Price from $ US50/ person
Option 2: Life as a farmer in Cam Thanh village: Join the farmers in preparing and fertilizing the land. Get to know the villagers’ daily working routines, like raking the ground, sowing, watering and picking greens and many more gardening activities.
Price from $ US70/ person
Option 3: Hoi An Vestpa Tour
Price from $ US80/ person
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
 


Day 12: Hoi An - Danang - Flight to Ho Chi Minh city

Transfer to the Da Nang airport to take a flight to Ho Chi Minh city. Upon arrival, our driver will wait and transfer you to the hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.
In the afternoon:gain an insight into the city’s development through a walking tour to the most significant landmarks including the Saigon Opera House, Ho Chi Minh City Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral and Saigon Central Post Office (all magnificent sights from the French colonial period). Your next stop will be the famous Ben Thanh Market, where you can purchase souvenirs for your beloved ones.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
Activities: Transfer to Da Nang airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Afternoon: city tour to the most significant landmarks in Ho Chi Minh City.
 
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh – Free day

Formerly known as Saigon, todays Ho Chi Minh City is the bustling and vibrating economic centre of the South. Over the past few centuries, Saigon was called the “Pearl of the Far East” and was an important trading centre for Chinese, Japanese and Western merchants who travelled along the Saigon River.
Optional: We introduce some ways to explore the beauty of Ho Chi Minh city. You can choose one of below options:
Option 1: Dinner cruise on Saigon river: Spend romantic evening time to enjoy a special dinner on boat while the cruise setting sail on the Saigon River. Traditional music and dance performance is a worth-to-wait part of the night making everything even more memorable. Relax yourself among the amazingly beautiful views and scenery of Saigon nightlife.
Price from $ US33/ person
Option 2: Cu Chi tunnels & cooking class full day: Visit Cu Chi Tunnels - have a unique experience about underground life during the war time. Visit Ho Chi Minh Agricultural Villages, work in the garden like a real farmer, pick organic ingredients from the garden for your cooking class. Hand on cooking class, enjoy great healthy cooking tips and leave with nice certificate, recipes, souvenirs
Price from $ US74/ person
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
 
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Ho Chi Minh City

The lush, riverine tapestry of the Mekong Delta makes the perfect escape from the bustle of Ho Chi Minh City. You can savour blissful peace in Ben Tre where they can explore orchards, farms and fisheries and survey the scenery by bike or from a boat.
Enjoy the fresh air and immerse yourself in the tranquility in this part of countryside in Mekong Delta, still untouched by tourism.
Board on a long tail boat and experience the diversity of the Mekong waterways first hand as you explore fish farms and exotic fruit farms. Touring the orchards, paddy fields and swamplands of the Mekong Delta, boat trip along the river to visit a brick kiln factory, a coconut processing workshop and a local mat-weaving house. Visit a quite village where you can have a short walk to experience real Delta village life. Enjoy some local fresh fruits. Take Xe Loi ride (a kind of modern motorized rickshaw) or cycling tour to explore around village under coconut row. Have lunch at a riverside restaurant.
After lunch, we take rowing sampan along the water coconut canals with beautiful tropical scenery. We end the tour by taking boat back to pier and return to Saigon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Ho Chi Minh
Activities: Visit Ben Tre - experience the water world of Mekong Delta, embark on a small sampan boat riding through the small canals to observe the daily life along the river banks. After that take a visit to a brick kiln factory, a coconut processing workshop and a local mat-weaving house as well as taste some fresh seasonal fruits
 


Day 15: Ho Chi Minh Departure

Have leisure time before your departure. You are welcome to join our interesting optional excursions in and around Ho Chi Minh City, such as our Good morning Saigon! tour.
Please note that hotel check-out time is at 12:00. A late check-out can be arranged subject to room availability and a surcharge will be applied.
Transfer to the airport in Ho Chi Minh City for your onward flight. Tour ends after arriving at the airport.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: NA
Activities: Transfer to the airport for onward flight.
 

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in TWN/ DBL sharing accommodation at hotel, except sharing cabin on train and overnight at local homestay
  • All transport within Vietnam (including airport pick up and see off), as per itinerary
  • All in-tour stationed local English speaking guide.
  • 2 domestic flights Hanoi – Hue and Danang – Ho Chi Minh city
  • Entrance fees for Vietnam attractions, as per itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the program

Price Excludes
  • Hotel EARLY check in & LATE check out
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner at the hotel (if any)
  • International flight to or from Vietnam with taxes
  • Visa or Passport Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, laundry and gratuities
  • Meals not marked on itinerary, and water during meals

Cancellation by Customer
  • 30% of total package price should be deposited once the booking is confirmed
  • Cancellation received less than 72 hours prior arrival date or No show: full charge the deposit amount
  • Cancellation received from 4 days to 14 days prior arrival date: 50% of total package tour charged
  • Cancellation received from 15 days to 20 days prior arrival date: 10% of total package tour charged

Children Policy
  • Children under 6 years accompany with 2 full paying clients, staying in same room with parents
  • Children from 6-11 years accompany with 2 full paying clients, staying on extra bed
  • The above policy is applicable for booking made with 2 adults and a maximum of 2 children occupancy in a room
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