Cultural Excursion

Custom 14 Day Vietnam Explorer

Hanoi, Vietnam

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Classic tour of Vietnam's highlights from North to South

Experience Vietnam’s highlights with a custom itinerary enabling you to see as much as you can during your time in Vietnam. From Hanoi, the Paris of the Orient, continue your journey on to the magnificent Halong Bay for an overnight cruise on a traditional junk. Head south to the ancient capital of Hue and then enjoy a few days along the beaches of Hoi An. Experience the rich culture of the rural fishing villages as you cruise along the Mekong Delta. End your holiday absorbing the bright lights of Saigon. This custom made itinerary truly takes you on a journey through Vietnam that you will never forget!

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Hanoi

Arriving at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel where you’ll have time to relax before your exciting evening in Vietnam. Once you've had time to settle in, enjoy a welcome dinner at great restaurant located in a charming colonial building. In the evening, you’ll have tickets for a performance of traditional Water Puppetry, an art form unique to northern Vietnam, and an interesting, light-hearted introduction to its rural culture. Your overnight stay will be in Hanoi.

Overnight: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel (Dinner included)

Day 2 - Hanoi

You’ll have the whole day to explore Vietnam’s capital city. Your guide will take you to the Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam dating back to the 11th century. After lunch, you’ll call in at the serene Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest in Hanoi, on the banks of Hanoi’s Ho Tay (West) Lake. The bustling Old Quarter is a magnet for visitors. It’s a maze of shopping streets and restaurants with a hotchpotch of architecture - traditional tube houses, religious buildings, artisans’ workshops and cottages, colonial houses and modern concrete edifices. It’s noisy and hectic, but definitely a ‘must-see’ attraction.

Overnight: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 3 - Hanoi - Ha Long Bay

After breakfast you’ll leave for Ha Long Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the world’s largest marine limestone ‘karst’ landscape. There you’ll board a wooden junk to take you to the busy World Heritage area and then to an island beach. Weather permitting, you’ll be able to swim, fish, and climb a hill for an overview of the Bay’s remarkable seascape. From there, you’ll continue your cruise to visit a fishing village - you’ll also have an opportunity investigate one of the bay’s sea level caves in a small sampan or a kayak. The route is designed to avoid the busy areas and includes a very quiet location for your overnight stay.

Overnight: Traditional Junk (Deluxe Cabin) (All meals included)

Day 4 - Ha Long- Hanoi - Hue

Start your morning off right with either a swim or a Tai Chi session on the large sundeck. After a light breakfast pastry and tea or coffee, you’ll dock to visit one of the most famous caves in the Bay. You’ll return to the junk for a brunch while cruising back to dock around noon whereupon you’ll leave for Noi Bai airport in Hanoi for an evening flight to Hue. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by our representative and taken to your hotel in Hue. The rest of the evening is yours.

Overnight: La Residence Hotel & Spa Hue (Brunch included)

Day 5 - Hue

Your morning will begin with a cruise along the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda. From there you will visit the incredible Royal Tombs of Emperor Minh Mang or Emperor Khai Dinh. After lunch, you’ll be met by our guide and driven to the Imperial Citadel of Hue and the Dong Ba market. After a day full of exploration you’ll return to your hotel to freshen-up. In the evening, you’ll sit down for dinner in the pleasant surroundings and a comfortable atmosphere of a garden house. You’ll spend the night in Hue.

Overnight: La Residence Hotel & Spa Hue (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 6 - Hue - Danang - Hoi An

In the morning, your car will arrive to drive you to Danang. On the way, you'll cross the high mountain pass of Hai Van. The views from the top are excellent – you should be able to see Lang Co beach and village, and the lagoon far below, with Danang spread out before you to the south. Upon arriving in Danang, you’ll have a brief look at the remarkable Hindu statuary in the Cham Museum before leaving for Hoi An. After lunch, you’ll have a guided visit to the Ancient Town of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage area. An ancient trading port, once the largest in Indochina, Hoi An was a meeting point for many cultures that left their mark in the different architectural features of its wooden buildings. The original traditional street pattern still exists, as does the quay that once welcomed ships from all over East Asia and beyond. You’ll spend the night in Hoi An.

Overnight: Anantara Hoi An Resort (Formerly Life Heritage Resort) (Breakfast and Lunch included)

Day 7 - Hoi An

The day will be free for strolling around town, relaxing on the beach, or whatever takes your fancy.

Overnight: Anantara Hoi An Resort (Formerly Life Heritage Resort) (Breakfast included)

Day 8 - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City

You’ll have a free morning until you’re picked up for a noon flight to Ho Chi Minh City. After transferring to your Ho Chi Minh City central hotel and checking-in, you’ll be free for a preliminary wander around District 1. Your overnight stay will be in Ho Chi Minh City.

Overnight: Caravelle Hotel (Breakfast included)

Day 9 - Ho Chi Minh City

After breakfast, your guide will arrive to show you around Ho Chi Minh City. You’ll visit the History Museum where there is a special exhibition of the 5th century ‘Oc Eo’ civilization. The Museum of War Remnants provides a very partial, but riveting, perspective of the ‘American War’:not for the squeamish! The Binh Tay market is located in China Town which is the biggest one in Ho Chi Minh City. Your time will be your own after lunch.

Overnight: Caravelle Hotel (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 10 - Ho Chi Minh City - Vinh Long - Can Tho

After escaping from Ho Chi Minh City’s urban sprawl, you’ll travel to Vinh Long for a Mekong River cruise, visiting fruit orchards, a traditional family-run brick kiln, and some long established cottage industries, along the way. Later, a rowing boat will carry you through the maze of the Mekong Delta’s myriad channels to connect with the real life of the local people, visiting a local house and listening to live music performed by local artists. You’ll drive further into the Mekong Delta to Can Tho. Upon arrival you’ll make your way to the Munir Ansay – an ancient Khmer style pagoda, renowned for its unique structural decorations. You’ll then drive to your hotel in Can Tho where you’ll spend the night.

Overnight: Victoria Can Tho Resort (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 11 - Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City

The day begins with a boat cruise to Cai Rang, a floating market on the Mekong Delta - both the journey and the market provide insights into the Mekong rural lifestyle. On your return to Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll visit the beautiful and ancient Vinh Trang pagoda, 3 km from My Tho center. You’ll arrive in Ho Chi Minh City in the late afternoon with time to freshen up in your hotel.

Overnight: Caravelle Hotel (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 12 - Ho Chi Minh City - Tay Ninh - Cu Chi

A morning drive will take you to Tay Ninh to visit the Cao Dai Holy See just in time to watch the mid-day ceremony. After lunch, you’ll visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels, a Byzantine maze of underground passages, chambers, rooms and booby traps used by both the Vietminh and the Viet Cong to suddenly materialize as if from nowhere, launch a lightning ambush, and vanish equally rapidly. You'll return to Ho Chi Minh City for your overnight.

Overnight: Caravelle Hotel (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 13 - Ho Chi Minh City Free

Enjoy the day at your leisure.

Overnight: Caravelle Hotel (Breakfast included)

Day 14 Ho Chi Minh City Departure

Your time will be your own until your private car and driver arrives to take you to Tan Son Nhat airport for your departure flight.

Accommodation Information

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel

Located at the heart of Hanoi since 1901, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi has a long history of being a luxury place for many prestigious events and popular rendezvous. Features include 364 rooms and suites, excellent French cuisine at Le Beaulieu, Vietnamese specialities at Spices Garden, and Angelina - Hanoi's most ""avant garde"" Italian Restaurant & Lounge. Seven function rooms, a swimming pool, fitness centre and a brand new Le Spa du Metropole are also available in the hotel.

Indochina Sails

For your two-day Ha Long excursion, you'll board the Indochina Sails, one of the best wooden boats on the Bay. It’s a wooden junk based on the model of the old Vietnamese court vessels with two barge sails, a wide transom and rectangular superstructure. All cabins are air-conditioned and have windows overlooking the bay. Each cabin is furnished with two twin beds or a double queen size bed, wardrobe, desk, pillows, white cotton sheets, and an en-suite toilet and shower with a good selection of high-quality toiletries. All meals, usually based on fresh seafood, will be provided on board. Kayaking is available upon request and at surcharge.

La Residence Hotel & Spa Hue

Step back in time. Indulge in the comforts. Bask in the serenity. La Résidence Hotel & Spa in Hue, Vietnam is an enchanting boutique hotel on the banks of the Perfume River overlooking the former Imperial Citadel.

Take a short "cyclo" ride to the ancient city or boat trip to the lavish dynastic tombs. With 122 rooms, enjoy the feel of a classic colonial villa with dark woods, fine Vietnamese silks and classic art deco features. Enjoy Le Parfum Restaurant, Le Gouverneur Bar, the Pool Bar, La Boutique, La Galerie, La Bibliotheque, a Fitness Center, tennis court, swimming pool and Le Spa.

Distinctive art deco design reminiscent of colonial Indochina. Discover a world where ancient traditions mingle with sophisticated style.

Anantara Hoi An Resort (Formerly Life Heritage Resort)

Experience an idyllic blend of riverside relaxation and Anantara luxury, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on your doorstep, and beautiful beach life just a short bicycle or boat ride away.

Scenically positioned on the banks of the Thu Bon River, Anantara Hoi An Resort is a charming boutique retreat in the historic port town of Hoi An. Designed with French, Dutch, Chinese and Japanese influences that reveal Hoi An’s fascinating cultural diversity, split level rooms and suites open onto porches with comfortable daybeds, overlooking the river or a garden courtyard.

Delve into Vietnamese culture with language, lantern making and cookery classes. Savour authentic local dishes and popular world flavours in elegant and casual settings beside the river. Meet up at the heritage inspired wine bar for an atmospheric view of Hoi An’s street life. Or laze by the pool and let us bring an exotic cocktail to your sun bed.

Follow in the footsteps of the merchants who once traded their precious goods and immerse yourself in the town’s colonial architecture, vibrant artistic and handicraft scenes, and romantic café culture. Capture vivid snapshots of local life aboard a scenic river cruise. Venture further afield and discover the region’s magnificent natural beauty and ancient cultural sites.

Caravelle Hotel

Ho Chi Minh City is one of enchantment, one that captivates the imagination, one with a sense of history, and with a sense of tradition that is encompassed at the Caravelle Hotel.

Caravelle prides itself on offering traditional refinement in an ambience that is welcoming, warm and offering luxurious modern living in sophisticated and understated elegant surroundings. Whether your stay is for pleasure or for business, Caravelle Hotel will pamper to every comfort and service conceivable to the discerning traveler.

Victoria Can Tho Resort

The only luxury hotel in the center of the Mekong Delta, the Victoria Can Tho Resort blends colonial-style architecture with the natural beauty of the river. Close to Can Tho town, but a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city, the resort lies on the banks of the Hau River, set amidst gardens with a plethora of exotic plants.

Location

Region: Asia - Southeast

Address:
Hanoi
Vietnam

Amenities/Activities

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General Information

The price includes:

  • Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room
  • Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above
  • Domestic flight tickets: Hanoi – Hue and Danang – Ho Chi Minh City, including domestic airport taxes
  • Boat cruises as specified in the itinerary.
  • The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary
  • Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals indicated in itinerary

The price excludes:

  • International flight tickets and airport tax
  • Visas
  • Dinners, except as specified above
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses
  • Insurance
  • Taxes & Fees