Cultural Excursion

Vietnam Cultural Heritage Overture 8 Days

Hanoi, Vietnam

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Historic highlights of Vietnam's North

An eight-day introduction to Vietnam’s heritage - manufactured, art and artefact, majestic and vernacular. Your journey will take you to three cultural World Heritage sites! This custom itinerary allows you the opportunity to experience the authentic and rich culture of Vietnam.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Hanoi Arrival

Our representative will be waiting to greet you when you arrive at Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport. He or she will help with your luggage and accompany you to your hotel where you’ll have time to relax after your journey. In the afternoon, you’ll have tickets for a performance of traditional Water Puppetry, an art form unique to northern Vietnam, and a good, light-hearted introduction to its rural culture. Later, you’ll be picked up for a welcome dinner at a lovely restaurant located in a quaint French colonial building. Your overnight stay will be in Hanoi.

Overnight: Sofitel Metropole Hotel (Dinner included)

Day 2 - Hanoi’s tangible and intangible heritage

Today you will enjoy an all-day tour of Vietnam’s thousand-year-old capital city! After lunch, you can tune yourself in with some traditional Vietnamese music. A local musician, Mr. Ba Pho, will guide you through his music studio, displaying many rare and unique Vietnamese musical instruments. Ba Pho’s enthusiastic insight into the origins of these instruments is extraordinary: he's also well-schooled in the geography and history of the Vietnamese ethnic minorities. The best way to experience his vast collection is by listening to them in concert. Next, your guide can then show you the bustling Old Quarter. Apart from its maze of small streets, it’s an architectural pot-pourri - traditional tube houses, religious buildings, colonial houses, artisans’ dwellings and modern concrete constructions.

Overnight: Sofitel Metropole Hotel (Breakfast and Lunch included)

Day 3 - Hanoi - Hue

You’ll have a free morning before we pick you up for a noon flight to Hue. When you arrive, you’ll be met by our guide and driven to visit the Imperial Citadel of Hue, the nearby Antiquity Museum and the local Dong Ba market. Your overnight stay will be in Hue.

Overnight: Pilgrimage Hotel (Breakfast included)

Day 4 - Hue

After breakfast, you’ll be met by our guide to board a riverboat to take you upstream on the Perfume River to visit the tranquil Thien Mu Pagoda. In the afternoon, you’ll visit Emperor Tu Duc’s mausoleum and one of Hue’s ‘garden houses’. Each Royal Tomb reflects the personality of the ruler. The tomb of Tu Duc, the ‘poet Emperor’, is set in an elegant garden with a magnificent lake and pavilion complex. The simplest of the actual tomb (a monument – he was buried elsewhere to thwart grave robbers) is at odds with the lavish opulence of his reign. The garden houses are a unique feature of Hue. The houses are traditional, privately owned, and set in attractive formal gardens. Some have connections with the old Royal Imperial Court. Hue traditional architecture has long had close associations with the natural environment. The garden houses reflect this association. Each is highly individual - house and garden, people and scenery, plants, clouds and water co-exist and blend with each other in a harmonious context. The narrow streets and abundant flora give the garden house area a country village feeling.

Overnight: Pilgrimage Hotel (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 5 - Hue - Danang - Hoi An

In the morning, you’ll drive to Danang (the views from top of Hai Van Pass are excellent – you’ll be able to see Lang Co beach and the lagoon far below, and 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. Your overnight stay will be at the luxurious Life Resort in Hoi An.

Overnight: Life Resort(Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 6 - Hoi An - My Son - Hoi An

After breakfast, you’ll be driven to My Son Sanctuary, once the spiritual capital of the Cham Kingdom that dominated Southeast Asia for nearly a thousand years, and now a World Heritage Area. Its remarkable brick towers were badly bombed during the Vietnam war, but are still impressive as is its remote valley setting. Your afternoon will be free to relax on the beach or wander around Hoi An.

Overnight: Life Resort(Breakfast included)

Day 7 - Hoi An

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

Overnight: Life Resort(Breakfast included)

Day 8 - Hoi An Departure

You’ll be picked up in good time to board either the morning or afternoon flight to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City for your departure flight.

(Breakfast included)

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.

Life Resort

Located along the scenic Thu Bon River, Life Heritage Resort Hoi An is a short stroll from the colorful and bustling Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Touches of French, Dutch, Chinese and Japanese cultures make up the distinct ambience and atmosphere in the resort. Awarded Best Heritage Resort in Vietnam by the Vietnam Economic Times in 2005, 2006 and 2007, Life Heritage Resort Hoi An is a living testament to Hoi An’s rich history.

Pilgrimage Village

Pilgrimage Village offers the harmony of soothing natural environment and local culture. Delicious meals, sound sleep, and the peaceful life of our quiet countryside combine to refresh your spirits and help to forget the troubles of life. It is also a place where skillful artists carve, polish and weave to create authentic works that are beautiful remembrances reflecting the traditional culture of Hue.

Location

Region: Asia - Southeast

Address:
Hanoi
Vietnam

Amenities/Activities

Hiking Trekking Hiking Trekking

Archeology Indigenous Archeology Indigenous

GBC Staffpick GBC Staffpick

Breakfast Breakfast

General Information

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 - Hanoi
  • 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

Price Excludes

  • International & Domestic flights
  • Airport taxes if any
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Entrance visas to Vietnam
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Tips and gratuities to guides, drivers
  • Expenses of a purely personal nature
  • Taxes and Fees