Vietnam Cultural Holiday

Our Vietnam Cultural Holiday brings you to the most-wanted destinations in Vietnam. From the North, Center and South in a full packed two weeks tour. You will gain a perfect view of real Vietnamese culture. Embrace its history and yet still be able to enjoy the natural landscape and beauty Vietnam has to offer.

Northern Vietnam

Your tour start with the exploration of Northern Vietnam. A Hanoi city tour is the first appointment on this wonderful journey. Then the following day we visit Tho Ha Village. Next we will be off to visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Halong Bay for a 2D\1N cruise on the North West Coast of Vietnam. We then head to the North East of Vietnam to see the beauty of Sapa and its surrounding villages.

Central Vietnam

Central Vietnam is one of the most beautiful areas of Vietnam and steeped in history. It is known for its well-maintained historical sites, beautiful beaches, extremely friendly locals, and stunning natural scenery. The central coast will enchant you with its quaint charm, making it so difficult to leave but certainly wanting to return.

Take a stroll down the narrow streets of Hoi An’s Ancient Town, where timber frame shops and houses still appear as they did centuries ago. Witness the beauity as the streets become filled with the glow of lanterns each evening or emerse yourself into the rich and interesting history of the final days of the Nguyen Dynasty in Hue, where you are able to visit the royal citadels, tombs and temples that are gently sprinkled along the beautiful Perfume River.

The  modern city of Danang is the central point connecting three UNESCO World Heritage sites: Hue Citadel, Hoi An ancient town and My Son Sanctuary. Danang offers a taste of some of Vietnam’s most luxurious resorts and top golf courses -- as well as one of the country's best beaches. Danang borders Thua Thien Hue province in the north, Quang Nam province in the west and south, and the East Sea in the east. Only a few hours away, Phong Nha’s spectacular caves are the latest frontier for nature enthusiasts.

Southern Vietnam

We start our half-day city tour of Ho Chi Minh City including The Old Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, Independence Hall, War Remnants Museum and the bustling Ben Thanh Market. The next day we enjoy the wonderful Mekong Delta, that is home to friendly Mekong farmers and fishermen; walk across their lush orchards and sample a variety of seasonal tropical fruits; venture out in a small sampan and glide through the narrow canals and enjoy the tasty food of the Mekong.

Take a moment to look through our fully detailed itinerary and then please contact us where we will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

DAY 01: HANOI ARRIVAL

vietnam cultural holiday, Vietnam Highlights 14 DaysArrive at Noibai Airport. You will be greeted by our guide and driver and transfer to hotel. Check in and have a restful overnight stay at the hotel.

Meal: None

Tour guide: English speaking guide

DAY 02: HANOI CITY TOUR

The full day tour takes you around Hanoi’s highlights sites including the Ho Chi Minh Complex: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and his stilt house, Presidential Palace and the One Pillar Pagoda. You also have chance to visit historic University – The Temple of Literature, that dates back to the 11th century; learn about Buddhist practices in a serene lakeside pagoda. Visit the famous Ethnology Museum. Back to the Old Quarter to walk through the narrow streets that were famous for its specialized craft making guilds, the guild streets are named for their product or location and still bear such names nowadays; and then join in an unique water puppet show that features the Viet folklores and culture. Overnight in Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Tour guide: English speaking guide

DAY 03: THO HA VILLAGEvietnam cultural holiday, Vietnam Highlights 14 Days

After breakfast, depart from your hotel at 9.00. A big morning is in store today as you will experience an unforgettable visit to the scenic rural village of Tho Ha; discover the vestiges of an ancient miniature coffin-making village and rice paper producing town; board one of the few remaining ferries to cross Cau river and observe a sharing technique for making rice paper from your friendly locals. Return to Hanoi for lunch and balance of the day is at own leisure.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Tour guide: English speaking guide

DAY 04: HANOI – HALONG BAY

At 08:00, you will leave Hanoi for Halong Bay after 3.5 hours drive and board a boat, enjoying lunch while cruise through the bay. The magical bay is home to thousands of limestone islands rising from the waves like dragons’ teeth. Later in the afternoon, you will visit an interesting fishing village with opportunity to interact with fishermen who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. Back on board, you will enjoy cocktails or cooking classes while watching the sunset, before indulging in a lavish dinner onshore. Afterwards, you can choose to do anything from joining movie night, playing board games, or relaxing at the beauty spa before retiring for the night.

DAY 05: HALONG BAY - HANOI – TRAIN TO LAO CAI

vietnam cultural holiday, Vietnam Highlights 14 DaysWake up on the bay to the sounds of waves, fresh air, and breeze welcoming the new day. After breakfast, visit a beautiful limestone grotto then walk back to the boat for a final glimpse of Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock. The boat arrives at the harbor by 11.30am and your driver is waiting to take you back to Hanoi for dinner before heading to Lao Cai – Sapa by night train. Overnight is on the train.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tour guide: English speaking guide on board

DAY 06: SAPA

Arrive at Lao Cai train station at around 6am. Pick up and transfer to hotel in Sapa (1 hour drive). Once in Sapa, have breakfast. Then you will explore Sapa daily wet market and then set out on our 3-4 hour trek down to Muong Hoa valley, travel though the villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van, home to H’mong, and Dzay people. Amazing view from the walk with a lot of local hill tribespeople on the way make your experiences here. Lunch is along the way at a local restaurant. Back to the main road where your vehicle is waiting to take you back to Sapa town. Rest of the day is free time at your leisure.Overnight in Sapa.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 07: SAPA/MATRA – TA PHIN – TRAIN TO HANOI

After having breakfast at your hotel, have free time to explore the Sapa town. At noon, check out your hotel then take a car ride 5 km to the North East of Sapa. From here, take off car to visit Matra village of the H’mong people. After this village, do a trek through the mountain and reach Ta Phin village – a handy craft traditional village of 2 different minorities: the Red Dzao and the Black H’mong. The Ta Phin village is surrounded by mountains and the landscapes are beautiful. Back to the main road where your vehicle is waiting to take you take you to Lao Cai to catch the night train back to Hanoi. Overnight on train.

*If today is Tuesday, Thursday, Sat or Sunday, we will recommend visiting some of the most beautiful markets in North West Vietnam

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Tour guide: English speaking guide

*All prices advertised are between the 1st May - 30 September 2019. Prices outside of these dates please contact us.