Heritage & Taste of Vietnam

From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

Visiting: Hanoi, Tràng An, Hạ Long, Hue, Hội An, Ho Chi Minh City


Tour Operator: Absolute Asia Travel

Physical rating: Medium, Low

Special diets catered: Vegetarians

Group size: 2 - 12

Age range: 10-99

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

Like the name suggests this tour focuses on natural & cultural; intangible and tangible heritages of Vietnam. And the other essential element is Vietnamese cuisine which takes in delicious foods from north to south – an experience that will last a lifetime.

Places You'll See

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Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Welcome to Hanoi

Location: Hanoi

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

When you arrive at Noi Bai International airport in Hanoi, you'll be welcome by one of our representative and transferred to your hotel in the downtown. The remainder of the day will be your own. Meals: None Overnight in Hanoi

icon Day 2 : Hanoi – Visit The Thang Long Citadel & Street Foods on Foot Tour

Location: Hanoi

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Street foods

After breakfast, visit the Thang Long Imperial Citadel which has been declared a World Heritage in 2010, is a very strong citadel, standing in Hanoi from 11 century after Ly Thai To moved the capital here. The Citadel was once the living place of many royal families and nowadays become one of the most famous Citadels of the country. Continue visiting the Museum of Ethnology, widely acknowledged as the best in the country, containing an extensive display of life-size structures dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority peoples (OR visit the Temple of Literature - Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070). Late afternoon embark on a Hanoi street food tour in Hanoi’s Old Quarter where your expert English-speaking local guide will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes. Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, tempt your tastebuds with the famed Hanoi dishes at local eateries. Watch in awe as the skilled chefs demonstrate for you how this tasty dish is put together. Continuing into the atmospheric heart of the Old Quarter, you wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can observe local life that has changed little since Hanoi was founded over 1000 years ago. At the end of your tour you are free to continue exploring the area or your guide will assist you with directions or a taxi back to your hotel. The tour today also takes in a cyclo ride for 1 hour touring through the narrow, chaotic streets of the Old Quarter - a must for any visitor to Hanoi! The day finishes with a cup of Vietnamese coffee at a small cafe overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake (OR at a local Cafe which tucked away in a tiny alley in the Old Quarter). Meals: Breakfast, Street Foods Overnight in Hanoi

icon Day 3 : Explore Handicraft Villages in Red River Delta with Home Lunch

Location: Hanoi

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Village world renowned for its fine ceramics. You will stroll through the village with your local guide and see the artisans at work. Witness the process of molding and carving clay pots, dishes and vases, before they are glazed and fired in a kiln, ready for sale. You also visit Bat Trang ceramics market and workshops. Afterward, drive to visit But Thap Pagoda, the cradle of Vietnamese Buddhism with unique architecture, followed by the village of Dong Ho, famous for the ancient painting technique of wood block printing. Folk painting is one of the special cultural features of Vietnam. Finally arrive at a small rural village where you will enjoy a traditional Quan Ho music performance by villagers in front of the commune house. The singers was officially designated as part of Vietnam’s ‘living heritage’ and the Quan Ho music has been recognized as World's Intangible Heritage and. In the late afternoon, you’ll return to Hanoi for overnight stay. Meals: Breakfast, Home Lunch Overnight in Hanoi

icon Day 4 : Hanoi - Hoa Lu Citadel & Trang An Complex

Location: Tràng An

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, a two hour road trip through picturesque countryside and agricultural land will take you to Hoa Lu. On arrival, your guide will lead you through this ancient complex which formed the capital city of Vietnam under both the Dinh and Le Dynasties between 968 and 1009 AD. King Dinh Tien Hoang chose this mountain location as the water systems fed from the mountains were perfect for both agriculture and defense. Enjoy the sight of palaces, pagodas, tombs and pavilions built by different dynasties and visit the Dinh and Le Temples, the two remaining architectures of Hoa Lu. Afternoon transfer to the pier for a three hour sampan ride to explore the picturesque waterways in Trang An ecological site. The area features more than 30 valleys and 50 cross-water caves, and is home to 600 species of plants and over 200 types of animals. You will venture through a network of 11 caves in the quiet, fresh air, with only the sound of birds and the oars stirring the clear water and surrounded by magnificent forested mountains. Return to Hanoi in the late afternoon. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Overnight in Hanoi

icon Day 5 : Off to Halong Bay (Join with other travelers on the cruise)

Location: Hạ Long

Accommodation: Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At 08.00 AM, you will be picked up at your hotel and start the scenic 3.5 hour drive to Halong Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the world's largest marine limestone 'karst' landscape. Enjoy the landscape of the Red River Delta countryside and have a short break en-route. Meet the crew upon boarding the traditional wooden junk with cruise briefing, then relax and enjoy lunch while the boat heads towards the secluded islands. Visit a less visited ancient limestone caves and go sea kayaking if the weather permits.Return to the junk refreshed and relax on deck with a drink to watch the sunset. Enjoy a freshly prepared seafood dinner under the stars. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Overnight on a wooden junk in Halong Bay

icon Day 6 : Continue Cruising – Late Afternoon Flight to Hue

Location: Hue

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Brunch

Enjoy an early Taichi exercise or photo hunt, followed by breakfast. Visit a popular beach site and go swimming if the weather permits, relaxing at the beach or hike up to the top of the island for a panoramic view of Halong Bay. Kayak among the hidden areas of the bay, around the Man’s Head Islet area before cruising back to the main harbor for the 4 hour drive straight to Noi Bai airport in Hanoi for a late afternoon flight to Hue. Once you arrive, you will be picked up and transferred to your downtown hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Brunch Overnight in Hue

icon Day 7 : The Imperial Citadel, Royal Tomb & Garden House Dinner

Location: Hue

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, you'll spend the full day for a city tour of Imperial City of Hue, firstly with the ancient walled Citadel including the former Imperial Palace. You'll then visit the Dong Ba market to learn about local produce and specialties of Hue. You might get some great deals done at the local Dong Ba Market. Have lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will cruise the Perfume River by a dragon boat to serene Thien Mu Pagoda and drive to visit the majestic Royal Tomb of King Ming Mang or King Khai Dinh. Return to your hotel by road just before sunset. In the evening, enjoy a candle-lit dinner set in a garden house which is a traditional feature of Hue's culture. Both the garden house and the cuisine are great introduction into Hue's culture. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Overnight in Hue

icon Day 8 : Off to Hoi An – Afternoon Guided Walking Tour of Hoi An Old Quarter

Location: Hội An

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, you'll drive south to Hoi An through Hai Van pass, enjoying the view of the coast line and Danang from the top of the Hai Van Pass (Pass of the Clouds) makes your journey interesting and have your camera ready for some great photo opportunities. When you arrive in Danang, visit either the Cham Museum in the city centre of Danang OR the famous Marble Mountain, which stands for the five essential elements that establish nature.. Afternoon your guide will show you around the old town. You'll start a walking tour with numerous places of interest: the 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge, the Phuc Kien Assembly Halls, a museum and the colorful local market. Following the narrow lanes, you walk along tiny streets with houses influenced by Chinese, Japanese, French and European architectures. After your walking tour, your time will be at leisure to wander around or go shopping. Located 30km from Danang, Hoi An Ancient Town is a uniquely special destination in Southeast Asia, with its perfect storm of history, architecture, cuisine and glorious beaches. You might consider strolling along the wharf, shopping in the market or having a silk dress or suit fitted with outstanding quality and an outrageously low price - exploring everything in the best way: on foot and in your own time. There is a bevy of amazing restaurants, old houses, craft shops and art galleries, where local artists exhibit their works. Nearby, Cua Dai beach is the perfect spot to forget all about the now-distant rat-race. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Overnight in Hoi An

icon Day 9 : Explore My Son Holy Land ½ Day – Free Afternoon of Leisure

Location: Hội An

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

In the morning, an hour drive will take you to the ancient Cham ruins of My Son. The route takes you through some incredible scenery and tiny villages that specialize in brass works, with little shops flanking the roadside selling big brass gongs. Upon arrival, guided visit the Tra Kieu capital which was the former administration center of Champa Kingdom. Discover the majestic ancient ruins at My Son including ancient towers which were built from the fourth century to fourteenth century. Walk around to see up to three groups of ancient temple and tower ruins set amongst hills and streams. Return to your hotel around noon. The remainder of the day will be your own. Note: There are daily traditional dancing shows at 9:30 a.m; 10.30 am and 2.30 pm. and included in entrance ticket price. Meals: Breakfast Overnight in Hoi An

icon Day 10 : Hoi An - Cooking Class (1/2 Day - 09.15 AM to 2.00 PM) – Free Afternoon of Leisure

Location: Hội An

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

The day starts at 8.15 a.m. with a welcome drink at Hai Café in the Ancient Town of Hoi An. You will visit Hoi An’s colorful market, and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. You will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and learn about all the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later. You will then board a boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. This is a chance to view local river life, so make sure your camera is handy. On arrival, explore the cooking school’s herb garden, before learning about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours – the Red Bridge chefs first demonstrate each dish before you prepare the same dish yourselves. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration). After the lesson, you sit down and sample what you have cooked. Note: Bring your swimsuit and after the cooking tour has finished relax and enjoy free use of our 20 meter swimming pool - towels and showers provided. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Overnight in Hoi An

icon Day 11 : Hoi An - Free Day of Leisure

Location: Hội An

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

A free day in Hoi An to spend as your wish! Apart from exploring Hoi An's World Heritage architecture & colorful market on foot, you might visit Vietnam's grandest Cham ruins at My Son; attend a cooking class at a riverside restaurant; or join other travelers to get up close and personal to daily farming and fishing life. For early risers, why not capture the real Hoi An by joining a 4-hour photography tour led by a local expat expert? If you want to go below, hop on a boat to Cu Lao Cham Island for a fun and relaxing day to explore exotic coral reefs and marine life [best between March & September]. If you'd like any of these activities to be included during your free time in Hoi An, just let it be known during your enquiry, or ask one of the Travel Specialists. Meals: Breakfast Overnight in Hoi An

icon Day 12 : Flight to Ho Chi Minh City - Cu Chi Tunnels Exploration

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, your time will be your own until being picked up and transported to Danang airport for your noon flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, you will be met by another local guide and driver who will take you to Cu Chi Tunnels where you will visit the amazing network of underground tunnels was used during the Vietnam War by the Viet Cong. This huge construction was a habitation for villagers in the war time. With 3 levels of depth, it was never discovered by the US during the Vietnam War despite its proximity to Saigon. Visit the fighting tunnel system with your local guide. Return to Saigon, arriving at around 17.00. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

icon Day 13 : City Tour & Evening Street Food Adventure by Vespa Scooter

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Street foods

After breakfast, you'll enjoy a guided city tour starting with the War Remnants Museum - a real eye-opener to a part of Vietnam's proud history, followed by the Reunification Palace, the former Presidential Palace for the president of the South of Vietnam, the Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post office to get good shots for our memory of the big, modern city of Vietnam. You will then continue by heading to Chinatown with a walking tour through the back streets of China town near Cho Lon to observe local daily life. Then you'll head back to your hotel after lunch for a relaxing afternoon to spend at your leisure. At 18.00, embark on a part night excursion, part local street food. You will experience the nightlife of Saigon the way locals do, all from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter. Stops include drinks at Zoom cafe to watch the world go by, food and drinks at local restaurants (one stop for sea food and one stop for Southern food), samplings of Saigon best authentic street local food, a Vietnamese-style coffee shop (with live music). Guests ride pillion behind our drivers to enjoy and experience the Vietnamese night life with friends. You'll be taken back to your hotel at the end of the trip. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Street Foods Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

icon Day 14 : Depart Ho Chi Minh City

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Meals: Breakfast

Your time will be your own until being picked up to Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City for your international departure flight. Farewell from Vietnam! Meals: Breakfast

What's Included

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    1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

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    All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

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    Accommodation

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    Entrance Fees

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    Fully Guided

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    Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

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    Meals – Half Board

What's Not Included

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    International Travel

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    Drinks with Meals

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    Country Entry Visas

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    Train Tickets

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