Best Heritage Vietnam Tour
Best Heritage Vietnam Tour - 9Days
Style: Vietnam Sightseeing Tours
Hightlights: Hanoi –> Ninh Binh Ha Long Bay Hanoi Da Nang Hoi An Hue Ho Chi Minh City Cai Be
Description: This one will give you a chance to discover several UNESCO World Heritages sites, including magnificent Halong Bay, historic Hoi An, and the ancient capital Hue. This trip starts in colonial Hanoi and ends in vibrant Ho Chi Minh city. So, if you have a little time, you can consider more other options in our Ninh Binh & Hanoi tours and get the best for you!
Day 1: Arrival - Ha Noi (B/-/-)
You are met on arrival at Noi Bai Airport, transferred to hotel for a check-in by our guide. Then, there might be a tour by cyclo within 1 hour around the old quarter streets to discover the local people life.
O/N in Ha Noi.
Day 2: Ha Noi Sightseeing (B/-/-)
Today we commence our sightseeing of Hanoi with the Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing the mausoleum of the nation's founder Ho Chi Minh, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts. Close to this complex is the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of Hanoi. We follow this with a visit to the Temple of Literature, well known as Vietnam's first university, and the Ethnology Museum which displays an excellent collection of artifacts illustrating the Vietnam’s ethnic minorities with their own traditions, cultures & life-styles. The peaceful lake of Hoan Kiem with its sacred temple and the bustling Hang Be or Dong Xuan Market are also visited.
O/N in Ha Noi.
Day 3: Hanoi – Ninh Binh (B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel, transfer to Ninh Binh. On arrival Trang An, spend about 2 hours exploring Trang An – the core of natural heritage in a small boat, rowed by a local people. Visit many limestone water cave along Sao Khe river, King Kong film set and temple along the way. Have lunch at local restaurant.
After lunch, you will visit a local family in Van Lam village, Tam Coc cave. Spend time to interact and learn there tradition and lifestyle. Here you will see their house architecture, decoration as well as their daily life and handicraft job of making traditional embroidery. And then, you will take a bike and start riding around the village to explore the gorgeous rice fields surrounded by limestone mountains with a unique route.
Visit Bich Dong Pagoda under the introduction of our local guide, you will get to know more about the Vietnam history and understand the origin of Buddhism.
O/N in Ninh Binh
Day 4: Ninh Binh - Ha Long Bay - Ha Noi (B/L/-)
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to Ha Long Bay. The legendary Halong Bay is truly one of Vietnam's most impressive scenic sights. We board a traditional boat for a 5- hour trip around Halong Bay. This exciting cruise provides us a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. These limestone karst formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs. We round off our excursion with a seafood lunch served on board. Finally, we will drive back to Hanoi.
O/N in Ha Noi.
Day 5: Ha Noi - Da Nang - Hoi An (B/-/-)
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to Noi Bai airport for flight to Da Nang. On arrival at Da Nang Airport, you are met and transferred to Hoi An, which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures. There are plenty to see in this tranquil and delightful town, some of which are the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200 years old Tamky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda and the vibrant market. We include these sights in an enchanting walking tour past many low tiled houses scattered along the small streets and assembly halls which reflect the town's multi-cultural past O/N in Hoi An.
Day 6: Hoi An - Da Nang – Hue (B/-/-)
Depart for Hue via Danang from Hoi An. The scenic 4-hour drive will be getting over Hai Van Pass known as one of Vietnam’s most impressive panoramic scenes offering spectacular views of mountains, the sea, idyllic beaches and villages (we can choose the shorter way by driving through the tunnel). However, on the way we will stop by one very famous Cham Museum in Da Nang city. This structure contains many exquisite limestone carvings from the vanquished Kingdom of Champa which has been the central coastal littoral prior to the march of the Vietnamese nation south.
In the afternoon, the Imperial Citadel including Flag Tower, Noon Gate, Nine Dynastic Urns, Nine Holy Cannons, Thai Hoa Palace and the Purple Forbidden City. This royal residence was all but destroyed during the 1968 Tet Offensive, however it is still fascinating to walk among the ruins. Close to this masterpiece is Hue Imperial Museum which displays an interesting collections of bronzes, Chinaware, court robes and various emperors’ personal belongings.
Afterward, visit the Royal Mausoleum of Tu Duc. And then we enjoy a boat trip on the Perfumes River to see Thien Mu Pagoda if time permits.
Later on, we come back to Hue center &l stop by the bustling Dong Ba Market that sells a wide variety of local goods and handicrafts. Along the way we pass many fantastic eating spots, all ideal for visitors to sample some local delicacies.
O/N in Hue
Day 7: Hue - Ho Chi Minh City (B/-/-)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Pick up on arrival and transfer to city center for a check-in.
In this afternoon, we spend a half-day exploring the captivating Ho Chi Minh City. The most places of interest are located near the town center. We pass by the now-demolished wartime American Embassy on our way to the Reunification Palace. This famous mansion was a former residence of the President of Southern Vietnam until end of April 1975. Close to the palace are some striking French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Sai Gon Post Office. Upon leaving these landmarks we drive to see the crowded Saigon's Chinatown, locally named Cho Lon, which is crammed with fascinating temples as well as mysterious and narrow lanes. We follow it with a visit to the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War remnant exhibit with a wealth of images from the notorious conflicts.
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 8: Full Day To Mekong Delta - Cai Be (B/L/-)
In the morning, we will keep heading out of town by roads to Cai Be in the heart of the Mekong Delta. On arrival we embark a boat for a leisurely trip around the tributaries of the mighty Mekong River, stopping en route to explore the vibrant floating market of Cai Be where each boat usually sells one particular item such as pumpkins, pineapples, sugar canes and more. In order that customers know where to shop, the vendors hang that item from the highest part of the boat. We continue our exciting river trip to visit some local cottage industries including rice paper makers, sweet factory and bonsai nurseries. The boat will anchor at an island, giving us a chance to see various farmers at work and enjoy a huge lunch followed by many seasonal fruits. We weave our way through the intricate network of canals which are the lifeblood of the Mekong Delta. On reaching Vinh Long Town, we meet up with our vehicle for a return to Ho Chi Minh City.
O/N in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City – Departure (B/-/-)
At leisure until transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for departure flight (check out hotel before 12h00).
Here are some information for whole trip, might you like to book!
- Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast.
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
- Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles.
- English or French speaking local guide
- All entrance fees as indicated in itinerary.
- Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
- All Domestic flight
- Cold water on car/ van/ bus
- Visa Arrival to Vietnam
- International air ticket:
- International airport tax:
- Travel insurance against any personal injury of illness and damage of the property incurred during the course of this trip.
- Visa stamp fee
- Other meal, Tip to guide and driver
- Personal expenses such as: drinks, phone calls, laundry, tip...etc
- Supplement for Spanish, Italian and German speaking guide
- Surcharged for New Year & Lunar New Yea
Five common questions travellers ask us
1. How long and where to visit for first-timers?
For first-timers, one week can be enough to take in Vietnam at a glance. An ideal order should be going from north to south, with a changing view from ancient times to modernity. Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City should make a great 8 days travel plan. If you have extra one or two days, stretch to the northern hillside Sapa or explore the Mekong Delta with the bustling floating markets.
Rushing your time for some so-called must-see attractions is not necessary for such an interesting country like Vietnam. Deciding what you are interested in, culture, nature, lifestyle, beaches or food before making a smartly-timed travel plan is a good way to go.
2. When is the best time to visit Vietnam?
October to next February is the best time as it is the cool and dry season of Vietnam. Temperature is about 20-26c nationwide, just comfortable for sightseeing. Besides, you might also have a chance to be a part of the local life during the festival seasons in December and February.
3. What is the best way to get to Vietnam?
First option is by air. Vietnam has three major international airports: Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Cam Ranh International Airport in Nha Trang and Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Hanoi and Nha Trang only have international flights with most Asian countries; international flights can fly from Paris and Dubai to Ho Chi Minh City, it is also connected with other Asian big cities.
Bangkok and Hong Kong are the most-friendly transit hubs as they have better airfares and much easier to get around.
4. How do I book the trip?
To book our trip, please select your preferred trip and click on ”Book this trip” on the web page. Our booking form wizard will automatically call the trip name, and ask you to fill out some fields for information. Once completed filling the form, you just click Submit to send us your inquiry or Reset to cancel what you have filled up. After receiving your reservation request, we will immediately make all the necessary arrangements in accordance with your request. This will takes about 1-2 business days, and we will send to you our confirmation message by e-mail with all the details of hotels, flights, tours, the booking status and also payment term.
5. Do I Need a Visa for Visiting Vietnam?
Citizens of the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain and Italy are exempt from visas for a stay of a maximum of 15 days for all purposes. Citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia and most western countries need a Vietnam visa.
We would suggest you get your Vietnam visa at least one month ahead of your travel. Applying for Visa-on-Arrival (VOA), for more information, check out Vietnam Visas and How to Apply for:
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