The history of Vietnam runs through the landscape and the seaside bringing the beauty of lush mountains to the elegant waters decorated with towering karsts. On this custom tailored Vietnam tour you will find the tremendous culture that thrives amongst this wonderful landscape, stemming from regal pasts and growing from contemporary history. From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, the north to the south, you will find iconic majesty in the glowing...
Your arrival in Hanoi, the nation’s capital city, brings with it an unexpected diversity. The lakes and ancient pagodas are surrounded by edging trees while the modern city balances its energetic pulse with a sleepy ambiance. The scent of Vietnamese drip-coffee plays through the streets while the pedestrians, motorbikes, and bicycles flow with focus and ease. The city feels like no other that you have experienced; a mixture of European elegance with Southeast Asian energy which blends into a unique and customized world you can’t wait to experience. With the day at your leisure to explore the remarkable expanses of the cityscape you could visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex where the remaining artifacts of the country’s leader bring an interesting education to visitors. Just west of the Old Quarter brings the serene botanical gardens filled with monuments and memorials.
On the pathway behind the mausoleum you will find the large, yellow presidential palace sitting alongside lavish trees and a manicured garden. However, Ho Chi Minh chose to live in the simple house on stilts nearby. The fragrant trees give delightful aromatics to the afternoon while the color drifts from green to red reflecting in the pond. The wooden tiled house contains the life of Ho Chi Minh, from the chairs around a single large table meant for meetings, to the bookshelf on the second floor where his typewriter sits on the bottom ledge. Hanoi is rarely what people expect, from its balance to its elegance, charm to its energy, and you have found remarkable beauty in the beginning of your custom tailored tour.
A Day in the Bay
Countryside and Villages
Once and Still Imperial
The Forest and the Sea
Step Along the Trail
The Tremendous Journey
In and Around Saigon
Once along the Riverbanks
- Experience the history of contemporary Vietnam along the Ho Chi Minh Trail
- Visit the exquisite karsts and islands along Ha Long Bay
- Venture along Perfume River to see the tremendous tomb of Emperor Minh Mang
- Enjoy a day cruise along the Mekong River to find the village culture for which the river is a part of everyday life
- Discover the beauty of the landscape on a drive through Hai Van Pass
- Explore the complex series of tunnels used by the Vietcong at the Vinh Moc Tunnels along the Demilitarized Zone
Within the fabulous landscape of Vietnam is the remarkable culture that has risen through the centuries. On this 10-day tour through the north and south you will find the past, present, and future of the county within the diverse streets of Hanoi and the bustling halls of Ho Chi Minh City. Step along the Ho Chi Minh Trail and witness the contemporary history of a war not yet forgotten. Experience the grandeur of the Imperial City while enjoying the natural splendor of the celebrated Ha Long Bay. This is more than a simple tour through the countryside; this is the exceptional culture of Vietnam.
Your customized journey through Vietnam begins with your arrival in Hanoi. The country’s capital is filled with energy and serenity, marked along the streets and displayed within the charismatic gardens that surround the various lakes. Ha Long Bay is filled with exquisite scenery, from rising karsts to shimmering caves all set along pristine waters. A day trip will let you soak in the beauty of the sea before returning to Hanoi. The surrounding villages of Hanoi decorate the spectacular countryside. You will visit a plethora of villages that have maintained their culture for centuries, including Bat Trang. From Hanoi you will transfer to Hue, known as the old Imperial City, which continues to impress with its sensational architecture.
From the Imperial City you will venture outward into the more recent history that marks central Vietnam, once known as the Demilitarized Zone. Through Hai Son Village and Quang Tri Province, you will wind along the mountains that run against the East Sea where Ben Hai River once demarcated the division between the north and south and where Vinh Moc Tunnels continue to wind through the hills. From Dong Ha you will discover more history reminiscent throughout the landscape, including actual sections of the Ho Chi Minh Trail and the museum at Khe Sanh Town, before returning to Hue.
In the morning you will travel along the splendor of Hai Van Pass into Danang where the Cham Museum displays remnants of the country’s ancient history, before you enjoy a drink along the waterfront at China Beach. Once in Ho Chi Minh City you will explore the beauty of the evolving culture that mixes past and present. The following day you will partake in a cruise down the Mekong Delta finding the beauty of the landscape that blends with the grace of the villages resting along the riverbanks. Your Vietnam discovery soon ends and you make your way home.
$2,335 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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