Vietnam has experienced a turbulent past that is full of heartbreaking tribulations and groundbreaking victories. Furthermore, the country is shrouded in a tremendously diverse cultural web of ethnicities and influences as a result of this tumultuous heritage. This has culminated into a fascinating display of tradition that you will explore in great detail over the course of this custom-tailored, 14-day heritage tour through Northern Vietnam. From its distinct cuisine to its remarkable pagodas,...
Day 1 - 4
Hanoi – An Intriguing Juxtaposition of the Old and the New
You will meet your private transfer shortly after you have landed in Northern Vietnam and journey across luscious boulevards toward your luxury hotel in Hanoi, which is the capital of Vietnam. The city is steeped in history and presents a gorgeous glimpse of the locals’ vibrant lifestyle that is proudly highlighted along its spirited streets. Furthermore, its old-world, colonial charm is matched by an atmosphere of opulence, which exudes from the premier experiences that can be found within its borders. You will enjoy the best of both worlds as you uncover the historical highlights and luxurious appeal of Hanoi’s sought-after attractions, and it will all begin from the supreme comfort of your astonishing accommodation.
Your first afternoon in Hanoi will provide you with a taste of Vietnamese culture as you make your way to pivotal heritage sites that are peppered across the city. Hoan Kiem Lake boasts a stretch of tranquil water, which will sparkle under the midday sun and is flanked by gorgeous trees and shrubbery. Rising from a grassy bank in the middle of the lake stands Ngoc Son Temple, which is an antique piece of architecture that showcases ancient values, and you will access it via the Huc Bridge. You can peruse through its elaborately decorated walkways and marvel at the wonderful displays of historical admiration before capturing a few incredible images to commemorate your visit. Revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh played a momentous role in the country’s history, and monuments have since been constructed in his honor. One such edifice, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, lies within Hanoi, and a brief visit will bring you closer than ever to Vietnam’s past. The mausoleum’s marble walls house the remains of Ho Chi Minh, and his preserved body is still visited by hundreds of locals every day. Although modest in design, the granite site is instantly recognizable, and it resonates a humble aura.
You will be introduced to the distinct flavors of Vietnam the following day on an extensive culinary tour that will lead you around the city. Your day will begin amid the bustle of an authentic morning market, where delicacies are served in abundance and locals mingle over a cup of coffee. You will catch whiffs of Pho, a noodle soup that is synonymous with Vietnamese cuisine, as it boils and hear the buzzing sounds of coffee beans being grounded as you tuck into your specialty dish for a taste of tradition. Afterward, you will venture to a recognized culinary school to learn timeless cooking techniques from professionally trained chefs. Blending an array of hearty flavors, you will savor the mouth-watering fruits of your labor before certifications of commemoration are awarded to you. To conclude your day of dining, you will tour the prestigious restaurants that are sprawled across Hanoi and be accompanied by your knowledgeable guide. You will then transfer to award-winning establishments for palatial experiences of Vietnamese cuisine, where you will sit down to discuss the culinary arts with a collection of esteemed head chefs.
Your final day in Hanoi will leave nothing to be desired as you transfer to the ancient village of Duong Lam. Your private guide will usher you to a bicycle collection point, where you will be provided with the opportunity to ride through the winding streets of the peaceful village. Tradition will unfold before your eyes as you capture images of the age-old architecture that lines the pathways before settling in with a friendly local for a customary tea ceremony. The aromatic experience will fill you with vigor and leave you feeling great appreciation for the long-established rituals that embody the country’s spiritual philosophies. You will then make your way back to Hanoi in the afternoon for a candlelit dinner at a classy restaurant that overlooks the city.
Day 5 - 7
Sapa – An Adored Landscape of Archaic Origins
Day 8 - 9
Cao Bang – Experience the Highlights of the Highlands
Day 10 - 12
Mai Chau – One with Nature
Day 13 - 14
Ninh Binh – Discover the Spirit of the Countryside
- Uncover the fascinating architecture of Vietnam as you visit the ornately decorated walls of Ngoc Son Temple and the modest construction of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
- Bask in the brilliant flavors of traditional Vietnamese cuisine at an authentic morning market and refine your palate on a luxurious food tour of Hanoi
- Indulge in a visit to the ancient village of Duong Lam and discover the humble origins of Vietnam’s simple way of life
- Witness the powerful Silver Waterfall of Thac Bac and gaze from atop Ham Rong Mountain at the majestic, emerald landscape of Sapa
- Immerse yourself in the exuberant Hmong culture at an ethnic hill tribe and be invited into a rural home for a delicious family meal
- Marvel at the momentous Ban Gioc Waterfall and brave the Nguom Ngao Cave of Cao Bang
- Relax in style at the golden rice field destination of Mai Chau and partake in outdoor activities for total immersion in the magnificent environment
- Delve deeper into the spiritual heritage of Ninh Binh as you visit Bai Dinh Temple and Bich Dong Pagoda
Northern Vietnam is a treasure trove of heritage highlights that is imbued with a compelling culture. You will begin your discovery of these gems within the coruscating city of Hanoi, which is Vietnam’s capital, as you venture to the peaceful waters of Hoan Kiem Lake and explore the architectural landmark that is Ngoc Son Temple. Its ornate sculptures typify the sacred design of Vietnam’s beloved temples, and history will continue to unravel itself as you journey onward to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Beyond learning about the country’s dramatic wartime past through these fascinating museums, you will uncover the delicate flavors of its revered cuisine at authentic morning markets and fine dining establishments. Finally, you will transfer to Duong Lam Ancient Village for a taste of tradition as you capture images of the colonial-style architecture and partake in a local tea ceremony of humble manner.
You will then board a regal train that is bound for Sapa, where you will encounter the sprawling highlands and staggering mountain ranges that form the Northern peaks of Vietnam. Blanketed by a cool climate and covered in luscious jungles, your stay within the glorious wilderness will not disappoint. You will be able to revitalize your bodies under the flow of silver stream waterfalls and traverse the mountainous roads that wind through the gorgeous valleys in search of towering cliffs of grand proportion. You will conclude your stay with a visit to a traditional Hmong village, where you will immerse yourselves in the simplicity of local, ethnic living and savor the wholesome flavors of authentic Vietnamese family food. Cao Bang is also renowned for its picturesque countryside, and you will explore more of it following your stay in Sapa. The immense Ban Gioc Waterfall stands mightily tall, and its astonishing streams gush over slippery rock formations to translucent pools of water. You will marvel at this stunning spectacle before delving deeper into the iconic life story of Ho Chi Minh at the Pac Bo Historical Complex.
The final leg of your adventure will lead you to Mai Chau, which is an idyllic location that features cascading, golden rice terraces and luxuriant farmlands. Your stay will allow you to wallow in the rural splendor while your exquisite resort ensures that your nights are entirely comfortable. Surrounded by the soundtrack of the wilderness and sipping on a glass of authentic rice wine, you will feel worlds away in this dreamy destination. The following day, you will arrive in Ninh Binh for your last night in Northern Vietnam and submerge yourselves in the history of this remarkable location. You will visit the sacred complex of Bai Dinh Temple and discover ancient relics of days gone by before cruising across the calm rivers of Tam Coc for an unrivaled view of the Trang An Landscape Complex UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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$3,271 per person (excluding international flights)
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