Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Ha Long Bay, Mekong Delta
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Spectacular views and historical insight await you on this 7-day adventure through Vietnam. Escape the stresses of everyday life on this enthralling trip to one of Southeast Asia’s most beloved destinations. From the luxurious northern highlands to the Mekong Delta countryside, Vietnam is dynamic and diverse in both landscape and lifestyle. With an entire week of enriching experiences, you will dabble in all things Vietnam from its renowned spice-infused cuisine to its history that is commemorated...
Hanoi – Introduction to Vietnam
When you land, you will be transferred to your luxurious accommodation in the heart of Hanoi. Once you arrive, you can unpack your belongings, settle into your room, and begin to get accustomed to the local lifestyle that is typical of Southeast Asia. Shortly after you have arrived, you will meet your knowledgeable food guide in the lobby and set off for a complete taste immersion of Hanoi. You will feel like a celebrity being whisked to trendy functions as you slip through the traffic in a limousine to the most admired restaurants in Hanoi.
Hanoi – Vietnam’s Countryside
Tribal villages that are nestled in the luscious lowlands and highlands beyond Hanoi city’s borders represent over 50 ethnic minority groups. Each one of these groups possesses a unique heritage. You will immerse yourselves in these cultures today. Your day’s escape from the city will begin with an ethnic hill tribe. Being equal parts informative and astonishing, you will delight in the opportunity to connect with the locals and gain a more in-depth understanding of their culture and heritage. You may also be encouraged to assist in the creation of these authentic dishes. After lunch, you will continue to the environmental wonders that are dotted across the terrain, beginning with the chambers of Mo Luong Cave.
Hanoi – Hanoi’s Historical Roots
After breakfast, you will arrive at the foot of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Many locals and visitors flock to it daily to pay their respects to the preserved body of their former leader, which is housed in a transparent glass case. You will continue your drive into the history of Vietnam at the Temple of Literature, which is an ancient construct that was originally designed as a university for Confucius' academics. You will conclude your tour at the Vietnamese Women’s Museum, which is an ode to the inspirational women of the country’s history and a hallmark of their incredible achievements. Your final evening in Hanoi will be yours to enjoy as you please.
Ha Long Bay – The Bay’s Breathtaking Seascape
Today, you will transfer to Ha Long Bay. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is famous all over the world, and therefore, will be a pivotal part of your tour. You will venture to many of the best destinations in Vietnam, and you will not be disappointed as you witness the enchanting, natural wonders from the repose of a spacious cruise liner. Your journey will lead you gently across the calm waters of the Gulf of Tonkin to reveal every detail of the staggering seascape as if it has been captured in a travel brochure. You can wallow in the peaceful serenity that envelopes your stunning joyride or unwind with a wellness therapy session at the liner’s tasteful spa.
Ha Long Bay – Visit Staggering Islands
This morning, you can invigorate yourselves with a fresh brew of premium coffee before you make your way to the sun-bathed deck for a Tai Chi session that will be led by a professional guide. The fresh sea breeze, morning air, and spectacular views will set an unprecedented tone for the day ahead. Today, you will step off of the cruise liner and dig your toes into the smooth sands of Ti Top Island, which is a tropical locale whose name was coined by Ho Chi Minh himself. Once you have gotten your fill of the view, you can make your way back down the mountain and board your boat, which will be bound for the awe-inspiring Trong Cave.
Ho Chi Minh City – The Mekong Delta
Your luxurious liner will dock in the morning, and you will be whisked away to the airport to board your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. More popular than Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City is a booming metropolis that is categorized by high-rise buildings and first-world technology. Serving as the gateway between the bustling city and the modest countryside, the Mekong Delta will lead you closer to the authenticity of Vietnam’s origins in a manner that you will adore. Shortly after, you will arrive at a quiet noodle shop where only a handful of other residents sit on wooden stools, slurping down hot bowls of broth. Your day on the delta will be respectfully completed with visits to the spiritual temples that are hidden among the forested landscape.
Ho Chi Minh City – Departure
Today will be your final morning in Vietnam. With a few hours to spare, you can fill up on a continental breakfast and head to the lobby, where your guide will be waiting in a unique, three-wheeled mode of transport that is known as a cyclo. Your experienced tour guide will usher you around the city, weaving through the traffic and toward a few beloved Ho Chi Minh City highlights that are worth capturing before you leave. The tour will provide a pleasing conclusion to your luxurious adventure through Vietnam. Once your tour has finished, you will transfer to the airport for your international flight home.
- Treat your taste buds to the delicate flavors of Vietnam’s frequently eaten dishes and awe-inspiring nuances of its award-winning cuisine
- Indulge in a tour of the immaculate landscape of Mai Chau to discover life as it is lived by ethnic hill tribes and the staggering environments that surround them
- Trace historical highlights through the ages of Vietnam’s past within the commemorated halls of Hanoi’s cultural landmarks, such as the Temple of Literature and the Vietnamese Women’s Museum
- Set off across the emerald seas of Ha Long Bay on a cruise liner with world-famous views to accompany you along the way
- Luxuriate on the sun-kissed shores of Ti Top Island before wallowing in the spectacles that distinguish Trong Cave
- Voyage across the Mekong Delta on a traditional, wooden barge that will be bound for the unspoiled countryside that surrounds Ho Chi Minh City
- Witness the city from a unique perspective as you are escorted within the comfort of a Vietnamese cyclo
A fascinating heritage that is steeped in cultural landmarks that adorn the cityscapes, culinary practices that have been inspired by countless years of tradition, and surreal landscapes that are cataloged for their remarkable diversity are just a few of the aspects that make Vietnam stand out as a premier travel destination. This intricately designed vacation, which you may customize further to suit your travel needs, will share much of the best of Vietnam in only one week, beginning among the bustle of Hanoi. Here, you will awaken your taste buds to both the subtleties and unique characteristics of Vietnamese cuisine. You will dabble in award-winning cuisine in addition to stepping behind-the-scenes to uncover the secrets of Vietnam’s globally renowned cuisine as you connect with the esteemed chefs behind many of the dishes.
Your tour will then continue beyond the borders of Hanoi, where the buildings give way to spectacular landscapes that feature golden rice terraces and sloping cliffs. You can wrap around the dramatic mountains toward an ethnic hill tribe, where brightly colored garments will catch your eye. Here, you will also share a family meal, which will prove to be the truest taste of tradition. Elevated by scenic waterfalls, the wilderness, and caves, Mai Chau will reveal its dynamic, environmental beauty as you tour its cherished destinations. You will then return to Hanoi to step into the past during a visit to hallmarked museums and mausoleums that have been dedicated to preserving the country’s history from antique relics of literature to symbols of women’s achievements through the ages.
Ha Long Bay, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site of widespread beauty, is an absolute must-see while you are in the northern region of Vietnam. Famous for its massive collection of luscious foliage, Ha Long Bay has an overwhelmingly peaceful aura about it, and you will enjoy it from the comforts of a royal cruise liner. Fit with a delicious restaurant, spa center, and sun-kissed deck, the liner that you cruise the bay on will have you truly sitting in the lap of luxury. Islands with soft sand beaches will beckon you to sunbathe while grottoes beg you to explore them on kayaks.
Having retreated for a peaceful day out at sea, you will delight in a few more nights among the vibrant energy of Ho Chi Minh City. You will spend your evenings in style at a 5-star hotel that will be complete with views of the neon-lit city. You will then have an experience at the Mekong Delta, which is a hub of trade and local lifestyle that bridges the modern city with the rural countryside, serving as a gentle reminder that there is much to learn about the culture beyond the city limits. You will venture across the Mekong River on a traditional, wooden barge. You will pass by floating markets, where you will experience outstanding, local food. Your tour to Vietnam will deftly blend high-end experiences with an authentic look glimpse into Vietnam’s cultural traditions.
$1,255 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.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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