Rice fields terraces in Sapa, Vietnam.

The Ultimate Vietnam Tour: An In Depth Cultural Journey

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Customizable Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary to inspire a personalized trip designed with your travel specialist

Countries Visited

Vietnam

Places Visited

Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Sapa, Hue...

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Suggested Duration

21 Days

There is always more to a painting than what is seen on the surface. This custom tailored tour will whisk you into the depths of the brushstrokes that make up Vietnam’s culture, traditions, and landscapes. From the brilliantly colored clothes of the northern hill tribes to the sparkling emerald waters of Ha Long Bay, you will experience the traditions of grand cities and the elegance of the remarkable countryside, the vivacity of the gregarious people, and the layered flavors of the traditional...

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Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy an in depth cultural journey that will allow you to witness the variety of traditions that make up the diversity of Vietnam stretching from the north to the south
  • View the magnificent landscapes of terraced paddy fields outside of Sapa, and the towering karsts of Ha Long Bay
  • Visit local villages along the Chinese border, from H’mong to Tay
  • Luxuriate on the pristine beach at Nha Trang giving yourself a chance to indulge and rejuvenate
  • Witness the remarkable Hindu temples at My Son
  • Explore the sensational remains of the Imperial City that offer insight into the kingdom that once ruled parts of the country
  • Witness the unique religious ceremony of the Cao Dai Temple at Tay Ninh
  • Venture underground to experience the incredible network of Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Visit an array of cultural markets filled with local people and local goods, from the ethnic tribal markets of the north to the floating markets of the south

Detailed Description

Dive in deep on this 21-day vacation that will turn Vietnam into an inside-out exploration meant for anyone who has always found joy in experiencing artwork in motion, yearned to become an expert on an interesting topic, or who is just curious enough to want to discover something new and exciting in wondrous profundity. The depths of Vietnam wind through cityscapes and countryside, ranging from unique bays to extensive waterways, climbing up mountainsides and digging beneath the earth. You will find the diverse flavors of the country in the food and within the people, bringing new meaning to your in-depth tour.

Your individual experience begins with your arrival in Hanoi. The capital of Vietnam is a burst of tradition and modern energy that is sure to welcome you in an exciting way. On your first full day you will venture through the various aspects of the neighborhoods that have captivated many before you, from the Old Quarter to the One Pillared Pagoda. Spend two days and one night drifting through the remarkable karsts of Ha Long Bay, situated on the Gulf of Tonkin, which offers up a magnificent scenery filled with thousands of islands and lavish sea.

You will climb aboard a night train from Hanoi that will bring you to Lao Cai in the north by morning. Experience the vast colors and sensational culture of the local hill tribes at the morning market before arriving in the city of Sapa. You will spend two days along the mountains visiting local villages, from H’mong to Tay, situated along terraced mountains and in the beautiful disappearing mist before you once again board a train, this time returning to Hanoi.

Your day in Hanoi gives you time to relax within the diverse city. The following day you will fly to Hue and enjoy a dragon boat tour along the Perfume River, visiting the Thien Mu Pagoda and the tremendous tomb of Emperor Minh Mang. The following day will take you along the Hai Van Pass to Danang where the Cham Museum resides, and on to the quaint Old City of Hoi An. Around Hoi An lie the magnificent ruins of My Son, home to a collection of Hindu temples which date back to the seventh century. Transfer to Nha Trang situated on the pristine shores of the South China Sea, where you can spend the next three days relaxing beside the soothing waters.

When you arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, the bustling modern streets will show the city’s evolution through the years. From the modern skyline to the Reunification Palace, tour through the eclectic neighborhoods that highlight both the past and present culture. Outside of the city you will visit the unique grounds of the Great Cao Dai Temple along with the labyrinthine channels of the Cu Chi Tunnels. The following two days will bring you to the Mekong Delta where you will experience the people and the culture that has grown around the magnificent waterway. On your final day you will have a private transfer to the airport where your flight will carry you home.

Zicasso offers other Vietnam package tours.  You can also browse the reviews for travel agents for Vietnam for additional ideas.

Starting Price

$3,775 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.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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