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...
Hanoi – Into the Depths
Arrive in Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. The modern skyline brushes against the traditions bringing a combination of evolution and culture and creating a palpable energy to the atmosphere along the streets. You are met at the airport by a private transfer and taken to your accommodation allowing you the remainder of the day to rest and wander at your leisure. Nestled beneath the high-rises are plush and tranquil lakes, such as Hoan Kiem Lake, shaded by dangling branches and filled with legend, serenity, and a beautiful temple. In the evening you will delight in the flavors of a local restaurant.
Hanoi – Onto the Streets
Ha Long Bay – Sitting on the Top of the Bay
Overnight Train – Boats, Cars, and Trains
Sapa – An Open Market
Sapa – A Time for Exploration
Overnight Train – Upon the Night Train
Hanoi – Time to Indulge
Hue – Modern Capital to Imperial Capital
Hue – Into the Ancients
Hoi An – Over the Splendid Pass
Hoi An – Riverside Delight
Nha Trang – Rivers Lead to Oceans
Nha Trang – Beached Leisure
Nha Trang – Independent Beaching
Ho Chi Minh City – South China Sea to Capital City of the South
Ho Chi Minh City – Former Saigon
Ho Chi Minh City – Above the Clouds and Under the Ground
Can Tho – Bobbing Along the Mekong Delta
Ho Chi Minh City – In Early Markets
Ho Chi Minh City – Return from the Depths
- 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
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.
$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.
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