Vietnam Culture and Heritage Tour 9 Days

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Vietnam Culture and Heritage Tour

This 9-day itinerary covers 5 Heritage sites in Vietnam, they’re Imperial Citadel of Thang Long in Hanoi, Halong Bay in Halong, Royal Tombs in Hue, Ancient Town and My Son Sanctuary in Hoi An. Students will have chance to understand more about Vietnam culture as well as its history from past to present.


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    • Activity Level Leisurely
    • Group Size Small Group
    All about the Vietnam Culture and Heritage Tour 9 Days.

    Vietnam Culture and Heritage Tour 9 Days

    This 9-day itinerary covers 5 Heritage sites in Vietnam, they’re Imperial Citadel of Thang Long in Hanoi, Halong Bay in Halong, Royal Tombs in Hue, Ancient Town and My Son Sanctuary in Hoi An. Students will have chance to understand more about Vietnam culture as well as its history from past to present.

    Duration: 9 Days/8 Nights
    Start/End: Hanoi/Hanoi (or Ho Chi Minh City)
    Tour Route: Hanoi – Duong Lam Ancient Village – Halong – Hue – Danang – Hoi An – My Son Sanctuary
    Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

    Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
    All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
    All meals as listed
    Private English-speaking guide (other languages up on request);
    Accommodations as listed
    Boat trips
    Domestic flights as listed (Hanoi – Hue & Danang – Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City)
    Cyclo tour
    Water puppet show
    Deluxe cruise trip in Halong Bay package

    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

    Vietnam Entry Visa Fees
    Personal expenses
    International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave Vietnam
    Tips to your tour guide and driver
    Tourist sites which are not listed in the itinerary
    Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary
    Excess Baggage Charges
    Single Room Supplement

    1. Day1 Arrival at Hanoi (D)

      Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, teacher and students will be greeted then transferred to hotel. After a short rest, we enjoy a 1-hour cyclo tour of the French inspired “old quarter”. We will then sit down to enjoy a performance of the city’s famous Water Puppets. After the show, we will have welcome dinner at a fine local restaurant in town.

    2. Day2 Explore the Capital Hanoi (B, L, D)

      Today we will venture out to explore Hanoi. First up we will visit the famous Hoang Thanh Thang Long (Imperial Citadel of Thang Long) – a cultural complex comprising the Royal enclosure, which was first built in the Ly Dynasty in the 19th century. We will then visit the nearly Flag Tower of Hanoi – a symbols of the city with 33.4 height. The flag tower was used as a military post during French war and now located in the Military History Museum. After visiting the museum, we will visit the Temple of Literature, which originally built as a temple to Confucius.
      After lunch, we visit the Museum of Ethnology, which is widely acknowledged as the best in the country and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 Ethnic minority peoples. We will finish our day with a visit to the St. Joseph’s Cathedral – European neo-Gothic with plenty of up-market shops and restaurants nearby. We will spend the night in Hanoi.
      • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is not opened on every Monday & Friday.
      • Museum of Ethnology is closed on every Monday.
      • The Museum can be moved to your favourite museum in Hanoi.

    3. Day3 Hanoi – Duong Lam Ancient Village (B, L, D)

      Duong Lam Ancient Village is the first ancient village recognised as a national relic by the Ministry of Culture and Information in Vietnam. It has a history of about 1,200 years with many houses dating back up to 400 years. One special thing about the village is that most of the buildings here are made of laterite and mud, two materials that are abundant in the area. Laterite is used on house walls, gates, wells, temple walls, and so forth. The mud is taken from ponds. Apart from its historical and tourism values, Duong Lam ancient village is an important place for scientists to study resident communities in ancient agriculture. The village gate, banyan, well, communal house are important factors in classifying Duong Lam ancient village.
      This morning, we meet tour guide and driver at the lobby of the hotel and transfer 60km to the west of Hanoi to visit Duong Lam Ancient village. On arrival, we will walk along the tine ancient alleys, meet and talk over a cup of green tea with the local in the ancient house. We will then visit Mong Phu Temple, the only hamlet whose original village entrance gate remains intact.
      After lunch in a local house with traditional Vietnamese food, we will cycle to Mia Pagoda which was built in 15th Century containing 287 statues of different sizes; Ngo Quyen& Phung Hung Temples the two National Heroes of Vietnam. In the late afternoon, we will transfer back to our hotel in Hanoi where we will spend the night.

    4. Day4 Hanoi – Halong (B, L, D)

      Today we set off to the ‘Jewel in the Crown of Vietnam’; Halong Bay. Arriving before lunch we will board our boat and then set sail, cruising amongst thousands of extraordinary limestone karst formations. Halong Bay was voted one of ‘The New 7 Wonders of Nature’ in 2011, and once here you will know why it was included in this group.
      On arrival in Halong, we will embark on V’Spirit Classic Cruise followed by a short cruise briefing. We will then savor a delectable lunch while V’Spirit Classic cruises among the limestone islands. In the mid-afternoon, we will kayak among the hidden areas of the bay, around the Bo Nau Cave area before going back to the V’Spirit Classic and continue cruising to Soi Sim Island. Go swimming and relaxing at the beach of Soi Sim or climb up to the top of the island for a panorama view of Halong Bay.
      In the evening, we will cruise back to the main boat for a shower before having dinner and spend the night onboard.

    5. Day5 Halong – Hanoi – Hue (B, L, D)

      Wake up early in the morning and start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt before having breakfast. After that, we will explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave – the nicest cave in Halong Bay. After that, we will return to the boat, freshen up and check out of your cabin. Continue your cruise exploring the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet, and more. While heading back to the habor, watch the cooking demonstration before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch. We will disembark at round noon and find your car is waiting and take you back to Noi Bai airport in Hanoi for an evening flight to Hue. On arrival, students and teachers will be welcomed by our guide and transfer to the hotel in Hue where we will spend the night.

    6. Day6 Hue’s Riverboat and Royal Tombs (B, L, D)

      Hue is known as an ancient Capital city of many original historical vestiges. There are more than 100 architectural works to be extremely reflected the life of Emperors and Mandarins under Nguyen’s reign. Situated in the middle of hills on the Southern Bank of Perfume River are very beautiful tombs of Nguyen Kings.
      After breakfast at hotel, students and teach will board the Dragon Boat on the romantic Perfume River heading out for the countryside. Being the ancient capital, Hue is surrounded with ancient tombs of emperors past, and a visit to the most beautiful tombs will be on the itinerary for today. The charming Lady Pagoda (Thien Mu Pagoda) will be the first stop of the day. We will enjoy a great view on the Perfume River and surrounding area. Thien Mu Pagoda is considered the symbol of Hue, and of Buddhism in Vietnam. From here, we rejoin our van and go visit King Khai Dinh’s Tomb.
      In the afternoon, we visit the Imperial Citadel and one of city’s ‘garden houses’ and then return to our hotel to freshen-up. In the evening, we will have dinner in the pleasant surroundings and a comfortable atmosphere of another of the garden houses. We spend the night in Hue.

    7. Day7 Hue – Danang – Hoi An – Walking tour (B, L, D)

      After breakfast at the hotel, we travel by vehicle to Hoi An along scenic highway 1A. Along the way, we will stop to contemplate the stunning views North, to Lang Co Beach and South to Danang city.
      On arrival in Danang, we will have a brief visit at Cham Museum – the houses of the most complete collection if Cham Artifacts anywhere in the world; China Beach – where the American named and used to have their Rest and Relaxation; and the Marble Mountain – the five elements of the Universe (water, wood, air, fire and earth). We will arrive in Hoi An in the afternoon and check in our hotel.
      In the afternoon, we will start our walking tour around the ancient town to visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Pottery Museum, Tan Ky old house, the Cantonese congregation, the silk street of Hoi An, the temples and pagodas of Chinese appearance. We will spend the night in Hoi An.

    8. Day8 Hoi An – My Son Sanctuary (B, L)

      My Son, located 69 km southwest of Danang, was an imperial city during the Cham dynasty, and 75km far from Hoi An. My Son is the former capital of the ancient Cham civilization that ruled Central Vietnam from the second to the thirteenth century. Their religion was primarily derived from Indian Hinduism. My Son is considered to be one of the best-preserved Cham structures in Vietnam. The complex is comprised of seventy Hindu-like towers and temples dating from the second century. My Son Sanctuary is a large complex of religious relics that comprises more than 70 architectural works. They include temples and towers that connect to each other with complicated red brick designs. The main component of the Cham architectural design is the tower, built to reflect the divinity of the king.
      We are picked-up at hotel at 8AM by local tour guide and driver then depart for the ancient Cham ruins of My Son. Once there, we visit the Tra Kieu capital which was the former administration center of Champa Kingdom. Discover the majestic ancient ruins at My Son including ancient towers which were built from the fourth century. In the afternoon, we will return to Hoi An and have the rest of the day free at leisure. We can laze on the beach, wander around the street or shopping. We stay another night in Hoi An.

    9. Day9 Hoi An – Danang – Hanoi (or Ho Chi Minh City) departure (B)

      Time will be free until our car and guides arrives at the hotel to take us to the airport in Danang for a domestic flight to Hanoi (or Ho Chi Minh City) in good time to connect your departure flight. Tour ends.

    Accommodation for Your Journey

    Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

    It is no doubt your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around Indochina area will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.

    We pick hotels for you based on:

    Location: most of properties we selected are either located in downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.

    Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.

    Variety in Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

    Hotel Standards

    3-Star Class It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.

    4-Star Class Across Indochina, a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.

    5-Star Class Top-notch services and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    Accommodation for Your Journey

    The Prices showed on our system is in USD (United State Dollar), INCLUDED Tax and Service Charge buat EXCLUDED Bank Fee. Please check carefully the inclusion and exclusion of services before booking. Included and excluded services will also be listed in our confirmation email.
    Important note:
    – Price is in United State Dollar (USD)
    – Price is based on Double/Twin Occupancy accommodations.
    – Price does NOT include surcharges for Bank Fee and other surcharges if any.

    Before making a reservation, please check the price of the tour by filling the number of pax, choosing the departure date, and clicking “Check Rates” button in “Check Rates” tab. Click “Book It” button to reserve the accommodation type you prefer for the tour and process to the next step. Please select the optional transfer services or extra services of your choice from the list then click ‘Add To Cart’ button to navigate to the next step.
    Re-check the services you would like to book then click “Submit Booking” (“Send My Inquiry” for Land Tours) to navigate to the final step. At the final step, fill your necessary information in the detail information form.
    Please fill correct information, especially the email address and phone number so that we can contact with you to process the booking. Once finish filling the information, click “Submit” button to send the request to us.
    Note: An automatic email will be sent to your email address and our salespeople will soon contact you regarding the reservation. In the meantime, you have successfully sent your request to us. Please remember to utilize our “Book Together” feature in reservation process to have more savings.

    The booking process is represented through 5 steps below:

    Step 1: Check Rates

    Fill in the numbers of adults, children and infants of your group, enter your departure date and click ‘Check Rates’ button, you will see the accommodation prices.

    Once you selected an accommodation, click ‘Book It’ button to continue.

    Tips: To get more special discounts, please take a look at ‘Trip saving for booking together’ section where you can check rates and get a discount for booking 02 services at the same time. The discount amount ranges from US$3 to US$60 per room per night (hotel) or per pax (tour).

    Step 2: Book Extra Services

    This step meets your needs in booking optional services like transfer, visa, kayaking or other interesting activities related to your current booking.

    Tips: Don’t forget to book hotels, tours together in this step! It’s a smart way to get more savings.

    Step 3: Submit Booking

    Here you can review, add or remove your booking items, complete and submit your booking form.

    After your booking is submitted, the system navigates to a ‘Thank you page and send you an automatic email listing all the services you requested.

    Our travel consultant will get in contact with you within 01 working day to inform about the service availability & payment.

    Step 4: Confirm Availability & Deposit

    1. Check availability :

    After receiving your booking request, our consultant will check the availability of the services. If the services are available, our consultant will send you a payment link for the deposit by email, otherwise we will give you some alternative suggestions.

    Notice: our email may go to your spam mailbox, please check your spam mailbox if you don’t receive our response in one working day.

    2. Deposit:

    After receiving the payment link in the email sent from our consultant, please make the deposit as soon as possible to secure your booking. When we receive your deposit payment, our consultant will reserve the services for your booking as following:

    If all of the services are reserved successfully, we will send you a Confirmation Email including the deposit invoice and other useful information

    If the services are fully booked and are not available, we will inform you and suggest other options. In case you no longer want to book these services, we will refund all of the deposit amount.

    Notice: Your booking will NOT be confirmed until we send you the Confirmation email. The remaining balance can be paid later – before departure date. For some urgent bookings or special types of promotion, 100% of the total cost will be required.

    Step 5: Final Payment

    The full payment must be made before your departure date. The exact deadline will be confirmed by our travel consultant depending on each service you booked.

    The remaining balance can be paid by Cash (VND, USD, AUD, EUR) or by credit card. For the customers who’re going to stay in Hanoi, we are able to setup a direct meeting to collect the final payment.

    Notice: Payment by cash on arrival is only applied for trips starting from Hanoi and the arrival date is before the payment deadline (confirmed by our travel consultant). All currencies are exchanged by local rate.

    At the end of booking process, on the “Make a booking” page, you can enter any special requests into the “Special Request” box before submitting your booking. Another easy way is sending us your special request directly by email.

    The deposit is required to guarantee your reservation (tours, hotels, transfer, etc.). After receiving your deposit, we’re going to reserve the services for you. So the deposit is required to secure your booking. Normally, 30% of total cost will be required for deposit at the booking time. For some urgent cases or special types of promotion, we will require full payment at the booking time. Learn more: how to pay deposit

    Normally Journey Expedition Travel includes two meals each day during tour: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.


    It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.


    Lunches are usually set menu at handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants arranged by Indochina Odyssey Tours selected carefully and evaluated constantly based on customer feedback and our on-site inspection.


    Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in “tasty” Indochina area. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

    If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs

    You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across Southeast Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility

    All tour guides of Journey Expedition Travel are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.

    Private Tour Guide

    You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

    All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.

    If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.

    Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver

    With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across Southeast Asia.

    Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.

    Overall Rating
    Reviewed On 13/06/2019

    We had a great vacation, we were able to get a good sense of the country and some awareness of the lives of ordinary Vietnamese people.