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Complete Culture Experience

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Holiday type : Cultural History
Our Complete Culture Experience tour gives you the opportunity to escape from the big cities and experience the country’s customs, traditions and the daily life of its citizens. Many people will say that you have not seen true Vietnamese hospitality until you visit the Vietnamese countryside, where everyone is delighted to see a foreigner travelling their homeland and you will be faced with outpourings of generosity and friendliness wherever you go.

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi
Day 3: Hanoi discovery - night train to Lao Cai
Day 4: Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Sapa
Day 5: Sapa - Cat Cat - Sin Chai - Lao Cai - Hanoi
Day 6: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Paradise Luxury
Day 7: Paradise Luxury - Halong Bay - Hanoi - Danang - Hoi An
Day 8: Hoi An - Tra Que - Hoi An
Day 9: Hoi An
Day 10: Hoi An - Danang - Saigon
Day 11: Saigon - Mekong Delta - Vinh Long
Day 12: Vinh Long - Cai Be - Saigon
Day 13: Saigon departure
 

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  • Cu Chi Tunnel
  • Ethnic Minority People
  • Halong Bay
  • Hoi An - Tra Que
  • Hoi An Ancient Town
  • Hoi An Lanterns
  • Mekong Delta
  • Sapa Streetfood
  • Terrace Farming in Sapa
  • The Yellow Rice in Sapa
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Highlights

  •  Visit the ancient capital Hanoi city, famed for its old quarter and many shopping streets
  • See the beautiful mountain territories of Sapa – very close to the border with China
  • Cruise with Paradise Luxury to discover the magnificent World Heritage listed site of Halong bay
  • Shopping, relaxing, swimming and cycling at stunning Hoi An – a Heaven of tailor made shopping
  • Live like a local farmer for a day in Tra Que village
  • At the Mekong Delta wander picturesque fruit orchards, take a horse drawn cart, taste 100% natural honey, sip potent Vietnamese rice wine and indulge your sweet tooth with locally produced coconut candy
  • Explore the metropolitan jungle of Saigon, a cultural buffet of oriental, colonial and occidental influences
Detailed Itinerary
  Day 1: Hanoi arrival (DP):   
Arriving at Noi Bai Airport, you will be met by our driver and taken to your hotel. Take some time to relax before setting out to explore the city and the wealth of wonders located within its walls. Overnight is spent in Hanoi.
  Day 2: Hanoi – Cooking class (B, L, DP):   
In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to a restaurant, where you will then learn how to cook some typical Vietnamese dishes which represent the North of Vietnam. You will visit a market, accompanied by the Chef and have a chance to buy a bargain. When you come back the restaurant, the Vietnamese teacher will help you to prepare your lunch. In the afternoon, your time will be your own.
   Day 3: Hanoi discovery – Night train to Sapa (B, L, D, G):   
This day you will discover many things about Vietnam’s capital city, starting with a wealth of cultural, culinary and historic wonders enclosed within the city walls. Tran Quoc Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum are all on the itinerary for the morning, as is the famous One Pillar Pagoda, the popular symbol of the city.

After lunch we will visit the Museum of Ethnology, which hosts a variety of cultural items from Vietnam’s numerous ethnic minorities. Everything from clothing, instruments, farming tools to scaled down models of their living quarters.

At night you will be taken to the train station for you overnight train ride to Sapa.
  Day 4: Lao Cai Station – Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Sapa (B, L, D, G):   
You will arrive at Lao Cai train station early in the morning and catch your 40 minute transfer up the winding road to Sapa Town. Beginning with a walk around and breathing in the crisp mountain air. Get a glimpse of Sapa’s legendary scenery. In the afternoon, after you feel refreshed and rejuvenated you’ll embark on a trek into the valley of Muong Hoa. You’ll navigate small winding paths and trails etched into the mountainside before you reach Lao Chai and Tavan villages. A car will be waiting to take you back up to Sapa for your overnight stay at the hotel.
   Day 5: Sapa – Cat Cat – Sin Chai – Overnight train back to Hanoi (B, L, G):   
Breakfast is at sunrise and before getting ready for your last trek. You first one sneak’s through the market, already abuzz with activity, then continuing to leave the busy town behind. After a couple of minutes, you will be following a rocky road leading downhill to Cat Cat village. You will stop by an impressive waterfall and a nearby hydroelectric station. You might see the tribespeople at work dying cloth, painstakingly embroidering patterns, tending the fields or huddled over a hunk of stone. Enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery on the way back to Sapa town for lunch. You will have free time to discover the town yourself in the afternoon. Dinner is your choice. Back to hotel for shower and then our car will transfer you to Lao Cai station for the overnight train back to Hanoi.
  Day 6: Hanoi arrival – Halong Bay – Paradise Luxury (B, L, D, DP):   
In the morning, we pick you up at the railway station and take you to a hotel where you can shower and have breakfast, before boarding the bus to Halong Bay.

Your heavenly journey into the wonders of Halong Bay commences at noon from Tuan Chau Island, located at the doorstep of Vietnam's most iconic natural environment. During the afternoon discover some of the treasures disseminated across the bay; fascinating caves, pristine beaches, picturesque floating villages, and fantastic rock formations rising up out of crystalline water. While onboard, you can take advantage at leisure of Spa, Beauty & Massage services at any time. In the evening, you will have the opportunity to attend a chef's cooking demonstration where you may try your skills in the art of traditional Vietnamese cooking.

Destined to be one of the highlights of your Paradise stay, a highly refined, innovative and varied cuisine will be presented for Lunch and Dinner in the elegant dining-room.
  Day 7: Paradise Luxury – Hanoi – Danang – Hoi An (B, Br, DP):   
Early birds can attend a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck at the break of dawn, or the night owls may elect to instead start the day with a strong coffee before enjoying some special Paradise delights at the colorful buffet breakfast. Your Paradise Cruise will come to an end on Tuan Chau Island between 10.30am and 11.00am, after which you will be collected for transfer to the airport for your flight to Danang, and the following transfer to nearby Hoi An. In the evening you can become acquainted with the stunning old town of Hoi An.
  Day 8: Hoi An Rural life (B, L, G):   
Starting at 9am, you will ride by bicycle to Tra Que vegetable village to experience a day of living and working as a local farmer. A tour of the organic and herb gardens can include some time working in the field if you like a more hands-on experience. Upon return to the house, everyone is treated to a herbal foot massage, followed by a session of cooking various local dishes. The day’s activities end by cycling back to Hoi an, where you can do any of the local activities at night.

  Day 9: Hoi An relaxing (B):   
After the action packed days so far, this one is yours to spend at your leisure

There are many activities available for your day including:

Walking around Hoi an’s unique old quarter, with touches of Japanese, Chinese and Thai styles in the building designs. It is also host to the iconic Japanese bridge – featured on the 20,000 Vietnam Dong Note.

The magnificent beach at Hoi An is about 5km away, but stretches as far up the coast as the eye can see. There are many areas here with bars and cafes, therefore you can spend the whole day here if you wish.
  Day 10: Hoi An – Danang – Saigon (B, DP):   
In the morning your driver will arrive to escort you to Danang airport for your flight to Saigon. Arriving in the bustling metropolis around lunchtime, you can check into the hotel and set out to untangle the seemingly chaotic maze of streets. Visit some historic sites, sample the street food, and in the evening sip on an ice cold beverage from the hotels vantage point, offering a calm view of the roaring river of motorbikes flooding the streets in the evening.
   Day 11: Saigon – My Tho – Vinh Long (B, L, D, G):   
Beginning the day with an early 7hr30 collection from your hotel, we drive to Tien Giang. Upon arrival you will board a vessel to allow you to explore the 4 mythical islets of the Dragon, Unicorn and Paradise located in the Mekong Delta.

As the journey progresses from islet to islet, you will experience a range of unique cultural activities. Share lunch with some local people, try the local herbal tea or the infamous snake-wine, listen to traditional Vietnamese folksong and sample seasonal fruits.

The boat will travel along the xep canal, where we will make stops at the coconut candy factory, the local bee-farm and the opportunity to take a horse drawn cart along the village path to Ben Truc orchard.

Continuing to Vinh Long, a homestay provides a unique opportunity for you to experience the culture and mingle with the local people.
  Day 12: Cai Be - Vinh Long – Saigon (B, L, G):   
After breakfast, the day’s activities start with the colorful famous Cai Be floating market. A large collection of sampans from all around the Delta gather here and are laden with a rainbow of tropical fruits and fresh vegetables.

We cruise to Dong Hoa Diep island where we will be welcomed with a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony before wandering around the shady fruit orchards. Other activities include a stop at a brick and tile factory. Lunch will be served before the drive back to Saigon.
  Day 13: Saigon departure (B, DP):   
After breakfast you will relax until your car arrives to take you to the airport for your homebound flight. Your tour will end here.

Prices per person in USD from 1st Oct, 2014 to 30th Sep, 2015

Number of pax 1 2 3-4 5-8 9-12 13-16 Over 16 SGL
Superior 2,409 1,612 1,519 1,400 1,351 1,329 1,323 407
Deluxe 2,575 1,672 1,590 1,483 1,434 1,414 1,410 553
Tour prices include:
  • Breakfast and 12 nights’ accommodation based on Twin/Double rooms
  • All transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary
  • Private boat cruise in Mekong Delta
  • Flight tickets with Vietnam Airlines: Hanoi/Danang, Danang/Saigon
  • Experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entry and sightseeing fees for all visits if any
  • Lunches and dinners (if specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants
  • Visa processing fee
  • Taxes and services charges
Tour prices do not include: 
  • International flight tickets and airport tax
  • Visa stamping fee
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses
  • Insurance
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Trip note
Guests should note that this is a cultural tour; therefore there will be visits to various places of worship, which may require respectful dress and behavior. Female visitors must often wear clothes covering much of their skin – and nothing too revealing.

Hoi An is famous for its tailors – and most will make you anything you desire in under 24 hours! Be sure to have a look and see if there is anything suitable for yourself.

As this tour covers the whole country, you should take note that the north of Vietnam can be colder in the winter. Therefore, if visiting late or early in the year, you should bring a varied style of clothing, as the south has a more Tropical Climate. As some of the activities involve climbing stairs / Hiking, guests should also bring walking shoes/boots.
Attention: The itinerary may be subject to change due to the unfavorable weather conditions

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