It’s impossible not to be smitten by Vietnam – amazing food, beautiful scenery and fascinating culture. This 8 day itinerary of Luxury Heritage Journey will take you into the depth of Vietnam‘s rich cultural history, whilst still giving you the option to have a relaxing holiday by the beach and staying at luxury hotels and resorts.
Luxury Heritage Journey - 8 Days - Vietnam Tours
Start city: Hanoi (Vietnam)
Finish city: Danang (Vietnam)
Duration: 8 Days & 7 Nights
Departure: Private Luxury Tour. Daily, upon your request.
Cities to visit: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hue - Hoi An
- Extendable with optional tours from Hanoi (Vietnam) and from Danang (Vietnam)
- Stay at luxury 5 star accommodations/ cruise
- 25-minute scenic flight over Halong Bay by seaplane
- Cooking Class Tour in Hanoi
- Enjoy "My Village Show"
- Experience how Conical Hat made
- Visit sparkling Royal Citadel at night
- Walking tour in Hoi An Ancient Town.
- BRIEF & PRICE
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BRIEF & PRICE
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Xin Chao! Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam’s charming colonial capital. After clearing your immigrations and picking-up your luggage, meet your driver and guide who await for you outside the arrival hall.
Transfer to your beautiful Apricot Hotel in the heart of Hanoi for check-in and get some refreshments. In the late afternoon, take a short cyclo ride through the Old Quarter and learn about this city. The orientation tour ends at one of Hanoi’s finest restaurant to savor the welcome dinner with authentic Vietnamese food.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi Cooking Class & City Tour – "My Village" Show
Famous for its well balance and fresh ingredients, Vietnamese cuisine makes it outstanding on the World’s gastronomy map. Your trip today will take you on culinary tour for deeper experience. Start with a visit to a local market and learn about ingredients, flavors and see how the local prepare for meals. Next is a short talk on the art of Hanoian gastronomy, vegetables, herbs & spices & learn how to prepare & use them. The Chef will share to you her pride of Vietnamese cuisines and the secrets how to make it good. Enjoy the local food in Hanoi style.
In the afternoon take a city tour of Vietnam’s capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas, Hanoi is an eclectic mix that offers something for everyone. Your city tour takes you to Hanoi’s key sites: Hoa Loa Prison (formerly known as the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam war), Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (from outside) and the nearby One Pillar Pagoda.
Return to your hotel for refreshments before transferring to Hanoi Opera House for your evening highlighted show: “My Village” - Vietnamese version of the Cirque de Soleil. This excellent show depicts Vietnamese life in a most original yet creative and unique way.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Overnight on cruise
After breakfast at hotel, get picked-up for a 4-hour drive to mystical Halong Bay. With its jutting limestone islands and sparkling turquoise waters, Halong Bay is among the most popular tourism destinations in Vietnam. It is also voted as one of seven World Natural Wonders and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Upon arrival, embark on your traditional Paradise Luxury Cruise and being greeted by the boat crew and captain. Check-in at your en-suite cabin and get refreshment before returning to the main restaurant. Savor a gourmet lunch of fresh seafood onboard as we sail out into the mystical bay. In the afternoon, cruise around some of Halong’s many islands, including Dinh Huong and Ga Choi. Along the way visit one of the bay’s 3 largest caves (Thien Cung, Dau Go or Sung Sot). Stop at an island cove with a sheltered white-sand beach and take a dip in the warm waters of the Tonkin Gulf (weather permitting). Pass the night on your junk, lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of calm waters.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Accommodation: Paradise Luxury Cruise.
Day 4: Disembark - Flying over Halong Bay - Hanoi - Fly to Hue
Awake early and participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply relax and enjoy the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea and light breakfast, before setting out to explore nearby islands by rowboat. Return to the junk and check-out of your cabin as we navigate back to Halong City. It’s time for you to take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of the bay. Have brunch on board the boat before returning to Halong pier.
Disembark and relax at the lounge before boarding on your seaplane for a 25-minute scenic flight. Get ready for one of the most exceptional experience of your lifetime. As the plane soars up into the sky, admire the panoramic view of Halong Bay and its magnificent limestones karst, hidden lagoons and untouched beaches. This is where the newest “Kong: Skull Island” movie was filmed.
The seaplane will then land on the emerald water of the bay, taking you back to Tuan Chau Island Marina. Your driver will meet you there and take you to Noi Bai Airport of Hanoi for your in-country flight to Hue
Upon arrival, your guide and driver will meet you and take you to your La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa – a boutique and historical hotel of MGallery Collection by Sofitel. Check-in and enjoy your time at leisure.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue.
Day 5: Hue - Imperial City & Handicraft villages
After breakfast at the hotel, embark on your private river boat for a pleasant trip to visit Thien Mu pagoda – the most famous pagoda in Hue, located on the bank of Perfume River. Next, you will take a leisure walk around Kim Long village and stop at a traditional garden house. Learn about its distinguished architecture and the local life here.
Afterwards, your private driver will pick you up and take you to Khai Dinh tomb – a blend of Western and Eastern architecture. Then return to your hotel with stop en-route at Phu Cam Conical Hat Village. Here, you will learn how this charming hat is made.
Spend your time relaxing by the hotel pool.
In the evening, set out again on your special and unique visit to sparkling Royal Citadel at night. Discover the amazing architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty and many stories about the emperors. Step back in ancient time with numerous performances of royal ceremonies.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue.
Day 6: Hue - Danang - Hoi An - Walking Tour
Leave Hue after breakfast for a drive to Hoi An. Stop en route in Lang Co Bay, a long white-sand beach with blue seawater which offers great view of a peaceful fishing village with boats sailing in Lap An lagoon and flocks of storks flying back to their nests at dusk. Pass over the epic Hai Van pass or Pass of the Cloud, a spectacular mountain pass between Hue and Hoian, with views of the East Vietnam Sea on one side and the lush mountainous landscape on the other.
Arrive at Hoi An – an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. The staff of stylish Hotel Royal Hoi An will welcome you at the lobby and assist you with check-in and luggage.
In the afternoon, take a walking tour through the narrow winding streets of Hoian ancient town, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Hall, the 200-year old Tan Ky ancestral house and the famous Japanese Bridge.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An.
Day 7: Hoi An - Free at leisure
Your full day is free for beach relaxation, shopping or sightseeing on your own.
You can also choose to join our exciting optional tours at surcharge such as Vespa Tour to the countryside; Farmer & Fisherman Tour, Snorkeling in Cham Island or visit My Son Sanctuary.
Please contact our travel consultant for further information.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An.
Day 8: Hoian - Danang - Departure
Have breakfast at hotel then enjoy a free morning before driving to the airport to catch your departure flight.
1. Are tour dates of "Luxury Heritage Journey" flexible?
Yes, this luxury tour package is private and you can depart on any dates at your convenience.
2. Can I extend or change my stay?
Absolutely! Extra days can be arranged in most areas if desired. Let us know how you would like to customize your trip and we will do our best to accommodate you. You can ask helps from our travel consultant to amend or extend your stay (subject to availability of hotels and flights; surcharge may be applicable).
3. Are meals included?
We have tried to balance flexibility and convenience regarding meal options. This tour package includes daily buffet breakfast at hotels and some lunches or dinners as listed in parenthesis next to the tour itinerary on each day tour. In the major cities, where there are a wide variety of restaurants, we generally do not include meals to allow our travelers the flexibility of choosing their own food preferences. Our tour guides can recommend some options for our clients to choose from according to traveler’s interest & budget.
4. What type of food is typical of Vietnam?
Vietnamese cuisine is quite varied from the North to the Centre and to the South, having had many external influences over the years that have created an interesting mix of cooking methods and ingredients. French presence in the recent past has led to the assimilation of French cuisine influence, and is often attributed with Pho noodle soup's rise to popularity. Most meals include rice, as well as fish sauce which is a popular condiment added to almost every meal throughout the country.
5. What if I have a special request on food?
You just need to share us your request on type of foods, we will choose a right restaurant and order suitable menus for you.
6. What are the accommodations like?
For luxury travel packages, we only choose 5 star accommodations or if not – they will be the best ones in their regions. In case you prefer to stay at the TOP luxury hotels/ resorts/ cruises or higher room category, just ask our travel consultants to revise the quotation. Don't forget that you can give your favorite name of hotel brands to us, so we can get your concept.
7. Can I get early check-in or late check-out?
Yes this may be possible but is wholly at the discretion of the hotel and is often charged extra. We can, if you wish, book you additional nights at the hotel to guarantee that you check in as soon as you arrive or to enable you to keep your room until your departure time. We usually recommend this for flights through the night or at unsociable hours. Some hotels have courtesy room/luggage storage facilities and we advise you to check if this is possible at the time of your booking.
8. What are the guides like?
All of our tour guides are professional, helpful and friendly! They are fluent in English (or French, Spanish etc.). They are from the local areas where they guide and are among the very best guides available in each region. Our guides treat our travelers like friends, showing visitors both the major highlights and the local treasures.
9. What type of transportation is used?
Our Vietnam tours utilize a variety of primarily private transportation (arranged just for your groups) including new and modern vans/ cars, motor boats, etc. We use a mix of private (vans/ cars)/ public transportation (domestic flights, sharing cruises, trains) to provide travelers with the safest and most efficient transit in each area.
10. How do I get to the hotel from the airport when I arrive?
When you arrive at airports, you will be greeted with your name on our driver/ tour guide's welcome sign, then get transferred to your hotel.
11. How many people are typically on your tours?
We only offer completely private tours, so only the people you book for will be on the tour. If you are alone, it will just be you and your guide. If you are a couple, just the two of you and your guide, and so on. We believe this is the best type of tour, so that it can be personalized to you, go at your own pace, and so that you can have the full attention of your guide for the duration of the tour.
12. Is this trip a good choice for solo travelers?
Yes, it is. Many of our guests travel solo. You will still have a private tour guide and driver to accompany throughout the journey. However, you have to cover all expenses regarding accommodations (single room), tour guides, and transportations because no-one shares cost with.
13. What vaccinations are recommended for this holiday?
It's important that you receive the most accurate and up-to-date travel health information for the region you will be visiting. The only one qualified to provide you with this advice is your family physician or a specialist from a Travel Health clinic.
14. What's the climate like?
Whilst Vietnam is typically warm and humid, the weather can vary significantly from one region to another due to the country's length. The weather in Vietnam can be split by region and seasons, so please check with our travel consultants for more information.
15. How if bad weather such as storm, flood, landslide occurs during my holiday with Vietnam Tour?
Our Travel Consultants and Tour Operators keep checking weather forecast every-day, if the weather is bad and it may affect to your safety, we will discuss with you regarding a tentative program immediately to ensure the best interests of the group.
16. What is tipping information?
If you're happy with the service you received, providing a tip for tour guides, drivers - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry.
17. Do tour rates include international flights?
This tour only includes domestic flights. We find that it is usually less expensive for travelers to book these separately and this also allows you the flexibility to choose the schedule and routing that is most convenient for you. You can purchase international flights on your own, or we can certainly help you arrange these flights with an airfare consolidator who specializes in international flights.
18. Are the rates displayed per person or per room?
The prices shown on our website are per person based on twin/ double accommodation.
19. Any surcharges if my travel dates are during Christmas or New Year Holidays?
The rates are regular price and they are not included a compulsory dinner (Gala Dinner) on the day of Christmas or New Year Eve. Surcharges depend on specific hotels you stay at, so our travel consultants will give further information to you in communications.
20. Are there any discounts available?
We offer select trip discounts periodically throughout the year, especially in the low season (Summer time in Vietnam is from May to Sep). Please contact our travel consultants to get more details.
21. How do I pay when I want to book this tour?
We accept payment by debit/ credit card such as Visa, Master, Amex (additional service fee 3% is applicable), cash and bank transfer. When you confirm a booking with us, we will send you our online payment link or bank details to deposit 30% of the total tour cost. The balance will be due as soon as you arrive in Cambodia. Our travel consultants will give more details via email about payment instruction.
22. What happens if I fall ill or injure myself?
Most travelling incidents are relatively minor, involving nothing more than cuts and bruises or a brief case of traveller's tummy. Our tour guides are trained to cope with these minor incidents but in the unlikely case of something more serious, we will seek local medical assistance. We suggest you buy cancellation and curtailment insurance.
23. I can't use my holiday anymore – can I give it to someone else?
Yes, our packages are usually transferable (unless the terms of a specific offer state otherwise). So long as you haven’t used part of your package, you can (generally) give it to a friend or family member.
24. Is travel insurance included? And is it recommended?
Travel insurance is not included in our tour price. Absolutely, we recommend that you seek the assistance of a qualified insurance broker to buy travel insurance which covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
25. How to change or cancel my reservation?
You can change or amend your schedule in advance or during your trip but surcharge maybe applied according to our contract with local suppliers, hotels and airlines. Regarding cancelation terms, please check out this link: https://asiatravelandleisure.com/terms-conditions.html
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- Luxury 5* accommodations
- Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
- 2 day/ 1 night cruise package on Halong Bay
- 1 domestic flight: Hanoi - Danang
- Services of private drivers and air-conditioned vehicles
- Service of English speaking guides
- Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
- International flights into and out Vietnam
- Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
- Early check-in and late check-out at hotel
- Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
- Tips for tour guides and drivers
- Travel insurance
- Vietnam Visa fee.
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