Vietnam Culture Tour


Close  The Presidential Palace of Vietnam, built 1900 to house the French Governor-General of Indochina.

Vietnam Culture Tour

Sapa (Sa Pa) is an old French hill station town in the Hoang Lien Mountains of northwestern Vietnam. Sapa countryside, terraced with rice fields and surrounding hills are home to a range of minorities, including Hmong, Dao, Giay, Pho, Lu and Tay. Sapa town serves as an ideal base for trekking among the tribes and to the 3,143m-tall, Phang Xi Pang (Fansipan) peak, also accessed by a cable car. 

Begin in Hanoi, the cultural heart of Vietnam.  Sapa, in the north is home to a great diversity of minority peoples. Trek through rice terraced fields and meet colourfully clad people from Hmong tribe. In Hanoi, cycle on the banks of the Red River, and cruise on Halong Bay to see the karst mountain landscapes. Hoi An in Central Vietnam is home to an ancient Cham culture with influence from Chinese and Vietnamese. Finish tour in Saigon.

And, explore the world heritage site of Hoi An and discover Cu Chi tunnels.

We Love
  • This 12-day tour can be customised for any travellers; adventure enthusiasts, romantics or families
  • The Emeraude is as transporting as time travel. And the vessel's history is as captivating as a fine old yarn. A painstaking recreation of an old vessel with love and passion beyond belief
  • The Victoria Resort is the only luxury hotel in the Sapa region. It was built as a traditional chalet with accented wooden décor and blends perfectly with its natural surroundings. We love it
  • The award winning Nam Hai located on the Hoi An beach has an 18-hole golf course and its serene spa is rated among the world's best. A perfect place to relax
Need to Know
  • Your international airfare is not included. AwimAway can book your international and domestic flights.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday
  • Take your visa seriously. Ensure that you print visa-on-arrival pre-approval paper.
  • Some hotels in Ho Chi Minh City may ask to hold your passport
  • Wi-Fi is everywhere, at least in the cities and major tourist destinations.
  • You will need both US Dollars and Vietnamese Dong for travelling around Vietnam.
  • Although dress code in Vietnam is laid back, think before visiting temples or mosques.

Vietnam Tour & Sapa This private tour begins in Hanoi and then ventures north to Sapa, a charming mountain town. Explore the world heritage site of Hoi An and discover Cu Chi tunnels.
Hanoi, Sapa, Hoi An, Saigon
(12 Days. Travel Any Day)

Day 1 – Arrive
Hanoi Meet and greet on arrival. After a warm reception, our representative will escort you to your hotel.

This evening, attend the theatre where the ancient and unique art form of water puppetry is performed. The puppets, 40 cms high and attached to a long bamboo pole, are dipped in and out of the water by a person behind a rattan curtain. But how to manipulate these puppets is usually a family-held secret passed down through generations. Try to unravel the mystery if you can.
Sofitel Legend Metropole – Premium Room (Nil)

Day 2 – Train
Sapa Explore Hanoi with your private guide and visit Ba Dinh Square, where silent sentries guard the marble and granite mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh. Nearby visit the Ho Chi Minh Museum, an extraordinary tribute in abstract form to the life of the 'father of the country'. See also the One Pillar Pagoda, and hear the legend about how it was constructed as a memorial to the love of an emperor in the 11th century. Continue to the Temple of Literature, built in 1070 and now Vietnam's first university. In the evening take a train to Sapa.
Overnight on the train – Superior Cabin – Sharing 4 berths/cabin (B)

Day 3 – Tour
Sapa On arrival at Lao Cai, drive to Sapa, home to a great diversity of minority peoples. While there, tour lively markets, cruise along a scenic river, take a short hike through a bamboo forest to unspoilt villages and explore spectacular mountains covered with terraced rice fields.
Victoria Resort & Spa – Superior Room (B, L)

Day 4 – Train
Hanoi Sapa has beautiful countryside and your private guide will take you to explore the Muong Hoa valley, one of the most beautiful valleys in northwest Vietnam. Descending into the valley by foot you will see the largest terraced rice paddy fields in the area. Visit orchid gardens and villages to see the different traditions and costumes of the the minority people who live there.
In the evening take the train to Hanoi.
Overnight on the train – Superior Cabin – Sharing 4 berths/cabin (B, L)

Day 5 – Tour
Hanoi Arrive in the early morning and after refreshments at the hotel spend the day biking and/or hiking through rural villages outside the city. Cycling on the banks of the Red River on a quiet dyke road you’ll pass through flower and vegetable gardens, village lanes and alongside lotus lakes to gain a whole new view of Vietnam’s capital city. After lunch we will take in lotus gardens as we ride along the water’s edge to Tran Quoc, one of the most revered Buddhist pagodas in Vietnam, before returning to our hotel.
Sofitel Legend Metropole – Premium Room (B)

Day 6 – Cruise
Halong Bay Take a private transfer to Halong Bay and check in on board the luxurious M/V “Emeraude” for an overnight cruise. Few places anywhere rival the extreme natural beauty and serenity of Vietnam's Halong Bay. A noted Vietnamese poet and scholar described it as a "rock wonder in the sky". In modern times, it has been a backdrop for countless movies including the Oscar-winning French epic, Indochine. It is now universally acknowledged as an unmissable corner of Vietnam.

The cruise commences with and a lavish buffet lunch. Then weather permitting, visit the Sung Sot Cave (Cave of Surprises). Watch a Vietnamese cuisine demonstration will take place on the sundeck and attend a happy hour with complimentary canapés followed by an evening movie show. A scrumptious International buffet dinner is served at the restaurant.
Onboard M/V Emeraude – Superior Cabin (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Transfer
Hanoi Wake up at sunrise and practice Tai Chi on the sun deck with one of the instructors or spend your morning swimming in the clear waters of the Halong Bay. After an energizing western breakfast, check out from M/V Emeraude and return to Hanoi. Rest of the day at leisure.
Sofitel Legend Metropole – Premium Room (B)

Day 8 – Transfer & Explore
Hoi An Transfer to the airport for your flight to Danang. On arrival meet your private guide and tour the Cham sculpture museum, which houses the largest and most impressive collection of Cham artefacts anywhere in the world, dating from the 4th to the 14th centuries. The Chams are descendants of the great kingdom of Champa and are known for their beautiful textiles and patterns.
Nam Hai Resort – One Bedroom Villa (B)

Day 9 – Tour
Hoi An Hoi An is a UNESCO-listed riverfront town with colourful historic homes, charming cafes and bustling silk and fish markets. Take a leisurely bicycle ride to Tra Que village along picturesque country roads to visit a farm and learn about Vietnamese food and ingredients. Alternatively, explore the beautiful back streets and learn about the history of Hoi An. In the evening enjoy a sunset cruise on the river.
Nam Hai Resort – One Bedroom Villa (B)

Day 10 – Transfer
Saigon After a leisurely breakfast, take a transfer to the airport for your flight to Saigon. On arrival you will meet our representative who will escort you to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Park Hyatt Hotel – Park Room (B)

Day 11 – Tour
Saigon Your private tour starts with a drive to Cu Chi (70 km), an amazing complex of underground tunnels built first as a defence against the French and later expanded during the American (Vietnam) war. It’s a thrilling experience to crawl through this amazing system and later to try your shooting skills on original AK47s and other guns from past war times (subject to a surcharge).

Return to Saigon and enjoy an afternoon tour of the city. After lunch (own account), take a tour accompanied by your private guide to visit the former Presidential Palace, which is now preserved as a museum, including the underground communications bunkers, headquarters for the Saigon Government during the Vietnam War. Continue to Notre Dame, an impressive neo-Romanesque cathedral in the centre of city, and Dong Khoi street, formerly the centre of haute couture in Saigon, when it was known as Rue Catinat.
Park Hyatt Hotel – Park Room (B)

Day 12 – Depart
Saigon Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Meals (B)

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  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

Getting There There are few direct flights from Europe to Vietnam’s three main international airports – Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Da Nang, but these are steadily increasing over the years. The majority of visitors take indirect flights routed through Bangkok, Singapore or Hong Kong. It can be cheaper if you fly to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore or regular international carriers and from there take one of the low-cost carriers to Vietnam.  Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar are the two main domestic carriers. Fares are very reasonable and the frequencies of flights to main hubs are good.

When to go The high season in Vietnam is from November to March. Prices peak over the Christmas and New Year period, and if you don’t fancy crowds then it is best to avoid this busy time. During this period, it is warm and dry in the South but as you travel north of Nha Trang, it begins to get cooler.

From April or May to October, summer monsoon brings hot, humid weather except in the mountains up north.  A slight break in monsoon during July and August makes it the second-high season in the South but violent and unpredictable typhoons can hit central and northern Vietnam. May, June and September are usually the quietest months.