World heritage road Vietnam


22 days / 21 nights


All World Heritage Sites in Vietnam

Tour Plan

All 22 Days All World Heritage Sites in Vietnam

Day 1: Saigon - Arrival

Chào ban! (Welcome in Vietnamese) Upon arrival to one of Vietnam’s largest cities we are met and transferred to our hotel.
Overnight:  Hotel 3*, Saigon

Day 2: Saigon (B)

We have a whole day to explore some of the most interesting sites, including the beautiful neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, the Opera House also known as “Saigon Concert Hall’, the Jade Emperor Pagoda with its colorful and mysterious ambiance, the Reunification Palace and Ben Thanh Market. We also visit the Giam Lam Pagoda built at the end of the 17th century and the oldest pagoda in Saigon, Binh Tay Market, and finally the Thien Hau Pagoda, one of the most active in Cholon. Overnight:  Hotel 3*, Saigon

Day 3: Saigon - Vinh Long - Cai Be (BLD)

From Ho Chi Minh City we drive to Vinh Long where we board our boat to venture into the green, watery world of the Mekong Delta.

River banks are laden with coconut palms, rice fields, orchards and stilted houses and the water is teeming with boats of all shapes and sizes.

The Mekong comes alive as we enjoy our boat trip past fishing boats, cargo vessels and even floating houses. We enjoy a delighful walk to explore around a local market, various cottage industries and fruit orchards.

The night is spent in a local family to experience their way of life. Overnight in Homestay

Day 4: Cai Be - Ben Tre (BLD)

This morning we continue boating to explore the fertile tributaries of the Mekong River then to the floating market of Cai Be, where we observe the waterways and learn about the way of life in the delta.

In the afternoon we drive to Ben Tre province, home to lush fruit orchards, rivers and a former stronghold of Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Here, we take a stroll along the banks of Ham Luong River.

This evening we settle in with a hospitable local family for cooking demonstrations and an overnight stay to experience river life. Overnight in Homestay

Day 5: Ben Tre - Ho Chi Minh City (BL)

Our discovery of the delta's waterways and flourishing farms is to boat on the Ham Luong river, and cycle along its banks, passing through mangroves and fruit orchards, stopping at our pleasure to savour the delta's succulent crops and bring us into contact with local people.

Following that we board our vehicle and drive back to Ho Chi Minh City, arriving there at around 5pm. Overnight:  Hotel 3*, Saigon

Day 6: Saigon - Dalat (Drive 298 kms/185 miles) (B)

This morning we journey northeast for Dalat. En Route we have the opportunity to stop at La Nga Lake, a reservoir that is crossed by a bridge and is residence to many floating houses. Next on our journey is Dinh Quan, where we will find 3 inactive volcanic craters dating from the late Jurassic period. Finally we explore Dambri Falls, the highest falls in Vietnam, where the views are breathtaking. This area is inhabited chiefly by Montagnards.
Overnight: Hotel 3*, Dalat

Day 7: Dalat - Nha Trang (Drive 213 kms/132 miles) (B)

Today is our day to tour Dalat beginning with the Hang Nga Art Gallery, a café and art gallery run by the gallery's eccentric owner. The French District is a delightful area for walking around, and is reminiscent of a French provincial town. Next we are off to visit Prenn Falls then head for the Valley Of Love was named the Valley of Peace by the Emperor; however in 1972 its name was changed by romantically-minded students. Dalat Cathedral was built between 1931 and 1942 for use by French residents and holidaymakers and features stained-glass windows that put us in medieval Europe. Domaine De Marie Convent is a pink tile-roofed structure and was once home to 300 nuns. Thien Vuong Pagoda, also known as the Chinese pagoda is set on a hilltop amid pine trees. Later this afternoon we depart for Nha Trang, the home of tens of thousands of descendents of the Cham people.
Overnight: Hotel 3*, Nha Trang

Day 8: Nha Trang (B)

This day is full of interesting sites! The Po Nagar Cham Towers, built between the 7th and 12th centuries, were used for Hindu worship as early as the 2nd century AD. The Oceanographic Institute has an aquarium and specimen room open to the public. Next we are off to the Lang Son Pagoda, with an exquisite entrance and roofs decorated with mosaic dragons. At the top of the hill, behind the pagoda, is the huge white Buddha seated on a lotus blossom. Nha Trang Cathedral, built in the French Gothic style, stands on a small hill overlooking the train station. The Bao Dai Villas, formerly the retreat of Bao Dai Vietnam's last emperor, were used by high-ranking officials of the South Vietnamese government. Overnight: Hotel 3*, Nha Trang

Day 9: Nha Trang - Danang - World Heritage Hoi An (Flight / Drive 30 kms/18 miles) (B)

We are transferred to the airport for a short flight to Danang where we start our tour with the Cham Museum. Founded in 1915 by the Ecole Francaise d'Extreme Orient, it has the finest open-air collection of Cham sculptures in the world. China Beach, made famous in the American TV series of the same name, stretches north and south of the Marble Mountains. The Marble Mountains consist of 5 stone hillocks made of marble and each is said to represent one of the five elements of the universe. The largest and most famous, Thuy Son, has a number of natural caves, in which Buddhist sanctuaries have been built over the centuries. We continue to Hoi An, a picturesque riverside town south of Danang. Known as Faifo to early western traders, it was one of South East Asia's major international ports from the 17th to 19th centuries.
Overnight: Hotel 3*, Hoi An

Day 10: World Heritage Hoi An (B)

A full day visiting the many interesting sites of Hoi An, including Quan Cong Temple, founded in 1653. The Phuoc Kien Pagoda is a typical example of the Chinese 'clans' that were established in the Hoi An area, was built around 1690. The Japanese Covered Bridge, constructed in 1593 was built by the Japanese community of Hoi An, to link them with the Chinese quarters across the river. The Sa Huynh Museum contains exhibitions from the earliest period of Hoi An's history. Finally we visit the Phung Hung House, a structure that combines Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese architectural styles and has been the home to one family for eight generations. Overnight: Hotel 3*, Hoi An

Day 11: World Heritage Hoi An – World Heritage My Son (B)

Pick up from your hotel and start for My Son. Visit My Son - My Son valley is a most important complex of Hindu temple-towers which is a symbol of Cham Pa art and continuously developed from the 4th century to the 13th century. The ancient Cham Pa people were raised to be “the masters of art in building brick”. So far the technique in building the ancient temple-towers of Cham Pa people remains controversial. The brick were smoothed and laid closely and securely without mortar. My Son value is also reflected in the art of lively and fine sculpture and carving on brick, stone from the images of deities, priests, dances, plants, animals and sacrifices…. because of its prominent value as an example of cultural exchange and integration of external cultures. Especially the art and architecture of Hinduism withe native culture, combined with lively refection of the Cham Pa Kingdom in south East Asia cultural history. Back to Hoi An. Free time. Overnight: Hotel 3*, Hoi An

Day 12: World Heritage Hoi An - World Heritage Hue (Drive 132 kms/82 miles) (B)

A scenic drive to Hue begins this day in the morning by the well-known and stunning Mandarin Road. On the top of the Ocean Cloud Pass, we have a panoramic view over Danang and the surrounding areas. Afterwards stop at Lang Co beach. We continue our trip by arriving in Hue.

Upon arrival, our afternoon tour includes the 19th Century Imperial City that was for a long time the cultural and intellectual center of Vietnam. Our tour includes the Citadel that was built in the early 19th century and modeled after the Forbidden City in Peking. Ngo Mon Gate is the principal entrance to the Imperial Enclosure and faces the Flag Tower. The Forbidden Purple City was reserved for the personal use of the emperor and the only servants allowed into the compound were eunuchs. Evening is free to mix and mingle with the local Hue people. Overnight: Hotel 3*, Hue


Day 13: World Heritage Hue (B)

A jaunt to Tu Duc Tomb, once the Royal Palace of Tu Duc, begins our day’s tour. Constructed between 1864 and 1867, its pavilions are framed in a tranquil setting of forested hills and lakes. The Khai Dinh Tomb, the last monument of the Nguyen dynasty, sits magnificently on the slopes of Chau E Mountain in Chau Chau Village and houses a long staircase flanked by dragons and decorated with stunning ceiling murals and ceramic frescoes. Located just outside of Hue on the bank of the Perfume River, Thien Mu Pagoda was a hotbed of anti-government protests during the early 1960s. The Emperor Minh Mang Tomb complex built in 1840, is known for its magnificent architecture, military statuaries and elaborate decorations. It is perhaps the most beautiful of Hue's pagodas and tombs, a fitting end to a spectacular day. Overnight: Hotel 3*, Hue

Day 14: Worl Heritage Hue - DMZ - Quang Binh (Drive 212 kms/131 miles) (B)

Leaving Hue in the morning, you will drive to Quang Binh, a province on the North Central Coast of Vietnam. You will stop to visit part of the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) including the Vinh Moc Tunnels, Cua Tung Beach, the Ben Hai River and the Quang Tri Citadel before retiring for the evening in Quang Binh. Overnight: Hotel 3*, Quang Binh

Day 15: World Heritage Site Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park (BL)

In the morning you will head for the boat station to set out on a trip on the Son river to visit the 400 hundred meter high Tien Son Cave.  Then you’ll re-board and set out to explore the 600 meter underground river, which is the longest underground river in the world.  You’ll then head back to the hotel. Overnight: Hotel 3*, Quang Binh

Day 16: Quang Binh – World Cultural Heritage Citadel of Ho Dynasty - Ninh Binh (B)

You’ll bid farewell to Quang Binh and head to Ninh Binh. On the way, you will stop to visit the Citadel of the Ho Dynasty, named a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in June 2011. The citadel was the capital of Vietnam from 1397 to 1407 and one of Vietnam’s most impressive architectural works, using around 20,000 cubic meters of rock and nearly 100,000 cubic meters of soil.  You’ll then continue driving to Ninh Binh. Overnight: Hotel 3*, Ninh Binh

Day 17: Ninh Binh - biking (B)

You will first visit Bai Dinh Pagoda, the largest pagoda in Vietnam. From here you will start cycling on the countryside road, headed to the ancient Hoa Lu Citadel. You can explore the temples of King Dinh and King Le. Then you will continue riding through the limestone peaks to Tam Coc, passing the rice paddies of Red River Delta. You will have lunch in Tam Coc, near the sampan pier, followed by a 3-hour sampan trip along the Boi river to visit the Tam Coc caves. After the sampan ride, you will continue biking to the Bich Dong Pagoda., before rejoining your car and returning to Ninh Binh. Overnight: Hotel 3*, Ninh Binh

Day 18: Ninh Binh – World Heritage Ha Long Bay (BLD)

In the morning transfer to Ha Long bay. Arrive around 12h30 and board the junk for a memorable cruise through the mystical Ha long Bay, a World Heritage site recognized by UNESCO in 1994. Be delighted by food on board and spend your day admiring one of the natural marvels of Vietnam: visit islets, natural cave of Sung sot and, if weather permits, enjoy a swim in the clear waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Dinner. Overnight on the junk.

Day 19: World Heritage Ha Long Bay – Hanoi (BL)

Breakfast at 7h00 on boat , then discover Man’s Head island, Tortoise island, Luon cave, Bai Tu Long bay, Ton island and Bai Tho mountain. Enjoy an early lunch on board at 11h00. End the cruise at 12h, then drive to Hanoi. Overnight: Hotel 3*, Hanoi

Day 20: Hanoi (B)

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is a charming city of peaceful shaded boulevards, French style buildings and public parks.  Tour of Hanoi includes the One Pillar Pagoda built by the Emperor Ly Thai Tong. Built of wood on a single stone pillar, this structure was designed to resemble a lotus blossom. Hoan Kiem Lake is located in the heart of Hanoi and is home to a small Tortoise Pagoda topped with a red star perched on an islet in the middle of the lake. The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam’s great leader of independence. Our journey today concludes with a visit to St Joseph Cathedral, a striking neo-Gothic cathedral noteworthy for its square towers, elaborate altar and colorful stained-glass windows. On evening Puppet show on the water. Overnight: Hotel 3*, Hanoi

Day 21: Hanoi – World Heritage The central sector of Imperial Citadel of Thang Long (B)

The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long was the cultural complex which comprises Thang Long Imperial City during the dynasties of King Ly, King Tran and King Le and Hanoi Citadel during the Nguyen Dynasty. Through the ups and downs of Vietnamese history, the remains of Imperial Citadel of Thang Long are roughly where the Hanoi Citadel lies today. The central sector of Imperial Citadel of Thang Long – Ha Noi covers area of 20ha, includes archaeological area at 18 Hoang Dieu Street and relics in Ha Noi Citadel such as: Bac Mon, Doan Mon, Hau Lau, stone dragons in Kinh Thien Palace, dragon house, house D67 and Ha Noi flag tower. These relics are surrounded by 4 streets: Phan Dinh Phung Street in the north, Dien Bien Phu Street in the south, Nguyen Tri Phuong Street in the east and Hoang Dieu Street in the west. In the morning you’ll visit the vestiges of the ancient earthen wall at Dai La, Hoang Hoa Tham, and La Thanh roads. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight: Hotel 3*, Hanoi

Day 22: Hanoi – Departure (B)

This morning we depart Vietnam with pleasant memories of this historic and artistically rich country.


  • Hotel accommodation as mentioned or similar
  • Homestay as mentioned
  • Meal plan as mentioned (B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers
  • Entrance Fees to Museums and Sites
  • Services of local English speaking guides
  • Cruise on Halong bay
  • Boats on Mekong delta
  • Insurance
  • Mineral water
  • Tissues
  • Domestic / Regional Airfare Nha Trang / Danang
  • International Airfare
  • Insurances
  • Visa Fees
  • Drinks / Beverages with meals
  • Tips / Gratuities to Drivers & Guides

Policies / Notes

Price per person  (based on 2 person)
Season Tour Price US$ Single Sup US$
2013 / 2014 2960 920


UNESCO World Heritage Sites Visited
This tour has been tailored to include the following World Heritage Sites

Hoi An Ancient Town (1999)

Hoi An constitutes an exceptionally well preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port from the period of the 15th to 19th centuries. Its buildings and its street pattern reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that combined to produce this unique heritage site.

My Son Sanctuary


Between the 4th and 13th centuries a unique culture which owed its spiritual origins to Indian Hinduism developed on the coast of contemporary Viet Nam. This is graphically illustrated by the remains of a series of impressive tower-temples located in a dramatic site that was the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence.

Complex of Hue Monuments (1993)

Established as the capital of unified Vietnam in 1802, Hue was not only the political but also the cultural and religious centre under the Nguyen Dynasty until 1945. The Perfume River winds its way through the Capital City, the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City and Inner City, adding natural beauty to this unique feudal capital.

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park


The karst formation of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park has evolved since the Palaeozoic (some 400 million years ago) and so is the oldest major karst area in Asia. Subject to massive tectonic changes, the park’s karst landscape is extremely complex with many geomorphic features of considerable significance. The vast area, extending to the border of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, contains spectacular formations including 65 km of caves and underground rivers.

Citadel of the Ho Dynasty – Vinh Loc district


The 14th -century Ho Dynasty citadel, built according to the feng shui principles, testifies to the flowering of neo-Confucianism in late 14th century Viet Nam and its spread to other parts of east Asia. According to these principles it was sited in a landscape of great scenic beauty on an axis joining the Tuong Son and Don Son mountains in a plain between the Ma and Buoi rivers. The citadel buildings represent an outstanding example of a new style of south-east Asian imperial city.

Ha Long Bay (1994, 2000)

Ha Long Bay, located in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1600 islands and islets forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and unaffected by man. The exceptional esthetic values of this site are complimented by its great biological interest.

Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long – Hanoi


The Thang Long Imperial Citadel was built in the 11th century by the Ly Viet Dynasty, marking the independence of the Dai Viet. It was constructed on the remains of a Chinese fortress dating from the 7th century, on drained land reclaimed from the Red River Delta in Hanoi. It was the centre of regional political power for almost 13 centuries without interruption. The Imperial Citadel buildings and the remains in the 18 Hoang Dieu Archaeological Site reflect a unique South-East Asian culture specific to the lower Red River Valley, at the crossroads between influences coming from China in the north and the ancient Kingdom of Champa in the south.

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