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Group Tour- TET Holidays (Vietnamese New year) Discover the Vietnamese Spirit

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Duration: 7 days
Product code: 2435
Overview

Discover the Vietnamese Spirit on a group tour of 7 days 6 nights to Hanoi, Duong Lam, Halong Bay with our professional English speaking guide on air-conditioned vehicles. Discover Tết Nguyên Đán (the First Morning of the Year), Tết Cả (Biggest Festival), Tết Đoàn Viên (Reunion Festival), or Tết for short are different ways Vietnamese people use to address the Vietnamese Lunar New Year.

Vietnam is a country of many religions and beliefs. Thus, the duration of Tet is filled with traditions, rituals, and ceremonies. Tet traditions adapt to changing times with some of them have faded or gotten lost along the way, but the spirit remains more or less the same. In hopes of giving the most authentic local experiences to our valued customers. 

We provide an opportunity to join Vietnamese families in celebrating their most sacred holiday. You will get to be part of their festive home and help them prepare for Tet, from cleaning the house to making Chung cakes, arranging the five-fruit tray, and decorating ornamental plants (peach blossom, apricot blossom, and kumquat trees).

Highlights
  • Take a rickshaw tour along the streets of Hanoi
  • See the flower market in Quang Ba
  • Tour the Presidential Palace, Temple of Literature, the Sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple
  • Visit Duong Lam an ancient village
  • See Mia Pagoda with 287 statues
  • A traditional dinner with your host family
  • Visit Halong Bay – a natural wonder of the world
  • A night on board an elegant junk, cruising the emerald water
  • Lesson inTai Chi
  • Knowledgeable , Multilingual and certified tour guides
  • Professional Guided Tours with English Speaking Guide
  • All Modes of Transport of High Standard
Good to Know
  • Scheduling Scheduling: Shared Tour
  • Languages offered on the Activity / TourLanguages offered on the Activity / Tour:
  • Duration Duration: 7 days
  • Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Disability Services Disability Services
    Wheelchair access available.
  • Easy Cancellation Easy Cancellation
    Non-refundable
  • On Request On Request
Inclusions
  • Small groups of maximum 16 travelers
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • English-speaking guides as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of drivers and air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels (on twin-share basis, 3-star hotel & cruise, 1 night at homestay)
Exclusions
  • Vietnam Visa fees
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • International flights in & out Vietnam
  • Single supplement (374 USD/person)
Itinerary
Days

Welcome to Hanoi - the capital city of Vietnam with beautiful tree-lined streets and colonial buildings, a heaven of vendor foods and hospitable people. 

Arrive in the Noi Bai International Airport, our guide will be waiting there to take you to your hotel in the city center for a short rest. 

In the afternoon, you will take rickshaw tour along the streets of Hanoi, taking in the vibrant Old Quarter. 

The Old Quarter is busier these days due to the increasing number of people go shopping for Lunar New Year. 

Later on, savor an authentic Vietnamese dinner in one of the local restaurants.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Hotel in Hanoi

Flowers can be one of the most purchased items of Vietnamese people before Tet Holiday. 

Flowers placed in the house for decoration or on a family altar for worship. People also bring flowers to pagoda when they come there to pray.

To see how local people choose flowers for this special occasion, we will come to visit a beautiful morning flower market in Quang Ba - an early morning market start at 2:00 am mainly for wholesalers. 

Start the tour at around 5:00 am, we drive to Quang Ba, steep into the market, and then you will walk to the shops and admire the colourful, wide variety of flowers in the picturesque market. 

There is one kind of flower you can only see during Tet: the peach- blossom which is indicative of the spring and Tet. 

When you travel in North Vietnam during this time, you will see peach-blossom in every corner. 

Come back from the flower market, you will have breakfast at your hotel and have a short rest before taking the city tour to discover Hanoi. 

The tour includes visits to main sites as the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex (you just pass by), the nearby One Pillar Pagoda, the Presidential Palace, Temple of Literature, the Sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple and then, one of the city museums. 

Conclude the day with an interesting water puppet show - a traditional folk dance that stems from Southeast Asian wet rice culture.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Hotel in Hanoi

A journey to Duong Lam ancient village is a trip that traces back to the origin of Vietnam's culture and traditions. 

After breakfast at your hotel, our driver and guide will take you on a 2-hour drive to the west of Hanoi to visit Duong Lam - a purely agricultural village of the Red River Delta which still preserves many old houses. 

After arriving in the village, you start walking along small roads to visit the Mong Phu Hamlet - the only hamlet in the village with its original gate is still intact. The Mong Phu hamlet dedicated to national heroes. 

After leaving the hamlet, you continue walking through the village then visit the local ancient house - dated back over 400 years. Have a chat with the host family to understand more about the long history of the village and also their current daily lives. Lunch in the village. 

In the afternoon, continue driving to visit Mia Pagoda, built in the 15th century. 

Admire its 287 statues of all sizes, some famous ones being the statue of Buddha in the Himalayas and the statues of the Eight Vajra Deities. 

Next, visit the Ngo Quyen temple and Phung Hung temple, which dedicated to two national heroes, Ngo Quyen and Phung Hung. Enjoy your night at a local house.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Home Stay

Have breakfast then bid farewell to the lovely homestay and continue on your way to Tien Le and Son Dong villages. 

Arrive in the peaceful Tien Le village, hop on the bicycles and start cycling along the beautiful roads passing through the veggie field. 

Put on farming clothes and farming tools, and get ready to get dirty as you will do some farming activities like ploughing, growing the vegetables, watering and fertilising. 

Next, head back to your host family to cook some traditional foods with the fresh ingredients prepared for you. 

In the afternoon, say goodbye to your lovely host family, then continue the biking journey to a nearby village to visit a local family who produces rice wine. 

Rice wine here made the traditional way: fermentation and distillation. Listen to a member of the family share about this tradition and try some rice wine if you feel brave enough (yes this rice wine is powerful!!!). 

As today is the last day of Vietnam’s lunar year, you can have a chance to observe exciting activities that local people prepare for Tet. 

These include cleaning houses and roads, house decorations and making traditional cakes – “Chung cake”. Let’s join one hand with the local family and try making “Chung cake”, you will have a great time. 

In the evening, have a traditional dinner with your host family before driving back to your hotel in Hanoi.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Hotel in Hanoi

Today is the 1st day of the lunar year, Hanoi will be very quiet and boring as almost all people come back to their hometown to gather with their family members. 

Hence, we will set out of Hanoi on a 3-4 hour journey to Halong Bay – a natural wonder of the world. 

Spend a night onboard an elegant junk, cruising on the emerald water to the far and less touched areas of Halong; it is a lifetime experience that you will never forget! 

Arrive at the dock around noon then you will embark on the cruise, followed by a delicious lunch while the cruise sails further to the secluded, island-dotted bay. 

You will join the cruise's activities such as visiting caves and sandstone islands, and kayaking. 

At night, relaxing on the sundeck or go squid fishing.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : On Cruise

Awake early to capture the most beautiful moments of the bay during sunrise, then join a Tai Chi lesson with other passengers. 

Light breakfast is served with pastries and coffee while your cruise continues sailing through the islands. 

Depending on each cruise; you might visit nearby islands using a rowboat then navigate back to Halong jetty. 

Pack your luggage then enjoy the brunch onboard before disembarkation. 

Our driver will be waiting at the jetty to take you back to Hanoi. 

Enjoy rest of the day to discover your hotel’s surrounding area on your own.

  • Accommodation : Hotel in Hanoi
  • Meals : Brunch

Today is your last day in Hanoi. Enjoy breakfast at your hotel then wander around the city for last minute shopping or sightseeing before getting transferred to Hanoi Airport for your departure flight.

  • Breakfast
Meeting Point
Meeting point will be informed by us, Normally it will be the first hotel we book for the group
Know Before You Go
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels (on twin-share basis, 3-star hotels & cruise)
  • The Tours Offer to pick up and drop off and to your hotel. Please ensure you enter the correct name and address of your hotel
  • During peak season accommodation may be in different 3 star hotels subject to avb
  • Wheel Chair Accessible However certain tours during the 3 days may not be suitable for people using a wheelchair or walking disabilities due uneven surfaces or local accessibility , contact tour operator for more information
  • Please make sure that you have travel insurance before you travel overseas, including but not limited to Vietnam. We have teamed up with 1cover.com.au to provide you a peace of min
  • Meeting point will be informed by us. Normally it will be the first hotel we book for the group
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