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Vietnam Pilgrimage Tour

Vietnam Pilgrimage Tour

US$2,526 $2,339

No of Days: 22|  People: 5

Embark on a 22 day tour of Vietnam Catholic travel and discover truly wonderful pilgrimage journey covering all the highlights of this stunning S-shaped country in combination of calling in churches and holy shrines in Vietnam. The history, the old-world charm, breathtaking landscape and the vibrant color are just some of the things you will experience on this journey through startlingly beautiful Vietnam.

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Vietnam Pilgrimage Tour

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
You will be greeted at the airport by our guide and driver and transferred directly to your hotel. Rest of the day is free at your own pace. Overnight in Ha Noi.

 

Day 2: Hanoi City Sights (B, L, D)
Afer breakfast at the hotel, you will take a full day tour of Hanoi including Ho Chi Minh Complex, West Lake, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Temple of Literature and Ethnology Museum. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, continue your tour to Hoa Lo Prison, History Museum and Ngoc Son Temple on Hoan Kiem lake, then take an hour cyclo ride through the fascinating medieval streets of the Old Quarter. Enjoy Water Puppet Show of Vietnamese traditional art before having your dinner. Overnight in Hanoi.

 

Day 3: Churches Visit in Hanoi – Sapa (B, L, D)
This morning, you will visit a series of churches such as Hanoi Archdiocese, Hanoi Cathedral, Hanoi Seminary, Thai Ha Church and may pray in this Church. Have lunch in a local restaurant.
Then take a 4 hour drive to Sapa, almost 300km north west of Hanoi. Arrive Sapa late in the afternoon . Dinner and overnight in Sapa. Rest of the day is free on your own to explore the Sapa at night.

 

Day 4: Sapa (B, L, D)
Start a 3 hour hiking journey around Cat Cat village of the Black H’mong . Return to Sapa town for lunch. Then you will continue to Draron’s Jaw including Finland 1-2 Garden, Pear garden, Apple orchard Cats, Flower Garden Center, Broken Stone, Sky Gate, Dragon Head, Crocodile Island, Park Forest meteorite, Cloud Airport, and TV tower. Rest of the day is free to visit Sapa Stone church built in 1895. This church is considered as a hallmark ancient architectural integrity of the French. Dinner and overnight in Sapa.

 

Day 5: Sapa – Ta Van – Lao Chai – Hanoi (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will drive to visit Lao Chai and Tavan, another home to H’mong, and Dzay people. You will have chance to see the Carved Rock Stone. After lunch, return to Hanoi for your dinner and overnight stay.

 

Day 6: Hanoi – Halong Overnight Cruise (L, D)
Morning depart to Halong Bay, which is considered the 8th wonder of the world. Sip on a refreshing welcome drink upon check in before beginning cruise through the bay. Lunch served while cruising among hundreds of islets (Dinh Huong islet, Ga Choi – Fighting Cock islet, Dog islet, Finger islet, etc.) to discover unspoiled pockets of Halong Bay and visit Sung Sot cave, one of the most imposing grottos of the Bay. Swim at Soi Sim beach or Titov beach or a short trek to the top of Titov mountain for a magnificent panorama scenery. Enjoy dinner with fresh seafood on board. Relax or chatting with partner, friends, family. Overnight on boat.

 

Day 7: Halong – Hanoi (B, L)
For early risers complimentary tea, coffee, fruit and cake are served. Visit Luon cave on small bamboo boat paddle by out crew staff and enjoy the quiet atmosphere enclosed by high islets and mountains. Be back to our Huong Hai Junk. Sail past rock formations such as Man’s Head islet, Tortoise islet, Butterfly cave, Lion islet, Bai Tho mountain, enjoy the tranquil scenery as the boat meanders its way through the bay on the way back to Ha Long city, etc. Check out on boat at around 10.00 am. Enjoy lunch as boat weaves through strange-shaped limestone rock formations. Arrive back at Ha Long city around noon time for disembarkation, return to Hanoi. Tour ends at your hotel around 5:00pm.

 

Day 8: Halong – Nam Dinh – Ninh Binh (B, L, D)
Transfer to Nam Dinh, visit Phu Nhai Church – Kien Lao Shrine, it’s not only the architecture of Catholicism, sights of tourists near and far, but also the object of the research civil engineer, architectural and cultural studies. Proceed to Ninh Binh for your dinner and overnight stay.

 

Day 9: Ninh Binh – Hanoi – Hue (B, L, D)
Morning, drive to Phat Diem Stone Cathedral, which was built from 1875 to 1899 by Priest Tran Luc and Catholics in here made by all of stone and wood. Now, there is Priest’s Grave in front of the Church. The feature of this building is modeled on the architecture of the traditional temples in Vietnam inspite of Catholic Church. Then take a boat trip along the stream between rice paddy to visit Trang An complex where the limestone ranges, valleys and rivers fuses intertwined to create a magical space, mysterious surprise ever for you. Return to Ha Noi airport for flight to Hue for your overnight stay.

 

Day 10: Hue City Tour (B, L, D)
Morning take a boat trip on Perfume river visits Hue’s best-known religious site, Thien Mu pagoda and the mausoleum of former emperor Ming Mang. After lunch, you will visit Ancient Citadel and Forbidden City, where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945 and continue to Khai Dinh tomb and Hue Anglican Church. Dinner and overnight in Hue.

 

Day 11: Hue – Quang Binh – Quang Tri – Our Lady of La Vang (B, L, D)
Leave for Quang Binh to visit Phong Nha Cave located in the complex Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park with stunning stalactites jelly. Many travellers recognized as in-ground Heaven. Transfer to La Vang Center of Pilgrimage, Quang Tri, the basilica of the Catholic Church in Vietnam. It’s also the largest center for Catholics pilgrimage and foreign Catholics. Pray in here. Dinner and overnight in Quang Tri.

 

Day 12: Quang Tri – Danang (B, L, D)
Morning drive to Danang to visit Da Nang Cathedral known as Chicken Church built in the French colonial period. After lunch, visit Cham Museum and Marble Mountain representing the 5 main factors of universe. Continue to visit the Shrine of Sao Bien built near the My Khe beach. Dinner and
Overnight in Danang.

 

Day 13: Danang – Our Lady of Tra Kieu – My Son (B, L, D)
Visit Tra Kieu Center of Pilgrimage, the catholic name that Vietnam used to call is Mary built in 1898. The temple is dedicated to the Lady who helped catholics here fight against Vuong movement in 1885. Proceed to one of the World Cultural Heritage Sites in Vietnam – My Son Sanctuary dating from between 07th and 13th centuries.
If time permits, you will continuously explore Hoian ancient town by visiting the former merchants’ homes, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colorful market. Dinner and overnight in Hoi An.

 

Day 14: Hoian – Nha Trang (B, L, D)
Morning flight to Nha Trang. On arrival, you will visit Ponogar Tower, Long Son Pagoda and Institute of Ocean. After lunc h, visit Nha Trang Church, which is located on a small hill of Nha Trang city. It was started to build on 3-9-1928. The unique feature of the cathedral is the bronze bell, which was in the bell tower. Then continue to visit Stella Maris Major Seminary, set up on December 31st, 1991 for training priests for three dioceses: Nha Trang, Quy Nhon and Buon Ma Thuot. Dinner and overnight in Nha Trang.

 

Day 15: Nha Trang – Dalat (B, L, D)
Depart for Dalat. On arrival, you will visit Dalat Cathedral, Cam Ly Church, Domain de Marie Church, Academy

Pio Pope, Caritas Center. Rest of the day is free at your own pace. Dinner and overnight in Dalat.

 

Day 16: Dalat – Saigon (B, L, D)
Morning visit Xuan Huong Lake, Da Lat Flower Park, Tuyen Lam Lake and Truc Lam Monastery. Then take your flight to Saigon. Dinner and overnight in Saigon.

 

Day 17: Ho Chi Minh City Tour (B, L, D)
Today you will take a full day tour of Saigon including Presidential Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office, Opera House, City Hall, War Museum, China Town, Thien Hau Pagoda and Ben Thanh Market. Dinner and overnight in Saigon.

 

Day 18: Saigon – Tay Ninh – Cu Chi Tunnels (B, L, D)
After breakfast, depart to Cao Dai Temples in Tay Ninh – Cao Dai Holysee Temple is the cathedral of the Cao Daism religion with the Divine Eye – official symbol of Caodaism. After lunch, you will visit Cu Chi Tunnels consisting of more than 200km of underground tunnels. This main axis system has many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life during the U.S.-Vietnam War. Back to Saigon in late afternoon. Rest of the day is free at your own pace. Overnight in Saigon.

 

Day 19: Saigon – Ca Mau – Father Diep’s Shrine (B, L, D)
Take a long drive to Ca Mau, stop for your lunch in Can Tho then continue to Ca Mau. Stop and pray at the Father Diep’s Shrine, a center of pilgrimage in the South Catholics. Arrive Eco-tourism zone of Ca Mau national landmark, visit the southernmost point of Vietnam, Ca Mau panel icon where annual alluvial ponder from 80-100m. You view of Ca Mau on the 20.5 m high of panoramic, visit the miniature model of resistance forests, mangrove ecosystems. Then on the last point of the Nam Can National. Overnight in Ca Mau.

 

Day 20: Ca Mau – Can Tho – Cai Rang Market (B, L, D)
Leave Ca Mau to Can Tho, visit Can Tho Cathedral, Can Tho Old Market. Have lunch at the local restaurant. Take a boat cruise on Cai Rang floating market. The market is filled with small boats darting through the water as vendors buy and sell their wares. Cruise through small canals and stop at a fruit orchard to taste some of the succulent fruits of the Mekong Delta. Dinner on the boat while listening the Traditional Music. Overnight in Can Tho.

 

Day 21: Can Tho – Cai Be Floating Market – Saigon (B, L, D)
After breakfast, continue to Vinh Long to take a boat trip on Cai Be floating market, typical of the Mekong Delta. The boat takes you to Binh Hoa Phuoc Island to visit orchards of tropical fruits and have lunch at the local restaurant on the island. Return to Saigon for your dinner and overnight stay.

 

Day 22: Saigon Departure (B)
Free at leisure till transferring to airport for your flight home. End of Vietnam Pilgrimage tour.

1/ Private air-conditioned vehicle during sightseeing trip
2/ Accommodation stated in the hotel section with daily breakfast
3/ Sightseeing and entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary
4/ Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)
5/ Private English speaking guide as outlined in the itinerary
6/ Private cabin in a shared boat in Halong; private boat in Hue, Quang Binh and Mekong

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