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Vietnam Pilgrimage to Our Lady of LaVang

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Pilgrimage to Our Lady of La Vang in Vietnam.  On this pilgrimage tour to Vietnam, you will see 3 of the 4 basilicas in this beautiful country.  You will see Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City which is also a basilica. Our Lady of LaVang in Central Vietnam is also a basilica.  Lastly, the So Kien Basilica, or Ke So Church is located in the town of Kien Khe in Northern Vietnam. While in Hue, you will see the Imperial City.

Tour Details of Vietnam Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Lavang

Departure & Return Location

Your local airport of choice —  Or you can choose land only and make your own flight arrangements.

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

Price Excludes

Complementaries

  • Name and Luggage tags
  • Neck Wallet
  • Travel Bag
Itinerary for Vietnam Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Lavang

Day 1Depart

Today we embark on our Pilgrimage to Vietnam. Get some rest on the flights and enjoy your meals.

Day 2Cross International Date line

Day 3Arrive Ho Chi Minh City

ho chi minh city at night vietnam pilgrimageUpon arrival in Ho Chi Minh, the tour guide will pick up for a panoramic city tour including a stop at Notre Dame Cathedral, and then transfer to the hotel for check-in. Dinner and Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City also known as Saigon.

Day 4Ho Chi Minh - Vung Tau

Travel to Vung Tau to visit the Church of the Virgin Mary, the largest church in the region. There will be time to visit the beautiful gardens and pray before the large statue of Our Lady of Grace. For those who have the energy, we’ll climb the 800 steps to the famous statue of Jesus Christ at the top of the hill. This impressive statue of Christ the King stands 105 feet tall, offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city and serves as a testament to the region’s strong Christian heritage and spirituality. Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh for dinner & overnight.

Day 5Full Day Mekong Delta

mekong delta vietnamToday you will enjoy a boat ride and tour of the Mekong Delta. Travel along small canals under the coconut tree fronds, and cruise to coconut island to visit a local family’s residence and enjoy tropical fruits and taste honey tea and wine. See how local products are made and listen to a live local music performance performed by the villagers. Return to Ho Chi Minh for dinner and overnight.

Day 6Cu Chi Tunnels - Fly to Hue

This morning you will begin with a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels. These tunnels were used to organize the 1968 Tet Offensive. Originally the tunnels had been created as far back as 1948 to help combat the French. Now they were rapidly expanded to include innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers kitchens, and even schools. Today the remaining tunnels of this intricate network have been widened to accommodate the larger western frame and have now become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience of what underground life was like during the war.

Following lunch, transfer to the airport for your flight to Hue.  Dinner and overnight in Hue.

Day 7Our Lady of LaVang - Hue Imperial City

statue of our lady of lavang vietnamAfter breakfast, we drive about 1,5 hours to LaVang. Our Lady of La Vang is a Vatican-approved apparition that occurred in Vietnam in the 17th century. At the time, Catholics were being persecuted and killed due to the king’s prohibition of foreign religions. The people of La Vang in Quảng Trị Province ran into the jungle to hide, but many were sick and were bitten by snakes. While hiding in the jungle, the community gathered to pray the rosary every night. One evening, the Blessed Mother appeared to them, standing on the branches of the tree where they gathered to pray. She was dressed in ao dai (traditional Vietnamese attire) and held a child in her arms. The Blessed Mother comforted the people and told them to pick and boil the leaves from the trees and then drink the liquid. After consuming the liquid, many people were cured of their illnesses. Today, LaVang is considered a holy place and an important place of pilgrimage for Vietnamese Catholics, with a church erected near the three banyan trees, where the apparitions took place. Our Lady of LaVang is the Patroness of Vietnam and all Vietnamese people and her feast day is November 22.

Enjoy lunch in the Imperial City of Hue, once the capital of Vietnam during the reign of the Nguyen dynasty, the last dynasty in Vietnam. Even today, the Vietnamese regard Hue with awe and respect. Visit the Imperial Citadel, which contains the palaces that housed the imperial family, as well as shrines, gardens, and villas for mandarins, and visit the ThienMu Pagoda, the iconic seven-story Phước Duyên pagoda, the unofficial symbol of the city. Dinner and overnight in Hue.

 

Day 8Hue - Tra Kieu - Hoi An

This morning you’ll visit the Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Tra Kieu, an ancient church in the peaceful citadel Tra Kieu which was formerly called Simhapura meaning the ‘Lion Citadel’. This devotion began during a wave of anti-Catholic violence in 1885 led by the elite anticolonial movement Văn Thân. According to legends, the Virgin Mary appeared on top of the church of Trà Kiệu during a battle between Catholics and members of this movement and she protected the faithful from destruction by the larger Văn Thân force. Continue to Hoi An where you will enjoy a lunch and walking tour of this ancient town.

Day 9DANANG – HANOI

This morning celebrate Mass and visit the Da Nang Cathedral, or Pink Church, the only church constructed when Vietnam was still under the control of French colonialists. The cathedral is also one of the few examples of French architecture remaining in Da Nang. There are many names for Da Nang Cathedral, including Tourane Church (used during the French colonial period) and Sacred Heart Church of Jesus. To the locals, Da Nang Cathedral is better known as “Rooster Church”. The name refers to the massive bell tower, which has a weathercock in the shape of a rooster on top. Many people assume the rooster is a symbol of France. It is a symbol associated with St. Peter’s parable in the Gospel about repentance and awakening. 

In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for a flight to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.  Dinner and overnight in Hanoi.

Day 10HA NAM - Vietnamese Martyrs

so kien church basilica vietnam pilgrimageDepart Hanoi for Ha Nam province where we will celebrate Mass at So Kien Basilica or Ke So Church which is located in the town of Kien Kheat. The Basilica is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception. We will also visit the Shrine to the Vietnamese Martyrs located nearby.  Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions (Vietnamese: Anrê Dũng-Lạc và các bạn tử đạo) are saints whom Pope John Paul II canonized.  The estimated total number of Vietnamese martyrs is between 130,000 and 300,000.  Pope John Paul II decided to canonize the known and unknown, giving them a single feast day of November 24.  The basilica was built approximately 135 years ago. Sở Kiện is the birthplace of two martyrs: Fr. Peter Truong Van Thi and Br. Peter Truong Van Duong.  Return to Hanoi for some free time before dinner. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 11Full Day HALONG BAY

Today you will enjoy a full-day tour with a boat ride in Halong Bay. As known as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Halong Bay is famous because of its stunning limestone mountains rising from emerald waters that formed from thousand years ago. During your tour, you will enjoy a delicious lunch, visit a floating fishing village, and have a chance to explore amazing caves. Return to Hanoi for a farewell dinner and overnight.

Day 12Hanoi City Tour - Temple of Literature - Farewell Dinner

Enjoy a city tour including visits to the Temple of Literature & National University, one of the most well-preserved temples in the country which was constructed as a university in 1070, and dedicated to honoring Confucius and his teachings; a visit to Hao Lo Prison, aka the “Hanoi Hilton” because of the large number of American pilots, including the late Senator John McCain, that were imprisoned there during the war. Visit the Old Quarter, and marketplace, and celebrate Mass at St. Joseph’s Cathedral. Special farewell dinner and overnight in Hanoi.

Day 13Depart for Home

Depart for Hanoi Airport and flights back home.

Map of Vietnam Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Lavang
Interactive Map of Sites on this Pilgrimage to Vietnam - click on upper left arrow for list or on pins

Photos of the Vietnam Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Lavang
Pictures of this pilgrimage to Vietnam include Notre Dame Cathedral - Our lady of La Vang - Imperial City - Ha Long Bay and many other sites
Dates, Pricing, Booking for Vietnam Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Lavang
Make a Deposit to reserve your place. Prices start at $2,799 for Land Only. No credit card fees.
  Vietnam Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Lavang 2024  
VP-2024-Dec  December 2-14, 2024

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Land only $2,799

  Vietnam Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Lavang 2025  
VP-2025-January  January 6-18, 2025

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Price $4,599  Land only $2,799

VP-2025-February  February 10-22, 2025

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VP-2025-March 

March 17-29, 2025

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with Fr. John Restrepo, OP

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Single Room Supplement: $799 unless otherwise specified.

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Options

Pre-Stay in Ho Chi Minh City – Overnight Hotel & Breakfast

Double Room w/breakfast only per person $TBA · Single Room w/breakfast only one person $TBA · Private Airport Transfer per person $TBA

Post Stay in Hanoi – Overnight Hotel & Breakfast

Double Room w/breakfast only per person $TBA · Single Room w/breakfast only one person $TBA · Private Airport Transfer per person $TBA

Flight Upgrades to Business Class or Premium Economy 

Upgrades to Business Class or Premium Economy are available – conditions apply!

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Travel Insurance for Vietnam Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Lavang
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Travel Insurance is available for Vietnam and – is recommended!

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Do you have hotel information for this Pilgrimage to Vietnam? Yes! Click here for Vietnam hotel accommodations.

Do I need an electrical adapter in Vietnam?  Yes if your plug has 3 prongs.  See this about an adapter in Vietnam.

Are your guides Catholic?  All of our guides are Roman Catholic!  Absolutely!  We are the only pilgrimage tour agency with a Roman Catholic priest on staff!

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