Explore Vietnam’s northern jewels. Take an in-depth look at Hanoi, stepping back in time at the Temple of Literature and wandering the vibrant maze of streets in the Old Quarter. Then take an overnight cruise on Halong Bay, marvelling at the spectacular limestone karsts that rise dramatically from the sea.
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B/L)
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)
Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi & Departure (B)
<p>Upon arrival in Hanoi, be met by the guide and private car and be transferred to the hotel for check-in. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.</p><p>Overnight in Hanoi.</p><p>Notes: The itinerary can be flexible base on the arrival flight schedule; some sites can be visited today to have more time at sites or adding some other sites in the next day (with small surcharge).</p><p></p>
<p>Explore the charming city of Hanoi, often referred to as the ‘Paris of the East’, with its yellow ochre colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes. Visit the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing monument of marble and granite built to house the preserved body of beloved revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh, affectionately known to the Vietnamese as “Uncle Ho”. Visit the One Pillar Pagoda, a Buddhist temple built in 1049 of wood in the shape of a lotus blossom and set on a single stone pillar. Continue to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first national university built in the late 11th century. The picturesque temple is an example of well-preserved traditional Vietnamese architecture and is featured on the back of the 100,000 Vietnamese dong banknote. In the afternoon, visit the fascinating Museum of Ethnology (closed on Mondays) which houses an extensive collection of traditional costumes and artefacts from Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority groups. Drive back to central Hanoi for a walking tour through the famed Old Quarter known for its ‘36 streets of 36 wares’ named after the original 36 artisan guilds that date as far back as the 13th century. Conclude your day by watching an entertaining water puppet performance, a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form said to have originated in the flooded rice fields of the Red River Delta where villagers entertained themselves by manipulating puppets over the water. The show uses colourful wooden puppets to depict scenes of rural life and episodes of national history set to music. </p><p>NOTES</p><p>Suggested departure time: 08:00 </p><p>Tour duration: 07 hours</p><p>Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed every Monday & Friday, all morning from 15 June to 15 August</p><p></p>
<p>Depart for a 2.5 hour journey to Halong Bay. Make a stop en route for some refreshment (around 15-20 minutes). On arrival in Halong Bay, board your deluxe junk, settle into your cabin and prepare your appetite for an enjoyable lunch on deck. In the afternoon, enjoy some visits and/or activities (depending on each boat’s itinerary) or just spend some time relaxing on board. Towards the end of the day the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations. Dinner is served on board.</p><p>Overnight aboard on Halong Bay.</p><p></p>
<p>Rise early and greet the day with another refreshing Tai Chi demonstration on the upper deck. the sun rises on Halong in the morning and breakfast is served (brunch on some boats) while the vessels cruises slowly through the magnificent rock formations and back towards port. Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi or Haiphong for the onward flight.</p><p></p>
Tour price includes:
- + Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services.
- + All private transportation.
- + Accommodation shared in Twin/Double room with daily breakfast
- + Overnight Cruise (Private cabin)
- + Experienced English speaking guide.
- + Private boat trip as per tour
- + Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
- + All sightseeing tickets.
- + Tissues and water on coach.
- + Services charges and government tax.
- + No extra charge after services confirmation
- + 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
Tour price excludes:
- + International flights & Departure taxes if any
- + Personal expenses, drinks, tips and gratuities
- + Travel insurance
- + Peak season or Public holidays surcharge if any
- + Compulsory Gala dinner on X-Mas or New Year if any
- + Vietnam visa
- + Other services not mentioned above.