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Overview

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.

Trip Highlights

Hanoi and Halong Discovery Tour

See Hanoi’s historic sites

Visit the 1000-year-old Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh’s former home and ancient pagodas for a glimpse into the past

Wander the Old Quarter

Take a walking tour through the Old Quarter’s maze of streets and alleys for a look at local Hanoi life.

Cruise Halong Bay

Cast off on an overnight cruise around the limestone karsts of Halong Bay, exploring hidden caves along the way.

Itinerary

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Hanoi Arrival

Noi Bai Airport to your chosen hotel in Hanoi (35km): 60mins

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.

Overnight in Hanoi.

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).

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Hanoi

Vietnam’s quaint capital is a city of wide tree lined boulevards with tranquil lakes and colonial villa’s and a more sedate pace than other Asian cities. Hanoi offers something for everyone and will leave on wishing that there was more time to explore this enthralling capital.

Today, depart for a full day tour of Hanoi. Begin with a visit to West Lake to admire the sixth-century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda.Next up is a short drive to visit the famed Temple of Literature. Wander around this incredible compound which was constructed in 1076. Become fascinated with the stories of the building and get a glimpse of the past when it served as a university and temple.

Afterwards, head over to the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (closed on Monday). Here, browse informative exhibitions displaying artifacts and infographics that portray the remarkable diversity of Vietnam’s ethnic communities. Meanwhile, take a look at view traditional costumes on display which represent each of the ethnic groups. As an alternative to the Ethnology Museum, visit the highly-acclaimed Vietnamese Women’s Museum.

The museum is located near Hoan Kiem Lake and offers wonderful insight into the lives and heritage of Vietnamese women.

Learn historic and modern-day traditions centered around births, weddings, motherhood, spirituality and more.

After lunch (own arrangement), visit Ho Chi Minh complex and see the famous Mausoleum from a viewing point. (Note: it is closed Monday & Friday weekly). Then, take a short walk to Ho Chi Minh’s former house (closed on Monday Afternoon). Built on stilts, this was where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1958 to 1969 as he orchestrated the movement that eventually leads to Vietnam’s independence. Walk around the serene grounds while learning about Ho Chi Minh’s life and legacy.  There is an option to take a tour of the nearby One Pillar Pagoda. Built in 1049, it’s one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples.

At the end of the afternoon, embark on a walking tour through Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter. This area of 36 narrow streets is a lively place to walk around while seeing and learning about Vietnam’s traditional ways of life. Continue through the busy Hang Be Market and around Hoan Kiem Lake. Snap photos and chat with the locals on the way.

Finish the day at the water puppet theatre. Watch an entertaining live performance of this unique northern Vietnamese art form, a great way to end the tour of Hanoi.

Overnight in Hanoi.

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Hanoi - Halong

Hanoi to Halong Bay (160km): 3hrs30mins

The perfect way to see the UNESCO World Heritage area of Halong Bay is to spend a night aboard a charming boat. The mystical scenery of Halong Bay where thousands of limestone islands jut out of the emerald sea, sculpted into bizarre shapes and surrounded by colorful floating villages is a truly breathtaking destination.

Following breakfast leave Hanoi for a 3hr30mins drive to Halong Bay including a 20-minutes stop on the way. Arrive at the jetty in Halong City towards noon and proceed with check-in formalities. After the welcome onboard, lunch will be served while cruising towards the bay itself. 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.

Overnight aboard on Halong Bay.

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Halong Departure

Halong Bay to Noi Bai Airport (150km): 3hrs

Enjoy the fresh morning in the middle of the bay, 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.

Important Information

Our services include:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • English or French speaking guide (for other languages supplements apply)
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
 
 
 

Our services do not include:

  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • International and Domestic Flights
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips, Travel insurance

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