AND HALONG BAY
Among the must-see destinations of any trip in North Vietnam certainly can not exclude a visit to the vibrant capital Hanoi and a cruise in the beautiful bays of the Gulf of Tonkin.
Stroll through the charming Hanoi and the Vietnam’s first university Temple of Literature, the imposing mausoleum erected in honor of Ho Chi Minh, the lovely Old town where you can enjoy the delicious street food, and the renowned water-puppetry performance.
Immerse yourself in the beautiful nature of Ha Long Bay, UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994 and one of the seven world natural wonders since 2008, while sailing surrounded by the incredible karst peaks. The inlet of the bay covers an area of more than 1500 square km and includes thousands of small monolithic limestone islands and fantastic caves. The environment has a biodiversity including a tropical evergreen, ocean and marine bio system, home to 14 endemic floral species and 60 endemic faunal species.
This example itinerary can be customised according to actual travel needs and can be combined with other routes.
Length : 4D 3N
From : HANOI
To : HANOI
Destinations : Hanoi, Halong Bay
01. ARRIVE IN HANOI
Arrive in Hanoi city, the charming capital of Vietnam.
Welcome by our staff and transfer to the hotel.
Included : Tour guide, private transportation and hotel
We begin to explore the capital from the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, a symbolic building that preserves the remains of the Vietnamese President, built in the center of Ba Dinh square where the country’s Declaration of Independence was read in 1945.
We continue to the colonial style Presidential House and to “One pillar pagoda”, whose name derives from the singular structure that rests on a single pillar to represent the purity of the lotus flower. It was erected by Emperor LyThai Tong as a good omen for the birth of a son who could inherit the throne.
We proceed to West Lake, the largest natural lake in Hanoi which extends over an area of 4 sqkm, Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldestBuddhist temple in Hanoi built in the 6th century, and to the first national university Temple of Literature, built in 1070 in honor of Confucius with the function of Imperial Academy.
In the afternoon we visit the old Hanoi by a traditional cyclò through the narrow streets that intersect the town and which take their name from the type of goods sold. Stop at Hoan Kiem Lake or “The Lake of the Restored Sword”, which houses an ancient pagoda, and continue on the red wooden bridge The Huc towards the temple of the “mountain of jada” Ngoc Son. We end the day with the show of the famous water puppet show.
Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation
03. HALONG BAY CRUISE
In the morning transfer the port in Ha Long (about 4h). Upon arrival we embark on the junk to begin the wonderful cruise in Ha Long Bay.
Extending over an area greater than 1500 sq km and includes thousands of small monolithic limestone islands and fantastic karst caves. Since 1994 it has become part of the world heritage of humanity and since 2008 it has been one of the seven wonders of the world.
The cruise follows the program established by the shipping company considered for your trip. At your discretion you can simply relax surrounded by the beautiful scenery or join optional excursions including kayaking, snorkelling and a visit to a limestone cave.
Lunch and dinner are served on board with seafood tasting. Overnight in a private cabin with air conditioning.
Included : Junk in Halong, breakfast, lunch, dinner, tour guide
04. HALONG CRUISE - DEPARTURE
The cruise experience definitely has the unique opportunity to watch the sunrise in Halong Bay. If you wish you can take part in the course of Tai Chi on deck at 6 am.
After breakfast, the cruise proceeds towards the pier in Ha Long, giving you the latest images of this fantastic experience. Lunch will be served to be followed by the disembark.
Transfer to Hanoi international airport in time for the departure flight.
Included : Breakfast, lunch and private transportation
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