NORTH VIETNAM AND HALONG BAY
Of all the must-see destinations on any North Vietnam itinerary, the vibrant capital city of Hanoi and a cruise on the incredible Gulf of Tonkino are not to be missed.
Stroll through the streets of charming Hanoi and visit the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university, the imposing mausoleum erected in honour of Ho Chi Minh, the lovely Old Quarter, the oldest part of the city with its 36 streets, traditional shops, night market, street food stalls and the renowned water-puppet show.
Immerse yourself in the beautiful nature of Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994, considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World, framed by incredible karst mountains.
An inlet of over 1500 square kilometres, home to thousands of small monolithic limestone islands, fantastic caves, a remarkable biodiversity and a marine biosystem with a variety of flora and fauna.
This suggested itinerary can be customised according to your travel needs as well as combined with other routes.
Length : 4D 3N
From : HANOI
To : HANOI
Destinations : Hanoi, Halong Bay
01. ARRIVE IN HANOI
Arrival in Hanoi, the charming capital of Vietnam.
Welcome meeting by our staff at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
Included : Tour guide, private transportation and hotel
After breakfast we start our tour of the capital from the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, a symbolic building that preserves the remains of the famous Vietnamese President in the centre of Ba Dinh Square where the Declaration of Independence was read in 1945.
We move on to the Presidential House, built in colonial style, and the One Pillar Pagoda, the name refers to its special structure supported by a single pillar, a symbol of the purity of the lotus flower. It was built by Emperor Ly Thai Tong as a good omen for the birth of a male son who would inherit the throne.
We then travel to the West Lake, the largest natural reservoir of 4 square kilometres in Hanoi, to Tran Quoc Pagoda, the capital’s oldest Buddhist temple built in the 6th century, and to the Temple of Literature, the nation’s first university and Imperial Academy built in 1070 in honour of Confucius.
In the afternoon, we visit the Old Quarter, “Old Hanoi“, aboard a traditional cyclò as we meander through the narrow streets that criss-cross the historic centre and take their name from the type of goods sold.
We stop at Hoan Kiem Lake, also known as the Lake of the Restored Sword, and continue over the red wooden bridge The Huc that leads to the Ngoc Son temple, or temple of the Jade Mountain. We end the day with the world-famous water puppet show.
Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation
03. HALONG BAY CRUISE
Early morning transfer to Ha Long port (approx. 4h). Upon arrival board the junk for an unforgettable cruise in Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994 and considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World since 2008.
Stretching over an area of more than 1500 square kilometres, it is home to thousands of small monolithic limestone islands, fantastic caves and a marine biodiversity and biosystem with a wide variety of flora and fauna.
During the navigation in the beautiful naturalistic scenery of the bay you can practice some activities foreseen by the program established by the navigation company such as swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, visiting a limestone cave and a fishing village, or simply relax surrounded by the extraordinary landscape.
Both lunch and dinner are served on board and include a tasting of seafood. Overnight stay in an air-conditioned private cabin.
Included : Junk in Halong, breakfast, lunch, dinner, tour guide
04. HALONG CRUISE - DEPARTURE
The cruise offers the privilege of watching the spectacular sunrise over Halong Bay. If you wish, you can take part in a Tai Chi class on the deck of the junk at 6am.
After breakfast, further activities are planned on board, depending on the cruise programme.
On the way back to Ha Long port, lunch will be served on board to conclude this unique experience.
Pick up at the port and transfer to Hanoi international airport in time for the departure flight.
Included : Breakfast, lunch and private transportation
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