Day 1: Hanoi arrival
Upon arrival at Noi Bai airport, you will be met by our tour representative and transferred to your hotel to freshen up. If time permits, you will have the opportunity to take a one-hour trishaw ride to visit the Hanoi Old Quarter. You’ll explore the fascinating Old Quarter and its hundreds of specialty shops selling silk clothing, lacquer-ware, embroidered linens, furniture, bamboo, cooking utensils, ceremonial objects and more. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi city tour
Your Vietnam holiday continues after breakfast at hotel, followed by a full day city tour starting with the Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh, the Presidential Palace, and Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. Close to this site is the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origin dates back to the foundation of Hanoi a thousand years ago. Your tour of Hanoi then continues with a trip to the remarkable Temple of Literature, well known as Vietnam’s first university. A local restaurant for your own lunch is a lovely experience of the Vietnam cuisine and culture. Later, you’ll enjoy a walk around the peaceful Hoan Kiem Lake and through the bustling Old Quarter city of Hanoi, after which you will depart in a private vehicle for Halong Bay, truly one of Vietnam’s most impressive sights and a World Heritage Site. Overnight at a hotel in Halong.
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong bay
After an early breakfast you’ll start with a transfer out to the internationally famous and stunning beautiful Ha Long Bay, made world famous by James Bond in the movie Tomorrow Never Dies. You’ll Arriving just before lunch, you’ll embark on a traditional Vietnamese junk. Take lunch on board and enjoy the afternoon and overnight cruise as it provides you with fantastic views of the fabulous scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands which amazingly rise from the clear emerald water. The limestone karst formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves, some of which you’ll visit. Overnight on board in Halong Bay.
Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi
The tour continues with a morning spent cruising on to the Man’s Head and Tortoise islands, and then Luon Cave by way of a small bamboo boat. After a brunch, check out and continue to travel though Bai Tu Long to Bai Chay for disembarkation, where you will meet your driver and guide who will transfer you back to Hanoi. Then you are free for your own leisure time. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 5: Hanoi – Departure
Today there is some free time for your own exploration of Hanoi until we transfer to airport for your flight departure. The trip ends at airport.