Day 1: Arrival – Hanoi
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 – Halong
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 in a hotel in Halong.
Day 3: Halong bay cruise – Hanoi
After breakfast you’ll be taken to the harbour to board a junk ship for departure at 07:30 on a magical four-hour cruise around Ha Long Bay, made world famous by James Bond in the movie Tomorrow Never Dies. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the picturesque scenery and some 3,000 limestone islands rising vertically from the emerald water. The extraordinary limestone karst formations are full of hidden beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way you’ll anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath the cliffs. After a delicious seafood lunch on board, we will disembark and return to Hanoi, stopping en route at the Dong Trieu pottery village. We arrive in Hanoi in time to enjoy the water puppet show in front of the Hoan Kiem lake. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 4: Hanoi – Departure
Today you will have some leisure time for your own exploration of Hanoi until we transfer to airport for your flight departure. The trip ends at the airport.