vietnam21Hanoi is the capital city of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam - a city of shaded boulevards and parks, fading French colonial buildings, smell of fresh baguettes and pleasant views. It has an old-world charm of a provincial French town of the 1930s. But economic development has ushered in high-rise buildings, traffic, shops and restaurants. Foreign investors are putting up big hotels, shopping complexes and telecommunication infrastructure. A short drive eastwards to Halong Bay brings us to a loveliness that is sheer breathtaking. Cruise in the Bay with lunch on board.

Route: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex, Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh's house, One-Pillar Pagoda, Halong Bay and Water Puppets

 

check16 Inclusive:

• Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
• Accommodation: 3 nights in hotel with daily breakfast in hotel
• English or French speaking guide
• Entrance fees to stated sights
• Meal of one lunch as stated
• Water puppet show
• Boat trip in Halong Bay
• Cyclo trip in the Old Quarter

stop16 Exclusive:

• Other meals
• Tipping, drinks
• Airport tax
• Personal expenses
• Travel insurance
• All flights/airfars
• Visa fee

 

Itinerary:

 Day 1: Hanoi - Arrival

On arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you are met and transferred to hotel. Hanoi, Vietnam's capital, is a stylish and gracious city that retains a unique old-world charm and some of Asia's most striking colonial architecture, albeit fading. The many lakes and parks make for a relaxing atmosphere. Take a look at old Hanoi with a cyclo ride through the bustling Old Quarter where the streets are named after the specific goods once offered for sale in this place. It's a maze of alleys filled with small shops crammed full with goods needed by the locals. Return to hotel or be dropped off where you wish. Overnight in hotel, Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi - Halong (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. Today we enjoy a half-day city tour starting with the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex, containing the embalmed body of the nation's founder, Uncle Ho; the Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts. The complex also comprises the One-Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the founding of Hanoi. We follow this with a trip to the Temple of Literature, well-known as Vietnam's first university, and the History Museum which displays an excellent collection of artefacts illustrating the history of the Vietnamese. The peaceful lake of Hoan Kiem and the bustling Dong Xuan Market are also visited before we depart for Halong Bay through the scenic countryside.
Overnight in hotel, Halong.

Day 3: Halong - Hanoi (Breakfast/Lunch)

Breakfast at the hotel. Today we explore beautiful Halong Bay. The wondrous Halong Bay is truly one of Vietnam's most impressive scenic sights. We board a boat for a cruise of the Bay. This five-hour cruise takes us through the picturesque scenery of some 3,000 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear, emerald water to blend with the sky. The limestone karst formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way we will anchor in a secluded cove for a leisurely swim and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs. After a seafood lunch on board we return to Hanoi, stopping en route at Dong Trieu pottery village. We arrive in time to see an evening performance of Hanoi's famous water puppets.
Overnight in hotel, Hanoi.

Day 4: Hanoi - Departure (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. There is free time to relax or further explore Hanoi on your own until time to transfer to Noi Bai Airport for your departure flight.

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