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Discover Halong and Hanoi Tour

Discover Halong and Hanoi Tour

4 Days / 3 Nights

from / to Hanoi

Tour Highlights
• 4-day mini-tour – combine with other tours to create your dream holiday experience
• Extensive sightseeing in Hanoi
• Cruise in Halong Bay
• Any-day departure [&] no minimum number of travelers
This mini-tour combines two highlights of the North – Hanoi and Halong Bay. Vietnam’s capital has preserved much of its original charm – wander through the narrow alleyways and broad boulevards of the Old Quarter and discover countless cultural and historical sights. To conclude the tour, you’ll hop on a traditional junk boat to cruise around the weird and wonderful island world of Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Upon arrival in Hanoi, your guide and private car will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Notes: The itinerary can be flexible base on your arrival flight schedule; some sites can be visited today to have more time at sites or adding some other sites in the next day (with small surcharge).

Day 2: Hanoi (B)

Vietnam’s quaint capital is a city of wide tree lined boulevards with tranquil lakes and colonial villa’s and a more sedate pace than other Asian cities. Hanoi offers something for everyone and will leave you wishing that you had longer to explore this enthralling capital.

Depart for a full day tour of Hanoi. Your first visit will be Temple of Literature. In 1076, Vietnam’s first university Quoc Tu Giam was established within a temple to educate Vietnam’s royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past.

Visit The One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049, next. This structure is one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples. Close by is the mausoleum of the historic father figure of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, and the former presidents house on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969. His former home illustrates the modesty of this Vietnamese revolutionary. (Viewed from outside; closed Mon and Fri and from Oct-Nov)

Continue to picturesque West Lake and the sixth century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda. From here transfer (or stroll along the lakeside) 700 meters to the nearby Taoist temple of Quan Thanh dedicated to Tran Vu, one of the principal deities in Taoism.

In the afternoon, visit the fascinating Ethnology Museum (closed Mondays), a research centre and public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam. As an alternative to the Ethnology Museum, visit the highly acclaimed Vietnam Women’s Museum (closed on Mondays). The museum is located near Hoan Kiem Lake and offers wonderful insight into the lives of Vietnamese women. Displays highlight Vietnam’s vast cultural diversity and educate on the significant role Vietnamese women play in Vietnamese society. Learn historic and modern-day traditions centered around births, weddings, motherhood, spirituality and more.

Following take a walking tour through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, also known as the ‘36 streets’. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It’s a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities all around you. At the end of the day transfer back to your hotel.

Finish the day with a Water Puppet show. This is a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong (B, L, D)

The perfect way to see the UNESCO World Heritage area of Halong Bay is to spend a night aboard a charming boat. The mystical scenery of Halong Bay where thousands of limestone islands jut out of the emerald sea, sculpted into bizarre shapes and surrounded by colourful floating villages is a truly a breathtaking destination.

Following breakfast leave Hanoi for a 3hr30mins drive to Halong Bay including a 20-minutes stop on the way. Arrive at your jetty in Halong City towards noon and proceed with check-in formalities. After your welcome onboard, a lunch will be served while cruising towards the bay itself. In the afternoon, enjoy some visits and/or activities (depending on each boat’s itinerary) or just spend some time relaxing on board. Towards the end of the day the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations. Dinner is served on board.

Overnight aboard on Halong Bay.

Day 4: Halong Departure (B)

Enjoy your fresh morning in the middle of the bay, the sun rises on Halong in the morning and breakfast is served (brunch on some boats) while the vessels cruises slowly through the magnificent rock formations and back towards port. Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi or Haiphong for your onward flight.

Rates & Services

Rates: 01.01.2015 – 30.04.2015

Price per person in USD (private tour) 2 persons in double room 1 person in single room (single traveller) Single room supplement
Hotel Category Standard 529 967 128
Hotel Category Superior 745 1.279 226
Hotel Category First Class 834 1.552 410
During certain dates, seasonal surcharges may apply, especially during the Tet Festival (15.02. – 25.02.2015). Please inquire with us to find out whether this applies for your tour

Would you like to book this tour or request changes to the itinerary?

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For rates for 3 or more travellers in one booking, please inquire with our team.

Services included in our rates:
• accommodation inc. breakfast (B)
• other meals as detailed in the itinerary (L=lunch, D=dinner)
• local specialized tour guide (English-speaking, other languages available on request. A tour guide will not accompany you on the ship in Halong Bay. Instead, you will be looked after by an English-speaking crew)
• all transfers
• boat tours and air-conditioned car/van transportation as detailed in the itinerary
• sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary inc. entrance fees
• one high-quality guidebook per room
Services NOT included in our rates:
• international flights from and to your country of origin
• travel insurance
• meals other than those explicitly mentioned, drinks, tips and personal expenses
• visa fees
Travel dates [&] minimum no. of travellers:
• any day departure
• no minimum number of travellers
• this tour is a private tour and you will not be travelling with people other than those you booked with
As this is a private tour, you can depart on the day of your choosing and alter the daily sightseeing program to suit your interests. Inquire with our team to extend this tour or to combine it with our other programmes.

Our Selection of Hotels for You

HANOI
Hotel Category Standard:
Hanoi Boutique 1 ***
Hotel Category Superior:
Flower Garden Hotel ***-****
Hotel Category First Class:
Intercontinental Hanoi *****
HALONG BAY
Hotel Category Standard:
Bai Tho Junk:
• between 8 and 12 cabins (depending on the available ship)
• cabins inc. en-suite WC/shower rooms, air-conditioned
• restaurant
• sun deck
Hotel Category Superior:
Emeraude:
• built 2003 – 37 cabins und 3 suites
• cabins inc. en-suite WC/shower rooms, air-conditioned
• restaurant, café, 2 bars
• sun deck
Hotel Category First Class:
Bhaya Junk:
• 10 twin cabins, 6 double cabins, 2 Bhaya suites, 2 Royal suites
• cabins inc. en-suite WC/shower rooms, air-conditioned
• restaurant, 2 bars

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