DAY 1 Arrive Hanoi
Arrive Hanoi where you will be met for the transfer to your hotel.
After checking in and time to freshen up, your guide will take the group on an afternoon walking tour of the fascinating old quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake. The Old Quarter in Hanoi is over a thousand years old yet retains much of the old flavour that made the area special in earlier times. Discover this fascinating old part of Hanoi.
Then you get your first taste of the wonderful Vietnamese cuisine and get to know the other tour members over dinner at a great restaurant.
DAY 2 Hanoi
This morning a city tour to visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (photo stop outside) and tour his Historic House to learn more about the great man himself – Ho Chi Minh. Then tour Hoa Lo, the infamous prison nick named the Hanoi Hilton. Afterwards visit the Women’s Museum, a fascinating insight into the Vietnamese culture and traditions including the women’s role in supporting the family and country.
Then visit the Temple of Literature, built in 1070 it was Vietnam’s first University and dedicated to Confucius. Your morning concludes with lunch at KOTO a not-for-profit restaurant helping trouble youth learn life and culinary skills to bring them an education and a brighter future.
After lunch, the afternoon is yours at leisure – you may wish explore one of the many other Museum’s in Hanoi, enjoy Hoan Kiem Lake – or simply shop! Your guide is available to assist you if you wish.
Optional Experiences: Make the most of your time with these optional experiences bookable with your tour guide.
Chocolate High Tea – The impressive and historic Hotel Metropole Hanoi built in offers an exquisite afternoon Chocolate High Tea. Your guide will transfer you to the hotel. Starts 3pm.
Street Food Tour – Sample the special flavours of Vietnam on this walking tour of the street food of Vietnam. Guided, 4pm – 7pm
DAY 3 Halong Bay
After breakfast depart to Halong Bay. A legendary world just waiting to be explored. Here board your cruise boat which combines oriental style with contemporary comfort. Together they are the perfect recipe for an enchanting holiday.
On arriving at Halong Bay around midday, board your cruise vessel for a delicious buffet lunch as it sets sails out amongst the stunning seascape.
Spend the afternoon cruising amongst the limestone islands with seeing floating villages, intriguing caves, deserted coves with the opportunity to Kayak or swim and to enjoy onboard activities including sunbathing, traditional massage and cooking demonstrations.
Overnight and Dinner onboard your Deluxe Cruise. Your cabin offers all the amenities to feel comfortable: twin or queen-size bed, air-conditioner, ensuite bathroom with shower and expansive windows providing memorable views.
DAY 5 Halong Bay – Hanoi
For the early risers you can join in with Tai Chi on the sundeck, feel the early morning salt water scent or watch the sun rising from behind the mountains. Or simply enjoy dawn break with coffee and a light breakfast.
Then cruise back to port with stops with stops at islands and bays before enjoying a buffet Brunch at the end of your memorable trip. On disembarking your guide greets you for the return drive to Hanoi with a visit to a local village popular for embroidery and textile products.
Late afternoon arrive back in Hanoi with drop off at your hotel.
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