This 7-day tour is designed for first time travelers who wish to experience the highlights of Northern part of Vietnam including Hanoi, Tam Coc and Halong Bay. The tour can be combined with extended nights or added more activities to your wish.
Welcome to Hanoi
When you arrive at Noi Bai International airport in Hanoi, you'll be welcome by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel in the downtown.
Overnight in Hanoi
Hanoi City Discovery Tour
This city tour of Hanoi takes in essential sites which will commence from your hotel lobby at 08.30. In the morning, you'll visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex including the Mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh Museum; The Temple of Literature - Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070.
After lunch at a local Vietnamese restaurant, you'll continue visiting the Museum of Ethnology, widely acknowledged as the best in the country, containing an extensive display of life-size structures dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority peoples; enjoy a cyclo ride for 1 hour touring through the narrow, chaotic streets of the Old Quarter - a must for any visitor to Hanoi! The day finishes with a traditional performance of the famous Vietnamese water puppets. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Overnight in Hanoi.
Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc - Hanoi
After breakfast, a two hour road trip through picturesque countryside and agricultural land will take you to Hoa Lu. On arrival, your guide will lead you through this ancient complex which formed the capital city of Vietnam under both the Dinh and Le Dynasties between 968 and 1009 AD. King Dinh Tien Hoang chose this mountain location as the water systems fed from the mountains were perfect for both agriculture and defense. Enjoy the sight of palaces, pagodas, tombs and pavilions built by different dynasties and visit the Dinh and Le Temples, the two remaining architectures of Hoa Lu. In the afternoon, take a three hour sampan ride along the waterways of Tam Coc. Known locally as the ‘Halong Bay of the land,’ this winding river way is dotted with gorgeous limestone karsts with endless photo opportunities. You will also visit Bich Dong Pagoda comprising three pagodas located at different levels on a green mountain and the setting of the French film ‘Indochine’. Return to Hanoi in the late afternoon.
Overnight in Hanoi. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)
At 08.00 , you will be picked up at your hotel and start the scenic 3.5 hour drive to Halong Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the world's largest marine limestone 'karst' landscape. Enjoy the landscape of the Red River Delta countryside and have a short break en-route. Meet the crew upon boarding the traditional wooden junk with cruise briefing, then relax and enjoy lunch while the boat heads towards the secluded islands. Visit a less visited ancient limestone caves and go sea kayaking and swimming if the weather permits. Return to the junk refreshed and relax on deck with a drink to watch the sunset. Enjoy a freshly prepared seafood dinner under the stars.
Overnight on a private wooden junk in Halong Bay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Continue Cruising & Transfer to Hanoi
Enjoy an early morning swim (if weather permits) followed by breakfast. You will visit a fishing village by a rustic rowing-boat, meet the local people and pass through the floating school and pearl farms before cruising back to the main harbor where you will be transferred back to Hanoi, arriving in the late afternoon.
Overnight in Hanoi (Breakfast, Brunch)
Hanoi – Free Day of Leisure
A free day of leisure to spend as your wish!
Overnight in Hanoi (Breakfast)
Your time will be your own until being transferred to airport for your departure flight. (Breakfast)