A luxury "North Vietnam Experience - 4 Days" offers all the richness of its ancient culture of Hanoi capital city combined with magnificent scenery of Halong Bay, friendly people and the conveniences of the modern facilities. Every aspect of the trip is exciting, from the Old Quarter of Hanoi, to the top luxury cruise on Halong Bay...
- 2 nights at Hotel
- 1 night on boat
- Breakfast & meals per mentioned in the itinerary.
- Transport by private car with AC.
- English-speaking guide.
- Water & First Aid.
- Entrance fees, performances, boat trip & excursions.
- Travel insurance.
- Vietnam Visa fee.
- Flight ticket.
- Kayaking & Spa service.
- Gratuities for tour guides/ drivers.
- Beverages & other personal expenses.
Thing To Carry
- Torch per person with extra batteries
- Personal medication
- Toiletry bag
- Sweater/ Warm jackets for the night
- Track pants and cotton T-shirt
- Extra pair of clothes
- Rain coat/Poncho in monsoons
- Moov spray, dettol solution or salt to avoid leeches
- Camera (optional)
- No Refund Applicable
Welcome to Hanoi: Vietnam’s bustling colonial capital. Your driver and guide will meet you outside the baggage claim of Noi Bai Airport and take you to your hotel in the city center. In the afternoon, enjoy a cyclo tour through the Old Quarter’s narrow streets lined with French colonial buildings – followed by a gourmet dinner at one of Hanoi’s finest restaurants.
Today you have a full day to explore Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas, Hanoi is an eclectic mix that offers something for everyone. Your city tour (flexible and could be amended to your own interests) will take you to Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and stilt house), the Presidential Palace, the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Temple of Literature; West Lake including the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda & Quan Thanh Temple; and one of the city's museums (a choice between the History Museum and the Ethnology Museum). Later in the afternoon, enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Performance – a unique Vietnamese art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture.
After breakfast at hotel, your driver will meet you at hotel at 8:00 A.M to take you on a 4-hour drive passing the countryside of the Red River Delta to Halong Bay. Check-in one of the most luxurious five-star junk in Halong. The cruise got well annual maintenance and it still remains the top luxury cruise on the bay.
12.30 Transfer by tender to the boat – enjoy welcome drink, receive cruise briefing and safety instructions.
12.45 Check in and begin cruise.
13.00 Lunch is served.Spa services available after lunch and throughout the cruise. There is a menu of available services in your cabin (You may book services with Spa staff after lunch or at any time with any of the boat's management or guide staff).
15.45 Arrive at the Cua Van floating fishing village area. Upon arrival you will be transferred by tender to Tien Ong cave. There are many caves in Halong Bay, but Tien Ong is the most recently explored and opened for public access.
In 2007 a team of Vietnamese archeologists conducted extensive research which led to the discovery of human bones and artifacts dating to 10,000 – 8,000 BC. The cave has a wide, but short entrance which is said to resemble the shape of a frog's mouth. The cave is 5 meters above sea level and is 50 meters deep and covers 1000 square meters, almost evenly split into two chambers.You will tour the cave for about 15 minutes. From the cave you will re-board the tender and make the short trip to the village.There are two options for exploring the village:
+ One option is to transfer on small bamboo boats rowed by the local people.
+ The second option is to travel by kayak (self-rowed). The kayaking option is $20 per person.
17.15 Depart and sail for about 45 minutes to Luon Bo area, where we will anchor for overnight.
18.00 Violet's Chef will demonstrate the preparation of a particular Vietnamese cuisine in the dining room. Your onboard guide will let you know what item will be prepared and will explain the process during the demonstration. Duration about 20 – 30 minutes.
19.30 Dinner is served.
06.30 Coffee, tea and breakfast pastries served in the dining room.
07.00 Enjoy Tai Chi instruction on the sundeck (duration about 20 minutes).
07.15 Arrive at Soi Sim Island.
07.30 Transfer by tender to the Island. There is a beach for swimming and you may also hike to the top of the island for great views and photo opportunities. The hike involves walking up about 400 stone steps; it normally takes about 10-15 minutes to the top. If you plan on hiking please be sure to wear proper footwear. You will spend about one hour on the island.
08.30 Upon return to the boat you will have one hour to freshen up and finish packing. Please remove all of your belongings from the cabin, you may leave heavy luggage outside of the cabin (staff will transfer directly to the pier). Depart for Tuan Chau Marina.
09.30 Breakfast served in the dining room. We will settle bills after breakfast. Relax on the sundeck or in the dining room enjoying the bay scenery as you approach the pier.
11:00 Disembarkation and transfer by tender to Tuan Chau Marina.Transfer to Noi Bai International Airport of Hanoi for your departure flight.