5 Days / 4 Nights - Tour
Hanoi & Halong Bay Discovery
Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Day 1 Arrival - Hanoi
Morning arrival at Hanoi Airport. The elegant capital of Vietnam
is the so-called Paris of the Orient. Hanoi's center is an architectural
museum with its old colonial buildings, the broad tree-lined boulevards
and the beautiful lakes. Transfer to your hotel. Lunch at local
This afternoon we will enjoy
a cyclo (bicycle trishaw) tour of Hanoi's Old Quarter, an intriguing
and colorful maze of alleys where commercial life thrives. We will
then visit Ngoc Son Temple on the edge of Hoan Kiem Lake. Dinner
and accommodation at Hotel, Hanoi.
Day 2 Hanoi
Breakfast. This morning we will visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
(closed on Monday, Friday & the whole October - November) and
his former residence, a house built on stilts. Constructed in 1958,
this is the house from which Ho Chi Minh directed the Vietnam War.
Next we will visit the One Pillar Pagoda, a tiny shrine where couples
make offerings when they want to have a child, and the Ethnology
Museum, which gives a very interesting overview over the many different
tribes in Vietnam. Lunch at local restaurant.
This afternoon we will continue our discovery of
Hanoi with the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's oldest institution
of higher education, founded in the 11th century. Next we will visit
the Fine Art Museum where we can see some very intricate sculptures,
paintings, lacquerware, ceramics and other traditional Vietnamese
fine arts. This evening enjoy a Water Puppet Show, a unique Vietnamese
traditional art. Dinner at local restaurant. Accommodation at Hotel,
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Hanoi - Halong
Breakfast. Pick up at your hotel in Hanoi. Drive to Bat Trang pottery
village, the famous village situated approx. 15 km outside of Hanoi,
surrounded by fertile farmland. Watch the artisans forming, painting
and glazing their products, which are then baked for several days
in huge kilns. From there we will continue to Haiphong, the largest
seaport in North Vietnam, 102 km east of Hanoi (total driving time
approx. 2 ½ hours). Lunch at local restaurant.
After lunch we will visit Visit Du Hang Pagoda
and Hang Kenh Communal House, both with fine examples of traditional
woodcarvings. We will then drive to Halong via 2 ferry crossings
(driving time approx. 2 ½ hours). Arrival and check in hotel.
Accommodation at Hotel, Halong.
Day 4 Halong Bay - Hanoi
Breakfast. To day we will discover the famous Halong Bay, listed
as a World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty. "Dragon
descending to the sea" as it is known in Vietnamese, picturesque
Halong Bay has more than 1,000 limestone islets rising from the
water, many of them containing beautiful grottoes. During our approximately
5 - hour boat trip we will visit one grotto and visit secluded bays
and enjoy the beautiful scenery. A fresh Seafood lunch is prepared
and served during the boat cruise. Drive back to Hanoi (approx.
3 hours) and transfer to your hotel. Accommodation at Hotel, Hanoi.
Day 5 Hanoi - Departure
Breakfast. This morning transfer to Hanoi Airport. Departure with
international or domestic flight.