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Classic Hanoi Tour

(4 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)

Hanoi, Halong Bay Overnight cruise

 

This private tour combines touring in the beloved city of Hanoi with a luxurious cruise in beautiful Halong Bay.

Begin in Hanoi, Vietnam's fascinating capital and intellectual center. During private touring, visit the city's most important historical attractions, such as the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, the House on Stilts and Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum. Take an in-depth tour of Hanoi's incredible Old Quarter, where each street was historically dedicated to a specific trade or material, such as bamboo, silk and lacquer. While touring the narrow streets, learn about the history of the Old Quarter and its traditional architecture, and see how it has transformed into a fashionable district with cafes, art galleries and boutiques featuring the finest Vietnamese design and style.

 

Continue to scenic Halong Bay for an overnight cruise on a luxurious, traditional junk-style boat. Sail among beautiful limestone islands, dine on fresh seafood, enjoy on-board activities such as tai chi at sunrise, and perhaps explore local caves, hike to a scenic overlook, go sea kayaking or visit a floating village.

 

** All our tours are Exclusive Private Tours, so you will not be put together with other guests **

 

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Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi

Fly to Hanoi, VIETNAM

 

Welcome to Vietnam. Upon arrival at Hanoi Airport, obtain your Vietnam visa (please refer to your Special Program Note), and then clear Immigration and Customs. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside a local Guide of Global Travel & Tours. He/she will be holding a sign with your names on it. Please note that local guides are not allowed inside the airport.

 

From the airport, you will be privately transferred to your lovely boutique hotel. Hanoi, originally named Thang Long or “City of the Ascending Dragon” was the first capital of Vietnam in A.D. 1010. Situated in the Centre North of Vietnam, the city is known as one of the most attractive and interesting places for visitors. In addition, after the fusion in 2008, Hanoi ranks in the top 20 biggest cities in the world.

 

Settle in and enjoy the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

 

Accommodation: Stay 2 nights in Hanoi

 

First Class 4 Star Hotels: Hanoi La Siesta Hotel, Silk Path Boutique, Apricot Hotel

 

Luxury 5 Star Hotels: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, InterContinental Hanoi Westlake

 

Day 2: Hanoi Sightseeing

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Full day guide tour of Hanoi: Your guide will meet you at 8am at your hotel, you'll head out with your guide and begins with a visit Ba Dinh Square to see Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the museum to his life and the simple cottage where he lived and worked, along with his "house on stilts" and his final resting place; and take in Hanoi's famous One-Pillar Pagoda, constructed in 1049 to resemble a lotus blossom. Next, you’ll continue to the Temple of Literature, which dates back to 1070 and is dedicated to the cult of Confucius and visit the Museum of Ethnology, where we'll learn about the fascinating cultural diversity of this ancient land.

 

This afternoon, drive through Colonial Hanoi, seeing the Opera House and other local sights. Go inside infamous Hoa Lo Prison (“Hanoi Hilton”), where Senator John McCain and Douglas “Pete” Wilson were once imprisoned, and continue to the National History Museum of Vietnam. Take a cyclo ride through the Hanoi’s Old Quarter, a network of narrow alleys and shop houses also known as “The 36 Streets.” This is a wonderful place to watch the local life, and peruse items from fabrics to crafts to exotic medicines. Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese water puppet performance, a uniquely North Vietnamese art form celebrating rural life and folklore for over 1,000 years, this evening.

 

Enjoy a relaxing meal sampling the delicious cuisine of Vietnam. Your guide will be on hand to transfer you to and from the restaurant, and to help you select your meal.

 

Day 3: Hanoi / Halong Bay Overnight Cruise

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

This morning, after breakfast transfer to Halong Bay to board an overnight cruise on Halong Bay. Halong Bay is 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 sea, many of them containing beautiful grottoes. Welcome onboard and set sails boarding time is at 12:15 pm. Upon boarding guests are greeted with a welcome drink and gather in the dining room for a comprehensive safety and boat orientation briefing followed by itinerary details. After the briefing and check in we have a bit of free time till lunch is served at 1:00pm. Lunch is a multi-course Vietnamese and Western set menu. Any and all dietary needs will be catered to. During lunch we cruise through the Bai Tu Long Bay, cruising through the most beautiful and quiet area in Bai Tu Long Bay and Halong Bay to visit Cua Van Fishing Village. Cua Van Floating Fishing Village is one of the largest fishing villages on the Bay. Guests can choose between kayaking through the village or visiting on small bamboo boats (sampans) rowed by the villagers.

 

Back on board after visiting the village there will be free time of about one and a half hours before the Cooking Demonstration on board will be held by our Chef and all the passengers could attend to this. During that time the chef will conduct a Cooking Demonstration showing the guests how we decorate and make some Vietnamese food which is traditional food in Vietnam. In addition we will have the first of our double happy hours from 6:00 till 7:00 during which time one free drink will be received for each one ordered. The dinner is served at 7:30pm. Dinner is a sumptuous buffet featuring an array of salads, seafood, meat dishes, seasonal fresh fruits and deserts. After dinner guests can relax in the dining room and lounge or on the upper deck and enjoy the second happy hour from 9:00 till 10:00.

 

Accommodation: Stay 1 night onboard Cruise

 

First Class 4 Star Cruises: Indochina Sails Cruise, Bhaya Cruise, Indochina Junk

 

Luxury 5 Star Cruises: Paradise Luxury Cruise, Jasmine Cruise, Halong Violet Cruise

 

Day 4: Halong Bay Cruise, Drive to Hanoi and Departure

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Halong Bay cruise: For early risers complimentary tea, coffee and pastries are served in the restaurant followed by – if you so desire – a Tai Chi Class on the terrace deck. A great morning activity to feel one with this natural wonder. Then it is time for an early morning bath – in the Bay. By tender boat we bring the guests to a natural white sandy stretch of a beach with crystal clear water. Sporty ones can climb up to a hill top to have a last view from above over the Halong Bay before we return to the boat and cruise slowly back to Halong City, passing picturesque areas like the Ti Top island, the Tam Cung Cave and Poem Mountain. During our trundle, a buffet brunch is served before we arrive at the shore at around 11.00h. The crew will bid you farewell and you disembark with our tender boat to the Tuan Chau Pier.

 

Your guide will meet you as you disembark and will transfer you back to Hanoi. Your journey will take around 3 ½ hours through the historical countryside of the Red River Delta which is peppered with hundred-year-old villages. Along the way you will have the opportunity to take a comfort break and stretch your legs. You will arrive at Noi Bai airport in time to connect with your departure flight.

 

 

Inclusive of: 

• Accommodation as specified above

• Private transportation by modern air-conditioned vehicle – Toyota, Honda or Ford

• Sightseeing as specified in the itinerary including entrance fees

• Boat cruise as specified above

• Meals as specified in itinerary

• Professional English Speaking guide

• 02 bottles of mineral water per person

VAT and all taxes and service charge

 

Exclusive of:

Drinks, meals and any other incidental expenses not mention above

Personal, travel and health insurance

 

 

Price

 

2 pax

3 – 4 pax

5 – 6 pax

> 6 pax

12 years and  older

$ 795/pax

$ 745/pax

$ 695/pax

$ 680/pax

Children 7-11

$ 580/pax

$ 540/pax

$ 505/pax

$ 495/pax

Children 3-6

$ 390/pax

$ 365/pax

$ 345/pax

$ 330/pax

Children under 3

Free of charge

 

 

For information on this or our other tours please email us at: info@globaltravel-asia.com