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Highlights of Northern Vietnam:

 

Start your adventure in Hanoi, an exotic city that offers the traveler a fusion of cultures from old French to traditional Chinese. Take a 'Cyclo' tour and get lost in its frantic downtown French Quarters. Leave bustling Hanoi behind and join us on a peaceful cruise to Halong Bay, Vietnam's most spectacular natural wonder. Off to the ancient town of Hue that still resonates with the glories of Imperial Vietnam. Finally Hoi An, one of the most unique cities in all of Southeast Asia. From its busy markets to its peaceful natural setting, this is a definite highlight.

Day-01 Arrival at Hanoi
Arrive at Noi Bai International Airport Hanoi, where our guide will assist you with your transfer to your hotel. Time permitting you can always go walk along the streets of the old French Quarter and get yourself oriented with this busy and yet very romantic part of town.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day-02 Hanoi - Halong Bay
After breakfast you will join our exciting overnight adventure to the famous Halong Bay. At Halong pier we will board our cruise to head east towardsthe Gulf of Tonkin. Here in the heart of the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay (where dragons descend into the sea) are its hundreds of limestone islands, together they create one of nature’s most breathtaking vistas. The bay and its mystical islets are all part of UNESCO's world heritage site as a natural wonder. Our boat will slowly cruise around its many islands till it finally arrives at a pristine spot, where we anchor for the night. Later this afternoon we will visit a mysterious yet intriguing Sung Sot Caves. These caves hold the secret of its natural formation that has been going on for thousands of years. The cave walls are about 30 meters in height and show many dramatic formations that tease the imagination. On board, before dinner, you can take part in a short cooking course on making Vietnamese spring rolls. Enjoy watching the sunset and later the star-filled night. Lunch and dinner are both served on board the cruise. Evening activities like night squid finishing, karaoke and dancing are all possible.
Overnight on board.
Day-03 Halong Bay - Hanoi
You could start your morning with an early morning session of TaiChi. After a sumptuous breakfast you have the option to climb up the top of the Titop Island to enjoy a panoramic view of the bay or take your kayaks to paddle in the bay to discover its beauty. After your morning activities the cruise will start heading back to the port. Enjoy your final views from the deck. After you arrive back to the port, your guide will assist you intransferring back to Hanoi. You arrive late in the afternoon. If you are up to it, there are some interesting activities to choose from. As an option we strongly suggest that you visit Hanoi's French Quarters at night and watch the water puppet show. The tradition of this puppet show goes back to Vietnam’s rice farmers. Standing knee deep, the farmers and their puppets transformed the flooded rice paddies into a stage for this unique form of entertainment.
Overnight in Hanoi
Day-04 Hanoi
Today we embark on an exciting tour of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam and a truly exotic city. Today's Hanoi is an infusion of old and new, with a touch of its Parisian past and its modern day Viet-Chinese influences, unique is the best wordto describe this city. The narrow streets of its old quarter are swarmed with people and almost as many motorbikes with an assortment of other traffic. The streets are lined with a variety of vendors from fruit sellers to chic brand name outlets. We start our tour with its most revered landmark the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the founder of modern Vietnam and the Chairman of the Communist Party from 1951 till 1969. The mausoleum is inspired by Lenin's Mausoleum in Moscow. Nearby is the Presidential Palace, with its typical colonial style architecture, constructed in the early nineteen hundreds for the French Governor General of Indo-China. Ho Chi Minh built a stilt house within the Palace gardens where he lived until his final days. Next we visit the One Pillar Pagoda, built by the Emperor Ly Thai Tong in 1028. The temple resembles a Lotus flower bloom and is a symbol of purity and peace. Unfortunately, the original was destroyed by French forces before they left Vietnam. Luckily it was rebuilt by the Vietnamese people after their independence. Our next stop is The Temple of Literature. Built in the eleventh century AD and dedicated to Confucius, the Temple of Literature is probably the oldest university of this part of the world. Next we visit the Tran Quoc Pagoda, originally built in the sixth century AD, considered to be the oldest in Hanoi. Nearby is the QuanThanh, a Taoist Temple, dedicated to the Xuan Wu, the mysterious warrior and a high ranking Taoist Deity. Later this afternoon you have the option to take a Cyclo (cycle rickshaw) tour of Old Hanoi. Once you are done your tour you can take a walk around the Hoan Kiem Lake and visit the Jade Mountain Temple-Ngoc Son Temple. There are lots of places to dine here around the lake. The lake is lit up at night giving Hanoi's best views of the night.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day-05 Hanoi - Hue - Danang - Hoi An
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Hue, the ancient capital of the Nguyen Dynasty. Arrive and head out to visit the imperial city. Start off with a boat ride down the Perfume River and visit the Thien Mu Pagoda, probably the most mentioned monument in Vietnamese literature. Next, pay a visit to the Imperial Citadel. After lunch, relax and enjoy the scenic drive to Da Nang via the Hai Van Pass. Have your camera ready for the view from the top of the pass. Lang Co's immaculate beaches give us an opportunity to stretch our legs and take in some sea air before we continue on to our final destination: Hoi An. After checking in at our hotel, the time is yours to enjoy the beach at your leisure.
Overnight in hotel.
Day-06 Hoi An - My Son
40 km outside of Hoi An is a place of architectural gems left to us by the Cham people. You will see why My Son earned its World Cultural Heritage status. The Towers are a marvel of Cham design and ingenuity. This sacred temple to Shiva emerged from the clutches of the jungle to amaze tourists who marvel at the engineering of the people of long-forgotten Champa. In the afternoon, step back in time in Hoi An, where the ancient streets and buildings of this Cham city are preserved for you today as a World Heritage site. Even the Covered Japanese Bridge, which marked ethnic divisions in the multicultural city, is left to show you the path to the past. Merchants thrived on the spice trade and left as their legacy the Chinese Temple and the Tan Ky Chinese-style trading house.
Overnight in Hoi An.
Day-07 Hoi An - Hanoi
Free at your own leisure until pick up for late evening flight to Hanoi airport. Arrive Hanoi Airport wait to connect the departure flight home in early morning next day.
Day-08 Hanoi - Departure

Board your flight back home or continune this adventure to South Vietnam: 

 

South Vietnam Extension

• Accommodation in friendly and clean (local style) hotels. 

• Tours: Guided Tours with an English Speaking Guide.

• Transportation: For sightseeing and intercity transportation as per the program. (Local flights may be extra).

• Meals: Breakfast every day, all meals during the cruise, rest as per program.


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Hanoi's French Quarters, Halong Bay, Summer Palace of Hue, local markets and ancient sites at Hoi An.

Major Cities/Towns: Hanoi, Ha Long, Hoi, Dan Ang, Hoi An.

Variety of Transport: Bus, van, local taxi, cycle rickshaws. Options are available for biking and motor scooters.

Variety of local food: A large variety of local cuisines including central and northern Vietnamese food.

 

Easy: Walks in the towns and bazaars. 
Short hikes in protected areas and reserves.
Moderate walks along the trails and to explore the cave networks. Cruise on a small a boat to explore Halong Bay. 
Unique Local Experiences: From big cities to small towns the tour is packed with a number of unique local experiences that will give you a better understanding of Vietnam's diverse culture and customs. Encounter its natural wonders, amazing wildlife, dances, music and a variety of local food.

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