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Best of the North 5 Days/4 Nights

Experience the highlights of Hanoi and fit in a relaxing overnight cruise in Halong Bay, with free time on day 5 to shop and explore.
 
Tour Highlights:
  • Tour of Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Temple of Literature and Museum of Ethnology
  • A cyclo ride through Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter
  • An overnight cruise in Ha Long Bay
 
In brief:
Day 1: Hanoi
Day 2:   Hanoi City Tour 
Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay
Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi
Day 5: Departure

Day 1: Arrival of Hanoi

Meet our driver at the airport and drive to hotel in Hanoi. Free time at leisure.
 

Day 2: Hanoi full day city tour (B, L)

AM
• Ho Chi Minh Complex: Completed in 1975 the complex contains Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh museum.
• The Temple of Literature: Originally built as a temple to Confucius, this is the site of Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070. Inside are the stone stele mounted on the backs of turtles, inscribed with the names of the university’s graduates. The complex is divided into five courtyards with different paths that would originally have been reserved for the Emperor and his mandarins. One of the courtyards contains the statue of Confucius guarded by two beautiful bronze storks standing on turtles. The temple highlights the importance influence that Vietnamese society has placed on education. Lunch
 
PM
• Museum of Ethnology: This museum is widely acknowledged as the best in the country and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 Ethnic minority peoples. As well as the comprehensive array of exhibits inside, there are also traditional tribal houses reconstructed within the grounds.
• Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake: The Ngoc Son temple is set on a tiny island on the Hoan Kiem Lake, its history dating back to the 13th century. The temple is reached by crossing the Huc Bridge which literally means the ‘Place Touched by Morning Sunbeams’. The Hoan Kiem Lake is the local point of the city and the source of many legends. One legend has it that in the 15th century Emperor Le Thai To vanquished the invading Chinese with the help of a magical sword. Whilst rowing on the lake an enormous turtle seized the sword from his grasp. The Emperor took this to mean that peace had returned and the sword had been given back to its guardian spirit. In honour of the event he renamed the lake ‘Ho Hoan Kiem’ – Lake of the Restored Sword.
• One hour cyclo tour through the Old Quarter - a must for any visitor to Hanoi! A cyclo (pronounced see-clo) is a Vietnamese version of a cycle rickshaw, originally used as the main form of transportation in Vietnam, it has now been overtaken by motorbikes, but still very much remains at the heart of Vietnamese culture. Sit back and relax as you witness the hustle and bustle of Vietnamese life from the comfort of your arm chair! The Old Quarter, also known as the 36 streets, is a bustling area of narrow streets home to literally thousands of small businesses, shopkeepers and street vendors, selling everything from bananas to books. Originally each of the 36 streets names’ was related to the products being sold there. Hence you can walk from Fish Street to Tin Street to Bamboo Street. It’s a great place to explore and the slow pace of a cyclo will enable numerous photo opportunities. At approximately 6pm we will return you to your hotel.
 

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong (B, L, D)

Group tour In the morning drive to Ha Long Bay (approx 3 hours), with a refreshment break en route. Board your junk at midday and begin your cruise, enjoying lunch along the way. Visit floating fishing villages, kayak, and cruise through thousands of islands in this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage listed site.
 

Day 4: Halong – Hanoi (B, L)

After breakfast and an early morning kayak, begin cruising through the bay back to the main port, arriving around midday, for your return drive back to Hanoi.
 

Day 5: Departure (B)

Free time until our driver transfers you to Hanoi airport for your flight home. End of services.

Prices: From US$295 per person based on two people traveling in standard accommodation.
Please contact us to customize this itinerary and price to meet your needs and budget.
Trip Included:
  • All transportation and transfers
  • Accommodation at mentioned hotels including breakfast
  • English speaking guide
  • Water, fruit, wet tissues,
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Admission fees and permits where applicable

Trip Excluded :

  • Travel insurance
  • Food & drink not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and Gratuities

Additional Information:

  • Prices are per person (US$), based on double occupancy
  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed on Mondays & Fridays from Mid-September to Mid-November.
  • Price excludes Personal expenses, gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Vietnam & Foreign departure taxes, fees and fuel surcharges are not included (subject to change).
  • Holiday surcharges and/or compulsory gala dinners apply between Dec. 23 - Jan. 02 and during period of Lunar New Year.
  • Vietnam visa required. Not included in package and can be arranged in two days.
  • Prices subject to change without notice

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