The unrivalled beauty of Hanoi and Halong Bay are explored in this luxurious tour of Vietnam. Uncover the intriguing blend of east and western influenced architecture in Hanoi as you relax with fresh coffee at one of the quaint cafes before exploring the vibrant local art scene where a number of galleries await your visit. Unwind in the evenings with a spa session followed by a traditional Vietnamese dinner in one of the cities most charming restaurants. Stay overnight in Hanoi at the luxury designed Sofitel Legend Metropole, a spectacular residence with every need catered to.
Receive an insider’s biking tour of the Long Bien Bridge which was built in 1902 by Sir Gustave Eiffel and helped shape the future of Hanoi as you continue on your tour of Vietnam. From Long Bien guests are driven to the capital’s Old Quarter, an area of bustling narrow streets and alleyways that are home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. This is the true heart of Hanoi, and one of the original ancient capitals of Southeast Asia. Be sure to take your camera for some fantastic photo opportunities.
Dinner on your final day in Hanoi is served at one of the cities finest eateries, Madame Hien, which serves authentic Vietnamese cuisine in a traditional villa setting.
Spend your last 2 days in the dramatic setting of Halong Bay, with over 3,000 islets to cruise amongst. Your final night of this tour in Vietnam is spent aboard a luxury cruise vessel the takes guests through the many spectacular rock formations. Enjoy lunch aboard the boat and watch as the sun drops behind the shimmering sea.
Day 1: Hanoi arrival (Dinner, Guide pick up)
Arriving at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel, the capital city of Vietnam, is an elegant city located on the banks of the Red River with tranquil Restored Sword Lake at its heart.
With food stalls on every corner Hanoi is famous for its street food cuisine and Bia Hoi, a draft beer that is brewed daily and sold on street corners. Start your evening at ‘Bia Hoi corner’ and pull up a stool to taste the local brew and do a spot of people watching. Then walk through the bustling streets of the Old Quarter as your guide introduces you to the various foods on offer. You will stop at one of the many pop up restaurants and try a Vietnamese barbeque of flame grilled meats, tofu and vegetables on skewers just like the locals. End the evening with a walk along Hoan Kiem Lake for dessert at Hanoi’s most famous ice-cream street. You will spend the night in Hanoi.
Hanoi, Vietnam's capital, ranks amongst the world's most attractive and interesting cities. It was first the capital of Vietnam in A.D. 1010, and though the nation's capital moved to Hue under the Nguyen dynasty in 1802, the city continued to flourish after the French took control in 1888. In 1954, after the French departed, Hanoi was declared Vietnam's capital once again. The remnants of over 1,000 years of history are still visible here, with that of the past few hundred years wonderfully preserved.
Day 2: Cycling around Hanoi (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide)
After breakfast, depart for an insider’s tour of the capital by a bicycle. You will start with a tour of the Long Bien Bridge (originally name Doumer Bridge) which was built in 1902 by Sir Gustave Eiffel. You will enjoy the fascinating structure to learn more on how this bridge helped shape Hanoi’s future.
From Long Bien, you will cycle back to the capital’s Old Quarter. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers.
It's a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities all around you. It is here in this area that lies the soul of the city, one the most ancient capitals of Southeast Asia. A mixture of village and old way of life amidst a modern and growing city offer amazing contrasts.
You will then have lunch at Koto Restaurant. KOTO or ‘Know One Teach One’ is supported by Street Voices, an NGO dedicated to offer a brighter future to street and disadvantaged youth in Vietnam. The youth in the KOTO training program study hospitality, English and life skills and gain essential experience working at KOTO restaurant.
You will continue to the Temple of Literature. In 1076 Quoc Tu Giam - Vietnam's first university, also referred to as Van Mieu, was established within a temple to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past.
For sunset, you will cycle to West Lake and one of the oldest Buddhist pagodas in Hanoi, Tran Quoc. The romantic Than Nhien causeway where the pagoda and temple are situated makes an excellent backdrop for photographs.
You will enjoy dinner in one of Hanoi’s best restaurants, Madame Hien which serves authentic Vietnamese cuisine in a traditional villa setting before cycling back to your hotel for stay overnight.
Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide)
You’ll arrive Hanoi in the early morning, where you’ll be met and taken by car to your hotel to have breakfast and take a short rest before departure to Halong Bay, on the way, you will go through the scenic countryside. The wondrous Halong Bay is truly one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights. Heading out of the town then you embark on a boat for an exploration of the legendary Halong Bay. This exciting cruise will provide you a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. The limestone karsts formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way you will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs. You will stay overnight on the Junk Cruise
Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)
Greet the day with a morning Tai Chi exercise with an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. After breakfast, you will visit beautiful limestone grotto then back to the boat for a final glimpse of the Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock. Your driver will be waiting for you at the pier and drive you back to Hanoi airport to catch the departure flight.
- Free Vietnam Visa invitation letter
- Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
- Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above. For description, see below
- Boat cruise as programme. For Ha Long Bay, you’ll cruise on a high quality private wooden boat good facilities and an experienced crew. The boat will be fully licensed and comply with current safety regulations.
- The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary.
- Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the programme.
- Lunches and dinners, as specified, in the best local restaurants, picnics where suitable restaurants are not available, and full board on the boat in Ha Long Bay.
- Good quality touring cycles for all cycling days in the programme.
- Drinking water for cycling days as itinerary.
- Simple first aid kit.
- VAT and other taxes.
- International flight tickets and airport tax.
- Lunches and dinners, except as specified above.
- Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
- Surcharges for peak season (if any)
- Compulsory meals (if any)