Experience the contrasts of Northern Vietnam from the charming chaos of Hanoi to the relaxing waters of Halong Bay. This four day Discovery Tour is a fabulous introduction to the country and its culture. Begin your journey in the capital city with a city tour. Visit the Temple of Literature and the masoleum of Ho Chi Minh for a touch of history before heading through the busy Old Quarter. Relax at the end of the day with a coffee at a local lakeside café and marvel at the seemingly endless stream of motorbikes.
Day 1: HANOI ARRIVAL - HANOI CITY TOUR (D) Greeting at Noi Bai airport and transfer to Hanoi and start our city tour from Ba Dinh Square - the biggest square in Hanoi. Visit the Complex of Ho Chi Minh located by this square. Have a visit to Ho Chi Minh’s house-on-stilts, his fish pond and the One-Pillar Pagoda, then back to your hotel for check in & refreshment. Lunch at your own account for flexibility. In the afternoon, we continue the city tour with Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest pagoda of Hanoi, located by the romantic West Lake, followed by a visit to Hoan Kiem Lake – Ngoc Son Temple in the heart of the city & finally hang around the Old Quarter of Hanoi to have an overview of the daily local life. Dinner at Indian Restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.Please note: Standard check in time is 14:00.Night activities suggestion: enjoy local beer at Ta Hien Streets, experience the ambience of sleepless street with life music, the young people of Hanoi and also foreign tourists. Hundred of bars and pubs in the Old Quarter are also at your disposal. Or just simple spend your time at shopping malls or various boutique Shops.Day 2: HANOI - HALONG - OVERNIGHT ON BOARD (B/L/D) From Hanoi, at 8AM, head East for more than 3 hours to Halong Bay, the pride of the Gulf of Tonkin, a Natural World Heritage as designated by UNESCO in 1994 and 2006. The road will pass by the Red River delta with green paddyfields and rural villages, where hard-work farmers are busy with their farming jobs, ploughing buffaloes or planting seedling. Upon arrival in Halong, we’ll take a big boat to cruise the Bay to discover the magnificent beauty of this “Descending-dragon” bay, created by thousands odd-shaped limestone rocks and karst grottoes. After a lunch of fresh seafood on board, we can visit the Surprising Grotto, stop for swimming or kayaking (at your own cost), passing floating villages and approach islets to enjoy their beauty in close distance. Back to the boat for dinner late afternoon. Evening attend activities on the boat or relax at your own leisure. Overnight on the boat. Please note the program may be little varied upon the cruise you choose. No Indian food available on the boat so pork-free menu will be served.Day 3: HALONG - HANOI (B/L) After breakfast, visit by boat to Luon Cave, a ring-shaped pool inside an island in Halong with absolutely tranquil landscape and emerald water. Back to the Wharf of Halong passing the most densely area with many islands that have been named like the Cock-Fighting Rock, Sail Island, Incense burner rock or Sea Dog Rock. Arrive at Halong Wharf around 11.00. Return to Hanoi around 4PM. Free at your own leisure. Overnight in Hanoi. Day 4: HANOI DEPARTURE (B) You are free until transfer to the airport for departure flight. End of service! Please note: Standard check out time is 12:00.