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Day 1 – Arrival in Hanoi – On arrival in Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport, you will be greeted by our airport representative who will provide the private vehicle transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your own leisure.
Day 2 – Practice Day – This morning, after enjoying breakfast at your hotel you will meet your driver in the hotel foyer who will provide the transfer to the racetrack. Enjoy the practice day with the F1 cars hitting the track for the very first time. You will have a pre-arranged time for your return transfer to your hotel. (B)
Day 3 – Qualifying Day –Today is qualifying day for the Formula 1 cars. You will greet your driver in the hotel foyer after breakfast who will provide the transfer to the track. Today promises to be action packed with lots of other races classes and the very best of Vietnamese hospitality. AT the end of the day, meet your driver who will provide the transfer back to your hotel. (B)
Day 4 – Race Day – Enjoy an early breakfast today before you meet your driver in the hotel foyer who will provide the transfer to the track for race day. Today is a great day in Vietnam sporting history, and there is no doubt, it will be an amazing race. Enjoy the race day festivities and then meet your driver at a pre-arranged time who will provide the transfer back to your hotel.(B)
Day 5 – Hanoi to HaLong Bay – Following an early breakfast, meet your driver in the hotel foyer at 8.00am and embark on the 3-1/2 hour journey to HaLong Bay, Vietnam’s most popular UNESCO World Heritage site! The name ‘Ha Long’ means ‘Bay of Descending Dragons’ and owes its origins to a Vietnamese myth. The towering limestone karsts represent the dragon’s back, surrounded by jade green water creating an unforgettable site. There are more than 1,600 limestone islands and islets with different shapes jutting out from the sea.
Arrive at the HaLong Bay jetty around noon and proceed with check-in formalities before boarding a junk boat for an unforgettable overnight cruise on HaLong Bay. After being welcomed onboard, a traditional lunch of Vietnamese food is served while cruising towards the bay itself. In the afternoon enjoy visits and/or activities (depending on each boat’s itinerary) or just spend some time relaxing on board. Towards the end of the day the junk sets anchor for the night among karst formations. Dinner is served on board. Overnight on board the junk boat in HaLong Bay. (B, L & D)
Day 6 – HaLong to Phong Na via Hanoi – Enjoy a beautiful morning in the middle of the bay as the sun rises as breakfast is served, while the vessels cruise slowly through the magnificent rock formations and back towards port. Disembark around 11.30am and transfer back to Hanoi
On the way, if time permits, you will pass the Vinhomes Riverside – an high-end ecological riverside urban area in Hanoi, which is designed in Italian romantic style and known as Venice city of Hanoi. The house area is glamorously constructed in international standard, which creates the romantic beauty of Venice City – Italy, tranquil and fresh living environment in harmony with nature for wealthy people. At the conclusion of this visit you will be transferred directly to Noi Bai Airport for your domestic flight to Dong Hoi. Upon arrival at Dong Hoi Airport you will be greeted by our airport representative who will provide the private vehicle transfer to your hotel. The evening is at your own leisure. (B & L)
Day 7 – Phong Na to Hang En – Start your ultimate adventure with a pickup from your hotel in Phong Nha between 8:00 am and 8:30 am and enjoy a short transfer to Oxalis Headquarters. Enjoy a safety briefing, collect your gear and sign our Release Form before driving 45 mins through the National Park to reach the trailhead. At 10:00 am, leave the road behind for the jungle. A steep jungle hill starts the journey, with a refreshing river at the bottom. Hike through rich primary forest to reach the Ban Doong minority village, where a hot cup of tea welcomes you. Feast on a picnic lunch which takes place shortly afterwards at 12:30pm – 1:00pm, near the river. Then it’s back into the jungle, through rivers and streams, and along the river valley until Hang En lays on the horizon. Enter Hang En around 3 pm, and enjoy a quick rest as the porter team sets up camp on the beach within the cave. For the next couple of hours, complete the adventure by preceding the rest of the way through the cave to the breathtaking exit, a scene made famous in the film Pan. Return to camp through the dry passage to the viewpoint high above camp, where 300 million year old fossils can be seen. Enjoy your downtime relaxing or swimming in the natural pool before a sizzling grilled dinner is served, complete with rice wine and the sounds of swift’s overhead. (B & L)
Day 8 – Hang En to Phong Na – Awake at 8:00 am for breakfast and pack up your belongings. Depart camp at 9:00 am to leave Hang En. Take one last look at the entrance, almost hidden amongst the jungle. Enjoy lunch with your group from 12:00 – 1:00 pm, and then it’s time to start the journey home. Trek for the next hour along a shady path through the river valley. And then from 2:00 – 4:00 pm, make your way up the hill to the pickup point, where our driver will be waiting to take you back to civilization. Return to Phong Nha between 4:30 – 5:30 pm. ( B, L & D )
Day 9 – Phong Na departure – Enjoy your final few hours in Dong Hoi before you meet your driver who will provide the private vehicle transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
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