Hanoi - Touring Options

Hanoi Escape – 4 Days / 3 Nights

Explore the city’s hidden art scene, an ancient village and a half day on a saddle meandering through village lanes. These four days will show you a side of Hanoi you’ve almost certainly never seen before.

Day 1 Hanoi – Upon arrival in Hanoi, your guide and private car will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Our knowledgeable guide will take you to the most interesting and important museums and galleries as well as some quirky galleries and arty hang-outs far from the regular tourist trail.

Day 2 Hanoi – After breakfast todays excursions take you to Duong Lam village, a purely agricultural village of the Northern Red River Delta, and visit Mong Phu temple in Mong Phu commune – the only hamlet whose original village entrance remains intact. For lunch enjoy a local style meal in a 100-year old house then continue with a visit to Ngo Quyen temple and Phung Hung temple, places dedicated to two national heroes – Ngo Quyen and Phung Hung. Following head back to Hanoi where you will arrive late afternoon. (B, L)

Day 3 Hanoi – Today enjoy a bike ride through Hanoi’s surrounding countryside and past a village known for their cultivation of flowers. We guarantee you’ll avoid the traffic as well as seeing a side of Hanoi that’s almost impossible to discover on your own. (B)

Day 4 Hanoi -Full day at leisure until you transfer to the airport for your next destination. (B)

Tour Inclusions:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers.
  • Accommodation in a twin / double share basis.
  • Local English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits.
  • Transfers and Touring by private air conditioned vehicle.
  • Meals as discussed in the itinerary – 3 Breakfasts / 1 Lunch.

 

Highlights of Vietnam 11 Days / 10 Nights

Introducing you to the country’s three main regions, this Vietnam tour starts with the natural splendour and majesty of the north, continues to the historic charm of the central provinces before concluding with the beauty and the vibrancy of the south.

Day 1 Hanoi -Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2 Hanoi -The capital of Vietnam,  visit the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh (viewed from outside the ‘icon of Hanoi’ – The One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, West Lake’s Tran Quoc temple and Quan Thanh pagoda as well as the fascinating Ethnology Museum, the bustling Old Quarter and at the end of the day – a water puppet performance. (B)

Day 3 Hanoi to Hoa Lu to Hanoi -Depart early for the 2-hour drive to the site of Vietnam’s first capital, Hoa Lu. In the late morning depart for Tam Coc Town for a Vietnamese lunch. After lunch board your private sampan for a short cruise before returning to Hanoi. (B, L)

Day 4 Hanoi to Halong Bay – After breakfast leave Hanoi for a 3hr30mins drive to Halong  Bay. After your welcomed on board, a lunch will be served while cruising towards the bay itself. Towards the end of the day the boat sets anchor for the night. Dinner is served on board. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Halong Bay to Hoi An via Hanoi – After Breakfast disembark and return to Hanoi. A short flight to Da Nang and transfer to UNESCO listed Hoi An. (B)

Day 6 Hoi An to My Son to Hoi An – Today take a half day to visit the capital and religious centre of the former Champa Kingdom My Son. (B)

Day 7 Hoi An to Hue – Enjoy this morning at leisure before leaving Hoi An for Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. (B)

Day 8 Hue – Visit the Imperial Citadel, take a cyclo through dai noi ‘Old City’ Afterwards depart for Thien Mu (Celestial
Lady) Pagoda overlooking the Perfume River, Continue to former emperor Minh Mang’s tomb before heading back to your hotel take time to stroll around Dong Ba Market with your guide. (B)

Day 9 Hue to Ho Chi Minh – After breakfast a short flight to Ho Cho Minh, visit Chinatown, Thien Hau Pagoda, visit the Ben Thanh Market, War Remnants Museum, Old Saigon Post Office, Opera House and City Hall. (B)

Day 10 Ho Chi Minh to Mekong Delta to Ho Chi Minh – This morning, leave bustling Ho Chi Minh for the 2 hour drive to the delta town of Cai Be. Continue to a cottage factory where ‘pop-rice’, rice paper and coconut candies are made. (B, L)

Day 11 Ho Chi Minh – Departure day. At leisure until transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for onward flight. (B)

Tour Inclusions:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers.
  • Accommodation on a twin / double share basis
  • Local English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits.
  • Transfers and Touring by private air conditioned vehicle.
  • Meals as described by itinerary – 10 Breakfast / 3 Lunches / 1 Dinner
  • Boat trip as per the itinerary

Please note – Domestic airfares within Vietnam are not included in the price. Please contact your local Travel Agent for fares.

 

North Vietnam Exclusive 7 Days / 6 Nights

 

Our North Vietnam Exclusive is designed for the discerning traveller who wishes to experience the rich culture and diversity of the north with a touch of style.

Day 1 Hanoi -On arrival at Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport our guide will greet you and transfer by private car to your hotel. Your day is at leisure.

Day 2 Hanoi to Lao Cai – depart your hotel for the Temple  of Literature, The One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 will be visited next. Close by is the mausoleum of the historic figure and father of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh and the former presidents house on stilts where he lived. Continue to picturesque West Lake and the sixth century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda. From here transfer (or stroll along the lakeside) to the nearby Taoist temple of Quan Thanh. In the afternoon visit the Ethnology Museum, and at the end of the afternoon visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter also known as the ‘36 streets’. Mid-evening proceed to Hanoi Train Station for the night train to Lao Cai. (B, L)

Day 3 – Lai Cai to Sapa – On arrival in the border town of Lao Cai transfer to the former hill station of Sapa. . Take a morning walking tour of Sapa for a visit to the busy market,  following take a light trek to discover Sapa’s quaint hill tribe villages set against the stunning Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range and Indochina’s highest peak, Mt. Fansipan, a picnic lunch will be had en-route. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. (B, L)

Day 4 – Sapa to Hanoi via Lao Cai – Have breakfast before driving to visit a local market, then continue your tour to have a short walk to a hill-tribe village. In the late afternoon transfer back to Lao Cai before the night train back to Hanoi. (B, L)

Day 5 – Hanoi to Halong Bay – An early arrival in Hanoi followed by breakfast in a local restaurant before heading to Halong Bay by road. Check-in and transfer to your boat for the overnight journey into the Bay and towards the end of the day set anchor for the night as the sun sets followed by dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Halong Bay to Hanoi – On your return to Halong City enjoy a wholesome brunch, and upon disembarkation your driver will meet you for the transfer back to Hanoi and this afternoon your guide and driver will be at your disposal before enjoying the day with a Water Puppet show to finish off the day. (B)

Day 7 – Hanoi – Free at leisure until your transfer by private car to Hanoi Airport for your international or domestic flight. (B)

Tour Inclusions:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers.
  • Accommodation on a share twin / double basis
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Victoria night train Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi in a 4 berth cabin
  • 2 Day / 1 Night Halong Bay cruise
  • Transfers and touring by a private air conditioned vehicle.
  • Meals as described in the itinerary – 6 Breakfasts / 4 Lunches / 1 Dinner

 

Hanoi & Halong Discovery 4 Days / 3 Nights

With our three night Halong and Hanoi Discovery Tour, experience the variety of Northern Vietnam with a visit to the culturally rich capital of Hanoi and a boat ride along Halong Bay with great views of scenic cliffs and calm seas.

Day 1 Hanoi -Upon arrival in Hanoi, your guide and private car will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2 Hanoi – Depart for a full day tour of Hanoi, your first visit will be Temple of Literature. Next visit The One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. This structure is one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples, whilst close by is the mausoleum of the historic father figure of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, and the former presidents house on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969. Continue to picturesque West Lake and stroll along the lakeside 700 meters to the nearby Taoist temple of Quan Thanh. In the afternoon, visit the fascinating Ethnology Museum. Following take a walking tour through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, also known as the ‘36 streets’. It’s a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities all around you. Finish the day with a Water Puppet show and at the end of the show transfer back to your hotel. (B)

Day 3 Hanoi to Halong Bay – Following breakfast leave Hanoi for a 3hr30mins drive to Halong Bay.  After your welcomed on board, a lunch will be served while cruising towards the bay itself. Towards the end of the day the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations. Dinner is served on board. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Halong Bay to Hanoi – Enjoy your breakfast while the vessels cruises slowly through the magnificent rock formations and back towards port. Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi or Haiphong for your onward flight. (B)

Tour Inclusions:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers.
  • Accommodation in a share twin / double room.
  • Local English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits.
  • Transfers & Touring in a private air conditioned vehicle.
  • Boat trip as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals as discussed in the itinerary – 3 Breakfasts / 1 Lunch / 1 Dinner

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mai Chau Valley 2 Days / 1 Night

The Northwest of Vietnam is still a relatively untouched part of the country. Beautiful scenery and idyllic villages make this area well worth a visit. On this two day Northern Vietnam tour, stay in a traditional Thai hill tribe stilt-house, travel through fertile valleys and along roads snaking through mountain passes, as well as doing some light trekking in the area.

Day 1 – Hanoi to Mai Chau

Depart Hanoi early morning for a 3.5 hour drive to Mai Chau .  Just an hour beyond Hanoi, after Hoa  Binh Town, the road weaves through mountains, fertile valleys and traditional villages.

Arrive in the picturesque Mai  Chau Valley surrounded by spectacular karst rock formations and rice paddies. After lunch, spend the afternoon exploring the idyllic natural surroundings and visit the extraordinary Mo Luong (Soldier) Cave. This evening enjoy a traditional Thai performance of music and dance. The Thai ethnic group has inhabited this area for centuries and much of their lifestyle and traditions have remained unchanged over the years.

Stay overnight in a traditional stilt-house* of the Thai people, an incredibly enriching experience in which you can learn about this fascinating culture first hand. (The home stay accommodation consists of comfortable curtained-off sleeping areas in one long room; all bedding and mosquito nets are provided).

Overnight in Mai Chau (L, D)

Day 2 – Mai Chau to Hanoi Departure

Start this morning with a light trek 2- 4 hours through one or some other villages in the Mai  Chau Valley and after lunch in Mai Chau, begin the journey back to Hanoi.  Along the way, be sure to have your camera ready for when you reach the top of the Mai  Chau Valley itself, the views are superb.  Continue the drive and reach Hanoi late this afternoon.

* The Mai Chau Lodge option consists of hotel style rooms and is not a stilt house.
** If you are in Mai Chau on a Sunday you can catch the weekly market in the village   of Xa Linh which is home of the Green Hmong hill tribe. Note this is an optional extra, ask your travel consultant for further details. (B, L)

Tour Inclusions:

  • Accommodation in a traditional stilt house (private sleeping area per group) or hotel accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room at the Mai Chau Lodge with daily breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary -1 Breakfast / 2 Lunches / 1 Dinner
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Transport in a private air conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance Fee’s for visits mentioned in the itinerary.

Honeymoon in Vietnam 16 Days / 15 Nights

Start off in Hanoi where Vietnamese ambiance and French colonial charm will add to the romance. In Hoi An, spend time at the town’s cafes or admire beautiful pieces of art in an art gallery. Then, make your way south to Vietnam’s beach paradises and admire the crystal clear water and smooth beach sand together. Stay in the most luxurious hotels to further your honeymoon experience into one unforgettable time together.

Day 1 – Arrival in Hanoi –On arrival at Hanoi’s Airport your guide will greet and transfer you by private car to your hotel. This afternoon wind down and indulge in the city’s best spa followed by a Vietnamese dinner with a French touch in one of Hanoi’s most charming restaurants housed in a beautiful villa. (D)

Day 2 – Hanoi – After breakfast depart for an insider’s tour of the capital. Start with a tour of the Long Bien Bridge, Hanoi’s Old Quarter, The temple of literature, and for sunset continue to West Lake and one of the oldest Buddhist pagodas in Hanoi, Tran Quoc. (B, D)

Day 3 – Hanoi to Halong Bay – After breakfast depart Hanoi to the 3 1/2 hour drive to Halong Bay. Arrive in Halong City late morning and board your traditional, private wooden junk for the overnight journey into the Bay. Towards the end of the day set anchor for the night. As the sun sets over the bay dinner is served on board with fresh seafood, salads, and fruits. (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Halong Bay – Hanoi – Danang to Hoi An – On your return to Halong City, your guide will meet you and transfer you back to Hanoi Noi Bai airport for the flight south to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. (B, L)

Day 5 – Hoi An – After breakfast it’s time to discover Hoi An and a walking tour is the best way to see this marvellous town. Lunch at one of Hoi An’s best restaurants and this afternoon is free to relax with car and guide at disposal. (B, L)

Day 6 – Hoi An- From the hotel ride a bicycle to Tra Que Village. Join in at making tam huu, a local delicacy before sitting down for a light, home cooked meal before enjoying the afternoon at leisure. (B, L)

Day 7 – Hoi An to Nha Trang – Transfer back to Danang for your short flight to Vietnam’s beach capital Nha Trang. Overnight at Six Senses Evason Hideaway. (B)

Day 8 – Nha Trang – Today enjoy the day at leisure. (B)

Day 9 – Nha Trang – Today enjoy the day at leisure. (B)

Day 10 – Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh –Depart for Nha Trang Airport after breakfast for the short flight to Ho Chi Minh City.  Take an orientation tour of the city in a classic Citroen car which will include a visit to the former Presidential Palace, the War Remnants Museum and the Old Saigon Post Office. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to discover Ho Chi Minh City at your own pace. (B, L)

Day 11 – Ho Chi Minh to Mekong Delta – After breakfast, depart for the Mekong Delta and upon arrival in the Delta board the private
‘Song Xanh’ so you can discover the smaller canals and tributaries of this region. Before sunset, the last stop is at a splendid 19th century house where an unforgettable dinner will be served. After dinner, proceed for one hour to Can Tho where your sampan will be moor for the night. (B, L, D)

Day 12 – Mekong Delta to Phu Quoc –After visiting the colourful floating market transfer to Can Tho Airport
for the flight to the island of Phu Quoc. On arrival at the islands sleepy airport, transfer to La Veranda Resort and enjoy the rest of your day is at leisure (B)

Day 13 – Phu Quoc – Today enjoy the day at leisure (B)

Day 14 – Phu Quoc – Today enjoy the day at leisure (B)

Day 15 – Phu Quoc – Today enjoy the day at leisure (B)

Day 16 – Phu Quoc to Ho Chi Minh – enjoy some free time this morning before the short flight back to Ho Chi Minh city and conclude your tour. (B)

Tour Inclusions: 

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Accommodation on a twin / double share basis.
  • Local English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits.
  • Transfers and touring by private air conditioned vehicle.
  • Meals as described in the itinerary – 14 Breakfasts / 6 Lunches / 4 Dinners

Please note – Domestic airfares within Vietnam are not included in the price. Please contact your local Travel Agent for fares.