Hanoi & Halong Discovery

Hanoi & Halong Discovery

4 Days / 3 Nights Roundtrip Hanoi

Price from$670

Hanoi is a city of wide tree lined boulevards with tranquil lakes and colonial villa's and a more sedate pace than other Asian cities. Journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and observe the every day life of Vietnamese villagers as they work the rice fields, and plough through the fields with water buffaloes. Arrive at Halong Bay and transfer to your traditional junk boat for an overnight cruise. The UNESCO World Heritage site of Halong Bay has thousands of limestone islands jutting out of the emerald sea,sculpted into bizarre shapes and surrounded by colourful floating villages.

Hanoi & Halong Discovery map

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival Transfer to your hotel by private car.

With ochre-coloured colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes, Hanoi is full of charm. Start the tour at the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing monument lavishly built using marble and granite, and where the preserved body of "Uncle Ho" resides. (Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed every Monday & Friday, all afternoons and from early September until mid November). Behind the Mausoleum, you can see Ho Chi Minh's House. The simple house where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked is made of wood. Enjoy a tranquil setting, with a view of a lotus pond. Ho Chi Minh's belongings are on display and you can walk up the steps of his house to see his bedroom. A short walk from the mausoleum is the lotus shaped One Pillar Pagoda - resting on a single stone pillar emerging from the water. Wind your way afterwards to the Temple of Literature, the first University for the sons of mandarins, for an overview about Hanoian culture and appreciation for ancient Vietnamese architecture.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 star: Medallion Hotel - Deluxe Room 4 star: Silk Path Hotel - Premium Deluxe City View Room 5 star: Movenpick Hanoi Hotel - Superior Room

Day 2: Hanoi > Halong Bay (B,L,D) Embark on a 3.5 hour drive to Halong Bay with a quick rest stop at Hong Ngoc Center - the best place to stop and stretch your legs en route. On arrival in Halong Bay, board your deluxe junk, settle into your cabin and prepare your appetite for an enjoyable lunch on deck. Mid-afternoon you will visit the mysterious atmosphere of Tien Ong cave, adorned with stalactites and stalagmites, then continue to the Cua Van fishing village, the largest community on the bay. This will allow a closer look into the lives of local fishermen before you transfer to a bamboo boat and are rowed slowly through the village with a museum and a school among floating houses. Back to the boat, a cooking class is offered with the chef if you are interested. Or enjoy sunset cocktails and canapes on the top deck before being served a wonderful dinner on board tonight.

Overnight onboard boat 3 1/2 star: Glory Legend Cruise - Ocean View Suite 4 star: Dragon's Pearl Cruise - Deluxe Cabin 5 star: Ginger Cruise - Superior Cabin

Day 3: Halong Bay > Hanoi (B) Wake up early and partake in a Tai Chi class which is held on the upper deck. Visit Soi Sim Island, here you can relax in azure water of Halong Bay or enjoy over 200 steps to the up top for panoramic view of the whole bay. Return back to the boat and cruise towards the shore while brunch is served. Prepare your luggage and hand your key to the reception for check out. Arrive at the jetty late morning and transfer back to Hanoi with light snack provided en route. Opt to visit a traditional pottery workshop en route.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 star: Medallion Hotel - Deluxe Room 4 star: Silk Path Hotel - Premium Deluxe City View Room 5 star: Movenpick Hanoi Hotel - Superior Room

Day 4: Depart Hanoi (B) Free time at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (The regular check-out time for all hotels is 12.00 pm. Late check-out is not included).

• Tailor-made journey with local English speaking guides • 2 nights in your selected category of accommodation • 1 night on board a traditional junk boat in Halong Bay • Transfers & transportation • Sightseeing & entrance fees • 3 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Pricing (per person) $AUD

Type TWIN SINGLE

2017

3 1/2 star

1 May - 30 Sep

4 star

1 May - 30 Sep

5 star

1 May - 30 Sep

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$670

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$740

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$828

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$1,141

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$1,298

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$1,461

Departs

2017 Daily

Booking conditions

• Surcharges apply during TET Vietnamese New Year 15 Feb to 21 Feb 2018 • Surcharges apply during public holidays. • Surcharges apply 24 and 31 Dec 2017

World Journeys also have traditional junks available for charter for small families, or large groups.

Please refer to World Journeys terms & conditions.

Not included

Vietnam Visa

Vietnam was everything that I had heard it to be and hoped it to be

We had a fantastic holiday - Vietnam was everything that I had heard it to be and hoped it to be. The hotels were all top notch - particularly The Metropole. The Boutique Hoi An was fantastic - a beautiful white sand beach, great pool area, and wonderful newly renovated rooms that were very big - and it was only a 5 minute shuttle to Hoi An itself. The Caravelle was really nice too - though the rooms a little dated. Wonderful breakfasts though. The guides we had were brilliant - it would be hard to do without them. The Ho Chi Minh city tour and Mekong Delta tour were great. The Hoi An walking tour was a bit of a waste of time - we kind of only got taken to places that people are pushing stuff on you to buy, but the farm tour (which I thought would not be great) was so much fun, and a great surprise as it included a cooking class. The tour of Hanoi was also great. The trip to Halong and the overnight cruise I loved - my two daughters and husband enjoyed it but felt there should have been wifi on the boat we were on!!! First world problem!! But I guess its something that is now really important. It appears they state on their website that wifi is available. Vietnam Air was great. Our only issue was on the Vietjet flight - we should have stuck with Vietnam Air - our flight from Hoi An to Hanoi was cancelled - no notification - and we had a rather long wait at the airport for the next one. But all in all a fab time was had by all of us. Thanks for your help with organising our trip!

Bennett family, NZ