Day 1: Hanoi Arrival.
Welcome to Hanoi; the driver and guide will meet you outside the baggage claim of Noi Bai Airport and take you to your hotel in the city center. In the afternoon enjoy a cyclo tour through the Old Quarter’s narrow streets lined with ancient buildings – followed by a traditional Water Puppet Performance – a unique Vietnamese art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture. Savor a welcome dinner at one of Hanoi’s finest restaurants.
Accommodation: ( Hotel with 3 star in Old quarter )
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour.
After breakfast you have a full day to explore Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas, Hanoi is an eclectic mix that offers something for everyone. Your city tour will take you to Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and stilt house), the Presidential Palace, the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Temple of Literature; West Lake including the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda & Quan Thanh Temple; and one of the city’s museums (a choice between the History Museum and the Ethnology Museum), you can change itinerary.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Accommodation: ( Hotel in Old quarter )
Day 3: Hanoi – Mai Chau.
After a breakfast at the hotel, before setting off on your drive to Mai Chau – a yawning valley, cradling picturesque rice paddies and boarded by looming karst rock formations. Enjoy picturesque views of the scenic landscape, sown with pagodas and rural villages. Stop along the way to visit the Muong tribe and then at Thung Khe Pass for a spectacular view of Mai Chau Valley. After lunch, spend the afternoon trekking off the typical tourist track, along the Song Ma River. Trek through terraced rice paddies and small villages, discovering the natural beauty of the valley and encountering the culture of the White Thai people, living in the region. Stop at an ethnic White Thai village for the night, having dinner with a local family and enjoying a homestay in their long house.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Accommodation: Homestay in Mai Chau.
Day 4: Mai Chau – Ninh Binh (Hoa Lu & Trang An).
Enjoy breakfast at your homestay before journeying to Hoa Lu, Vietnam’s first capital. Visits to temples and walk hundred steps up to top of a mountain for a panorama view of the old capital. After lunch, enjoy a leisure cruise to visit Trang An, a nature reserve similar to Tam Coc however less visited. Limestone hills surround a peaceful river which passes through a series of caves (one which takes 15-minutes to pass through in darkness). It is an “eco-tourism” area, the only interruptions here are the sound of birds and the gentle paddle of the oar upon the crystal clear river. Overnight at a Hotel in Ninh Binh which is set in a prime location on the edge of the Van Long Nature Reserve’s jungles.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Ninh Binh.
Day 5: Ninh Binh – Haiphong – Halong Bay – Overnight on cruise.
The below itinerary is subject to change without prior notice and depends on weather condition.
After breakfast at hotel, your driver will take you on a 4-hour drive passing the countryside of the Red River Delta to Halong Bay.
Arrive at Hong Gai harbor – next to Baitho mountain, and check-in for your Legacy Cruise, where welcome drinks will be served.
Lunch will be served while cruising, through the Bai Tu Long Bay, on your way to incredible Halong Bay. During the afternoon you will visit the splendid Surprise Cave (Sung Sot). This is one of the most beautiful grottos in Halong Bay. You will definitely feel a ‘surprise’ about the imposing stalagmites, stalactites and many legendry stories surrounding them.
You will have time for kayaking in the Surprise Cave area at approximately 4pm, and you will have around 45 minutes to explore Halong Bay and some tunnels in the immediate area by yourself.
At 5: 15 you rejoin the Legacy Cruise, cruising to Drum Cave to drop anchor for the night. The boat cruises past many beautiful islets on the bay, including Head man’s face islet, Horse Saddle islet, Fairy lake, Drum Cave and Virgin Cave.
You will have time for relaxing in the late afternoon, so make the most of sunbathing on the deck, and take some photo’s along the way for your personal memories. You will enjoy fresh, seasonal fruit and Vietnamese tea, at a small gathering on the sundeck.
Dinner is served in the restaurant between 7pm-8pm and at 9pm settle down for some leisure time to enjoy a chat around the bar, dancing, some karaoke, to watch a movie or enjoy some night fishing… Relax and spend a romantic night on board your vessel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Accommodation: ( Cruise with 3 star vessel in Halong bay )
Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi
Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt and at 7am breakfast, coffee and tea will be served while cruising ahead to Bai Tu Long Bay, on a tranquil route where the are islets are really imposing.
At 8:15 you will join a small local bamboo boat (around 1 hour) to visit Vong Vieng floating fishing village. Our guide will give you some information and interesting facts about this fascinating village and its local community who live on the water. Returning to the Legacy boat, take time to refresh and relax before checking out. Continue sailing back to the harbor through the turquoise waters, passing many beautiful islets and island on the way.
At approximately 10:15 learn a little of the local cuisine with a Vietnamese Cooking Class and an early lunch is served, before arriving back at the pier. We say goodbye to the crew, and return to Hanoi, enjoying a stopover on the way for a break. We arrive back at your hotel around 5pm, where your tour concludes.
- Meals: Breakfast. Lunch, Dinner.
- Accommodation: ( Hotel in Old quarter )
Day 7 : Hanoi – Departure. ( B )
After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy free time until your transfer to Noi Bai airport for your onward flight.
End tour: North Vietnam 7 days 6 nights