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Hanoi and Halong Bay

4 days 3 nights


Category Vietnam Classic Tours

  • Group Size 1-11
  • Difficulty Level 1
  • Trip Starts From Hanoi
  • Trip Ends At Hanoi
  • Accommodation Hotel and Ship cabin
  • Type Tours
  • Destination Hanoi Halong Bay
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On this trip, we visit Hanoi- the capital city of modern Vietnam, and cruise the Halong Bay.

Hanoi, although rapidly developing into a modern city, still has the charm of ancient architecture and a rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese, and French influences. The Old Quarter still retains its original character: narrow streets, little temples, market selling household goods, and street food.

The famous Halong Bay is less than 4-hours' drive from Hanoi. We cruise on the emerald waters on which rise the towering limestone pillars and tiny islets topped by forest rise. Halong Bay was designated as a World Heritage site in 1994. This place offers spectacular scatter of islands, dotted with wind- and wave-eroded grottoes are undoubtedly northern Vietnam's one of the most desired destinations.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01~Arrive in Hanoi

Upon arrival in Hanoi airport, meet your local guide and driver at the arrival gate and transfer to the hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure.

Hanoi Food Walking Tour

In the evening, your guide will pick you up and proceed to the Old Quarter for a walking tour. As we walk in the streets, we listen to the presentation about the architecture, culture, and lifestyle of the locals. We stop by the food stalls or restaurants to contemplate and try typical Vietnamese foods and drinks that are well-known and most popular for Hanoians. Your guide will talk about the recipe and the historical backgrounds of the dishes.

Overnight hotel in Hanoi.

Meals : Dinner
Day 02~Sightseeing of Hanoi

Walking tour to Huu Tiep Lake and the downed B52

Start the tour in the northern part of the city at a colorful market that sells herbs, spices, sea products, and many other local and exotic ingredients. Stroll alongside the lake till Tran Quoc, the oldest Buddhist temple in Hanoi, located on a small island near the southeastern shore of the West Lake. Carry on past the peaceful Quan Thanh, a Taoist temple and the Presidential Palace to the Botanical Gardens, the green lung of the capital. Wander through the maze of narrow streets and crowded alleys until you emerge at a small lake containing the wreckage of a crashed B52 from the Vietnam War. Enjoy a coffee at a small local shop nearby the lake and continue by walk to Ngoc Ha Street, where the car will transfer you back to your hotel.

Sightseeing in Hanoi

Although it is the modern-day capital of Vietnam, Hanoi still retains the mystery and charm of past centuries. Narrow lanes and traditional shophouses invite an exciting exploration by walking, while it's many beautiful public spaces. Lakes, parks, tree-lined boulevards and monuments give the city an air of elegance and harmony with nature unique among Asian capitals.

Visit the Temple of Literature

The Temple of Literature has a peaceful series of walled courtyards and graceful gateways, and this monument is one of the best-preserved examples of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, this was also the site of Vietnam's first university. In one courtyard, giant stone tortoises bear stele on their backs, listing the accomplishments of graduating scholars.

Visit the Old Quarter

The Old Quarter holds over a thousand years of history and remains one of Vietnam's most lively and unusual places. Here one can buy anything from a gravestone to silk pajamas. Explore by walking to the maze of back streets with fascination wonderment at every turn, and there are endless things to buy from wool clothes, cosmetics, gold and silver jewelry, silk clothes, and herbal medicines.

Transfer to/from a restaurant.

Overnight in Hanoi.



Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 03~Cruise the Halong Bay

(114 miles, 4 hours)

After breakfast, leave your hotel for Halong Bay. The road is well paved. We board the cruise in Tuan Chau Marina Port. The crews will serve welcome drinks amidst briefing about the cruise ship and safety.

Enjoy buffet lunch while the cruise sails passing by magnificent sceneries of the World Heritage site. In the afternoon, explore Sung Sot cave, hiking up and down 600 steps to the beautiful limestone formations of the biggest and most marvelous cave in Halong bay. Back to the vessel and participate in La Vela cooking class under the instruction of the cruise's chef.

Dinner on board. Overnight on board.


Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 04~Finish the cruise and transfer back to Hanoi

In the morning, participate in the Tai Chi session on the Sundeck. Enjoy light breakfast with tea or coffee. Explore the Pearl farm to witness the process of making a perfect pearl.

Return to the cruise ship La Vela, enjoy buffet breakfast and disembark at Tuan Chau Island. 

Now, you are transferred back to Hanoi airport for your trip to the next destination.

Service ends.

Meals : Breakfast

Trip Map

Trip Info

Trip Includes

  • English speaking local guide.
  • Accommodation as listed.
  • Meals, as indicated in the itinerary. There will be a breakfast box provided in case of early morning transfer.
  • All transfers and sightseeing by a private vehicle with driver.
  • Complimentary bottled water and cold towels (one each on a half-day and two on full-day excursions).
  • Sightseeing admission fees.
  • Activities as per the itinerary.

Trip Does Not Include

  • Meals other than indicated.
  • Drinks, tipping, laundry, phone, internet usage, and other expenses of personal nature.
  • Extra expenses or loss due to travel delays, inclement weather, personal health, accident, and other incidents beyond our control.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Vietnam visa.




Hanoi: Silk Path Boutique Hanoi

Halong Bay Cruiseship: La Vella Classic 4


Hanoi: Hilton Hanoi

Halong Bay Cruiseship: La Vella Classic 4

Note: Hotels listed above are our preferred properties and are subject to availability.


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