Hanoi Holidays

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Women practising Tai Chi by Hoan Kiem Lake

Day 1: Hanoi

Welcome to Hanoi! Upon arrival at Hanoi Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The afternoon can be spent exploring the wide, tree-lined streets of Hanoi, resplendent with French colonial architecture and the scenic Hoan Kiem Lake. This evening enjoy dinner before attending a traditional Vietnamese water puppet performance.

A street in the Old Quarter of Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi

Enjoy a morning cooking class at Ms Quyen House in Hanoi. Indluded is a trip to the bustling local market, a local family host shows us her beautiful house and herb garden before learning some of Vietnam’s well-known dishes. Then we continue with a short visit to the famous One-pillar-Pagoda nearby, before heading to the Temple of Literature, one of first universities in Vietnam and school of Confucianism founded in the 11th century. Next we visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter for a ride in a traditional cyclo, passing lively markets on narrow streets. The 36 streets of the Old Quarter date back to the middle ages when they supplied the Emperor’s citadel. Free time for shopping in Hanoi’s Old Quarter.

A junk sailing past a limestone peak in Halong Bay

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay

Early this morning journey north to Halong Bay (approx 4 hours drive), stopping for refreshments en route. UNESCO Listed Halong Bay is undoubtedly one of Vietnam's most spectacular regions. Thousands of karst limestone and jungle covered peaks and isles, rise dramatically out of the emerald waters of the bay. Spend the day cruising around the islands onboard a traditional Junk boat. Stopping to explore caves and coves and to swim in the emerald waters. You can also take a row boat to visit the floating fishing village of Vung Vieng - where you'll gain a fascinating insight into the daily life of the local people. Enjoy a scrumptious buffet lunch and set dinner whilst onboard.

The Huc Bridge

Day 4: Halong Bay - Hue

Enjoy fresh air and the gentle breeze of the bay this morning as you relax onboard the Junk. There will be more opportunities to swim and explore hidden caves before returning to port. Transfer back to Hanoi airport for your flight to Hue in central Vietnam. Upon arrival in Hue, you are met and transferred to your hotel.

The Perfume River in Hue

Day 5: Hue

Enjoy a full day tour of Hue including a boat trip on Perfume River (Huong River) to Thien Mu Pagoda and Minh Mang tomb. Thien Mu Pagoda is an octagonal tower of seven tiers that rises majestically over the Perfume River. Minh Mang tomb is perhaps the most majestic of all Hue’s tombs. This tomb is well known for its harmonious blend of architecture and natural landscape. After lunch you'll tour the Imperial Citadel and Forbidden City, built by the Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty. Enjoy some retail therapy at the ever lively Dong Ba Market before returning to your hotel. Free evening.

Women trading at Dong Ba Market by Tormod Sandtorv

Day 6: Hue - Hoi An

This morning visits are offered to Emperor Tu Duc and Khai Dinh’s tombs before journey by road to Hoi An via spectacular Cloudy Pass. A stop is made in Danang to visit the Cham Museum, once centre of the ancient Cham civilization. UNESCO Listed Hoi An is a former merchant trading post, famed for its beautifully preserved Chinese, Japanese and European architecture. Picturesque Hoi An has managed to retain its traditional character and charm, with its cobbled streets, markets and row upon row of tailors shops. This afternoon, enjoy a walking tour around the cobbled streets of this ancient town, which was once of the busiest trading ports in Asia.

Men sitting on the street in Hoi An in conical hats

Day 7: Hoi An

Day at leisure in Hoi An.

A bridge in Hoi An

Day 8: Hoi An

Early morning offers an excursion to My Son for sunrise, the holiest and evocative of Vietnam’s Cham sites. Here at the ancient Kingdom of Champa you'll see the burial tombs of the Cham royals and national heroes. We enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Hoi An town for a free time.

A local man in front of an ancient building in Hoi An

Day 9: Hoi An - Hanoi

Transfer to the airport for flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to hotel and check in.

Vietnamese Water Puppets

Day 10: Hanoi

Departure transfer to the airport.


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