The enchanting Hanoi and Halong bay

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Overview

From the charming chaos of Hanoi to the relaxing waters of Halong Bay through a very special itinerary far away from the masses. This hassle free trip is a good introduction to Vietnam capital and its most well-known World Heritage: The stunning Halong Archipelago.

Highlights

  • Wander around the medieval maze of streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, watch how daily life is.  
  • Enjoy Hanoi's street-food culture and taste a wide range of different specialties.
  • A cruise far from the crowds through an exclusive itinerary around the Halong and Bai Tu Long bays with a dedicated crew on board.
  • Peaceful kayaking during the cruise or the chance to do as much or as little as you wish during the cruise.

Destinations

Day Itinerary Accommodation Meal plan
1 Hanoi arrival and flavour walk Hotel in Hanoi D
2 Hanoi orientation Hotel in Hanoi B,L
3 Hanoi - Halong cruise Boat cruise in Halong B,L,D
4 Halong - Hanoi & departure Not included Brunch

 

Hanoi arrival and foodie tour

Day 1 Hanoi arrival and foodie tour

Meal: Dinner | Accommodation: hotel in Hanoi

Arriving at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel. Time for relaxing after the journey till 17.00 when our guide come to pick you up from the hotel for a foody exploration

With more than 1000 years history, Hanoi is a city of contrasts where main roads and boulevards are a cacophony of traffic, but a few steps away tiny back streets are calm and peaceful. Hanoi has plenty of places to visit, particularly its museums– the Ethnology, Women’s, Fine Art, and History museums are particularly well presented and informative...

17.00 – meet up at your hotel, you’re invited to get off the tourist trail and explore Hanoi hidden lanes. The cuisine adventure takes you through the busiest corner of Hanoi Old Quarter to its back streets.

Take your pick from a wide range of street food menu to taste the authentic of Hanoi. They can be Nom (green papaya salad with seasoned beef), Banh Cuon (hot rice paper with pork and fried onion), or Banh Mi. Don’t forget to end up with a local coffee for fruit juice at a street-side shop, where you’ll see the charming chaos of Hanoi passing by.

You’ll spend the night in Hanoi.

Hanoi orientation

Day 2 Hanoi orientation

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch | Accommodation: hotel in Hanoi

08:00 AM – Pick up from your hotel, we'll start the day with an exploration of Hanoi Old Quarter on foot. This bustling are of Hanoi is a maze of shopping streets and restaurants with a hotchpotch of architecture - traditional tube houses, religious buildings, artisans’ workshops and cottages, colonial houses and modern concrete edifices. We’ll take an unusual trail –the city railway tracks – to discover a amount of local life plays out around the line, and it’s surprisingly quiet as well. There’s time to visit the lovely Temple of Literature - Vietnam's first university, which was established in 1070 before lunch break.

In the afternoon, we head to the Ho Chi Minh Complex, including Ba Dinh square, and his modest stilt-house which provide valuable insights into the life and times of one of the most successful leaders of the 20th century. We conclude the day with a drive to the excellent Ethnology Museum for an overview of Vietnam's 54 distinct ethnic groups and enjoy a performance of traditional Water Puppetry, an art form unique to northern Vietnam at the museum outdoor stage (a good, light-hearted introduction to our rural culture). The tour ends at around 17.00. 

Hanoi - Halong

Day 3 Hanoi - Halong

Meals: lunch, dinner | Accommodation: on board the Treasure Junk

This morning at 7:45 we will proceed to check-in at Handspan's head office (Ma May 78) and will be leaving on our shuttle bus for a 3.5-hour drive to Halong City. Upon arrival, we will board the Treasure Junk and start to cruise towards the boundaries of Halong bay while a delicious lunch with fresh seafood is served (vegetarian and kid’s menus available).

Make yourself at ease and just relax after lunch. Hundreds of emerging limestone rock formations will parade all around us for about 2 hours before our first stop. We will reach then the perfect spot, where the waters of Halong and Bai Tu Long hit and wave together. Let's get ready for a closer look to the water and explore the bay in depth paddling on our own kayak.

We’ll get back on the Treasure before sunset, when we will be able to enjoy a cocktail on board while we will sail till the anchorage area where we will spend the night offshore. The dinner will be served either inside or outside on the deck, depending on weather conditions. Overnight on board in our cosy air-conditioned cabin with en-suite bathroom. 

Note: On our way to Halong, we will stop at a place with food, beverages and souvenirs for sale. Please bear in mind that we are not trying to incite you to buy any product. This is just the only place on the way with proper facilities that our travellers, guide and driver can use without being forced to buy anything. Thanks for your understanding.

Halong - Hanoi

Day 4 Halong - Hanoi

Meals: Brunch | Accommodation: Not included

Wake up smoothly while witnessing the silence of the beautifully misty bay. From 6:30 am, coffee, tea and cakes will be served. We will be free to join a 30-minute Tai Chi session at the first light of dawn, organized by our Tai Chi master on board, so we will have the chance to energize our body, mind and soul, although if we prefer, we can simply enjoy a sunbath with a cup of coffee.  

We will hop later on a bamboo boat to visit a secluded floating village surrounded by mountains. We will trace our way among numerous floating houses and small rowing boats that are used in everyday life as vehicle, itinerant shops, fishing utility and even sometimes as an overnight shelter.

We will be back on the Treasure before 9:00 am to start cruising back to the pier. From 9.30, a brunch will be served. Take a last glance at the emerging rocks, standing still as the eternal guardians of a kingdom, we are about to reach the pier.

Once in Terra Firma, we will be transferred from Halong to Hanoi, where our arrival is expected around 4:00 - 4:30 pm.

Note:

  • For further details of Treasure Junk cruiser, please visit www.treasure-junk.com
  • Tides and weather conditions may alter the times of meals and other activities.
  • In line with our responsible vision of tourism, please note that the most popular caves of the bay are not included in our program, since we do care about our heritage preservation and the way in which these visits take currently place is unfortunately not viable in the long term.
  • For your convenience, we recommend you to arrange smaller backpacks for the trip and leave your big luggage at Handspan's safety storage.

Price per person based on a group tour

Validity  Accommodation Price per pax on double cabin Single supplement

1 Oct 2019– 30 Apr 2020 

1 Oct 2020– 31 Dec 2020

Standard USD 330
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USD 132
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Superior USD 359
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USD 160
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1 May – 30 Sep 2019

1 May - 30 Sep 2020

Standard USD 313
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USD 123
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Superior USD 337
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USD 144
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* Fixed prices in USD. Prices in VND are subject to currency fluctuations upon making the trip reservation.

* Single supplement: to be applied for those who travel with others but require a single room for her/himself.

* Prices valid till 30 December 2019 for the ready-to-book adventure outlined on this detailed program which has been handcrafted by our production team and that includes the best of the destination (highlights and some lesser known assets as well!). Our travel consultants will also be glad to customize this journey to suit your specific interests and travel-style. 

* Would you like to adapt the itinerary, accommodation, length of the trip or any activity as per your needs and preferences? Then just forward us your comments at info@handspan.com .

* Special prices for groups of more than 2 people, children and the possibility to connect the tour with other stages of your trip around Indochina by contacting us. 

Included

  • Accommodation based on twin-shared room/cabin as listed below:
    • Standard option:
      • Hanoi: May De Ville Old Quarter Hotel – Superior room or similar standard hotel in Hanoi
      • Halong: Treasure Junk – Superior cabin or similar standard cruise in Ha Long
    • Superior option
      • Hanoi: May de Ville hotel - Deluxe or similar standard hotel in Hanoi
      • Halong: Treasure Junk – Superior cabin or similar standard cruise in Ha Long
  • Meals as specified in the program
  • Transfer service with air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced driver
  • Halong bay cruise.
  • The services of experienced English-speaking guides.
  • All entrance fees and activities as mentioned in the program.
  • VAT and other taxes

Not included

  • Accommodation in Hanoi for the last night.
  • Flight tickets or visas.
  • Beverages, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Supplements on peak season.

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