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7 Day Vietnam Northern Fragrance: Hanoi - Hoa Lu - Mai Chau - Halong

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The Northern Vietnam offers fantastic views and are full of history. On this deep insight tour we will visit the capital Hanoi, the romantic city, full of small cafes and vibrant life, enjoy a walk around the famous Hoan Kiem lake and enjoy the night market. The tour will take you to the ancient capital Hoa Lu where evidence of ancient greatness become even more evident. The culture in Vietnam is very unique and you will experience this on bicycle together with your guide and get a first-hand meeting with the local smiles. An underground journey through 3 caves in boat, Halong Bay with 2000 limestone islets is sights a true nature lover will appreciate, you will get a close look at from your boat, a perfect ending of this fantastic journey.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • 7 days exploring highlight attractions in Northern Vietnam
  • 4 Comfortable stays at 3 star hotels, 1 cozy homestay experience and 1 cruise overnight with 3 star cruise
  • Historic 1000th year old Hanoi full day tour
  • Hoa Lu ancient citadel and Tam Coc – Inland Halong Bay tour
  • 2 days in Mai Chau valley with homestay accommodation
  • 2 days 1 night in majestic Halong Bay – UNESCO natural heritage site 
  • All transfers, pick-ups
  • Entrance fees to all attractions
  • Mineral water supplied to keep you refreshed
  • Meals noted in itinerary- daily breakfasts plus 6 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Chauffeured transfers to each sight in the comfort of an air-conditioned mini bus
TERMS AND CONDITIONS 
  • Travel period: 2016/2017.
  • Blackout perior: 20/1/2017 - 6/2/2017
  • This promotion is valid for one person, based on twin share. Single travelers are subject to a surcharge of USD 110 for single supplement
  • Booking must be made at least 10 days prior to departure
  • Tour starts every day in the mentioned periods (subject to availability)
  • This tour includes 3 star accommodation, for an upgrade to 4 or 5 star, a surcharge apply
ITINERARY

Day 1 – Hanoi arrival
We will pick you up at airport then transfer to hotel. The rest of day is at your leisure. We recommend you to take a slow walk around Hoan Kiem Lake, which is very scenic, so remember to bring your camera. In walking distance from your hotel, you can go to Thang Long theatre where you can enjoy traditional Vietnamese water puppet show. Another option is to do some shopping, you will find plenty of shops in the old town as well as street night market. Should you wish to taste famous Vietnamese coffee, you will find many coffee shops in French style with a view to the lake. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2 – Hanoi city tour (B, L)
You will be picked up for Hanoi city tour at around 08:00 - 08:30 am, then visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to explore the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-place. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts and lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda, which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 - the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Then continue on to the Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda at West lake (One of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam). 12:00: Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, the Guide will take you to visit either Bat Trang pottery village (applied on Mon, Wed & Fri) or the Ethnology Museum (apply on Sun, Tue, Thu & Sat). Then, visiting the Literature Temple and Quoc Tu Giam, see Vietnam’s first university, constructed in 1070 - it’s gardens and well-preserved architecture will offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Take you past Hoan Kiem Lake to see the peaceful waters, and the beauty of Ngoc Son temple. At the end, journey through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, where you’ll then have a chance for some shopping and exploration. Tour ends around 16h00 - 17h00.

Day 3 – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc visiting (B, L)
Depart from the hotel at 8.30 a.m, we will go for a scenic drive passing through the rural area of northern Vietnam and arrive 2.5 hour later at Vietnam‘s first capital, Hoa Lu. In Hoa Lu, we will visit the temples of Dinh Tien Hoang (the first emperor of the Dinh Dynasty (968-980) and Emperor Le Dai Hanh of the Le Dynasty (980 – 1009). Hoa Lu’s ancient citadel used to cover an area of approximately 3 square kilometers. However, now only few temples of past greatness remain.
After seeing the temples, we will continue our drive to Tam Coc town for Vietnamese lunch. If requested, we will make some stops on the way for taking photos as the landscapes are very scenic and picturesque. After lunch, we will take a boat ride along Ngo Dong River, passing through paddy fields and limestone karst formations to get to Tam Coc Caves, which is the highlight of the tour. First Cave is the longest and most beautiful cave in Tam Coc, it is around 127 meters long with the ceiling about 2 meters high above the water. Second Cave and Third Cave are located around 1km from the First Cave and are 60 and 50 meters long respectively.

Day 4 – Hanoi – Mai Chau (B, L, D)
In the morning, we will drive to Mai Chau, passing through mountainous villages of Hoa Binh province. We will stop for lunch at a local family at Pom Coong Village. After lunch, we will enjoy a bike ride through the lovely Thai villages amidst terraced rice fields in Mai Chau valley. The afternoon bike ride will finish at 5:00 pm at Buoc Village, where your friendly Thai hosts welcome you to join their dinner. Enjoy Thai traditional dance at the community stilt-house in the evening. Homestay overnight at the stilt-house belonging to a Thai family.
 
Day 5 – Mai Chau – Hanoi (B, L)
Enjoy the fresh morning atmosphere in the valley as well as delicious homestay breakfast. We will then visit 1000 Step Cave and local market before having lunch. After lunch we will rest and then drive back to Hanoi.

Day 6 – Hanoi – Halong (B, L, D)

After having breakfast at hotel we depart to Halong City. On the way we stop at a handicraft workshop for a short break. Enjoy the journey through Red River Delta with lush rice fields, water buffalos and everyday Vietnamese rural life. After we arrive in Halong, check-in on cruise and relax for a while. Then we lift anchor and sail to visit Sung Sot caves, then have time for kayaking (optional). We will be cruising between the many lime stones and set anchor at beautiful spot. As the sun sets over the bay, dinner is served on board. In the evening there will also be a cooking demonstration of one or two typical Vietnamese dishes. Leisure time for squid fishing and/or karaoke. Overnight in Ha Long Bay at the cruise ship.

Day 7 – Halong – Hanoi (B, L)
The beautiful sunrise in Halong bay should never be missed, especially if you are into photography. The breaking of a new day could start with a Tai chi session (if you are keen on early morning exercise). Breakfast will be served on the boat and you will then have time to enjoy a wholesome brunch as your boat weaves through the magnificent limestone karst formations on your return towards Halong City. Upon disembarkation, you will be transferred back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi at around 16:30. Tour ends.
 
Tour includes
  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • English speaking guide
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Boat trip as mentioned in the itinerary
Tour excludes
  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • International and domestic flights
  • Laundry, telephone calls and personal expenses
  • Drinks and Tips
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