Northern Culture & Island Paradise - Guided Tour

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Isolated for centuries from the rest of the country, Northern Vietnam is home to unspoilt landscapes of terraced rice fields, towering mountain ranges, hidden bays and beaches, and arguably the most impressive city in South-East Asia: Hanoi. This 9-night tour gives you the opportunity to experience Northern Vietnam’s treasure trove of cultural and natural wonders with a private, English-speaking guide, followed by a relaxing stay on the Southern island of Phu Quoc. Dive into the history and culture of Hanoi, Northern Vietnam’s 1000-year-old capital before journeying through the beautiful landscapes of Vietnam to the emerald-green waters of Halong Bay, exploring its mystical sea-caves on a traditional Junk ship. Finish off with a 4-day trip to uncover Vietnam’s best-kept secret: Phu Quoc, an unspoilt island home to 20 paradisiacal beaches and a protected biosphere reserve!

£1489

from / per person

Includes international flights

  • Hanoi + Halong Bay + Phu Quoc
  • 9 nights
  • Rates vary. Price based on 2 people sharing over 9 nights on 26/02/19. Includes international flights, internal flights, accommodation, transfers, representation services and UK airport taxes.

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Day 1 - Hanoi

Your Vietnamese adventure begins! Your driver and guide will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in downtown Hanoi. Later in the afternoon you’ll explore Hanoi’s Old Quarter by cyclo (Vietnamese rickshaw), and finish of the evening with a welcome dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.

Uncover Hanoi

Situated in the North, Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and is the second largest city in the country. More than a thousand years old, Hanoi’s rich history can still be observed to this day in the ancient architecture of its Old Quarter, as well as in the remnants of French and Chinese-style buildings across the city. This bustling metropolis is home to fascinating museums, turn-of-the-century temples and important historical sites.

Day 2 - Hanoi

Explore Hanoi’s rich culture and history with a morning tour of the city’s most important sites and museums: Hoi Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (Comprising the late Vietnamese leader’s tomb, Presidential Palace, and house, within an extensive complex of beautiful gardens), the One Pillar Pagoda (just a few meters from the Mausoleum, this is a small and curious Pagoda designed in the shape of a Lotus flower), Ho Chi Minh’s private residence, the Tran Quoc Royal Pagoda (a stunning Pagoda situated between the city’s two lakes, offering stunning views of Hanoi) and the Temple of Literature (erected in honour of Confucius, this is a peaceful haven in the bustling city of Hanoi and was the first University of Vietnam). Later in the afternoon you’ll continue your tour with a visit to the Museum of Ethnology and Ngoc Son Temple, a mesmerising sacred structure situated in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake. You’ll then have the opportunity to go shopping on Silk street (famous for it’s tailor-made silk stores), before heading to the famous Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre to witness the mesmerising ancient tradition of water puppeteering.

Day 3 - Hanoi - Halong Bay

After breakfast, your guide will take you to the spectacular Halong Bay. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta, admiring the landscapes of rice fields, water buffalos and interspersed Vietnamese villages. Once in Halong Bay, you’ll cruise through the poetic landscape on a traditional Junk (sailing ship). Throughout the day you’ll explore the array of naturally formed islets and caves scattered across the seascape, including Dinh Huong, Ga Choi, Dog Island, and Sail island. You’ll even have the opportunity to visit Luon cave by paddle boat and swim in the emerald-green waters of Halong Bay. In the evening, you’ll enjoy a fresh seafood dinner on the moonlit bay, sleeping overnight aboard the Annam Junk ship.

Discover the Beauty of Halong Bay

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Halong Bay is scattered with more than 2000 floating islands of karstic rock. Legend has it that these floating islands were created by a family of dragons who were invoked by the Emperor to protect Vietnam against Chinese invaders. The dragons flew across the bay, spitting out jewels and jade, which magically turned into scattered islands. Together, these islands linked to create a protective barrier, which can still be admired to this day.

Day 4 - Halong - Hanoi

Wake up early to view the sunrise over the bay whilst sipping on a cup of “Trung Nguyen” – Vietnam’s signature espresso. You’ll sail to the recently-discovered Surprise Grotto, as well as the yawning mouth of Bo Nau Cave. Cruise along to Bai Tu Long bay, weaving through rock formations reminiscent of shapes such as fighting cocks, dragons and even General de Gaulle’s nose! After this aquatic adventure, you’ll transfer back to Hanoi by road, reaching your hotel by 15.30. Once in Hanoi, you’ll have free time to explore the city at your leisure.

Day 5 - Flight Hanoi - Phu Quoc

Enjoy your free time at your hotel or some last-minute souvenir shopping. Your guide will meet you later to transfer you to the airport for your flight to the beautiful resort of Phu Quoc.

Days 5-10 - Phu Quoc

Enjoy your free time at your hotel over these 4 days, relaxing at the paradisiacal Phu Quoc resort and beach.

Relax on the Soft Sands of Phu Quoc

One of Vietnam’s best-kept secrets, Phu Quoc is a small paradise island sitting just off the coast of Cambodia. Phu Quoc is home to the Kien Giang Biosphere Reserve, a protected natural park that covers half the island and features a tropical jungle, a mountain-range, and plenty of exotic wildlife. The island’s 20 unspoilt beaches boast powdery white sands and jade-green waters. Visitors can also travel by boat to the surrounding 28 islands, all of which are uninhabited.

Day 10 - Departure

Your guide will meet you to transfer you to the airport for your flight home. Good Bye Vietnam!

Dates & Prices

Please note:- Dates and Average Prices by month to help you plan ahead. Prices are approximate, updated daily, and may vary depending on your choice of airline, hotel, and optional extras such as visas, car-hire, transfers, and personal guides. Circumstances beyond our control such as flight fare changes and hotel availability may also affect prices. To get an exact quotation for your Cuba holiday, please speak to one of our consultants on 020 3893 1862.

Silk Queen Grand Hotel

Situated right in the heart of Hanoi's Old Quarter, Silk Queen Grand Hotel is ideally located in the centre of the city’s tourism, financial and entertainment districts. The hotel's luxury guestrooms provide an expansive and elegant living space with impressive views of the city. Designed to enhance the sleep experience, f<span>urniture, finishings and amenities are residential in feel and </span><span>functional in design. Each room features </span>generously-sized bathrooms and Asian-inspired décor. With an on-site restaurant, spa centre and swimming pool, guests are guaranteed to have an enjoyable stay at Silk Queen Grand Hotel.

Pelican Cruise

A traditional Vietnamese ship, the Pelican Cruise is inspired by 14th-century wooden junks. Enjoy a unique stay aboard Pelican Cruise’s roomy cabins, each of which is beautifully decorated with dark wood panelling and fitted with an ensuite bathroom as well as panoramic windows offering spectacular views of Halong Bay. Those looking for some fun aboard will find that there are a variety of activities and services to keep everyone entertained, including Tai Chi classes, cooking classes, karaoke and kayaking excursions. The Pelican Cruise also features an onboard spa, providing customised massages, facials and relaxing therapies. Pelican Cruise is also home to a restaurant with a view, offering a delectable mix of Western and Asian cuisines. A night aboard the Pelican Cruise promises a truly unforgettable experience in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay.

Phu Quoc Eco Beach Resort

Located on the breezy coast of Ong Lang Beach, Phu Quoc Eco Beach Resort is nestled in a beautiful eco forest teeming with a variety of natural species. Built in Bali style, Eco Beach Resort is an oasis that welcomes total relaxation. Offering views of the surrounding gardens, pool and beach, Eco Resort’s bungalow rooms are little havens within a tropical paradise. Comfortable and spacious, they feature a minibar, terrace and private outdoor bathroom. Guests can enjoy exclusive access to the private beach, as well as an outdoor infinity pool with stunning ocean views, an on-site spa and entertainment facilities (such as table tennis, billiard, beach volleyball and fishing).

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