Tour type: Private tour

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1: Arrival Hanoi – Good morning Vietnam
Day 2: Hanoi – City tour of a 1000 years old Capital,
Day 3: Hanoi –  Ha long Bay , Welcome aboard
Day 4: Explore the tranquil scenery in Bai Tu Long bay
Day 5: Bai Tu Long Bay – Cong Do – Thien Canh Son – Hon Gai Harbour and transfer to the airport for the flight  out

Itinerary in Detail

Day 1: Good morning Hanoi

Chao Ban! Welcome to Hanoi, we will meet and take you to your hotel, check-in and today is free at your leisure to rest or explore, discovering your own first impressions of Vietnam. Overnight in Hanoi.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, hotel

Day 2: Hanoi city tour of Thousand years.

Depart at 8:00 am from your hotel by van. We will begin our day by visiting Uncle Ho, learning about his great life at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, and his residential place. Next stop is the nearby Temple of Literature. The site of Vietnam´s first University, built in twelfth century, to teach Confucius’s theory to royals. Here we will also have a chance to see a traditional music performance. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant for a taste of authentic Hanoi Pho (noodle soup). In the afternoon, choose one from the numerous museums or temples around Hanoi (Museum of Ethnology, Women´s Museum, History Museum or Quan Thanh Temple). In the late afternoon walk around Hoan Kiem lake and Hanoi´s fascinating Old Quarter for some great fun, shopping, and street side traditional food, maybe to try one “hanoi bia”. This is your chance to be part of typical Hanoian style and its traditional Vietnamese culture. We finish our relaxing but informative day by attending a Water Puppet Show, a favorite experience for all visitors to Vietnam. We can help you to get back to your hotel if you wish, but often our guests would rather just spend the evening enjoying a drink with a view of the city. Dinner on your own.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, lunch, puppet show ticket, hotel

Day 3: Hanoi – Ha Long, Welcome aboard – Princess Junk, begin cruising

The tour begins when you are picked up, by private car, at your hotel in Hanoi at 7.45 am. After a drive of about 3 1/2 hours you arrive at Hon Gai harbour. Check in and board your boat at 12.30 to enjoy a welcome drink and cruise briefing.
From 13.00 enjoy lunch on deck as you cruise to magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay, admiring the fascinating karst formations.
By 16.30 you have cruised to Cap La and Tra San where you are able to paddle around by kayak. At 17.45 you return to the junk for swimming or relaxing.
Enjoy dinner from 19.00 and overnight on board.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, kayak, boat/junk, lunch, dinner, permit, fishing gears

Day 4: Explore the scenery in Bai Tu Long Bay

Wake early to enjoy the morning view of the Bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee. Breakfast on deck. At 8.30 am you begin cruising to Cong Dam past the geological treasures of Halong Bay. By 9 am , at Cong Dam, you can enjoy kayaking through the hidden lagoons.
You continue to Tra Gioi beach by 11.30 for sunbathing, relaxing or swimming. Lunch is a barbecue on this natural, unspoiled beach.
At 14.30 you visit Cong Dam Fishing Village, passing through the lagoons in a rustic row boat. Here you meet and talk to the local village people. You stop at the Cong Dam floating village and school for around 30 minutes. Two percent of your tour payment is donated to this school.
At 16.00 you cruise back to Cong Do for swimming or kayaking.
Dinner is at 19.00. Overnight is on board the junk.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, kayak, boat/junk, lunch, dinner, permit, fishing gears

Day 5: Bai Tu Long Bay – Cong Do – Thien Canh Son – Hon Gai and transfer to the airport for flight out

Enjoy the fresh air and gentle breeze of the bay in the morning. Breakfast on board is at 7.30 am.
At 8.30 you visit Thien canh Son Cave and there is a time for swimming.
At 10.30 you begin cruising towards the harbour while an A la Carte lunch is served. You arrive at Hon Gai harbour by 11.45. We hit the road back to Hanoi and transfer directly to the airport for the flight home with lots of memories.

Enjoy an unforgettable trip with Princess Junk

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, boat/junk, breakfast, lunch

Price $US 778/person (Priced on a private tour for 2 people)

Costs are $ US NET. Subject to 3% surcharge if paid by credit cards or 2% on travellers’ cheque.

Inclusion: All mentioned in itinerary details

Costs exclude: Visa, Insurance, drinks, personal expenses, others not mentioned in details, tips are welcome!

Trip notes:

Hotel: We use 3 star standard hotel (s), twin shared room (s). Upgrade is available on request.
Sites: Ho Chi Minh mausoleum is close for re-maintenance in September and November yearly and almost all museums are closed on Monday and Friday weekly, you can choose to visit another site instead. No short or informal wear is allowed in the Mausoleum,
Meals: Vietnam food (vegetarian food is available upon request)
Car / Van Quality: Using new AC car for whole the trip
Tour guide: English speaking guides (on site).

What to Bring: Passport, change of clothes, sun-glasses & hat, toiletries, sun-block, insect repellent, flashlights, good shoes, personal first aid kit & medicines, small VND notes for buying drinks. If you feel the need then sleeping bags, cable lock for your bags is recommended.
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