Northern Culture & Island Paradise

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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!


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Includes international flights

  • Hanoi + Halong Bay + Phu Quoc
  • 9 nights
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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). This tour visits the Old Quarter of Hanoi by a combination of cyclo, electric buggy and walking (total duration approximately 2 hours). Leave your hotel by cyclo and head into the old town navigating the narrow alleyways (about 20 minutes). Transfer to foot and walk with your guide through the small streets for approximately 30-40 minutes to Dong Xuan. From here pick up a buggy and drive through another section of the ancient town for approximately 30 minutes before being dropped off near the Opera House and transferred back to your hotel. NOTE: Availability: evening Suggested time: 17.30 – 19.30 Guests staying in hotels outside of the city center will be transferred by vehicle to a point close to the Opera House and will pick up the cyclo from there. 20~30 min transportation by cyclo (pedicab) on a private basis 30 minutes transportation by electric buggy (maximum 4pax/buggy) Walking around Old Quarter with the escorted guide

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

Have breakfast and start the day with a full day tour of Hanoi Visit Ba Dinh Square where silent sentries guard the marble mausoleum in which Ho Chi Minh lies in state. Subject to opening hours, the interior of the mausoleum may be visited. Continue to the modest stilted wooden bungalow where Uncle Ho lived and worked, before visiting Ho Chi Minh Museum. Dedicated to the 'father of the country’, the museum chronicles the evolution of Vietnamese independence. French architecture features prominently in Hanoi and the nearby former Governor's Residence is a fine example. Continue to the One Pillar Pagoda, a Buddhist pagoda with a history steeped in folklore. The final stop is the Thang Long Royal Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 11th century during the Ly Viet Dynasty. This important historical site served as the capital of Vietnam for eight centuries. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before continuing your exploration of the city, resplendent with French colonial architecture including the exquisite, Opera House. Pass Hoan Kiem Lake, also known as the ‘Lake of the Restored Sword’ after the legend that surrounds it, en-route to one of the city's many fascinating museums: choose from Ancient History, Military History, Hoa Lo Prison or Fine Arts Museum, depending on your personal interests (please discuss with your tour guide at destination!). Continue to the Temple of Literature, a serene retreat from the busy streets outside. Built in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, it became Vietnam's first university. The best way to experience Hanoi's Old Quarter is on foot and next we take a walking tour through an area of the city known as ’36 Streets’. The oldest continuously developed area of Vietnam, this densely populated section of Hanoi was once an important centre of commerce where goods were sold on the street name of a particular guild. The labyrinthine alleyways are perfect for exploring on foot with names such as Sugar Street, Tin Street and Paper Street. NOTE: Availability: morning to afternoon Suggested time: 08.00 – 16.30 from Tuesday till Thursday & Sunday Lunch at a local restaurant Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed every Monday & Friday, all afternoons and from mid-June until mid-August. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum will be closed from 15 Jun. and reopen on 15 Aug. for annual maintenance. During this period, the visit is still avialable at President of Palace and his home or walk outside the Mausoleum. Services included: Private return transfer with English speaking guide Lunch at local restaurant Entrance fee

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 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).