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Old 07-29-2009, 09:49 PM   #1
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Northern Highlights 6 Days / 5 Nights

The World Heritage Site, the most famous sightseeing of Vietnam, Halong Bay is the single most popular side trip from Hanoi. The beauty of the bay and its 3000 islands are so awesome that an excursion there should be considered an essential part of any visit to Northern Vietnam. A one or two-day trip also makes a delightful and inexpensive romantic getaway if you meet someone special.


BRIEF ITINERARY :
Day 1 : Hanoi – Arrival
Day 2 : Hanoi City tour
Day 3 : Hanoi – Halong Bay – Cat Ba Island
Day 4 : Cat Ba – Hai Phong - Hanoi
Day 5 : Hanoi shopping tour & visit handicraft villages
Day 6 : Halong Bay - Departure

Accomodation categories :



Destination
Hotel Details
3star
4star
5star
Hanoi
Cat Ba


DETAIL ITINERARY :

Day 1 : Arrival – Hanoi
On arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you are met and transferred to hotel for check in, then if the time permits we will enjoy a welcome dinner at the local restaurant in Hanoi.
Stay overnight at hotel in Hanoi
Include :
Private car

Hotel in Hanoi
Tour guide
Meal : Dinner

Day 2 : Hanoi City tour
After breakfast, a full day tour included the One pillar pagoda, President Palace, Have a look at HCM Mausoleum, Quan Thanh pagoda, West Lake & Tran quoc Pagoda.A walking tour around Hanoi's vibrant, Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake by cyclo.
After lunch with Hanoi special food , visit the Temple of Literature - the first Vietnamese university and the impressive Museum of Ethnology. Enjoy the water puppet show during the visit.
Overnight in Hanoi
Include :
Private car

Hotel in Hanoi
Tour guide
Meal : Breakfast, Lunch
Entrance fee

Day 3 : Lao Cai – Halong Bay – Cat Ba
This morning we will depart from Hanoi at 8.00am for more than 3 hour driving through the Red River Delta to Ha Long City. On the way, we will stop for refreshments and a chance to buy hand made souvenirs at a handicraft center run to raise money for disabled people in Sao Do town, Hai Duong Province. Upon arriving in Ha Long city we’ll embark on the calm waters of Ha Long Bay to explore the Bay with thousands of lime-stone mountains and grotto caves. After Lunch on boat, we will transfer to Cat Ba Island. Arriving Cat Ba island, the local car will transfer us to the hotel. Check in and relax.
Overnight in Cat Ba island
Include :
Private car
Boat trip in Halong Bay

Hotel in Cat Ba Island
Tour guide
Meal : Breakfast, Lunch
Entrance fee

Day 4 : Cat Ba – Hai Phong - Hanoi
Following breakfast at the hotel we visit the Cat Ba National Park to visit the old Military Hospital cave that was used by the North Vietnamese Army during the American war. We will return to Cat Ba Township before boarding the one-hour hydrofoil back to Vietnam’s third largest city, Hai Phong.
Arriving in Hai Phong we transfer to our waiting vehicle for the two hour drive back to Hanoi. Tour ends at around 06:00PM.

Include :
Private car
Boat trip

Hotel in Hanoi
Tour guide
Meal : Breakfast, Lunch
Entrance fee

Day 5 : Hanoi shopping tour & visit handicraft villages
At 8.00 we depart from Hanoi for our first stop at Van Phuc, a silk weaving village. We will walk around to see the traditional methods by which the families produce such beautiful silk, with the chance to buy some if you wish. Following that, we visit the Thay (Master) Pagoda and hear the story about the fabulous way Buddhism is practiced. Leaving here, we drive to the famous Tay Phuong Pagoda where many Ahats statues are still maintained. These are considered the best examples of wood carved statues from the old days, in all Vietnam. Then we are back to Hanoi for our lunch.
In the afternoon, we are free at leisure for shopping in the Old Quarter Hanoi.
Include :
Private car

Hotel in Hanoi
Tour guide
Meal : Breakfast, Lunch
Entrance fee

Day 6 : Departure – Hanoi
Free time until transfer you to the airport to catch your flight back home.
Include :
Private car



Meal : Breakfast

TRIP PRICE INCLUDES:
- Private tour
- English speaking guide (language upon your request)
- All accommodation on twin share basis with daily breakfasts.
- Additional meals as indicated in the itinerary (B- Breakfast, L- Lunch, D - Dinner)
- All A/C private for transfers and transport.
- Private boat to cruise in Halong Bay
- Entrance fees and permits during guided time.

TRIP PRICE EXCLUDES:
- Foods and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
- Personal travel insurance (Compulsory).
- Personal expenses such as Bar, Telephone and Laundry bills.
- Tips and gratuities


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