With a fantastic mix of culture, history and magnificent scenery, this mini-break is the perfect add-on to any adventure in Vietnam. From the pagoda-studded lakes, French-colonial buildings and chaotic traffic of Hanoi, to the breathtaking scenery and clear, emerald waters of Halong Bay, this trip covers it all. Learn about Vietnam's past on visits to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature and the Museum of Ethnology. Discover quiet pockets of the city at Hoan Kiem Lake and at peaceful cafes in the Old Quarter. Shop at markets, try tai chi with the locals and learn the secrets to Vietnamese cuisine in a cooking class. Then, escape the city and be whisked off to stunning Halong Bay for a cruise past hundreds of limestone islands. Enjoy delicious meals cooked on board, dive into the water or discover secret caves by kayak. It may be compact, but this trip is packed with unforgettable highlights.

Start
Hanoi, Vietnam
Finish
Hanoi, Vietnam
Countries
Vietnam
Themes
Short Breaks
Code
TVAR
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
61kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Explore Halong Bay’s secluded grottoes and caves

Itinerary

Tune in to the buzz of Hanoi, as bikes, tuk-tuks and cyclos whizz by. Travel to the spot where the legendary Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam’s independence in 1945. Visit a university originally built in honour of Confucius, before refuelling at a local restaurant for some divine Vietnamese flavour. Explore the famous Old Quarter, and revel in the hustle and bustle that defines this city by night.
Although the term ‘eight wonder of the world’ is fast becoming a major travel-cliché – using it to describe Halong Bay is probably the most accurate description. This place is epic. And what better way to enjoy it than from the comfort of a boat, cruising from grotto to secluded grotto, whilst enjoying a feast on board. Anyone feeling more energetic can dive in for a swim, snorkel or even a kayak.
Awake to the tranquil beauty of the bay, where an early morning swim in the warm waters is the best way to earn breakfast. In the afternoon, return to Hanoi and prepare to get swept back up into the arms of this pulsating city.
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Inclusions

Meals
3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
Transport
Boat, Taxi
Accommodation
Hotel (2 nights), Overnight boat (1 night)
Included activities
  • Cooking class (including local market visit and lunch)
  • Ha Noi Guided Tour
  • Hanoi - Museum of Ethnology
  • Hanoi - Temple of Literature

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