About Hanoi & Halong Bay
Hanoi is the capital of Socialist Republic of Vietnam. It’s located in the Red River Delta, in the center of North Vietnam. Hanoi is also a crucial center of culture, politics, trade, and tourism all over the country. Experiencing almost a thousand year of history, Hanoi celebrated its important ceremony in October 2010 (1000 years). It is incomplete when talking about the Vietnamese Capital without mentioning its natural charm, educated and hospitable residents and long proud history. Locating on the right bank of Red River, being built from low land, Hanoi has been long considered as the city of 18 graceful lakes.
One of the great natural wonders of Asia, Halong Bay is the single most popular side trip from Hanoi. The beauty of the bay and its 3000 islands is 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. It is 165kms from Hanoi, after 3.5 hours en-route, you will be rewarded with some of the most spectacular and memorable sightseeing of your trip. The boat trip take you as far from shore as possible, and simply meander among the islands, fjords and inlets.
- 3 Nights accommodation in Hanoi at selected Hotel
- 1 Night experience on board of Glory Legend Cruise managed by Pelican Luxury Cruise Co.
- Comprehensive tour programs on board of cruise inclusive kayaking, cooking class and fishing activities
- Transfer services from Hanoi - Ha Long - Hanoi are provided by cruise operator based on Seat in Coach sharing type
- Guide tour programs, admission fees to all attractions and meals arrangement as per itinerary
- Meals: 4 breakfast, 4 lunch, 4 dinner
- English speaking local tour guide as per itinerary
- Any personal expenses
- Any International or Domestic Air ticket
- Any travel visa application (If needed)
- Any travel insurance (RM35/ person up to 5 days)
- Any high season surcharge (RM200/person)
- Local tour guide and coach captain tipping (RM 10 /person/day)
Day 1 : Noi Bai International Aiport / Hanoi (Lunch / Dinner)
Arrival at Noi Bai International Airport, meet and greet by local tour guide at (New Terminal Gate A 02) and transfer for city tour and visit to Ho Chi Ming Mausoleum Complex to witness Ba Dinh Square, Uncle Ho’s Stilt House. Also, walk pass Mango Alley, Botanical Garden and Presidential Palace, the Former Residence of The Governer of Indochina. After 1954 it was named the Presidential Palace and became the place where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked until he passed away in 1969.
Continue visit to One Pillar Pagoda which was constructed in 1049 by King Ly Thai Tong. However the pagoda was destroyed by the French in 1954 before their withdrawer. After taking over the city on October 10th 1954, Vietnam Ministry of Culture restored the pagoda. The Pagoda of today remains since this restoration.
Next, visit to Temple of Literature (First University in Vietnam), Tran Quoc Pagoda, photo stops at Hanoi Opera House, St. Joseph Cathedral, Hoan Kiem Lake and Hanoi Old Quarter - The 36 Ancient streets. Guests may enjoy free time for shopping activities at Hanoi Old Quarter where we recommend streets for shopping activities such as Hang Gai Street for silk materials and embroidery products, Cau Go Street for women’s accessories, Hang Dau Street for shoes, Hang Hom Street for lacquer ware and handicrafts made by bamboo materials. Assemble as per agreed schedule for dinner arrangement at local restaurant, after dinner transfer back to hotel.
Day 2 : Hanoi / Hoa Lu Ancient Capital / Bich Dong Pagoda / Trang An Grottoes (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
After breakfast, meet at hotel lobby and transfer to Ninh Binh province to visit Hoa Lu Ancient Capital. In 968, Dinh Bo Linh declared himself as the King. Since then Hoa Lu existed as the capital for the next 41 years (968 - 1009), of which 12 years was under the Dinh dynasty - King Dinh Tien Hoang, the country named Dai Co Viet and 29 years later was under the Le dynasty - King Le Dai Hanh. In 1010, King Ly Thai To move the capital from Hoa Lu to Thang Long – present Hanoi. Hoa Lu became the old citadel. The visit offers a chance to know more about part of feudal dynasties and historical periods in Vietnamese history.
Next visit to Bich Dong is a beautiful pagoda which located nearby Ngu Nhac mountain dated in 1428. It comprises three structures: Ha, Trung and Thuong Pagodas, in ascending order. Guided tours generally cover historical points and end with pleasant view from top.
After lunch at local restaurant, continue an amazing boat ride to Trang An Grottoes, which is a gather of 31 valleys, 50 cross-water caves and home to 600 kinds of flora and over 200 kinds of fauna.
After the boat trip, return back to Hanoi and enjoy dinner at local restaurant. Transfer back to Hotel.
Day 3 : Hanoi / Ha Long Bay – Overnight on Board Glory Legend Cruise (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
After breakfast, assemble at Hotel’s lobby for seat in coach sharing transfer services to Ha Long Bay, operates by Glory Legend Cruise Company. Appointed tour guide in Hanoi will not escort guests for overnight tour in Ha Long Bay. Cruise operator will provide program coordinator to escort guests from Hanoi to Ha Long and vice versa. From Hotel, transfer to harbor where you will be cruising towards Luon Cave and sail through the beautiful Soi Sim Beach, passed by Fighting Cock Islet, Incense Burner Islet and stone Dog Islet. Visit Luon Cave by small boat paddled by local fisherman or self kayaking, continue sailing to Ti Top Beach where guests may enjoy swimming activities (subject to weather conditions) here, also climb to the hill top for panoramic view of Ha Long Bay.
Lastly, We will anchor boat nearby to Luon Bo area.
Tour programs continue with cooking demonstration on the sun desk, learn how to make Vietnamese fresh spring rolls. Dinner will start around 1930 hours and in the evening guests may also enjoy board and card games or join the squid fishing on board with crew members (without charges).
Day 4 : Ha Long Bay / Hanoi (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Enjoy sunrise view on this beautiful bay, continental breakfast will serve on board. Visit Sung Sot Cave (Surprised Cave). As guests ascending to the grotto, the way is covered by trees and foliage, which also consists of great paved stone blocks. Inside, it is partitioned into two chambers, the first one being similar to a wide theater hall as you can see many strangely shaped stalactites from the high ceiling. As you enter narrow passage leads to the second room, where a flow of light meets visitors. At the deepest point of the grotto, a “royal garden” which appears with a clear pond together with a fascinating landscape of mountain.
Enjoy lunch serves on board then disembark at Tuan Chau Tourists Harbor and return to Hanoi. Local representative will pick up guests for dinner at local restaurant and return back to hotel.
Day 5 : Hanoi (Breakfast)
After breakfast, meet at hotel lobby and proceed for room check out.
Transfer to airport for your flight departure.