Day 1: Hanoi arrival – The best of Hanoi Foods Tour
Day 2: Hanoi city tour - Bat Trang Village - Water Puppet Show
Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Bai Tu Long
Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi
Day 5: Hanoi Departure
Day 1: Hanoi arrival – The best of Hanoi Foods Tour (Meals: Dinner)
Upon arrival at Noi Bai International airport, our driver will welcome you at airport lobby, holding your name board and transfer to hotel in the center of Old Quarter. Free at your leisure until our guide pick you up for Hanoi foods tour by late afternoon.
You are a foody and expect to try the best of Hanoi cuisines. How about taking a big fun walking tour around Old Quarter and see its lively daily life as well as tasting all the best foods the city has to offer??? Hanoi has long been rated one of the best cities for street food in the world. Let’s explore the city with our guide and give it a go to taste the most amazing dishes Hanoi has to offer. This tour is tailored to give our foreign guests the most unique and authentic experience of Hanoi’s cuisine. We will take you to the most popular eateries for locals, most of which are famous among locals.
Our guide will come to pick you up at your hotel and start the The Best of Hanoi Foods Tour (2.5-3 hour). We start walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, first visiting the colorful local markets where we meet stall holders and talk about their food and learn about local culinary. Then continue along both high streets and back streets exploring many corners in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Our guide will introduce to you the most famous locals’ foods stores and taste all of famous Hanoi foods including Hanoi traditional foods like Bun cha, Banh cuon, Cha Ca, to exotic foods like Bun Oc or Bun Rieu Cua or legendary “egg coffee”. Under guidance of our friendly tour guide, you will be introduced to the city with the best foods Hanoi has to offer and unique opportunities to travel like a local. Transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi city tour - Bat Trang Ceramic Village - Water Puppet Show (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Around 08.30 Am, our private car and tour guide pick you up at your hotel. We will start your full day city tour by visiting Ho Chi Minh Complex including of Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, Presidential Palace (Outside Only). The tour in Ho Chi Minh complex provides tourist a clear understanding about the hero of Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh and Vietnam's modern history.
Transfer to Temple of literature, Founded in 1070 by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong, the Temple of Literature is consider as the first university of Vietnam. A rare example of well-preserved traditional Vietnamese architecture, the complex honours Vietnam’s finest scholars and men of literary accomplishment. It is the site of Vietnam’s first university, established here in 1076, when entrance was only granted to those of noble birth. In 1484 Emperor Ly Thanh Tong ordered that stelae be erected to record the names, places of birth and achievements of exceptional scholars: 82 of 116 stelae remain standing. UNESCO has recognised these 82 stelae as a Memory of the World. (You can choose alternative destination as following options: Women Museum/ Museum of Vietnamese History / Military Museum/ Art Museum).
Enjoy delicious Vietnamese set menu lunch at one of the best restaurant in Hanoi – the Luxury Home Vietnamese Restaurant (http://www.homerestaurant.vn) or Viet Deli Restaurant. After lunch, we will transfer you to Bat Trang pottery Village, one of the oldest tradition handicraft villages in North Vietnam. When you arrive, you and your family will have chances to witness the pottery producing process by local artisan. You especially can hand down to make your own pottery products. The fun time making pottery will definitely make your children happy and bring you unforgettable memory.
We will then visit Hoan Kiem Lake, the heart and soul of Hanoi, listen to the legend of the lake and learn more about history of the city. Exploring the busy Old Quarter on Cyclo, paddled by locals, so you can observe the unique local lifestyle and understand better Vietnamese culture. Walk to Thang Long Theater nearby and enjoy the tradition water puppet show, a Vietnamese tradition show reflecting local lifestyle and history through puppet performance. Transfer back to your hotel. End of services. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Your transfer vehicle will collect you from your hotel in Hanoi and convey you to Halong City. You will be taken on our excursion boat from the wharf and make your way out onto the bay to board our luxurious cruise.
You will be welcomed aboard and greeted with a complimentary drink. Our Crew will conduct a compulsory safety procedures session and then you are free to check into your cabin and freshen up. Take some time to have a look around the vessel or watch the magical landscape go by.
As we begin to cruise through the bay a special lunch of fresh seafood and an assortment of appetizing favorites will be served. Dining on a luxury junk with fine food and drinks doesn’t come much better than this. You won’t get a better view in most restaurants around the world.
After lunch we set sail for Bai Tu Long Bay passing the towns of Hon Gai and Cam Pha, extraordinary limestone karst landscapes, Oan Lagoon, Teapot and Monster Head Islets. Explore Vung Vieng fishing village by local rowing boats or kayaks to discover the interesting daily lives of its inhabitants. Signature Cruise Halong Bay will stay close to Hang Trong Islet for the evening.
Our Vietnamese cooking class is a great way to learn how to prepare delicious appetizers and our expert chef will guide you through the process. Dinner tonight is a scrumptious a la carte delight with a range of different options guaranteed to please everyone’s palette.
Witness an unforgettable sunset over the bay and layback on the sun deck for some splendid star gazing. Relax with an exotic cocktail or whatever takes your fancy. Our bar has a wide range or wines, beers and liquors from around the world and is always a welcome sight for guests after a day on Halong Bay. Our onboard amenities and recreation activities are next to none. Try a specialized massage in our spa.
Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
The nicest time of the day on Halong Bay is the morning. Head to the upper deck to participate in our daily Tai Chi sessions. Relax with an early morning cup of tea, coffee or juice anywhere you wish on the boat and watch the never ending miraculous scenery unfold before you.
Enjoy our buffet breakfast. It is one of the best, if not the best in the region and our guests are always satisfied. We provide a wide variety of breakfast favorites and we are sure there will be something for you no matter what your preference is.
After breakfast we board the excursion boat for a side trip to Surprise Cave (Sung Sot). The 100 stair climb is well worth the extraordinary views this grotto worn over millions of years into a lime stone karst.
Back onboard it is time to check out of your cabin as we draw closer to the mainland. After a final early lunch and a last goodbye from our crew, you will board our excursion boat and head back to the wharf where you will be met by your return trip vehicle to transfer you to Hanoi. On behalf of the Captain and crew, we sincerely hope that you enjoyed your trip with Signature Cruise Halong Bay and we look forward to your return journey.
Transfer back to Hanoi.
Day 5: Hanoi Departure (Meals: Breakfast)
Free at your leisure on the rest of the day until our driver pick you up at your hotel and transfer to Noi Bai International Airport where you will take your flight leaving Vietnam. End of services.