Hanoi is the modern-day capital of Vietnam that still retains the mystery and charm of past centuries. Narrow lanes and traditional shop houses are found in the Old Quarter, while Hanoi's many beautiful public spaces - lakes, parks, tree-lined boulevards and monuments - give it an air of elegance and harmony with nature unique among Asian capitals. Included in this 4-day program is a full-day tour of the city, visiting important sights such as the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex, Hoan Kiem Lake, and finishing with a Water Puppet Show. Also included is a day trip to visit scenic Halong Bay, located on the South China Sea. Halong is home to beautiful limestone islands and floating fishing villages, and is best explored aboard a traditional wooden boat.
Arrive at Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport and transfer to your hotel.
Embark on a full-day private tour of Hanoi City. Sights include the Temple of Literature, which served as Vietnam's first university dating back to 1076, One Pillar Pagoda, a Buddhist temple considered one of Vietnam's famous, and Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex*, site of the mausoleum where the body of the famous president lies in state. Continue touring Hanoi with visits to Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House, Hoan Kiem Lake, and view colonial landmarks such as the Opera House and St. Joseph's Cathedral. In the afternoon visit one of Hanoi's famous museums, either the History Museum, including exhibits spanning the entirety of Vietnam's history, or the Museum of Ethnology that brings to life the astonishing ethnic diversity in Vietnam. Finish the day by seeing a Water Puppet Show, a fantastic art form where puppets appear to "dance on water."
*Note: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed on Mondays and Fridays, and during the months of October and November for yearly maintenance.
Departing Hanoi for a day trip to scenic Halong Bay; located on the South China Sea, it is home to beautiful limestone islands and floating fishing villages. Upon arrival at the pier at midday begin a cruise aboard a traditional wooden junk boat, passing craggy limestone cliffs, and stopping at different islands to explore some of the areas many caves. Lunch will be served aboard the boat. Late afternoon return to Hanoi and your hotel.
Breakfast - Lunch
Transfer to Noi Bai International Airport for your onward flight.
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