HANOI – HOA LU THE ACIENT CAPITAL FULL DAY

Our journey begins with a 2 hour drive from the hectic capital of Hanoi to the province of Ninh Binh, approximately 100kms
Our first destination is Hoa Lu, the location of the capital of Vietnam during the Dinh Dynasty (968-980) and early Le Dynasty (980-1009), the ancient citadel once covered 300 hectares of land, however the passage of time has left few remains of this once glorious capital of the Vietnam. On arrival our local guide will take us through the Dinh & Le Temple, restored in the 17th century the temples are dedicated Dinh and Le emperors and believed to be built on the original foundations of the old palaces from the 11th and 12th centuries. Pick up your bike for 1 hour ride through countryside landscape before arrive at Tam Coc for lunch.

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After having lunch at a local restaurant, we depart for a visit Tam Coc (which translates as “Three Caves”). The area is often referred to as the Halong Bay of the land due to its spectacular scenery, lime karsts rise up of the ground to tower over the region. Here we board rowing boats for a 2 to 2 ½ hour journey through caves, passed local villages along the river system of the Red River Delta. The scenery comprises of lush green rice paddies during the rice growing seasons and surrounding limestone karsts making for a stunning backdrop to the journey and presents many photo opportunities for the keen photographers amongst the group. End of the boat trip it is time to return to Hanoi.

 

Tour includes:

 

  • Meals as mentioned (L= Lunch)
  • English speaking guide
  • Boat trip cruise
  • Share tours and transfers as mentioned by air-conditioned vehicle & Bikes.
  • Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time
  • Service charge and current government VAT tax

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HANOI WALKING HALF DAY AFTERNOON

Start your city excursion in historic Hanoi in the afternoon not by foot, but on board a “cyclo”. Equal parts transportation and travel experience, these traditional bicycle rickshaws move at a leisurely pace that’s perfect for photos and slow-moving sightseeing. Sit back and relax while your driver weaves through some of the Old Quarter’s busiest streets, dodging speeding motorbikes and rolling past French colonial houses on the way to your next destination.

Next, hop off your cyclo at The Northern Gate of the ancient citadel, a gargantuan fortress in the heart of the city. Learn a bit about the history of the imposing structure and Cua Bac Church, a beautiful example of French and catholic influence in the city.

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Set off to your meet at the front of Quan Thanh Temple. The 11th Century Taoist temple is one of the oldest and most culturally significant in the city, and about a ten minute walk from the citadel. Then embark on a lengthier stroll toward West Lake, hearing the story of John McCain and this temple along the way. Head off along a quieter back road, and stop next at historic Pho Cuon Restaurant for a quick snack.

Set off again to Chau Long Market for a closer look at Hanoian culture in the flurry of a local market. After exploring the street stalls here, set off along Nguyen Truong To Street – famous for its desserts — toward Hang Than Street, the epicentre of Hanoi’s thriving wedding cake stores. Learn a bit about Vietnam’s unique wedding culture while sampling some wedding cakes. Shake off your sugar rush on a stroll to nearby Hang Cot Street for a look at Hanoi’s mat weaving borough before stopping off along Hang Ga Street for a local coffee shop. End your walking tour with a traditional Vietnamese coffee, and head back to Buffalo Tours tour desk at Silk Path Hotel to rest your feet.

 

Tour includes:

• English speaking guide
• Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time
• Service charge and current government VAT tax
• Snack and food sample

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HANOI HIGHLIGHTS HALF DAY MORNING

Start your morning with a visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the resting place of President Ho Chi Minh who led Vietnam to independence from French colonial rule. His preserved body has been an important landmark in the capital city since 1969, and a perfect place to learn more about Vietnam’s rich history. From there, wander through the beautiful surrounding gardens and toward the One Pillar Pagoda and Presidential Palace, where a replica of Ho Chi Minh’s simple working space is on display.
Afterward, set off through central Hanoi toward the Temple of Literature, the oldest university in Hanoi and a perfect example of ancient architecture built in homage to the Chinese scholar Confucius. Then tend to your rumbling stomach with a traditional Vietnamese lunch with a chance to get a bit more “hands on” for a cooking demonstration! Tour ends at Porte D’Annam Restaurant.

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Please note: The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed every afternoon and on Monday and Friday

Tour includes:
• English speaking guide
• Tours mentioned by air-conditioned vehicle
• Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time
• Lunch
• One way pick up transfers at hotel.
• Service charge and current government VAT tax

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SAPA RETREAT 5D4N

If you want a place of cultural authenticity and natural tranquility, you have found the right place. Sapa, a mountainous town in Northern Vietnam where is home to more than 30 colorful hill tribes and the ethnic local people – Hmong and Dao. Being one of the most attractive tourism destinations of the country, Sapa is a precious gift that Mother Nature dedicates to Vietnam.

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Itinerary:

  • Day 1

    Our trip starts with an overnight train journey from Vietnam’s capital city to the border town of Lao Cai. The accommodation for tonight will be in soft sleeper berths on the express train (standard cabin includes 4 berths per cabin).

  • Day 2

    Arrive at Lao Cai early morning, meet our guide then transfer to local restaurant for breakfast

    The Bac Ha is the largest and most colourful market which attracts many tourists. Here the Flower H’mong, Phu La, Black Dao, Tay, and Nung minorities come to trade. There are a variety of handicrafts and products not found in other areas to purchase and it is also one of the few markets that have live animals for sale. After visiting the market travel towards Trung Do where you can see the stilt houses of the Tay people and stop for a chat with a local family. Then board a boat and cruise along the Chay River admiring the pretty scenery, or if the water levels are too low in the river then hop on an oxcart and take a ride through the village.

  • Day 3

    Take a walk through the mountains of the Hoang Lien National Park where you will meet the Black H’mong and Giay minorities. Start your day with a walk through the bustling Sapa market where vendors sell fruit, vegetables and all manner of house-hold goods. Pass through rice terraces and pretty scenery. Arrive at the Black H’mong village of Y Linh Ho and have lunch by the river. After lunch, walk through the valley to Lao Chai and then on to the Giay village of Tavan, where the car will meet you and drive you back to Sapa.

    Please note: This is a medium walk with a basic level of fitness required

  • Day 4You are free at your leisure. This afternoon we transfer back to Lao Cai for the train journey to Hanoi.
  • Day 5We arrive at Hanoi station early morning

Tour includes:

  • Accommodation at selected hotels with daily breakfast
  • Check-in time is 2.00PM and check-out time is 12.00PM. Early or late service is subject to availability with surcharge.
  • Meals as mentioned
  • English speaking guide in Sapa
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Sightseeing fees during guided time
  • Soft sleeper four berth air-conditioned cabin: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi
  • Service charge and current government VAT tax

Tour excludes:

  • Early/late check in/out service at hotels (surcharge if request)
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Services and meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • All drinks, including water, soft drink and alcohol on all included or optional excursions, unless clearly mentioned in itinerary
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Travel Insurance (Compulsory)

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MINI SAPA 4D3N

If you want a place of cultural authenticity and natural tranquility, you have found the right place. Sapa, a mountainous town in Northern Vietnam where is home to more than 30 colorful hill tribes and the ethnic local people – Hmong and Dao. Being one of the most attractive tourism destinations of the country, Sapa is a precious gift that Mother Nature dedicates to Vietnam.

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Itinerary:

  • Day 1

    Our trip starts with an overnight train journey from Vietnam’s capital city to the border town of Lao Cai. The accommodation for tonight will be in soft sleeper berths on the express train (standard cabin includes 4 berths per cabin).

  • Day 2

    Early arrive at Lao Cai, transfer to Sapa for breakfast

    Take a walk through the mountains of the Hoang Lien National Park where you will meet the Black H’mong and Giay minorities. Start your day with a walk through the bustling Sapa market where vendors sell fruit, vegetables and all manner of house-hold goods. Pass through rice terraces and pretty scenery. Arrive at the Black H’mong village of Y Linh Ho and have lunch by the river. After lunch, walk through the valley to Lao Chai and then on to the Giay village of Tavan, where the car will meet you and drive you back to Sapa.

    Please note: This is a medium walk with a basic level of fitness required

  • Day 3Start from the township of Sapa and walk along a dirt trail that leads you through pretty gardens and lush pine forests down into a valley. Here you will come across the less visited villages of Suoi Ho and Ma Tra, home to the Black H’mong and where modernization is yet to catch up with daily life. Most of the people here rear chickens and pigs or grow rice to support their families. See the small Christian church which is quite unique in a culture that practices ancestral worship and visit a local school to meet the children.In the evening your guide will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the train station.       Please note: This is an easy walk with a basic level of fitness required.
  • Day 4 Arriving at Hanoi station at 0500AM in the morning

Tour includes:

  • Accommodation at selected hotels with daily breakfast
  • Check-in time is 2.00PM and check-out time is 12.00PM. Early or late service is subject to availability with surcharge.
  • Meals as mentioned
  • English speaking guide in Sapa
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Sightseeing fees during guided time
  • Soft sleeper four berth air-conditioned cabin: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi
  • Service charge and current government VAT tax

Tour excludes:

  • Early/late check in/out service at hotels (surcharge if request)
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Services and meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • All drinks, including water, soft drink and alcohol on all included or optional excursions, unless clearly mentioned in itinerary
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Travel Insurance (Compulsory)

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HALONG 2D1N APHRODITE CRUISE SUPERIOR

A UNESCO’s World Heritage Site and truly a nature wonder – Halong Bay is famous for its spectacular scenery and over 3000 limestone karsts that soar skyward out of calm emerald waters.

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Itinerary:

  • Day 1

    12.30 – 12.45 pm: On arrival at the pier of Tuan Chau Island, you will meet the Aphrodite team and crew, and you will be privately driven by our tender boat to our well-designed and well-equipped Aphrodite Junk. A welcome drink is waiting for you on the third deck, in our charming panoramic restaurant. You will be given a short speech introducing the vessel’s facilities and services, as well as safety instructions. After the check in, take time for yourself. Enjoy the view while the cruise heads straight to the South, and makes its way along Cat Ba National Park, away from other tourist Junks

    13.15 pm: Lunch will be at the panoramic restaurant on the third deck.

    15.30 pm: Get off the cruise for the beautiful beach and enjoy the swimming or the panorama view from the top of mountain.

    16.30 pm: The cruise will reach the village of Cua Van. Get an insight of the local life, strolling aboard a sampan boat, around a typical Halong bay fishing village. Cua Van is a stand out example of community-based and sustainable tourism in Halong bay. The excursion includes a visit to the school, to a fish farm and to the local fishing museum. There is an option of 1 hour kayaking around Cua Van Fishing village instead of the sampan stroll.

    17.30 pm: Back onboard the Aphrodite vessel, you will have time to relax, enjoy the spa and massage service and/or the Happy Hour at the bar. The cruise will now head to the moorage area, near Coconut Beach Island.

    19.15 pm: A scrumptious dinner will be served in the Fine Dining room. The main courses will be prepared before your eyes. You are also given the possibility to have dinner served on your private balcony

    20.45 pm till late: Squid fishing, Board games, and stories, tales and legends at the Top Deck Bar

  • Day 2

    06.30 am: Begin the day mastering energy flows during a Tai Chi session, while the sun rises

    07.00 am: Breakfast buffet will be served at the restaurant

    08.00 am: Your local guide will take you to explore the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay with amazing stalagmite & stalactite formations. While onboard you can take advantage at leisure of our Spa, Beauty & Massage services

    09.00 am: Back on the Aphrodite Junk, it will be time to get prepared for the check out. The cruise will head back to Tuan Chau pier.

    09.30 am: Check out time

    10.00 am: Brunch will be served. Do not miss an opportunity for last minute photos.

    11.30 am: Transfer by van back to Hanoi. The trip ends at your hotel at 16h00

Tour includes:

  • Welcome Drink
  • Cruise Itinerary and Program
  • Entrance and Sightseeing Fees
  • In-house English-speaking Tour Guide
  • Luxurious Cabins and Suites with A/C and en-suite Bathrooms
  • Luxury Vietnamese and International Lunch and Dinner (Set Menu)
  • Vietnamese and International Breakfast
  • Sampan boat trip or kayaking
  • Tai Chi session
  • Conference Equipment (Charter only)
  • Insurance, Taxes and Service Charges
  • Shuttle bus Hanoi-Halong-Hanoi

Tour excludes:

  • Visa Arrangements
  • Massage Services (please see massage menu in cabin)
  • Beverages, Tips and Personal Expenses
  • All other services not clearly mentioned above

NOTE:

  • The itinerary might subject to change due to weather or tide condition with our prior notice
  • Cruise schedule subject to change upon weather and operation conditions
  • Promotion might apply, inclusions and exclusions might change – you will be informed of changes upon booking

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HALONG 2D1N PARADISE CRUISE DELUXE

A UNESCO’s World Heritage Site and truly a nature wonder – Halong Bay is famous for its spectacular scenery and over 3000 limestone karsts that soar skyward out of calm emerald waters.

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Itinerary:

  • Day 1

    This morning travel by shuttle bus to the coastal town of Halong, about four hours from Hanoi.
    Your heavenly journey across Halong Bay starts around noon on Tuan Chau Island at the doorstep of Vietnam’s most fascinating wonder.

    As the vessel sets sails, you will be greeted by Paradise Crew and Cruise Manager who will aim throughout your stay at providing you with the highest standards of service for a pure pleasure and utmost comfort onboard our luxury facilities in the stunning surroundings.
    Discover some of the treasures disseminated across the Bay of the Descending Dragon during the afternoon: fascinating caves, pristine beaches, picturesque floating villages, fantastic rock formations rising up out of emerald water.

    While onboard, you can take advantage at leisure of our Spa, Beauty & Massage services; surrounded by a stunning setting in motion, you will attend our chef’s cooking demonstration and try your skills in the art of traditional Vietnamese cooking.

    Defined to be one of the highlights of your Paradise stay, a highly refined, innovative and varied cuisine will be presented for Lunch and Dinner in the elegant dining-room, accompanied by a wide selection of wines and beverages from around the world (extra charge applied)

  • Day 2

    Early birds can attend a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck at the break of dawn. Start the day enjoying some Paradise delights with a colourful buffet breakfast. Continue exploring Halong Bay sailing across its 2000 islets and visiting some of its major highlights. Your Paradise Cruise will come to an end on Tuan Chau Island between 10.30am and 11.00am

Tour includes:

  • Accommodation on boat
  • Check-in time is 2.00PM and check-out time is 12.00PM
  • Meals as mentioned on boat
  • English speaking guide on boat
  • Share bus Hanoi-Halong-Hanoi as mentioned by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Sightseeing fees during guided time
  • Boat cruises mentioned (group join-in for Halong)
  • Service charge and current government VAT tax

Tour excludes:

  • Tips and gratuities
  • Kayaking
  • Services and meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • All drinks, including water, soft drink and alcohol on all included or optional excursions, unless clearly mentioned in itinerary
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Travel Insurance (Compulsory)

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HALONG ONE DAY TRIP

A UNESCO’s World Heritage Site and truly a nature wonder – Halong Bay is famous for its spectacular scenery and over 3000 limestone karts that soar skyward out of calm emerald waters.

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Itinerary:

It’s an early start to the day as you will leave Hanoi to drive to the coastal port of Halong. The journey takes around three and a half hours with a break to stretch your legs. Upon arrival, you will board a traditional wooden boat, called a “junk” to set off on your cruise. Called “Bay of Descending Dragons” in Vietnamese, the archipelago of Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site composed of almost 2,000 islands and jungle-clad limestone pillars.
Spend the next few hours exploring an ancient limestone cave and a floating bamboo village. Additional caves may be visited along the way, depending on the weather and Halong’s wildly fluctuating tides. Lunch is served onboard as you glide on the gentle waters towards secluded and little-visited islands. You’ll discover why Halong Bay is such an iconic image of Vietnam and a backdrop for a few famous movies. The boat then slowly heads back to the pier and an awaiting vehicle that will drive you back to Hanoi, arriving by around 7pm just in time for a tasty dinner!

Tour includes:

  • Meals as mentioned (Lunch on boat)
  • English speaking guide
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Sightseeing fees during guided time
  • Boat cruises mentioned
  • Service charge and current government VAT tax

Tour excludes:

  • Tips and gratuities
  • Services and meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • All drinks, including water, soft drink and alcohol on all included or optional excursions, unless clearly mentioned in itinerary
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Travel Insurance (Compulsory)

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