DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL
Welcome to your holiday with Vietnam Travel and Cruise!
Arrival at Hanoi airport, looks for our guide who will be waiting for you with a sign bearing your name. The journey from the airport to your hotel will take approximately one hour and is an entertaining experience full of chaotic traffic, hectic architecture and overloaded motorbikes. Check in your hotel and enjoy free time to explore the city.
Tonight, meeting with VTC leader and have welcome dinner together.
Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 2: HA NOI CITY TOUR
Vietnam Travel and Cruise’s car and guide will meet you at 08.00am. Our tour will start by visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum. The mausoleum is the last resting place of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam’s great revolutionist. It is a symbol of gratitude and respect of Vietnamese people for president Ho Chi Minh. The Ho Chi Minh Museum is the preserver of everything memorable related to Ho Chi Minh. Close by, the famous One Pillar Pagoda is worth a passing look. Built by King Ly Thai To in 1049, the structure has become an important symbol for the Hanoian. After that, we will continue to visit the Literature Temple and Quoc Tu Giam – Vietnam’s first University, constructed in 1070. Its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past.
When you finish your lunch at a local restaurant, we will proceed to Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. This is the most recent yet probable the largest and undoubtedly the most interesting museums in Hanoi and Vietnam. This is worth a thorough visit, for those who are keen to learn about the multi culturally of Vietnam and for those who would appreciate some green space. Then a late afternoon electric car tour of Hanoi’s fascinating Old Quarter is followed by free time for shopping. We finish our relaxing but informative day by attending a Water Puppet Show, a favorite experience for all visitors to Vietnam. Our trip will end right after.
Overnight in Ha Noi.
DAY 3: HA NOI – MAI CHAU
Transfer to Mai Chau for volunteer activities.
Overnight at homestay.
DAY 4: MAI CHAU
Overnight at homestay.
DAY 5: MAI CHAU – HA NOI
After lunch at local house, we will be back to Hanoi for a night.
Overnight in Ha Noi.
DAY 6: HA NOI – HA LONG
08.00: Our shuttle bus will come to pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi centre. Drive to Halong City. Enjoy the landscape of the Red River Delta country side.
Stopover at Hai Duong province for refreshment about 30 minutes
12.00: Arrive at Tuan Chau island – Take break and welcome drink at Pelican Halong Cruise Lounge
Transfer to Pelican Halong Cruise
Welcome drink – receive cruise briefing, safety instructions and check in. Start cruising and explore Halong Bay – one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.
Enjoy buffet lunch with Vietnamese dishes served while cruising through the bay, passing the most beautiful and quiet areas, such as Incense Burner, Dog Stone Islet, Fighting Cock, Soi Sim beach, Coconut Three Island
Visiting Luon cave, the perfect combination of lime-stone mountains and jade-green sea by bamboo boat with local people. Enjoy quiet space and pure air, you will feel relaxed truly. If you are lucky, you will see monkeys on islands.
Visiting the beautiful Ti Top beach for swimming (if the weather permits), Ti Top Beach is especially famous for its fresh atmosphere, clean water, and smooth white sand that create a great ambiance for tourists to relax or passengers can take steps to reach on the top of Ti Top beach to have a whole panorama view of Halong Bay.
Back to the boat and free time while sailing to Luon Bo area, and anchor overnight.
Option: Massage service available. Please book with Cruise Manager directly (please see massage menu)
Attend the Cooking class on sundeck – How to make Vietnamese spring rolls – traditional Vietnamese food. Then enjoy Happy Hour (Buy one drink-get one free). It is time for chit chat and relaxing. Watch the magnificent sunset over Halong Bay
19.30 – 23.00: Dinner – Deluxe Vietnamese BBQ Set Menu Dinner
Evening activities include: Leisure time to enjoy a chat around the bar, watching movies and many sort of Vietnam cultural films, relaxing and spending a romantic night on Pelican Halong Cruise’s music, playing cards, chess are available, reading magazines in room and dining room. You may also try your luck at squid fishing & fishing from the boat.
23.00: End of Program for Day One.
Overnight on Cruise.
DAY 7: HA LONG – HA NOI – HOI AN BY FLIGHT
06.00 – 08.00: The day starts early onboard with Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Tai chi also called Tai chi chuan, combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements.
Coffee, tea and pastries for breakfast are served in the dining room with morning view of bay’s landscape.
08.00 – 11.30: Transfer by tender to Sung Sot Cave. Walk up about 100 steps to the cave entrance. It takes approximately 45 minutes for cave visiting. Visit Sung Sot Cave, one of the biggest cave in Halong bay with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Return to the boat by tender. Proper shoes are highly recommended.
Back to Pelican Halong Cruise. Check out and settle your bill at reception.
Have a buffet brunch while cruising back to the Tuan Chau Wharf. Relaxing on the sundeck or in the dining room enjoying the bay scenery while approaching the wharf.
Disembark to Tuan Chau Wharf. Say goodbye to the crew.
12.00 – 17.00: Return to Hanoi by shuttle bus and straight to airport for your flight to Da Nang via VN185 1830 1950. Pick up upon arrival and go to your hotel for checking in.
Overnight in Hoi An.
DAY 8: HOI AN ECO TOUR
Our tour provides you with a close – up and intimate exposure to both the local farming and fishing communities. Accompanied by your tour guide, you commence the day leisure cycling along country roads witnessing local Vietnamese rural life first hand, discovering all manner of photo opportunities – coming and visiting a beautiful organic vegetable village, watering and planting vegetable, hoeing a soil with local farmer, riding a water buffalo in a rice paddy field; seeing ducks swimming along the rice farm or farmers tending their crops. The photo opportunities are endless. As well you will experience the friendliness of the local people greeting you along the way. Later you will board our Viet Nam travel and cruise’s boat for a river cruise to meet and engage with local fishermen and enjoy a hands – on experience boat while the waterways of coconut palm paradise. This tour provides you with a cultural window into the ways of life of both our farming and fishing communities.
TOUR PROGRAM INCLUDES:
- Tour guide meets you at your hotel.
- Cycle to a local farming village traveling along picturesque country roads (Bus or bike are option to choose to go).
- Share in the daily work life of local farmers – hoeing and a soil, watering veggie at an organic herb garden, riding water buffalo in the field and enjoy the freshest air of the countryside beauty.
- Board Viet Nam travel and cruise’s boat and cruise to the mouth of the river where it meets the Cua Dai See.
- Learn and try your hand at local traditional fishing techniques using round and cast nets.
- Learn to paddle the stranger and unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boats.
- Enjoy basket boat dancing of GangNam style on the round boat (THUNG CHAI) shown by Viet Nam travel and cruise’s crews.
- Explore the now tranquil coconut – palm flanked waterways of a past war and hear of the extreme condition endured by soiliers on both sides.
- Have a relaxed fun with catching beautiful purple carbs on bamboo basket boat.
- Learn how to make an origami creations from reeds of palm leaves such us grasshopper, birds, ring, sunglass, bracelets…etc.
- Visit a local water coconut palm village, take a walk around the village and have some tea and snack with local talks…
- Back on – board our Viet Nam travel and cruise’s boat, enjoy lunch and cold beer or soft drink.
- Return to hotel by coach.
Overnight in Hoi An.
DAY 9: CU LAO CHAM (GROUP TOUR)
08:00: Pickup and transfer to Cua Dai Quay.
9:00-9:25: Relax & enjoy the beautiful landscape on the speed boat to Cham Island.
9:25-10:10: Visit Bai Lang – Au Thuyen – Tay Tang Pagoda – Fishing Village
10:10-11:10: Transfer to Bai Xep for snorkeling.
11:10-15:00: Go to Bai Chong to relax – Swim – Sunbath and enjoy fresh seafood.
15.30: Return to the mainland
Overnight in Hoi An
DAY 10: DEPARTURE
Morning at your leisure and check out your hotel and transfer to the airport for a flight to your home.
Our services include:
- Accommodation at selected hotel with breakfast.
- Meals as listed in the itinerary
- English speaking guides throughout
- All activities indicated in the itinerary
- Domestic flight: Ha Noi – Da Nang
- Private transfer throughout
- Welcome gifts