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From Hanoi: Tam Coc, Hoa Lu & Mua Caves Full-Day Trip

1. From Hanoi: Tam Coc, Hoa Lu & Mua Caves Full-Day Trip

Start your tour early with pick-up at your hotel in Ha Noi Old Quarter at around 7:30 AM, and depart for Tam Coc. At around 9:30 AM, arrive at Tam Coc and take the sampan go along the Ngo Dong river to visit Tam Coc's three caves. Head back to Tam Coc wharf, take your bicycle and cycle around traditional villages and Tam Coc town. At midday, sit down for lunch with Vietnamese cuisine at a local restaurant. After lunch, hop back into the luxury van to visit Hoa Lu, an ancient capital of Vietnam. Visit Dinh king Temple and Le king Temple from the 10th century, and head about the heroic histories of the two Kings during the Chinese Wars. Visit Mua cave, which attracts visitors with its many interesting stories. Climb 500 stone steps to see all the way to Tam Coc, enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the countryside and Ngo Dong river. At around 4:00 PM, return Ha Noi, arriving between 6:30 PM and 7:00 PM. Tour itinerary 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM: Your tour bus will pick you up at your hotel for departure to Hoa Lu. 10:30 AM - 10:40 AM: Arrive at Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam. Visit Dinh King temple and Le King temple from the 10th century, finding out the heroic histories of these two king in Chinese wars. 11:50 AM - 12:00 PM: Have lunch. 1:00 PM - 1:05 PM: Get on the tour bus, continue to visit Tam Coc wharf and take the sampan along the Ngo Dong river to visit Tam Coc (three different caves). 3:00 PM - 3:05 PM: Biking to visit traditional villages around the Tam Coc area. 3:30 PM - 3:35 PM: Keep going to visit Mua cave. The place attracts visitors with its many interesting stories. Climb 500 stone steps, here you can see all the way to Tam Coc, enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the countryside and the Ngo Dong river. 4:45 PM - 5:00 PM: Get on the tour bus to return Ha Noi. 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM: Arrive at Ha Noi, drop off at your hotel in Ha Noi Old Quarter. End of tour!

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From Hanoi: 2-Day Spectacular Sapa Trekking and Bus Tour

2. From Hanoi: 2-Day Spectacular Sapa Trekking and Bus Tour

Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa 6:45 AM - 7:00 AM: Pickup from your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi and depart for Sapa. 9:30 AM: Follow the highway to Lao Cai city where you will make your first stop for breakfast. 11:00 AM: Stop off at Lao Cai city before approaching Sapa. 12:30 PM: Arrive at Sapa Town, where you'll see the colorful traditional costumes of H’mong, Dzao and Tay People. Here enjoy a lunch of local Vietnamese dishes. 2:30 PM: Take a short trek to the gate of Cat Cat village, home of the Black H’mong ethnic people and located near the bottom of a deep valley at the foot of Fansipan Peak. A local guide will give you insight into daily life of the locals. Trek down to the bottom of the valley to the waterfall, where the French built a hydraulic power station. Stop to take photos before walking back uphill to meet the bus. The trek is approximately 2.5 kilometers and lasts for 2 hours. 5:00 PM: Return to Sapa Town. You'll be recommended good local restaurants for your dinner and will stay overnight in a 2, 3, 4 or 5-star hotel (depending on option booked). Day 2: Sapa – Hanoi 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Have breakfast at your hotel and prepare a light pack for trekking. You can keep your luggage at the storage at the reception. 9:00 AM: Take a Trek to Y Linh Ho through the rice terraces and along Muong Hoa Streams to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai.  See the spectacular landscape of Hoang Lien Son Mountain before heading to Ta Van village, home of the Dzay People. The trek takes around 3.5 hours and covers about 12 kilometers. Tour guide will make the best itinerary for the trek depending on your ability of trekking. 11:30 AM: The bus will pick you up at Ta Van Bridge to take you back to Sapa center. 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Have a rest at the hotel and have lunch, before enjoying some time to explore at your own leisure. 3:00 PM: Meet the rest of your group at the hotel to prepare for your return to Hanoi. 3:15 PM: Get back on the bus to go back to Hanoi. During the journey you will stop for a break. 9:15 PM: Arrive back at your accommodation in Hanoi.

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2-Day Royal Palace Ha Long Bay & Ti Top Island Cruise

3. 2-Day Royal Palace Ha Long Bay & Ti Top Island Cruise

Experience the scenic beauty of Ha Long Bay in complete luxury aboard a boat kitted out like a royal palace! Relax on board with complimentary meals and adventure activities, such as kayaking close to the limestone karst formations. Go on a night squid fishing trip, or sing your favorite songs at a karaoke session! Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (L, D) Following pick-up from your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi at around 8:00 AM, depart for Ha Long Bay and journey to Tuan Chau Port for an estimated arrival time of 12:00 PM. Complete all your check-in formalities, and then enjoy a set menu seafood lunch as you set sail across the emerald green waters. Marvel at the thousands of limestone karst islands, islets and rock formations emerging from the water in curious shapes. Take part in a kayaking activity and venture close alongside the limestone cliffs. Explore a tranquil bay or hike to Ti Top Island to get a panoramic view of Ha Long Bay from the top of the mountain. Swim in the inviting waters, weather permitting. Watch the sunset during a party on the upper deck in the late afternoon, before feasting on a special dinner cooked by a professional chef. Enjoy some time at leisure in the evening to relax, sing some of your favorites songs at a karaoke session or go on a night squid fishing adventure. Day 2: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi (B, L) Wake up early to take beautiful photos of the sunrise. Then, join a Tai Chi session before breakfast. Next, journey to Surprising Cave to discover the most beautiful grotto in Ha Long Bay. Check out at 09:00 and cruise around the lesser explored areas of the bay on the way back to Tuan Chau Port. Take part in a cooking class and enjoy a farewell lunch before you disembark at Tuan Chau Port at around 11:45 AM. Journey back to Hanoi by bus and get dropped off at your hotel in Hanoi city center at around 5:00 PM.

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3 Day Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay 5 Star Cruise

4. 3 Day Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay 5 Star Cruise

This dreamy cruise will leave you with lifelong memories. You will be picked up from your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi and head to Halong Bay. On arrival you will enjoy a welcome drink on board and a delicious buffet lunch. Cruise past hundreds of fascinating limestone pinnacles towering from the water. It is then time for some kayaking fun, exploring the beauty of nature in the hidden lagoon as you paddle through caves, gazing up at stalactites. There is a stop for you to go swimming in the emerald waters. Back aboard, it’s time to relax with the Happy Hour deals. You can join in a traditional cooking class. Once anchored for your tranquil overnight stay, the evening begins with the fantastic flavors of our deluxe dinner set menu. The next morning, you can start the day with a tai chi lesson on the sundeck, followed by a light breakfast. Then, transfer ashore for a bus trip to Cat Ba National Park. Here you will enjoy a forest walk before heading to the peak with its magnificent views over the whole island. Explore the historic Trung Trang Cave – a real highlight. Over lunch, you are free to discover the local life and food of Cat Ba township. Then, it is off to a picturesque beach for a swim before visiting the spectacular viewpoint of Cannon Fort. Transfer back to the cruise boat for a pre-dinner cocktail. After dinner you can relax, retire, or try your luck catching squids. On the final morning, you can sharpen your tai chi skills some more before breakfast. The crew will take you to Viet Hai village, located in Cat Ba National Park. Enjoy biking through the charming scenery of a traditional village in the coastal north of Vietnam. Returning aboard, you can take it easy before a light brunch is served while the ship navigates slowly back to the harbor. After disembarking it’s time to begin the drive back to your hotel in Hanoi.

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Spectacular Halong Bay 2-Day Tour with Deluxe Cruises

5. Spectacular Halong Bay 2-Day Tour with Deluxe Cruises

Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (L - D) 7:45 AM - 8:30 AM: Pickup at your hotel located in the Old Quarter of Hanoi by shuttle bus. You will have the chance to join in with the group and make friends with other travelers from all around the world. 10:00 AM: Take a rest at the Humanity Center and enjoy local specialties and handicraft products. 12:00 PM: The captain and tender welcome you to the cruise. Savor the delicious lunch as the cruise passes through thousands of islands and islets of different shapes 3:30 PM: Cruise stops at the floating house for an hour of kayaking in the middle of the bay to admire the fascinating rock formations in the bay.  3:30 PM: Visit Titop Island if possible 6:00 PM: Enjoy a cooking demonstration for famous Vietnamese spring rolls. 7:30 PM: Enjoy a delicious and romantic dinner on board. 9:00 PM: Free time for entertainment with activities such as squid fishing, karaoke, star-gazing on the deck. Day 2: Ha Long Bay discovery – Hanoi (B - L) 6:30 AM: Start your new day on Halong bay with morning exercises and photos. Have breakfast with coffee or tea. 8:30 AM: Relax and enjoy the breath-taking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the crystal-clear water of the bay. 9:30 AM: Return to cruise, check out of your cabin. 10:00 AM: Explore the biggest and the most amazing cave in Halong Bay – Surprise Cave. 10:30 AM: Head back to the ship's restaurant to enjoy lunch. 12:00 PM: Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi. 4:00 - 5:00 PM: Arrive in Hanoi. Trip ends.

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Halong Bay: 2 Days 1 Night - Rosa Boutique 4-Star Cruise

6. Halong Bay: 2 Days 1 Night - Rosa Boutique 4-Star Cruise

On day 1, you will depart from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter after an early morning pick-up. You will then drive to Halong Bay, the beautiful UNESCO world heritage site. Board the cruise at Tuan Chau Harbor and sip a welcome drink before checking into your cabin. Enjoy a Vietnamese seafood or vegetarian lunch, while cruising the magnificent Halong Bay and admiring the limestone rock formations. Then, visit Halong pearl farm village before exploring Sung Sot, also called Surprise Cave, the bay’s largest and most spectacular cave. Later in the day, relax on-board and marvel at your amazing surroundings, before a delicious dinner is served and the evening entertainment begins. Enjoy an overnight stay on the boat in your luxurious cabin. Day 2 begins with an invigorating Tai-Chi class on deck before breakfast. Partake in a cooking class with the cruise's chef and learn to prepare traditional Vietnamese dishes. You will then enjoy lunch on-board before heading back to the harbor. Depart for Hanoi with a stop in Hai Duong province to visit a ceramics workshop. 07:30AM – 08:30AM: Our tour guide and bus pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi old quarter 04:00PM- 04:30PM: Arriving in Hanoi, end your trip

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Amazing 3 Days Halong, Bai Tu Long on Swan Cruise & kayaking

7. Amazing 3 Days Halong, Bai Tu Long on Swan Cruise & kayaking

On the first day, you will be picked up from your hotel and head to the northeast of Vietnam. On arrival at 12:30 PM, you will be transferred to the cruise. Then, enjoy a welcome drink, and listen to a safety briefing before checking into your cabin. At 1:30 PM, enjoy a delicious Vietnamese set menu while leisurely cruising to the core of Bai Tu Long Bay. Arrive at Cap La Island, the beautiful area in Bai Tu Long Bay, at 3:00 PM. Enjoy swimming, relaxing, or kayaking through the karst and the breathtaking nature. At 5:30, arrive back to the boat and enjoy a sunset party while sailing to the overnight anchorage. At 7:00 PM, indulge in a sumptuous set-dinner onboard. Then, at 8:30 PM, enjoy free time and join in with games, or try your luck at squid fishing.  Your second day will start at 6:30 AM with Tai Chi on the Sundeck. At 7:00 AM, a Western-style breakfast will be served with traditional Vietnamese food. At 8:30 AM, explore the well-hidden Thien Canh Son Cave. Your tour guide will explain the history of Ha Long Bay and this cave, made by Mother Nature. At 9:30 AM, you'll cruise past several floating hamlets including Cap La and Vung Ha, and enter the center of the pristine Bai Tu Long Geology Park. On arrival, enjoy a whole day of fun and relaxation with more kayaking, swimming, and sandy beaches. Be back to the boat for a delicious hot lunch at noon. At 2:00 PM, spend more time relaxing, kayaking, cave visiting, and swimming. Then, return to the main boat at 4:30 PM and enjoy a sunset party. Again, dinner will be served at 7:00 PM and then you can enjoy free time at 8:30 PM to join in with games, or try your luck at squid fishing.  On the third day, start at 6:30 AM with a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck. At 7:00 AM, a Western-style breakfast will be served with traditional Vietnamese food. At 9:30 AM, finish packing and check out of your cabin. At 10:30 AM, a Vietnamese cooking demonstration will take place on the boat. Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese brunch at 11:00 AM before disembarking at 12:00 PM. At 12:30 PM, it is time to say farewell to Halong Bay and then return to Hanoi. You will be dropped back to your hotel at around 5:30 PM. 

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Bai Tu Long Bay 2-Day Cruise by Junk Boat

8. Bai Tu Long Bay 2-Day Cruise by Junk Boat

Get back to nature on a 2-day junk boat cruise of Bai Tu Long Bay. Spend the night among thousands of limestone karst formations rising from the emerald green waters. Day 1: Hanoi – Bai Tu Long Bay (L, D) Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Hanoi, and then journey to Ha Long. Get a welcome drink as you board the junk boat and listen to the safety regulations before you set sail. Hear about the on-board activities and check in to your cabin. Enjoy a tasty Vietnamese lunch as you cruise to the heart of Bai Tu Long Bay. Kayak around the karst island of Cap La. Return to the boat for a sunset party and delicious set-menu dinner. Day 2: Bai Tu Long Bay – Hanoi (B, L) Take part in a Tai Chi exercise warm up before breakfast, and then explore the amazing stalactite and stalagmite formations of Thien Canh Son cave. Return to the boat to watch a cooking demonstration before an early lunch of Vietnamese food as you sail back towards Ha Long Bay. Relax on the drive back to Hanoi at the end of your amazing adventure.

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Hanoi Private Street Food Tour and Cyclo

9. Hanoi Private Street Food Tour and Cyclo

Your tour begins with a half-hour cycle trip around the most famous symbol in Vietnam, Hoan Kiem lake. After that, your guide will take you around Hanoi's Old Quarter, where the traditional life of Vietnam still continues. Near the Dong Xuan market, your expert guide will give you an insight into the traditions and ingredients of Vietnamese food, and you will eat as you go. Some of the foods you will try include seasonal fruits and some famous dishes such as pho (noodle soup), crab rolls, pillow cake, Vietnamese sandwich (banh mi) and more. Your guide will then take you to one of Hanoi’s best kept secrets, a hidden café, and one of the few left in the city that still serves egg coffee. Sample this a scrumptious local delicacy while admiring the hustle and bustle of the city center below. If coffee is not your style, a cold beer awaits! At the end of the trip you are free to continue exploring the area, or your guide can assist you with directions or a taxi back to your hotel.

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Hanoi: 2-Night Ninh Binh and Halong Bay Tour

10. Hanoi: 2-Night Ninh Binh and Halong Bay Tour

After being collected from the Hanoi Old Quarter, you will embark on your 2.5-hour journey to the Ninh Binh Province. You will eventually arrive at the Bai Dinh Pagoda complex, where you'll see the largest pagoda not only in Vietnam, but also in Southeast Asia. Leaving the pagoda, you will then climb up to the summit of the mountain to see the 100-ton bronze statue of the Buddha Sakyamuni. Once there you will take a rest whilst enjoying panoramic views of the picturesque landscape, dotted with limestone mountains. Following lunch at local restaurant, you will take a boat trip to explore the cave complex in Trang An. This is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, many of them partly submerged and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs. You will later spend the night at a home-stay/hotel in Ninh Binh. Following breakfast on the second day, your bus will pick you up at your accommodation for the 4-hour transfer to Halong Bay. Upon arrival at the Halong Wharf, you will have time to stretch your legs and take some photos. You will then board your cruise boat for a welcoming drink and cruise briefing, before enjoying lunch whilst cruising to Bai Tu Long Bay and admiring the fascinating rock formations along the way. It will then be time to transfer by tender boat to Thien Canh Son Cave to visit the cave which boasts many interesting stalactites and stalagmites in different amazing shapes. After about half an hour visiting, you will go back to the tender and return to the boat to relax, sunbathe, or to enjoy a cool drink on the sundeck. You may also like to spend half an hour kayaking to discover first-hand some of Bai Tu Long Bay's landscape. Following all these activities there will be the opportunity to join the fun with an onboard cooking class. After you've worked up an appetite, you will enjoy a Vietnamese-style set dinner which will be served on board. To end the evening you may like to spend some time chatting in the bar or enjoy some night fishing, before you stay overnight on the boat at a peaceful anchorage. After breakfast and enjoying the sunrise on the third day, you will visit the ancient Vung Vieng floating village. Here you will not only be immersed in the quiet and peaceful atmosphere, but will also be surrounded by the limestone mountains as you are transported by a small bamboo boat for an hour. Following that, you will return to the cruise for some relaxation and lunch. The boat will then return to the Halong Wharf for disembarkation and your return to Hanoi by bus, where your trip eventually ends.

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What people are saying about Hanoi Old Quarter

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I was looking for a course on tea techniques and was happy to find one in Hanoi. The reviews were also positive. Indeed I highly enjoyed this course on tea&coffee practices. The guide was happy to teach, had a really good sense of humour in english, patient and easily responded to my questions. And I liked knowing more about vietnamese culture, daily life. I highly recommend.

The two day cruise in Halong Bay was one of the best things we did in Vietnam. The boat was very nice. The cabins had dark wood and big windows. We also enjoyed the balcony where we took a lot of photos from. After our kajak tour we went in the hot tup and drank some happy hour drinks. The staff was very friendly without being too much.

It s a great tour. You don t want to miss it. Very nice and friendly guides, good hotel with great food and kind staff. The walk is fantastic as the scenery.

Great friendly guide who speaks very good English. Good food and apart from that lots of useful information about Hanoi and Vietnam. Gladly again

Doan was very friendly and enthusiastic. I enjoyed the conversation as much as the tea and coffee. This was the highlight of my trip to Hanoi!