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In the morning, Alsimexco team welcome you at the airport then take you get in Hanoi downtown for a 40 minute drive to the first destination of the tour to visit
visit the Temple of Literature, or Quoc Tu Giam. Built in 1076, The Temple of Literature was Vietnam first university and was established within a temple to educate Vietnam royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past.
Especially, we have chance to get closer to an inscription of the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme – Bia Tien Si or Stone stele records of imperial examinations of the Lê and Mạc dynasties. This is a collection of 82 stone stelae that contain the names and related information of doctoral laureates who passed the imperial examinations during the reign of the Lê and Mạc dynasties from 1442 to 1779.
The 82 stelae were made from stone in the form of tortoise-mounted tablet since tortoise was traditionally considered a symbol of longevity and everlastingness in Vietnamese culture. Preserved in good condition in the Temple of Literature, the collection was recognized by UNESCO in 2010.
Next we visit Hanoi’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Thang Long Imperial Citadel. The Citadel was constructed on a Chinese fortress dating back from the 7th century and re-built in the 11th century by the Ly Viet Dynasty. The historical site and remains reflect a unique South-East Asian culture between influences from China in the north and the ancient Kingdom of Champa in the south.
We also visit The One Pillar Pagoda, which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. This structure is one of Vietnam’s smallest but most iconic temples.
Close by is the mausoleum of the historic father figure of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, and the former presidents house on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969. His former home illustrates the modesty of this Vietnamese revolutionary (Viewed from the outside; closed Mondays & Fridays and from Oct.-Nov.)
Enjoy a break with lunch at your own expense.
Afterwards we continue to Hanoi’s picturesque West Lake area and the sixth century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda. From here transfer (or stroll along the lakeside) 700 meters to the nearby Taoist temple of Quan Thanh dedicated to Tran Vu, one of the principal deities in Taoism.
Next, visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter, also known as the ‘36 streets’ area. Take a walking tour through charming Hang Be Market and around Hoan Kiem Lake. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It's a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities all around.
Finish the day with a Water Puppet show. This is a uniquely North Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history.
In the evening, Alsimexco team take you to enjoy a dinner and have free time for night.
Overnight in Ha Noi.
7:30 am: Pick up at your hotel. Leave Hanoi for Halong Bay by road. Enjoy the journey through rich farmland of the Red River Delta along and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalos and Vietnamese village everyday life.
12:30: Arrive in Halong, check in sea cruise, enjoy welcome drink and receive cruise briefing, check-in cabins then explore Halong bay.
13:15: Have lunch, sampling regional fresh seafood while cruising on exquisite waters.
13:30-15:30: The cruise continues to explore Halong bay on the most wonderful route and on the way that few cruises travel through: Cruising to majestic HaLong Bay, admiring several landscapes of the Bay like Dinh Huong island, Duck Island, Dog Island, Sail island.
16:30- 17:00. Take a view at Titop beach. You can take nice photo from here then enjoy swimming in the crystal water.
17:00 -18:00: Kayak or attend cooking class on cruise. Watch the sunset over the bay.
18:00-18:30: Cruise moving to tranquil zone “ Hang Trong” for sleeping.
19:00 : Enjoy a delicious dinner with seafood.
21:00 : Leisure time : Film entertainment in the dining room , join squid fishing from the boat with our crew. Retire to your cabin and stay overnight on boat.
Hanoi to Halong Bay: 150km (3.5 hours)
Wake up with famous fresh espresso coffee in Vietnam “Trung Nguyen” and enjoy the sunrise.
Transfer to a small boat and continue the trip to Cua Van Fishing Village.
Have lunch with BBQ seafood on the boat. In the afternoon, relax in the boat and enjoy HalongBay's landscape, kayak in zone Cua Van Village then visit pearl village.
Have dinner and stay overnight on cruise.
7:00 - Wake up with famous fresh Vietnamese espresso coffee - Trung NguyEn, cake and tea for breakfast. Enjoy the sunrise; go swimming in the emerald waters of Halong Bay.
8:00 - Transfer by tender to one of the most beautiful caves on Halong bay “ Surprise Cave”. Walk 100 steps up to the entrance of the cave and trek on foot for approximately 60 minutes.
9:30 - On the way back to Halong City, continues to explore Halong bay on the most wonderful route: Fighting Rooster Island, Binh Phong Mountain, Man’s Dead Island, Tortoise Island.
10:00 Check out cabin and enjoy your lunch on the way back to Halong City.
11:45 Check out cruise and transfer back to your hotel in Hanoi by road. Time to arrive in Hanoi is around 16:30. Overnight in Hanoi.
Traveler must have passport for check in the cruise.
Maximum 12 people on boat.
Excluding: Drinks, telephone, laundry
Halong Bay to Hanoi: 150km (3,5 hours)
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