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Bite Size Hanoi & Halong Bay

Overview

From the misty mountains, old-world Hanoi to UNESCO World Heritage Site Halong Bay, Northern Vietnam charms with its culture, cuisine, scenery and friendly people. Our tour takes you on an exploration through food tours, guided by our chefs, tasting and cooking with Vietnam’s amazing flavours. Visit Hanoi and continue on a voyage through the natural wonders of Halong Bay aboard our small luxury cruise ship.

Recommended for:

If you prefer to travel at your own pace with our local guides, our private trips are for you. Our culinary journeys focus on immersion into the local culture. We introduce you to experts who invite you into their culture and kitchens to participate. Min 2 guests.

Highlights:

  • Be captivated by Hanoi, a compelling blend of Parisian old world grace and Asian pace
  • Explore bustling markets with our chef and select ingredients for your hands-on cooking class
  • On the back of a cyclo explore the charming French quarter
  • Sail the emerald-green waters of breathtaking Halong Bay, a UNESCO site, featuring more than 2000 stunning islands
  • Kayak through dramatic scenery, remote lagoons and floating fishing villages
  • Dine aboard under a canopy of stars and try your hand at squid fishing
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Location

Hanoi
Hanoi counts as one of the most enchanting cities in Asia. Located along wooden boulevards between dozens of tree-fringed lakes and ancient pagodas, it will charm and dazzle you. It’s architecture reminds of all those who conquered this great valley, from the Chinese to the French. The Old Quarter with its centuries-old commercial chaos still exist – a treasure trove for shopping where hawkers in conical hats still offer their wares next to fancy boutiques and quaint eateries cooking up a delicious local breakfast and French coffee.

Halong Bay
A visit to the north is not complete without experiencing the spectacular views of more than 2,000 limestone karsts in Ha Long Bay. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Ha Long Bay is a naturalist’s and photographer’s dream. Sculpted into spectacular seascape of limestone pillars, the karsts hide deserted beaches, magnificent caves and hidden lagoons.

Cuisine

Vietnam is famous for its lively, fresh flavours and artfully composed meals and cuisine.

Taste and learn dishes such as bun Bo Hue (beef and vermicelli noodle soup), Banh Xeo (savoury crispy pancake), Pomelo Salad with Shrimp, Green Mango Salad, Fresh Spring Rolls with Mint, Fish in banana leaf, Coconut curries, Stir fry lemongrass Squid…

Accommodation

Choose between our suggested partner hotels, depending on your budget and preference:

Moevenpick Hanoi **** (4 star contemporary hotel, centrally located)

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi***** (5 star historic luxury hotel opened in 1901, French colonial style)

Ao Co Cruise Ship, a deluxe cruise shop with 32 spacious private cabins each with fully equipped bathrooms and panoramic balconies.

Dates 2017

Available year-round upon request.

Dates to avoid: Christmas and Vietnamese Lunar New Year (Tet) at the beginning of February

Our suggested itinerary is based on 4 nights and can be entirely tailor-made according to your preferences. It is a food experience in its own right or can be added on to an extended itinerary.

Prices 2017

Per person in US$*

Based on 2 guests: from US$ 1,480
Based on 3-4 guests: from US$ 1,380
Based on 5-6 guests: from US$ 1,280

Single supplement: US$ 390

Final price based on actual dates and season.

Upgrade from Moevenpick Hanoi to Sofitel Legend Metropole, premium room:
US$ 135/ per room/ per night

Includes

  • Two nights accommodation at Moevenpick Hanoi Hotel, premium deluxe double room
  • 3 nights/ 2 days on board of deluxe Ao Cruise ship (Shared cruise), private double cabin with terrace
  • Daily breakfast
  • Private return airport transfers from Hanoi and transportation to Halong Bay
  • Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees and boat ride
  • Meals as specified
  • Excursions and activities as outlined in itinerary
  • Hands-on cooking courses, food tours with tastings

Excludes

International airfare, visa fees, drinks with meals, any meals not specified, tips.

Getting There

Fly to Hanoi Intl Airport. We arrange all domestic transfers.

Map

Day 1

Hanoi Arrival – Welcome dinner in Hanoi

Day 2

Hanoi – Cooking course – sightseeing – home hosted meal

Day 3

Scenic drive from Hanoi to Halong Bay

Day 4

Cruising the Gulf of Tonkin – Bai Tu Long Bay – Lan Ha Bay – Cat Ba Island

Day 5

Ha Long Bay – Hanoi– departure

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