Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi
Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free at leisure.
Day 2: Hanoi
Sightseeing in Hanoi
Although it is the modern-day capital of Vietnam, Hanoi still retains the mystery and charm of past centuries, with its narrow lanes and traditional shop houses.
Begin with an exploration of the vast Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum which contains the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh (closed Mondays, Fridays, and during September and October); and Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House where Ho Chi Minh lived from 1958 until his final days in 1969. Preserved in the same condition as during his life, it may be viewed through the windows.
Continue to the miniature 11th century One Pillar Pagoda which was rebuilt after being destroyed by the French in 1954, and then to the Temple of Literature with its walled courtyards and graceful gateways. Founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, this was also the site of Vietnam's first university. Walk through the Old Quarter, a fascinating network of narrow alleys and shop houses also known as 'The 36 Streets' - each street being named after the merchandise traditionally sold there, ranging from fabrics to crafts and from medicines to tombstones.
Walk the Rail Tracks of Hanoi (3.5 hours)
Start tour on the rails between a few meters north Hanoi's main train station. Walk along the very narrow streets hosting the rails sometime not even a meter far from the entrance door of houses.
Enjoy this original and photogenic scene walking along the street until 153 Phung Hung where you go back down to the road and follow the street's sidewalk. Walk pass the funeral shops and a funerary where you will probably see a group of people mourning and wearing the traditional white fabric around the forehead which is equivalent to the western tradition of wearing black clothes. Continue walking toward Long Bien train station. From Long Bien train station start to cross the bridge and stop half way to go down the stairs onto the urban island. Have a rest and visit the orchards. Continue crossing the bridge and meet with the car which will transfer you to Gia Lam train station. Take your train ticket and jump in to cross the bridge on the other way, riding with the locals in the hard seater wagon. On week days you will stop at Long Bien as terminus and on Saturday and Sunday you will stop at Hanoi Station. Meet with the car when disembarking and transfer back to your hotel.
Overnight in Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed on Mondays and Fridays. // The program walk the rail tracks of Hanoi is at 14:00. The starting time is not flexible due to trainas departure time. It is not recommended for young children and less mobile people. Good walking shoes are required.
Day 3: Hanoi
Excursion to Halong Bay with boat trip including lunch (12 hours)
Depart from Hanoi in the morning for scenic Halong Bay. Arriving at the pier around noon, board the charming traditional wooden junk for a cruise through the bay. Lunch will be served while the boat sails on peacefully. The cruise passes by unique rock formations with names such as Stone Dog, Incense Burner (Dinh Huong), and Fighting Cock (Ga Choi). At the core of the islets, there is an unforgettable cave named Thien Cung (Heavenly Residence Grotto) which is the last site before returning to Halong pier. Disembark at Halong pier at approximately 16.30 pm and return to Hanoi by vehicle.
Restaurant : Meals incl. in itinerary (Vietnam)(Lunch),
Day 4: Hanoi - U.S.A
Transfer to airport for your flight home. (B)
Key: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch