Hanoi Sightseeing & Shopping in 6 day
Itinerary: Venture out on a Hanoi shopping spree and you'll come home with everything from traditional clothing to handmade home decor and luxury goods. Vietnam's capital has streets dedicated to specific items, boutiques inside French Colonial buildings, open-air markets, and multi-storey shopping centres.
Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival – Evening Food Tour and Nightlife Experience
Day 2: Hanoi Morning Sightseeing – Visit Bat Trang & Van Phuc handicraft Villages
Day 3: Hanoi – Day trip to Xuan Thuy National Park
Day 4: Hanoi – Transfer to Ha Long Bay
Day 5: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Shopping Spree
Day 6: Hanoi City – Free time – Departure
- This itinerary is a privately guided tour, designed just to show you what is possible.
- We can customize this trip, it's inclusions and the accommodations, to meet your requirements, budget, and interests.
DAY 1: HANOI – ARRIVAL – EVENING FOOD TOUR AND NIGHTLIFE EXPERIENCE
Arrival at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport, collect your luggage process through custom. Your private tour guide and driver from Charming Vietnam Travel will be waiting for you outside the baggage claim/ custom area to transfer you in a private vehicle to the hotel in downtown. While every effort is made to have your room available upon arrival, check in time is at 02:00pm; your room may or may not be ready before this time. Your tour guide will provide additional details regarding your stay, and you will be able to ask any questions you may have. Have a rest before the exciting evening food adventure and nightlife experience at 17.00.
Your private guide will collect you at the hotel and take you out for the Evening food tour. We wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where we can observe local life that has changed little since Hanoi was founded over 1000 years ago. This will bring us lots of sights and sounds of the evening in Hanoi. During our walk we will have plenty of opportunity to interact with the locals and sample various street food such as Banh Cuon (Vietnamese Steam Rice Rolls), Banh My (Vietnames baguettes), Nom Du Du (papaya Salad with beef), Bun Cha (grilled pork with vermicelli), Bia Hoi ( fresh/ draughft beer) and especially the amazing Egg Coffe. You also venture down a small alley to join in the local tradition of feasting on fresh fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced – this specialty is one not to be missed!
Overnight in Hanoi
DAY 2: BAT TRANG CERAMIC VILLAGES - VAN PHUC SILK VILLAGES
Have breakfast before half day trip to Bat Trang & Van Phuc handicraft villages.
Bat Trang Pottery Village is located in the south east of Hanoi, passing Chuong Duong Bridge turns right and go about 10 km along the dike of Red River. You will have the chance to soak deep into the local life. On the basis of tradition pottery technique, Bat Trang pottery workers have taken abused-propagated greatly the progress of science technology into every stage in making pottery. It has made many types of top class pottery, that is useful and beautiful and it upgrades the sense of pottery art. You also have time for shopping before transferring to Van Phuc village, which has been well-known for its “Lua Van” or silk weaving craft. Silk of Van Phuc is of high artistic value. Drive back to Hanoi in the late afternoon.
Overnight in Hanoi
DAY 3: HANOI – HOA LU - TAM COC
Following a hotel pick-up from hotel at around 08:00, relax in air-conditioned comfort on the 2.5-hour journey southeast. Upon arrival, see the 2 main temples of the former royal city, including the main temple to Emperor Dinh and the temple to Emperor Le in the foothills of the Den Mountain. Explore the historic sites of the Outer Citadel, separated from the Inner Citadel by the limestone mountains.
Continue to Tam Coc for lunch at around at 12:30. After sampling some delicious Vietnamese cuisine, cruise the Hoang Long River by traditional sampan. Pass the curious karst mountains carpeted in lush vegetation, and paddle into hidden caves to see geological formations. Next, cycle along quiet roads through small villages and rice fields to see the rocky outcrops of Tam Coc - Bich Dong. The gentle bike ride lasts for about 45 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 3 miles (5 kilometers). After a little time to relax at a local restaurant, you will be driven back to Hanoi.
Arrive your hotel at 07.00 PM.
Overnight in Hanoi
DAY 4: HANOI – OVERNIGHT ONBOARD IN HALONG BAY
After breakfast you will be collected and transferred for 4 hours (140km) from Hanoi to Halong City and port. As Halong Bay is so popular, there are usually a crowd of boats at the docks -please be reassured that the cruise itself will be scenic and relaxing.
Arriving Tuan Chau marina at 12.00 - 12.30. Welcome aboard the cruise. Refresh with our welcome drink. Meet the captain, crew in the cruise briefing. Check into your cabin. Time to refresh and unwind. Set sail as lunch is served. Join us for a typical local lunch in the dining room or at the outdoor dining area. Mingling yourself in the stunning views of the Bay and its dramatic limestone islets as we sail through the calm emerald waters heading to Maze cave.
In the late afternoon we arrive at Amazing cave (hang Sửng Sốt), explore the cave and find out how the cave was named Amazing. Reach to the peak point of the cave for a breath taking panoramic view of the bay.
Back to the boat, our cruise will take you to a stunning tranquilizing isolated lagoon for swimming or just simply relaxing on the boat with our spa service and mingle in the picturesque seascape. Heading back toward the sleeping area.
In the evening summit on the sundeck watching the sunset, enjoy our pre-dinner local wine appetizer. It’s ideal time to make acquaintance with new friends, sharing your traveling experience or simply watching the sunset.
A dinner with an authentic Vietnamese menu is served.
After dinner, reward yourself with a large selection of cocktails at our bar, or take for you one of our onboard activities: book reading, games, movies, and squid fishing…
Overnight on board
DAY 5: HALONG – HANOI – SHOPPING DAY
Local breakfast is served onboard. Mingling yourself in the stunning views of the Bay and its dramatic limestone islets as we sail through the calm emerald waters heading to Luon Cave (Hang Luồn). Take your option either exploring the cave yourself on kayak or comfortably on bamboo boat rowed by the locals. Check out the cabins at 9.00AM, at your leisure while your cruise taking you pass by other beautiful highlights in the bay. You will join a short class of cooking demonstration, learning how to make spring rolls before an early lunch is served.
Return to the shore and disembark from the cruise as our crew say farewell. Wind your way back to Hanoi with a stop en route for refreshment. Return your hotel for some rest before your guide take you on a walking and shopping tour of the Old Quarter. Along the iconic Hoan Kiem lake and the most exciting shopping part of the Old Quarter including Hang Gai– Hang Bong – NhaTho street, the best place to pick up some high quality, fashionable silk items, lacquer ware, embroidered goods, and ethnic-minority crafts; Hang Dau (Shoes street), where hundreds of shoe-sellers lining. Most of the footwear consists of brand names made at Vietnamese factories that have been rejected as seconds, making them a great purchase with usually only a small imperfection. There are also plenty of fake North Face, Samsonite bags where Hang Dau Street meets Lo Su.
Overnight in Hanoi
DAY 6: DEPARTURE
Today is on your own leisure. Breakfast is still included and check out is at mid-day.
Depending on your departure time a private driver will collect you from the hotel and transfer you back to the airport for your departure flight.
Inclusions & Options
- Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
- Private Vehicles and Drivers
- Private English Speaking Guides (Other languages if available, upon request)
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
- Domestic Flights within Vietnam
- Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
- Service Charge & Government Taxes
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
- Your International Flights to and from Vietnam
- Vietnam entry Visa Fees (contact us for further information)
- Personal Expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
- Any bank fees or charges at your end
- Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
- Personal Travel Insurance
- Tips for guides and drivers
- From 30 to 7 days prior to check-in: 10% of total rates
- From 6 to 3 days prior to check in: 50% of total rates.
- Less than 3 days prior to check-in: 100% of total rates.
- No-Show: 100% of total rates.
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