DAY 1: ARRIVAL HANOI- CITY TOUR
Pick you up on arrival and transfer to the hotel, check in(early check in not included) and start our exploration the city including of:
Hochiminh President Complex (Hochiminh Mausoleum, the house on stilts, presidential palace, the One Pillar Pagoda). Our next stop is the Temple of literature, which is built in 1070 and it is the first university of Vietnam.
Our next church to visit is the St. Joseph's Cathedral (Vietnamese: Nhà thờ Lớn Hà Nội, Nhà thờ Chính tòa Thánh Giuse) is a church on Nha Tho (Church) Street in the Hoàn Kiếm District of Hanoi, Vietnam. The late 19th-century Gothic Revival (Neo-Gothic style) church serves as the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi to nearly 4 million Catholics in the country.
Construction began in 1886, with the architectural style described as resembling Notre Dame de Paris. The church was one of the first structures built by the French colonial government in Indochina when it opened in December 1886. It is the oldest church in Hanoi.
Have dinner at finest local restaurant in town before transfer back your hotel. Overnight Hanoi. (D)
DAY 2: HANOI-HALONG BAY CRUISES
Pick up at your hotel around from 07.30 to 08.00 Am by our bus and depart for Halong Bay Cruises
, some 170 km away from Hanoi and drive down to the biggest delta (the Red River delta), great opportunity for stopping along the way for taking pictures of local daily activities.
On Arrival, board the traditional sailing junk. Whilst cruising the exquisite waters sample the regions fresh seafood.
Visit the recently discovered Surprise Grotto with its great views, and on the next island see the yawning mouth of Bo Nau Cave. Alternatively journey to Dau Go Cave and nearby see the famous stalagmites and stalactites of Thien Cung Cave.
Enjoy a swim in the emerald waters of Halong Bay at any spot that you wish to visit.
Relax and Watch the sunset over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner.
Overnight on board junk (B/L/D)
DAY 3: HALONG BAY- HANOI CITY TOUR
Wake up to fresh coffee and a wholesome breakfast before cruising back to Halong City. En route, the junk weaves through strange-shaped rock formations that invite comparisons from fighting cocks to dragons and even General de Gaulles nose! After another wonderful fresh seafood lunch on board disembark at the dock at Halong City at 11.00 Am.
Transfer back to Hanoi by road, check in hotel on arrival
and if there is time permits, we will take our walking tour to visit the Cua Bac Church (Vietnamese: Nhà thờ Cửa Bắc) is a Roman Catholic church in Hanoi, Vietnam. Originally named as Church of Martyrs (French: église des Martyrs), the church was built in 1932 by the French administration of Indochina as a part of the Hanoi's urban plan supervised by Ernest Hébrard. Today, Cua Bac Church is one of the three major churches of Hanoi, together with Ham Long Church and Saint Joseph Cathedral. In November, 2006, the Cua Bac Catholic Church became the venue of joint worship service of the Vietnamese Catholics and Protestants with participation of the United States President George W. Bush, who was on an official visit to Vietnam.
Transfer for dinner and Overnight Hanoi (B/L/D)
DAY 4: HANOI- HOA LU - PHAT DIEM HOLYLAND
At 8.00 AM, We will pick you up at your Hotel for Hoalu in Ninh binh province, 100 km far away from south of Hanoi.
Hoa lu is the site of the tenth-century capital of an early, independent Vietnamese kingdom called Dai Co Viet. we will visit 2 temples dedicated to king Dinh Tien Hoang who seized power in 968 AD and King Le Dai Hanh in 980AD.
Heading out the Ninh Binh town, some 30km to the Phat Diem Cathedral is the center of Catholicism in north Vietnam,
Phat Diem Cathedral was built between 1875 and 1899 four roofs and six sets of iron wooden pillars and consists of a network of ponds, lakes, churches, and artificial caves.
Phuong Dinh Church, part of the Phat Diem complex, is a giant building entirely made of stone. Numerous stone sculptures are on the inside and outside walls. A large bell cast in the 1890s weighing nearly 2 tons is found in the bell tower.
Tour ends, we will drive back Hanoi on the national road 1, Hanoi is some 140km from Phat Diem and driving time around 2 and half hours.
On arrival Hanoi, transfer for dinner and overnight Hanoi. (B/L/D)
DAY 5: DEPARTURE HANOI
Free at leisure until our driver will come to pick up you to transfer back the airport for flight onwards. Tour ends at airport (B)