Itinerary: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Thanh Ha Village - Ninh Giang, Hai Duong - Hanoi - Bat Trang Pottery Village - Duong Lam Village - Ba Vi National Park - Mai Chau - Hoa Binh
For the first time travellers will be able to explain the key sites of Northern Vietnam by river ship traversing the Red River delta and its main tributaries, connecting the wonders of Halong Bay with the excitements of down town Hanoi, and then on into the interior, well off the beaten track. Sailing deep into Highland Vietnam we will discover the mountain villages and a number of tribal areas. We will go as far as is navigable up the Song Red River and then down the little known Da or Black River.
- Experience 9 nights on luxury river cruise to explore Halong and Red river area
- Discover Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh Complex anf enjoy the water puppet show
- Explore Halong Bay, visit local fishing village to know more about daily life of local people
- Visit the famous Bat Trang Pottery Village located on the bank of Red Rivers since 14th-15th century
- Expose Mai Chau - enjoy a lovely scenery and learm more about Black Thai & White Thai, an Vietnam's ethnic minority
- Entrance fees
- Mineral water
- Gratuities to crew
- English speaking guide
- Main meals as indicated
- Locally made soft and alcoholic beverages
- Jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes
- Transfers between ports of embarkation and Hanoi International Airport at the start and end of the voyage.
What's Not Included
- Port dues
- All visa costs
- International flights
- Premium spirits and liqueurs
- Fancy soft drinks like Perrier
- Imported beverages such as wines
- Espressos and cappuccinos at bar
- Fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions)
Upstream - main deck
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Upstream - upper deck
Price for Upstream - upper deck
Downstream - Main deck
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Downstream - Upper deck
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Transfer from Hanoi International Airport/Meeting point to Halong Bay to embark the cruise with a stop for lunch enroute. Cast off in the late afternoon for an evening sailing to drop anchor in a sheltered bay amidst the amazing island scenery.
TRANSFER FROM HANOI AIRPORT
We pick you up at Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport – Seat in coach. Last departure is no later than 12.00 noon. Please look for a Pandaw sign with your name on in the arrival hall. Arrival in Halong Bay at 16.00pm.
TRANSFER FROM HANOI CITY
For passenger already in Hanoi the night before, please meet us at:
SOFITEL PLAZA HANOI
1 Thanh Nien Road, Ba Dinh District
Tel +84 4 382 38888
Registration at hotel lobby 10.00am. Coach departs from Sofitel at 11.00am. Arrival in Halong Bay at 16.00pm.
PRIVATE ARRIVAL AT HA LONG BAY
For passengers already in Ha Long Bay on the night before, please come to Tuan Chau International Jetty at 16.00pm for check in.
Morning sail around Halong Bay and beyond with its 1,500 dramatic limestone islands and extraordinary rock formations, dating back 20 million years. We will visit by local boat a local floating home, kayaking or taking a rowing basket boat to bright & dark limestone caves.
Morning continue cruising in Halong Bay then we will enter the river in the afternoon and setting sail to Pha Lai. We will anchor mid-stream.
Morning sail on Duong river to Duc Tai Village. take a walking around Duc Tai Village and visit a local family where bamboo baskets being made by family member. Back to the ship and have lunch while the ship cruising on Thai Binh river. PM excursion to Thanh Ha commuinne for water puppet show & village walkabout. Continues cruising to Ninh Giang.
In the morning take a walking tour in Ninh Giang commune to visit local market and taste a homemade special cake (BANH GAI). Then we will continue to Stork 's island on a 25 minutes bus ride before wer return back to the ship for lunch. Afternoon cruising to Ha Noi.
Docked in the bustling city of Hanoi, passengers will visit some highlights of this Asian metropolis, must see’s like the notorious Vietnam war prison known as the Hanoi Hilton, temple of literature where Confucius did his thinking and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Afternoon walking tour of Hanoi including a visit to a coffee shop where we learn about Vietnam’s famous coffee making industry. Before returning to your ship you will enjoy a traditional unicorn and lion dance at the jetty.
Morning visit Bat Trang ceramic village then sail through day from Hanoi up the Red River to Viet Tri, not the most picturesque of towns but an excellent base for going deeper into Highland Vietnam. Going ashore we visit a timeless Arcadian Vietnam with emerald green rice paddies punctuated by lime stone rock formations. Of particular interest is the Thay and Tay Phuong Pagodas, hardly known, yet with exquisite temples dating from the 8th and 11th century and home to some fine Buddhist statuary carved from jackfruit trees. We will arrive in Viet Tri in the evening.
In the morning cruising to Tien Du ferry station to the conical hat making village of Gia Thanh. By bus we continue to Hung Lo Temple.
Enjoy a day sailing downstream admiring the unspoilt beauty of the Da River. We pass the Ba Vi National Park with its rich and diverse tropical and sub-tropical flora and fauna before arriving at Hoa Binh. We will visit the UNESCO village of Duang Lam.
Hoa Binh was the site of a major battle with the French in 1951 & 1952 and is home to the Muong ethnic group.This morning we will take a boat ride on the reservoir of Hoa Binh power station and visit a local village and tonight you will enjoy the traditional performance of local hill tribe people.
Disembark after breakfast (08.30am) and visit a museum and local village where villagers still wear traditional dresses. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant, followed by a transfer to Hanoi airport or drop off point Sofitel Plaza.
After lunch at local restaurant departure for Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport. Estimated arrival at Hanoi Airport at 17.00pm and continuing to Sofitel Plaza Hotel, Hanoi arriving 18.00pm.
Your flight out of Hanoi airport must be after 18.00pm (domestic) or 19.00pm (international).