Day 1: Hanoi arrival
Day 2: Hanoi city tour - Bat Trang Ceramic Village - Water Puppet Show
Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay
Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Flight to Danang city
Day 5: Danang free at your leisure
Day 6: Danang - Explore Hoi An Ancient town - Biking to Tra Que village
Day 7: Danang - Bana Hill - Fantastic Entertainment Park
Day 8: Danang Departure
Day 1: Hanoi arrival (Meals: None)
Upon arrival at Noi Bai International airport, our driver will welcome you at airport lobby, holding your name board and transfer to hotel in the center of Old Quarter. Free at your leisure on the rest of the day. Overnight in Hanoi.
Optional activities: The Best of Hanoi's Food Tour
You are a foody and expect to try the best of Hanoi cuisines. How about taking a big fun walking tour around Old Quarter and see its lively daily life as well as tasting all the best foods the city has to offer? Hanoi has long been rated one of the best cities for street food in the world. Let’s explore the city with our guide and give it a go to taste the most amazing dishes Hanoi has to offer. This tour is tailored to give our foreign guests the most unique and authentic experience of Hanoi’s cuisine. We will take you to the most popular eateries for locals, most of which are famous among locals.
Our guide will come to pick you up at your hotel and start the The Best of Hanoi Foods Tour. We start walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, first visiting the colorful local markets where we meet stall holders and talk about their food and learn about local culinary. Then continue along both high streets and back streets exploring many corners in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Our guide will introduce to you the most famous locals’ foods stores and taste all of famous Hanoi foods including Hanoi traditional foods like Bun cha, Banh cuon, Cha Ca, to exotic foods like Bun Oc or Bun Rieu Cua or legendary “egg coffee”. Under guidance of our friendly tour guide, you will be introduced to the city with the best foods Hanoi has to offer and unique opportunities to travel like a local. Transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi city tour - Bat Trang Ceramic Village - Water Puppet Show (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Around 08.30 Am, our private car and tour guide pick you up at your hotel. We will start your full day city tour by visiting Ho Chi Minh Complex including of Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, Presidential Palace (Outside Only). The tour in Ho Chi Minh complex provides tourist a clear understanding about the hero of Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh and Vietnam's modern history.
Transfer to Temple of literature, Founded in 1070 by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong, the Temple of Literature is consider as the first university of Vietnam. A rare example of well-preserved traditional Vietnamese architecture, the complex honours Vietnam’s finest scholars and men of literary accomplishment. It is the site of Vietnam’s first university, established here in 1076, when entrance was only granted to those of noble birth. In 1484 Emperor Ly Thanh Tong ordered that stelae be erected to record the names, places of birth and achievements of exceptional scholars: 82 of 116 stelae remain standing. UNESCO has recognised these 82 stelae as a Memory of the World. (You can choose alternative destination as following options: Women Museum/ Museum of Vietnamese History / Military Museum/ Art Museum).
Enjoy delicious Vietnamese set menu lunch at one of the best restaurant in Hanoi – the Luxury Home Vietnamese Restaurant (http://www.homerestaurant.vn) or Viet Deli Restaurant. After lunch, we will transfer you to Bat Trang pottery Village, one of the oldest tradition handicraft villages in North Vietnam. When you arrive, you and your family will have chances to witness the pottery producing process by local artisan. You especially can hand down to make your own pottery products. The fun time making pottery will definitely make your children happy and bring you unforgettable memory.
We will then visit Hoan Kiem Lake, the heart and soul of Hanoi, listen to the legend of the lake and learn more about history of the city. Exploring the busy Old Quarter on Cyclo, paddled by locals, so you can observe the unique local lifestyle and understand better Vietnamese culture. Walk to Thang Long Theater nearby and enjoy the tradition water puppet show, a Vietnamese tradition show reflecting local lifestyle and history through puppet performance. Transfer back to your hotel. End of services. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Your transfer vehicle will collect you from your hotel in Hanoi and convey you to Halong City. You will be taken on our excursion boat from the wharf and make your way out onto the bay to board our luxurious cruise.
You will be welcomed aboard and greeted with a complimentary drink. Our Crew will conduct a compulsory safety procedures session and then you are free to check into your cabin and freshen up. Take some time to have a look around the vessel or watch the magical landscape go by.
As we begin to cruise through the bay a special lunch of fresh seafood and an assortment of appetizing favorites will be served. Dining on a luxury junk with fine food and drinks doesn’t come much better than this. You won’t get a better view in most restaurants around the world.
After lunch we set sail for Bai Tu Long Bay passing the towns of Hon Gai and Cam Pha, extraordinary limestone karst landscapes, Oan Lagoon, Teapot and Monster Head Islets. Explore Vung Vieng fishing village by local rowing boats or kayaks to discover the interesting daily lives of its inhabitants. Halong Bay Cruise will stay close to Hang Trong Islet for the evening.
Our Vietnamese cooking class is a great way to learn how to prepare delicious appetizers and our expert chef will guide you through the process. Dinner tonight is a scrumptious a la carte delight with a range of different options guaranteed to please everyone’s palette.
Witness an unforgettable sunset over the bay and layback on the sun deck for some splendid star gazing. Relax with an exotic cocktail or whatever takes your fancy. Our bar has a wide range or wines, beers and liquors from around the world and is always a welcome sight for guests after a day on Halong Bay. Our onboard amenities and recreation activities are next to none. Try a specialized massage in our spa.
Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Flight to Danang city (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
The nicest time of the day on Halong Bay is the morning. Head to the upper deck to participate in our daily Tai Chi sessions. Relax with an early morning cup of tea, coffee or juice anywhere you wish on the boat and watch the never ending miraculous scenery unfold before you.
Enjoy our buffet breakfast. It is one of the best, if not the best in the region and our guests are always satisfied. We provide a wide variety of breakfast favorites and we are sure there will be something for you no matter what your preference is.
After breakfast we board the excursion boat for a side trip to Surprise Cave (Sung Sot). The 100 stair climb is well worth the extraordinary views this grotto worn over millions of years into a lime stone karst.
Back onboard it is time to check out of your cabin as we draw closer to the mainland. After a final early lunch and a last goodbye from our crew, you will board our excursion boat and head back to the wharf where you will be met by your return trip vehicle to transfer you to Hanoi. On behalf of the Captain and crew, we sincerely hope that you enjoyed your trip with Halong Bay Cruise and we look forward to your return journey.
Transfer back to Hanoi. Arrive Hanoi around 05.30 Pm, we will transfer to Noi Bai airport and take your flight to Danang. Upon arrival in Danang airport, our driver will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel in center city.
Day 5: Danang free at your leisure (Meals: Breakfast)
Free at your leisure on the whole day.
Tip from Mercury Travel:
With your free time in Danang, you can spend whole day for relaxing on beautiful My Khe Beach, playing water sport or visiting local markets to observe local lifestyle. If you hotel is in center city and far way from the beach, you can take the shuttle bus of hotels to the beach for exploration time.
Day 6: Danang - Explore Hoi An Ancient town on foot - Biking to Tra Que village (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Around 08.30 Am your private guide and car will pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to Hoi An. You will star Hoi An walking tour exploring this little town, a former port that welcomed Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab merchants between the 16th to 18th centuries. The tour includes stops at several famous landmarks including Chua Ong Pagoda, Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, to see the Jinshang Temple which is dedicated to the goddess of the sea and the protector of sailors. From there it’s a short walk to Tam Ky House, a 200 year old ancestral house and finally, stroll across the often photographed 17th century covered bridge built by Japanese craftsmen. The beautifully built bridge doubles as a temple and is a major landmark of Hoi An.
After walking tour in Hoi An, we will departure by bicycle to Tra Que vegetable village, crossing by peaceful rice field and beautiful scenery of local villages, we will arrival at a local house. The host, Ms Chinh, a local farmer will welcome us and tells us the story of her family, her village, presents the work of the gardeners. Walk on the village trail to see the activities of gardeners: raking the soft earth, fertilization algae, vegetable growing, watering.. Enjoy your relaxing foot massage with medicinal herbs and traditional therapeutic practices are effective by strengthening your health after a long ride. The host then prepare for your lunch with his family Bacbercue with fish, shrimp, sauteed vegetables .... Enjoy a small lunch with local traditional dishes. You can also join in with the host to prepare the lunch and learn some Vietnamese cooking receipt. After lunch, we will bike back to Hoi An town. Transfer back to your hotel in Da Nang. Overnight in Danang.
Notice: If your children can not ride bicycle by themselves, children can seat in the back of bicycle of parents with child-seat provided.
Day 7: Danang - Bana Hill - Fantastic Entertainment Park (Meals: Breakfast)
Perched 1500m up a mountain 48km west of Da Nang, Ba Na Hill Station provides a welcome change from the coast.
The site was first developed by the French in the 1920s, who escaped the summer heat for its cool, mountain air. After a brief heyday in the 1930s the resort was abandoned and soon fell victim to the ravages of war and the encroaching jungle. Thanks to a high annual rainfall together with temperatures at a constant 17–20°C, dense forest growth cloaks the mountain, which is home to over five hundred species of flora and 250 of fauna.
Around 09.00 Am in the morning, your private car and guide will pick up at hotel in Danang city. Transfer to Ba Na (30km). Upon arrival, transfer by Cable Car which gains 5 world scores. Stop at By Night station to visit Vong Nguyet hills, Linh Ung pagoda, The Old Villas of French. Continue moving up by cable car to the Nui Chua Mountain – the top of Ba Na range, visiting Nginh Phong top, Le Nim Villas, Old wine tunnel, Orchid Garden…Lunch at Ba Na Morin restaurant at your own cost.
In the afternoon, free for joining games in Fantasy Park – the third biggest indoor games zone in Vietnam with series of interesting games: 4 – 5D film, skiver, The death race, dinosaur park...This game center is the perfect destination for children and family to have more quality time. We will then return to your hotel Da Nang city. Overnight in Danang City.
Day 8: Danang Departure (Meals: Breakfast)
Free at your leisure on the rest of the day until transfer to Danang International Airport where you will take your flight leaving Vietnam. End of services