ADDITIONAL DAY IN HANOI
Use the opportunity to arrive one day early at Hanoi. Enjoy the sightseeing in a bustling city with tree lined boulevards, French Colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and oriental temples.
Please keep in mind that the first day of the additional module covers some time for your journey to Vietnam and offers as well some spare time to enjoy the town on your own. On the 2nd day (which is as well the 1st day of your Boat & Bike Tour Vietnam) is made to show you the beauty of the Vietnamese capital on a guided tour.
Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi
Arrival at Hanoi Airport. A shuttle bus takes you to your hotel in the heart of the old quarter of Hanoi. Despite the three million inhabitants Hanoi offers a rural and traditional atmosphere. The historic old town district is considered as one of the best preserved in Southeast Asia. The colourful and bustling streets contribute to the Asian flair. The choice is yours today. Treat yourself to some fine food. You will find everything close to your hotel: from Vietnamese and French haute cuisine to plain but delicious meals out of little cook shops. Overnight stay in your hotel.
Day 2: Guided tour through Hanoi (B, L) - first day of the regular Vietnam by Bike & Boat trip
After breakfast at 8 am your guide and your shuttle bus are ready to show you the best sights of the Vietnamese capital. On your excursion you follow the tracks of the most famous Vietnamese person: Ho Chi Minh. Even decades after his dead he is still fondly called Uncle Ho. We visit Ho Chi Minh Museum dedicated to Ho Chi Minh and the very modest Cottage he used to live and work in. The afterwards visited monumental marble and granite mausoleum, where Uncle Ho has found its final resting place is in a total contrast to his life and contrary to his last wishes.
We continue with the One Pillar Pagoda, one of the best known religious Vietnamese buildings and the Temple of Literature, known to be the first National University of Vietnam. Your guide takes you to the Museum of Ethnology after an invigorating lunch. Here you can learn about the various demographic groups, their way of living and the different types of houses used by Vietnam’s 52 ethnic groups.
After you have visited Ngoc Son and Ba Kieu temple a guided walk through the bustling Old Quarter with more than 1,000 traditional houses and sprawling Dong Xuan Market completes the sightseeing tour. Back at the hotel you meet your fellow-travellers at 5:30 pm for a short talk followed by dinner.
You stay at the Golden Silk Hotel (or a similar Hotel) which is located only a couple of minutes away from Lake Hoan Kiem in the middle of the old part of Hanoi.
Breakfast and lunch (during sightseeing tour) are included within the tour price. Dinner on Sunday is already part of the regular Vietnam tour.
• Overnight stay (incl. breakfast) in a double room in a good-quality middle class hotel
• Support vehicle with air-condition
• Guided tour through Hanoi
• Lunch as described in itinerary
• Bottled water
• Entrance fee to museum
• English speaking tour guide
Price per person in double room: € 120,-
Single room upon request