Mekong: 7 Night Hanoi Pre-tour

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Mekong: 7 Night Hanoi Pre-tour

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Length of trip:

8 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 1299 to $ 1599

Best travel dates to go:

Any time.

Detailed Description of this trip:

Enjoy 7 Day Pre-cruise Hanoi package. This is also available with any 2008/2009 Mekong Cruise program.

Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Hanoi

    Hanoi - Arrival.

    Arrival into Hanoi. Transfer to your hotel for check in.


    Due to various arrival times, no activities are planned for today and meals are on your own.

  • Day 2 - Hanoi


    AM: City tour visiting the Opera House Hoan Kiem lake, Ngoc Son Temple.


    Return to hotel for rest and lunch break (on own).

    Performing Arts

    Late afternoon 1 hr pedicab ride around old quarter drop off at Grand Theater for water puppet show, followed by dinner at local restaurant. (B, D)

  • Day 3 - Hanoi

    Hanoi - Halong Bay.

    Visit to Ho Chi Minh’s former residence, One-Pillar Pagoda, History museum, Fine Arts Museum and Temple of Literature.

    Food and Dining

    Lunch at local restaurant then drive to Halong Bay (170 km east of Hanoi).


    Dinner and overnight at hotel in Halong Bay. (B, L, D)

  • Day 4 - Hanoi

    Halong Bay - Hanoi.
    River or Barge Cruise

    Discover Halong Bay, listed as a World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty. “Dragon descending to the sea“ as it is known in Vietnamese, picturesque Halong Bay has more than 3,000 limestone islets rising from the clear emerald water, many of them containing beautiful grottoes.


    A 5-hour boat trip will bring you to Thien Cung and Dau Go caves.

    Food and Dining

    Enjoy a seafood lunch on board.

    Food and Dining

    After the cruise, drive back to Hanoi. Dinner is on your own tonight. (B, L)

  • Day 5 - Hue

    Hanoi - Hue.
    Commercial Flight

    Late morning transfer to Hanoi Airport for flight to Hue. Snack served on board.


    On arrival, sightseeing in Hue including Tu Duc and Khai Dinh Royal tombs, Imperial Cidatel and other local attractions.


    Dinner at a local restaurant, hotel check-in and overnight. (B, D)

  • Day 6 - Hue

    Hue - Hoian.

    Morning boat ride on Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda, Imperial Citadel and Dong Ba market.

    Food and Dining

    Break for lunch (on own).


    Then depart Hue for Danang across the Hai Van Pass (Pass of the Ocean Clouds), passing through many pretty red-tiled villages with fruit orchards, enjoying spectacular views of sky and the sea.


    Visit Cham Museum, Marble mountain, China Beach then proceed to Hoi An.


    Dinner and accommodation at your hotel. (B, D)

  • Day 7 - Vietnam

    Hoian - Danang - Ho Chi Minh.

    Discover the historic town which used to be a prosperous seaport city during the 16th to 18th centuries. Its sizeable community of foreign merchants resulted in a unique architectural style with Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese influences.

    Arts, Crafts and Antiques

    Lunch at Pho Hoi restaurant, followed by visits to the Phuc Kien hall, Japanese covered bridge, Tan Ky old house and the workshop of traditional arts and crafts of Hoi An’s ancient town.

    Food and Dining

    Dinner at the Riverside Garden restaurant.


    Overnight at your resort hotel. (B, L, D)

  • Day 8 - Ho Chi Minh

    Commercial Flight

    Check out of your hotel and transfer to Danang Airport for flight to Saigon.

    On arrival, transfer to your Saigon Hotel and join your Mekong cruise passengers for the start of your Mekong cruise adventure. (B)

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