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Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi, meeting with the guide and transfer to the hotel. Accommodation in the reserved room, free time available for a little relaxation. Welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight.
Day 2: Breakfast. Full day dedicated to visiting Hanoi, one of the most fascinating cities in Asia, rich in culture and history. The Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh (which can be admired from the outside), the Residence on stilts of President Ho Chi Minh and the Pagoda on a Single Column, built in wood and equipped with a single stone pillar, which resembles a lotus flower, symbol of purity; Ba Dinh Square, where Ho Chi Minh read Vietnam's proclamation of independence from the French in 1945; the Temple of Literature, home to the first University of Vietnam; the Museum of Ethnology, a rich collection of handicrafts, ethnic art, and everyday utensils from all over Vietnam, or the Women's Museum, a comprehensive exhibition representing the many roles of women in Vietnamese society and culture. One section is dedicated to the Heroines who relaxed during the war. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, a cycle ride and a pleasant walk around Hoan Kiem Lake, the lake of the Returned Sword which evokes the legend of a giant turtle and a magic sword used to drive the Chinese out of Vietnam; the Old Quarter of Hanoi with its famous streets teeming with life. A touch of color and elegance for the encounter with one of the most ancient and authentic Vietnamese traditions. Visit to a traditional "flower house" to see how it is handed down and maintained this fascinating art from generation to generation. Guests will learn how to recognise exotic flowers and the art of making compositions for spiritual offerings. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: After breakfast your guide will accompany you on your transfer to Halong. Halong Bay, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1994, is one of the natural wonders of Vietnam. Upon arrival in Halong, boarding and start of the cruise (the guide will not be on board and customers will be assisted by the crew). An unforgettable experience, surrounded by a spectacular landscape with thousands of limestone islands of the most disparate shapes emerging from emerald waters. Lunch on board. The afternoon activities depend on the program of each individual boat. Dinner and overnight on board.
Day 4: The day begins at dawn with some Tai Chi exercises and the cruise continues before returning to Halong Port. Brunch on board. Upon arrival in Halong, transfer to Hanoi airport for departure.