Back-Roads - Hanoi & Halong Highlights

Up to 14 Guests

Embark on a journey of discovery and dive into the mysteries and cultures of Vietnam on this fascinating five-day tour.


  • Enjoy an overnight cruise in Halong Bay
  • Master the art of Vietnamese cuisine with cooking classes and demonstrations
  • Marvel at the amazing scenery of Ninh Binh



Arrive into Hanoi where we meet with the group. Tonight, enjoy an evening of Vietnamese cuisine at KOTO restaurant, a social enterprise which teaches the art of cookery to disadvantaged young people. (D)



This morning, there’s an optional walking tour to get stuck into. We’ll venture to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to start our day and learn about the man who led Vietnam’s campaign for independence from French colonial rule. Next, hear the legend of the One Pillar Pagoda, which was built by an emperor to honour the Goddess of Mercy, before visiting the Temple of Literature. Later, your guide will lead you through the streets of Hanoi to learn about the area’s French colonial architecture. Once we arrive in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, we join a family that produces traditional papier-mâché masks. Hear their inspiring stories about this unique art before getting the chance to make your own mask. Tonight, we embark on a street food tour where you can indulge in some local delicacies in Hanoi’s enchanting streets. (B,D)



This morning, we set a course for Ninh Binh Province. Boasting limestone karst topography jutting from the emerald rice paddy fields, this beautiful area is known as ‘Halong Bay on land’. We’ll take a short boat trip at the highly photogenic Van Long Nature Reserve, which is surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and rolling jungle hills. After a cooking demonstration and traditional lunch at a local family home we’ll transfer to our hotel, where the afternoon is yours to spend as you wish. (B,L)



We depart in the morning from Ninh Binh province to Halong Bay, where we’ll board the Emeraude and cruise past the vast limestone karsts en route to Sung Sot Grotto (Surprise Cave). This cave is just waiting to be explored! Tonight, we’ll learn the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine at a cooking class and demonstration before watching the film Indochine on the sundeck. Tonight, we rest our heads aboard our vessel in the scenic bay. (B,L,D)



Make the most of one last morning with the group as we sit down to breakfast on the sundeck. You can even indulge in a spot of optional tai chi! Back en route to the port, pass by the Bai Tu Long Bay area and the Ba Hai and Hang Ma islands before disembarking. After the visit, you’ll be transferred back to Ho Chi Minh City where we say goodbye. (B)


Please note: prices shown are based on low season travel - season surcharges apply.

Tour departures commence from 15 Sep 2018. Contact your travel specialist for a list of departures.

Travel Dates:
Specific travel dates apply

*per person share twin

5 days from



  • 3 nights in boutique accommodation, 1 night on an overnight cruise
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader
  • Tours by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Breakfast daily (B), 2 lunches (L), 3 dinners (D)
  • Walking tour of Hanoi
  • Papier-mâché mask making in Hanoi
  • Street food tour in Hanoi
  • Vietnamese cooking class and demonstration
  • Boat cruises as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance included to: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Temple of Literature


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