Hanoi stopover featuring Halong Bay 2019 SILVER or GOLD TAILOR MADE

5 nights stopover: Hanoi featuring Halong Bay Gold or Silver with 3 nights accommodation in Hanoi / 2 nights Halong Bay Cruise

Have you ever experienced Hanoi from the back of a Vespa ? This is just the beginning of our Hanoi stopover –  “Taste Hanoi” as you sample the cuisine exploring Hanoi by Vespa by day and in the evening exploring and sampling tasty treats on foot. Your food experience is combined with a relaxing two night cruise on Heritage listed Halong Bay on your choice of cruiser.

We have a selected accommodation in Hanoi in either ‘Silver or Gold’ category. This perfect combination of city stay and relaxing cruising brings the natural beauty of Northern Vietnam and it’s capital Hanoi to life. An ideal starting point for further adventures in Vietnam or its surrounding neighbours and an ideal stopover when travelling to or from Europe.

For more details on Hanoi contact Glenn on (02) 43 63 1699 or (02) 4384 1118.

Hanoi from the back of a Vespa.


Gold or Silver


  • Private transfer Hanoi airport to your chosen hotel 
  • 3 nights accommodation (split stay in Hanoi either 2 nights and 1 night or 1 night and  2 nights depending on the Halong Bay cruise itinerary.)

Hanoi hotel choice 

Gold – Apricot Hotel – Sketch room 

Silver – La Siesta Hanoi – Deluxe room

  • Breakfast daily in you chosen Hanoi hotel
  • Vespa Adventures – The insiders Hanoi, exclusively enhanced for Destination journeys – including morning snacks.

 Discover the real Hanoi by Vespa and discover hidden Gems and culture  Departing at around 8am for around 4 hours.

Let our Vespa drivers and guide to you through the iconic narrow streets of this incredible capital city on our vintage Vespas on our Destination Journeys enhanced tour. Explore unique places off the beaten path and soak up the atmosphere as we experience the local lifestyle.

Description:  Starts off sampling the local Café culture in the heart of the old quarter. We then set off for a ride through the city’s iconic narrow streets and head into the heart of the historic Old Quarter. Alighting at the railway tracks, we can see how the locals live & work, just centimeters from the train tracks in tall narrow houses. We then go to a bustling & vibrant open market to shop with the local people from Hanoi. After zooming through narrow alleyways, we reach the crash site of an American B-52 bomber in a city lake and learn of the city’s more recent history before visiting a peaceful Buddhist temple set in the most beautiful gardens. Our adventure will continue visiting the iconic Long Bien bridge. Followed by a tasting of Hanoi’s delicacy – Banh Cuon. We will finalize the adventure, experiencing a traditional Vietnamese dessert or local coffee. Stops include: Welcome drink, Long Bien Bridge and Island, local market, crash site of American B-52 bomber, Buddhist temple and garden and especially for our Destination Journeys clients we also include Banh Cuon & local dessert 

  • Hanoi Street food tour – including evening food tastings.

In the late afternoon, you will take a walking tour of the City to discover the unique flavors of the Vietnamese cuisine. This will give you the chance to encounter Hanoi’s local specialties such as Bun Cha & Cha Ca.  Begin your tour at a local Hanoian Market to see the wide range of beautiful produce available. You then will proceed into the old quarters to sample the different types of cuisine before concluding the tour into the nightlife.

  • Morning Transfer from Hanoi to  Halong Bay
  • 2 nights Halong Bay cruise 

This morning we drive to the area that is regarded as the ‘Jewel in the Crown of Vietnam’, Halong Bay.  Halong Bay has been compared with the landscape of Guilin in China and the limestone islets of Krabi in southern Thailand.

Upon arrival in Halong Bay, we board our boat for a cruise around the 3,000 islets that rise from the clear emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. This province shares a common border with China in the north and harbours some of the most stunning scenery in Vietnam. Bizarre rock sculptures jutting dramatically from the sea and numerous grottoes have created an enchanting, timeless world; the sails of the junk boats and sampans add further to the scenic beauty.

Enjoy a lunch on board before we set sail. We cruise around the bay this afternoon stopping to explore fascinating caves and to enjoy a swim at one of the beaches (depending on weather conditions). Dinner will be served on board while watching the sun set over the bay. The remainder of the night is free to relax on board the anchored junk boat.

Please note:Cruise itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions. Swimming or kayaking excursions may be cancelled due to poor weather. Unused services are not subject to a refund.

Enjoy your second day exploring further Ha Long bay.

Note: The Au Co cruises to different parts of Halong Bay to continue your discovery. If you have chosen the Bhaya cruise you will spend part of the day on a separate day boat.

One of the most special experiences for travellers in Vietnam is to watch the sunrise over Halong Bay.  Rise early to watch this spectacular and peaceful scene. After breakfast we continue cruising through the bay. We enjoy brunch on board before we arrive at the wharf around midday and back at the dock for the transfer to Hanoi.

Optional tour: Seaplane flight back to Hanoi. After you cruise back to the wharf  you can opt to take a 45 minute seaplane back to Hanoi including 15 minutes flightseeing over Ha Long bay from above. (Sea plane operation is subject to weather condition). On arrival back to Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport you would be transferred back to your hotel.

Gold – Au Co Cruise – Deluxe cabin with Balcony

 Silver – Bhaya Cruise – Deluxe cabin

  • Transfer from Halong Bay to your chosen hotel in Hanoi for the second part of your split stay,
  • Private departure transfer from your Hanoi hotel to Hanoi airport.


Low Season 01 May – September 2019

  • GOLD $ 1590 per person twin share.
  • SILVER – Low Season $ 1225 per person twin share.

High Season 15 January – 31 March  and 01 October – 15 December 2019

  • GOLD – High Season $ 1710 per person twin share
  • SILVER – High Season $ 1253 per person twin share

All prices in AUD per person, twin share and conditions apply. Subject to availability at the time of booking and currency fluctuations until final payment is made. Amendments to duration and inclusions are permitted.

This individual travel itinerary has been especially hand created and is a sample of the choices on offer at each destination. Durations, locations, hotels and touring can be altered to suit your individual requirements and needs. When you speak with us we will tailor and book your travel arrangements to your exact tastes and budget to ensure your individual experience is perfect for you. We aim in providing you your ultimate holiday to amazingly interesting destinations. 

Enquire about our room and cabin upgrades available.  For example an executive Cabin on the Au Co is only an extra $ 25 per person !

Important: A visa is required for travel to Vietnam.

At Destination Journeys we book your holiday for you. For further details and information call us on 02 43 841 118 or 02 43 63 1699 or complete the information below and we will get back to you.

We hope you enjoy our personal service and over 30 years of travel industry experience.

Destination Journeys in conjunction with The Travellers Hut.

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