Hoi An to Hanoi
This morning you will be transferred to Da Nang Airport for a morning flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, you will be taken to a local restaurant for lunch.
After lunch, enjoy an orientation tour of Hanoi, whose treelined streets are resplendent with French colonial architecture, including the exquisite, recently restored Opera House. You’ll pass Hoan Kiem Lake, also known as the ‘Lake of the Restored Sword,” en-route to the Temple of Literature. Built in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, it became Vietnam’s first university and offers visitors a serene retreat from the busy streets outside.
You will then set off on a walking tour of ’36 Streets,’ within Hanoi’s Old Quarters. The oldest continuously developed area of Vietnam, this densely populated section of the city was once an important center of commerce. Here, you’ll find streets named after the goods that were sold, Sugar Street, Tin Street and Paper Street. The labyrinthine alleyways are perfect for an afternoon of exploring.
This evening, you will partake in a Hanoi food tour. To start, you’ll make your way to a stylish local Café for a cocktail and a delicious snack from one of the nearby night time vendors. You will then jump on the back of vintage vespas and weave your way through the busy back streets of the Old Quarter.
Arriving at a local joint located right on the railway tracks (literally), you’ll try some infused rice wine and a Buffalo Jerky appetizer. And then it is off to a lively local restaurant serving Bun Cha, a quintessential, must taste Hanoi dish of rice noodles, grilled pork and meatballs, with a side of Nem (spring rolls). Simple but delicious.
You then head out of the Old Quarter and ride toward West Lake to try the local specialty of Pho Cuon, and learn the art of wrap ‘n’ roll, using fresh & fragrant ingredients and the Pho noodle! Another short ride on the Vespa takes you to your final port of call, located next to the Opera House. The halcyon days of the 1930’s may be over, however this Jazz Club will wow you with a truly unique blend of styles – 30’s style Jazz & traditional Vietnamese music!
You will then be transferred back to your hotel.
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