Your guide will meet you at the airport to take you to the beautiful Guilin, where you will stay in one of the hotels in city center.
The renowned limestone mountains of Guilin have created a multitude of stunning scenic spots, of which you have a chance to explore three most famous.
Elephant Trunk Hill, so called because of the shape of this small mountain, is right in the city center and crowned with a pagoda. Reed Flute Cave has a glistening collection of stalactites and stalagmites, and makes for some amazing photos. Then there is Fubo Hill, also on the bank of the Li River creates mesmerizing whirlpools and gives a splendid view over the city.
The scenery in Guilin has been titled as “the most beautiful under the heavens” by a famous ancient poet in China, and the Li River is a natural highway to take you in the midst of the limestone peaks interspersed by bamboo groves and smaller tributaries. Yangshuo, a small town where the cruise ends, is a relaxing place to spend an evening and one night. This town seems to have charmed many, often referred to as ‘the quintessential China’.
Yangshuo countryside is stunningly beautiful; the bicycle ride on the country lanes takes you past paddy fields to meet a family who live and farm in this rural land.
In the afternoon your guide takes you to the railway station to board the overnight train to Hanoi.
After the morning arrival to Hanoi your guide will take you to visit the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology to better understand the cultural diversity of the country, and Old Quarter where the colonial past intertwines with Buddhist temples to form a delightful mix.
The morning is dedicated to history: from the more recent all the way to ancient times. Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum is a pilgrimage site for many local people; the National Fine Arts Museum displays thousands of artifacts from Stone Age through to near modern era, celebrating the rich varied traditions; and Temple of Literature is a monument to Confucianism and history of universities in Vietnam.
In the afternoon your driver will take you to Ha Long.
Ha Long Bay must be one of the most mysterious looking places, where limestone peaks rise from the sea, and fantastical shaped rocks form mazes on the surface. A cruise on one of the old junk boats is just the right way to observe them close by.
In the late afternoon your personal vehicle will take you back to Hanoi.
If your flight leaves later in the day, you may want to go shopping or wander on the streets; just tell your travel advisor and we will organize the transfer to the airport.