At around 08:00 AM, tender ashore to board the private car for an approximate 2.5 hours overland journey to Hanoi. With glorious French colonial architecture and numerous lakes, Hanoi is the jewel of Vietnam's crown. The city is a blend of east and west with bicycle cluttered streets and a nation of people reluctant to join the frenetic atmosphere of their southern counterpart, opting for a more reserved and relaxed way of life.
Drive to the massive grey marble and granite Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, followed by a stop at the striking One Pillar Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh's exquisite stilted house. Next, visit the serene Temple of Literature, built-in 1070 to honor the Chinese Philosopher Confucius, before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch in the city center, your guide will bring you to visit the iconic Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple before hopping on a cyclo for a one-hour ride around the French-inspired Old Quarter. Stroll through narrow streets in the Old Quarter and browse for fantastic deals on almost everything from souvenirs in small shops to paintings at contemporary art galleries. If time permits, join the crowd for a famous one-hour Water Puppet show. Tour ends at around 15h30 – 16h00
Board your private car for your return to the ship.