Vietnam: A Work of Art
Explore prestigious art galleries and the vibrant Hanoi scene then hop on a luxury cruise of Bai Tu Long Bay discover endless inspiration in nature.
"Andrea did a wonderful job designing an itinerary to suit three generations of diverse interests, and was flexible and responsive to last minute changes and requests. He showed us many hidden treasures of this beautiful region that would have missed we're it not for him."
- Heather on her journey in Italy
A possible, beautiful itinerary for you
Arrival in Hanoi
You arrive in Hanoi to a regal welcome. Your private driver shows you the main sights and, since you feel so inclined, you stop at the Museum of Ethnology, where you learn of all the different groups that make up Vietnam, and the incredible diversity of this country. You then head to your hotel and settle in for the night, not before enjoying an amazing dinner in one of the city’s most exclusive restaurants.
A Day to Remember
In the morning, you head to an art café where you meet Tran Han Yen The, an expert in Vietnamese art, culture and history. Your mind stimulated and the morning chai taken care of, you explore the Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts, which houses some of the country’s most important works of art. From there, the day takes a more contemporary tint as you get an exclusive tour of the city’s most prestigious gallery and meet a new generation of artists. Lunch is at an art café located in a colonial villa. You venture into the bustle of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, whose colonial charm and frenetic commercial activity make it one of the most exciting locations in town. The evening ends at the Tuong Theatre, Vietnam’s main stage for the performing arts. Read more
Relax in Nature
After such a busy day, you board a luxury cruise in Bai Tu Long Bay where you will have time to enjoy at your leisure but also visit Vung Vieng, a traditional fishing village and pearl farm, before setting anchor at Cong Do, a breathtaking scenario where you can kayak or try your hand at traditional Vietnamese cooking.
The Museum of the Bay
You spend the day relaxing in pristine white-sand beaches, docking in secluded coves and exploring some curious formations: Thien Canh Son Cave, for instance. The stalactites and stalagmites are like statues in any museum, and the fanciful shapes they adopt are a boon to the imagination. Wonder after wonder, your cruise makes its way back to the bay and you, to Hanoi.
One for the Road
You have a free morning to keep exploring Hanoi. At the agreed time, your guide drives you to Thanh Chuong Palace. Thanh Chuong is Vietnam’s most celebrated artist and the Palace is a passion project of his, a place for the preservation of the country’s treasures and for Vietnamese and guests alike to enjoy a superb fine-art experience. The exquisite works of art are housed in the galleries of the palace, which in turn is surrounded by the vibrant nature of Soc Son Mountain: a perfect farewell to lovely Vietnam.