HANOI – NINH BINH – HALONG BAY – HANOI (5 DAYS)

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5 DAY(S) DAILY DEPARTURE

HANOI – NINH BINH – HALONG BAY – HANOI

This highlight tour covers almost must-see destinations in Northern Vietnam. Just in 5 days to discover every corner with stunning landscapes of Halong bay both on land and on sea. Starting from the current bustling capital Hanoi to the first capital city of Vietnam, Hoa Lu to admire ancient relics, rice paddies and picturesque sceneries of ‘Halong on Land’, ending with your admiration of the limestone karsts when boarding a cruise on the Unesco site, Halong Bay.

Highlights

  • Explore more about Hanoian bustling daily life, their cuisine, shopping houses in Hanoi Old Quarter; Visiting to famous historical and cultural sites. 
  • Being ecstatic in front of the magnificent majestic beauty of Legendary Ha Long Bay; joining ultimate water activities on this Unesco site. 
  • Boarding a traditional junk boat to set sail through hundred islets which rise dramatically from emerald water of Halong Bay while enjoying sunbathing or a BBQ seafood dinner on sundeck. 
  • Feel freshness, the strange peace of Picturesque Ninh Binh and its acient relics. 
  • Explore more about Hanoian bustling daily life, their cuisine, shopping houses in Hanoi Old Quarter; Visiting to famous historical and cultural sites. 
  • Being ecstatic in front of the magnificent majestic beauty of Legendary Ha Long Bay; joining ultimate water activities on this Unesco site. 
  • Boarding a traditional junk boat to set sail through hundred islets which rise dramatically from emerald water of Halong Bay while enjoying sunbathing or a BBQ seafood dinner on sundeck. 
  • Feel freshness, the strange peace of Picturesque Ninh Binh and its acient relics. 
  • Exploring more about Hanoian bustling daily life, their cuisine, shopping houses in Hanoi Old Quarter; Visiting famous historical and cultural sites. 
  • Being ecstatic in front of the magnificent majestic beauty of Legendary Ha Long Bay; joining ultimate water activities on this Unesco site. 
  • Boarding a traditional junk boat to set sail through hundred islets which rise dramatically from the emerald water of Halong Bay while enjoying sunbathing or a BBQ seafood dinner on sundeck. 
  • Feeling freshness and strange peace of Picturesque Ninh Binh and its ancient relics. 

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival (-)

Day 2: Hanoi – Full Day City tour (B/L)

Day 3: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Tam Coc – Hoa Lu – Hanoi (B/L)

Day 4: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hanoi (B/L)

Day 5: Hanoi – Departure (B)

Inclusion

  • Accommodation on twin/double sharing basic with daily breakfast at hotels.
  • Meals at the local restarants as mentioned in the program (no drink included).
  • Entrance fees and Zone fee as per program.
  • Boat trip in Tam Coc and Halong bay.
  • English-speaking tour guides on touring dates (station guides).
  • Airport transfers and touring in AC vehicles.
  • Water on tour day.
     

Exclusion

  • Visa approval letter to Vietnam (USD 15/pax) and Visa stamp fee to Vietnam (USD 25/pax).
  • International, domestic flights and airport departure tax. 
  • Meals not mentioned in Detailed Program. 
  • Early check-in, late check-out surcharge. 
  • Surcharge for Christmas and New Year period (to be advised upon booking confirmation).
  • Tipping for Guides (USD 4/pax/day) and Drivers (USD 2/pax/day).
  • Banking fee for payment by bank transfer
  • Other expense not mentioned in the program. 
     

Welcome to Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam!
Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport, welcomed by the driver and transfer to the center of Hanoi to check-in hotel (Normal check in time is 14:00). At leisure to relax and get rid of jet lag. Overnight in Hanoi. 
 

Breakfast at hotel. Morning, we’ll pick you up and take you to visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex, which includes Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (closed on Mondays, Fridays and during Sep – Nov for annual restoration) – the final resting place of the beloved national hero, Uncle Ho – and President Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house where he lived off and on from 1958 to 1969. Next, visit the One Pillar Pagoda, which is actually a group of structures that collectively make up a pagoda built over the water in the middle of a square lake. After that, you’ll have a chance to explore the Tran Quoc Pagoda on the shore of West lake. From there, it’s onto the Temple of literature, which was Viet Nam's first university and is dedicated to Confucius.  Lunch at the restaurant before heading to Hoan Kiem Lake - the heart and soul of Hanoi. 


Option 1: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sunday
You’ ll stop in at Museum Of Ethnology. This superb museum showcases the depth of Vietnamese cultural diversity with an astounding collection of 15,000 artifacts gathered from throughout Vietnam. Maps, displays, and dioramas are labeled in Vietnamese, French and English. Displays portray a typical village market, the making of comical hats and a Tay shamanic ceremony; videos show the real thing. You can also check out a traditional Black Thai house reconstructed in the museum. There's also a center for research and conservation where scientists from all over the world study traditional Vietnamese cultures.


Option 2: Monday
Depart for Bat Trang ceramic village which is about 20 km away from Ha Noi, this is pottery village with a half- milleary historic development.
Later, take the car to come back to your hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
 

Breakfast at hotel. A 90km drive south of Hanoi will lead you to Ninh Binh, the site of the one capital city of ancient Vietnam before Hanoi took its leading role in the 11th century. The area is featured by lots of well-known sceneries, which include Tam Coc Caves and Hoa Lu ancient capital with the old temples dedicated to King Dinh & King Le reigned in the 10th century. The visit in Ninh Binh starts by a boat trip in Tam Coc where spectacular limestone karsts jut out from the green paddy fields reminding about Guilin (China) and Halong Bay of Vietnam, which gives this scenery the name “Halong-bay-on-land”. Further discovery in Ninh Binh will be continued in the site that used to be the kings’ palace in the 10th century and now famous for the wooden relieves of the shady Dinh and Le temples. Lunch at a local restaurant. Late afternoon back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.

Breakfast at hotel. Depart for Halong Bay, a World Heritage as designated by Unesco in 1994 with nearly 3,000 rocky islets. The drive may take you more than three to four hours utmost depending on the high or low seasons’ traffic, and will pass the Red River Delta, one of the two granaries of Vietnam. Upon arriving in Halong, we will sail our boat round its natural rocky gardens whilst a tasty seafood lunch is waiting on board. Most of the islets here are not for living due to the lack of fresh water, but are excellent for cruising to contemplate their miraculous draws on the horizon. Many of them have great names from their inspirational shapes, including the Surprising cave, Pelican Grotto, Chopstick rock, Butterfly rock, Turtle rock, the island of Fishman’s Head, the Fighting Cocks, the Sail, the Urn, or the Sea Dog! We can visit a grotto, or just lazily relax on the sundeck. The boat will be back to the Wharf late afternoon where we take our car or coach to return to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.

Time at leisure until check out the hotel (Normal check out time is 12:00) and transfer to the airport with driver for the departure flight.

# Destination Standard Superior/First Class Deluxe
1 Hanoi - Moon View
- Flower Garden

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