It is a 6 day tour to help you discover the famous attractions in Northern Vietnam. With a lot of famous attractions and local life experience, it is the perfect way to have a taste of Northern Vietnam’s best in a short amount of time. Wander the streets of Hanoi – the ancient capital with rich cultural heritage and world-class cuisine. Enjoy the trip to Ninh Binh, where the former capital Hoa Lu is located, and also a destination gifted with the stunning landscape – green mountains, serene river, fertile rice fields, and wonderful underground caves. In Halong Bay, head for an unforgettable cruise ride to admire the extraordinary limestone mountains and watch the beautiful sunrise from the deck the next day.
- This itinerary is designed for your kind reference, and it can totally be personalized to match your time, budget and interests. Feel free to let us know your expectations for the trip and we take care of them for you.
- Trips are personally tailor-made, with basic standards of daily JOIN-GROUP TOURS where-ever possible, while accommodations and your time of leisure are at your own choice. If your budget allows, we recommend you upgrade to PRIVATE TOURS, when you are personally taken care of and be able to enjoy more private time on your own. Certainly, your trip can be a good mix of PRIVATE DAY TOURS and JOIN-GROUP DAY TOURS as you wish, just simply let us know!
Day 2: Hanoi – Fullday City Tour
After breakfast, dive into the sights, sounds, and aromas of Hanoi. Start with Ho Chi Minh Complex including his Mausoleum (Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed all afternoon, every Monday & Friday, and from late September until December), the Presidential Palace, the historic Stilt house, and the One Pillar Pagoda.
Continuing on your journey through Hanoi, you head to Tran Quoc Pagoda (which means “Stabilizing the Nation”), the oldest pagoda constructed in the sixth century in the Westlake and also a famous attraction for pilgrims.
From there, you will proceed to the Temple of Literature. Originally built in honor of Confucius by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong in 1070, a university was added to the grounds six years later. The university provided education to the royal family and children of the aristocracy or “mandarins”.
Around 12.30: you will have lunch at a local restaurant. Following lunch is aa short drive to the Museum of Ethnology, a museum of the 54 officially recognized Ethnic Groups in Vietnam (Ethnology Museum is closed every Monday).
Return to the City center to visit Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake, the heart and soul of Hanoi.
End up your day with a fun cyclo/ rickshaw ride through the French Quarter and then enjoy a Water Puppet show, a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history.
Around 18.00 – 18.30, return to your hotel where the rest of the day will be free at your leisure.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hanoi
|Optional Experience: My Village Show
Performed at a traditional Theatre, My Village show is a one-of-a-kind show with optical illusions, amazing choreography, powerful acrobatics, and traditional music, describing the typical daily local life and culture of Northern Delta Vietnam.
Price: Upon request
Day 3: Hanoi – Ninh Binh (Hoa Lu – Tam Coc)
Depart Hanoi for a two-hour drive to the province of Ninh Binh, approximately 100 kilometers away. Your first destination is Hoa Lu, the location of the capital of Vietnam during the Dinh Dynasty (968-980) and early Le Dynasty (980-1009). The ancient citadel once covered 300 hectares of land, however, the passage of time has left few remains of this once glorious capital of Vietnam.
On arrival, dive into history at the Dinh & Le Temples. Restored in the 17th century, the temples are dedicated to the Dinh and Le emperors and believed to be built on the original foundations of the old palaces from the 11th and 12th centuries.
After visiting the Ancient Capital, you will be transferred to Tam Coc, stop en-route to take photographs of the local villages and stunning landscape. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant (serving local specialties with vegetarian meals upon request).
After lunch and a short rest, board a sampan to visit Tam Coc (Three Caves), rowing down the river among the villages, mountains and lush green rice fields. Known as “Halong Bay on land”, Tam Coc are three limestone caves stretching along the splendid Ngo Dong River. During the boat trip, you will enjoy the impressive natural landscape, reflexing the spectacular Limestone Mountains, rice paddies, and temples. Pass through 3 caves to get a unique feeling of the mesmerizing underground system. Your boat will return to the dock and you will be taken back to Hanoi.
Your evening will be yours at leisure.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hanoi
Day 4: Hanoi – Halong Bay
After breakfast you will leave the busy streets of Hanoi behind, bound for the serenity of Halong Bay where you will discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed landscapes. The limestone karsts and tropical islets rising up from the emerald waters provide an ethereal backdrop for your leisurely cruise.
Once there, you’ll be welcomed aboard your traditional-style Vietnamese Junk boat, each with its own individual route, to begin your cruise around the bay’s rocky islands and hidden caves.
After lunch on board, you will take a small boat transfer to the Tien Ong Cave and Cua Van Fishing Village, whose residents still live in traditional floating houses.
Return to your Junk boat for a cooking demonstration with the chef or enjoy a mesmerising sunset on the top deck before enjoying a scrumptious dinner and a peaceful overnight stay in this UNESCO-listed natural wonder.
Note: If your time permits, we would highly recommend an additional night on board which gives you a lot more time to relax and take in the amazing landscape. You’ll get to cruise deeper into the Bay where it’s more beautiful and less crowded.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight on board in Halong Bay
Day 5: Halong Bay – Hanoi
The graceful practice of Tai Chi eases you into your day as is the local custom. Join a ‘Local Specialist’ on the deck of the Junk boat for a morning class in exquisite natural surrounds. You’ll have time for an early morning swim at one of Halong Bay’s quiet beaches and, if you’re feeling energetic, a brisk walk to catch one last view of scenic Halong Bay before your drive to Hanoi.
The remainder of the day will be free at your leisure. You can consider joining our recommended optional experience below.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hanoi
|Optional Experience: Hanoi After Dark on Vespa Scooters
Time: 18.00-22.00 Hanoi After dark start at our stylish local Café with a cocktail and a delicious snack from one of the nearby night-time vendors, before jumping on the back of the vintage Vespas. After weaving through the magical, busy back streets of the Old Quarter, we soon arrive at a fascinating local joint, right on the railway tracks (literally!) where we can try some infused rice wine and a Buffalo Jerky appetizer.
It’s back riding through the narrow streets again, as we’ll head toward our next foodie place, a lively local restaurant serving Bun Cha. This the quintessential must taste Hanoi dish of rice noodles, grilled pork, and meatballs, with a side of Nem (spring rolls). Simple but delicious.
We’ll then head out of the Old Quarter and ride close by the lake toward our next venue, which is very famous in the neighborhood! We’ll try the local specialty of Pho Cuon and learn the art of wrap ‘n’ roll, Vietnamese style with these fresh & fragrant ingredients, and the Pho noodle!
A short ride on the Vespa takes us to our final port of call, next to the superb Opera House. The halcyon days of the 1930s may be over, however, this Jazz Club will wow you with a truly unique blend of styles – 30’s style Jazz & traditional Vietnamese music!
Price: Upon Request
The price of this trip varies according to selected airlines, the number of people in your party, dates of departure, hotel standard, and availability of ground services. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we would be more than happy to assist you with your arrangements.Contact us for the best rates
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- City tour of Hanoi with highlights
- Halong Bay Cruise 2 days/1night
- Ninh Binh and Tam Coc “Halong Bay on land”.
- Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
- All Excursions
- Transportation in AC vehicles
- English speaking guide(s)
- Local boats
- Admission fee
- Meals as stated in the program
- Complimentary Vietnam Visa Approval Letter
- An open choice for join-group tour or private tour with maximum flexibility
- Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras.
- Transfer in good and high qualified transportation vehicles
- Hand-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
- Accompanied by Experienced and friendly local guides
- Optional Experiences and free time
- Airport transfers on the first and last day of the tour