Ha Noi Street Vendors Ha Noi Cyclo Tour
Vietnam

Explore Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Lan Ha Bay in 5 awe-inspiring days

Duration
5D4N
Tour Code
VIV.21
Tour Style
Cruises, Culture, Private

Overview

location_on Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Halong bay

On this vacation, you will have the opportunity to visit the most popular attractions in North Vietnam, starting in the bustling streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarters; Ninh Binh—the most beautiful karst complex in Southeast Asia and finishing by taking a peaceful cruise through World Heritage Site Halong Bay. Besides lush paddy fields painted in every shade of green and craggy peaks visible from twisting mountain trails, Vietnam’s vibrant history and multicultural population make traveling here an experience rich in tradition. Contact us right away and let start planning your vacation.

Trip highlights

  • Wander around Hanoi’s Old Quarters
  • Enjoy the beautiful landscape of Ninh Binh
  • Take a relaxing cruise around the stunning limestone islands in Halong Bay

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Xin chào Việt Nam! Hello Vietnam!

A warm greeting awaits at Noi Bai International Airport; process the immigration procedure (visa on arrival is available or obtained in advance via Vietnam E-visa ), your private guide and driver will meet you in the arrival lounge and transfer you to your hotel in Hanoi. Hanoi is a window into a world from long ago that has been dragged into the present. Motorbikes whizz around, ladies haggle over the price of bread being sold from a bicycle, and business deals are struck over a cup of green tea whilst sitting on little plastic stools by the side of the road. Prepare to be amazed by this frantic yet incredibly charming slice of real Asia.

After having lunch at the hotel, we will start the afternoon activities by visiting the Ethnology Museum. From the outside, you will be attracted by the presentation and layout, from the form to the displayed content, which is very scientific and logical. It involves grasping the cultural colors of each ethnic group. After two hours of learning about Vietnamese culture, you will move to Hoa Lo Prison (so-called Hanoi Hilton), which tells you about Vietnamese history & wars.

Finish the day with a fun cyclo (a three-wheeled bicycle taxi). You will ride through the French colonial architecture of the precinct known as the French Quarter, past the French-style villas, the Vietnam History Museum, the heritage Metropole Legend Hotel, and the Opera House. Of course, you will not miss Hanoi Old Quarter and fill your stomach with delicious traditional food before returning to your hotel.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Meal: no meal


Ha Noi Hoa Lo Prison

Get up early and enjoy a delicious breakfast with a cup of coffee at the hotel. Meet your guide and driver at 7:00 am, then you are on the way to Ninh Binh, the best Karst scenery in Vietnam. After 2 hours, you will arrive Hoa Lu – the ancient capital of Vietnam, where the King Dinh’s and King Le’s temples located.

Upon arrival, you spend 2 hours enjoying a boat trip on the Ngo Dong River to discover Tam Coc, the main attraction in the area, where the river flows through three caves, with deep gorges between them. Ashore, you continue your exciting journey with a relaxing bike ride. The small and flat road is suitable for both seniors and children. A 30-minute bike ride is an opportunity for you to take a closer look at the rice fields, the scene of farmers working with their buffalo in the fields, and the peaceful scenery of the Northern countryside.

The biking leads you to Hang Mua Mountain. To conquer the top of Hang Mua, you need a bit of effort, and the reward is a 360-degree panorama of the karst landscape. It is also considered the Ha Long Bay on land, with mountains reaching the clouds, rich green fields, and a sparkling river gently flowing through the karst ranges. Sunset hunting is a must-try! In the afternoon, you will drive back to the capital and have the night at your leisure.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Ninh Binh Tam Coc Viewpoint

One of Vietnam’s most symbolic images is the landscape of Halong Bay, where thousands of limestone islands protrude bizarrely from the emerald sea. An overnight boat trip is the best way to enjoy this Vietnamese must-see.

9:00 Our driver will meet you in the hotel lobby. Today, our driver will send you to Halong Bay for an amazing 2D1N cruise trip.

12.15 Boarding our boat at Tuan Chau Port – enjoy a welcome drink, receive a cruise briefing, and receive safety instructions.

13.15 – 14.00 Tourists enjoy the sumptuous Vietnamese set-menu lunch. Massage service is available after lunch and throughout the cruise. Please book in advance with your Cruise Manager.

14.00 – 16.00 Take a cruise through Halong Bay and see some of the most beautiful and peaceful places in the areas such as Incense Burner, Dog Stone Islet, Fighting Cock, and Finger Islet.

16.00 Arrive at Surprise Cave, one of Halong Bay’s largest and most magnificent grottoes. The mouth of the grotto is reached by ascending about a hundred stone steps.

17.30 Depart, then sail for approximately 30 minutes, anchor overnight.

18.30 – 19.00 Attend our Head Chef’s Fruit and Vegetable Carving Lesson. The chef will demonstrate fruit and vegetable carving as part of the session, showing the visitors how to prepare and decorate some traditional Vietnamese cuisine.

19.30 Dinner is served.

20.45 Evening activities. There are also massage services and board games like cards or Parcheesi offered (massage service is available throughout the cruise). On the boat, everyone is also welcome to try their luck at squid fishing with assistance from the crew.

21.00 – 23.00 Happy Hour! Buy one beverage, get one free (wine by the bottle excluded).

23.00 End of Program for Day 1.

Overnight on board in Ha Long Bay.

Note: Each cruise operates a different itinerary, and onboard facilities may vary. Our travel consultant will be very happy to discuss each option with you

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Ha Long Bay Landscape

06.30 Coffee, tea, and breakfast pastries are served in the dining room.

06.45 Participate in a Tai Chi class on the sundeck (lasting about 30 minutes).

07.45 – 09.00 Tourists are transported by tender to Titov Island. On the island, visitors spend about an hour, with enough time to ascend to the peak for a stunning 360-degree panorama of the bay (there is also an expansive viewing deck halfway up). There is still time to unwind on the beach and go swimming after the ascent.

09.00 Tourists will have 30 minutes to get ready and complete packing once they return to the boat. Please get all of your things out of the cabins and leave large bags outside the cabins. The staff will take the bags straight to the pier.

09.30 Enjoy a hearty breakfast. Bills are paid after breakfast as we approach the pier, chilling on the sundeck or in the dining room while enjoying the bay’s beauty.

11.00 Arrive at Tuan Chau Port, our private driver is waiting for you at the dock to send you back to Hanoi.

It might take you 2 hours to get to Hanoi city center. After that, being free to explore the city.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast, Brunch


Ha Long Bay Tai Chi Class

After breakfast and a leisurely morning on your own, you will check out by midday as this marks the end of your 5-day trip to Vietnam. Your private driver will pick you up and take you back to Noi Bai International Airport for your departure flight home.

Meal: Breakfast


Ha Noi Street Vendors

Useful Information

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Our Service Include:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • English or French speaking guide (for other languages and a national guide supplements apply)
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Boat trip as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinking water while touring
  • Tax & service charge

Our Service exclude:

  • Other non-mentioned meals
  • Other non-mentioned services
  • International Flights to/from Hanoi
  • Laundry, telephone calls, and personal expenditures
  • Tips, Travel insurance
  • Visa fee

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