This trip offers you the chance to explore Hanoi and learn about its culture, which has developed over the course of a thousand years. The next destination is Tam Coc, also known as “Dry Halong Bay” where we will explore a stunning waterscape before heading to the “real” Halong Bay. There, you will take a boat past some of the magnificent natural wonders in the area, including the world-famous limestone cliffs.
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Upon arrival at Noi Bai International airport, meet by our representative and transfer to hotel for check in. Accommodation at hotel in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour Full Day (B/L/-)
The post-colonial capital city of Hanoi is a unique Asian city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, numerous lakes, pagodas and temples. This full-day tour takes you around Hanoi’s most interesting sights, including the Ho Chi Minh Complex, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (close on Monday & Friday and from 5th Sep to 5th Nov for maintenance) and his stilt house, the Presidential Palace, the One Pillar Pagoda nearby and visit Temple of Literature, the first university of Vietnam. In the afternoon, enjoy one hour cyclo tour of Hanoi’s vibrant Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake, the focal point of the city. This will be a great fun! Enjoy a water puppet performance, a folk art tradition unique to northern Vietnam. Accommodation at hotel in Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Hanoi (B/L/-)
8h00 depart from Hanoi for Ninh Binh province (100 km), enjoying the rural scenery along the road. We spend one hour visiting the Dinh and Le sanctuaries. These are the two remaining temples of the ancient citadel of Hoa Lu. The first is dedicated to Dinh Tien Hoang (also known as Dinh Bo Linh), an Emperor from the Dinh Dynasty. The second commemorates the rulers of the Le Dynasty. Dinh Bo Linh successfully conquered Vietnam’s first independent rulers, the Ngo Dynasty. On his death in 980, General Le Hoan wisely married Dinh’s widow and established the Le Dynasty and enlarged the citadel.
Day 4: Halong Bay Cruise (B/L/-)
After breakfast, proceed to Halong Bay, was awarded by UNESCO as a natural heritage in 1994. This four hour drive will show you the diversity of the North Vietnam villages and rice fields along the journey. Arrive in Halong, take 4 hours boat trip in Halong Bay to view multi-shaped rocks and visit one of the most beautiful limestone grottos: Paradise Grotto (Thien Cung Grotto). Lunch will be served on boat with the fresh seafood. Return to Hanoi in the late afternoon, free for shopping at Hanoi Old Quarter. Accommodation at hotel in Hanoi.
Day 5: Hanoi Departure (B)
There is no activity planned for today. Enjoy your free time for souvenir shopping or relax until transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
+ 04 nights hotel accommodation in double sharing basic with daily breakfast
+ Private transfers and transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
+ All sightseeing tickets
+ Boat trip in Tam Coc, Halong Bay as mentoned in the itinerary.
+ Local English or Mandarin speaking guides
+ Meals as stated in the itinerary
+ Mineral water available on the vehicles
+ Services charges and government tax.
+ International flights & departure taxes
+ Tipping to guide & driver
+ Travel insurance; Personal expenses
+ Optional tours, surcharges for other language guides
+ Visa to Vietnam
+ Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the program
+ Other services not mentioned above.
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