Unforgettable experiences are everywhere in Vietnam. There’s the sublime: gazing over a surreal seascape of limestone islands from the deck of a traditional junk in Halong Bay. The ridiculous: taking 10 minutes just to cross the street through a tsunami of motorbikes in Hanoi. The inspirational: exploring the world’s most spectacular cave systems in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. The comical: watching a moped loaded with honking pigs weave a wobbly route along a country lane. And the contemplative: witnessing a solitary grave in a cemetery of thousands of war victims.
Route: Hanoi – Halong Bay – NinhBinh
Duration: 5 DAYS/4 NIGHTS
ITINERARY IN DETAIL:
DAY 1: ARRIVE HANOI – FREE AND EASY (NO MEAL) –DRIVER ONLY-NO GUIDE
Arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you will be warmly welcomed and transferred to hotel by Private Phoenix Expeditions driver with signboard, check in, relax (the room may not be available until 12:00 PM). Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
DAY 2: HANOI –HALONG-HANOI (BREAKFAST/LUNCH)
After breakfast at hotel, Make an early morning departure from Hanoi and drive 3.5hours through the Red River Delta on your way to Halong City. Arrive in Halong Bay at noon, board a traditional wooden junk and start the cruising trip to the Bay.
Fresh seafood lunch (vegetable menu available) is served while the boat is gliding out. Get ready for exotic photos and absorbing the most magnificent natural splendours, limestone bedrocks and sheer cliffs of tiny islands highlighted with fanciful names: Fighting Cocks (symbol of Halong Bay), Duck, Swan, Incense Burner, and Stone Dogs. Visiting the most beautiful cave named Thien Cung (Heaven Palace Grotto) and explores huge chambers adorned with stalactites and stalagmites of all kinds. Continue to enjoy this relaxing cruise on the way back to Ha Long harbour after 4hours trip. Driver is waiting and takes you back to Hanoi city. Trip ends at your hotel around 19h30-20h00pm.
Watch the complete video of Halong Bay here
DAY 3: HANOI CITY TOUR FULLDAY (BREAKFAST/LUNCH)
AM: 08:00-08:30 Our guide & driver will pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter. Then visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum. Enjoy the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-place. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. Lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda~ founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Continue to visit the Quan Thanh Temple (Taoist~ dating from the Ly Dynasty) and Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda on West lake (One of the oldest in Vietnam). Lunch.
PM: After lunch proceed to visit the Ethnology Museum~ continue to visit the Literature Temple and Quoc Tu Giam. Vietnam’s first university constructed in 1070~ it’s gardens and well-preserved architecture offers a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. We will take you past Hoan Kiem Lake~ see the peaceful waters~ and visit Ngoc Son temple. For the end of the tour journey visit by coach trip along the Hanoi Old Quarter. Free for shopping.
+ On Monday and friday morning~ Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Ethnic museums are closed – Bat Trang pottery village will be arranged as substitution.
+ On Saturday and Sunday~ enjoy the water puppet show in Museum of Ethnology and 01 hour visiting the Old Quarter by Cyclo. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 4: HANOI-NINHBINH-HANOI (BREAKFAST/LUNCH)
After breakfast at the hotel. 7.45 – 8.30: We pick you up at your hotel, departure for Hoa Lu – Tam Coc, enjoying the beautiful sceneries of the rural areas on the way 10.30: After arriving in Ninh Binh province, the guide takes you to visit Hoa Lu – the Ancient Royal capital of Viet Nam. We will visit Dinh king temple and Le king temple. in the 10th century, finding out the heroic histories of this two Kings in Chinese Wars. After that, we go to Tam Coc (10 km far from Hoa Lu). Have lunch at local restaurant. After lunch you will get on bamboo boat – rowed by the local people – in Hoang Long river to visit Tam Coc (three caves) on the way. You pass through three enormous caves that provide a brief respite from the intense summer sun. It takes approximately two hours to go up and down the river and along the way, you witness local fisherfolk, village life along the river and, of course, the striking limestone karst formations that Tam Coc is famous for. If you like to go biking, it is a good idea. You will have chance to visit real villages and amazing landscapes by bicycle about one hour (from Restaurant). 16.00: We take the car come back Ha Noi. 18.30: We arrive Ha Noi. Overnight in Hanoi.
Watch the complete video of Ninh Binh here
DAY 5: HANOI-DEPARTURE (BREAKFAST)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Say goodbye Vietnam. Thank you for traveling with Phoenix Expeditions.
TRIP COST: INR 24,999/person (or in US$ 385/person)
Group discounts available.
- 4 nights hotel accommodation on a twin/double-share basic with daily breakfast
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
- All landed transfers within the tour by air-conditioned vehicle.
- Boat trip cruise in Halong Bay & Lunch on Board.
- English Speaking Tour guide.
- All entrance and sightseeing fees.
- International airfare to Vietnam.
- Beverages and other meals do not indicate in the program.
- Visa on arrival to Vietnam.
- Early check-in and late check-out at all hotels.
- Travel insurance.
- Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, shopping…)
- Gratuities/tipping to tour guide, driver and hotel staff and restaurant’s staff: 5USD/Person/Day.
- Surcharge for peak season & compulsory dinner on X’mas and New Year’s Eve.
- Single supplement.
- Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities (typhoon, floods), flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes etc.
- Rosaliza Hotel or Similar 3 Star at Hanoi.
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