Destination General Information: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Nam Dinh – Ninh Binh
The first destination of the tour, Hanoi, deserves your visit for a whole day. From ancient religious constructions, interesting museums preserving the values of the 4000-year-old country to skyscrapers and bustling shopping malls, Hanoi is the great combination of tradition and modern, vibrant but still peaceful.
According to legend, the Heaven God sent dragons to Vietnam and help the locals defeat the foreign enemies. Then these dragons did not return to heaven but stayed in Vietnam creating Halong Bay nowadays. The beauty of myth and nature is recognized by UNESCO as one of the New World Wonders.
Nam Dinh is the next stop of your historical journey after Hanoi. This destination owns the long-established cultures and history which is considered as the heart of Red River Delta and the root of rice and pho, two most important features of Vietnamese people.
Your journey from the capital will take you to another ancient one in Ninh Binh. In history, this place was chosen due to its majestic mountains forming sustainable walls in wars against enemies. At present, they are not covered by blood of invaders but the green of floras and the yellow of rice fields.
Duration: 5 Days/ 4 Nights
Tour Route: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Nam Dinh – Ninh Binh – Hanoi
Tour Types: Culture and History – Explore and Experience
Guides: Local Guide (English Speaking Guide, Other Languages upon Request)
Transportation: Private first-class air-conditioned vehicles
Day 1: Hanoi City Tour
Day 2: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Lan Ha Bay
Day 3: Cat Ba Island – Nam Dinh
Day 4: Nam Dinh – Ninh Binh
Day 5: Ninh Binh – Hanoi
|Halong Bay – Lan Ha Bay||Calypso Cruise or similar|
|Nam Dinh||Ecohost Hai Hau|
|Ninh Binh||Bai Dinh Hotel or similar|
Day 1: Hanoi City Tour (G, B, L)
7:00 – 12:00 Picked up at your hotel. Enjoy breakfast before visiting Temple of Literature and Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. After that, you will have lunch at restaurant.
13:00 Visit One-Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and his former residence, Quan Thanh Temple and Tran Quoc Pagoda then walking for sightseeing West Lake.
18:00 Transfer back to your hotel. Free at night in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Lan Ha Bay (G, L, D)
09:00 Our tour guide and car will pick you up at your hotel and then transfer to Haiphong on the highway, the 4th biggest city in Vietnam, where you will start the cruise.
12:00 Arrival at Got ferry. The tender will take you to Cruise for boarding. You will receive a warm welcome by our Captain and his crew with drink and some refreshing towels. You have lunch while enjoying the beauty of the canals on our way to Halong Bay.
15:00 We arrive at Light and Dark Cave Area, where you can do kayaking or bamboo boat rowed by local people.
17:30 Return to Cruise, take a refreshing shower. Happy Hour will be offered while you can enjoy the sunset in this magnificent bay. Then take part in a cooking demonstration by our chef to learn about Vietnamese cuisine.
19:00 A great dining experience awaits you.
20:30 Socialize with other guests, try your luck with squid fishing or just laze around. Singing and dancing activities are available till 22:00. Overnight on board.
Day 3: Cat Ba Island – Nam Dinh (G, B, L, D)
06:30 Wake up early to enjoy the dawn and start a new day with Tai Chi exercise on the top deck.
7:00 – 8:00 A light continental breakfast will be served while Calypso Cruise moves to Gia Luan wharf.
08:30 You take a bus route in 20 minutes to visit Army Hospital Cave in Cat Ba Island, an interesting place to save the history of significance of Vietnam during the resistance war against America. The cave consisted of a surgery room, eating room, meeting room, sport room, etc. During the travel, you will be immersed in the natural scenery of the wild, fresh of Cat Ba Island.
10:00 Return the boat, check out your cabin then have lunch in the restaurant while the cruise sails back to pier.
12:00 Disembark the boat and return to port.
12:30 Get in the car, and transfer to Nam Dinh on the highway.
16:00 – 16:30 Arrival at Ecohost Hai Hau, check in and take your time to relax.
19:00 And enjoy dinner with local food and then you can enjoy optional traditional music show of Red River Delta (Cheo, Van singing, Quan Ho folk song,…) (optional)– the intangible culture of Vietnam and UNESCO.
Overnight in Ecohost – Live with enthusiastic of local people.
Day 4: Nam Dinh – Ninh Binh (G, B, L, D)
07:00 Have a breakfast with typical local food of countryside such as corn, sweet potato or “pho Co” – a famous kind of noodles in Nam Dinh.
After the sweet breakfast, you will have a half-day bicycle tour to visit Pham Phao cathedral and Traditional trumpet making Brass village. On the way, you will also see Tile-roofed Bridge was built in the 16th century with unique architecture. Visit and experience the way to make a conical hat at a local house. Explore the daily life of local people and understand about the ancestor worship village.
11:00 You will have lunch at Ecohost Hai Hau. After lunch, you will check out Ecohost and transfer to visit Hai Ly church and fishing village before leaving to Ninh Binh.
15:00 Get in the car and transfer to Ninh Binh. Check in hotel and relax. Free at night in Ninh Binh
Day 5: Ninh Binh – Hanoi (G, B, L)
07:30 Have a breakfast at hotel.
09:00 – 11:30 Visit Bai Dinh Spiritual and Culture Complex, the largest Buddhist pagoda complex in the North of Vietnam.
12:00 Have lunch in a local restaurant with some Asian local special dishes. Then transfer to visit Trang An tourist attraction, take boat trip to visit cave complex: Nam cave, Vong Cave, Thanh Truot Cave, Dai Cave, Film School – here, the huts are restored and reproduced the scene of the everyday life, the aboriginal abode appeared in the famous Kong movie, see scenery of mountain and rivers.
16:00 Finish at your hotel in Hanoi.