This tour offers special itinerary that go directly from Ha Long Bay to Ninh Binh, maximize your holiday for more relaxing time. This itinerary will take you to three best spots in Vietnam: Hanoi, Halong bay and Ninh Binh. Spend your 2 days in Halong Bay to get relaxed on boat; enjoy kayaking, swimming, trekking and cruising in the most beautiful bay in the world. Day trip to Hanoi and Trang An, Ninh Binh will give you more eperiences about Vietnam culture and history.
Day 1: Hanoi arrival - Half Day City Tour - Water Puppet Show
Day 2: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay overnight on boat
Day 3: Halong Bay – Ninh Binh - Overnight in Ninh Binh
Day 4: Ninh Binh – Hoa Lu – Trang An – Hanoi
Day 5: Hanoi Departure
Day 1: Hanoi arrival - Half Day City Tour - Water Puppet Show (Meals: None)
Upon arrival at Noi Bai International airport, our driver (no guide escort) will welcome you and transfer to hotel in the center of Old Quarter.
Around 01.00 Pm, our guide will pick you up at your hotel and start the tour by a visit to Temple of literature, Founded in 1070 by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong, the Temple of Literature is consider as the first university of Vietnam. A rare example of well-preserved traditional Vietnamese architecture, the complex honours Vietnam’s finest scholars and men of literary accomplishment. It is the site of Vietnam’s first university, established here in 1076, when entrance was only granted to those of noble birth. In 1484 Emperor Ly Thanh Tong ordered that stelae be erected to record the names, places of birth and achievements of exceptional scholars: 82 of 116 stelae remain standing. UNESCO has recognised these 82 stelae as a Memory of the World. (You can choose alternative destination as following options: Women Museum/ Museum of Vietnamese History / Military Museum/ Art Museum).
We will then visit Hoan Kiem Lake, the heart and soul of Hanoi, listen to the legend of the lake and learn more about history of the city. We start by a gentle walk across the old quarter to its biggest covered market. In case your hotel is located outside the old quarter, we will take a taxi for a short transfer. We take the time to walk around the bustling market, where about anything and everything can be bought. Exit the bazaar and hop on a Cyclo for a leisure ride around to the boundaries of central Hoan Kiem district. Walk to Thang Long Theater nearby and enjoy the tradition water puppet show, a Vietnamese tradition show reflecting local lifestyle and history through puppet performance. Transfer back to your hotel. End of services.
Day 2: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay overnight on boat (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After your breakfast at hotel, our private car will pick you up and transferred to Halong bay on 3.5 hour ride. Arrive at Halong Bay, get on board, enjoy welcome drink, receive cruise briefing, check in cabin and begin your cruise. Enjoy your lunch – delicious Vietnamese set menu . Head deeper inside Ha Long Bay and visit the Floating fishing village. In this Floating fishing village you can visit by bamboo sampan for an hour or kayak in to the village then return to the Cruise for your leisure or join one of the following optional activities: Sunbathing, traditional massage, swimming etc. Participate in fun Vietnamese cooking demonstration showing how to make Vietnamese spring rolls. Sumptuous set-dinner onboard. Relaxing on your cabin or join the on board activities: film entertainment, light music for dancing in the dining room (please book in advance with your tour guide), board games and playing cards are available. You may also try your luck at squid fishing from the boat. Overnight on boat in Halong Bay.
Day 3: Halong Bay – Ninh Binh (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Starting your day with Tai Chi on the Sundeck while complimentary tea & coffee are served. After your breakfast you will explore the Surprise Cave (Sung Sot Cave ). Walk up about 100 steps to the cave entrance and tour the cave for approximately 45 minutes. Upon return to the boat you will have 30 minutes to freshen up and finish packing and checking out of your room by 10.00 AM. Enjoy Set Menu for lunch in the dining room. Relaxing on the sundeck or in the dining room, enjoying the rest of Halong bay before getting back to harbor. Arrive at Halong harbor, you will transfer to Ninh Binh city. Overnight at hotel in Ninh Binh.
Day 4: Ninh Binh – Hoa Lu – Trang An – Hanoi (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
After your breakfast at hotel in Ninh Binh, take your time in the morning for relaxing. Around 11.00 AM, you will transfer by private car to visit Hoa Lu the ancient capital of Vietnam. You will walk to visit this beautiful temple, which dedicated to a Vietnamese heroic king, Dinh Tien Hoang, who reigned the ancient Vietnam in the 10 century. Strolling around and learn the typical architecture of Vietnamese religious buildings and a bit about Vietnamese history after a thousand years under the Chinese domination. Enjoy your Vietnamese lunch at local restaurant.
In the afternoon, you will visit Trang An Eco-Tourism Complex which is a complex of beautiful landscapes called as an 'outdoor geological museum' with numerous caves, mountains, valley water, trees and the historic relic. Trang An proudly was recognized as UNESCO site early 2014 for its natural beauty and historical value. In Trang An, you will take 02 hour ride on little sampan rowing by locals. The ride on sampan on the river will be simple peaceful atmosphere mixed with stunning karst mountain landscape. The ride will also go through 12 tunnel caves through mountains and stop by variety temples dedicated to local heroes. After the tour in Trang An, you will transfer by car to Hanoi city. Overnight in Hanoi city.
Day 5: Hanoi Departure (Meals: Breakfast)
After having breakfast at your hotel, you will transfer to Noi Bai international airport for your departure flight leaving Vietnam. End of services.