Essential Northern Route


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If you are searching for a tour to discover genuine Vietnamese lifestyles and culture as well as enjoy beautiful nature, then this tour is for you. The tour will take you to Hoa Lu and Hanoi, the former ancient and current capital of Vietnam for a fascinating educational relaxing tour to relics and Trang An's nature.

Join with us and explore 2 most beautiful destinations in North Vietnam: Ha Long Bay and Trang An. Make your holiday special by cruising through World Natural Wonder of Ha Long Bay on our luxury night Cruise, relaxing on boat excursion in Trang An, the UNESCO heritage site as well as discovering the local lifestyel and history in our city tour. With full of exciting activities and exploration, this tour will become your lifetime memory.     

Day 1: Hanoi arrival - Half Day City Tour - Water Puppet Show

Day 2: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay - Bai Tu Long - Overnight on Cruise

Day 3: Ha Long Bay – Thien Canh Son Cave - Hanoi

Day 4: Hanoi - Trang An - Hoa Lu - 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 - Bai Tu Long - Overnight on Cruise (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Around 08.00 to 08.30 Am, our tour bus and guide will come to your hotel and pick you up for Ha Long tour. (Notice that our bus can only pick up from hotels located in Hanoi Old Quarter, contact our team for detail info). After 4 hours ride you will arrive Hon Gai harbor. We will go on board with welcome drink and welcome briefing from Cruise Manager. Enjoy Vietnamese set menu lunch while cruising through Bai Tu Long Bay and into Ha Long Bay. Start to discover the floating Vung Vieng fishing village while sitting on rowing boats with local people. Arrive at Ban Chan Beach, you will spend your time for swimming, sunbathing or enjoy kayaking around the area.

In the afternoon, relax and enjoy the sunset cocktail while the boat is cruising to Cong Dong - Cong Do area. Docking for overnight. Around 07.30, Enjoy romantic dinning experience on top deck with BBQ dinner and Vietnamese cuisines (If weather permit and group is over 15 people). After dinner, it is free time to joining movies in the restaurant, board’s game or squid fishing. Overnight on Garden Bay cruise in Ha Long Bay.

Day 3: Ha Long Bay – Thien Canh Son Cave - Hanoi (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)

If you are a morning person then today you can rise early for our morning tai chi session on the sundeck. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee and admire the tranquil atmosphere of Ha Long Bay in early morning. Light breakfast will be served in restaurant. Around 08.00, you will transfer to Island nearby, climb up small steps to explore the Thien Canh Son Cave. This is one of the biggest cave and most impressive of Ha long Bay with rich history and geology value but still very wild and untouched by human. After 1-hour cave tour, we are back to the boat for check out, put your luggage out to corridor and settle your bill at restaurant. Lunch will be served in restaurant while the boat is cruising back to harbor. We will transfer back to Hanoi and arrive hanoi around 04.30 PM. End of services. 

Day 4: Hanoi - Trang An - Hoa Lu - Hanoi Departure (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
After your breakfast at hotel, you will transfer by private car to Ninh Binh province on a 2.5 hour ride. Arrive at Ninh Binh, you will 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 thousands years.  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 9 tunnel caves through mountains and stop by variety temples dedicated to local heroes. After the tour in Trang An, you will transfer by car and arrive Hanoi city around 05.30 PM.

Transfer by private car to Noi Bai aiport to take your night flight leaving Vietnam. End of services.

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  • Transfer with A/C vehicle
  • Airport Transfer with A/C vehicle
  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in itinerary
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All entrance fees as per program
  • Shuttle bus to Ha Long Bay
  • Water and Tissues in car
  • Boat trip in Ninh Binh


  • International & Domestic flights
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Visa on arrival & stamp fees
  • Early check-in, late check-out
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Alcoholic, and other beverages
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Services not mentioned in itinerary


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Hanoi Hanoi Legacy Hotel Essence Hanoi Sofitel Legend Metropole
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