Hanoi Stopover


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This tour is perfect for those who don't hae much time in North Vietnam but still want to have a glimpse of ancient Hanoi city and beauty of Northern nature. The tour will take you to Hanoi's historical sites for a fascinating tour of education and breathtaking scenery of Trang An's nature.

Day 1: Hanoi arrival – Half day city tour 

Day 2: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Trang An – Hanoi 

Day 3: Hanoi Departure


Day 1: Hanoi arrival – Half day city tour (Meals: Dinner)
Upon arrival at Noi Bai International airport, our driver will welcome you at airport lobby, holding your name board and then 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. 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. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Trang An – Hanoi (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 a thousand years under the Chinese domination. Climb to the nearby mountain for the panorama view over the karst landscape in the area. 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. You will then go to local restaurant for dinner which is on your own. Overnight in Hanoi city.

Day 3: 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. 

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  • Transfer with A/C vehicle
  • Airport Transfer with A/C vehicle
  • 2 Nights Accommodation with breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in itinerary
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All entrance fees as per program
  • Water and Tissues in car
  • Water Puppet Show
  • Boat trip in Ninh Binh


  • 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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