Northern Highlights


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This jounrey will take you to the most favorite destination of Northern Vietnam: Hanoi, Halong bay and Ninh Binh. Spend your holiday with the people you love in Halong Bay where you will relaxing on boat and enjoy kayaking, swimming, and cruising in the most beautiful bay in the world. Explore history of Vietnam throught Hanoi city and Hoa Lu tour. Enjoy priceless experiences with local street food tour and rowing boat along the river in Trang An.

 Day 1: Hanoi arrival

 Day 2: Hanoi City Tour Full Day

 Day 3: Hanoi - Trang An - Hoa Lu

 Day 4: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay - Bai Tu Long - Overnight on Cruise

 Day 5: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi

 Day 6: Hanoi Departure


Day 1: Hanoi arrival (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. Free at leisure on the rest of the day.

Optional Activities: The best of Hanoi Foods Tour
At 5.30 Pm the late afternoon, our guide will take you to our culinary tour. Hanoi has long been rated one of the best cities for street food in the world. Let’s explore the city with our guide and give it a go to taste the most amazing dishes Hanoi has to offer. This tour is tailored to give our foreign guests the most unique and authentic experience of Hanoi’s cuisine. We will take you to the most popular eateries for locals, most of which are famous among locals. Our guide will come to pick you up at your hotel and start the The Best of Hanoi Foods Tour (2.5-3 hour). We start walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, first visiting the colorful local markets where we meet stall holders and talk about their food and learn about local culinary. Then continue along both high streets and back streets exploring many corners in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Our guide will introduce to you the most famous locals’ foods stores and taste all of famous Hanoi foods including Hanoi traditional foods like Bun cha, Banh cuon, Cha Ca, to exotic foods like Bun Oc or Bun Rieu Cua or legendary “egg coffee”. Under guidance of our friendly tour guide, you will be introduced to the city with the best foods Hanoi has to offer and unique opportunities to travel like a local. Walk on foot back to your hotel. Overnight in hotel.

Day 2: Hanoi City tour (Meals: Lunch)

Around 08:30Am, our guide will meet you at your hotel lobby and pick you up for Hanoi City Tour. Firstly we will start the trip with visit to Ho Chi Minh Complext including Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, House-on-stilt and One Pillar Pagoda – modeled after a lotus flower, a symbol of Hanoi. r. Visit Temple of Literature constructed in 1070 – dedicated to Confusius, sages and talented scholars. It is the most famous temple in Hanoi, also functioning as Vietnam’s first university. Lunch at local restaurant.

In the afternoon, explore Ethnology Museum to learn about cultures of 54 ethnic groups living in Vietnam. Occupying a modern structure, the terrific collection here features well-presented tribal art, artifacts and everyday objects gathered from across the nation. In the museum, tourist exploring Vietnam’s diversity culture and life style of 54 ethnic groups, walking in houses on still of ethnic people to experience their life style or traditional ritual. We then stop by a local coffee shop, well hidden that only locals know to enjoy a cup of tradition VIetnamese coffee. Finally leave for a legendary Hoan Kiem lake and enjoy a cyclo ride around the Old Quarter to observe local lifestyle.  

Day 3: Hanoi - Trang An - Hoa Lu (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 to Hanoi city. Dinner at your own. Overnight in Hanoi city.

Day 4: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay- 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 5: Ha Long Bay – 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. Overnight in Hanoi city.

Day 6: Hanoi Departure (Meals: Breakfast)
Free at your leisure until our driver pick you up at your hotel and transfer you 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 (no guide escort)
  • 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
  • Kayaking in Ha Long Bay


  • Personal travel insurance
  • 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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