Unseen Countryside, 6 days

Tour Overview

Experience the bustling energy of Hanoi, taking in the city’s most interesting and historic monuments, before leaving the city behind for scenic Ninh Binh and a boat cruise through stunning Halong Bay.

This week-long journey begins in Vietnam’s enchanting capital city, Hanoi, where we will learn about the city’s engaging history and culture by touring it’s most significant sites. We will see the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Residence and the Temple of Literature before enjoying an entertaining water puppet show. We will cycle and boat through the staggeringly beautiful Ninh Binh area, visiting atmospheric pagodas nestled in the mountains and taking in the spectacular scenery. In Halong Bay, we will take a two-day boat cruise through awe-inspiring vistas, discovering majestic caves and enjoying time to relax.

Tour Information

  • Easy
  • No Limit
  • Classic Travel
  • Cruise Culture

Tour HighLight

+ Tour the historic sites of Hanoi, learning about the city’s culture and heritage

+ Enjoy free time in Hanoi to soak up the atmosphere and try local food

+ Visit Hoa Lu, an ancient capital of Vietnam, and explore two 1000-year old temples

+ Cycle and boat through Ninh Binh, taking in the dramatic scenery

+ Experience Halong Bay by overnight cruise, enjoying remarkable vistas and the stunning Surprise Cave

+ Enjoy leisure activities at Halong Bay including kayaking, swimming, Tai Chi and cooking

+ Private airport transfers and experienced, knowledgeable local guides ensure that you will get the most out of your trip

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival – Hanoi

Greeted  at airport by our guide and driven to hotel. Check in hotel and have free time.

OVERNIGHT: Hanoi MEALS: No

On arrival at Hanoi Airport, you are greeted  by our guide and taken to your hotel by private transfer. You will have some time free to relax or explore at your own leisure. The capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi is a fascinating blend of East and West, combining traditional Sino-Vietnamese motifs with French flair. The building boom has made Hanoi a rapidly developing city in Southeast Asia. However, it still retains an old charm brought from a thousand year of history, with many interesting cultural and historic monuments, beautiful lakes, shady parks, bustling street markets, funny shops and open air eating spots jostled in ancient houses, and historic temples adjoining colonial style structures. They offer both local and foreigner visitors an endless exploration. You might like to stroll through the fascinating old quarter containing many vibrant streets which are named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places. The lively atmosphere in Hanoi old quarter runs from the early hours until late at night  with many street vendors calling, horns honking, and chaotic traffic with waves of motorbikes you’ve never experienced.

Day 2

Hanoi

Spend a day to explore Hanoi, seeing Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ( close on Mon. and Fri) and  Ho Chi Minh House , One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of  Literature  and Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.  Take a walk around the old quarter and enjoy a water puppet show.

OVERNIGHT: Hanoi MEALS: Breakfast

Day 3

Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Bai Dinh - Trang An – Bich Dong

Travel by road to Ninh Binh. Visit Bai Dinh Pagoda complex and enjoy a boat trip to  explore Trang An Grottoes before taking a ride bide in countryside.

OVERNIGHT: Ninh Binh MEALS: Breakfast

Day 4

Ninh Binh - Halong Bay

Drive through the Red River Delta, catching a look at roadside villages and rice fields. Arrival in Halong Bay Embark a cruise for two day trip in Halong Bay, visit the scenic stone landscape and enjoy sea activities.  

OVERNIGHT: Halong Bay MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Halong Bay – Hanoi

Get up early to join the Tai Chi exercise or explore the bay at dawn. Visit Surprise cave and have brunch on cruise before heading back to Hanoi.

OVERNIGHT: Hanoi MEALS: Breakfast

Day 6

Hanoi- Departure

Check out hotel and transfer to airport for departure.

OVERNIGHT: No MEALS: Breakfast

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What are Included?

Tour Transport:

Car, minivan or bus, private or joint boat , train,  mentioned  flights ( 20kg luggage allowance )

Tour Accommodation:

4 nights at hotel  and 1 night cruise on twin sharing room basis

Included Meals:

5 breakfast (B), 1 lunch (L), 1 dinner (D) and 1 brunch

Guide/Leader:

English speaking guide. French , Germany , Spanish, Italian, Russian  speaking guide can be arranged with on request.

Tour Activities:

Sightseeing tour of Hanoi  with entrance fee

Water puppet show in Hanoi

Sightseeing tour of Hoa Lu with entrance fee

Biking trip in Ninh Binh

Boat trip in Thung Nang

Boat trip in Halong Bay with entrance fee

What are Excluded?

 

Transport  to/from Hanoi , Optional services ( extra activities, pre /post night, airport -hotel -airport transfer)

Visa fee to Vietnam and  travel insurance

Tipping for tour guide/ leader, driver and local service

Single room on request and personal expenses

How are Hotels?

NO LISTING

Tour document

To make your trip more convenient, we would like to provide quick facts to ensure that you have the right travel documents.

 

PASSPORT & VISA

The passport must have six-months validity remaining and one blank page for entry stamp. To enter Vietnam, foreigners require a valid visa, except  nationals of certain countries, which may visit Vietnam without visa for a period of time. You are required to contact our sales dep. to get the update visa exemption.

 

VACCINATION

At this time, no vaccination is required, but you should check with your doctor the health  information of Vietnam.

 

CUSTOM REGULATION

Based on the current custom regulation of Vietnam, visitors can get free import : 200 cigarettes, or 20 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco, 1,5 liters liquor at 20% volumes and above or 2 liters liquor below 20% volume or 3 liters of alcoholic beverages (excl. wines) and soft drinks, 5 kilograms of tea in maximum, 3 kilograms of coffe in maximum, a reasonable quantity of perfume and personal belongings, and other goods, total value of which is not exceeding ten million VND.

Import and export of firearms and ammunition is prohibited. Transit transportation of firearms, ammunition, explosives and highly dangerous goods is subject to prior approval from the government of Viet Nam.

No restriction of currency is applied for entry or exit Vietnam. However you must make the declaration if you bring along  Vietnamese Dong in excess of VND 150,000,000 or foreign currency in excess of 5,000 U.S. dollars or equivalent.

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