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Overview

Discover the world heritage sites of north Vietnam in style. Begin with a city tour of Hanoi’s ancient sites such as the Temple of Literature, Thang Long Imperial Citadel before learning about the stories behind hidden architectural gems of the city. Then, travel to Trang An and Halong Bay to see the magnificent dry and wet limestone karst formations found nowhere else in the world.

Trip Highlights

Discover ancient sites of Hanoi city

As one of the oldest capitals in the world, visit Hanoi’s Temple of Literature, Old Quarter, Hoa Lu Imperial Citadel and learn about its rich history.

Cruise through UNESCO Trang An site

Known as ‘Halong on Land’ cruise through Trang An, a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys and rice fields.

Overnight cruise through Halong Bay

Spend a night under the stars among the magnificent karst formations while relaxing on board or taking part in available activities.

Itinerary

1

Arrival Hanoi (from Luang Prabang)

Noi Bai airport - Hanoi (38km): 40min

Upon arrival, be met with the private guide and car for a transfer to the hotel for check-in.

Remarks: normal check in time at all hotels is 14:00, check out time is 12:00. Early check in and late check out are subjected to availability or surcharge will be applied if requested.

Overnight in Hanoi

2

Hanoi – Full-day city tour

Routes can change subject to client’s interest.

This morning after breakfast, be met with the guide and driver for a discovery of the most ancient capitals in the world, Hanoi.

Depart the hotel to visit the Temple of Literature, or Quoc Tu Giam. Built in 1076, The Temple of Literature was Vietnam's first university and was established within a temple to educate Vietnam's royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past.

Next, visit Hanoi’s UNESCO World Heritage site, Thang Long Imperial Citadel. The Citadel was constructed on a Chinese fortress dating back from the 7th century and re-built in the 11th century by the Ly Viet Dynasty. The historical site and remains reflect a unique Southeast Asian culture between influences from China in the north and the ancient Kingdom of Champa in the south. It was made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2010.

Lunch is at a cozy home feel Home Mộc restaurant serving up authentic northern food.

This afternoon, meet with Linda Mazur, the author of the publication ‘Hidden houses of Hanoi and the stories they tell’ and an adopted local who has been living in Hanoi for more than 20 years.  Spend 2 hours walking along French colonial quarter and hidden corners that only locals and insiders know about. Through Linda’s stories, discover life after the French and American war of these heritage sites. Next, visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter, also known as 36 Streets. Take a walking tour through heritage houses to learn the typical architecture of house since the end of 19th century. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It's a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities all around.

Overnight in Hanoi.

3

Ha Noi – Ninh Binh

Hanoi to Hoa Lu (100km): 2.5hrs.

This morning, depart the hotel at 08:00 for a 2.5-hour drive through rural northern Vietnam to the site of Vietnam’s first capital, Hoa Lu. Visit the temples dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh Dynasty (968-80), and Emperor Le Dai Hanh of the Le Dynasty (980-1009). The ancient Hoa Lu Citadel, most of which has since been destroyed, once covered an area of three square kilometers.

After visiting Hoa Lu, if time and energy levels permit, choose to take a half-hour walk up one of the surrounding limestone karst hills and be rewarded with spectacular views.

In the late morning, depart for Tam Coc Town for a Vietnamese lunch, along the way make stops along the way to take pictures of local villages and the surrounding stunning landscape.

After lunch, visit Trang An Landscape Complex which was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in June 2014. Take a relaxing boat ride on a peaceful river passing through a series of caves (one which takes 15-minutes to pass through in darkness). Trang An is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, some of which are submerged and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs. As the boat gently slices through the water, notice the enormous limestone karsts jutting out from the green rice fields giving rise to other name, ‘Halong on Land’. An eco-tourism area, the only interruptions here are the sound of birds and the gentle paddle of the oar upon the crystal clear river.

If feeling adventurous, climb up to Bich Dong Pagoda on nearby Ngu Nhac Mountain. Dating back to 1428 and comprising three structures: Ha, Trung, and Thuong Pagodas, in ascending order Bich Dong Pagoda is stunning. 

Transfer to the hotel and spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Overnight in Ninh Binh.

4

Ninh Binh – Halong Bay

Ninh Binh to Halong Bay (200km): 4hrs

Following an early breakfast leave Ninh Binh for an approximately 4-hour drive to Halong Bay, perhaps Vietnam’s most popular UNESCO World Heritage site! The name ‘Halong’ means the dragon descending into the sea and owes its origins to a Vietnamese myth. The towering limestone karsts represent the dragon’s back, surrounded by jade green water creating an unforgettable site. There are more than 1600 limestones of islands and islets with different shapes jutting out from the sea.. Most of them are still intact from human activities thanks to their uninhabited and uncultivated characters.

Arrive at the Halong Bay jetty around noon and proceed with check-in formalities before boarding a boat for an unforgettable overnight cruise on Halong bay. After being welcomed onboard, a lunch will be served while cruising towards the bay itself. In the afternoon, enjoy some visits and/or activities (depending on each boat’s itinerary) or just spend some time relaxing on board. Towards the end of the day the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations. Dinner is served on board.

Overnight on board the boat in Halong Bay (private cabin on-board the join-in boat cruise).

5

Halong Bay – Hanoi Departure

Halong Bay to Hanoi departure (180km): 4 hours

Enjoy the morning in the middle of Halong Bay as the sun rises on Halong and breakfast is served (brunch on some boats) while the vessel cruises slowly through the magnificent rock formations and back towards the port. Mid-morning the boat will return to shore.

Disembark and transfer to Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport for the onward flight to the next destination.

Important Information

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Accommodation in a shared TWN/DBL room
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (excludes drinks) (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • Local English speaking guide during tour & transfer
  •  Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
  •  All admission fees at attractions mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  •  Bottled water during tours and transfers

OUR SERVICES DO NOT INCLUDE:

  • Drinks and other meals not mentioned
  •  Domestic flights if not mentioned in inclusions
  • Price extra for Camera / Video
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips, Travel insurance
  •  Visa & Visa stamping fee to Vietnam
  •  International flights if not mentioned in inclusions
  •  Gratuities to guides, drivers, boats staff, servants…
  •  Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, …)
  •   Any services not mentioned in the itinerary

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