- Cruise on the less travelled area in Lan Ha bay.
- Discover Halong Bay in the most romantic way.
- Discover the home of King Kong in Ninh Binh
- Meet & talk to local people at their home and their works.
- Using the luxury services through out the journey.
- Age range
- < 18 year olds +4 more
Our Highlights of the North Vietnam takes you on a scenic adventure full of culture and stunning bay of decent Dragons. Experience local street foods in Hanoi fascinating Old Quarter, pay a visit to Bai Dinh – one of the largest glimmering pagoda complex in South East Asia, enjoy breathtaking views of Trang An – a complex ecosystem of mountains, caves, river-valleys, woods as well as cultural and historical relics, and sail on the World Heritage Site of Halong Bay but less visited route.
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Day 1: Hanoi Arrival.
Welcomed by Vietnam Travel’s local driver and transferred to Thien Thai, a luxury boutique hotel on a quiet side street yet close to Hanoi's Old Quarter and business district. Take an orientation walking tour to visit the Opera House, Hoan Kiem Lake with Ngoc Son Temple, St. Joseph's Cathedral. Then experience the sights, the sounds, the culture and of course the awesome Hanoi street foods as you walk around the heart of the Old Quarter.
Accommodation: Thien Thai Hotel.
Day 2: Hanoi – Ninh Binh (Bai Dinh & Trang An).
After breakfast, your tour guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel then journey southward to Ninh Binh Province where presents you an ancient land enriched with cultural and geographic wonders that were recently World Heritage Site listed.
Upon arrival at approximately 10:00 A.M, you will start your tour by visiting Bai Dinh Pagoda complex, one of the largest pagodas not only in Vietnam but also in Southeast Asia. This place is scenically set on the foothill of Dinh Mountain, surrounded by amazing views of the exquisite river valley below, and dotted with limestone karsts, which will take your breath away. The pagoda complexes stunningly boast an array of the most massive and magnificent refined Vietnamese architecture, which will take a full day to explore. With sacred atmospheres and an intriguing Buddhism story told by your guide, you cannot fail to be enchanted. Some of the highlights are:
- 500 stone statues of “La Han” (Arhats),
- Two huge bronze bells, one weighs 27 tons, the other 36 tons,
- Three bronze statues of “Tam The” (50 tons each).
The visit ends with a walk up the summit mountain to see the 100-ton bronze statue of Buddha Sakyamuni and a chance to enjoy the panoramic view of the picturesque landscape dotted with limestone mountains.
After lunch at a local restaurant, you will leave for the Trang An Grottoes, a UNESCO-listed series of grottoes carved from the region's striking natural monoliths of limestone, which rises dramatically out from the rice paddy fields. Deep among the towering mountains, are pristine places of mystical valleys, numerous fresh water ponds, and jungle. Embark on a traditional sampan gently rowed down the exquisite river through numerous caves: "Hang Toi" (Dark Cave), "Hang Sang" (Light Cave) and "Hang Nau Ruou" (Cooking Wine Cave). Every passage brings a new hidden inside isolated valleys of tranquility, which perhaps transformed to another world and time. The fauna and flora is rich, and a scene of a goat jumping from one cliff to the other is a common sight. Enjoy the sunset over the lime karsts while cruising on the clear water back to the main tourist boat terminal. The boat trip in Trang An is around 2.5 hours and through 9-11 caves like a circle.
At the end of the tour, transfer to The Reed Hotel, an ideal place to stay, to experience local atmosphere and explore the spectacular Ancient Capital of Vietnam, for overnight.
Accommodation: The Reed Hotel.
Day 3: Ninh Binh – Hai Phong – Lan Ha Bay – Overnight on cruise.
With an elegant design of three decks, the V'Spirit Premier features an original oriental tone, Vietnamese traditional decorative style together with the infinite care taken to use only the high quality materials in construction and decoration creating luxury appointments and five-star-class service. In Halong Bay, the V’Spirit Premier Cruise takes the route less travelled, bestowing to you a chance to step back in time and see the bay before the dawn of tourism. We find this in Lan Ha Bay, the southern section of Halong Bay and an indistinguishable limestone copy of its more famous neighbour. Here, the voice of the wild speaks louder than the roar of the engine, where statuesque mountains, evocative caverns and jungle-clad islands comprise nature’s silent masterpiece.
Following the breakfast, enjoy a scenic drive thought Red River Delta to Hai Phong where you will board the cruise on an enchanting journey throughout the beautiful Lan Ha Bay, the smart alternative to the crowded Halong Bay. On arrival, welcome drinks, cruise briefing and safety instructions are delivered by the cruise manger, followed by your cabin check in. The uniquely designed itineraries allow you to experience the less traveled routes that other cruises simply don’t reach. Apart from exploring the natural beauty of many islets in a leisure pace, the today program also includes more activities such as swimming or kayaking on the vast sea, cooking demonstration onboard to challenge your skills in preparing a very famous Vietnamese dish (activities depend on weather, season and the specific cruise). All fresh seafood meals are on-house as well.
Before you come back to your cabin tonight, perhaps you would like to head to the bar, the spa or join the crew for some squid fishing.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Accommodation: on V’Spirit Premier Cruises.
Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Departure.
Wake up to fresh coffee, doing Tai Chi before cruising back to the shore. En route the junk weaves through impressive rock formations where you can enjoy kayaking. After having a brunch, farewell the crew team and disembark at the Got Pier. Head to Hai Phong City on a complimentary tour of Vietnam’s third largest city that Vietnam Travel specially offers for those traveling on the V’Spirit Premier Cruises.
Hai Phong is not only famous as a major industrial port city but there is also enormous potential for tourism. It preserved many architectural delights, including traditional architecture such as pagodas, temples and French neoclassical architecture of the old neighborhood. Once you reach Hai Phong, start the city tour with the Opera Theatre, also called Municipal Theatre, one of three theatres built by the French in Vietnam, the cultural structure typical of Port City. Next, visit Flower Stall & Le Chan Statue - one of the female generals under the command of the Trung Sisters (Hai Ba Trung) rose against Chinese rule in the year 43 C.E. Walk along the tree lined streets of this beautiful city for the orientation. Witness the locals trading at “Iron Market” (Cho Sat), a busy city market covering a large area. Even if you don’t plan to buy anything here, it’s still an interesting experience to observe local life in this busy downtown area. Conclude your city tour of Hai Phong at Du Hang Pagoda, the ancient architecture originated during the Early Le dynasty. Admire the many valuable Buddha statues, horizontal lacquered boards and parallel sentences bearing the art style of the Nguyen Dynasty.
Later in the afternoon, drive to Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport on one of Vietnam’s most modern freeways for your onward flight. Tour concludes.
If you need any further tour arrangements, accommodation booking or excursion, please contact Vietnam Travel’s consultant for assistance.
AccommodationRated Excellent by past passengers
All the hotels/ cruise are subject to availability and can be changed. In case any of the listed hotels are fully booked, alternatives of equivalence will be taken.
GuideRated Excellent by past passengers
English speaking tour guide.
MealsRated Excellent by past passengers
- Hanoi street food.
- 2 Breakfasts.
- 1 Lunch.
- 1 Dinner.
TransportRated Excellent by past passengers
Private car with A/C.
Please note that airfares are subject to availability and to change without notice
• 4-Star Accommodations with daily breakfast.
• Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
• Private car with A/C for all transfers.
• 5-star V’Spirit Premier Cruises (2D1N package).
• Onboard insurance, taxes and service charges.
• Sightseeing ticket & boat trip.
• International flight into and out Vietnam.
• Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
• Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
• Personal travel insurance.
• Post tour accommodation.
• Visa stamp fee.