THE HEART OF NORTHERN VIETNAM *SPECIAL FIT*

Duration

9 days

Location

Overview

Itinerary: Hanoi (3 nights) - Ai Village - Pu Luong (2 nights) - Ninh Binh (1 night) - Lan Ha Bay (1 night on junk)...👇👇👇

Included/Exclude

  • Hotel
  • Van
  • Domestic flights
  • Visits
  • Guide
  • Meals
  • International flights
  • Tips for guide & driver
  • Personal spending
  • Drinks in the meal

Tour Plan

Arrival in Hanoi, reception by the local English-speaking tour guide and transfer to the hotel in the center of the city. (The rooms are available after 2:00 pm).

Meals at leisure. Night at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. 

To start the trip, a rickshaw ride in the center of the city allows you to discover the main centers of interests of the Vietnamese capital: the neighborhood of the “36 corporations”, the quarter of the embassies, the surroundings of the lake …

Visit to the temple of Literature, built in the 1070, a symbol of the education in the country, that represents the traditional Vietnamese architecture.

Lunch in a local restaurant.

Walk in the surroundings of the Ba Dinh square. Pictures in front of the impressive Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, place of eternal rest of the greatest leader of the Vietnamese people. Visit the One Pillar pagoda, known for its original construction in teak, emerging from water.

Finish the day with a walk on the historic Long Bien bridge with the possibility of visiting a small banana plantation on the Red River banks  in the middle of the city. After the stroll, transfer back to your hotel.

Dinner at leisure. Night at the hotel. 

Experience 1 (see price in the experience table at the end of the document): Walking tour in Hanoi old town with degustation of a local delicacy and a vietnamese cappuccino (with beaten sweetened yolks) or a local beer in a pavement bar.

Experience 2 (see price in the experience table at the end of the document):  At 10 o’clock at night, visit the Quang Ba flower market, the biggest in Hanoi. This market only opens its doors at night, to ensure the freshness of the flowers, it’s also one of the few places open during the night in a city where the curfew is well enforced.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer by road to Hoa Binh, in the heart of rural Vietnam

Stop at Van Phuc village, known for its production of coloured silks. Arrival to Ai village, in Hoa Binh and greeted by the hosts. Visit of a typical house on stilts. 

Lunch in the family house.

Walk around the village to learn about the daily life of the Muong ethnic minority group, and warm meetings with locals.

Departure to the Pu Luong Nature Reserve through an amazing road across the mountains.

Arrival and registration in the Resort with views over the entire valley.

Dinner and night at the resort.

Breakfast at the resort.

In the morning, a short trek in the surroundings of the lodge. Surrounded by impressive landscapes with mountains and rice terraces in the center of this natural reserve.

On the road, you will find the local inhabitants doing their daily activities, while enjoying the views over Uoi village. When you get there, you can learn about the culture of the ethnic minority groups living in the valley. Return to the resort for lunch. Transfer to the Cham river, where we will find water mills used by the locals for their harvest. Route to a small waterfall, where you will have the chance to swim. Return to the resort.

Dinner and night at the resort.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Road to Ninh Binh, also known as the Halong Bay on land, because of its incredible landscapes. Along the route, you will see many villages and various sceneries.

Visit the temples of Kings Dinh y Le in Hoa Lu, the ancestral capital of Vietnam, surrounded by a picturesque landscape.

Lunch in a local restaurant: Roasted goat and puffed rice, a local delicacy.

Ride in a flat-bottomed rowing boat, on a small river surrounded by rice fields and karstic mountains, an exceptional natural landscape. 

Walk through the plantations or bike ride in the nearby villages, meeting with the locals.

Dinner at leisure. Night at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Road to Halong Bay through the Delta of the Red River, to board a traditional junk in the most unknown part of the Bay (Lan Ha Bay).

Arrival at the port and boarding a tender to be taken to the junk.

Installation in your cruise cabs and lunch with fresh seafood on board.

Begin the cruise within the less touristic and cleanest areas of the Bay, navigating through imposing karstic mountains and about 3000 islands and islets emerging from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin.

First stop in a cave area, to navigate in kayak or small boats, visiting two natural caves.

Return to the cruise ship to enjoy the sunset views over the bay and the possibility of swimming in its waters, jumping from the top of the cruise ship.

Barbecue dinner on board.

Night on board of the cruise ship. Possibility of fishing squid with the crew.

If weather permits, the sunrise is the best moment to photograph the Halong Bay and also for a Tai Chi lesson on the upper deck with nature.

Breakfast on board.

The cruise will slowly make its way to shore surrounded by impressive mountains.

Stop in Cat ba national park, transfer by bus to the center of the island to visit a natural cave that had an important use during the war.

Early lunch on board as a "brunch".

Disembarkation and travel by road to Hanoi.

After arrival,  transfer to your hotel and time at leisure.

Dinner at leisure. Night at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Time at leisure for personal activities.

According to the flight schedule, transfer to the airport to take the return flight.

Meals at leisure. Night in the plane.

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