Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi – City Tour (L, D)
Upon your arrival in the morning, a private car will pick you up and transport you to your hotel in Hanoi for check-in.
In the afternoon, we will visit the Temple of Literature, West Lake, Dong Xuan Market, O Quan Truong Gate, the Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake, and Ngoc Son Temple.
Afterwards, we will head back to the hotel and dinner will be on your own.
Free time in the evening.
(Note: visit of Hanoi night market on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday).
Day 2: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (B, L, D)
Today, we will drive for 3h30 to reach Ha Long City.
At Ha Long tourist port, we will get onboard and enjoy a fresh seafood lunch while cruising through the thousands of islands and islets that form this incredible World Natural Heritage site. We will have the opportunity to swim in the bay, explore caves with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites, or take kayaks and discover the hidden treasures of Ha Long Bay.
Dinner and overnight onboard.
Day 3: Ha Long Bay – Ninh Binh (B, L, D)
Wake up early and enjoy breakfast onboard while seeing the sunrise. Then, we will continue cruising and sightseeing in Ha Long Bay before heading back to the port, where our driver will be waiting for us.
Hop on the bus as we will drive through the Red River Delta from Ha Long to Hai Phong, then Thai Binh, Nam Dinh, and Ninh Binh. While on our way, we will make a few stops: visit Tran Temple in Nam Dinh to learn about the most successful dynasty in the history of Vietnam, visit traditional villages specializing in making lacquers and wood carving.
In Ninh Binh, we will check-in at the hotel located in the middle of a rural area.
You will have free time to enjoy the peaceful countryside.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Ninh Binh – Hanoi (B, L)
Today, we will visit Ninh Binh, surrounded by many limestone mountains emerging from rice fields. Ninh Binh is known as “Ha Long Bay on land”.
We will visit the Trang An grottoes, newly recognized as World Natural Heritage site by the UNESCO. There, we will board bamboo row boats and cruise along the stream through 9 grottoes including Ba Giot, Dia Linh, Toi (“Dark Cave”), Sang (“Bright Cave”), Ao Trai, and Seo. We will also visit the valleys of Tran Temple, May, Khong, and Nau Ruou.
Later, we will go to Bai Dinh pagoda, the biggest in Vietnam. Then, we will drive directly to the airport for your flight departure.
End of tour.