Covering most famous destination of the Red River Delta, loaded with relax time and light adventure to maximize travelers experience the must see and do. This Overture leads you from bustling Hanoi to Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay, Cat Ba Island then well know Tam Coc and Cuc Phuong National Park. Let’s go for this overture and be active and close to nature in awe inspiring landscapes during 7 days trip with us.
Start city: Hanoi
End city: Hanoi
Duration: 7 days 6 nights
Departure: Daily, upon your request.
Destination: Hanoi – Halong – Ninh Binh.
You will be picked up at NoiBai Airport upon on your arrival and transferred to your hotel in the city centre. You are then free for refreshment.
Overnight at your hotel in Hanoi.
AM: Be picked up at your hotel at 8h00 then drive to following sites:
Tran Quoc Pagoda (means “Stabilizing the Nation”), the oldest pagoda constructed in the sixth century during the reign of Emperor Ly Nam De.
Ho Chi Minh Complex, where the body lies in a glass case with dim lights in the mausoleum, simple open wooden house on stilts surrounded by gardens with towering trees and a small lake, presidential palace built between 1900 and 1906 to house the French Governor-General of Indochina.
One pillar pagoda – a wooden pagoda on a single stone pillar, and it is designed to resemble a lotus blossom, which is a Buddhist symbol of purity, since a lotus blossoms in a muddy pond.
Temple of Literature (Van Mieu), which originally built as a Confucius Temple, then became Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070. The temple highlights the importance influence that Vietnamese society has placed on education.
PM: Have lunch at a traditional Vietnamese restaurant. Our walking journey starts from a historic temple of the ancient Thang Long Kingdom (Den Bach Ma), it would be a bit noisy and hectic, but the walking route will show you all best thing the Old Quarter has to offer. You will explore a maze of hustle and bustle streets with a hotchpotch of architecture – traditional tube houses, religious buildings, artisans’ workshops, colonial houses and modern concrete edifices.
Finally, treat yourself a coffee at traditional house in 11 Hang Gai Street for a panoramic view of the famous HoanKiem Lake before walking back to your hotel.
Overnight at your hotel.
AM: Be picked up at your hotel from 8h00 (we may do several pick-ups) for 3.5 hours bus ride through the country side of the Red River Delta to Ha Long City. Upon arrival, aboard Halong Phoenix Cruiser, fresh seafood lunch (vegetable menu available) would be served while the boat is creeping out.
PM: A short tender ride from your boat in the middle of the bay to an island for the famous Surprising (Sung Sot) Cave, followed by another island visit (Titop Island) and swimming on its sandy beach. As the sun sets over the anchorage area, it is your own time to lean back on our well designed deck with your favorite drink. Dinner will be served with typically local seafood.
Overnight on boat in Halong Bay.
AM: Rise up for a breath taking on sundeck, be ready with your camera for a stunning vista in the serene bay. We visit an island and relax on its beach, or walk up to the top for the panoramic view of the anchorage area. You learn recipes and techniques that go into the most popular dish of the Vietnamese food on sundeck just before lunch time. Lunch would be served when cruising back to the harbor.
PM: Our bus is waiting on the harbor to take you back to Hanoi. Trip ends at your hotel (we can help you book an extra night for this day) around 16h00.
Overnight at your hotel in Hanoi.
AM: We pick you up at your hotel for 2.5 hours drive south of Hanoi to Tam Coc, where we stop at a local restaurant and start cycling around. You would be guided through villages, lush rice fields and rocky outcrops (rice harvesting time: May and Sep) until lunch at the local restaurant with scenic view over the river.
PM: We take a sampan ride along a river, just relax and enjoy the sensation of being gently paddled by hand in a little boat. Lose yourself in this unique experience, along a stretch of blue-green river, and marvel at dancing water refractions under the coolness of passing Tam Coc (three caves).
Upon arrival back in the boat dock, drive to Hoa Lu – Vietnam capital city (968 – 1009) for the King Dinh and Le Temples as well as ancient citadel traces. Keep driving through a fascinating limestone area to Cuc Phuong Park. Diner and overnight in the park headquarter.
Overnight in the Cuc Phuong National Park’s guest house.
AM: Awake gently and savour the early morning sounds of the surrounding forest and the singing of gibbons in nearby Rescue Center. Have breakfast then drive to the Cave of Prehistoric man, where human skeletons and stone tools there dated back to 7.500 years old. Keep driving into the forest (20km) then start hiking up loop trail (7km) to see the 1000 years old tree, discover the secrets of nature.
PM: After lunch, we visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre – one of the highlights of Cuc Phuong Park, where we will observe a home to more than 140 primates in 15 species, including six species which are kept only at the EPRC and in no other facility in the world. Afterwards, leave the park for Hanoi.
Trip ends at your hotel around 17h00. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Our car picks you up at your hotel and transfers to the airport for your flight to the next destination. Trip ends at the airport.