Take time to enjoy Hanoi, Halong Bay, and Ninh Binh. You’ll even get some time to shop around on your arrival day to find the perfect souvenir for your loved ones back home. Between the long history of Hanoi, and the spectacular views in both Ninh Binh and Halong Bay, you’ll have lots of stories to tell back home. Enjoy the fresh open air of the sea and the countryside.
Day 1: HANOI ARRIVAL
Arriving at Noi Bai airport, your guide will greet you at airport with a ‘Welcome’ sign board, and then you will be transferred to your hotel in Hanoi - the capital city of Vietnam, is an elegant city located on the banks of the Red River with the tranquil ‘Restored Sword’ Lake at its heart. Overnight in Hanoi
Day 2: HANOI FULLDAY CITY TOUR
On this fullday excursion you will get to explore and learn about everything Vietnamese, from the oldest pagoda, and the first university of Vietnam, to present day religious practises and ethnic minorities. You’ll hear the foklore tales about the turtle of sword lake, at the Ngoc Son Temple, as well visiting the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh - the leader of the Viet Cong Army, that defeated the americans in the 20 year war, and later became both prime minister and president. With no stones left unturned, this tour is everything you wanted to know about Vietnam, to better understand this exciting country.
08:00 - 08:30 Tour guide and shuttle bus will pick you up at the hotel in Hanoi old quarter and Hanoi Opera House then depart for the Hanoi city full day tour.
08:45: Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum to explore the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-place. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts and off to one side of the Mausoleum is the One-Pillar Pagoda which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 - the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi.
10:45 : Depending on the date, you will visit:
Mon – Wed – Fri: Pottery Village
Tue – Thu – Sat & Sun: Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
12:30 : Have lunch at a restaurant, served with Vietnamese food.
13:30 – 13:45 : Visit the Temple of Literature, the most famous temple situated in Hanoi, also functioned as Vietnam's first university. It was first constructed in 1070, under King Ly Nhan Tong and dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars. A vast structure that has existed to present day.
15:00 : Visit Tran Quoc Pagoda lying next to West Lake.
15:45 Drive to the legendary Hoan Kiem Lake to visit Ngoc Son Temple, dedicated to Van Xuong Saint and former general commander Tran Hung Dao, for his struggle against Mongolians. You will also see the beautiful Vietnamese and French architecture around the lake.
16:00 - 16:30: Arrive at the hotel in Hanoi old quarter and Hanoi Opera House. Overnight in Hanoi
Day 3: NINH BINH CITADELS & KARSTS
8.00-8.30 am our tourguide will pick you up from your hotel in Old Quarter to depart to Ninh Binh city
10.30-11.00 am You will reach Hoa Lu Ancient Capital. In 968, Dinh Bo Linh declared himself as the King. Since then Hoa Lu existed as the capital for the next 41 years (968 – 1009), of which 12 years was under the Dinh dynasty – King Dinh Tien Hoang, the country named Dai Co Viet, and 29 years later was under the Le dynasty – King Le Dai Hanh. In 1010, King Ly Thai To moved the capital from Hoa Lu to Thang Long – present day Hanoi. Hoa Lu became the old citadel. In Hoa Lu there are now 2 temples have been built on the ground of the old royal palace, one is dedicated to King Dinh Tien Hoang, the other is to King Le Dai Hanh. The visit offers a chance to know more about part of feudal dynasties and historical periods in Vietnamese history. Today you will enjoy buffet lunch at local restaurant in Tam Coc. The food is served with Asian style, local dishes, organic vegetable.
After finishing your lunch, you will be taking the rowing boat at Tam Coc Harbour. Arranged by local people here, the boat is rowed by both hand and legs. The boat will take you to 3 specular caves with hundreds of limestones on the way. If you travel during harvest season, you will see many terrace rice fields in golden colors. The boat rowing will be in around 2 hours. Not only you could see the peaceful scenery of mountain, rice paddy fields, temples, you also have chances to learn about local people cultures on their daily life.
Optional activities: Enjoy a bicycle ride through the countryside after the boat trip (Bicyle ride fee is included)
4:00 pm: leave Tam Coc and drive back to Hanoi. Arrive Hanoi at around 6:30 pm. Overnight in Hanoi
Day 4: HANOI –WORLD HERITAGE SITE HALONG BAY BY OASIS CLASSIC CRUISE 4*
8h00 - 8h30 Pick you up at your hotel.
12h30 Arrive at Tuan Chau harbour and refresh at the Oasis Bay Lounge for about 20 minutes before boarding.
13h00 Transfer to cruise. Welcome drink, cruise briefing, safety instructions, and check-in cabins.Cruise and program commence.
13h30-14h30 Special lunch will be served on board while cruising and passing Fighting Cock islet (symbol of Halong Bay). After having lunch, the Oasis Bay will continue exploring the wonders of Halong bay. Anchoring the vessels at Frog Pond area.
15h30-17h00 Explore this beautiful area by kayaking through the majestic scenery or swimming in emerald coloured water.
17h15-18h45 Relax on the sundeck with a few cocktails complimented by a variety of tropical fruits and best local wines. Then attend a cooking demonstration with our Chef to learn one of the most popular cuisines in Vietnam: spring rolls, or refresh yourself in outdoor Jacuzzi.
19h00-20h00 Enjoy a specially gourmet dinner.
21h00-23h00: Evening Activities, relax at leisure: squid fishing
Day 5: HALONG BAY – HANOI DEPARTURE
6h30 Wake up to a very special morning with an organized Taichi class among the peaceful surroundings of Halong.