Highlight of the North Vietnam Combo
Our Highlights of the Vietnam North 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.

SPECIAL PROMOTION:
- 2 NIGHTS AT LUXURY 4 STAR BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN HANOI
- 2 DAY 1 NIGHT STAY ON V'SPIRIT PREMIER CRUISES.
- ROUND TRIP SHUTTLE BUS TRANSFER HANOI-HALONG.
- FREE AIRPORT PICKUP.
- FREE KAYAKING.
Price: ONLY 470 USD/person. Minimum of 2 persons.

Start city: Hanoi

End city: Hanoi

Durations 4 Days 3 Nights

Departure: Daily, upon your request.

Cities to visit: Hanoi – Ninh Binh - Halong Bay

Extendable with optional tours from Hanoi

Highlight of the North Vietnam Combo

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Day 1: Hanoi Arrival.
Day 2: Hanoi – Ninh Binh (Bai Dinh & Trang An).
Day 3: Ninh Binh – Hai Phong – Lan Ha Bay – Overnight on cruise.
Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Departure.

 

Prices are quoted in US Dollars per person, double occupancy.

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.
Meals: Dinner.
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.
Meals: Breakfast.
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.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: N/A.

Note: The above itinerary is subject to change without prior notice and depends on the weather condition!

Highlights of the North Vietnam map

1. Are tour dates of Highlights of the North Vietnam flexible?

Yes, this tour package is private and you can depart on any dates at your convenience.

2. Can I extend or change my stay?

Absolutely! Extra days can be arranged in most areas if desired. Let us know how you would like to customize your trip and we will do our best to accommodate you. You can ask helps from our travel consultant to amend or extend your stay (subject to availability of hotels and flights; surcharge may be applicable).

3. Are the rates displayed per person or per room?

The prices shown on our website are per person based on twin/ double accommodation.

4. Any surcharges if my travel dates are during Christmas or New Year Holidays?

The rates are regular price and they are not included a compulsory dinner (Gala Dinner) on the day of Christmas or New Year Eve. Surcharges depend on specific hotels you stay at, so our travel consultants will give further information to you in communications.

5. Are there any discounts available?

We offer select trip discounts periodically throughout the year, especially in the low season (Summer time in Vietnam is from May to Sep). Please contact our travel consultants to get more details.

6. How do I pay when I want to book this tour?

We accept payment by debit/ credit card (Visa, Master, Amex), cash and bank transfer. When you confirm a booking with us, we will send you our online payment link or bank details to deposit 30% of the total tour cost. The balance will be due as soon as you arrive in Cambodia. Our travel consultants will give more details via email about payment instruction.

7. Are meals included?

We have tried to balance flexibility and convenience regarding meal options. This tour package includes daily buffet breakfast at hotels and some lunches or dinners as listed in parenthesis next to the tour itinerary on each day tour. In the major cities, where there are a wide variety of restaurants, we generally do not include meals to allow our travelers the flexibility of choosing their own food preferences. Our tour guides can recommend some options for our clients to choose from according to traveler's interest & budget.

8. What type of food is typical of Vietnam?

Vietnamese cuisine is quite varied from the North to the Centre and to the South, having had many external influences over the years that have created an interesting mix of cooking methods and ingredients. French presence in the recent past has led to the assimilation of French cuisine influence, and is often attributed with Pho noodle soup's rise to popularity. Most meals include rice, as well as fish sauce which is a popular condiment added to almost every meal throughout the country.

9. What if I have a special request on food?

You just need to share us your request on type of foods, we will choose a right restaurant and order suitable menus for you.

10. What are the accommodations like?

Vietnam Tours only recommends good hotels rated from 3 stars to luxurious resorts. They are located within walking distance of the town center and the reception generally speaks English. For more information, check with your travel consultants to view pictures of our suggestion on standard hotels/ lodges/ resorts. Don't forget that you can give your favorite name of hotel brands to us, so we can get your concept.

11. What type of transportation is used?

Our Vietnam tours utilize a variety of primarily private transportation (arranged just for your groups) including new and modern vans/ cars, motor boats, etc. We use a mix of private (vans/ cars)/ public transportation (domestic flights, sharing cruises, trains) to provide travelers with the safest and most efficient transit in each area.

12. Is this tour suitable for kids?

Yes! If you have children traveling with, ask your travel consultants to customize the tour program to fit a variety of interests and ages. We also focus on family friendly vacations with less travel and minimum drive times and maximum in-country activity that will keep younger minds engaged.

13. How many people are typically on your tours?

We only offer completely private tours, so only the people you book for will be on the tour. If you are alone, it will just be you and your guide. If you are a couple, just the two of you and your guide, and so on. We believe this is the best type of tour, so that it can be personalized to you, go at your own pace, and so that you can have the full attention of your guide for the duration of the tour.

14. Is this trip a good choice for solo travelers?

Yes, it is. You will still have a private tour guide and driver to accompany throughout the journey. However, you have to cover all expenses regarding accommodations (single room), tour guides, transportations because no-one shares cost with.

15. Do tour rates include international flights?

This tour only includes domestic flights. We find that it is usually less expensive for travelers to book these separately and this also allows you the flexibility to choose the schedule and routing that is most convenient for you. You can purchase international flights on your own, or we can certainly help you arrange these flights with an airfare consolidator who specializes in international flights.

16. How do I get to the hotel from the airport when I arrive?

When you arrive at airports, you will be greeted with your name on our driver/ tour guide's welcome sign, then get transferred to your hotel.

17. How if bad weather such as storm, flood, landslide occurs during my holiday with Vietnam Tours?

Our Travel Consultants and Tour Operators keep checking weather forecast every-day, if the weather is bad and it may affect to your safety, we will discuss with you regarding a tentative program immediately.

18. How much should I budget for tips?

Tips are not compulsory on any of our tours. However, it is customary to offer a small tip for exceptional service. Other travelers opt to bring small souvenirs from their home to give to tour guides and drivers along the way.

19. Is travel insurance included? And is it recommended?

Travel insurance is not included in our tour price. Absolutely, we recommend you to contact with your local agent in your country to buy travel insurance before you go.

20. How to change or cancel my reservation?

- You can change or amend your schedule in advance or during your trip but surcharge maybe applied according to our contract with local suppliers, hotels and airlines. Regarding cancelation terms, please check out this link: https://asiatravelandleisure.com/terms-conditions.html

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Price Included

  • 4-Star Accommodations with daily breakfast.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Private car with A/C for all transfers.
  • V’Spirit Premier Cruises (2D1N package).
  • Kayaking.
  • Onboard insurance, taxes and service charges.
  • Sightseeing ticket & boat trip.

Price Excluded

  • International flight into and out Vietnam.
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
  • Tips.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Post tour accommodation.

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