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Hanoi Treats & Karst Landscapes - 7 Days

Hanoi Treats & Karst Landscapes

Vietnam · Private Tour · 7 Days
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Soak in the culture and history of Hanoi and enjoy cooking classes and home-hosted dinners with friendly locals. Then, sail across surreal karst landscapes in Halong Bay and Ninh Binh. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Hanoi
Day 2 - Hanoi
Day 3 - Hanoi → Halong Bay
Day 4 - Halong Bay  → Ninh Binh
Day 5 - Ninh Binh
Day 6 - Ninh Binh → Hanoi
Day 7 - Hanoi

What is included

  • Private transfers and transportation
  • 5 nights accommodation at luxury hotels with breakfast
  • 1 night accommodation at the Violet Junk shared cruise in private cabin
  • Meals as mentioned in this itinerary
  • Activities mentioned in this itinerary
  • Entrance fees at all visiting sites
  • Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Cold towels and water on sightseeing days
  • Welcome pack

What is NOT included

  • International flights
  • Meals not mentioned in this program
  • Drinks and water at included lunches and dinners
  • Tips and personal expenses
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day
1
Hanoi

Upon arrival Noi Bai Airport, your guide will come to meet you and transfer you to your hotel. 

Cultural talk by historian and writer Dr Tran Doan Lam

Late afternoon, meet with your guide at hotel and transfer to the historian’s office for a cultural talk. Having lived through the war era, the strict Communist era and the present modernization of Vietnam, Dr. Doan Tran Lam is a well-known scholar and writer. Participate in a 45-minute lively presentation on Vietnamese history spanning three thousand years and the varied aspects of Vietnamese culture. This is also a great opportunity to find out how he introduces the nation’s culture and his life experiences to the world.


Water Puppet Show and Dinner

Early evening transfer to a public theatre for a Water Puppet performance. The art of water puppetry began approximately a thousand years ago, possibly in the flooded rice fields of Vietnam. Puppeteers stand in waist-high water and manipulate their charges in such a way that you can’t help but be swept up in the legend being told. Each short skit in the performance relates to the daily life of the people. Dinner at Indochine Restaurant before transferred to your hotel for relaxing.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
2
Hanoi

Private culinary experience with local chef

After breakfast, meet with Chef Ai for a local market tour. Chef Ai is a passionate chef who has a decade-old experience as a professional chef, she can show you how to select the freshest & typical ingredients for local foods. Enjoy sight, sound and flavor of the market. Then take a drive out of Hanoi center to her beautiful private home for a private hands-on cooking class while listening to her sharing about the passion for cooking. Taste your own creations at lunch.


Insight to veteran’s experience

Hanoi has more than 1000 years of history and passed many ups & downs which bring the capital charms & attractions. Today, you will explore & discover the traces of the wars, and meet a veteran who used to be soldier during the American war from 1970-1975 to get a glimpse of the history and his authentic experience. 

Start at the Hanoi Hilton where American POWs were kept. Then head to Truc Bach & Huu Tiep Lakes in Ngoc Ha village where many B52 planes were shot down. Afterwards drive to Thang Long Royal Citadel (closed on Mondays). Visit the underground war bunker in the same compound. The bunker played an important role in the American war, especially during the 12 days and nights of the Ha Noi - Dien Bien Phu air battle in 1972.  Finish the trip with a visit to the extensive Army Museum. (closed on Mondays and Fridays). This repository of Vietnam's military history includes rooms full of war propaganda, photographs and documents from China, France, and the US wars.


My Village Show

Late this afternoon depart from your hotel to see My village Show - a combination of arts highlighting the peaceful country life and poetic scenery of Vietnam. The scene of the show is Northern Vietnam’s village life which is presented under new cirque approach. It contains episodes of Vietnamese traditional folk games, dances and circus acts performed against the background of traditional and modern music combined with artistic lighting. 

Bamboo pipes and baskets are used throughout the performance as set decorations and traditional daily activities of villagers and festive celebrations are demonstrated by performers and musicians in farmers’ clothing. After the show, enjoy beautifully decorated dishes of innovative Vietnamese cuisine in a different approach at Cau Go Vietnamese cuisine restaurant – located on the top floor of old building which was built 90s with amazing view overlook to Hoan Kiem lake. Transfer back to the hotel after enjoying dinner at romantic scenery.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
3
Hanoi → Halong Bay

Halong Bay full day tour

After breakfast, depart for a journey to Halong Bay stopping for a break at Dai Viet Center, the best place to stop and stretch your legs en route. On arrival in Halong Bay, board your deluxe junk, settle into your cabin and prepare your appetite for an enjoyable lunch on deck. In mid-afternoon visit the mysterious Tien Ong Cave, a wide cave with short entrance which is said to resemble the shape of frog’s mouth. 

In 2007 a team of Vietnamese archeologists conducted extensive research in this area which led to the discovery of human bones and artifacts dating to 10,000 - 8,000 BC. Later continue to Cua Van area which was once a fishing village, however most of the villagers have moved on land for their children’s future due to the lack of education resources in the bay. Head back to the boat, participate in a cooking class demonstration with the chef or enjoy sunset on the top deck before dinner.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Hanoi → Halong Bay 182 km 3h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Violet Junk

Ha Long Bay

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4
Halong Bay  → Ninh Binh

Halong Bay half day tour

Rise early and greet the day with a refreshing Tai Chi demonstration on the upper deck. Then it is time for an early morning swim in the Bay if you like. A small tender boat will take us to a natural white sandy stretch. Sporty ones can also climb up to a hill top to have a last view from above over Halong Bay before we return to the boat and cruise slowly back to Halong City. 

During our return, breakfast is served before we arrive at the jetty in late morning. Disembark at Heritage Line Lounge in Tuan Chau Marina. Afterwards, take the drive to your hotel in Ninh Binh. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Halong Bay → Ninh Binh217 km 4h
  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Dinner

day
5
Ninh Binh

Hoa Lu and Tam Coc full day tour

Trang An Landscape complex was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in June 2014 and is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, some of which are submerged, and surrounded by vertical cliffs. 

After breakfast, start the trip at Hoa Lu ancient capital. This was the capital of the first centralized feudal state in Vietnam at the end of the 10th century. The ravages of time have destroyed the ancient citadel but some vestiges including the temples of King Dinh and King Le still stand to this day among the rice paddies and are a worthwhile visit to get a glimpse of the ancient Vietnamese past. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Ninh Binh then continue on to Tam Coc "Ha Long Bay on Land" for a 2-hour row-boat journey

Enjoy the beauty of the karsts formations as you pass along their base and row into several of the many caves carved through the limestone and paddy fields. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
6
Ninh Binh → Hanoi

Biking trip & cooking class

After breakfast, enjoy a short drive to Tho Ha village in Nho Quan for a leisurely biking trip ranging from 5 km to 15 km passing by sleepy villages and picturesque countryside sceneries. Then head to Dong Tam hamlet to take part in some fun agricultural activities such as catching crab, fishing, transplanting and watering plants and more. 

After an hour or so, return back to the hamlet to join a cooking class and lunch with a local family where you learn how to prepare some local treats such as sweet potato cake and toasted fish. After lunch, transfer back to Hanoi in the late afternoon.


Home-hosted meal by a musicians family

Located in a quiet lane is the home of a musician couple. The husband is a flutist in the National Orchestra while the wife is a piano teacher. Enjoy the meal hosted in the cozy dining room to understand the important role meals at home play in Vietnam. 

Chat and share with them life experiences through their lovely family photo album. After the meal, enjoy a melodious performance of flute and piano entertained by the hosts themselves.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Ninh Binh → Hanoi94 km 1h 45min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
7
Hanoi

Half day city tour

With ochre-colored colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes, Hanoi is full of charm. After breakfast, start the tour at the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing monument lavishly built using marble and granite, and where the preserved body of Uncle Ho resides. After that, you can visit One Pillar Pagoda which is a historic Buddhist temple in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. It is regarded alongside the Perfume Temple, as one of Vietnam's two most iconic temples. 

Behind the Mausoleum, you can see Ho Chi Minh's House where he lived and worked. It is made of wood and enjoys a tranquil setting, with a view of a lotus pond. Ho Chi Minh’s belongings are on display and you can walk up the steps of his house to see his bedroom. Then enjoy an hour cyclo tour through the Old Quarter to enjoy the bustling local life. We will cyclo along the busy streets to the Old Quarter, one of Vietnam’s most lively and unusual places, where you can buy anything from a gravestone to silk pajamas. 

The maze of back streets is fascinating, and the area is known for its tunnel or tube houses. They were developed to avoid taxes based on the width of their frontage onto the street, so their small frontages hide very long rooms. A cyclo tour of the Old Quarter provides us a good first dose of Vietnamese culture, and insight into the country’s long history. 

Lunch at local restaurant then transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Hanoi
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Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel

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Ha Long Bay
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Violet Junk

Ninh Binh
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Emeralda Resort Ninh Bình

Price for luxury experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Double Sharing
1 May 2018 - 30 Sep 2018$1954
1 Oct 2018 - 30 Apr 2019$2161
1 May 2019 - 30 Sep 2019$1936

Photos

Vietnamese Food
Tam Coc National Park, Ninh Binh
Water Puppetry Show, Hanoi
Fresh spring rolls
Tam Coc National Park, Ninh Binh
Hoa Lu
Halong Bay
Leaf Steamed Cake

Map

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