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Northern Heritage Lines – 5 Days

Get to know the beauty of Vietnam, this 5-day Ninh Binh tour is for the wishes to not only explore the rich culture but also the magnificent nature.

​People will love…
• Explore the World Heritage Site of Halong Bay dotted with abundant limestone islands and stunning caves
• Join in relaxing kayaking on the turquoise water
• Walk through the vibrant Old Quarter in Hanoi with colorful local stores and delightful coffee shop
• Soak in the peaceful landscape of Trang An complex

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Hanoi's Old Quarter
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Explore Halong Bay by sampan boat
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Kayaking in Halong
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Local children

Detail itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi arrival (Meal: N/A)
Welcome to Hanoi , the 1000 year old capital of Vietnam. The name Hanoi actually means ‘Inside the river' and other name in the past like Thang Long means Ascending Dragon. Once the capital of French Indochina, the European structural style made its mark in the city's architecture, which you might quickly notice in the city center area.
Depending on your location of hotel, you may pass Old Quarter and its 36 streets – the historical heart of the 1000-year-old merchant city whose street’s names are originated from the goods produced and sold there: Cotton, Iron, Sugar, Traditional Medicine and so on. Optional stop at Ma May Street to visit the Ancient House of Vietnamese – the characteristic feature of traditional Hanoi architecture. The rest of the day is free for your relaxation. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi – Ninh Binh (Meal: B)
In the morning we depart for Ninh Binh – known widely as “Halong Bay inland”. With first impression, Ninh Binh does look like Halong Bay because there we have limestone monoliths topped by dense greenery that emerge from water. But unlike the famous Halong Bay, Ninh Binh owns vast green paddy field, small islets with rivers flowing through them and caves formed in them, expanding mountains and the idyllic scene of countryside of Northern Vietnam.
On arrival, we boat ride in Trang An, an aquatic complex of more than 30 lakes surrounded by numerous vegetation-clad limestone pitons. In this leisure two hour boat trip, we follow the large river and capture the peaceful landscapes passing by. Sometimes, the boat rows into small caves shaped like a tunnel, the waterway is much narrower here and the boat comes close to the shore of reeds. Relax your mind and enjoy the time floating among nature.
After boat tour, we have an afternoon bike tour through villages and sugarcane farms among a serene rural settings. Time to get closer to local habitants’ daily lives, smell and touch the scent of fresh vegetable, fruit trees and rice field. Overnight at hotel in Ninh Binh.
Day 3: Ninh Binh – Halong Bay (Meal: B, L, D)
Morning depart for Halong, the most beautiful bay of Vietnam, one of the most beautiful landscapes of Asia. It is famous for thousands of limestone karsts of all shapes and sizes emerging from the emerald waters, with magnificent cellars eroded in the islands and islets over the centuries by the wind and the sea.
On arrival, welcome by cruise staff and embark with the shuttle boat for short transfer (approximately 5 minutes) to the main cruise. Welcome cocktail and check-in on board.
Enjoy your lunch while cruise passing by some of the most scenic locations mountains and a floating village. In the afternoon, swimming, kayaking if weather permitted (Kayak is on your own expense). Do not miss the chance to capture breath taking and sunset scene on the bay. In the evening, dinner is served while the cruise anchored in quiet water area. Overnight on board.
Note: The itinerary and activities of the cruise may vary according to the proposed junks.
Day 4: Halong Bay cruising - kayaking - swimming (Meal: B, L, D)
The day starts early onboard with Tai Chi session on the sundeck. The breakfast is served in the restaurant with morning view of bay’s landscape, then continue our journey.
You will be transferred to day boat to explore the deeper and lesser known part of the bay. Be prepare for a full day of kayaking, swimming and sun bathing. Lunch will be served on board or on a private beach based on the weather condition.
After returning to main cruise, we enjoying swimming at the untouched area. In the evening, deluxe Dinner is served. Enjoy delicious local food prepared and served for you by our wonderful onboard catering staff. Overnight on board.
Note: The itinerary and activities of the cruise may vary according to the proposed junks.
Day 5: Halong Bay – Hanoi – departure (Meal: Brunch)
In the early morning, greet the morning as the first ray shines through thousands karst of the bay. We then visit splendid caves of Halong Bay including the French-baptized “Surprise Cave”, study stalagmites and stalactites which date back thousands of years ago.
After coming back to the main boat, we will have brunch and relax until we reach the port. You will be transferred back Hanoi airport, say goodbye to Vietnam. Our guide wishes you good flight ahead. End of tour.
Note: The itinerary and activities of the cruise may vary according to the proposed junks.

Price Details

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4-star
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5-star
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Included in price:

  • Well-selected accommodation as mentioned in the tour
  • Boat trip/ sampan/cruise if included in the tour
  • Daily breakfast served at the hotel
  • Private transportation/shuttle bus including round-trip airport transfers
  • Domestic flight tickets as mentioned in the tour
  • English speaking tour guides - other languages on request
  • All entrance and visiting fees per program
  • Other meals that mentioned in the tour

Not included in price:

  • Visa arrangements/ airport taxes
  • International airfares (On request)
  • All medical and travel insurance coverage
  • Personal expenses
  • Beverages or other meals that not mentioned in the tour
  • All tips and gratuities
  • Other things that not mentioned in the “Trip inclusions”

Accommodation options

ninh binh hotel

★★★

Tam Coc Rice Field
Ninh Binh

hanoi hotel

★★★★

Silk Path
Hanoi

halong cruise

★★★★★

Dragon Legend's cabin

halong cruise

★★★★★

Dragon Legend Cruise
Halong

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Included services

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  • Transports & drivers
  • Cruise

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