8 Days Vietnam North & Central Holiday Package

Trip code: VNT – NCP8d
Trip price: Please contact us for details.
Duration: 8 days 7 nights
Departure: Ha Noi

Trip itinerary

 

Day 1: Arrival in Ha Noi

Our driver will meet you in Hanoi and transfer you to your hotel in the old quarter of Hanoi. After check in you will have free time to take a rest or start exploring the area around the hotel and take a walk around the famous Hoan Kiem Lake.

Overnight stay in Hanoi.

Day 2: Ha Noi City Tour (B/L)

08:00: Vietnam Travel guide will meet you at your hotel & you will depart to visit:

Ho Chi Minh Complex: Completed in 1975 the complex contains Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, his former stilt house residence, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh museum.

Next stop is a visit to the Temple of Literature: Originally built as a temple to Confucius, this is the site of Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070. Inside are the stone steels used for ceremonies and mounted on the backs of turtles and inscribed with the names of the university’s graduates. The complex is divided into five courtyards which originally would have been reserved for the Emperor and his mandarins. One of the courtyards contains the statue of Confucius guarded by two beautiful bronze storks standing on turtles. The temple highlights the importance Vietnamese society has placed on education.

12:00: A delicious set menu lunch will be provided for you in a local restaurant.

13:00: Your tour recommences with a visit to the Museum of Ethnology which is widely acknowledged as the best in Vietnam and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 Ethnic minority peoples.

Then it is on to the Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake: The Ngoc Son temple is set on a tiny island on the Hoan Kiem Lake and was erected in 18th century. The temple is reached by crossing the Huc Bridge which literally means “Place Touched by Morning Sunbeams”. Hoan Kiem Lake is a focal point of the city and the source of many legends including the legend of the returned sword which dates back to the 15th century and refers to a magical sword used to free Vietnam from Chinese rule.

The Old Quarter, also known as the 36 streets, is a bustling area of narrow streets home to literally thousands of small businesses and street vendors, selling a wide variety of goods. Originally each of the 36 streets names’ were related to the products being sold there. Hence you can walk from Fish Street to Tin Street to Bamboo Street and you will enjoy exploring the area while riding in a traditional cyclo.

Overnight stayat Hotel in Ha Noi

Day 3: Ha Noi – Ha Long Bay (B/L/D)

08:00 to 08:30: You will be picked from your hotel and start your scenic 3.5 hr drive through the Red River Delta and passing by many small villages on the way to Ha Long Bay.

You will stop for a short comfort break at the Humanity center situated approximately half way on to the bay. There you can purchase souvenirs from a vast selection items, enjoy a drink or simply stretch your legs.

12:30: On arrival at Ha Long, your guide will complete all the required paperwork for you and show you to the shuttle boat for your short trip to the cruise boat.

1300h: After checking in and short cruise briefing, you will be served a delicious lunch in the dining room while you enjoy the passing scenery of the bay.

1530h: You will have the opportunity to Kayak around the Bo Nau Cave area which has a 5 – 7m wide arch shaped entry. The cave covers an area of approximately 200 sq meters and standing at the entry gives visitors a unique view of the bay as if from the mouth of a monstrous beast.

16:30: Time to return to your cruise boat and take a short trip to Soi Sim Island where you can go swimming in the calm waters, lay on the beach or climb to the top of the hills on the island to enjoy a panoramic view of Ha Long Bay.

17:30: Return to the main boat where you can refresh or watch the sunset before dinner.

19:00: A delicious dinner will be served in the dining room and after you have finished your meal, you can relaxing and share stories with other guests while you enjoy a drink from the bar. For the adventurous, you can try your hand at squid fishing from the rear of the boat.

Overnight stay on cruise boat.

Day 4: Ha Long Bay – Ha Noi (B/L)

06:30: If you put your name down the night before, you can join the early morning Tai Chi class on the sun deck or simply take advantage of the amazing photo opportunities presented by watching the sun rise.

07:30: Enjoy a nice breakfast in the dining room while you watch the scenery of the bay slide past the windows as you cruise toward towards Bo Hon Island

08:30: You will visit the truly amazing Sung Sot Cave which is also known as Surprise Cave. The cave is reached by climbing approximately 100 stone steps and the journey up allows some excellent views of the bay below.

09:30: Return to your cruise boat and time to freshen up before checking out of your cabin.

While slowly cruising back toward the port, you will pass by Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet and many more of the wonderful formations found only on Ha Long Bay. You will also be given a short Vietnamese cooking demonstration before being served lunch on board.

12:00 – 12:30: Arrive at the harbour and begin your journey back to Hanoi.

17:00: Arrive at your hotel in Hanoi. Free at leisure until transfer for the train to Quang Binh. Overnight stay on train.

Day 5: Quang Binh Arrival – Phong Nha cave discovery (B,L)

 

We will pick you up on arrival for refresh and breakfast before we begin transfer for Phong Nha cave discovery with boat ride along the river reaching the Cave of wonder.

Overnight stay in Quang Binh.

Day 6: Quang Binh – Hue (B,L)

Car drive to Hue with visits en-route and city sights on arrival in Hue. overnight stay in Hue.

Day 7: Hue – Hoi An via Hai Van Pass (B,L)

After breakfast, we will begin our journey with visiting of the the tomb and leave for Hoi An through Hai Van pass with panoramic view over the Mountain and the Coast. On arrival in Da Nang, after local lunch, we will visit the Cham museum, the marble mountain and caving village before reaching Hoi An.

We will check in the hotel on arrival and Visit the Hoi An old town in the afternoon. Stay overnight in Hoi An

 

Day 8: Departure (B)

Free time until your private car and driver takes you to Da Nang to board your departure flight or begin your train journey to your next destination.

 

Trip price

Trip includes:

  • All accommodation
  • Train Hanoi to Quang Binh
  • Transfers
  • All land transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Ha Long Bay cruise & Kayaking.
  • Meals specified in tour program .B – Breakfast ,L – Lunch ,D – Dinner
  • English speaking tour guide.
  • All entrance and sightseeing fees as per the itinerary.

Trip excludes:

  • International airfare and airport taxes in Vietnam
  • Beverages and other meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Visa fees to Vietnam
  • Early check-in and late check-out at all hotels
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, shopping, massages etc)
  • Tipping/ Gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities (typhoon, floods),

 

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