4-Day Halong Bay Cruise & Ninh Binh Tour From Hanoi

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Halong Bay is located around 144km east of Hanoi in the Gulf of Tonkin. With over 1,600 islands and islets – mostly inhabited – it’s one of the most popular travel hotspots in Asia. Today Halong Bay is also one of the main tourist hotspots in Vietnam, receiving more than 6 million travelers each year, mostly on cruise boats. 
 
 
Ninh Bình city is a small city in the Red River Delta of northern Vietnam; it is the capital of Ninh Bình Province. Ninh Bình City is located in northern Vietnam comprising 48 square kilometres; the 2007 city population was 130,517. Ninh Bình province is a tourist center with many attractions.

Itinerary

4-Day Halong Bay Cruise & Ninh Binh Tour From Hanoi via Ninh Binh hostels

Day 1: Hanoi

Summary of The Day: Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam!

Our driver will be welcoming you at Noi Bai airport; it takes us 35 minutes driving to the centre of Hanoi then check-in at hotel.  After having some time to relax your tour guide will pick you at your hotel to begin our sightseeing tour of Hanoi.

First, we’ll travel by cylco to Hoan Kiem Lake, one of the major scenic spots in the city and serves as a focal point for its public life to visit Ngoc Son temple and the Huc bridge. Then we will stop at Hanoi Opera House, erected by the French colonial administration between 1901 and 1911.

On our way to the Water Puppet Show, we will see Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel – A Grand Dame of Southeast Asia that welcomes guests to experience her colonial grandeur and timeless elegance. Located steps away from the Opera House in Hanoï’s French Quarter, this legendary property brings guests into intimate contact with the opulence of another era.

Finally, we’ll enjoy the Water Puppet Show, a stage art invented by the Vietnamese peasants hundred years ago, with nearly 20 stories of Vietnam traditions and daily scenes.

Lastly we will take a walk on the streets of the old quarter and enjoy theVietnamese traditional food: Beef noodles.

Day 2: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Hanoi

Summary of The Day: A 90km drive south of Hanoi will lead you to Ninh Binh, the site of the one capital city of ancient Vietnam before Hanoi took its leading role in 11th century. The area is featured by lots of well-known scenery, which include Tam Coc Caves and Hoa Lu ancient capital with the old temples dedicated to King Dinh & King Le reigned in 10th century.

The visit in Ninh Binh starts with a boat trip in Tam Coc where spectacular limestone karsts jut out from the green paddy fields similar to Guilin (China) and Halong Bay, which gives this scenery the name “Halong-bay-on-land.”

Our tour will continue to a site that used to be the kings’ palace in 10th century and now famous for the wooden relieves of the shady Dinh and Le temples.

We’ll arrive back in Hanoi by the late afternoon.

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise – Hanoi

Summary of The Day: We’ll have an early departure for Halong Bay, a World Heritage as designated by UNESCO in 1994 with nearly 3,000 rocky islets.

The drive may take you more than three to four hours utmost depending on the high or low seasons’ traffic, and wee will pass through the Red River Delta, one of the two granaries of Vietnam.

Upon arriving in Halong, we will sail our boat round its natural rocky gardens whilst a tasty seafood lunch is waiting on board. Most of the islets here are not for living due to the lack of fresh water, but are excellent for cruising to contemplate their miraculous draws on the horizon. Many of them have great names from their inspirational shapes, including the Surprising cave, Pelican Grotto, Chopstick rock, Butterfly rock, Turtle rock, the island of Fishman’s Head, the Fighting Cocks, the Sail, the Urn, or the Sea Dog! We can wander to visit grottos, so swimming, or just lazily relax on the sundeck with our drinks.

The boat will return to the Wharf in the late afternoon where we take our car or coach to return to Hanoi.

Day 4: Hanoi

Summary of The Day: Your morning will be free until checkout and your transfer to the airport.

4-Day Halong Bay Cruise & Ninh Binh Tour From Hanoi via Ninh Binh hostels

What’s included

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
  • Standard check in time is 2:00pm. Early check in is subject to availability of the hotel.
  • Only local food available on board.
  • Night activities suggestion: enjoy local beer at Ta Hien Streets, experience the ambience of sleepless street with life music, the young people of Hanoi and also foreign tourists. Hundred of bars and pubs in the Old Quarter are also at your disposal. Or just simple spend your time at shopping malls or various boutique Shops.
  • Hotel: Quoc Hoa Hotel (3 Star), Flower Garden (4 Star), Sheraton Hotel (5 Star) or similar.

What’s not included

  • Insurance
  • Porters
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses

For more information about Ninh Binh tours, please visit our website. Have a nice trip!