based on 5 nights & selected experiences
* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
Price based on two people sharing one room with private transfers, selected tours and daily breakfast. Please note around public holidays and festive seasons this price will increase.
Northern Vietnam boasts incredible scenery, from the iconic limestone karsts of Halong Bay to the verdant rice paddies in Ninh Binh. The perfect trip for nature lovers.
Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and is a fascinating historical mix of French colonial buildings and communist remnants from the former Democratic Republic of Vietnam.
The Old Quarter in Hanoi is filled with interesting shops, decrepit coffee houses and vast markets. You could happily spend a day exploring the lanes and picking up unique souvenirs.
Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and easily one of Vietnam's most famous locations, with towering limestone pillars and rocky islands erupting from the sea. Explore the dramatic scenery in a traditional junk boat on one of our overnight cruises.
Ninh Binh is often described as the 'Halong Bay on land' and is both a great alternative and a wonderful complement to visiting the bay itself.
The best time to visit Northern Vietnam is from February to April and September to November avoiding the heat and the rain. The official peak season in Vietnam is from September to April as these months see the least rain. December to February are the cooler months. May to September is the rainy season with the most rain failing in July and August and typhoons are possible.
Take in the highlights of Vietnam’s north, with its dramatic mountain scenery in the flooded landscapes of Ninh Binh, quaint backstreets of Hanoi and of course, the iconic limestone karsts that tower above Halong Bay. Explore the sights by foot, car and boat, ending with a luxurious one-night cruise.
Your holiday begins with two blissful nights in Vietnam’s characterful capital. You can stay right in the heart of the city next to the central Hoan Kiem lake, with the fascinating Old Quarter right at your fingertips. We recommend spending a day fully exploring the winding lanes and intriguing shops of this area, but we have also arranged a guided tour of key historic locations such as Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum and the Temple of Literature where university students flock to pray and make offerings around the time of their exams. In your own time, you can venture into the tangle of narrow streets that make up the Old Quarter, finding local eateries and fascinating shops as you go. Make sure to try a typical Hanoian breakfast of egg coffee at one of the ramshackle coffee houses.If you are interested in the local culture and enjoy great performance, join a trip to Da Phuc Village for "The Quintessence of Tonkin" show, a spectacular performance with a great blend of the cultural highlights of northern Vietnam in an innovative way.
Take a scenic two-hour drive west into the countryside and head to the dramatic mountain scenery of Ninh Binh. Spend a day in one of the several ancient capitals of Vietnam and marvel at the intricate lacquer-work of the Dinh and Le Dynasty Temples. You can also take a traditional sampan ride through the flooded scenery of Tam Coc, trying to spot endangered monkeys perched high above you on the limestone crags. Tam Coc is often described as the ‘Halong Bay on land’ and is a great alternative to going to the often-crowded bay.
On your final day in Vietnam, drive four hours from Ninh Binh to the mighty Halong Bay. Here you can board a traditional junk boat for a luxurious one night stay on the water. Spend the morning cruising between the 1900+ islands which form the bay, and maybe kayak to explore a local fishing community or floating village. As dusk falls, sip a drink on the top deck as you watch the stars come out.
Start this fascinating historical tour at Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, an imposing monument lavishly built using marble and granite, and where the preserved body of 'Uncle Ho' resides. You will then visit Ho Chi Minh's House, where he lived and worked.
Due to its mountainous scenery acting as a barrier against invaders, Ninh Binh was once the capital province of Vietnam. Whilst little remains of the ancient capital city of Hoa Lu, two small but intricate temples stand on the site.
For your first day of your Halong Cruise you'll be able to settle into your floating home for the next night and discover the beauty of the surrounding region.
This morning continue to explore Halong Bay before returning to the harbour and return back to Hanoi city.
Tam Coc is an area within Ninh Binh Province, often referred to as 'Halong Bay on Land'. A local rower will take you on a leisurely two-hour boat trip along the Ngo Dong River, which winds its way between dramatic limestone karsts.
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