Destination: Hanoi - Village
around - Ninh Binh - Perfume pagoda - Ha Long
in Hanoi, capital of Vietnam and then visit surrounding areas
including Bat Trang, a village famous for its fine ceramics, Van Phuc,
specialized in weaving and dying silk, Dong Ho, a traditional paintings,
Dong Ky, furniture inlaid with pearl. Outside that you'll visit the the
former capital of Vietnam and row along a gentle river between paddy
fields on a river. Also visit Halong, an UNESCO World Heritage Area.
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, G = Guide
1: Arrival at Hanoi (D, G)
at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, you'll be met and driven to your hotel.
You'll be picked up to watch the Water Puppet show an art form unique to
northern Vietnam, and a good, light-hearted introduction to its rural
Your Welcome Dinner will be served at one of the good local restaurant.
spend the night in Hanoi.
2: Hanoi City tour (B, L, G)
9.00: You'll be picked up at
your hotel to start a Hanoi city tour.
10.30: You’ll visit Ba Dinh Square, where silent sentries guard the
marble and Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum where Ho Chi Minh lies in state
(closed on every Monday & Friday and October & November). You’ll
see the simple cottage where Uncle Ho lived and worked. You’ll continue
to visit the One Pillar Pagoda and hear the legend of its construction,
born from the love of an emperor in the 11th Century.
- 11.00: You’ll drive to visit the serene Tran Quoc pagoda, the oldest in
Hanoi, on the banks of Hanoi’s West Lake.
- 12.00: You’ll also call the Temple of Literature, built in 1070 and the
dedicated to Confucius, it is a serene retreat from the busy streets
outside and later become Vietnam’s first university.
- 13.30: Lunch at local restaurant
- 15.30: Visit the Ethnology Museum for an overview of Vietnam’s 54
- 16.15: Pass by Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake , also known as Lake
of Restored Sword from the legend that surrounds it en-route to one of
the city’s fascinating museums.
- 17.15: You’ll then take to the streets by cycle ride tour of the
Ancient Qurter of 36 streets District. This densely populated corner of
the city was once a centre of commerce where goods were sold under the
street name of a particular guild. Still a thriving community of sellers
today, you’ll see streets name such as Sugar Street, Tin Street and Paper
Street. Ancient homes and temples are interspersed with stores in this
souvenir hunter’s paradise.
spend the night in Hanoi.
3: Exploring villages around Hanoi (B, L, G)
8.30: Drive and guide will
pick you at your hotel to Van Phuc silk village
10.30: You’ll arrive in Van Phuc village, a small village where families
have specialized in weaving and dying silk over centuries, once the
creators of fine material for the robes of the Royal court.
- 12.00: Drive to Bat Trang - a village famous for its fine ceramics. You
can stroll through the narrow streets to watch the manufacturing process
and meet the craftspeople.
- 13.00: You'll have lunch box in the village.
- 14.30: You'll then be picked up to drive to visit the Dong Ho
handicraft village, famous for its traditional wood-paintings, and spend
time in an artist’s house to watch the creative process.
- 16.15: You’ll drive to one of a traditional village in the North of
Vietnam to enjoy its traditional Quan Ho music performed by villagers in
the commune house. The singers have recently been officially designated
as part of Vietnam’s ‘living heritage’.
- 17.15: You'll visit Dong Ky village where most of the local families
produce furniture inlaid with mother of pearl. It’s a good example of how
the villagers work co-operatively on different stages of the
return to Hanoi to spend the night.
4: Hanoi/Perfume Pagoda (B, L, G)
9.30: Pick up at your hotel and drive to Perfume pagoda
10.30: On arrival, you’ll be rowed through rice fields along a gently
flowing scenic waterway to the Perfume Pagoda, a complex of pagodas and
shrines built into the limestone cliffs of the Mountain of Fragrant
- 13.30: You'll hike up to visit Perfume Pagoda and Huong Tich cave.
- 15.00: You'll have a a picnic lunch and have a brief look at the
Thien Tru Pagoda (Heaven Kitchen).
- 17.45: Take rowing boat back to Duc Harbour and and drive back to the
city. You'll spend the night in Hanoi.
5: Hanoi/Ninh Binh/Hanoi (B, L, G)
8.00 - 10.00: Pick up at your
hotel and drive to Ninh Binh (110 km)
- 11.00: On your arrival in Hoa Lu, the former capital of Vietnam. You’ll
visit Dinh and Le temples, which dedicated to Emperor Dinh and a memory
of Emperor Le. You'll follow by a brief visit to the remains of the Old
- 12.30: You'll be driven to Tam Coc (three grottoes) and have lunch at
the local restaurant.
- 14.30: You’ll be rowed along a gentle river between paddy fields and
through the Tam Coc, You'll enjoy a peaceful valley among limestone
‘karst’ hills on the way. 8.00 - 10.00: Pick up at your hotel and drive
to Ninh Binh (110 km)
- 17.00: Drive back to Hanoi. You'll spend the night in Hanoi.
6: Hanoi/Ha Long/Hanoi (B, L, G)
7.30: You’ll leave for Ha Long
Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the
world’s largest marine limestone ‘karst’ landscape.
You'll take a short break at Hong Ngoc Embroidery workshop.
11.00: You'll continue driving to Ha Long Bay.
- 16.00: you’ll board a traditional-style boat for five-
cruise on the bay to visit some of the less well-known grottoes and caves
and a beach. Weather permitting, you’ll be able to swim, and climb hills
for an overview of the Bay’s remarkable seascape. Your lunch will be
served with seafood on the boat.
- 19.00: You’ll return to Hanoi for your overnight accommodation.
7: Hanoi departure (G)
be free to shop at some of the local market before being driven to the
airport for your international departure flight.
per person in US$:
Number of people
Supplement for single occupancy
until December 31, 2013
for peak season of hotels are not inclusive in the prices above.
- Breakfast and accommodation in twin or double
- Boats cruises as programme.
- Travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle with
an experienced, safe driver.
- Experienced English-speaking tour guide as
indicated in the itinerary.
- Entry fees for all sightseeing as mentioned in
- Private traditional "Quan ho" music
- Lunches and dinners, as above, in the local
restaurants and on the boat in Ha Long Bay.
- Government Taxes.
do not include:
- Flight tickets and airport tax.
- Dinners except as specified above.
- Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
list for Five Stars standard
Hanoi: Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi (***** city centre,
list for Four Stars standard
Hanoi: Sunway Hotel Hotel (**** comfortable hotel
about a fifteen-minute walk from the city centre, Superior room) or
list for Three Stars standard
Hanoi: La Belle Vie Hotel (*** good location,
Superior Room) or similar
list for Two Stars standard
Hanoi: Nam Hai hotel (*** in the Old Quarter),
Standard Room) or similar
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