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Your 9 day nature & culture escape begins in Hanoi - the arts and culture capital of Vietnam. Meet your guide and dive into the highlights of the city, as well as it's rich food culture. Venture further afield to Pu Luong Nature Reserve, a stunning natural wonder set among mountains and rice terraces. There, you'll hike along scenic paths, visit ethnic minority villages and paddle down gently flow...

Your 9 day nature & culture escape begins in Hanoi - the arts and culture capital of Vietnam. Meet your guide and dive into the highlights of the city, as well as it's rich food culture. Venture further afield to Pu Luong Nature Reserve, a stunning natural wonder set among mountains and rice terraces. There, you'll hike along scenic paths, visit ethnic minority villages and paddle down gently flowing rivers on handmade bamboo rafts. Wake up early to witness stunning sunrises, explore ancient temples and develop meaningful bonds with friendly locals. An overnight cruise across legendary Halong Bay cap off this unforgettable journey across Northern Vietnam.

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Trip highlights
  • Sailing activities
    Sailing activities
  • Local cuisine
    Local cuisine
  • Mountain
    Mountain
  • Beach
    Beach
  • Meet locals
    Meet locals

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Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi

• Arrive at Noi Bai Airport, where you will be greeted by our representative

• Transfer you to hotel for check-in

• Spend the rest of the day at leisure

Visited:
Hanoi
Accommodation
Night at Golden Silk Boutique Hotel (Hanoi)

Day 2: Highlights of Hanoi & street food tour

• Depart from your hotel in the early morning to take a walk through Hang Be market

• Explore the architecture of Hanoi and its famous 36 streets of the Old Quarter

• Continue to the Ethnology Museum, a research center featuring the 54 ethnic groups found across Vietnam

• Next up, the Temple of Literature, Hanoi's first university

• In the evening, meet your guide once more for a food tour in the Old Quarter

• Taste a variety of Vietnamese specialties, such as banh cuon (steamed rolled rice pancake), banh mi (typical sandwich) and Pho. Wash it all down with a bia hoi (freshly brewed beer). For dessert, you'll try the tastiest ice cream in Hanoi

Visited:
Hanoi
Accommodation
Night at Golden Silk Boutique Hotel (Hanoi)

Day 3: Pu Luong Nature Reserve & bamboo rafting

• Head out of Hanoi by private car to Pu Luong Nature Reserve (4h)

Walk through the park and observe its incredible flora and fauna

• Checking-in at the lodge, followed by lunch with a beautiful view over the rice terraces

• In the afternoon, drive to Chieng Lau Bridge, where you will start a 5 kilometer walk to the water mills along Cham River (2h)

• Arrive at a local fisherman’s house for a bamboo river rafting adventure

• Afterwards, continue your walk to Tan Lap Bridge, where you will find your vehicle and return to the lodge

Visited:
HanoiPhu Lang
Accommodation
Pu Luong Retreat (Phu Lương)

Day 4: Ethnic villages & waterfall hike

• Wake up early to watch the sunrise over the rice terraces

• After breakfast, descend into the valley. Walk along the scenic paths and through small villages

• Enjoy a picnic lunch near a river before heading back to the lodge

• Later, you can participate in a photo editing workshop conducted by your tour leader

Visited:
Phu Lương
Accommodation
Pu Luong Retreat (Phu Lương)

Day 5: Ninh Binh

• Your morning will be your own! Go for a stroll or enjoy the infinity swimming pool with panoramic view

• Head to Hoa Lu temple, known as the “Terrestrial Halong Bay” (4h30)

• There, you will also discover the temples of king Dinh and Le, dating back to the 10th century

Visited:
Phu Lương, Ninh Bình
Accommodation
Ninh Binh Hidden Charm (Ninh Binh)

Day 6: Trang An complex & Mua cave

• Step onto a sampan for a boat ride to admire the protected site of Trang An Complex

• In the late afternoon, your guide will escort you to climb and enjoy the sunset from the peak of Mua cave (500 steps)

Visited:
Ninh Bình
Accommodation
Ninh Binh Hidden Charm (Ninh Binh)

Day 7: Bai Tu Long Bay

• Set off on a scenic drive to Halong Bay (3h), a UNESCO World Heritage area and home to 1,900 islands and islets of rocky peaks

• Meet the crew as you cruise towards the secluded islands of Bai Tu Long Bay

• A delicious seafood lunch will be served on board

• In the afternoon, explore the hidden Thien Canh Son cave, followed by swimming kayaking at the white sand beach on Hon Co island

• After dinner, you will have the chance to try night fishing on the boat

Visited:
Bai Tu Long Bay, Hạ Long Bay
Accommodation
Dragon’s Pearl Junk (Hạ Long Bay)

Day 8: Return to Hanoi

• Wake up early to watch the sunrise over the aquamarine waters of the bay

• Visit Vung Vieng fishing village by a rustic row-boat

• Enjoy lunch on board while cruising back to the dock

Return to Hanoi by private car

Accommodation
Night at Golden Silk Boutique Hotel (Hanoi)

Day 9: Hanoi departure

• At the appropriate time, transfer to Noi Bai airport

• Board your departure flight and have a safe onward journey!

Visited:
Hanoi

HanoiPhu LangPhu LươngNinh BìnhBai Tu Long BayHạ Long Bay

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

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  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • In-trip ground transportation
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  • Airport transfers
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Not included in the price:

  • Arrival and departure flights
  • Meals and beverages not indicated
  • Personal expenses
  • Service gratuities
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
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