COUNTRYSIDE & HERITAGE LINE 6 DAYS
Hanoi, Bac Son, Ninh Binh, Nam Dinh, Halong bay
Tour type: Nature lovers, Yin Yang food, local life, Heritage
Duration: 6 days
Categories: Nature lovers
Various activities of soft adventure through-out Vietnam country from North to South such as: trekking, hiking, biking, white rafting, kayaking, zipline.
Feel the “soul” of famous heritage sites in Vietnam
Unique experience of farm stay and homestay to feel the cozy and rustic atmosphere of local communities
Enjoy Home Hosted Dinner with the local family
Beach relaxation in Nha Trang beach city with long coastline and snorkeling activity.
DAY 1: HANOI – BAC SON VALLEY (L/D)
At 07:30 Get ready for the morning drive to Bac Son Valley in Lang Son province. The drive includes some stops on the way for you to take photographs whenever you want. Arrive at Quynh Son village of the ethnic Tay people and have lunch on a stilt house. This afternoon you will walk to visit the village and hike up to the top of the telephone-station mountain for a stunning scenery over the valley. This is a great point for those who love photographing. Dinner and chat chit with the host of our homestay tonight.
However, you can choose to stay at a basic mini hotel or at a homestay of the Tay people (If you stay overnight at the homestay, you will be separated to different beds (for couple) as it is the culture of the local people for guests – men and women sleep separately)
DAY 2: BAC SON – HANOI (B/L)
After the traditional breakfast, this morning we will embark on a 3,5-hour hike on a rural back road. Along the hike, you can have a close look at the local farming, enjoy the peaceful atmosphere in a good harmony of mountains, forests and local life. At the end of the hike we get picked up by our private transport and go for lunch. In the afternoon, we will head to Hanoi. Check in your hotel and stay overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 3: HANOI - NINH BINH (B/L)
This morning we drive southward. After 2,5-hour drive, we will arrive Ninh Binh province, snother land of karst formation. On arrival, we embark on a cycling tour to visit a nearby temple, called Thai Vi which is dedicated to a feudal dynasty which defeated the Mongolian in the 13rd century. The temple has a modest size but its location is spectacular, surrounded by towering limestone cliffs. Back to the hotel for lunch and rest.
In the afternoon, the driver will take us to Thung Nang jetty where we enjoy a peaceful sampan boat-ride to admire the limestone outcrops of this flooded valley and hike through the valley under lush vegetation before challenging yourself with hundred steps up to pass the mountain. This hike offers you a chance to watch the diversity of tropical flora system. Dinner and overnight in Ninh Binh.
DAY 4: NINH BINH - NAM DINH (B/L)
This morning, we will have breakfast at the hotel as usual, check out of our hotel and start the morning drive toward Nam Dinh coastal province. At the midway, we will call at a special Buddhist pagoda called Co Le. The special thing of this pagoda is that it is the integration of Vietnamese traditional architectural elements with ones of European gothic architecture. This is a Buddhist pagoda but takes on a Catholic cathedral. Thence, we move on driving to Giao Xuan commune of Xuan Thuy district. Upon arrival, we check in our homestay at a peaceful village. The village is just a few minutes from the coast but has fertile land of the delta. After getting acquainted with the host family and having your baggage stored, we get back on our private car and head for a small dock where we take a boat trip through a part of Xuan Thuy Mangrove National Park. The cruise in between the green mangrove takes us about 30 minutes before we are getting into a clam farming area. Stop by a clam stilt hut, climb up to the floor and enjoy our fresh seafood lunch. The breeze from the sea will absolutely makes your lunch break comfortable. Rest and learn about the local clam farming during your lunch. In the afternoon, cruise back to the shore and drive along the cofferdam to visit the afternoon fish market which takes place just on the dam side. Watch the trading and take photographs. Continue on our visit with a home-made fish sauce family and learn the traditional fish sauce making technique. End our day with a gentle bicycling tour to visit the national park’s bird garden. Dinner and overnight at the homestay.
DAY 5: NAM DINH - CAT BA ISLAND - LAN HA BAY (B/L/D)
Today, you may be woken up early by domestic roosters. Check out of the homestay, bid farewell to the host and go for breakfast. The morning drive through the Red River Delta will take us to Ben Binh port in Hai Phong City where we will take a hydrofoil ride to Cat Ba Island. Arrive at the pier and take a short trasnfer to Beo Jetty to aboard a private wooden boat and spend the afternoon cruising through Lan Ha Bay. Lunch, Dinner and overnight on the boat.
DAY 6: LAN HA BAY - HALONG BAY - HANOI (B/L)
Wake up early for the sunrise if you wish. Have breakfast on the boat before having more cruising toward Halong Bay. Enjoy the scenery of the islands while the boat is genttly winding in between the rocks. Lunch is served on they way. Arrive at Hon Gai pier around noon and take the afternoon drive back to Hanoi. End of service.
· All private transfer and transportation
· Accommodation in shared twin/double room with daily breakfast
· Experienced English speaking guide, except the free days as mention in the program
· Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast ; L: Lunch ; D: Dinner)
· All sightseeing tickets and permits.
· Water on car.
· Services charges and government tax.
· No extra charge after confirmation
· 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
· Bottled mineral water on bus
· All Flights in tour
· Other meals and drinks
· Travel insurance
· Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
· Vietnam visa stamp fee
· Others not mentioned above
· Rooms at hotels are available only from 1400 on arrival day till 1200 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
· Please bring with you some necessary stuffs on tour such as: anti-insect repellents, anti-sun cream, sung-glasses, good shoes and swimsuit