4 days Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay and Ninh Binh
Day 1: Hanoi / Halong Bay / Lan Ha Bay
We pick you up from your hotel between 7:30am to 8:00am. We travel by minibus for 3.5 hours to Halong Bay, the journey is through the early morning streets of Hanoi on the way to the spectacular World Heritage-listed site of Halong Bay.
Upon our arrival we embark on a boat trip among some of the spectacular limestone peaks – time to relax and appreciate the sublime beauty of the bay.
Those are feeling energetic and wish to get a close view of the scenic floating village of Cua Van can take a delightful kayaking ride around the village. In the evening we indulge in the uniquely fascinating nature as we stay overnight on our boat. (Breakfast and lunch are included).
Day 2: Halong Bay / Bai Tu Long Bay
A morning boat ride brings us to some of the bay’s truly awesome scenery – vertical and unusual rocks and islets emerge from the sea. Weather permitting, there will be an opportunity to swim in the clear waters and take a kayaking ride.
Leaving Halong Bay, we drive due north to Cai Rong Island. In Bai Tu Long Bay we enjoy a beautiful boat trip among the spectacular limestone peaks. Weather permitting, we take a kayaking ride through stunning rock formations and fishing villages.
Arriving on Quan Lan Island, a serene and beautiful island in Bai Tu Long Bay, we head to our lodge. Our lodge is tastefully designed with textile and bamboo accents on the bedding, adorned with traditional furnishing, the room is peaceful and exotic.
At our warm and friendly lodge we have the opportunity to learn to make traditional Vietnamese Spring Rolls and succulent fish dipping sauce and Squid dish. Tonight we stay overnight in our comfortable lodge. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 3: Bai Tu Long Bay / Ninh Binh
Quan Lan Island is located in Bai Tu Long Bay. The island is blessed with stunning beaches, scenic hills, sand dunes and surroundings sprinkled with tiny villages.
There is so much to see and do on Quan Lan Island - why not get a feel for the island by exploring an early fishing market or taking a quiet morning strolling around the picturesque village of Quan Lan and watching the day unfold on the island.
Next, we cycle to explore further northern reaches of the island. Late in the morning we board our boat to discover further northern reaches of Bai Tu Long Bay. This is followed by our return journey to Ninh Binh, arriving there for the night in our lodge. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 4: Ninh Binh / Hanoi
This morning we enjoy a delightful bicycling ride past tiny villages and a unique area known for its magnificent limestone peaks. Afternoon finds us boating along Sao Khe River then through beautiful caves.
It is a great time to enjoy stunning landscapes. We absorb the daily life and appreciate the warmth and friendliness of the local people. Following that we board our vehicle for our return journey to Hanoi, arriving there at about 6pm. (Breakfast and lunch are included).
Physical activities: Easy cycling and kayaking with:
- a 1-2 hour kayaking ride on Day 1 and Day 2.
- a 4-6 km bicycle ride on Day 3.
- a 8-10 km bicycling ride on Day 4.
Tour Guides: All of our experienced and friendly Tour Guides speak fluent English.
They are knowledgeable about local cultures, history and the environment.
- 3 breakfasts.
- 4 lunches.
- 3 dinners.
We choose local ingredients, typical of the way people eat in the area, at local restaurants, markets or homes. We also cater for Vegetarians but please request this at time of booking.
- overnight stay boat (1 night).
- lodges (2 nights).
The trip cost: $255USD per person for a group of 10 to 12 people maximum.
The cost of the trip includes:
- Tour Guide(s).
- meals listed on the itinerary.
- admission fees and permits where applicable.
The cost of the trip does not include:
- travel insurance.
- drinks (soft drinks, alcohol and bottled water).
- personal expenses.
What to take: Pack essentials, including light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, comfortable walking shoes.
Take a small day pack for cycling. We also recommend packing: swimsuit, personal articles, insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat and sun hat...
Have a great journey!!!