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Highlights of the NORTH

Highlights of the NORTH

Code: PT-NVN01

Transportation: Car,

7 Days 6 Nights

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     Hanoi, located on the right bank of the Red River, is the capital city of Vietnam for a long period since 1010. This is the most important political, economic, historical & cultural center of Vietnam. After the sightseeing visit to Hanoi, relax a night in Ha Long Bay, have a cruise on a junk in the magnificence of the nature at Ha Long Bay, recognized as a World’s Heritage since 1994. Those loving history and the past should surely appreciate an excursion to Hoa Lu, as it was the cap[ital city of Vietnam from 968 to 1009. The tour ends at Tam Dao, with high elevation and cool climate, giving you some relaxing time in the fresh air and romantic mountainous landscape.
 
Day 01: Arrival Hanoi  (D)
 
Arrival at Noi Bai Airport. Welcome by your English speaking guide & transfer to hotel. 
Check in from 12/2 pm 
 
Enjoy one-hour cyclo tour through the winding passages of the Old Quarter, the quintessential Hanoi neighborhood and the oldest area in town, dating back to the 13th century. 
 
 
Overnight in Hanoi.
 
Day 2: Hanoi  (B, L, D)
 
 
 
Full day sightseeing tour.
 
Visits:
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, a large concrete-and-granite structure in the grand Ba Dinh square.
 
 
President Ho Chi Minh was the founder of the Communist Party of Viet Nam .Right around the corner is the Ho Chi  Minh Museum, which displays personal items and photos from Ho Chi Minh's life. The building, completed in 1990, is intended to evoke a white lotus.
 
President Ho Chi Minh's residence:
Rather than occupy the spectacular Presidential Palace, former home of the French colonial governor, President Ho  instead chose to live nearby in a traditional Vietnamese house on stilts, overlooking a small pond. He stayed here from 1958 to his death in 1969.
 
 
One-Pillar Pagoda:
First built in 1049, destroyed and rebuilt, the One-Pillar Pagoda, next to the impressive presidential palace.
 
 
 
The Temple of Literature:
The temple, founded in 1070 by King Ly Thanh Tong, is dedicated to Confucius and all scholars and persons of high literary accomplishment. In 1076 Quoc Tu Giam (or National University) was founded. In fact, this is the first elite university in Viet Nam and was the only place to be educated or to pass exams to enter the career of a mandarin class.
 
 
 
Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest pagoda constructed in the sixth century during the reign of Emperor Ly Nam De.
 
 
 
Ngoc Son temple (Jade Island temple)
The temple was erected in the 18th century. It honors the 13-century military leader Tran Hung Dao who distinguished himself in the fight against the Yuan Dynasty, Van Xuong, a scholar, and Nguyen Van Sieu, a Confucian master and famous writer in charge of repairs made to the temple in 1864. Jade Island is connected to the shore by the wooden red-painted The Huc Bridge (i.e.Morning Sunlight Bridge).
 
 
 
Enjoy the performance of the water puppet theatre Thăng Long in Hanoi
Water puppetry  is a tradition that dates back as far as the 11th century when it originated in the villages  of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. The puppets are made out of wood and then lacquered. The  shows are performed in a waist-deep pool. A large rod supports the puppet under the water and is used by the puppeteers, who are normally hidden behind a screen, to control them.
 
  
 
Overnight in Hanoi.
 
Day 3: Hanoi/ Ninh Binh (B, L, D)
 
AM: Pick you up at hotel then depart for Ninh Binh province. Arrive in Ninh Binh at around 10.00. Stop at Hoa Lu, the ancient citadel of Viet Nam in 10th century, to visit temples of two dynasties Dinh and Le.
 
PM: Get on the sampan boat in Tam Coc pier. Go boating among the villages, mountains and lush rice fields. Passing through 3 caves hang Ca, hang Hai, hang Ba. Boat back to Tam Coc pier for bus transferring to hotel for checking in.
 
Overnight in Ninh Binh.
 
Day 4: Ninh Binh – Ha Long Bay (B, L, D)
 
AM: Route to Ha Long, through numberless rice fields. Arrival at 12.00pm.
 
Embarkment on board of a traditional wooden junk for a 4-hour cruise in Ha Long Bay, known as a drowned karst landscape due to the exceptional combination of its limestone karst features which have been subject to repeated regression and transgression of the sea over geological time. Junk cruise through  numberless islands and islets forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars.
Lunch on board.
 
PM: Bus transfer to hotel in Halong city to check in. 
 
Overnight  in Ha Long.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Day 5:  Ha Long/ Hanoi (B, L, D)
 
AM: Bus transfer back to Hanoi. Visit a traditional pottery en route.
Arrival at Hanoi # 12.30 pm.
 
 
PM: Free for shopping  or self explore Hanoi.
 
Overnight in Hanoi.
 
Day 6:  Hanoi – Tam Đao (B,L, D)
 
 
AM: Coach trip to Tam Dao hill station, 85km northwest of Hanoi in Vinh Phuc province.
With its high elevation and cool climate , Tam Dao means ‘Three Islands’, and the three summits of Tam Dao Mountain, all about 1400m in height, are sometimes visible to the northeast of the hill station, floating like islands in the mist. The relative dampness and altitude makes the area particularly rich in rainforest and associated animals.
 
Visits:
 
The Television tower: 93 m high on top of Thien Nhi Mt (1375 m high). It’s hard to reach but worth a climb. Along the way are the orchids, sunflowers and daisies, and other wildflowers spreading its perfume in the atmosphere. Visitors will be welcome by butterflies of various colours. From the top, you will be surrounded by the sun, the clouds, the wind…
Temple of Ba Chua Thuong Ngan (Lady Deity of the Forest): for those who cannot reach the top of Thien Nhi Mt, you can opt for a 200 -stone steps to the shrine of The Lady Deity.            
Silver Waterfalls:  deep in the valleys, a 50m-curtain water rushes down glistening such as silver in the sun. 
The Heaven Gate: from the town of Tam Dao straight to the ancient French church, turn left and you will reach the Heaven Gate. From there,  the town of Tam Dao appears in the mist.
Tam Dao ancient Church: built in 1937, with a length of 26m, 11m wide. During the French war, all the villas constructed by the French in Tam Dao are completely destroyed, the church is the only architecture preserved.
 
Overnight in Tam Đao.
 
Day 7: Tam Đao - Hanoi (B, L, D)
 
AM: Free time in Tam Dao. Check out at 12pm
 
PM: Coach transfer back to Hanoi. 
 
End of our services
 
Including:
 
     - A/C vehicle with driver (from 4s to 45s up to your group size)
    - 3* Hotel in Double /or/ Twin occupancy with breakfast included
     - Entrance fees, boat cruise
     - English speaking tour guide
     - 2 * 500ml bottles of mineral water + 1 wet tissue/ person/ day
     - 1 Peace Tour cap + 1 Vietnam tourist map/ person
     - Full meals as mentioned (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)
 
Excluding:
 
     - Drinks in meal, personal expenses, tips
     - International flights
 
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