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12 Day Highlights Of Vietnam & Ninh Binh Premium Small Group

12 Day Highlights Of Vietnam & Ninh Binh Premium Small Group

This tour is fully escorted by a dedicated tour leader who will accompany you throughout the tour. If your trip includes multiple countries, you will be met by a new tour leader in each country and any internal flights included will be unescorted.

Escorted Type
Fully Escorted

This tour is conducted at a medium-fast pace. Some long travel days may be required to complete this itinerary and you will typically spend two nights at each destination, with some one night stays required. This trip includes a mix of sightseeing and free time to explore at your own pace. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage.

Pace
Moderate Pace

These tours are our proudest creations. They have been crafted for Inspiring Vacations travellers exclusively, with personal and unique experiences in mind. Please see the Important Information on your selected tour for exact group size. Enjoy features such as hand-picked accommodation, a sampling of the region’s best culinary delights, and a range of optional activities to choose from to best suit your travel style.

Group Size
Small Group

Take advantage of our 7 day cooling-off period. 

Cooling Off Period
7 Days
Small Group Tour
3,458 people have travelled to this destination

✓ Small group tour, up to 20 guests only
✓ Incredible sightseeing including a tour of the most incredible temples in Ninh Binh, a boat tour through Trang An, a visit and boat tour of the Van Long Nature Reserve, walking tour through Hanoi and Hoi An, excursion Sung Sot Cave, and a guided tour in Ho Chi Minh City
✓ 10 nights in central, 4-star accommodation
✓ 1 night on board a premium Halong Bay cruise
✓ Breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 2 dinner
✓ Fully escorted by a professional English-speaking tour guides
✓ Comfortable, dedicated transportation throughout
✓ In-depth sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary

✈ Needing international airfares to accompany your Inspiring Vacation? You will be able to access our flight portal after securing your package to add international airfares to your booking.

What we love about this tour

Travel with the experts for a carefully curated, value-packed discovery of the world's most iconic destinations. Our tours are bursting with must-see sights, rich experiences and quality inclusions, all at an unbeatable price. Bucket list dreams are ticked off on these all-encompassing journeys.

Itinerary

Hotel
Lacasa Hanoi or Similar

Upon arrival into Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), the rest of your day is at leisure to explore the beautiful ancient capital city before a big day of touring tomorrow

At 06:00pm your Tour Guide will conduct a Welcome Meeting at the hotel lobby where you will meet the rest of your fellow travellers. 

Airport transfers are not included. Our transfer portal offers the option to book your airport transfers for an easier arrival experience (additional charges apply). Access to this portal will be available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed.

Hotel
Lalita Boutique Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, we’ll depart the hotel for our 2-hour drive to Ninh Binh Province. This region is known for its beautiful, green landscapes and natural beauty. 

Once we arrive in Hoa Lư, the ancient capital, we’ll visit the temples dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh Dynasty (968-980), and Emperor Le Dai Hanh of the Le Dynasty (980-1009). After exploring the beautiful temples, we’ll break for a very special lunch. We will be welcomed into a local home for a traditional Vietnamese feast. We’ll meet the family and enjoy their Vietnamese home cooking—a highlight of the tour.

In the afternoon, we will travel to Trang An, which was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014. It is best known for its spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks and caves which can be explored by boat. 

After our visit, we’ll drive to our hotel to check in. The rest of the day can be spent as you wish. 

Hotel
Lalita Boutique Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, we will head to Van Long Nature Reserve, around 30 minutes away. The reserve is one of the few intact inland wetlands remaining in the Red River Delta area. 

We’ll enjoy a boat ride surrounded by striking limestone karsts and rice paddy fields—a quintessential snapshot of Vietnam. 

After, we’ll head back to the hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Hotel
Lacasa Hanoi or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After a leisurely breakfast and checking out of the hotel, the day is yours until we depart for Hanoi, a journey which will take around 2 hours. 

You will be dropped off at the hotel and after checking in, you’re free to relax or explore as you wish until 6pm this evening when you will meet your tour leader and the rest of the group. 

Hotel
Bhaya Classic or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning, transfer from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay (approximately 3.5 hours drive).

After arriving at Ha Long, get on board to cruise around and have chances to admire the spectacular scenery of Ha Long Bay with fascinating natural formations while having lunch. Then you will have some time to visit villages to have a look at how local people spend their days. You also can join the cooking class aboard to learn how to make spring rolls - a Vietnamese traditional dish.

After having dinner aboard, you can enjoy some night activities such as squid fishing, drinking, listening to music or just simply enjoying the night sky of Ha Long Bay.

Note: please pack an overnight bag with any essentials that you will need for your cruise, such as a change of clothes, toiletries, and medications. You will return to the same hotel in Hanoi, so your remaining luggage will be sure to be kept safely for the night.

 

Hotel
Lacasa Hanoi or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

In the morning, enjoy your light breakfast and relax for a while before exploring the cave system. 

Afterwards, return to the cruise and enjoy the beautiful scenery until check-out time. We will then transfer back to Hanoi to check in the hotel.

Visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex (exterior) where the great President Ho Chi Minh rests in peace. We will visit the traditional stilt house and the respected One-Pillar Pagoda, the special pagoda with particular structure.

Later in the afternoon, an expert local guide will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes. You will eat as you go, trying seasonal fruits and sampling a tasty French inspired snack from a street cart. Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, we tempt our taste buds with the famed Hanoi dish Banh Cuon at a local eatery. Watch in awe as the skilled chefs demonstrate for you how this tasty dish is put together. Continuing into the atmospheric heart of the Old Quarter, you will wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can observe local life that has changed little since Hanoi was founded over 1000 years ago. Your next two snack stops are at outdoor barbeque stalls. You can sit down with the Hanoi locals and sample various meat, vegetable and bread specialties that are flame grilled over hot coals for extra flavour. Now time for dessert as you adventure down a small alley to join in the local tradition of feasting on fresh fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced and condensed milk – this specialty is one not to be missed!

This tour is suitable for all fitness levels, as it involves mostly walking.

Hotel
Hoi An Delicacy Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

In the morning, we transfer to Tran Quoc Pagoda - the oldest of its kind in Hanoi, dating back to the 6th century during the reign of Emperor Ly Nam De Dynasty (544 - 548). The Buddhist shrine has undergone several changes throughout the years, particularly its renaming from An Quoc to Tran Quoc (protecting the country) by Emperor Le Huy Tong in the 17th century.

We will move to the Temple of Literature - famous for being the first university of Vietnam. You will recognize that this is a popular place for Vietnamese students to take commemorative photographs when graduating.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

From here, head to the airport to take your domestic flight to Da Nang before transferring to Hoi An to check in at the hotel.

Optional Tour - Hoi An Memoirs Show, 7:30pm show

Includes: guide, electric buggy, show ticket

The show features more than 500 performers in colorful costumes accompanied by music to create a high-tech show that explores the history of Hoi An. Round-trip transportation is provided from your hotel, which makes it easy to relax and enjoy the evening’s activities.

Pick up 7:30pm. Show starts 8:00pm.

Hotel
Hoi An Delicacy Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Recently declared a World Heritage site, Hoi An is beautifully preserved and exudes a tranquil atmosphere. Your guide will take you on a sightseeing walk through the Old Town to visit a handful of the city’s major attractions. It’s perfect for strolling around at a leisurely pace, with many beautiful Japanese houses and Chinese temples lining the narrow lanes. Parts of Hoi An look exactly as they did more than a century ago. It’s also a shopping mecca – browse local markets and shops for original paintings, handcrafted woodwork, ceramics, embroidery and lanterns. 

The afternoon is free at your leisure to explore Hoi An.

Maybe browse the cobbled streets and art galleries for exquisite paintings, ceramics and colourful cloth lanterns. If you’re craving a new look, you could pay a visit to one of the hundreds of tailors and get something special made. Hoi An is also known for its delicious regional food, so be sure to enjoy a meal at a riverside restaurant or perhaps partake in a cooking class.

Hotel
Prostyle Hotel Ho Chi Minh or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Enjoy the morning at your leisure and in the afternoon take the short flight down to Ho Chi Minh City.

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your accommodation where you will have the evening at your leisure.

Optional Tour - Ho Chi Minh Water Puppet, 06:30PM show

Includes: guide, transportation, show ticket

Originating in the Red River Delta, a thousand-year-old tradition, the water puppets act out ancient Vietnamese culture They feature the Dragon, Unicorn, Tortoise and Phoenix dance, Fairies dance, fishing, and agricultural work... It ends with puppeteer’s waist deep in water.

Pickup from Hotel Lobby will be 6.00pm, for a 6.30pm show.

Hotel
Prostyle Hotel Ho Chi Minh or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Start your day with a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels - a vast network of tunnels used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Learn about the ingenuity and resilience of the Vietnamese people as you crawl through the tunnels and see how they were used for living, fighting, and communication.

In the afternoon, embark on a walking tour of Ho Chi Minh City to see the city through the eyes of a local. Visit some of its most iconic landmarks, including the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Ho Chi Minh City Hall.

In the evening, explore Ben Thanh Market, a bustling market where you can experience local life and find souvenirs. You can find everything from fresh produce and seafood to clothing and handicrafts.

Meals are on your own account, but there are many great restaurants to choose from in Ho Chi Minh City. You can try some of the local specialties, such as pho, banh mi and bun cha.

Hotel
Prostyle Hotel Ho Chi Minh or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today is your free day to discover the city at your own pace. Perhaps use your included “Inspiring Sight” to explore the Mekong Delta on a full day tour.

Optional Tour - Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta

Includes: guide, transportation & lunch

Embark on a day trip to explore the Mekong Delta. Begin your journey by boarding a private boat headed for Ben Tre, where you'll explore the coconut gardens and pause at a local home to sample tropical fruits and coconut jams.

Following this, take a seat in small rowing sampans and gently paddle along the Mekong Delta, passing by coconut trees that line the canals. Enjoy a tuk-tuk tour through the villages, gaining insight into rural life and the coconut industry, which produces items like brooms and coconut fiber mats.

Lunchtime arrives at a restaurant in the heart of the Delta, where you can savor regional specialties like the famous elephant ear fish. Conclude your day with a peaceful cruise along the major waterways to Ben Tre boat pier before returning to Ho Chi Minh City by bus.

Meals
Breakfast

All good things must come to an end and today marks the end of your Vietnam. 

Airport transfers are not included. Our transfer portal offers the option to book your airport transfers for an easier arrival experience (additional charges apply). Access to this portal will be available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed.

Inclusions

  • Small, intimate group experience – no more than 20 people
  • Fully escorted by an English-speaking guides
  • 10 nights’ accommodation in selected 4-star hotels
  • 1 night accommodation in a premium Halong Bay Cruise
  • 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 2 dinners
  • Included internal flights from Hanoi to Da Nang and Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh City
  • Incredible sightseeing including guided tours of Ninh Binh, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An & Ho Chi Minh City
  • Entrance fees as specified in the itinerary

  • Ninh Binh - Tour the ancient citadel of Hoa Lu, and visit the temples of the thousand year old Dinh Dynasty
  • Ninh Binh - Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch in a local home, where you’ll meet the family and enjoy their home cooking
  • Ninh Binh - Marvel at the cliffs, caves and waterways of Trang An on a rowboat trip
  • Ninh Binh - Tour the wetlands of Van Long Nature Reserve on a boat tour, paddling through the mountain peaks and rice fields
  • Hanoi - Enjoy a guided walk through Hanoi's historic Old Quarter, an intricate network of narrow alleys and shop houses
  • Hanoi - Visit the Temple of Literature, dedicated to the cult of Confucius, dating back to 1070
  • Hanoi - See the final resting place of communist revolutionary Ho Chi Minh, at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
  • Hanoi - Get insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture in a guided street food tour
  • Halong Bay - Explore Sung Sot Cave; the perfect morning chill-out spot
  • Hoi An - Stroll through the narrow, cobblestone streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Hoi An - Marvel at the Japanese Covered Bridge, a local icon that dates back to the 1590s
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Visit Dong Khoi Street, the heart of the city's commercial life before visiting the Post Office
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Explore the complex tunnels of Cu Chi
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Take a sobering trip to the War Remnants Museum
  • Mekong Delta - Perhaps use your included ‘Inspiring Sight’ to visit the Mekong Delta to witness and learn about living along the shores of the mighty Mekong

Inspiring Tastes

Tantalise your tastebuds during your included Hanoi Street Food tour on day 3. Indulge in some of Northern Vietnam's finest cuisine.

Inspiring Sights

To enhance your journey, we're offering guests a bonus sightseeing experience. Choose 1 of 3 options (options listed under 'Optional Tours').

  1. Hanoi, Water Puppet show
  2. Hoi An, Memoirs show
  3. Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta tour

Inspiring Stay

Enjoy 1 night aboard a traditional Vietnamese cruise ship in the picturesque Halong Bay, amongst the stunning limestone monoliths

Fine Print

This product requires full payment upfront to secure your booking.

Once you have created your booking you will be directed to your invoice to choose your preferred payment method.

This is a land only package.

This package does not include international airfares. If you would like to add airfares to your booking our flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub. The flight portal will allow you to search for all available airfares to your destination. The function works like most general flight search engines allowing you to select your preferred airline, book different cabin classes (eg. Business class) and view flight durations and transit times to your destination. 

The flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub once the following criteria has been met:

  • Your booking is confirmed
  • Your departure date is within 11 months
  • You  have completed your passenger detail form

Visit our Flight Hub for more information on terms and conditions, amending your flights and information on luggage allowances. 

Some of our packages will include airport transfers in either one or both directions when arriving or departing from your destination. To know if transfers are included please view the ‘inclusions’ section of your selected package. If airport transfers are stated, transfers will be included as advised.

If transfers are not included, we also offer the option to book your airport transfers using our online portal. Access to this portal is available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed. Transfers are readily available and do not need to be booked until your final hotel list has been confirmed. Once you have made a transfer booking, please refer to your confirmation email for all transfer details including a local contact number for the transfer company.

If you book pre and/or post-tour accommodation on your own arrangement, and the tour includes transfers, note that these will be forfeited. The transfers are only provided in line with the tour dates and pre and/or post-tour accommodation purchased through Inspiring Vacations when available.

It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return. Visas may be required for your destination. For further visa information, click here.

Fitness Requirements
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

This particular tour is categorized as a ”3”

3 – Moderate Tour: A good level of fitness and mobility is required, as this tour includes a moderate level of physical activity and is considered a medium-fast paced tour. You should be able to walk up and down stairs, get on and off the coach and able to walk reasonable distances of approximately 2 kilometres per day or more with ease. Any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aids, other than a walking stick or hiking poles, then this tour is not suitable.

Tipping
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. Tipping is not compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. If you feel that staff have done an impeccable job, you can choose to give a gratuity, but this is entirely your decision.

An expected tip in this region would be 4-7 USD per person, per day, shared among your driver, bellmen, restaurant staff, and more. Your trip leader will discuss tipping further with you while on tour, and may also discuss having a group tipping kitty that will be fairly dispersed throughout your trip.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, however, any changes are beyond our control.

Single Supplement
Single supplement is $630.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price.

Triple Share
Not available.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is recommended to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

Group Size
4-20 Persons

Children
Children must be 5 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.

Tour Style
To meet the needs of various types of travelers, we choose to operate various types of tours, and depending on your selected package will mean different services are provided throughout your trip. The following descriptions of each tour style we hope will ensure that each traveller has appropriate expectations before they start their travels: 

  • Fully Escorted - This tour is fully escorted by an expert English-speaking guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.

All participants must be in good physical condition to fully engage in this journey. For the safety and welfare of yourself and fellow travellers, if you are feeling unwell prior to departure, we advise staying home and contacting us to arrange alternate plans.

Prior to selecting your trip, carefully review the itinerary to assess your ability to comfortably manage our travel style. Please be aware that if, based on evaluation by our leader or local representative, a participant is deemed unable to safely complete the itinerary, we retain the right to exclude them from all or part of the trip without reimbursement.

It is advisable to consult your physician for current medical travel advisories and any required vaccinations before embarking. We recommend carrying a first aid kit and any necessary medications in their original packaging, as they may not be readily available during travel. For those carrying medication, it's essential to check your government's foreign travel guidelines for local restrictions or regulations.

You can enhance your holiday by arriving or departing before or after the tour. On this tour you can choose from the following options:

Pre Tour Accommodation

  • $51.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $51.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Post Tour Accommodation

  • $59.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $59.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Please select the number of extra nights required in the 'Additional Nights Accommodation' field when making your purchase. The additional cost for these arrangements will be added to your final payment invoice and are subject to availability.

To enhance your journey, we are offering guests a choice of the following optional activities (prices are per person):

  • Ho Chi Minh Water Puppet, 06:30PM show (Day 9) - $26 per person
  • Hoi An Memoirs Show, 7:30pm show (Day 7) - $29 per person
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta (Day 11) - $47 per person

Optional tours can be selected once you have finalised your tour purchase and paid your deposit. When completing your Passenger Booking Form, you will be asked if you would like to add Optional Tours, where any applicable cost will be added to your final balance. If you choose not to select them at this time, you can choose to add them later by logging in to your Account online.

Please note that you must select your Optional Tours no later than 70 days before departure, after which you will be required to purchase them on tour. Please keep in mind that anything purchased on-tour is subject to availability and prices may vary as you will be paying in local currency. We appreciate your understanding.

  • International airfares
  • Airport Transfers
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Tipping
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses

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