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Hanoi & Ninh Binh | 5 days | Classic Tour Extension | Please Call for Prices
Known as 'Halong Bay on land', the karst scenery and vivid green rice paddies of Ninh Binh stretches scenically along the Ngo Dong River, best explored by local boat. Combined with time to explore vibrant capital Hanoi, this extension perfectly showcases both urban and rural Vietnam.
Private itineraries can run on any day of the week. To book this tour, please call us on 1300727998
Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a tasty street food tour. (D)
Transfer to the Ninh Binh region and board a local sampan to drift along the spectacular Ngo Dong river. After lunch, continue to Van Lam hamlet to learn about local traditions and discover stunning temples. (B,L)
Journey to Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of the Dinh and Le dynasties. Later, head to Trang An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site often billed as 'Halong Bay on land' for magnificent karst formations. Travel back to Hanoi. (B,L)
Pass Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, and visit the One Pillar Pagoda, Presidential Palace and Temple of Literature. Then, explore the Museum of Ethnology before boarding a cyclo to discover the atmospheric Old Quarter. Later, attend the Quintessence of Tonkin show. (B,L)
Today is free to spend as you wish before transferring to the airport. (B)
Most nationalities require a visa when travelling to Vietnam. Travellers should arrange visas well in advance of departure. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your visa in the price of your tour. We handle the entire application process – all you need to do is complete the paperwork and send your passport to us eight weeks prior to departure. We are always on hand to help you with any queries you may have while completing the application form.
While travelling overseas, the Wendy Wu Tours contact number during business hours is +61 2 9224 8888. Emergency Assistance (24-hours) is 0044 1888 288 288. You will find mobile phone coverage to be quite high throughout Asia. We recommend contacting your mobile carrier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated call and data costs before you leave Australia. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi, which usually comes at a cost.
Tipping is not commonplace in Australia. In Asia however, it is anticipated that a tip be given to reward good service. With that in mind, we have a tipping system for our group tours. Each passenger ‘tips’ a set amount to the National Escort at the start of the tour or on arrival in each country. They then distribute this as appropriate. Tipping is appreciated for Private and Tailor-Made travel. In your final documents, we include guidelines for tipping when travelling independently.
We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or too unusual. Breakfast at your hotel includes local and western dishes. In remote areas, we suggest embracing local specialities. Lunch and dinner consists of shared dishes. Meals generally finish with fruit to clean the palate. Drinks such as beer, soft drinks or bottled water are at your own expense locally.
Shopping is a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests while on holiday, your tour includes a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. Included are visits to establishments that provide locally produced goods, unique to your destination. Witness the creation of these products, and see first-hand how their production supports the local economy. As most travellers like to take home souvenirs, we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
Wendy Wu Tours inspects all hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service, which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family-run guesthouse in a smaller town. Chosen hotels are also chosen for ease of navigation around tourist sights.
At Wendy Wu Tours we are all avid adventurers, constantly seeking out the best ways for you to experience the world. That's why we are touring experts - our customer reviews and numerous awards say it all. This website is all about showcasing top sights magnificent hidden gems; about the plethora of different types of authentic and exciting experiences that we can offer you; and about giving you the very best holiday, whether it's your first visit or your 10th. Wendy Wu and the team look forward to welcoming you soon!