Overviews

A journey from Hanoi to the Red River Delta is always a perfect excursion to explore the natural and culture beauty of the country. It is great to combine an exploration of the capital city of Hanoi and the fresh natural spectacles of Ninh Binh with stunning limestone karsts, immense rice paddies and the tranquil countryside villages. For more Vietnam day tours to enthralling destinations in Vietnam, consider our Vietnam tour packages.

Highlights

  • Hanoi – our capital – the political - economic - cultural - scientific and technological center of the whole country
  • Enjoy the peace when sitting on a small boat and go through the caves with green paddy fields on your sides in Ninh Binh
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Trip Code: VNZA-825

Trip Duration: 4 Days

Starting: Hanoi, Vietnam

Finishing: Hanoi, Vietnam

Destination: Vietnam

Type of trip: Classic

Theme: Nature, culture

Ages: All ages

Group Size: Variable upon your inquiry

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Upon arrival at Hanoi airport, you will be warmly welcomed and then transferred to the hotel for check-in. 

In the afternoon, set off your walking tour around the bustling streets of Hanoi. There will be various opportunities to admire the magnificent architectural works. Strolling around the famous 36 streets of the Old Quarter, you will be surprised by the hustle of the narrow streets filled with various food stalls and other products. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

In this morning, start your exploration of the city with some of the most well known attractions. Your first stop will be Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum - where the body of the great President Ho Chi Minh was restored. Continue onto the traditional stilt house and the unique structure of One Pillar Pagoda. Leaving the complex, make your way to the Temple of Literature - known as the first university of Vietnam. It has become a popular place for Vietnamese students to show their respect and take some commemorative photographs when graduating.

Your afternoon excursion will be continued with a visit to the Ethnology Museum where you can explore the great diversity of ethnic groups. Afterwards, enjoy your time with a traditional water puppet show as the day comes to an end.

Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 

Note: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum closes from 08 September to 08 November for annual maintenance. In this case, an alternative opt of visiting outside will be arranged.

After breakfast, set off your new day journey. You will take a scenic drive towards Ninh Binh Province (around 2 hour drive). Make a stop at a local house for lunch and a short rest. Then, hop on a bike and enjoy a beautiful ride along the river, take in the fresh air and explore the local way of life in small villages.

As the bike tour ends, continue your experience with a boat trip through the vast rice fields and the charming landscape of small canals and rock formations. 

After some time soaking up in the beauty of nature, head out to Hoa Lu which was once the capital of Vietnam. Exploring this ancient capital also reveals the long-lasting history of the country. 

Dinner on your own. Overnight at your hotel.

This morning, drive east for the trip to the Cathedral of Phat Diem - one of the most interesting places to explore the culture in the Red River Delta. The church is inspired by the unique architecture of the Imperial in Hue city. You can easily realize this speciality in architectural design through the sculptures on its portals.

After exploring the Cathedral, head back to Hanoi in the middle afternon. Meals on your own. End of services.

Useful Information

Inclusions

  • 4 day tour in Hanoi and Ninh Binh
  • 3 nights' accommodation.
  • Delight your taste buds with Vietnamese cuisine with 4 meals included.
  • All airport transfers
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees as stated in the itinerary.
  • Private local slow boat trip in Ninh Binh
  • VIETNAM VISA LETTER
  • Service charges and government VAT tax

Exclusions

  • International flight tickets – We would be happy to provide you with a quote for international flights. Flights from South Africa to Vietnam are approximately $700-$1100 per person return. The actual price varies depending on departure city, time of year and luck of the draw! Let’s contact us for more details.
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee: 25USD per person
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance

Meals

  • Breakfast: 3
  • Lunch: 1

Transport

  • Private car 
  • Shuttle bus 
  • Boat 

Included Activities

  • Hanoi Walking Tour
  • Hanoi Sightseeing
  • A day trip to Ninh Binh

Special Note:

You may hear a lot about Hanoi, Halong, and Sapa in Northern Vietnam. How's about Ninh Binh? Do you know that, besides Phong Nha - Quang Binh, Ninh Binh is the main site for making the scenes of "Kong - the Skull Island" movie?.

Or have you ever heard about" Halong Bay on land"? - It is Ninh Binh.

If you are looking for a place where have green field with beautiful streams and authentic local culture, you should not miss a visit to Ninh Binh.

From Hanoi to Ninh Binh, it is only 110km and it takes 2.5-hour driving only. This trip is suitable for all travelers: couple, friends, honeymooners, family or senior. 

You can take a full day trip from Hanoi to Ninh Binh if you have limited time hence please contact our travel consultant for this change.

There are many types of accommodation in Ninh Binh. From luxurious resort to a rustic homestay, we can serve all of your requirements. 

Best time to visit Ninh Binh during harvest season? You can consider visiting during May or September.

Our prices are valid for daily departures (except some special case as explained below) for groups from 1 to 6 pax. If your party has more than 6 adults, please send us an email, we will advise our best price for your group.

Our prices are not valid for some special occasions and peak season as below:

° Christmas and New Year (normally, there will be surcharge for Gala Dinner on 24.Dec and 31.Dec Eves – applied for 4 and 5 star hotels)

° Vietnam Lunar New Year – from 25.Feb.2020 – 03.Mar.2020 – if you travel during this period, there will be surcharged for some services – we will advise you clearly at the time of booking

Cancellation by Customer

Should you need to cancel your holiday once it has been confirmed, the party leader must immediately advise us in writing sent to us via fax or email. The following cancellation charges will be applied:

  • More than 21 days prior to departure: The total of deposit paid to us (30% of the Tour value).
  • 7- 21 days  prior to departure: 50% on total value of the trip charged, due to hotel charges for no-shows and organizing fees.
  • Within 1-6 days  prior to departure: 100% on total charged.
  • No-Show: 100% on total charged.

Note: Insurance premiums and amendment charges are not refundable in the event of cancellation.  

Cancellation of domestic or international flights:

If the cancellation occurs after a deposit was paid to the Airlines, a cancellation fees, of 25 – 40 % of the airfare for the domestic flight and USD30 – 50/pax for the international flight, is required (according to the policy of the Airlines).

Unused services:

No refunds or exchanges can be made with respect to accommodation, meals, sightseeing tours, transport or any other services, included in the tour price, but not utilized by the tour members. 

Children Policy

For children, please note:

  • Children under 2 years old: Free of charge (maximum 2 adults with 1 child under 2 years old)
  • Children from 2 to 5 years old: 50% price of adults
  • Children from 5 to 11 years old: 75% price of adults
  • Children from 12 years old: as adult

Reviews

Reviews from actual Seni travelers. We publish all reviews.

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Based on 46 reviews. See some of the reviews here.

Elmarie Ed

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: 03-06-2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

My husband and I just arrived back in Cape Town from the best ever Asian holiday, arranged by Vietnam Travel - Ha Nguyen (Sales1@Vietnam Travel). From the time I made contact with Ha, till we left Vietnam, she was inconstantly assisting and advising via WhatsApp and calls. She was 24/7 just a message or a call away. Our tailor-made holiday she arranged and booked with our agreement, suited us like a glove.

From arriving at Hanoi Airport, as mentioned in our correspondence by Ha, we were met by staff who quickly assisted us with the visa on arrival. We met the most dearest and friendly Ha outside to transport us to the hotel. She even booked us in at the hotel while we had a welcome tea.

The pickups were always on time, the tours with English speaking guides were all excellent. Mrs Trang in Hue and Mt Yen Toan in Ho Chi Minh City must be complimented for their knowledge and manner they have engaged with us.

The Ha Long Bay trip on the V Spirit Premier was an experience not to be missed. Hoi An with all the lanterns and soft street music is the most romantic city ever experienced in Asia. Our accommodation was perfect and of a high standard as well as the breakfast at the different hotels, from Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh.

I would highly recommend Vietnam Tour for any traveler from any country to Vietnam.

Once again a big thank you to Ha who became a friend of us.

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Pamemla Harvey

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: 06-07-2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

We landed in Ho Chi Minh and spent three days there. We went to see the tunnels that were excavated in the Vietnam War. Very interesting and thought-provoking. Did a local boat trip on the Mekong Delta. We were introduced to the way of life there and a had a splendid luncheon Prawns, fish, salads, etc. Something for everyone. Then on to De Nang. A very different experience. Wonderful markets with a variety of clothing, curiosities, food, and drink. Splendid Spa treatments. Went to the market umpteen times. Very good local restaurants all within walking distance of our hotel. Last stop was Hanoi. Another exciting experience. A highlight was meeting our agent Nguyĕn Thu Hà who was the most divine soul. She is extremely helpful and NOTHING is too much trouble. All our transport was arranged to and from airports and to venues and trips. The trip on Ha Long Bay on a cruise liner was fabulous. A country full of diversity and kind, happy and helpful people! A must visit. Try something different.

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Landy Lowe

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: 06-07-2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

We traveled from North to South in Vietnam over a two week period. It has been an absolute pleasure dealing with Ha from Vietnam Travel! From the first contact, she made me feel that I was her only client. I changed our itinerary, added people and flights, had many questions- she took it in her stride. She understood my needs and within minutes she would have a recommendation or a price ready.

I cannot recommend her services highly enough. My travel agent became a friend!

Thank you Ha- I will always think of you with happy memories when I think of our two weeks in Vietnam.

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Barbara

Guest Country: South Africa

Travel Dates: 30/04/2019

Traveled To: Vietnam

Ha Nguyen from Vietnam tours was beyond excellent in her service in putting together the most amazing 2-week trip. We started in the south in Ho Chi Min and ended in the North. Having a local agent in Vietnam made a huge difference. All arrangements, transfers, and tours went like clockwork and she checked in all the time to ensure that all was Ok. Our homestay in Quoc Khanh Bamboo Homestay in Ninh Binh is also highly recommended. Beautiful countryside and if you have the time, really worthwhile taking a 2-hour drive cab from Hanoi and staying in a homestay once there. Contact Ha Nguyen by her WhatsApp number +84 915078294

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A Response from Seni World 30/08/2019

Not only is the first tour operator in Vietnam focusing only on travelers from South Africa but Vietnamtour.co.za also has been receiving a lot of positive reviews on TripAdvisor. Moreover, we also have a representative in South Africa  - Mrs. Katrine Putick. You can contact her to book and confirm your tour to Vietnam right in South Africa. 

Ms. KATRINE PUTTICK

  • Address: Bay Farm, Main Rd, Hout Bay Cape Province, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Phone: (+27 (83) 261 1693)
  • Email: kputtick@iafrica.com
A Response from Seni World 26/04/2019

Tipping is not customary in Vietnam but it's highly appreciated. Most the high-end services include a service fee but if you receive a service that exceeded your expectation, then a tip is highly recommended. Normally, you should tip at least 1-3 USD/pax/day for your guide and driver.

A Response from Seni World 18/07/2019

Vietnam's weather is tropical climate with high humidity creating a favorable condition for many insects especially mosquitoes. Whenever you head outside especially in mountainous areas, be sure to apply repellent to all areas of exposed skin. 

A Response from Seni World 15/04/2019

Depending on individual hotels, most of the hotels in Vietnam are equipped with all necessary amenities such as hair dryers, private bathroom, safety box, shampoo, body lotion and more. If you're not sure about the quality of these kinds of stuff, you can bring your own or buy outside.

A Response from Seni World 07/12/2018

You can easily find an ATM at any major cities across the country. Though, it's hard to find one in local areas, so make sure you prepare enough money for a journey out of the city.  Do not keep too much money along you to avoid the risk of theft. 

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