Vietnam Family Tours

North Vietnam Family Adventure

Number of days: 8

Price from: $

Tour Type: Private Tour

Departure: Daily

Start from: Hanoi

Highlights: Hanoi, Perfume Pagoda, Cuc Phuong National Park, Kenh Ga, Hoa Lu, Tam Coc

Our family adventures have been specially designed for the needs of youngsters – minimizing long journeys and plenty of time on beaches and in wildlife. On this Adventure, the whole family is set to be entertained by the people, history, color and culture. What better education is there, than the education of understanding and discovery!

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  • ACTIVITIES

    Cultural Tours / Nature Discovery / Walking / Trekking / Boating & Cruising


    BRIEF ITINERARY: 

    Day 01: Arrive Hanoi - Transfer to Hotel

    Day 02: Hanoi City Sightseeing (B) 

    Day 03: Hanoi to Cuc Phuong National Park (B/L/D) 


    Day 04: Cuc Phuong to Ninh Binh (B)


    Day 05: Ninh Binh: Visit Tam Coc / Bich Dong (B/L)

    Day 06: Ninh Binh to Halong Bay & Overnight Cruise (B/L/D)

    Day 07: Halong Bay to Hanoi (B/L)


    Day 08: Hanoi – Departure (B)


    Include: 

    - Accommodation with daily breakfast 

    - Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)

    - Transportation by private vehicle with A/C

    - Boat trips as mentioned in the program 

    - Local English speaking tour guide

    - All entrance fees and permits where applicable


    Exclude:

    - Meals that not mentioned in the program

    - Travel insurance

    - Vietnam visa

    - International flight and departure tax

    - Tipping, drinks and other personal expenses

  • Day 01: Arrive Hanoi

    Arrive in Hanoi, meet our tour guide at airport and transfer to hotel. The evening is free to try out one of Hanoi’s many fine restaurants. Overnight in Hanoi.



    Day 02: Hanoi City Tour (B)
    Morning, visit Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilt, One Pillar Pagoda. 
    Afternoon, enjoy a cyclo tour of Hanoi, exploring the magical old quarter and French colonial district and enjoy a water puppet performance. Overnight in Hanoi.

    Day 03: Hanoi to Cuc Phuong National Park (B/L/D)
    Set out early for the drive to Cuc Phuong (approx. 3-4hrs). This is a treat for children as Cuc Phuong is Vietnam’ s oldest National Park and is home to an amazing variety of wildlife. Upon arrival, settle into the bungalows located within the lush forests before a visit to the Endangered Primate Rescue centre. Here, the children will learn about the work that is being done to preserve the endangered native primates. Overnight at bungalow guesthouse in Cuc Phuong.



    Day 04: Cuc Phuong - Ninh Binh (B)
    What a magical way to start the day – with the sounds of the forest all around! After a hearty breakfast bid the hosts goodbye and set off into the centre of the forest and commence a half day trek through lush rainforest and to caves once inhabited by prehistoric humans. Afternoon, drive to Ninh Binh town. Overnight at hotel in Ninh Binh.



    Day 05: Ninh Binh – Tam Coc / Bich Dong (B/L)
    After breakfast, we drive to Tam Coc and boarding a small sampan to visit Tam Coc which means literally “three caves” (2 hour boat trip). With Halong bay type views of majestic limestone cliffs and mysterious caves, as well as countryside landscape like peaceful streams, rice paddies and deserted green fields, Tam Coc really has it all. You will feel the fresh air and peaceful moments, very good opportunities for photo lovers, freezing the special moments and scenery.
    We also visit Bich Dong pagoda nearby and climb up the mountain to have a wonderful perspective view of the Bich Dong and Tam Coc. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Ninh Binh.



    Day 06: Ninh Binh to Halong Bay & Overnight Cruise (B/L/D)
    After breakfast, you will leave for Ha Long Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the world’s largest marine limestone ‘karst’ landscape.
    Arrive at Tuan Chau pier in Halong Bay – Take break and welcome drink at Glory Legend Cruise Lounge.
    Transfer to the Cruise.
    Welcome drink – receive cruise briefing, safety instructions and check in. Start cruising and explore Halong Bay – one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.
    Enjoy buffet lunch with Vietnamese dishes served while cruising through the bay, passing the most beautiful and quiet areas, such as Incense Burner, Dog Stone Islet, Fighting Cock, Soi Sim beach, Coconut Three Island.
    Visiting Luon cave, the perfect combination of lime-stone mountains and jade-green sea by bamboo boat with local people or kayaking based on your preference. Enjoy quiet space and pure air, you will feel relaxed truly. If you are lucky, you will see monkeys on islands.
    Visiting the beautiful Ti Top beach for swimming (if the weather permits), Ti Top Beach is especially famous for its fresh atmosphere, clean water, and smooth white sand that create a great ambiance for tourists to relax or passengers can take steps to reach on the top of Ti Top beach to have a whole panorama view of Halong Bay.
    Back to the boat and free time while sailing to Luon Bo area, and anchor overnight.
    Option: Massage service available. Please book with Cruise Manager directly (please see massage menu).
    Attend the Cooking class on sundeck – How to make Vietnamese spring rolls – traditional Vietnamese food. Then enjoy Happy Hour (Buy one drink-get one free). It is time for chit chat and relaxing. Watch the magnificent sunset over Halong Bay.
    19.30 – 23.00 Dinner – Deluxe Vietnamese and International BBQ Set Menu Dinner.
    Evening activities include: Leisure time to enjoy a chat around the bar, watching movies and many sort of Vietnam cultural films, relaxing and spending a romantic night on Glory Legend Cruise’s music, playing cards, chess are available, reading magazines in room and dining room. You may also try your luck at squid fishing & fishing from the boat. Overnight on the boat.



    Day 07: Halong Bay to Hanoi (B/L)
    06.00 – 08.00 The day starts early onboard with Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Tai chi also called Tai chi chuan, combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements.
    Coffee, tea and pastries for breakfast are served in the dining room with morning view of bay’s landscape.
    08.00 – 11.30 Transfer by tender to Sung Sot Cave. Walk up about 100 steps to the cave entrance. It takes approximately 45 minutes for cave visiting. Visit Sung Sot Cave, one of the most biggest cave in Halong bay with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Return to the boat by tender. Proper shoes are highly recommended.
    Back to Glory Legend Cruises. Check out and settle your bill at reception.
    Have a lunch while cruising back to the Tuan Chau Wharf. Relaxing on the sundeck or in the dining room enjoying the bay scenery while approaching the wharf.
    Disembark to Tuan Chau Wharf. Say goodbye to the crew.
    11.30 Return to Hanoi.
    Stop over the middle to visit a traditional workshop and refreshment about 30 minutes.
    Arrive in Hanoi around 16:30, check in hotel and at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.

    Day 08: Hanoi – Departure (B)
    Breakfast at hotel and time at leisure until we transfer you to Hanoi airport for your departure flight home. End of the trip. 

  • Categories of Accommodation


    Value:

    With basic hotels and simple accommodation, this is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel. We would normally accommodate your in these in remote areas.


    Standard:

    Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant. Sometimes these are a good affordable choice in cities where accommodation is very expensive, but where being centrally located is a prime consideration.


    Superior:

    Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre. This is the 'classic' hotel standard we use on most of our group based tours.


    Deluxe:

    Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care. India and Southeast Asia have a fabulous array of top notch 5-star properties.


    Luxury:

    Luxury accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!


  • VIETNAM

    Visa and Passport
    Except for a number of ASEAN countries a visa is required to visit Vietnam. If your itinerary requires two
    entries into Vietnam then a double entry visa must be obtained. If your trip is postponed or delayed it may be necessary to obtain another visa if your original visa is not valid for your new dates of travel.


    Tourist Visa
    A Vietnam Tourist Visa is valid for the period of 30-days and for a single entry (unless endorsed for a double entry at additional cost). Your passport must be sent to the embassy along with payment with prepaid shipping arrangements with Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation, FedEx, etc., two completed visa applications and two passport photos. Allow five-business days for processing.

    Visa-on-Arrival
    A Visa-on-Arrival is available if you are pre-approved for the visa. In lieu of a stamped visa in your passport prior to departure a fax from the Department of Immigration is issued and used as your travel document for boarding your international flight to Vietnam. This system has been working for a number of years now and is extremely reliable. Visa-on-Arrival processing charges are normally $25 and a $45 fee is payable directly to Vietnamese Immigration upon arrival.

    Double Entry Visa
    A Double Entry Visa is a Tourist Visa endorsed for a double entry. If your itinerary requires a double entry be sure and obtain the Double Entry Visa.

    Re-Entry Visa
    Re-entry Visas, prior to departing Vietnam, are possible to obtain in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City through authorized agencies for a fee of approximately $25, however it requires one-to-two days and the deposit of your passport. This is not advisable unless your itinerary allows ample time and you remain in the city where the application was filed until the visa is issued. It is strongly advised to obtain a Double Entry Visa prior entering Vietnam.

    Passport Validity Dates
    Your passport must have a validity date of at least six-months remaining after your visit to Vietnam is completed.

    Travel Document Companies
    Unless you live nearby a Vietnamese embassy or consulate or are experienced in dealing with embassies by mail or telephone, it is advised that you use a travel document company to obtain your visa.
    Notes: You can email us at 
    info@privateasiatours.com for more advice on Vietnam Visa information. The service is free of charge. All the emails will be replied within 24h.

    Entry Procedures
    Arrival and Departure Cards are required to be completed upon entry into Vietnam; they will be provided by the airline or at the border gate. The yellow copy of the card will be returned to you and must be submitted when you depart Vietnam; keep it in a safe place. Making a photocopy of it is a good idea and keeping it with your other photocopies.
    If you have been pre-approved for a Visa-on-Arrival simply process though the Visa-on-Arrival lane at immigration.
    Once your visa formalities have been completed claim your baggage and process through customs.


    Duty Free
    One-carton of cigarettes and one bottle of liquor.

    Exit Procedures
    Complete the customs declaration and process through customs then complete the immigration processing where you will be required to return the yellow copy of your Arrival and Departure Card.

    Tendering Passports
    Vietnamese law requires that passports be tendered to the hotel each evening. This may appear odd to Western travelers but until the 1960's a number of European countries required that passports be tendered to the hotel each evening.

    Travel Insurance
    Traveler's Insurance is strongly recommended. A number of companies sell competing policies and it is a good idea to read the fine print and ask questions if you are in doubt.
    Note: some insurance companies cover travel insurance in their existing policies; check, you may already be covered. Policies have differing benefits for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical and dental coverage, and emergency medical transportation, lost baggage, missed connections, and accidents.
    Of special note is the emergency medical transportation. This is extremely costly; if you any health condition which may require medical evacuation you should check to see if you are currently covered and if not purchase the insurance. Medical treatment, if required, can be costly and the pay is usually in cash.


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