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Tour Overview

Discover the heart of Northern Vietnam in this immersive 9-day journey. Begin in Hanoi, where you'll explore historic sites, bustling markets, and serene lakes. Venture to Sapa for breathtaking mountain vistas, vibrant hill tribe cultures, and scenic hikes. Continue to Ninh Binh's ancient capital and tranquil riverine landscapes.

Dive into the enchanting world of Halong Bay, with its emerald waters and hidden caves. Savor local flavors on a street food tour. Throughout, interact with diverse communities, from the Black Hmong to the Red Dao. Your Northern Vietnam adventure is a blend of culture, nature, and unforgettable experiences.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Explore Hanoi's historic Old Quarter, ancient temples, and serene lakes, immersing yourself in the city's rich culture and vibrant street life.
  • Marvel at the awe-inspiring Fansipan Mountain views from Sapa's Heaven Gate, surrounded by cascading Silver Waterfalls and terraced rice fields.
  • Discover the colorful hill tribe markets and embrace the warmth of the Black Hmong and Red Dao communities in Sapa's villages.
  • Embark on a scenic sampan boat journey through Trang An River's limestone karsts and visit the grand Bai Dinh Pagoda.
  • Cruise Halong Bay's emerald waters, exploring hidden caves and limestone islets, with optional kayaking and swimming adventures.
  • Witness the enchanting Thien Canh Son Cave at sunrise, followed by a delightful brunch onboard the Halong Bay cruise.
  • Savor Hanoi's diverse street food on a guided tour, sampling local delicacies that encapsulate the city's culinary heritage.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Upon your arrival at Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport, your friendly guide and driver will be waiting to greet you with a warm welcome. You'll then be smoothly transferred to your comfortable hotel, where you can check in and relax after your journey. Take some time to unwind, freshen up, and get settled.

    The remainder of the day is at your leisure. You might want to take a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood near your hotel to get a feel for Hanoi's ambiance and perhaps enjoy your first taste of delicious Vietnamese cuisine at a local restaurant.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Hanoi

  2. After a hearty breakfast at your hotel, you'll embark on a full day of exploration in Hanoi, a city rich in history and culture. In the morning, you'll visit several iconic landmarks, including:

    Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: Pay your respects to the revered leader of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh. The mausoleum is a solemn and grand structure.

    Hanoi Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
    Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

    Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House: Explore the modest wooden house where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked during his final years.

    One Pillar Pagoda: Admire the unique architectural design of this Buddhist temple that appears to float on a single stone pillar.

    Tran Quoc Pagoda: Visit the oldest Buddhist pagoda in Hanoi, situated on the picturesque West Lake.

    Quan Thanh Temple: Discover the history and significance of this Taoist temple known for its imposing bronze statue.

    After these morning visits, you'll savor a delicious Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant, where you can try various regional dishes. In the afternoon, your journey continues with:

    Museum of Ethnology: Immerse yourself in the diverse cultures of Vietnam's many ethnic groups through fascinating exhibits.

    Cyclo tour through Hanoi Old Quarter: Experience the vibrant energy of the Old Quarter as you ride in a traditional cyclo, a three-wheeled bicycle taxi.

    Vietnam Hanoi Old Quarter Cyclo
    Cyclo through the Hanoi Old Quarter

    Hoan Kiem Lake: Take a leisurely walk around this scenic lake, known as the "Lake of the Restored Sword."

    Ngoc Son Temple: Visit the picturesque Ngoc Son Temple, located on an island in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake.

    In the evening, enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Show, where intricately carved puppets perform on a water stage, showcasing Vietnamese folklore and legends.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Hanoi

  3. After a filling breakfast at your hotel, you'll depart for the stunning mountain town of Sapa in the northwest of Vietnam. The journey takes you through picturesque landscapes and charming villages, providing glimpses of rural life in Vietnam.

    Upon arriving in Sapa, you'll check into your cozy hotel and have some time to relax and freshen up. Later in the day, your adventure continues with visits to:

    Silver Waterfall: Marvel at the sight and sound of this cascading waterfall, surrounded by lush greenery.

    Silver Waterfall Sapa
    Silver Waterfall

    Heaven Gate: Reach the Heaven Gate for breathtaking panoramic views of the majestic Fansipan Mountain, the highest peak in Indochina. It's an ideal spot for photography and a connection with nature.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Sapa

  4. Today, you'll embark on a fascinating journey into the heart of Sapa's local culture and natural beauty. The day begins with a visit to a bustling local market, where you can immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and witness the daily life of the hill tribe people.

    Following the market visit, you'll set off on a memorable 3-hour hiking tour that will lead you to the distinctive Lao Chai and Ta Van villages. Along the way, you'll encounter stunning terraced rice fields and have the opportunity to interact with the friendly Black Hmong minority people, gaining insights into their traditions and way of life.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Sapa

    Sapa Ta Van Village
    Hike to Ta Van Village

  5. Today's adventure takes you deeper into the culture and traditions of the Sapa region. You'll explore the enchanting Ma Tra and Ta Phin Villages, where the Red Dao people reside. The Red Dao are known for their vibrant traditional clothing and unique customs.

    Vietnam Sapa Trekking
    Deeper into the culture and traditions of the Sapa region

    At lunchtime, you'll have the chance to savor local dishes, offering a delightful taste of regional cuisine. In the afternoon, your driver will accompany you on the journey back to Hanoi, allowing you to reflect on the incredible experiences and memories you've gathered in Sapa.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Hanoi

  6. After breakfast, you'll embark on a day trip to explore the intriguing historical and natural wonders of Ninh Binh. Your first stop is Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, a place steeped in history. Explore the remnants of ancient temples and royal palaces that once served as the political center of Vietnam.

    Next, visit the remarkable Bai Dinh Pagoda, one of the largest Buddhist pagodas in Southeast Asia. Marvel at the intricate architecture and serene surroundings.

    Vietnam Ninh Binh Bai Dinh Pagoda
    Bai Dinh Pagoda Complex

    Enjoy a delectable lunch at a local restaurant, savoring the flavors of Vietnamese cuisine. In the afternoon, prepare for a tranquil adventure as you embark on a scenic sampan boat trip along the serene Trang An River. Navigate through limestone karsts and lush greenery, discovering the natural beauty that earned Trang An recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Ninh Binh

  7. Today marks the beginning of your captivating journey to the world-renowned Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Halong Bay Cruise
    Halong Bay Cruise

    Board a luxurious cruise ship, where you'll be welcomed with warmth and hospitality. Set sail through the captivating seascape of limestone islets, emerald waters, and hidden caves. The stunning vistas of Halong Bay will leave you in awe. Optional activities like kayaking and swimming are available to enhance your adventure (at your own expense).

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Accommodation: on the Ship

  8. Rise early to partake in serene Tai Chi exercises on the cruise deck while you're treated to a breathtaking sunrise over the bay. Afterwards, embark on an exploration of the mystical Thien Canh Son Cave, known for its stunning stalactites and stalagmites formations.

    Halong Bay Thien Canh Son Cave
    Thien Canh Son Cave

    Enjoy a delightful brunch onboard the cruise ship as you sail back to the harbor. At approximately 10:45 a.m., you'll disembark and meet your private transfer for the journey back to Hanoi.

    In the evening, join your knowledgeable guide for a captivating street food tour of Hanoi. Taste a variety of local dishes and street snacks while learning about the culinary traditions of Vietnam.

    Meal: Breakfast + Dinner

    Accommodation: in Hanoi

    Vietnam Food Hanoi Street Food
    Hanoi Street Food - Shish Kebab

  9. This is your final day in Vietnam. After breakfast, you'll have free time to explore Hanoi at your own pace or relax at your hotel.

    Your driver will escort you to Noi Bai International Airport by your flight schedule, ensuring a smooth departure for your next destination or journey back home.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price Per Person

The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel. Please contact us for a specific price.

Price Includes

  • 8 nights' accommodation;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guide services as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing as listed in the itinerary.

Price Excludes

  • International air tickets (Could be assisted).
  • Visa Handling fee, visa stamp fee.
  • Any personal expenses.
  • Tipping for guide, driver, bell boy, etc.
  • Services not stated in the itinerary.

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