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Tour Overview

This 7-day classic Vietnam tour will take you to the best of North Vietnam, starting in Hanoi, where you will be guided to visit numerous characteristic colonial-style buildings. Then head to Sapa, a hiking paradise of Vietnam, which offers the best trekking trails to appreciate the stunning natural countryside and meet the hospitable Black Hmong ethnic group who are eager to share their cultural customs with you. Finally, the trip will end in Halong Bay with a 24-hour luxury cruise.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Stroll through the 1,000-year-old Hanoiancient city, exploring its past glory by admiring its historic buildings.
  • Explore Sapa on foot, a town high in the mountains, where you can experience the most pristine ethnic customs and beautiful terraced fields.
  • Immerse in the stunning seascape of the UNESCO World Heritage - Halong Bay on a leisure cruise.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to our 7 days classic North Vietnam tour. When you land at Hanoi airport, a local driver will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. After check-in, relax and enjoy the rest of the day.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: Hanoi

  2. As the capital and second-largest city of Vietnam, Hanoi combines more than 1,000 years of history and modern development.

    Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum will be your first stop, then head to Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House and the nearby One Pillar Pagoda. Afterwards, your knowledgeable guide will take you to the Presidential Palace, Temple of Literature, Quan Thanh Temple and Tran Quoc Pagoda & West Lake, to tell you the legendary stories behind these buildings. The final tour of the forenoon will be at the History Museum or the Ethnology Museum. (It's up to you)

    Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum Hanoi
    Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum

    In the afternoon, we will arrange a wonderful performance for you - Lang Toi (My Village), which is a Vietnamese Culture Show that recreates the farming life of northern villagers with ancient iconic bamboo, rhythmic dances, and twenty different exotic musical instruments. (Please check with your travel advisor about Lang Toi Show as it is not on every day)

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Hanoi

  3. Take a 6-hour ride from Hanoi to Sapa, the best hiking destination in North Vietnam boasting vibrant natural scenery and colorful ethnic cultures. Upon arrival, check into the hotel and take a break.

    After a delicious lunch at your own expense, your guide will show you the local church, help you bargain for your favorite items at the local markets, and take you through the bustling bar & restaurant streets. Then drive to Sau Chau, a charming village at the top of a hill where you can enjoy an amazing panoramic view of Sapa town at sunset. In the end, drive back to your hotel.

    Sau Chau Village
    Sau Chau Village

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Sapa

  4. Today is the day to start your trekking tour. Your guide and driver will take you to Ta Giang Phing for a 4- to 5-hour hike, during which you will enjoy spectacular views of the terraced fields and meet the hospitable ethnic minority people to share their traditional life customs with you. A picnic with a rural backdrop will be the highlight of the day.

    Sapa Trekking
    Sapa Trekking

    After the hike, escort you back to the hotel in Sapa for a rest.

    Meal: Breakfast & Picnic Lunch

    Accommodation: Sapa

  5. You are offered an optional day tour of the market. Depending on what day of the week you're traveling, you can explore Bac Ha on Sunday, Coc Ly on Tuesday, Cao Son on Wednesday, Lung Khau Nhi on Thursday, and Can Cau on Saturday.

    Late afternoon, drive back to Hanoi from the market for check-in and enjoy leisure time.

    Note: Alternatively, you can be escorted straight back to Hanoi in the morning, skipping the market.

    Sapa Bac Ha Market
    Sapa Bac Ha Market

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Hanoi

  6. After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to Halong Bay, known as "Guilin on the Sea" for its resemblance to the Chinese landscape of Guilin.

    Hop aboard a traditional junk boat for sun-lit voyages on shimmering seas with enchanting views and a hearty lunch. Drop anchor in a secluded bay, where you can enjoy some comfortable water sports like swimming & diving and mystical exploration of Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave, which is one of the largest & most beautiful caves in Halong Bay.

    Halong Bay Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave
    Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave

    The rest of the day is free for you to bathe in the sunshine on the deck or photograph the incredible limestone Karst formations at sea.

    Note: This Halong Bay itinerary is just a sample, and the success of the activities depends on the weather. Besides, you can choose different classes of cruise ships with different comfort.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Accommodation: On board

  7. Wake up early for a breath of fresh air on the deck, with close-up views of the oddly-shaped limestone islands rising out of the endless emerald sea. You'll also see some exciting scenes of fishermen catching fish early in the morning.

    Enjoy a substantial breakfast as the junk boat sails past the Man Head and Tortoise rocks, which are named for their distinctive shape. Continue to Bai Tu Long Bay and finally sail to the pier, where your driver is waiting for you then he will escort you to Hanoi or directly to the airport for your departure flight.

    Halong Bay Tortoise Rocks
    Halong Bay Tortoise Rocks

    Meal: Brunch

    Accommodation: N/A

Price Includes

  • Private vehicles with good air conditions;
  • Excellent English-speaking guides & experienced drivers;
  • Hotels & meals mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets to the scenic spots, performances & boat trip as mentioned;
  • Halong Bay cruise package;
  • Bottled water on the vehicle.

Price Excludes

  • Flights to or off Hanoi;
  • Meals not mentioned throughout the itinerary;
  • Any optional activities & any items not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Personal expenses (such as telephone, drinks);
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.

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