The best of northern Vietnam tour 7 Days

Hanoi - Sapa - Halong - Hanoi
07 Days/06 Nights
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Summary: Colourful hill tribes, giant limestone karsts rising dramatically from emerald seas, and a bustling capital city are what make Northern Vietnam a delight for the senses. The sights, sounds, and tastes of the region are explored in style on this week-long tour.
Start in Vietnam's capital, a city where gorgeous colonial and ancient Vietnamese-style buildings are surrounded by streets swirling with motorbikes and roving vendors peddling their wares out of bamboo baskets. The rich flavours of the local cuisine and the vibrant colours of the local markets add to the sensory delights of Hanoi. The capital is also filled with cultural and historic sites, including the solemn mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the serene Temple of Literature, and the French-style Opera House.
From Hanoi, to Sapa, a former French hill-resort nestled in a beautiful valley near the Chinese border. Sapa is one of the most colorful destinations in Vietnam and the perfect base for exploring the markets and villages of the region's hill tribe peoples. Travel from northern Vietnam through the Red River Delta to Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known locally as 'the descending dragon', Halong Bay is a truly a wonderful destination.
Cruise the bay and enjoy excursions to grottoes where amazing and unsuspected shapes are pointed out to you, uncovering legends. From the city to the mountains and then on to the seas, explore the diverse beauty of Northern Vietnam in style. Relax and enjoy as Exotissimo's professional travel team take you on a tour that is sure to delight the senses and introduce you to the delights of this wondrous region.


Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

Upon arrival Noi Bai airport, pick up and transfer to the hotel in centre of Hanoi. The day is at your leisure to explore on your own or relax.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi - Lao Cai (B/L)

Breakfast at hotel. City tour: historical sights, museums, and the bustling Old Quarter of the city. In the evening, depart for the train station to catch the sleeper train to the northwest town of Lao Cai, the homeland of many of Vietnam's ethnic minorities.
Overnight aboard the train.

Day 3: Lao Cai - Sapa (B/L)

Early morning you will arrive in Lao Cai and transfer by road to Sapa. Here, in the terraced hills and mountains, the monotony of the expansive green landscape is brightened by the colours of the area's native hill tribes. Take a morning walking tour of Sapa town and visit the busy market where the ethnic minority people converge to sell their embroidery, silverware, and handicrafts. Dinner on guest's account.
Overnight in Sapa.

Day 4: Sapa (B/L)

This morning, set out on a light trek to discover Sapa's lesser-known areas. Along the way, enjoy the breathtaking scenery of mountain rice terraces, waterfalls, and buffaloes working in the fields. As you cross rivers by suspended bridges and traverse rolling hills, look for views of Vietnam's highest point, Mt Fansipan, the last major peak of the Himalayan chain. Return to Sapa town in the afternoon where you have the rest of the day at your leisure.
Overnight in Sapa.

Day 5: Sapa - Ethnic Market - Lao Cai - Hanoi (B)

After breakfast, continue your exploration of the Sapa area with an early morning visit to the Ethnic Market. Afterwards, there is time for another light trek to a nearby village before transferring to Lao Cai for the overnight train to Hanoi.
Overnight on the train.

Day 6: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B/L/D)

Upon disembarking in Hanoi, enjoy breakfast and continue through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta to reach Halong Bay. At the harbor, board the Junk, a wonderful replica of one of the classic steamships of the colonial era. Spend the remainder of the day cruising through the emerald green waters of the bay, weaving in and out of the hundreds of limestone karsts. Stop and visit one of the area's many caves, have a swim in the refreshing waters, and enjoy sumptuous meals aboard the boat.
Overnight onboard a junk boat.

Day 6: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B/L)

Early this morning, participate in a Tai Chi class on the sundeck, or relax with a fresh cup of coffee as you view the awakening of Halong Bay's local fishermen. A wholesome breakfast is served as you cruise back to Halong City where you disembark and return to Hanoi. Your private car and guide remain at your disposal for last minute sight-seeing or shopping until your departure for your onward travel.

Tour Prices

Number of Person in Group/Pax Tour cost per Person (in US $)
Class Economy (2*) Superior (3*) First Class (4*) Luxury (5*)
2 pax - - - -
3 - 5 pax - - - -
6 - 8 pax - - - -
9 - 12 pax - - - -
13 pax up - - - -
Single Supplemental - - - -

Trip includes:

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of a driver and private air-conditioned vehicles during all tours and transfers
  • English speaking guide during all tours and transfers (other languages upon request)
  • Entrance fees for all sights visited
  • Camera and video cameras fees if applicable
  • Meals as indicated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

Trip excludes:

  • International flights to and from Vietnam
  • Vietnam visa arrangement (Visa is compulsory and must be arranged in advance)
  • Meals other than those mentioned above
  • All other services which are not mentioned above
  • Personal expenses are such as laundry, telephone, drinks etc...
  • Tips for guide
  • Travel insurance

What to bring:

  • Sun Block Wide brim hat
  • Camera + Film
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Warm clothes
  • Insect Repellent
  • Original Passport