Best of Northern Vietnam 6 days

Departure Date



6 days



Maximum Seats


What's Included?

All Transport
All Meals
All Entrance fees
Tour guide
Airline tickets on tour


Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Sapa – Halong Bay

Explore the beauty of Northern Vietnam with our 6-day tour, carefully curated to showcase the essence of the region. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, Vietnam’s inaugural capital. Engage with the diverse Hmong and other minority cultures during an enriching tribal expedition in the hills of Sapa. Embark on a night boat journey to witness the awe-inspiring landscapes of Halong Bay adorned with majestic limestone karsts. This adventure is tailor-made for those seeking a vibrant solo travel experience. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by!

Tour Overview

Day 1

Day 1: Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Hoa Lu - Tam Coc

Morning Between 7:15 and 7:45 AM: Coordinate your pickup for a day-long excursion to Ninh Binh. Board a traditional rowboat navigated by locals and marvel at the stunning karst mountains that surround you. Capture the tranquil beauty of mountains, rice fields, and temples with numerous photographs as you drift along the Ngo Dong River. If your visit coincides with the harvest season, witness the enchanting golden rice carpet along the riverbanks. Conclude the morning tour of Tam Coc with an authentic Vietnamese meal prepared by local chefs. Afternoon Enjoy free time for additional activities such as fishing or interacting with the locals. Embark on a bicycle ride through charming villages, breathing in the fresh countryside air, and exploring the imposing limestone mountains. Explore Hoa Lu Old Capital, Vietnam's ancient capital dating back a millennium, and delve deeper into Vietnamese history. Return to Hanoi from Ninh Binh. Meals: Lunch Accommodation: Overnight stay in a Hanoi hotel
Day 2

Day 2: Hanoi Half-day City Tour - Night train to Sapa

Morning/ Afternoon Remarks: Depending on your schedule, you have the flexibility to depart either in the morning or afternoon. Routes may be adjusted based on customer preferences. (The morning tour commences at 8:00, while the afternoon session starts at 13:30.) Commence your inaugural day of exploration with a city tour in Hanoi. Delve into the history of the ancient capital and immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance of Hanoi Old Quarter. Embark on a journey to Vietnam's earliest university, The Temple of Literature, where the country's aristocracy, mandarins, and elite once pursued knowledge. Pay a visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the final resting place of the legendary founding father of contemporary Vietnam, and One Pillar Pagoda, renowned as Vietnam's most iconic pagoda. Make a stop at West Lake and Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda, the oldest pagoda in Hanoi boasting a history spanning more than 1,500 years. Enjoy lunch at an authentic Vietnamese restaurant. Evening Prior to boarding the Lao Cai train, freshen up with a bath and unwind. Gather at a Hanoi hotel and arrange transportation to the city's railway station. Board the train bound for Lao Cai, where you'll spend the night in a communal sleeping cabin (shared with other passengers in 2 lower & 2 upper berths per compartment). Depart from Hanoi on the journey to Lao Cai Station. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Overnight on the train
Day 3

Day 3: Lao Cai - Sapa - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van

Morning Upon the train's arrival at Lao Cai Station, our designated bus driver will transfer you to Sapa. Early check-in is available upon room availability (additional charges may apply). Take a moment to relax before embarking on our full-day excursion. Commence your trekking adventure in Lao Cai with the guidance of our local tour expert. Traverse through Y Linh Ho, a quaint town nestled beside the Muong Hoa River, and Lao Chai, a Black Hmong community renowned for their distinctive indigo blue attire and historical landmarks. Explore Ta Van Village, a settlement inhabited by the Zay people. Afternoon Following lunch, delve into an immersive experience to learn about the local culture. Return to Sapa. Enjoy free time for the remainder of the day. Evening Overnight stay at the Sapa Hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Overnight in Sapa
Day 4

Day 4: Cat Cat - Sin Chai - Sapa - Hanoi

Morning Enjoy a delightful breakfast at the hotel before departure. Commence your visit to Cat Cat Village at 8:00 AM by strolling along the South-West trail. Unwind at the foot of the majestic waterfall and explore the remains of a hydroelectric power plant constructed by the French during Vietnam's colonial period. Indulge in a riverside picnic for lunch, immersing yourself in the beauty of nature. Afternoon Continue your trek to Sin Chai village, nestled at the foothills of Fansipan Mountain, often referred to as "the Roof of Indochina." Marvel at the awe-inspiring vistas of the mountain. Evening Return to the main road for a convenient jeep pickup, transferring you back to Sapa town. Board a shared limousine for the return journey to Hanoi. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Overnight stay in a Hanoi hotel
Day 5

Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay Overnight Cruise

Morning Indulge in a delicious breakfast at your accommodation. Be transported to Halong Bay for the next leg of your adventure. Embark on a captivating Halong Bay cruise, setting sail to explore the enchanting karst islands, grottoes, and caves. A delectable lunch buffet will be served on board. Afternoon Engage in one of the post-break activities. Explore the mesmerizing caverns within Halong Bay. Opt for kayaking or take a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters of a beautiful beach (specific activities will depend on the schedule of each trip). Evening Return to your ship for a relaxing period of rest and an enjoyable dinner. Revel in a splendid evening on the cruise. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Overnight stay on the Cruise in Halong Bay
Day 6

Day 6: Halong Bay - Hanoi

Morning Begin your second day in Halong with an invigorating Tai-chi lesson in the morning, setting a revitalizing tone for the day. Post breakfast, the boat will navigate to showcase some of the bay's most awe-inspiring caverns. Enjoy lunch while journeying back to the main port. Afternoon Disembark from the boat and arrange for transportation back to Hanoi. Meals: Breakfast, Brunch Accommodation: Not Applicable

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Option Private Tour Small Group Hotel
 Standard 976 USD 576 USD 3star
Deluxe 1176 USD 776 USD 4star

* All nights hotel accommodation.
* Meals as mentioned in the program..
* All transfers and transport in
modern air-conditioned vehicles.
* Boat trips on Halong Bay.
* Domestic flights.
* Sightseeing as specified
* Expert Vietnamese local guides

  • Hotel EARLY check in & LATE check out
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner at the hotel (if any)
  • International flights with taxes
  • Entry permit or Passport Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, laundry and gratuities
  • Meals not marked on itinerary, and water during meals

Children Policy

  • The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults
  • For infant (<04 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost
  • 04 – 11 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate

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