Northern Vietnam Highlights - 8 days

This highlight of Northern Vietnam Tour bring you to natural landscape to discover outstanding feature in Halong Bay and Sapa. Spend 1 night on Halong Bay at luxury cruise and explore ethnic minority life will make you have a wonderful time in Vietnam.
Destinations: Hanoi – Hoa Lu Tam Coc – Halong Bay – Sapa – Hanoi
Departure date: Flexible Travel Dates
Duration: 8 Days 7 Nights
TravelStyle: Top Special Packages
  • Summary
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Day Destinations Meals Accommodation
Day 1 Hanoi arrival - Hotel in Hanoi
Day 2 Hanoi - Hoa Lu Tam Coc - Hanoi B/L/D Hotel in Hanoi
Day 3 Hanoi - Halong Bay B/L/D Halong bay Crusie
Day 4 Halong Bay - Hanoi - night train to Lao Cai B/L/D Night train
Day 5 Lao Cai - Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Sapa B/L/D Hotel in Sapa
Day 6 Sapa - Hill Tribe Market - Lao Cai - night train to Hanoi B/L/D Night Train
Day 7 Hanoi - Hanoi city tour B/L/D Hotel  in Hanoi
Day 8 Hanoi departure B/-/-  



Day 1 : Hanoi Arrival

Our tour guide will come to pick you up upon arrival. Then our car will take you to the city and check in at the hotel.

You will have a free evening to relax and prepare for the upcoming trip.

Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Day 2 : Hanoi – Hoa Lu Tam Coc (B/L/D)

At 08:00, our tour guide will come to pick you up to go to Hoa Lu – Tam Coc, Ninh Binh province. 

After about 2.5 hours of driving, we will arrive Tam Coc wharf. Taking a river boat tour along the Ngo Dong river, you can see a beautiful nature landscape and enjoy the peaceful and quiet atmosphere.

After 2 hours of boat tour, we will have lunch at a local restaurant then continue go to Hoa Lu Ancient Capital and visit two temples of Kings Dinh and Kings Le before heading back to Hanoi.

Back to Hanoi, our tourguide will take you to the restaurant to have dinner.

Stay overnight in Hanoi.

Day 3 : Hanoi – Halong Bay 2 days 1 night on cruise (B/L/D)

After having breakfast at hotel, our tour guide comes to pick up at hotel to go to Halong Bay – one of must visit places in Vietnam.

On the way to Quang Ninh province, you will leave behind the hustle of city and enjoy the tranquility of countryside. And you will sure have few shortbreaks on the way.

After almost 4 hours on bus, you will check in at the cruise.

You will be welcomed by the crew and ready to discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The cruise will take you deeper into the Bay, passing thousands of islands and islets with various shapes.

The cruise also passes and stop at the floating village that is free from busy traffic, electric lights, houses, shops and buildings.

Our activities this afternoon are kayking, cooking demonstration on cruise, swimming at beach or climbing up to the top of the island to catch the panorama of the Bay – all is up to you.

After a day full of activities, you will have dinner and relax in the evening on cruise.

Day 4 : Halong Bay – Hanoi, night train to Sapa (B/L/D)

You can get up early to join Tai Chi lesson with the sensei – it would make you feel relaxed and comfortable – all you need for the upcoming trip.

After that, you will have a light breakfast then take the small boat to Sung Sot cave (Amazing cave). Back to the cruise then you have our brunch (breakfast/lunch) or À la carte menu is served while cruising back to the pier.

You travel back to Hanoi in the afternoon for the night train to Sapa.

Stay overnight on train.

Day 5 : Lao Cai – Sapa - Y linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van (B/L/D)

In the early morning, you will arrive Lao Cai station and our driver will pick you up to take you back the hotel.

You will have breakfast and freshen up yourself before go trekking to Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai village. You will have a chance to see the daily life of Black H’Mong people. Then you will have lunch.

After lunch, you continue trekking to Ta Van village - walk through terraced fields and along Muong Hoa valley, you will see Ta Van village – home of Dzay people. Then you will walk to the high road, our car will pick you up to go back Sapa Town.

Estimated distance trekking: 12 km

Estimated time trekking: 4 hours

You will have a free evening to discover Sapa by yourself.

 Stay overnight in Sapa Town.

Day 6 : Sapa – Highland Market – Night train to Hanoi (B/L/D)

After having breakfast and check out, we will leave Sapa town. As each day it has one market, then we will take you to the market, depending on day in week. If it is Sunday, you will have chance to visit Bac Ha – the most famous market in Lao Cai.

In the afternoon, we will leave the market to go back to Lao Cai Railway Station.

You will have dinner at a local restaurant then  take the night train back to Hanoi.

Stay overnight on train.


Day 7 : Hanoi – Hanoi city tour (B/L/D)

You will come back to the hotel and check in. 

After freshening up yourself and relaxing for a while, our tour guide will come to pick you up for Hanoi City Tour.

We will take you to some must-see places such as: Ho Chi Minh Complex with Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh museum and Chua Mot Cot (One Pillar pagoda).

We will also visit Van Mieu (Temple of Literature) – the first university of Vietnam, built in 1070, originally as worshiping Confucius. The temple highlights the importance of education to Vietnamese people from ancient times.

After having lunch, we will head back to the Hanoi old Quarter. We will visit Ngoc Son temple (Temple of The Jade Mountain) – located on Hoan Kiem Lake

After visiting those famous places in Hanoi, you will have chance to see the Hanoi Old Quarter by “xích lô” (cyclo). Cyclo riders will take you go around to see this bustling and crowded area with narrow streets – where is home to thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers.

The last activity is enjoying the unique Water Puppet show.

After the show, you will come back to the hotel, freshen up and relax before the farewell dinner.

Stay overnight in Hanoi.

Day 8 : Hanoi departure (B)

After you check out at the hotel, our driver will come to transfer you to the airport.

End of tour. 

1. This itinerary is private and customized for a small group. Of course it's available join-in tour for some itineraries if you don't want to go over budget. For more details please contact us at anytime.

2. The price below is US$ per person and for reference purposes as it corresponds only to our specific itinerary. If you want to create your own trip with specific group size, do not mind sending us an enquiry.

3. This price is for cash only. Remitter bears all charges of the banks engaged in the transfer of the payment.

Quantity of group (adult) 2-4 pax 5-7 pax 8-10 pax
Superior accommodation US$ 749.00 US$ 645.00 US$ 569.00
Deluxe accommodation US$ 840.00 US$ 755.00 US$ 660.00
Luxury accommodation US$ 1,099.00 US$ 970.00 US$ 865.00

Service Inclusions  

  • Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services
  • Private transfer and transportation with 2 small bottles of water for each person
  • Accommodation shared in Twin/Double/Triple room with daily breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
  • All entrance fees & permits during guided tours
  • Shuttle bus transfer Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi (private transfer is upon request)
  • Halong Bay cruise with full board meals (shared boat)
  • Tam Coc boat trip
  • Night train tickets Hanoi - Lao Cai - Hanoi (4 berths/cabin)
  • Excellent English speaking guide
  • No extra charge after confirmation
  • 24/7 hotline support guaranteed

Service Exclusions

  • International flights & taxes
  • Domestic flights & taxes
  • Beverages
  • Entrance fees & permits not mentioned above
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone call..), tips and gratuities
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee (US$45 & 02 passport photos per person)
  • Others not mentioned above.


  • The selected hotel might be changed to another one because of fully booking or renovation. We will surely let you know before decide to book and guarantee that the hotel is the same level to the first one.
  • Sites and sequence may vary depending on the weather conditions, your requirements,..
  • Most of museums are closed on Monday. We will discuss and change to other sites in order to not affect your travel plan.
  • Public Holiday dates surchage will be applied if your travel date is on 1 Jan; Lunar New Year; from 27 Apr to 1 May; from 27 Aug to 2 Sep; 24 Dec and 31 Dec.