12 Days 11 Nights Exploring Northern Vietnam

  • Hanoi
  • Ninh Binh
  • Sapa
  • Halong Bay
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Tour type

Private tour

Duration

12 Days 11 Nights

Departure

Daily

Trip Highlights:

  • Explore Hanoi Old Quarter with its historical and cultural landmarks
  • Visit the ancient village and traditional ceramic village of Bat Trang
  • Know about history and admire the majestic nature in Ninh Binh
  • Immerse in the majestic mountains, conquer the roof of Indochina - Fansipan in Sapa
  • Be amazed by the natural creation at the heritage Halong Bay

Trip Itineraries:

  • Day 1

    Hanoi Arrival

    Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to your hotel in Hanoi. The rest of the day is your free time. Meals are on your own. Overnight in Hanoi.

    • Transfer: Private modern AC vehicle
    • Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
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  • Day 2

    Ha Noi city tour (B)

    Tour guide picks you up at 9:00 am. Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Monday and Friday), the traditional stilt house and the reserved One-Pillar Pagoda. Next, explore Quan Thanh Temple, Tran Quoc Pagoda located on the shore of West Lake. Head to the very first university in Vietnam - Temple of Literature. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Ethnology Museum (closed on Monday) and Ngoc Son Temple at Hoan Kiem Lake. In the evening, watch a water puppet show before dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

    • Transfer: Private modern AC vehicle
    • Guide: Local English speaking guide
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
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  • Day 3

    Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Tam Coc - Mua Cave (B)

    At 8:00 am, start the 2-hour tour to Tam Coc. Hop on a sampan boat along Ngo Dong River to visit 3 caves. Go biking around Tam Coc and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. After that, visit Hoa Lu - the ancient capital of Vietnam. You will witness the temple of King Dinh and Le in the 10th century. Later, explore Mua Cave where you can climb up 500 stone steps to see an overview of Tam Coc. Get in car back to Ninh Binh. Check in and overnight in Ninh Binh.

    • Transfer: Private modern AC vehicle
    • Guide: Local English speaking guide
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Accommodation: Hotel in Ninh Binh
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  • Day 4

    Ninh Binh – Trang An Scenic Landscape - Hanoi (B)

    Have breakfast. Get on car to Trang An - an UNESCO World natural heritage site. Get on a rowing boat along the river where you can watch limestone mountains and rice fields and visit some caves such as Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave, etc. Have lunch and get back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.

    • Transfer: Private modern AC vehicle
    • Guide: Local English speaking guide
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
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  • Day 5

    Hanoi - Sapa - Fansipan Peak (B)

    At 6:45 am, get on bus to Sapa. Arrival at noon, enjoy lunch at your own, check in the hotel. In the afternoon, the tour guide escorts you to Cable Car Station and spend 20 minutes watching the spectacular view of the area and reach the altitude of 2800 meters. Trek up 600 steps to the peak of Fansipan - the roof of Indochina. You have around 1.5 hours for hiking and taking photos. Back to the hotel. Free time for leisure. Overnight in Sapa.

    • Transfer: Shared bus Hanoi - Sapa/Private modern AC vehicle
    • Guide: Local English speaking guide
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa
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  • Day 6

    Sapa - Heaven Gate – Silver Waterfall (B)

    The guide takes you to visit magnificent Silver Waterfall. Continue a road trip to reach Heaven Gate and Tram Ton Pass - the highest mountain pass in Vietnam. It is time for you to immerse in nature and breathtaking view of Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range. Transfer back to Sapa.

    • Transfer: Private modern AC vehicle
    • Guide: Local English speaking guide
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa
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  • Day 7

    Sapa - Free at leisure - Hanoi (B)

    Have your free time to explore Sapa then in the afternoon at 2:30PM, catch your shared bus back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.

    • Transfer: Shared Bus Sapa - Hanoi
    • Guide: N/a
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
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  • Day 8

    Hanoi - Halong Bay Cruise (B, L, D)

    Pick up at your hotel between 8:15 - 8:45 am. Arrive at Tuan Chau Pier, embark on Amanda Halong Cruise. Enjoy lunch while the ship cruises to Halong Bay.The first stop is Luon Cave where you can kayak or sit leisurely on a sampan boat rowed by a local and enjoy the stunning view. Return to the boat and move to Ti Top Island for hiking and swimming at the beach. Back onboard at around 17:30 and participate in Sunset party & cooking class with Happy Hour at the bar (Buy 2 get 1 drink free). Enjoy dinner and evening activities such as massage (extra charge), herbal wood foot bath in your room (free of charge 01 herbal bag for each cabin), bamboo dancing, fashion show traditional costumes “Footsteps of Heritage” or fish squid. Overnight onboard.

    • Transfer: Shared modern AC vehicle
    • Guide: Local English speaking guide on board
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Private cabin - Cruise on Halong Bay
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  • Day 9

    Halong Bay Cruise (B, L, D)

    Join Taichi class and enjoy breakfast before the day boat picks you up to explore Lan Ha Bay. Arrive at Dark-Bright Cave, you have around 1 hour and 1 half for kayaking in this peaceful area. Then, come back to the day boat and have lunch. In the afternoon, the day boat progresses to Ba Trai Dao Beach. You can sunbathe on the white sandy beach or immerse in the crystal clear water of Lan Ha Bay. Then, visit a Pearl Farm Exhibition Center and Museum to see how local people raise and harvest pearls on the bay. Back to Amanda Cruise to join the cruise with new passengers. Savor a brand new dinner in the restaurant. Then time for socializing with new passengers, ordering drinks at the bar, fishing squid, or relaxing in the room. Overnight onboard.

    • Guide: Local English speaking guide on board
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Private cabin - Cruise on Halong Bay
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  • Day 10

    Halong Bay cruise - Hanoi (B, L)

    Take part in a Tai Chi session on the top deck to refresh your body and mind. Enjoy a light breakfast before the 2nd excursion. Visit Surprise Cave - the largest and most beautiful cave in Halong Bay. Back onboard, check out your cabin. Enjoy the early buffet lunch onboard while the ship cruises back to the pier. Disembark at around 11:00 am. Get on the bus, back to Hanoi at 2:00 - 2:30 pm. Overnight in Hanoi.

    • Transfer: Shared modern AC vehicle/ Private AC vehicle
    • Guide: Local English speaking guide on board
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
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  • Day 11

    Hanoi - Bat Trang - Duong Lam Villages (B)

    Tour guide and driver will pick you up for the tour to Duong Lam Village. Visit Mong Phu Temple with the intact entrance gate. Walk around the village and learn about the daily life of the locals. Stop to visit 2 most ancient houses dating back 200 and 400 years ago. Cycle to visit Mia Pagoda from the 15th century. Have lunch at an ancient house in the village. Get on car back to Hanoi and head to Bat Trang Ceramic Village. You will witness skillful artisans at work while walking down narrow alleys. You can also buy their refined ceramics at reasonable prices. Back to your hotel in Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.

    • Transfer: Private modern AC vehicle
    • Guide: Local English speaking guide
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
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  • Day 12

    Hanoi Departure (B)

    Breakfast at the hotel. At the 9:30AM, transfer to the airport for the departure flight.

    • Transfer: Private modern AC vehicle
    • Meals: Breakfast
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Inclusions:

  • Transportation by private 7 seats car with A/C
  • Entrance fees and Sightseeing fees
  • Local English speaking guides
  • Boat rentals as mentioned in the program.
  • Breakfast and other meals mentioned in the program (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)
  • Accommodation in the category chosen or similar

Exclusions:

  • Meals are not mentioned in the program, drinks and beverage during the meals
  • Tips & personal expenses
  • International flight tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa to Vietnam
  • Peak season or Public holidays surcharge if any
  • Compulsory Gala dinner on X-Mas or New Year if any
  • Any service not mentioned in the program

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