Northern Classic Vietnam 9 days


Trip Highlights

  • Visit Hanoi - capital of Vietnam: Explore the the most remarkable highlights of the city and explore the local life of Hanoian by walking and a cyclo tour through Hanoi's Old Quarter.
  • Get on the bamboo boat to explore beautiful natural area and to enjoy spectacular scenery in Van Long Nature Reserve
  • Discover Halong Bay: Visit one of the world’s ‘natural wonders’ which is defined by nearly 2000 awe-inspiring limestone karsts and islands of various sizes. Take part in many interesting activities such as visiting beautiful caves, kayaking or rowing through floating villages, etc.
  • Explore Sapa: Enjoy stunning mountain landscapes of Sapa, trek to interesting ethnic minority villages, meet lovely people and experience local people life by visiting an authentic market.
For many travelers, the Northwest of Vietnam is a real feast for the eyes, not only for its awe-inspiring nature, but also for its colorful ethnic culture. This beautiful region is a superb mosaic painting of vibrant colors. Impressive mountains, amazing terraced rice fields, agricultural activity in rhythm with the seasons and fascinating ethnic markets, all with capture your heart. 
The tour is particularly appropriate to those who are adventurous. Taking the tour, visitors will have chance to discover Vietnam in many fantastic destinations, from the Hanoi city and Halong Bay to some villages of ethnic minorities in mountain areas. Give it a try, you will love it!

Day 1: Hanoi arrival

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour

Day 3: Hanoi – Ninh Binh

Day 4: Hanoi – Halong Bay

Day 5: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Lao Cai

Day 6: Lao Cai – Bac Ha – Sapa

Day 7: Sapa

Day 8: Sapa – Lao Cai – to Hanoi

Day 9: Hanoi Departure
Day 1: Hanoi arrival

Warmly welcome upon your arrival in Hanoi. Our guide and private car will take you to your hotel in the city center.
Check in. You are free to relax at the hotel or explore the streets on your own.

Meals: NA
Accommodation: Hanoi Hotel
Activities: Transfer from the airport to hotel in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour

8:30 After breakfast, our car and tour guide pick you up at your hotel.
In the morning, visit Ho Chi Minh Complex and the Temple of Literature.

Have lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, visit the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. Then return to the Old Quarter area, walk around Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple and take an hour-cyclo tour around Hanoi Old Quarter through its charming streets.

Back to your hotel at around 17:00.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Activities: Sightseeing tour full-day: Explore the the most remarkable highlights of Hanoi such as Ho Chi Minh Complex, One Pillar Pagoda, temple of Literature or Museum of Ethnology, walk around Hoan Kiem Lake and take an hour-cyclo tour around Hanoi's Old Quarter
Tour Type: Private Tour

Day 3: Hanoi – Ninh Binh


After having breakfast in hotel, our bus and tour guide will pick you up at your hotel then depart for Hoa Lu in Ninh Binh Province. The duration of transfer is about 2.5-3 hours with a short break on the way for you to take a rest.
At around 10:30: arrive in Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, where we will visit King Dinh and King Le Temples. After that you will have chance to cycle through the breathtaking rice fields before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant.

13:00 Depart for Van Long Nature Reserve. Van Long Nature Reserve is more glorious limestone pinnacles, that tranquil reserve comprises a reedy wetland which is popular with bird-watchers.

Get on the bamboo boat to explore beautiful natural area and to enjoy spectacular scenery also the rural life of the locals.

In the late afternoon we will get back to Hanoi on our bus. You will be dropped off at your hotel and that is where we end the excursion of the day!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Activities: Day trip to Ninh Binh: visit Hoa Lu Ancient Temple and Van Long Nature Reserve
Tour type: Private Tour

Day 4: Hanoi – Halong Bay

8:00 – 8:30: Leave Hanoi, start a 4-hour drive to Halong City.
Upon arrival at the wharf in Halong, you will board cruise to explore Halong Bay. Lunch and dinner are served at restaurant on boat.

Overnight on cruise in Halong Bay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Halong Bay Cruise
Activities: Depart for overnight cruise in Halong Bay
Tour type: Group Tour

Day 5: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Lao Cai

Wake up early and join morning tai-chi exercises while enjoying sunrise. After tea break, continue to cruise quietly through Halong Bay to visit a beautiful limestone cave. Get back on board. Have lunch while cruising back to the wharf. Return to Hanoi.
At around 16.30, arrive in Hanoi.

20:00: You will be transferred to Hanoi Train Station for an overnight train to Sapa. (Soft sleeper – shared cabin).

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: 04 soft sleeper sharing cabin
Activities: Spend morning cruising through the magical bay then return Hanoi. Transfer to train station for overnight train to Lao Cai.
Tour type: Group Tour.

Day 6: Lao Cai – Bac Ha – Sapa

Arrive at Lao Cai Train Station in the early morning.
Local guide will be waiting for you at the station then our bus transfer to a local restaurant for breakfast (optional). Then start a drive to Bac Ha Town for 2 hours. You will arrive at Bac Ha Market (open on Sunday morning only) by the time when it is the most crowded. Here you have chance to meet ethnic minority people in colorful costume from different tribal villages

After spending the whole morning exploring the market, we will have lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, go for a light trek to visit Ban Pho Village, home of Flower H’mong minority. Walk around the village or get inside some local houses to meet and talk with local family.

Enjoy sightseeing on the way coming back to Lao Cai and continue to Sapa Town.

Relax for a while at your hotel then go out to have dinner at a local restaurant.

Stay overnight at hotel in Sapa.

Trekking: around 3 KM Walking, 110 KM Driving
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa
Activities: Visit market and village of ethnic people in Bac Ha. Explore their unique cultural identity.
Tour type: Group Tour.

Day 7: Sapa

After breakfast, trek about 6km along the side of Muong Hoa valley to Y Linh Ho Village. Then continue trekking down for 2km to Lao Chai Village and Ta Van Village.
Have lunch with a local family.

Enjoy the landscapes on the way back to Sapa by car.

Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa.
Activities: Trekking full day to villages of ethnic people: Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van

Day 8: Sapa – Lao Cai – to Hanoi

You are free to rest or explore the town, visit local market to buy souvenirs.
In the afternoon, check out and get transferred to Lao Cai Train Station at 18:00 to catch the train back to Hanoi.

Overnight on train to Hanoi. (Soft sleeper – shared cabin).

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: 04 soft sleeper sharing cabin
Activities: Free to explore Sapa town. Transfer back to Hanoi by overnight train.

Day 9: Hanoi Departure


In the morning, arrive in Hanoi Station at around 5:30. You will be transferred to a hotel in Hanoi center for breakfast and relaxing. Rest until being picked up to the Noi Bai Airport for your onward flight.
End of services.

Have a safe departure and hope to see you next time!

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: N/A
Activities: Transfer to airport for onward flight.

Important Notes:


  • PROGRAMS & SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE
  • In case of unpredictable bad conditions of weather in Halong Bay, please kindly understand that the cancellation will be made ONLY by the Management Board of Halong Bay and normally the announcement will be informed in short notice.
  • If you have any specific food requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us in advance so that we can provide notice to our restaurant, tour guide or our partners so that they can server you better.
 Category  Price From
 Standard  US $576
 Superior  US $800
 First Class  US $910
 Deluxe  US $1065

*All prices is per Adult, in Double/Twin sharing


Price Includes


  • Guaranteed departure: min 2 persons, max 10 persons per group
  • AC land transfer in Car/ Minivan.
  • Accommodation shared in Twin/Double room with daily breakfast.
  • Al in-tour experienced English speaking guide.
  • Halong Bay Cruise program shared in Twin/Double cabin as per tour.
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: 6 Breakfast ; L: 4 Lunch ; D: 3 Dinner)
  • Round trip train tickets Hanoi - Sapa - Hanoi in 4th berth sleeper cabin (sharing cabin).
  • All sightseeing tickets.
  • Vietnam visa Approval letter (single entry).
  • Fresh Shower in Standard hotel when needed.
  • Services charges and government tax.

Price Excludes


  • SURCHARGE FOR A PRIVATE TOUR
  • Early Check in & late check out at hotel
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner in the accommodation if any
  • International flights & departures taxes.
  • Beverage.
  • Personal expenses, tips and gratuities.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Other services not mentioned above.

Cancellation by Customer


  • More than 15 days prior to check-in: 10% of total rates
  • From 14 to 3 days prior to check-in: 50% of total rates
  • Less than 72 hours prior to check-in: 100% of total rates
  • No-Show: Charge 100% of total rates

Children Policy


  • Child under 2 years old: F.O.C.
  • Child 2- 12 years old: 80% adult price.
  • Maximum 1 child sharing same room with 2 adults

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