North Vietnam Highlights Discovery 9 days/8 nights tour will satisfy any traveler seeking an exotic experience. Its rich cultural heritage and striking landscape make it an unforgettable vacation. The North Vietnam Highlights Discovery 9 days/8 nights tour covers Hanoi – SaPa – Halong Bay destinations. Hanoi is absolute a must for those looking for an authentic and culturally wealth of experience. With a history spanning over 1000 years, Hanoi’s Old Quarter and its lively architecture will blow you away. The North Vietnam Highlights Discovery 9 days 8 nights is worth for you to have the memorable Vietnam Vacation.
Start/End. Hanoi – Hanoi
Destinations: Hanoi – Sapa – Halong Bay
Trip Type: Private ( customizable)
Travel style: Beaten track & Classic Highlights
Grade: Moderate & Easy
Transportation: Car & Train
Accommodation: Hotel & Cruise ( other upon request).
Tour Cost: upon request
NORTH VIETNAM HIGHLIGHTS DISCOVERY 9 DAYS/8 NIGHTS
Day 1: Airport pick-up
VAC Travel English guide will welcome you at Noi Bai airport and take you to a hotel. Leisure time
Day 2: Hanoi full-day tour (B,L)
8.30 am. The tour starts at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where you can learn about Vietnam’s history and the former President, who has led the country to independence. Then, we take you to Ngoc Ha local market to experience the real-life of Hanoian. The next stop is the Temple of Literature which is a perfect example of existing Vietnamese architecture.
In addition, this temple dedicated to Confucius houses 82 stelae of the finest scholars of Vietnam. The country’s first university was established there in 1076. After, the highly informative Museum of Ethnology allows you to learn about the 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups and their cultural heritage. Then, visit the Hoa Lo prison (known as the Hanoi Hilton by American POWs). Finally, take a walk in the Old Quarter. Hanoi’s most popular area will impress you thanks to its colonial architecture, a great place to get great bargains on unique items. Stay at the hotel in Hanoi.
Finally, take a walk in the Old Quarter. Hanoi’s most popular area will impress you thanks to its colonial architecture, a great place to get great bargains on unique items. Stay at the hotel in Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi – Cooking class -SaPa overnight train(B,L)
8.30 am. In the morning. You will meet your Chef and go to the local market and choose all the needed ingredients for the cooking class. At the market, your Chef will tell you how to choose the best vegetables and spices for you to prepare your tasty and delicious dish! Then, you will make the dish yourself with the tips of the Chef. It is a hands-on class.
After enjoying your meal, you will be given a recipe that you can take home and impress friends and family with a unique recipe! Explore the Old Quarter of Hanoi with 36 commercial streets. There are so many famous art galleries on Hang Bong street such as Green Palm, Apricot. Then catch the overnight train to Sapa. Stay overnight on a Train (shared cabin). Note: Car could be arranged to shorten time to Sapa trip (expected 4.30 hours drive)
Day 4: SaPa - Lao Chai – Ta Van Village – SaPa (B)
Arrive Lao Cai Station early, you will meet your guide and driver and drive to Sapa, have breakfast at the hotel, check in the hotel ( if the room available. check in time 12.00)
9.00 am. Explore the streets of SaPa and shop for unique artifacts made by the Hmong people, a friendly tribe wearing colorful traditional clothes. Then, we take you to Lao Chai village, home of the Black Hmong tribe, a place where the scenery is simply breathtaking. You will also visit the Ta Van village where you may wish to have a simple lunch hosted by local people in the village before returning to Sapa.
Day 5: SaPa - Matra – Ta Phin village – Hanoi (overnight train)(B)
9.00 am. Spend some time in Ma Tra Village, inhabited by Black Hmong minority where you can enjoy the spectacular scenery and know more about their traditional lifestyle. Then, you will reach Ta Phin village which is surrounded by mountains and gives you the opportunity to learn more about another ethnic group. The Red Dao is very good at collecting the tradition herbal medicine, you may wish to experience the herbal bath before returning to Sapa town for check out. have lunch at the local restaurant or shopping before driving to Lao Cai for overnight train to Hanoi.
Day 6: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Arrive Hanoi early, you will meet your guide and go to the hotel for freshening up and have breakfast before going to Halong Bay.
8.00 am. check out and drive to Ha long Bay (4 hours drive). Enjoy and discover the country life. Boarding at 12.00, the trip briefing will provide before lunch with seafood will be served on the boat while you are cruising among thousands of unusual rocks. Do kayaking or discover one of the most beautiful limestone caves in Ha long Bay (Note: All activities on Boat are subject to change base on the Captain for Safety Conditions). Stay overnight on Boat.
Day 7: Halong Bay – Kayak Activity (B,L,D)
Get up early to enjoy activities such as tai chi before having breakfast. You will move to a small boat and head to the Dark & Bright grottoes for Kayak activity. This is a fascinating area where you will maximize your discovery ability. After the kayaking time, you will return to the boat to enjoy your lunch.
In the afternoon, you will sail to the Titov Island for hiking or relaxing on the beach. Stay overnight on the boat.
Day 8: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B)
You have some more time to enjoy Halong Bay and do activities such as Taichi or hiking. Breakfast and Brunch will be served on the boat while you are heading back to the Halong pier. Then, you will be taken back to Hanoi.
Day 9: Fly out.
Today you are free in your leisure time and go to the airport for your flight to the next destination.
What is service Included/ Excluded
- Hotels with breakfast daily
- All transfer as program
- Private vehicle with A/C
- Stay overnight on the Boat in Halong Bay 3 days/2 nights
- Round trip ticket for Train to Hanoi – Sapa
- Private English tour guide
- Cooking Class
- Meals as program
- All entrance fees
- Government taxes
- Entry visa ( if any)
- International air fares
- Travel insurance
- Tips & personal expense
- Other does not mention on the itinerary
To book this tour and design your own tour, please click Booking & Payment Guide for details.
This itinerary and interests could be customized upon your request