Best of Northern Vietnam Tour

Best of Northern Vietnam Tour – 8 days – From $452

With Best of Northern Vietnam tour, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the best attractions of northern Vietnam. Begin with the capital city of Hanoi, many wonderful sites are waiting for you. Then discover Sapa and easy trek along the outstanding landscapes and colorful hill where ethnic people live. Finally, cruise the magnify Ha Long Bay on a romantic cruise with traditional style Vietnamese Junk boat.

8 days, 7 nights: Hanoi – Ha Long – Sapa – Hanoi


Type of tour: Private
Tour Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
Starting: Hanoi capital city, Vietnam
Finishing: Hanoi capital city, Vietnam
Tour Grading: Regular itinerary, moderate walking
Destinations: Hanoi – Ha Long – Sapa – Hanoi
Flexibility: This sample itinerary can be amended accordingly to meet your expectation.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (-/-/-)
Being personally welcomed and transfer to hotel by Vietnam Great Tours staff

Day 2: Hanoi City tour and night train to Sapa (B/L/-)
Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Hanoi‘s highlights with Vietnam Great Tours experts. Take the night train to Sapa.

Day 3: Sapa – Cat Cat village (B/L/-)
Enjoy walking down hill to the nearby Cat Cat village of the Black H’Mong people

Day 4: Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van village (B/L/-)
Trekking on a fairly rocky road, though Lao Chai village, a Black Hmong’s ethnic village.
Then continue to Ta Van village of Giay ethnic minority people.

Day 5: Sapa – Ma Tra village – Ta Phin village – night train back to Hanoi (B/L/-)
Enjoy a day to learn about the Red Dao ethnic minority’s life style, culture. Take the night train back to Hanoi.

Day 6: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (B/L/D)
Arrival Hanoi by 5:30 Am. Travel to Halong bay enjoy the landscape of delta on the way and exploring World Natural Heritage Site Ha Long Bay, overnight cruise.

Day 7: Ha Long – Hanoi (B/L/-)
Boat trip in Halong and return to Hanoi by later afternoon, over night in Hanoi

Day 8: Hanoi departure (B/-/-)
Pick up at your hotel and see off at airport.

Vietnam Great Tours™ Bespoke Style Suits Everyone

Flexibility: The sample itinerary can be modified to suit your interests, budget as well as your personal wishes including departure date, duration, accommodation used & how long you spend in each destination.

Tailor-Made Journey: This trip can be tailor made to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more individual trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments, with the flexibility to plan a trip at your own pace. Quality and value are the hallmark of the trips, with most services being provided on a private basis.

Commitment to Excellence: We enjoys excellent relationships with all of the highly regarded hotels and finest properties in our destinations as well as with service suppliers so that we are able to negotiate the most attractive prices for our clients, which enables us to provide exclusive holidays and affordable special offers. We create one-of-a-kind vacations for groups and individuals. We love our destinations and do our best to make sure that our customers feel the same way. Our job is to make sure that everyone gets the right balance of comfort and excitement to enjoy the experience of a lifetime.

Day 1:  Hanoi arrival (-/-/-)
Vietnam Great Tours guide and driver will welcome you with the VIETNAM GREAT TOUR LOGO & your name on signboard at the airport and drive you to the hotel, it takes about 30 min to get to the hotel.

A Water Puppet Performance will be the evening highlight. This is the unique form of Vietnamese art come from wet rice civilization of South East Asia.

Included: Tour guide, Airport transfer, otel in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi City tour (B/L/-)
Breakfast is at the hotel,
08:30 Am: Our guide and driver pick you up at the hotel lobby for a full day exploring Hanoi. The first destination is the most highlights of Hanoi, which is Ho Chi Minh Complex including Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, His House-on-Stilts, One Pillar pagoda…

Then enjoy an hour Cyclo trip around Hoan Kiem lake and the Old Quarter which is known as the 36 streets and guilds with ancient buildings and narrow streets. From these streets, thousands of traditional things have been sold for hundreds years. Every street was named according to the specific thing the businesses living there sell, for example Silver Street, Rice Street, Shoes street, etc.
We continue our tour by visiting the Temple of Literature – a temple to Confucius, this is well-known as Vietnam’s first University built in the tenth century.

Lunch today is a special local dish called Pho bo Hanoi or Hanoi Noodle soup with beef at the most famous Pho eatery and another dish is Bun Cha Hanoi in English is Noodle with grilled pork. This delicious dish is served with Hanoi flavorful spring roll.

After lunch time you enjoy a drive out to the outskirt of Hanoi to visit Museum of Ethnology where you can not only study about the history of Vietnam’s ethnic groups but also South East Asia’s. It is well-known as one of the ten most interesting museums in Asia voted by viewers of

Next, we will head back to Hanoi’s centre to visit Ngoc Son Temple situated in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake. If time permit, you will go sightseeing through the old quarter to explore the old city on foot with numerous shops and photo opportunities.
In the evening, you will be on an overnight train trip heading to Sapa

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Tour guide, Transportation, Entrance fees, Train ticket, Overnight train  

Day 3: Sapa – Cat Cat Village (B/L/-)
In the early morning, when you arrive at Lao Cai Railway station, our awaiting guide and driver will meet you right at the exit of the station. Then, enjoy an hour drive up hill to Sapa town. Check in hotel, freshen up and have breakfast at the nearby local restaurant, (Check in time is 1.00 Pm, free early check in is subjected to availability). After that, walk leisurely around Sapa town, experience Sapa market and chat with H’Mong, Dao vendors who are all able to speak fluently English.  You can find colorful tribal dress, purses, aluminum bracelets, silver necklaces, horn comb at all sorts from stalls on the second floor of the market. Downstairs floor of the market is loaded with all kinds of green vegetables, fruits, foods cultivated in Sapa.
A lunch of Sapa specialties at a popular local eatery in the town have been scheduled for you.
After lunch, ramble down hill to the nearby Cat Cat village of the Black H’Mong people. Have a brief tour inside an H’Mong hospitable family’s house and get to know more about their way of life, customs and habits.
Return to Sapa centre, and enjoy your time at leisure. Dinner tonight is on your own.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Tour guide, Transportation, Entrance fees, Hotel in Sapa

Day 4: Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van (B/L/-)
Enjoy your time at leisure and late breakfast at hotel,
9.00 Am: To depart for the 4 hour trekking journey you will be met by our tour expert and driver at hotel lobby. Our driver will stop en route for Kodak moments on the way traveling downhill to Muong Hoa valley. Your trekking will start on a pretty rocky road, this is the time you need to wear a good pair of walking shoes. We then pass through Lao Chai village, populated by Black Hmong inhabitants. Afterward continue to Ta Van village of Giay ethnic minority people. Beautifully decorated terrace fields promise you stunning photos. Besides, you will also pay a brief visit in local people’s houses and schools on the way. Cold soft drinks can be easily found along the way of your trek. Finally, you will be driven back to the town by mini van.
Late afternoon you can enjoy foot massage at a local stall nearby or venture out to discover the beautiful town by yourself.
Dinner tonight is on your own arrangement

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Tour guide, Transportation, Entrance fees, Hotel in Sapa

Day 5: Sapa – Ma Tra village – Ta Phin village – Overnight train to Hanoi (B/L/-)
9:00 Am: A Vietnam Great Tours guide and driver will see you at hotel lobby and travel with you to Ma Tra village, 5 km North East of Sapa. From the Matra we will trek 9 km up to Taphin through the forest, there you will meet an interesting local who dresses up beautifully in their respective traditional costumes with a bright red turban on their head. She is one of the colorful Red Dzao people – the people of interesting legend. We also visit a local family to learn more about their life style and daily routine. Heading back to Sa Pa. Before being transferred to Lao Cai railway station, you are free at leisure.  Then travel about 3 km from Lao Cai railway station, you will visit China border before boarding the night train.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Tour guide, Transportation, Entrance fees, Train ticket, Overnight train

Day 6: Hanoi – Ha Long (B/L/D)
Arrival at Hanoi by 4.30 Am. You will be picked up and transferred to the hotel.

After breakfast, we start Vietnam Experience Tour today by transfer to Halong Bay – designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site since 1994. Traveling through the scenic fertile Red River Delta countryside, we get to Ha Long Bay by noon. The natural world heritage site Ha Long Bay is truly one of the most impressive scenery that should not be missed if someone ever comes to the north.

Upon arrival at Ha Long, we embark on cruise for an exploration of the legendary Ha Long Bay. This exciting hours cruise passing by the evocatively shaped islets will provide us a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands and islets rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. Enjoy a Sea food lunch while you cruising through the bay.

Arrival in Van Gia floating fishing village, take rowing boat through the village or kayaking to visiting around the floating fishing village. Visiting Halong Pearl Farm Village, and Swimming in the bay.

Back the cruise and relax, free fresh fruits are served. You’ll join cooking class guided directly by Chef of the Cruise. You have chance to practice Vietnamese traditional dishes such as spring roll or famous cuisine of Vietnam.

After time for dinner enjoying special BBQ seafood on the cruise, you will be free for evening entertainments: play game on the cruise: cards game, chess, karaoke, squid fishing, and overnight on the Majestic Cruise.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tour guide on boat, Bus from Hanoi to Ha Long, Entrance fees, Cruise in Halong

Day 7: Ha Long – Hanoi (B/L/-)
Wake up in the morning to the calming sound of the waves crashing on the nearby islands, enjoy Tai Chi lesson on sundeck. Enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning and relax. Sitting on the upper deck, you can enjoy the breath – taking beauty of the rocky Islands rising from the crystal-clear waters of the Bay. The quiet is almost eerie; in summer you can hear birds singing, even that cicadas chirping ashore and the gentle lapping of the waves against our boat, the perfect soundtrack to accompany the fresh air and gentle breeze.

Arrive Sung Sot Cave (Amazing Cave) and joining with guide to visiting and explore the cave.

Our boat start cruising back and brunch buffet will be served on the way. Check out and arrive at the harbor by 11:30. You get back on our car and go back to Hanoi.

Included: Brunch, Tour guide on boat, Bus from Ha Long to Hanoi, Entrance fees, Hotel in Hanoi

Day 8: Departure Hanoi (B/-/-)
Breakfast will be served at your hotel.
You will see your guide at hotel lobby and then you will be transferred to Noi Bai airport for boarding the flight to the next destination
Finish the based trip.

Included: Breakfast, Airport transfer

This is a private tour and can be tailor-made to suit your requirements. The prices quoted are in US dollars and are charged on a per person basis. The final price quoted will be based upon the total number of travelers in your private group, the dates chosen, the total days of travel and the grade of hotel rooms chosen, together with any other detailed services.

Please click on the “Customized” button and complete the requested information for us. Upon receipt, our travel consultant will customize the best value vacation for your consideration. Please note: Changes CAN be made to the itinerary after our initial quote, but may result in a price change also!

Thank you!

Category Price per person in USD according to number of people in your party
From 01st January – 31st December, 2018
2 persons 4 persons 6 persons 8 persons Single Room Surcharge
First Class (3 Star) 583 490 461 452 166
Superior (4 Star) 703 608 581 570 264
Deluxe (5 Star) 956 862 839 824 555

Trip price includes:

  • Accommodation based on twin sharing room and breakfast
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fee
  • 01 night on board in double/twin sharing room, boat cruise.
  • Kakaying and Tai Chai on boat in Halong bay
  • Shuttle bus: Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi
  • Local guide on boat
  • Private English speaking guide in Sapa
  • Train tickets Hanoi – Sapa – Hanoi (04 berths sharing cabinet, A/C Wooden Soft sleeper.(If you would like to upgrade to the private 2-berth cabin, please contact us)
  • Taxes and service charge

Trip price excludes:

  • All international and domestic flight tickets
  •  Visa
  • Personal or travel insurance
  •  Expenditure of a personal nature, tips, drinks,
  •  Emergency transfers.


1. We are aware that a good tour must have good hotels. In Indochina in particular (Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos) hotel prices make up the major expense of your holiday. Therefore, we would like to clarify how we define these charges:
–  First Class = 3 star hotels from US$ 40 – US$ 60 per room/night
–  Superior = 4 star hotels from US$ 80 – US$ 110 per room/night
– Deluxe = 5 star hotels from US$120 – US$ 180++ per room/night
2. Sgl Sup = Single Supplement or Single room surcharge.
3. Tour price based in twin/full/queen shared basis.
4. Tour price shown is base price, please enquire for a detailed quotation.
5. More people = lower prices. Please ask for a quote based on your group size.
6. The above rates do NOT include “peak season” hotel surcharges, nor the charge for any compulsory festive gala dinners. Please email us to check  availability, together with the cost of any “peak season” surcharges if applicable.
7. Child policy: Under 2 years old are free of charge for tour & pay 50% of airline charges, from 2 to 5 years old 50% charge for tour & 75% of airline charges, from 5 to 12 years old 75% for tour & airline full charges. 12 years old & up = 100% (charged as an adult).

The hotels listed below are our suggestions for the best value on this tour. However, Vietnam Great Tours offers many more options of hand-picked hotels, with different “star ratings”, allowing you to customize the vacation to meet your taste and budget. Please contact us for with your questions and requests.



First Class Category

3-star hotel

Superior Category

4-star hotel

Deluxe Category

5-star hotel


Silk Queen Hanoi

Golden Silk Boutique


Halong bay

Marguerite Junk

Huong Hai Sealife Cruise

Indochina Sail


Bamboo Sapa

Chau Long Sapa

Silk Path Grand Sapa



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Best of Northern Vietnam Tour – 8 days – From $452
4 (80%) 8 votes