- Cultural, religious and historic sites
- duration 8 days
- tour type Private
- minimum participants 2
- age requirement 5+ years old
- guiding method Informational booklets
- Experience local life in buzzing Hanoi and taste it's fantastic street food at night
- Trek through rice fields and meet various ethnic people in the Muong Hoa Valley near Sapa
- Explore Halong Bay by kayak and enjoy fascinating and breathtakingly peaceful views
We start out by welcoming you at Vietnam’s richest cultural capital, Hanoi. With over 1000 years of history to uncover, you’ll find the highlights of Hanoi’s treasured gems during an exciting tour around the ‘City of Lakes’. You will be visiting the finest spiritual temples, busiest market streets & most tranquil gardens… Considered a charming colonial city, tourist find Hanoi to be a real oriental city alive with its tree-lined boulevards and lakes and its blend of French, Chinese and Vietnamese architecture. Hanoi is definitely one of the jewels of Asia!
The old quarter in Hanoi is over one thousand years old and today retains much of the old flavor that made the area special in earlier times. Each street was the exclusive domain of one trade (guilds) so there are whole streets of blacksmiths, silver shops, paper shops, headstone makers and more. Originally there were just 36 streets in the old quarter but today there are more than 50 streets. Although many of the streets are short, the area is rather compact.
Next stop is Sapa, where you'll enjoy a warm welcome from our local tour guide who will guide you through this stunning place. From the lush terraced rice paddies to the rustic charm of the native dwellings, Sapa and its surroundings is a place you’re sure to fall in love with! Many diverse groups like the Dzay, Dzao, Tay, Xa Pho or Hmong populate this richly cultural northern territory. You’ll sample their unique delights as you pass through each village.
After having experienced Hanoi and Sapa, you'll move on and explore the fascinating and peaceful views in Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Located in the Northeast of Vietnam it is known for it's emerald green waters and thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rainforests. Get on board, feel at home and let yourselfbe served by the friendly and well caring staff.
This Vietnam - Northern Highlights Tour is for sure a trip you’ll treasure for the rest of your life… Please see the itinerary for day by day activities.
Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi – Private City Tour
Day 3: Hanoi – Sapa – Ta Van
Day 4: Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai – Sapa – Hanoi
Day 5: Hanoi – Free day
Day 6: Hanoi – Halong Bay
Day 7: Halong Bay – Hanoi
Day 8: Hanoi – Free Day – End Of Tour
- Private airport pick-up and drop off service
- Comfortable transportation during the whole tour.
- All tours as mentioned in the program
- 3* hotel on the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 7th night
- Homestay in Ta Van on the 3rd night
- Deluxe cabin on Halong Bay cruise on the 6th night
- Comfortable bus from Hanoi to Sapa and visa versa
- All meals as indicated in the specific day programs, in the itinerary
- Entrance fees, taxes and service charges
- Complementary mineral water as indicated
- English speaking tour guide during all tours
- Street Food Tour
- Bai Dinh Trang An
- Beverages, tips and personal expenses
- Travel insurance and all not indicated in our itinerary
- Everything not clearly mentioned in the daily programs and itineraries
- Earn US$ 15+ in travel credits.
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A deposit of 10% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.Travel Insurance
We advise to take out Travel Insurance to cover for any unforeseen circumstances. Bookmundi recommends World Nomads' travel insurance.Other Practical InformationWHAT TO BRING It is always possible to leave some of your luggage at your hotels but if you feel more comfortable to take it all it will not be a problem. Thanks to its geographic condition, the north (especially Sapa) has one of the most favorable climates in Vietnam. The temperature remains stably cool throughout the year though winter may see more severe changes, with frost and even snow for a few days per year (mostly from mid-December to mid January). In the valley near Sapa for example the altitude is 1000 meters and temperatures won’t go under 6 degrees Celsius. Trying to predict the weather in the north unfortunately is almost impossible. However, here is our best attempt: The weather is characterized by sub-tropical climate. However, as a result of the high altitude, weather in the north is somewhat cooler all year round. In the summer it does not suffer the harsh heat like that in coastal plains. Temperature in summer fluctuates from 10-18°C at night and 20-28°C during the day (some days are hotter!). When the sun shines, it can be harsh, even on cloudy days so expect to need sun protection. Rain and fog is possible throughout the year. In winter for instance Sapa Town can often be blanketed by fog and cold air. Temperatures may drop below zero degrees Celsius for some days. LUGGAGE AND BACKPACKS A daypack to bring on your treks is a good idea. These can be easily bought in Hanoi or Sapa. CLOTHING/SHOES/WEATHER Bring clothes to suit the local weather. ¨ Always keep your spare clothes in a watertight bag to ensure they stay dry if there is a sudden downpour. The northern climate is totally unlike the rest of Vietnam. Essential items to have for the trek are some layers of warm & light clothing (morning can be cold but get pretty warm during the day as you trek). A pair of sturdy trekking shoes is essential. In January to March it can be quite cold, foggy and rainy. A fleece and raincoat/ poncho is advisable and gumboots. These items again, are available in Hanoi or Sapa at good prices. Bring your camera! Any camera will do. You will regret it if not bringing one. RECOMMENDED CLOTHING LIST FOR HOMESTAY Long-sleeved shirt/ T-shirt – Fleece for the cooler evenings - Trousers (such as lightweight cargo trousers, avoid jeans) - Shorts optional – Swimwear optional - Lightweight water & wind proof (jacket & trousers, especially during winter) - Walking shoes (sturdy, with good grip) - Gumboots (for the wet and wintery periods) - Sun hat and sun protection - Toothbrush & toothpaste, ear plugs & eye mask optional, flashlight. DIETARY OR SPECIAL FOOD REQUEST In order to take care of your special food requests we would like you to inform us by email in advance.