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Experience the best of North Vietnam in just eight days with this action-packed adventure. Feel the hustle of Vietnam’s capital Hanoi, kayak through the majestic and world-famous Halong Bay, explore Ninh Binh’s picturesque scenes by bike, and explore above the clouds in the mountain town of Sapa.

The best bit? Unlike other tour packages, there’s no tour group you have to spend a week with and you can customise your experience to suit you. Enjoy the new, flexible way to see your dream destinations.

What to Expect

  • Stay in the charming Old French Quarter, Hanoi
  • Visit the historic and symbolic Ho Chi Minh Complex
  • Learn about Vietnam’s past in the Temple of Literature & Temple of Jade Mountain
  • Cruise through the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ha Long Bay
  • Kayak around Ba Hang Fishing Village
  • Trek through the rice fields and villages of Sapa
  • Visit Vietnam’s hidden gem; Ninh Binh
  • Take a slow boat down the Ngo Dong river and through the caves of Tam Coc
  • Reach Fansipan peak; the highest mountain in SouthEast Asia
  • 7 Nights Accommodation

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Hanoi

With an epic fusion of French, Chinese & Vietnamese influence, you’ll be blown away as you arrive into Hanoi’s Old Quarter – the heart and soul of the capital city. Check in to your hotel, and get out there to explore the bustling streets filled with colourful goods and antiques. 

Depending on your time of arrival, why not book yourself onto a free walking tour with a local expert? A great way to roam through the French-style boulevards and narrow streets whilst learning all about Hanoi’s history and period of french occupation. 

Delve into darker times with a visit to the Hoa Lo Prison. First built in the late 1890s by Vietnam’s French colonists as a central prison for Vietnamese criminals and American POWs. It’s a must-see! (Entry cost: VND 30,000 / $1.30/ £1)

Enjoy a traditional Bun Cha and Hanoi Beer on a balcony of one of the many bars overlooking the beautiful French-Gothic style St. Joseph Cathedral in the Old Quarter. You’ll almost forget your surroundings and feel like you’ve been transported to Paris!

Day 2 - Hanoi Full Day City Tour

On this full day guided tour, you’ll start with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Complex. Here, you’ll visit the President’s modest Stilt House and the One Pillar Pagoda; an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. See the final resting place of ‘Uncle Ho’ in the Mausoleum and visit Ba Dinh Square, where Ho Chi Minh once read the Proclamation of Independence of Vietnam in 1945.

Next up, on to the Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda; one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam overlooking the West Lake. Depending on the day of your tour, visit either Bat Trang village (an old village famous for its porcelain and pottery making), or the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology for an insight into the 54 different ethnic groups of Vietnam. 

Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch back in Old Town before unwinding in the relaxing gardens of Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature) – Vietnam’s first university constructed in 1070. You will see the peaceful waters of Hoan Kiem Lake and the beauty of Ngoc Son Temple (Temple of the Jade Mountain) – the most visited temple in Hanoi.

Learn more about the period of French occupation in Vietnam by joining onto an optional 45 minute cyclo tour. You’ll ride through the streets of Hanoi on a traditional Vietnamese rickshaw, known locally as a xích lô

After the tour, why not end your evening with a visit to the world-famous Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre for a truly unique and memorable experience. Spend the night with a few beers on the lively streets of Ta Hien.

Day 3 - Halong Bay Day Trip

Take a trip to Vietnam’s world-famous fishing village, Ha Long Bay, on this full-day guided tour. Soak up the ethereal beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The tour starts with a road trip to HaLong Bay. Enjoy relaxing views of the scenic rural villages of Red River Delta; a tranquil province with endless fields of rice paddies and mountains. Once you arrive at the pier, you’ll board a cruise ship where you’ll explore the nearby islets and caves of Halong Bay, all while enjoying a delicious Vietnemese lunch. 

Finish the rest of the tour floating through the limestone pillars of HaLong, and kayaking in the emerald-hued waters of Ba Hang Fishing Village. Then sit back and relax, as you enjoy the Vietnamese sunset on the boat back to the pier.

You’ll arrive back in Hanoi Old Quarter at 8.30pm, so if you have the energy, grab a beer in one of the many quirky bars by the tracks of the Hanoi Street Train. Tuck in tight as a train passes through!

Day 4 – Ninh Binh Day Trip

Prepare to fall in love with one of Vietnam’s hidden gem, Ninh Binh, 100 km southeast of Hanoi.

After an early morning pick up from your hotel, you’ll arrive into Tam Coc, commonly known as the ‘Inland Halong Bay’. Sit back and relax on a 3-hour Sampan boat trip on the emerald waters of the beautiful Ngo Dong River, exploring the three iconic limestone caves.

After a tasty local lunch, cycle through the traditional villages and rice paddies of Tam Coc. Save some energy though, because next you’ll be climbing the 500 stone steps to reach the peak of Huang Múa Cave for unreal panoramic views of the countryside and the Ngo Dong river itself. 

Next, you’ll head to Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam up until 1010. Visit the 10th century Dinh King Temple and Le king Temple and learn about the heroic histories of the two Kings during the Chinese Wars.

After a long day, you’ll arrive back in Hanoi for about 7.30pm where you’ll have some free time to explore. Chat to our destination expert for some recommendations. 

Day 5 – Hanoi to Sapa

After a relaxing 5-6 hour coach journey 350km north of Hanoi, high into the mountains, you’ll arrive into the rural town of Sapa – a popular trekking destination with a heavenly landscape of terraced rice fields flowing through the villages. 

After checking in to your hotel, explore the town by foot, admiring the uncanny resemblance to the Swiss Alps with cosy wooden lodges for bars and restaurants that overlook the rice paddies 

Free time options: Kick things off with a visit to the Sapa Museum to learn about the town’s history and culture. Next, visit the must-see Notre Dame Cathedral (behind the Ham Rong mountain) which was built by the French in 1895. End the evening with a stroll by Sapa Lake and a drink on one of the cosy rooftop bars, admiring the vibrant beauty of this misty and peaceful town.

Day 6 – Sapa Valley Trek (Full Day)

Wake up to a surreal view of endless neatly-stacked rice fields hidden below the morning mist. Today, you’re off to explore them from below as you venture on a 10 kilometre hike through the valley itself. Crossing over the Muong Hoa River, you’ll arrive in the villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van Giay, where a local Black Hmong ethnic group lives. Learn about their work life and traditional cultures. 

Enjoy lunch at a local home in the village before hiking through a bamboo forest to reach the Red Dao village of Giang Ta Chai. Rest at a local waterfall before climbing uphill to reach your drive who will take you back to SaPa for the afternoon. 

Free time options: With some free time to spare, head to Sapa Market and grab some street food whilst strolling through the busy markets full of traditional handmade crafts and clothing. Explore the cosy coffee shops and bars, and eventually end the evening enjoying a traditional Sapa dish with a local Lào Cai Beer in the ‘Good Morning Vietnam’ restaurant (one of our personal favourites!).

Day 7 – Fansipan Mountain,  Sapa

A breathtaking experience awaits you today at the peak of Mount Fansipan. Also known as the ‘Rooftop of Indochina’ as it sits proudly as the tallest Mountain in Vietnam.

First, board the longest mountain railway in Vietnam from the swanky Sapa Station, taking you over the Muong Hoa valley for some amazing views of the peaceful villages.

Next you’ll fly over the valleys and rice fields via Fansipan Cable Car; a quick and relaxing 15 minute journey (compared to the 3-day trek it used to take before this was built!). For the final part of the journey, you can choose to climb the 600 steps, or ride the new tram to reach the Fansipan Peak

Once you’re at the top, experience the surreal views over the valleys of Sa Pa and Lai Chai Province from 3143 metres above sea level. On a clear day, you can even see the mountains in Yunnan Province in China! 

Besides the Fansipan peak, you can also visit the statue of Amitabha Buddha (the highest bronze statue in Vietnam), the Bamboo Garden, restaurants, and even shops

Free time option: Once you’ve arrived back into Sapa town, you can make use of your free time by ticking off anything left to see on your list. 

Day 8 – Sapa to Hanoi Airport

Say goodbye to the dreamy land of Sapa as you make the coach journey to Hanoi city centre (or airport)  with unforgettable memories to last a lifetime. It doesn’t have to end here though – why not add on an additional day from just £69? Check out our additional days or chat to our destination experts to find out more.

Why book with us?

Friends & Family Only

Holiday with friends & family. No week long tour with 20+ strangers

Central Hotels

Stay in the heart of a city. Not an hour outside

More Excursions

As many activities & excursions as can be fitted in to your trip

Flexibility

Go any day of the week and most times of the year

Why book with us?

Friends & Family Only

No week-long tour with 20+ strangers

Central Hotels

Stay in the heart of a city. Not an hour outside

More Excursions

As many activities & excursions as can be fitted in to your trip

Flexibility

Go any day of the week and most times of the year

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Additional Days

Want more? Add on these additional days which include one nights accommodation. Prices start from £69...

HaLong Bay Overnight Stay

Fancy exploring the wonders of HaLong Bay in more depth? Opt for this additional day and experience the stunning landscapes of Ha Long Bay in full-luxury aboard a 4-star overnight junk boat.

After a refreshing welcome drink onboard, cruise amongst the limestone rocks of Ha Long Bay and feast on fresh local seafood. Sail to famous islets and pass the floating village of Ba Hang. Explore Luon Cave by bamboo boat and swim at Ti Top Island. Watch the sunset from the sun deck of the boat before dropping anchor for the night. Go on a late night fishing adventure after dinner, or just relax in the bar.

Wake up to unbelievable views of Ha Long Bay and take a guided tour of the stalactites and stalagmites of Surprise Cave. Pass the islets of ‘Incense Burner’ and ‘Stone Dogs’ on the way back to the harbor. Watch a demonstration on how to make fresh vietnemee spring rolls and enjoy a local lunch before arriving at the pier to board the bus back to Hanoi. 

You’ll arrive back into the capital for 4pm with some time to tick off any must-see places left on your bucket list.

Hanoi

If you didn’t get chance to tick of those must-see places in Hanoi, add on an additional day and explore at your own pace. 

Take a walk through history at the Military Museum & Imperial Citadel and admire the French-influenced architecture at the Citadel gate Thăng Long. Visit the Ancient House on 87 Ma May street; an ancient house that was built in the early 19th century which and is one of the 14 oldest houses in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Whilst you’re there, be sure to see the oldest Buddhist Temple in Hanoi, Bach Ma Temple. 

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100% Financial Cover

Your money is 100% protected in a trust bank account

Covid Cover

Free amendments due to covid with our travel insurance

Flexible Bookings

Amend your booking up to 1 month before travel

Quality Promise

Find the same quality of holiday for less & we’ll match the price

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