North Vietnam Highlights
Hạ Long Bay, in northeast Vietnam is a popular travel destination famous for its towering karst islands, topped by rainforests. Most travellers in the region, spend at least one night on junk or luxury boats, cruising past these islands. Day activities include sea kayaking, scuba diving, rock climbing and hiking. Among the jungle-covered peaks are a few illuminated caves, like Thien Cung Cave (or Heavenly Palace Cave) known for its stalagmites and stalactites.
Vietnam is an elongated country, so it makes sense to stay in one region to get the best of your holiday. This luxury private tour focuses on the highlights of Northern Vietnam. The tour features the city of Hanoi, the hilltribes of the mountainous Sapa region, and beautiful Halong Bay. All touring is private, with your own private guides and drivers. Accommodation is in the country’s most luxurious resorts.
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And, experience its mountainous Sapa region and beautiful Halong Bay.
This luxury private tour focuses on the highlights of Northern Vietnam. The tour features the city of Hanoi, the hilltribes of the mountainous Sapa region, and beautiful Halong Bay. All touring is private, with your own private guides and drivers. Accommodation is in the country’s most luxurious resorts.
Begin in Hanoi, Vietnam’s artistic and intellectual capital. With your guide, ride cyclos around the lake to see the city's historic French colonial architecture. Visit ancient temples, the Museum of Ethnology and the fascinating Old Quarter with its hundreds of specialty shops selling silk clothing, lacquerware, embroidered linens and more.
While touring the narrow streets, learn about the history of the Old Quarter and its traditional architecture, and see how it has transformed into a fashionable district with cafes, art galleries and boutiques featuring the finest Vietnamese design and style. One day, take a Vietnamese cooking class and learn to prepare delicious dishes and attend an evening Water Puppet Theatre performance.
Take a private transfer to Halong Bay and check-in the luxurious, but traditional junk-style boat for an overnight cruise. Few places anywhere rival the extreme natural beauty and serenity of Vietnam's Halong Bay. A noted Vietnamese poet and scholar described it as a "rock wonder in the sky". In modern times, it has been a backdrop for countless movies including the Oscar-winning French epic, Indochine. Now, in the 21st century, it is universally acknowledged as an unmissable corner of Vietnam.
Transfer to Hanoi and board a luxury overnight train to Sapa, a remote hill station in the mountains of northern Vietnam. Sapa is home to a great diversity of ethnic minority people. With your private guide tour lively hill tribe markets, take a short hike through a bamboo forest to local villages, and explore spectacular mountains covered with terraced rice fields. Other options include a cruise along a scenic river or drive to explore the beautiful countryside and explore the Muong Hoa valley, one of the most beautiful valleys in northwest Viet Nam.
Return to Hanoi for two more nights. Explore Hanoi, Vietnam’s artistic and intellectual capital. With your guide, ride cyclos around the lake to see the city's historic French colonial architecture. Visit ancient temples, the Museum of Ethnology and the fascinating Old Quarter with its hundreds of specialty shops selling silk clothing, lacquerware, embroidered linens and more.
Another day, go biking and/or hiking through rural villages outside the city. Cycling on the banks of the Red River on a quiet dyke road we’ll pass through flower and vegetable gardens, village lanes and alongside lotus lakes to give you a whole new view of Vietnam’s capital city. Also visit the lotus gardens as you ride along the water’s edge to Tran Quoc one of the most revered Buddhist pagodas in Vietnam.
North Vietnam Highlights Experience Vietnam's spectacula, mountainous Sapa region, and beautiful Halong Bay.
(9 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa
Day 1 – Arrive
Hanoi Fast-track airport assistance.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights.
Day 2 – Tour
Hanoi Full-day private city tour.
Evening water puppet or opera house performance.
Day 3 – Cruise
Halong Bay Private transfer to Halong Bay for 1 night on luxury cruise.
Day 4 – Train
Sapa Sunrise cruise. Private overland transfer to Hanoi to board luxury train to Sapa.
Day 5 – Tour
Sapa Morning private touring, with options for light trekking or visiting villages and local markets.
Private transfer to Sapa hotel for 2 nights.
Day 6 – Tour
Sapa Full-day private cultural touring and/or light trekking.
Day 7 – Train
Hanoi Private morning touring.
Afternoon transfer to train to Hanoi.
Day 8 – Transfer
Hanoi Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights.
Afternoon private city tour by cyclo.
Day 9 – Depart
Hanoi Private airport transfer
Check In: 14:00h
Check Out: 12:00h
The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.
Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.
Make this your holiday
When to go The high season in Vietnam is from November to March. Prices peak over the Christmas and New Year period, and if you don’t fancy crowds then it is best to avoid this busy time. During this period it is warm and dry in the South but as you travel north of Nha Trang, it begins to get cooler.
From April or May to October, summer monsoon brings hot, humid weather except in the mountains up north. A slight break in monsoon during July and August makes it the second high season in the South but violent and unpredictable typhoons can hit central and northern Vietnam. May, June and September are usually the quietest months.
Getting There There are few direct flights from Europe to Vietnam’s three main international airports – Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Da Nang, but these are steadily increasing over the years. The majority of visitors take indirect flights routed through Bangkok, Singapore or Hong Kong. It can be cheaper if you fly to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore or regular international carriers and from there take one of the low cost carriers to Vietnam. Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar are the two main domestic carriers. Fares are very reasonable and the frequencies of flights to main hubs are good.
Getting Around: In the cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, there is a sophisticated local bus network. Taxis and bikes are the easiest way to get around the larger cities – just be sure to agree on a fare before you ride. Slow but scenic, the two-seater pedal powered cyclo, is a fun and cheap way to travel short distances. It is not uncommon to flag down a passing motorbike for a lift. Many people will be happy to give you a lift for a fee a little higher than the equivalent cyclo fare. You can also hire a car with driver at a reasonable cost.
Shopping Shopaholics will discover that of all the places in the world, Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) in Vietnam offers the best-value shopping. This vibrant metropolis is bursting at the seams with bric-a-brac markets, local brands and international design houses. If you’re adventurous, jump on the back of a motorbike to save your dong for shopping. Explore Diamond Plaza on the Le Duan Street or explore local designer boutiques like Cindy’s Workshop that offers bright and funky printed dresses and unique belts for less than £30.
Hanoi is the artistic heart of Vietnam, so you’ll find the best range of art and handicrafts the country has to offer. It is the best place to shop for your home, with a bevvy of stores selling beautiful furniture, linen and home wares. There are galleries throughout Hanoi but if your time is limited, be sure to visit Art Vietnam on Nguyen Khac Nhu street, where you’ll find a wide range of contemporary Vietnamese art and photography.
Tipping Tipping is a personal expense and depends entirely on the quality of services provided to you and your appreciation of those services. Whilst tipping is not mandatory, it is expected at restaurants and by drivers, guides and tour escorts. The following estimated guideline may help you in determining the tip amount, should you wish to tip any service provider. Tipping in restaurants is about 5-10% of the bill, if not included.
Passport/Visa Visas are required to enter, exit or transit through Vietnam territories. The most common is a single entry 30-day visa. Multiple entry, 60-day and 90-day visas are also available. Passports must have a minimum of six months validity. Enquiries should be directed to the nearest Vietnam embassy or consulate.