9-Day North Vietnam Tour

Tour Route: Hanoi - Sapa - Ninh Binh - Halong Bay - Hanoi

Tour Map of North Vietnam
  • Tour Code: ODY-VN-504
  • Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
  • Travel Date: Private tour with flexible travel date
  • Price Inclusions: All transportation mentioned in the itinerary (flight, train, ship, private car, etc.); private guides & drivers, hotels, meals (based on your meal plan), and all service charges & taxes.
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Day 1: International Arrival, Hanoi

Welcome to Vietnam! Upon your arrival in Hanoi, your guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is for you to get rid of the jet lag and have a rest.

Overnight: Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour

In the morning, explore Hanoi by touring some major historic sites, including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh House on Stilt, One Pillar Pagoda, Tran Quoc Pagoda, and Quan Thanh Temple.

In the afternoon, visit the Museum of Ethnology and cycle through the Old Quarter of Hanoi (by Rickshaw, about 1hr). Next stop is Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple and then enjoy a Water Puppet Show to learn more about Vietnamese traditional culture.

Note: Please note that the HCM Mausoleum is closed on Fridays and Mondays and most museums are closed on Mondays.

Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Hanoi - Sapa

After breakfast, drive to Sapa from Hanoi with a 5 hours drive, stop for a break or take photos en route. After checking into the hotel and taking a short break, you will visit the Silver Waterfall - the most beautiful waterfall in Sapa then enjoy the great view and feeling at the "Heaven Gate" of Sapa - the highest point of Hoang Lien Son mountain range where you can see majestic Lai Chau Valley and imposing Fanxipan mount.

Overnight: Sapa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Sapa Trekking Tour

Today you will take a morning walking tour to a busy market where Red Dao, Black & Flower H'Mong, Tay and other ethnic minority people converge from the surrounding countryside to sell their silverware and handicrafts and to buy provisions. Afterward, you will do a 3-hour trekking tour to Lao Chai and Ta Van Village of the Black H'mong and the Day people, you will enjoy the fresh air, amazing scenery of the imposing mountain range, trek down world's most beautiful terraced rice fields, visit some local family on the way and learn unique culture and life of these ethnic groups. Drive back to Sapa for overnight.

Overnight: Sapa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Sapa - Hanoi

This morning, you will visit Ma Tra Village first and then trek through the rice terraces to Ta Phin Village of the Red Dao minority (about 3 hours trekking). After lunch in the village, drive back to Hanoi.

Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Hanoi - Ninh Binh

Morning drive to visit Hoa Lu, the ancient capital city of the Dinh Dynasty and the Bai Dinh Pagoda, the largest pagoda complex in Vietnam. After lunch, take the amazing boat trip to visit Trang An Grottoes, which is a gathering of 31 valleys, 50 cross-water caves, and home to 600 kinds of flora and over 200 kinds of fauna, many of them in the Red Book of Vietnam.

Overnight: Ninh Binh
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Ninh Binh - Halong Bay

Today you will drive to the World Heritage site of Halong Bay, where you can see nearly 2,000 limestone islands dot the sea and traditional sampans and junks sail the glinting water, grottos, thick forests, and hidden coves, it will be a real ocean adventure! A variety of optional activities like kayaking, swimming, diving will definitely add more fun to this trip.

Overnight: Onboard
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Halong Bay - Hanoi

Today continue your unforgettable Halong Bay cruise until a big brunch is finished and then disembark the cruiser at around 10 am. Your guide and driver will meet you at the pier then drive back to hotel in Hanoi (around 4 hours drive). This evening, you will have an eye-opening street food tour (4-8 pm) at the Old Quarter.

Overnight: Hanoi
Meals: Brunch, Dinner

Day 9: Hanoi, Departure

After breakfast at hotel, you will have some free time on your own before time to transfer to the airport for onward flight.

Meal: Breakfast

Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

It is no doubt your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around Indochina area will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.

We pick hotels for you based on:

Location: most of the properties we selected are either located in the downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.

Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance in accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedback from our previous clients as well.

Variety in Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes, and cultural backgrounds.

 

Hotel Standards

3-Star Class It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower, and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pickup. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.

4-Star Class Across Indochina, a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.

5-Star Class Top-notch services and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience.

Meals

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Normally Indochina Odyssey Tours includes two meals each day during the tour: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.

Breakfast

It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.

Lunch

Lunches are usually set menu at the handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants arranged by Indochina Odyssey Tours selected carefully and evaluated constantly based on customer feedback and our on-site inspection.

Dinner

Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in “tasty” Indochina area. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

 

Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across Southeast Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility

All tour guides of Indochina Odyssey Tours are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.

Private Tour Guide

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You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for the best photos.

If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.

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Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver

With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across Southeast Asia.

Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.

 

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