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7 Days Northern Vietnam Itinerary
7 Days Northern Vietnam Itinerary
7 Days Northern Vietnam Itinerary
7 Days Northern Vietnam Itinerary
7 Days Northern Vietnam Itinerary
7 Days Northern Vietnam Itinerary
7 Days Northern Vietnam Itinerary
7 Days Northern Vietnam Itinerary

7 Days Northern Vietnam Itinerary

7 days
370+ booked
Start Hanoi
Destination +4 Destinations
End Hanoi

Tour Overview

Are you curious about the attractions in the North of Vietnam? Join our 7-day journey with Asia Links Travel to explore all the highlights of this area.

Starting from Hanoi, explore the Temple of Literature and the vibrant Hanoi Old Quarter. Then, make your way to discover Ninh Binh with a visit to the ancient capital of Hoa Lu and the stunning Trang An landscape.

Stay tuned! We will head to Sapa for a trek through Muong Hoa Valley and a cable car ride to the peak of Fansipan Mountain. Lastly, enjoy an overnight cruise in Halong Bay, featuring kayaking and a cooking class.

Scroll down and read more about our detailed itinerary. Don't hesitate to ask us any questions to make your trip truly unforgettable!

Tour Highlights

  • Immerse in Hanoi's historical charm, exploring its culture & unique local cuisine.
  • Cruise through the landscapes of Trang An & the wonders of Mua Cave in Ninh Binh.
  • Trek through the scenic Muong Hoa Valley & picturesque rice paddies in Sapa.
  • Conquer the summit of Fansipan Mountain for the Indochina region’s panoramas.
  • Witness the mesmerizing beauty of Lan Ha Bay and Halong Bay cruise tours.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Hanoi - Cultural Exploration (-)

Upon your arrival in Hanoi, our dedicated driver from Asia Links Travel will warmly welcome you at the airport. 

After a seamless transfer to your hotel, take advantage of the morning to relax and acclimate to the vibrant atmosphere.
In the afternoon, embark on a cultural Hanoi day tour starting with the renowned Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first university built in the 11th century. Continue to the Tran Quoc Pagoda, steeped in history and spirituality.

The highlight of the day is a stroll through the Hanoi Old Quarter, where the charm of narrow, ancient streets merges with the energy of the modern city. Immerse yourself in the lively ambiance and explore the 36 streets teeming with local delicacies, traditional crafts, and more.

Hanoi's hidden gems won’t show until you see them with your own eyes. Let the adventure begin!

Meals on your own.

Return to your hotel in Hanoi in the late afternoon.

Please note: We kindly remind you that the standard check-in time is 2:00 PM. The early check-in is subject to availability and not included in your reservation.

Day 2: Ninh Binh Excursion - Hoa Lu, Trang An, and Mua Cave (B)

8:30 AM: Embark on a scenic journey to Ninh Binh day tour, a two-hour drive from Hanoi. Explore the ancient royal capital of Vietnam, Hoa Lu, visiting the temples of King Dinh and King Le with their unique architectural marvels.

1:00 PM: Set sail on a boat trip through the captivating Trang An Landscape Complex, often referred to as “Halong Bay on land”. Discover the breathtaking beauty of caves, mountains, and rivers. Afterward, you can also visit Mua Cave nearby, ascending 486 stone steps for panoramic views on the top of Mua Mountain.

4:00 PM: Return to Hanoi in the late afternoon to unwind and reflect on the day's adventures.

Lunch and dinner on your own.

Day 3: Hanoi Eco Bus - Sapa Exploration - Muong Hoa Valley Trek - Lao Chai - Ta Van (B)

6:30 AM: Early morning, board the Hanoi Eco bus to journey towards the picturesque town of Sapa.

Around 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Arrive in Sapa.

In the afternoon, you can take a short 20-minute car ride to Muong Hoa Valley, one of the most breathtaking valleys in northwest Vietnam. As you descend into the valley on foot, you will be able to witness the largest terraced rice paddy in the Sapa area.

If you happen to visit the valley between May and October, you can witness and experience how the locals plant and harvest rice. The route definitely leads from Lao Chai village, inhabited by the Black Hmong minority, to Ta Van village, which is home to the Zay minority. This will allow you to explore and observe the unique traditions and costumes of these two ethnic minority groups.

You will return to Sapa by car.

Lunch and dinner on your own.

Please note: the standard check-in time is 2:00 PM. Early check-in cannot be guaranteed and is subject to availability at the hotel's discretion.

Day 4: Conquer Fansipan Mountain - Spectacular Cable Car Ride (B)

Ready to reach new heights in Sapa? To visit Fansipan, the highest peak of the Indochina Mountains, you will be taking a car from Sapa. Normally, tourists spend one or two days to reach the peak of Fansipan Mountain on foot. However, you will take the three-rope cable car system, which will carry you from the bottom to the highest point of the mountain in just 15-20 minutes.

The Fansipan cable car is a modern three-wire cable system and the first of its kind in Asia. The distance from Muong Hoa Valley to the peak is 6.2km long, and there are a total of 35 cabins passing through 6 main pillars. Each pillar is 1km away from the other.

The peak offers breathtaking scenery and magnificent views of Sapa. It also allows you to admire the stunning views of Muong Hoa Valley and Hoang Lien National Forest from above.

Additionally, you can enjoy the beautiful landscape of Lai Chau province. Afterward, you will be transferred back to Sapa. Kick off your Fansipan Mountain adventure and elevate your journey with spectacular views!

Lunch and dinner on your own.

Day 5: Sapa Free - Sapa Eco Bus - Return to Hanoi (B)

Enjoy a free morning exploring Sapa at your own pace. 

2:00 PM: board the Sapa Eco Bus for a comfortable journey back to Hanoi.

8:30 PM: Check into your hotel, and the evening is yours to unwind and reflect on the memories of Sapa.

Meals on your own. Overnight in Hanoi.

Your journey to North Vietnam doesn’t need to end right away! Freely customize this 7-day Vietnam itinerary with $0 and make it a perfect match for your inner wanderlust.

A few more days in Sapa, or alternate it with misty Ha Giang and huge waterfalls in Cao Bang,… Just send your request to Asia Links Travel!

Day 6: Hanoi - Overnight on Halong Bay Cruise (B, L, D)

08:00 AM: Our driver will pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter or Opera Theatre House.

11:30 AM – 12:00 AM: Upon arrival at Tuan Chau Harbor, please proceed to the waiting room for check-in Halong overnight cruise.

12:00 AM – 12:30 AM:  Board the Tender Boat to the Verdure Lotus Cruise, where tourists will be welcomed with a soft drink and meet the captain and crew. They will provide you with a brief introduction to the cruise and safety guidelines, and assist you with the check-in procedure.

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM: Enjoy a delicious Vietnamese seafood and vegetarian lunch while cruising through the magnificent Halong - Lan Ha Bay, admiring the fascinating rock formations in the bay.

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM: You can choose to relax on the sundeck or explore the Ba Trai Dao - Tra Bau area and the natural lagoon of Lan Ha Bay, and experience kayaking here.

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Return to the Cruise and participate in our Happy Hour & Cooking Class. Don’t forget to bring a camera to take photos and relax!

7:00 PM: Dinner is served at the restaurant. After dinner, you can join the squid fishing program, relax on the sundeck, enjoy a glass of wine at the bar, or simply retire to your cabin for a good night's sleep.

Hope you have a wonderful time on the Verdure Lotus Cruise!

Day 7: Halong Bay - Return to Hanoi – Departure (B, Br)

6:00 AM - 6:30 AM: Start the day with a serene Taichi session on the sundeck, soaking in the sunrise.

6:15 AM -7:00 AM: After breakfast, explore Dark and Light Cave or enjoy kayaking in the crystal-clear waters.

7:00 AM: Visit the Dark and Light Cave. You can freely kayak or row a bamboo boat to explore the landscape or immerse yourself in the cool, clear blue water of the area.

9:30 AM: Return to your cabin, relax, and check all your luggage before leaving.

10:00 AM: Check out from your private cabin and enjoy a fantastic cruise on the bay for room service. Complete the check-out procedure. Enjoy brunch at the restaurant while the cruise returns to the harbor.

11:00 AM: Take the Tender boat back to Tuan Chau port and return to Hanoi.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: A car service will take you back to Hanoi. 

Then, your driver will pick you up and take you to the airport for your departure flight.

What's included

05-night accommodation in double/twin room with daily breakfast
1-night accommodation in double/twin room on Halong Bay Cruise
Shared shuttle bus round-trip Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi
Shared eco bus round-trip Hanoi – Sapa – Hanoi
Fansipan cable car
Boat trip as mentioned in Ninh Binh
Experienced local English-speaking guide
Meals were mentioned (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicle
All entrance fees are as itinerary.
Water for activities (1 bottle per person per day) except for cruise activity days.
Insurance on-board cruise
International & domestic flights
Early check-in + late check-out hotel
Drinks, other than water on activity days
Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, recommended tip for guide and driver at 3 USD/person/day)
Travel Insurance
Vietnam Visa
Other drinks on the cruise except for the welcome drink
Other meals than mentioned
Other services than mentioned
Supplement charges during holiday periods

Trip Notes

Time travel: Possible to travel all year around. March to June and September to October are best time in Sapa when the weather is warmer and days are mainly sunny.

Rooms are available from 14.00 on arrival day until 12.00 on departure day, room supplement charge will be added for request of early/late check in/out.

Price for infants and children will be quoted as follow:

  • Children under 2 years old: Free of charge (Maximum 1 child under 2 years old travels with 2 adults; from the second child, 50% of the regular fare will be applied) 
  • Children from 2 to 5 years old: 50% of the regular fare will be applied
  • Children from 5 to 11 years old: 75% of the regular fare will be applied
  • Children from 12 years: 100% of the regular fare will be applied

During Peak Season and special occasions, surcharges may be added to the price:

  • Christmas and New Year’s Eve: Compulsory meals would be added during these times of the years, depends on hotels or resorts you will stay overnight.
  • Vietnam Lunar New Year: 24 January – 27 January: Extra fee will be applied during holiday.

Visa requirements:

For Vietnam: You must have a valid passport and a visa (or pre-approval letter for a visa on arrival) to enter Vietnam. Our consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.

Your passport must be valid for six months beyond your planned stay, and you must have at least one blank page for each visa stamp.

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