Hanoi, Sapa, Ninh Binh & Halong Bay 7 day private packages

Vietnam tour package 7 days to explore the most beautiful attractions in the north of Vietnam.You will have chances to contemplate Halong bay’s natural beauty, wonderful mountains & valleys in Sapa & Ninh Binh and Hanoi historical capital city of French architecture, tree-lined streets and peaceful lakes

Detailed itinerary of Northern Vietnam Tour package 7days/6 nights

Day 1 : Hanoi arrival with Hanoi city exploration.

morning old quarter street

You will be warmly welcome by our local tourguide at Noibai airport and transfered to Hanoi city center.Up to your flight schedules, we will flexibly arrange you a flexible Hanoi exploration to Tran Quoc Pagoda – the oldest temple in Vietnam & also the Buddhist center in Hanoi.You will get to know Buddhism religion and its practice by Vietnamese locals.Enjoy the peaceful moment  in the world of Buddha to view old temples, stupas, Buddha tree & fresh scenery of the west lake- one of the biggest natural lake in Hanoi.

Then,our guide will show you around with a nice walk along the old quarter (known as 36 ancient streets), around Hoan Kiem lake – the most beautiful lake in Hanoi.Get a great sense of hectec Hanoi with thousand of motorbikes, learning how to cross busy streets, viewing local shops or chatting with young locals who come to Hoan Kiem lake to practise their English with foreigners. Then, you have a wonderful time enjoying unique water puppet show- a must-see thing in Hanoi.

Have your free time enjoying  your dinner before taking a night train to Lao Cai for a wonderful trip  in Sapa. Spend your first night on train with AC, soft-sleeper cabin.

Day 2 : Sapa Trekking tour to Cat Cat village ( B, L)

Sapa village

Early arrival in Lao Cai station, our local guide will pick you up and drive 38 km all the way up to Sapa town at an average height of 1500 metters comparing with the sea level. Stunning view of valleys & mountains doted with magnificent rice tarraced fields along your Sapa journey.

You will have breakfast at the hotel  and walk around Sapa town.Then we will start with our 2 hour short trek down to Muong Hoa valley for an interesting exploration of Cat Cat village – one of the oldest hamlet where Black H’mong ethnic live. You are exposing with nice visits to their simple houses, kindergarden school; witnessing their skilful techniques of weaving, dyeing & sewing-up; and having nice photos of Cat Cat waterfall and immense Muong Hoa valley to the horizon.

Back to Sapa for lunch and check-in the hotel.Free and easy for Sapa town shopping or trying local specialties in the afternoon.Overnight in Sapa.

Day 3 : Sapa Trekking Tour to Lao Chai, Ta Van villages, night train back to Hanoi. (B, L)

Sapa on Tony’s Tours

Today, we will do a longer trek  of 12 kms deep into  Muong Hoa valley along buffalo paths and trails to visit several tribal villages Lao Chai & Ta Van, home to Black H’mong, and Dzay people.This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet. Once on the valley floor you can really appreciate the wonderful scenery that surrounds you. The walls of the valley are covered with multi-layered rice terraced fields and scattered villages. Return to Sapa and then to Lao Cai railway station for a night train back to Hanoi capital

Day 4: Hanoi tour to Hoa Lu- Tam Coc in Ninh Binh province.Overnight in Tam Coc ( B, L)

cave in Trang An Ninh Binh

On your arrival in Hanoi railway staition, our guide pick you up for Hanoi early morning exploration.You will visit Quang Ba flower market – the biggest whole-sale market of flowers in Hanoi.Great view and sense of colourful flowers selling here.Then we have a chance to see a daily ritual of “ flag raising up” in Ba Dinh square.Followng up is our joining local people in morning exercises along Hoan Kiem lake.You can join local’s Tachi or dancing, or take nice photo shots of fresh beauty in the sun-rising moment along the lake.

After breakfast with famous Pho or noodle with beef or chicken in local restaurant, we will head to the southern direction of Hanoi.In 2 hour drive, we reach Ninh Binh city with our first visit to Hoa Lu ancient capital of Vietnam. Dated back to 968, when Dinh Bo Linh reunted the country, he proclaimed himself a King and chose Hoa Lu as the capital thanks to its strategic position with high mountains and rivers surrounded.Hoa Lu was used as the heart of Vietnam for 42 years under Dinh & Le dynasties in 10th & 11st century, then Ly Thai To removed his capital to Hanoi in 1010.Due to wars and time passing, the royal palaces were ruined but it is nice to visit two remain temples ( Dinh Temple to worship Dinh dynasty, Le Temple dedicated to Le dynasty) with Vietnam’s interesting historical information after  a thousand year Chinese rule.

The trip continues with a stop for a lunch in Tam Coc area. Famous for its fried rice & goat meats, your journey to Ninh Binh will be nicer to taste these dishes in your meals.After lunch, we will board a rowing bamboo boat for a wonderful trip to explore Tam Coc (three grottoes).The boat rower will take you along Ngo Dong river with stunning view of limestone mountains, rice fields and three beautiful grottoes.Peaceful and beautiful are popular words that we normally get from our clients after this boat tours.In the after noon, you will check in the hotel and free to discover local villages by walking or biking.

Spend your night in hotel in Tam Coc

Day 5 : Travel Ninh Binh to Halong Bay,the paradise on earth (B, L,D).Overight on Halong Bay Cruise.

jasmine cruise sun deck

Today’s journey is to Halong Bay.We will take a 4 hour drive along red river delta with green countryside villages of Ninh Binh, Nam Dinh, Thai Binh, Hai Phong and Quang Ninh provinces.Arrive in Halong city at 12h00 and board one of our best selected cruise to visit Halong Bay- the most beautiful attraction in Vietnam.You will get a welcome drink, check-in our cabin, then fresh sea food lunch served while the boat is cruising along breathtaking scenery of thousand limestone pillars coming up from emerald sea water. That beauty explain why Halong bay has been twice recognized as the world’s heritage and recently become the world’s natural wonder.

Halong bay cruise offers you great chances to enjoy the best attraction in Vietnam ( Halong Bay): overnight cruise deep into the bay, nice activites of swimming on deserted beaches, visiting Sung Sot Cave, trekking to Ti Top island for panoramic captivation of Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay & Cat Ba island, enjoying the sunset in Halong bay or kayaking to expore the bay’s scenery.After diner on board, you can enjoy squid fishing, card playing or relaxing on upper deck.Spend your lovely night  on Halong Bay Cruise.

Day 6 : Halong Tour to Hanoi capital. Overnight in Hanoi

It is our suggestion that you get up early for a peaceful view of the bay when the sun is rising up.After breakfast at the dinning room, we will board a bamboo sampan rowed by local girls from a local floating village.The boat will sneak through a hidden limestone tunnel called Luon cave, then a big pond inside, surrounded by mountains.Remember to bring your camara and some bananas or candies with you because the scenery is really peaceful and beautiful inside; and you may be lucky enough to see some moneys wildly living on limestone mountains.How wonderful natures  and shots in this trip you can take!

Then, we are back to the cruise and more exposure to other stunning view of Halong Bay.We will check out the cabin around 09h00 and enjoy our brunch at 10h00.Around 11h00,disembark Halong bay cruise at the habour where our driver is waiting to transfer you back to charming city of Hanoi.Spend your night in a hotel in Hanoi.

For an authentic local street foods, you can join us in Hanoi street food tour, in which you will have chance to try different famous local foods such as Pho, spring rolls, grill-pork with rice nooddle, local draught beer, egg coffee…..This could be a nice experience for your trip as well.

Day 7. Hanoi city tour – Noibai airport (B, L)

The Huc bridge5

You have breakfast at hotel,then, our  guide will show us in an interesting journey to discover the best attractions of Hanoi.Ho Chi Minh Complex – a beautiful must-see destination in Hanoi,dedicated to Uncle Ho Chi Minh, the great national hero of Vietnam, who led Vietnamese in long struggles against the French colony, Japanese facisnism & the Americians for an independent, free & united Vietnam.We start our visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where preserving the mummies of Ho Chi Minh president (Please, take a note that this mausoleum is closed on Monday & Friday so to visit this site, you should come here on other days). After Ho Chi Minh tomb, our guide take you to Ba Dinh Square (in front of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum), where Uncle Ho read the declaration of independence in 2nd September 1945 giving a birth to Vietnam.You can have nice photos of Ho Chi Minh tomb & Bai Dinh Square with your groups and get our guide share about impressive historical information of Vietnam & President Ho Chi Minh’s life as well as his revolutionary cause.The following visit is a nice walk to view beautiful Presidential Palace of French architecture, Ho Chi Minh’s simple houses surrounded by beautiful flowers, ancient trees and  his three famous cars – the gifts from Soviet Union Government & oversea Vietnamese from France.How beautiful and simple this place is with a walk to Ho Chi Minh house on stilts where he hosted important meetings with cabinets, wrote his last will ; his bomb shelter to avoid the bombardment during the American wars.

At the end of this nice walk, we will pay a visit to One- Pillar Pagoda- a holly world for Vietnamese Buddhism followers  in the past as well as at present. It is a beautiful construction to pay respect to the Goddess of Mercy who gave the king a son in the King’s dream and amazingly it became true.This unusual lotus-shaped design  surely offers visitors wonderful photos on their holiday in Hanoi.

Following Ho Chi Minh complex is a interesting visit to the Temple of Literature which is considered as the first university of Vietnam, built up in 1070, firstly to educate royal children, then to open to public in 13th century. When travelling here, it is nice to view  ancient buildings of Vietnamese architecture, 82 stone steles on the back of stone turtle carving the names of different excellent doctors of philosophy dated back from 1442-1779 and get to know the systems of education during Vietnam’s feudal dynasties.Nowadays, this university is only  for sightseeing with interesting exhibition but you can see many university girls in charming long traditional dresses (Vietnamese Ao Dai) who come here to take photos. It is worth visiting this temple which was listed as a top attraction in Hanoi by Tripadvisor.

After a lunch in a local restaurant, we will do the journey to Noibai airport for your flight back home.We wish you a good journey back and hope to have chances to serve you in another trip to visit other attractions in Vietnam.

Price: + 84 973322309
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The tour includes:

  • Private transfer with driver along the journey.
  • Returned overnight train with AC and soft-sleeper cabin Hanoi-Lao Cai-Hanoi
  • Early tour to discover Hanoi in Hanoi morning tour (back from Sapa)
  • Private English speaking tour guide following your travel program.Other languages are upon your request in advance.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees to sightseeings in the tour program
  • Water Puppet show on the city tour.
  • Halong bay cruise of 3 star standard to discover Halong bay
  • Rowing boat trip in Tam Coc.
  • A bottle of mineral water per day per passenger

The tour excludes :

  • Personal expences during the trip
  • Extra sightseeing places outside the travel itinerary
  • Drinks of beers, wines, juices or water during the tour.
  • Tips & gratitudes to guides & drivers ( 3 usd /per days/per pax)
  • Payment transaction fee.