Northern Highlights - 7 Days

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  • Trip Duration: 7 Days
  • Country: Vietnam
  • Destinations: Hanoi, Sapa, Halong bay
  • Travel Style: Cultural & Classic
  • Tour Type: Private Tour
  • Start: Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Finish: Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Price From: 533 usd/pax

Northern Highlights Tour: This trip offers you the chance to explorer the highlights of North Vietnam: charming capital of Hanoi, the cultural hill trip town of Sapa and the magnificent Halong Bay. You will spend your days in exploration of Hanoi, trekking in the gorgeous valleys of Sapa and taking time on the traditional junk on Halong bay.

Northern Highlights - Tour highlights

  • Enjoy a short trip by diversity of transportation: Car, cyclo, train, boat.
  • Get to know the rushed life of Hanoi by walking through Hanoi's Old Quarter.
  • Spend time on trekking and meeting ethenic minority in Sapa.
  • Relax on traditional junk on Halong bay.

Day 1: Hanoi arrival

Day 2: Hanoi city tour - night train to Lao Cai (B)

Day 3: Lao Cai - Sapa (B, L)

Day 4: Sapa - Lao Cai - night train to Hanoi (B, L)

Day 5: Hanoi - Halong bay (B, L, D)

Day 6: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B)

Day 7: Hanoi departure (B)

  • Day 1: Hanoi arrival

    Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by tour guide and driver of S Vietnam Travel. Tour briefing and transfer to your hotel. Depending on when you arrive activities can be arranged for the rest of the day.
  • Day 2: Hanoi city tour - night train to Lao Cai (B)

    Having breakfast at hotel then start a guided city tour of Hanoi. Having celebrated its 1000- year anniversary in 2010, the city has a rich and fascinating history. Your city tour will take you to the main attractions of Hanoi, including Ho Chi Minh complex (Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum and stilt house); the Presidential Palace, the nearby One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, West lake, Tran Quoc pagoda, Quan Thanh temple and of the city’s museum (History Museum or Ethnology Museum). Late afternoon, enjoy Water puppet show and cyclo visiting the Old Quarter of Hanoi.  In the evening, board an overnight sleeper train to Lao Cai.
  • Day 3: Lao Cai - Sapa (B, L)

    An early arrival in Lao Cai station where your car will meet you for about 1 hour drive to Sapa. Enjoy breakfast and a briefing with your guide before beginning your downhill trek. You will visit the H’Mong village of Lao Chai and the Red Dzao village of Ta Van. Here you’ll have the opportunity to visit some local homes to understand more about the daily life of these tribes as well as their culture and traditions.

    In the afternoon, you will be on your way to Cat Cat village where you stop by a beautiful waterfall, a hydroelectric station and a rice paddy terraces with spectacular sceneries.

  • Day 4: Sapa - Lao Cai - night train to Hanoi (B, L)

    In this area there are some fair markets which can't be missed (Can Cau on Saturday, Bac Ha on Sunday, Coc Ly on Tuesday, Xin Cheng on Wednesday).

    You will check out hotel early and leave Sapa for about 3 hours driving to the market. Join in the colorful market of the tribal people in this region. On the fair market the H'mong, Dzao, Phu La people in their best traditional costumes go to the market for shopping and meeting friends and relatives.

    Late afternoon, transfer to Lao Cai for night train to Hanoi.  In Lao Cai you’ll have a daily room so you can freshen up before the overnight train trip.

  • Day 5: Hanoi - Halong bay (B, L, D)

    Arrive in Hanoi at around 5 am. A day room will be available, so you can have shower and freshen up before breakfast. At around 8 am, your driver will pick you up for the journey to Halong Bay and arrive at around midday to board a traditional junk for an overnight cruise. Halong Bay is widely considered to be one of the natural wonders of the world. Thousands of towering pillars of sea and wind-carved limestone karst make the bay an unforgettable sight. After lunch, explore some of the huge limestone caves dotted around the bay and visit a floating fishing village. Then the captain will find a secluded spot where you can swim, soak up the sun on the top deck, or try your hand at kayaking. In the evening enjoy a seafood feast for dinner.
  • Day 6: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B)

    Enjoy an early morning swim (during the summer), followed by breakfast as you cruise through more spectacular scenery. The cruise arrives at the harbor by noon. The driver will pick you up and then transfer back Hanoi. Check in hotel and free time.
  • Day 7: Hanoi departure (B)

    You have free time until be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. End of your tour. Thank you for using our service. See you again.

* B (Breakfast), L (Lunch), D (Dinner)


  • Accommodation based on twin/double sharing with daily breakfast (3* hotel category).
  • Vietnam visa approval letter.
  • Experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Private transportation with AC.
  • Return train ticket Hanoi - Lao Cai - Hanoi (4 soft berth sharing cabin).
  • All sightseeing tickets.
  • Lunches and dinners as indicated in the itienrary.
  • Taxes and services charges.


  • International flight tickets and airport tax.
  • Visa stamping fee.
  • Early check in and late check out.
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Insurance.

  • Hanoi Start
  • Lao Cai
  • Sapa
  • Halong Bay
  • Hanoi Finish

The price is based on the group of 4 people. Feel free to contact us to get the best rate for other group.
We can customize this tour according to your request. Please click the button below to fill in the form. Our travel consultant will contact you within 12 hours with a tailor-made itinerary and price. S Vietnam Travel
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