Essence of Northern Vietnam

7 days / 6 nights from $605


Hanoi Old Quater / Hoan Kiem Lake / Sapa / Fansipan / Hanoi / Halong Bay

Discover Northern Vietnam’s delightful melange of culture and history on a compact, insightful journey. The Essence of Nothern Vietnam 7 days is an in-depth exploration of the culture, people, and landscapes of northern Vietnam. Leaving the graceful boulevards of Hanoi behind, we explore the mountainous landscape Sapa and the breathtaking Fansipan mountain. We continue to take a step back in time to visit remote hill tribe villages embraced by rolling green hills and streams seeing over through dramtic limestone karsts. The tour's grand finale is at Halong Bay. Stay overnight on a comfortable junk boat, with visits to islands, swiming, kayaking, sunbathing and delicious food. This is a perfect end to enjoying the cultural and scenic charms of northern Vietnam.

Destinations: Hanoi Old Quater – Hoan Kiem Lake – Sapa – Fansipan – Hanoi – Halong Bay

Suitable: Singles & Solo, Young Adults, Family

Departure 2022: Weekly

Themes: Off the beaten back, Soft Adventure, Nature, Cultural, Interact with the locals

Trip Highlights

Explore the charm of Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam from the long history & rich tradition to the bustle of the 36 streets.

Trek through the rolling rice terraces, waterfalls, mountains, and lush green hills of Sapa and get in touch with people from ethnic minority groups

Cast away on a traditional junk boat and sail through hundreds of limestone karsts rising dramatically from the emerald waters of Halong Bay

Day-to-day Itinerary

Hanoi | Sapa | Halong Bay

  • Arriving in Hanoi, our tour guide will pick you up at the hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter.
  • Take a rest and enjoy a welcome dinner in the evening. Stay overnight in Hanoi

► Overnight: Hanoi

► Stay at: Rex Hotel Hanoi

Inclusion: Private car, private guide, accommodation

Our guide will pick you up at your hotel in the center of Hanoi Old Quarter at about 8:30 to start your day tour. Firstly, you will head to Ho Chi Minh Complex where you will find Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum that is a great lively illustrator of the national unitty. Then, you will stop by Uncle Ho’s Stilt House and One-pillar pagoda (one of the most iconic temples in Vietnam. Tran Quoc Pagoda is your next destination, located by the dazzling West Lake, which will give you a real look at a picturesquare attraction in Hanoi, with harmonious architecture with the surrounding watery landscape. After that, we will move to the Temperture of Literture (or Văn Miếu Quốc Tử Giám in Vietnamese) and get a sense of Hanoians’ spriit of study in the past. Take a break with a lunch at a local restaurant nearby.
Then, we will visit the Museum of Ethonology where you can get a glance of different ethnic minorities living in Vietnam. Then, with the next 1-hour cyclo around Hanoi’s Old Quarter, you are promised to get a slow-speed view of a maze of labyrinthine streets as the daily life of the locals.

► Overnight: Hanoi

► Stay at: Rex Hotel Hanoi

► Inclusion: Private car, tour guide, entrance tickets, breakfast, accomodation, cyclo

  • Wake up early in the morning to feel the clear sounds of Hanoi, walk around Hoan Kiem Lake, do some relaxing exercises with the locals. The trip will then start after you rest and have breakfast to recharge.
  • After breakfast, the car will take you to Halong Bay, experience the wonderful things of the natural wonder of the world, check in on board and enjoy lunch on the cruise with seafood.
  • After lunch, join some activities on the cruise such as contemplating the beauty of Halong Bay, visiting caves, kayaking, and swimming before returning to the cruise to relax and have dinner. In the evening, you can go fishing night squid with local people.
  • Overnight on the cruise

► Overnight: Halong

► Stay at: Luxury Calypso Cruise

► Inclusion: Private car, visiting caves, kayaking, cooking class, squid fishing, etc. 

Driver will pick you up at 8:30 am to go to Fanxipan –  the top of Indochina’s Roof –  specialties of Hoang Lien Son Mountains

► Overnight: Hanoi

► Stay at: Sapa Legend Hotel

► Inclusion: Private car, visiting caves, etc

In the morning we shall easy 4 hour hike to Cat Cat Village and Sin Chai villages of Black H’Mong tribe. Enjoy the waterfall in Cat Cat and beautiful scenery along the way. Having lunch in the town then driver will take you back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.

► Overnight:  Hanoi

► Stay at: Rex Hotel Hanoi

To experience the tranquil Hanoi, you are suggested to wake up early for enjoying Hanoi morning sounds, walking around Hoan Kiem Lake and doing Tai Chi exercise with locals. Your Halong trip will be started after you come back to hotel for freshen up and breakfast.

After breakfast, you’ll take a 3.5-hour-drive to Halong Bay, one of the great natural of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Upon arrival, the boat crew will welcome you and transfer you to the junk for check-in and enjoy a cruise around Halong Bay with a delicious local seafood lunch served on board. At the same time, you can behold thousands of limestone islands and grottoes rising from the clear, emerald water.

After lunch you’ll join some activities on boat to discover the beauty of the bay such as visit a cave, doing kayaking or enjoy swimming in the sea before getting back to the junk for relaxing and dinner. In the evening, you can join night fishing with locals. Overnight on board.

► Overnight: Halong

► Stay at: Luxury Calypso Cruise

In the morning, your breakfast will be served while floating on the sea to explore the beauty of Halong Bay before disembarking time. Joining some more activities on boat and then checking out cabin. The early lunch will be served before getting back to the main dock and you’ll then be transferred to Hanoi.

Our driver shall be at meeting point as noted to take you to the airport for departure flight. Thank you for choosing us in this trip and have safe flight and see you in next trip.

Accommodation Options

While our itinerary prices above are associated with the suggested accommodation, Vietnam Discovery trips are 100% customized. A specialist can help you select the option which is best suitable for your tastes and budget.


Rex Hotel Hanoi

Apricot Hotel

Church Boutique Hotel, Hang Trong

Silk Path Hotel 


Sapa Legend Hotel

Paos Sapa Leisure Hotel

Silk Path Grand Sapa

Silk Path Grand Sapa

Topas Ecolodge

Topas Ecolodge

Luxury Calypso Cruise - accommodation-vietnam-at a glance tour


Luxury Calypso Cruise


Start price per person based on central located good quality hotels. The price is subject to change depending upon availability and high or low season. We would like to give you a rough quote as below for your preference. Price is also negotiable. Feel free to send us an enquiry. We commit to give you the best price yet top-notch service. 

Private Tour/Price Per Person In USD

(Not applied for: Christmas, New Year, Victory Day & the Lunar Vietnam  New Year)

Class 01 pax 02 pax 04 pax 06 pax 8 pax 10 pax
4* - Vietnam Package 1250 770 720 650 620 605
Single Supplement 305

Lưu ý: 

  • Price is applied within: 2022
  • Price is applied for group of 2 people
  • Price is not applied for public holiday ( 30th Apr, 1st May, 24th Dec, 31st Dec, 1st Jan)


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Vietnam Discovery has been brilliant to deal with planning our trip. Victoria spent a lot of time with us and was so patient. We can’t thank everyone enough for all of her assistance. Can’t recommend her and Vietnam Discovery enough. We will meet again!

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Like many others we were clients of Vietnam Discovery on holiday in Vietnam in April. We had 4 wonderful days in Hanoi, Halong Bay, then Hoi An. The staff of Vietnam Discovery – Jessica and the whole team backup was so great and very supportive. I have traveled with VD many times and always been impressed by their knowledgeable help when planning a trip and the quality of planned holiday we have had.

Tour Information


  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
  • 01 Vietnam Simcard
  • Shuttle Bus Halong – Hanoi
  • Private cabin train
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • English speaking guide. Other languages are available upon request
  • All admission fee at attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B: Breakfast, L: lunch, D: Dinner)
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary


  •  Meals not clearly mentioned
  • Dinks at meals and mini-bar in hotel room.
  • Surcharge for special request on food, and meals.
  •  Entrance fees, permits and guide service during free time.
  • Travel insurance
  • Compulsory gala dinner on Christmas or New Year Eves: to be advised
  • All kind of airfare and airport tax
  • Visa handling fee, visa stamp fee.
  • Personal expenses such as Bar, telephone & Laundry bills
  • Tips for guide and driver ( suggested 5USD/ person/ day)
  • All other service not stated in the program

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation by client:

  • Cancellation is made after booking confirmation or more than 30 days before departure date, the fee is 10% of the total booking cost
  • Cancellation is made between 16-30 days prior to departure date: the fee is 50% of total booking cost or the whole deposit
  • Cancellation is made between 8 and 15 days before departure date: the fee is 50% of total booking cost or the whole deposit
  • Cancellation is made between 3 and 7 days before departure date: the fee is 75% of total booking cost and the penalties of hotels and car operators or other third-party providers
  • Cancellation is made less than 3 days before departure date (including no-shows): the fee is 100% of total booking cost
  • Any cases of unused services will not be refunded.

Cancellation for train and air ticket

Cancellation will be charged 10% of the total ticket price along with the amount of penalties charged by rail and airlines if applicable. 

Cancellation by

Vietnam Discovery many cancel the trip before departure because of such events of force majeure as natural disasters, terrorism, fire, war or other external events that make us not being able to operate the planned itinerary.

Check-in, check-out

Check in time                        : 13:00 or 14:00

Check out time                     : 11:00 or 12:00

 Early check-in or late check-out time is subject to availability and with additional charge. Let us know beforehand check in & check out time you expect for proper arrangement.

When to go?

Find out what the good time to travel is and some factors you should be aware of:

Place Best Months
Temperature (0C)
September - November
160C - 260C
180C - 320C
Sapa February - May
120C - 260C
Halong Bay October - December
180C - 280C

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