The Best of Northern Vietnam in 7 Days: All-Inclusive

The Best of Northern Vietnam in 7 Days: All-Inclusive

  • Hanoi
  • Pu Luong
  • Ninh Binh
  • Halong Bay
7 days 6 nights
  • Trekking & Hiking
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    From 565 US$

    Embark on a 7-day adventure highlighting North Vietnam to explore the magnificent landscapes of Halong Bay, Ninh Binh (often referred to as "Halong Bay on land"), and the breathtaking northern rice terraces. Engage with the exotically beautiful high plateaus, valleys, and settlements. This route, a haven for photographers, offers endless opportunities to capture stunning vistas that epitomize the serene and rugged landscapes of the region.

    The Best of Northern Vietnam in 7 Days: All-Inclusive
    What unique experiences await during your trip?
    • Explore the must-visit sites of northern Vietnam, the country's most beautiful region
    • Enjoy diverse activities such as boat trips, cycling, and hiking
    • Immerse yourself in local culture with a night spent with a Thai ethnic family
    • Experience a less crowded Halong Bay cruise
    Stages of the journey
    • Hanoi
    • Pu Luong
    • Ninh Binh
    • Halong Bay
    Tour map
    Program description

    Arrive in Hanoi, a thousand-year-old capital located in the heart of northern Vietnam. Start your 7-day tour of northern Vietnam's highlights with an English-speaking guide from Kampá Tour, who will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in the city center. The day's activities will be adapted according to your arrival time. Begin your exploration with a visit to the city center to soak up the charm of this ancient capital:

    • King Ly Thai To square, discovery of the thousand-year-old history of the Vietnamese capital.

    Ly Thai To is the founder of the Ly dynasty (1009-1225). It was he who transferred the capital from Hoa Lu to Hanoi in 1010

    • Lake of the Restored Sword with the temple of Mount Jade, the Turtle Islet, in the heart of Hanoi.
    • Explore the Hanoi Old Quarter with 36 corporation streets, where you can stroll through craft streets bearing the name of the goods that were produced and sold there. Don't forget to stop at Ma May Street and visit an old 'Tube' house, a characteristic feature of traditional Hanoi architecture.

    This Old Quarter is located in the heart of Hanoi and is full of old houses, temples, bustling markets, artisan shops, and traditional restaurants. It is an emblematic place that testifies to the history and culture of the Vietnamese capital.

    Discover the colonial heritage with French concessions: take a cycle rickshaw ride through the city to visit the Grand Théâtre, the Métropole hotel, the state bank, the Central Post Office… End your day with a relaxing night at the hotel.

    A day dedicated to exploring Hanoi's most remarkable cultural sites and historical monuments:

    Built 1000 years ago, this Confucian temple served as an institution where royal offspring and sons of mandarins received their education. It also hosted competitions for the country's most talented students, with the winners attaining the status of scholars and senior officials in Vietnamese feudal dynasties.

    • Visit Ba Dinh Square, the location of the former palace of the Indochina governor, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and his residence.
    • Explore the Ethnography Museum, home to a vast collection of 25,000 ancient and contemporary artifacts that provide insights into the history of local populations.
    • In the evening, enjoy a water puppet show – a distinctive feature of the Vietnamese culture.

    Colorful wooden puppets are skillfully manipulated by the artists using rods and bamboo shafts underwater. It is a unique and captivating art form unique to the Northern Vietnamese tradition.

    Night in Hanoi.

    Travel to Pu Luong Nature Reserve, a 4-hour drive southwest of Hanoi, covering 1,700 hectares and boasting the largest karst forests in northern Vietnam. The area is inhabited by the Thais, who live in stilted houses and cultivate rice in the valleys and on mountain slopes.

    Upon arrival at Tý’s house in Bản Lác village, you'll meet family members and explore the surrounding village. Pu Luong, a cultural and natural paradise, offers breathtaking rice fields and charming ethnic villages nestled at the base of majestic mountains.

    In the evening, join in the dinner preparation and dine with fellow guests.

    Experience a night in a stilted house.

    After breakfast, bid farewell to your hosts and embark on a day of hiking in the Pu Luong Nature Reserve.

    Begin with a transfer to Hieu Waterfall, a small cascade originating from a karst mountain in the Pu Luong range. You'll follow the waterfall to a higher village and then traverse hills, tropical teak and bamboo forests, and Thai villages. Along the way, you'll encounter Thai people working in the forests and gardens.

    As you climb stairs, the path gradually descends into valleys adorned with rice fields, waterways crossed by quaint wooden bridges, fish farms, and duck farms. This journey offers a deep exploration of beautiful rural landscapes and the authentic lives of the local population.

    In the afternoon, continue your journey to Ninh Binh, a 3-hour drive away.

    Enjoy boat trips on the Ngo Dong River to discover Tam Coc. This long river winds between rice fields, limestone karsts, and passes under three caves at the foot of the peaks. Local rowers will gently guide your boat through these magical landscapes.

    Explore a vast landscaped area featuring limestone karst formations, rice fields, and rivers. Boat trips on the Ngo Dong River, winding through the karsts, will immerse you in the lush natural surroundings.

    After disembarking, take a relaxing bike ride or ox cart journey through villages and karsts, allowing you to soak in the serene atmosphere of this rural region.

    The program continues with a visit to Mount Mua, historically known for its dance performances for the Tran kings. Ascend 486 stone steps along a white staircase to reach the summit. This bell-shaped mountain offers a panoramic view of the Tam Coc region.

    Overnight stay in Ninh Binh.

    Depart for Halong Bay, one of the most mesmerizing landscapes in Asia. Upon arrival, board a traditional junk to embark on a magnificent cruise through Bai Tu Long, the northern part of Halong Bay. 

    Our options include collective junks with 10 to 12 cabins, accommodating around twenty passengers, as well as the possibility of a private cruise on a small junk with one or a few cabins for an unforgettable experience. Please contact us for this option.

    • Marvel at the picturesque islands and islets, each with its unique shape (sail, dog, rooster, incense, etc.).
    • Explore the stunning caves of Halong Bay, including Thien Canh Son, which houses stalagmites and stalactites dating back thousands of years.
    • Continue the cruise to Cap La, where you can enjoy a kayak ride and swim in the sublime waters of the bay, weather permitting.
    • In the late afternoon, unwind on the upper deck of the junk.
    • Lunch and dinner will be served on board.
    • Enjoy a leisurely evening for personal relaxation, which may include card games or night fishing.

    Overnight on board the junk.

    Wake up at dawn to savor a moment of unparalleled beauty: witness the first rays of sun peering over the countless limestone karsts of the bay and partake in a Tai Chi session on the terrace.

    Enjoy lunch on the junk, then disembark and return to Hanoi. In the evening, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

    This marks the conclusion of our services for your 7-day Northern Vietnam highlights tour. Safe travels, and thank you for choosing Kampá Tour!

    Optional activities
    Below are small activities or 'unique and memorable' experiences to add to your itinerary, making your trip more complete and remarkable.
    The show “Tinh hoa Bac Bo - The Quintessence of Tonkin”
    This magnificent outdoor and water show will give you a very moving and unforgettable experience of Vietnamese life and culture.
    Hanoi Cultural activities Add to the itinerary
    Hanoi Egg Coffee
    Trying a cup of coffee with egg is a rather unusual experience that should be on the wish list of any future visitor to the capital of Vietnam.
    Hanoi Gastronomy and culture Add to the itinerary
    Private cruise in legendary Halong Bay
    Nothing is more wonderful than a private cruise on the legendary Halong Bay that allows you to leisurely navigate its uncharted corners in complete privacy.
    Halong Bay Well-being and relaxation Add to the itinerary
    Halong Bay by seaplane, an extraordinary experience to live
    What could be more extraordinary than a seaplane flight over the wonderful Halong Bay? The activity offers you a UNIQUE opportunity to discover the exceptional landscapes seen from the sky
    Quang Ninh Well-being and relaxation Add to the itinerary
    Nights at the Sofitel Legend Métropole Hanoi Hotel
    The Metropole is located in the heart of the city's old town, in its historic center near the renowned Hoan Kiem Lake.
    Hanoi Essential Add to the itinerary
    Tour Price
    565 US$per person
    This price, calculated based on 4 people staying in standard hotels, could vary depending on:
    • period of travel
    • number of travelers
    • selected services
    This price includes:
    • Accommodation for the entire circuit, in hotels or with locals
    • Travel according to the program by private car
    • English-speaking guide for the visits mentioned in the program
    • All activities mentioned in the program, including entrance fees to tourist sites
    • Economy class domestic flights with airport taxes included
    • Meals mentioned in the program
    • Bottle of water during guided tours (2 x 500ml/traveler/day)
    • Government taxes currently in force (VAT, etc.)
    This price does not include:
    • International flights from your home
    • Visa fees, payable directly at the airport customs (see VISA)
    • Bank fees related to payment
    • Personal insurance
    • Personal beverages during meals: beer, Coca-Cola, fruit juice, etc.
    • Other meals not specified in the program
    • SIM card and mobile plans
    • Tips, personal expenses, and other services not mentioned in the "Our Included Services" section
    Services for this trip
    Your accommodation:
    Leah Silk Hanoi
    Hanoi Exclusive Hotel
    Hôtel Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh
    Hôtel O’ Gallery Premier Hanoi
    Hôtel La Siesta Trendy Hanoi
    Hôtel Ninh Binh Hidden Charm
    Homestay Pu Luong
    Pu Luong Retreat
    Your cruise on Halong Bay:
    Peony Cruise
    Halong bay
    Peony Cruise
    Oriental Sails
    Oriental Sails
    Oriental Sails
    Indochine Cruise
    Halong Bay
    Indochine Cruise
    La Casta
    Halong Bay
    La Casta
    Cat Ba Sailing Junk Lan Ha Bay
    Cat Ba, Hai Phong
    Cat Ba Sailing Junk Lan Ha Bay
    Private 3-cabin Four Seasons junk
    Cat Ba, Hai Phong
    Private 3-cabin Four Seasons junk
    Private Cat Ba Prince Junk
    Cat Ba, Hai Phong
    Private Cat Ba Prince Junk
    Dragon Legend
    Dragon Legend
    The L’Amour
    The L’Amour
    Garden Bay
    Garden Bay
    Your transport:
    7 seater car
    16 seater car
    Car interior equipment
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    Linh VUONG, 26 years old
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    1. How can I optimize my travel time in Vietnam in 7 days?

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