8 Day Vietnam northern explorer

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Duration (in days): 8

From: Hanoi

To: Hanoi



Exc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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This 8 day package will give you an insight into the delights of Northern Vietnam. Soak up the culture and the scenery in comfort – stay in good value hotels, transfer in comfortable cars and enjoy the knowledge of the local guides to get the most out of your stay. 

  • Wander through the streets of ancient Hanoi
  • Visit one of the few remaining rainforests in Vietnam
  • Trek to see the local hill-tribe people in Sapa
  • Enjoy local markets and buy hand crafted souvenirs



Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi

On arrival you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to your hotel.

Here you have the rest of the day at your own leisure.

Day 2: Half day Historic Hanoi walking tour with private guide.

After breakfast, your guide will pick you up from the hotel to show you the charming side of historic Hanoi. Navigating your way through narrow alleys you will pass the thousands of small businesses to get a glimpse into the life of the locals.  After plenty of photo opportunities, you will continue to the Temple of Literature and Ho Chi Minhs mausoleum before heading back to your hotel.   Today is a great chance to ask your guide questions and to see the best of what Hanoi has to offer. We recommend you take the tour in the morning so that you have the rest of your afternoon to revisit some of the spots.

Day 3: Ha Noi – Ninh Binh

Today you will escape the hustle and bustle of Hanoi. After breakfast you will be picked up to commence the 2.5 hour journey to Ninh Binh. With stop offs en route you will visit temples at the site of Vietnams first capital, Hoa Lu. If you are feeling active take a half-hour walk to the top of one of the surrounding limestone karst hills for the rewarding views. Lunch will be in Tam Coc town there will be plenty of stops for photos of the local villages and surrounding landscapes. After lunch you will board your private Sampan to glide through the waters of Trang An, an ‘ecotourism’ area to take in the incredible views.

Day 4: Cuc Phuong – Hanoi

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up and driven to one of the few remaining rainforests in Vietnam, Cuc Phuong National Park. You will spend time in the visitors centre before experiencing a local style Vietnamese lunch at the National Parks head quarters. You have the afternoon at your leisure to hike one of the many nature trails, if you are lucky you might catch a rare glimpse at a panther!

Later in the afternoon you will have a 3 hour drive back to Hanoi where you will check into your hotel for one night. 

Day 5: Hanoi – Overnight on Junk

Today you will arrive early back into Hanoi, you will have a few hours at a nearby hotel so that you can freshen up before departing for the 4 hour drive to Halong Bay.  You will be checked in and transferred to your junk boat to enjoy the overnight journey into Halong Bay. You will be served a wonderful lunch as you cruise along for the day. In the evening you will set anchor and you can watch the wonderful sunset before dinner.

Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi

After breakfast on board the boat you will be met for your transfer back to Hanoi. The rest of the day is at your own leisure.

Day 7: Hanoi

Day at own leisure.

Day 8:  Depart Hanoi

After breakfast, your check out is at 12:00 to be transferred to the airport for your onward journey.


The climate in Vietnam varies dramatically depending on the region you are visiting and is incredibly diverse with weather ranging from snow and frost in the northern hills to tropical conditions in the south. There are two monsoons in Vietnam; the winter monsoon arrives between October and March and brings cold and wet winters to the north and dry and warm conditions in the south. From April to October the summer monsoon brings humid weather to the whole country apart from those regions sheltered by mountains. For the best balance we recommend visiting in either April, May or October.

Our itineraries are tailor-made to give you an idea of some of the possibilities in this fascinating country! This means there are no date restraints and it’s a private trip just for you. We have the flexibility to tailor your trip around exactly what you are after so let us know your dates, what you like doing and where you like staying, and we will do the rest!


What's included: 

  • Hotel Accommodation
  • 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Transport in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • English speaking local guide
  • Admission fees at attractions as mentioned in itinerary

Not included: 

  • Visas
  • International flights
  • Drinks and any meals not already stated in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional cooking course
  • Tips and gratuity


This itinerary is based on 7 nights in comfortable 3* accommodation.

Hotels used in this category include:

  • MK Premier Hanoi

  • Legend Ninh Binh

  • Bai Tho Junk
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