Essence of Northern Vietnam 8 days

Essence of Northern Vietnam 8 days

8 days
9.4Excellent - 22 reviews

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This itinerary is an in-depth exploration of the culture, people and landscapes of northern Vietnam. Leaving the graceful boulevards of Hanoi behind, we explore rural Mai Chau and the amazing limestone landscape of Tam Coc, by bike and by boat. We continue to Sapa and take a step back in time to visit remote hill tribe villages surrounded by rolling green hills and mountain streams overlooked by dramatic limestone karsts. The trip's grand finale is at Halong Bay. We'll stay overnight on a comfortable junk boat, with island visits, delicious food, swimming, sunbathing and kayaking. A perfect end to our showcase of the cultural and scenic charms of northern Vietnam!

Northern Vietnam map
Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Mai Chau - Sapa - Halong Bay
Departure:  2022: Jun 29 | Jul 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30 | Aug 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31 | Sep 3, 7 ...
2022     1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 292, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 303, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 313, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 281, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 292, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 27, 303, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 30
Theme: Off the beaten track, Interact with local, Soft Adventure, Cultural, Nature
Suitable: Singles & Solo, Young Adults

Tour Highlights

  • 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 set sail through hundreds of limestone karsts that rise dramatically from the emerald waters of Halong Bay.
  • Experience Mai Chau on 2 wheels, cycle around the valley; enjoy the stunning lush landscape and Thai culture by visiting the nearby villages. Get a glimpse of life in countryside in Vietnam, enjoy the peace with endless rice paddy fields and fresh air.

Itinerary Expand all

Day 1: Hanoi Half day City tour
Day 2: Hanoi – Mai Chau - Road transfer
Day 3: Mai Chau – Hanoi
Day 4: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Hoa Lu & Tam Coc - night train to Lao Cai
Day 5: Lao Cai – Road transfer to Sapa – Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van
Day 6: Cat Cat - Sin Chai - Sapa - Hanoi - Road transfer
Day 7: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Overnight on cruise
Day 8: Halong Bay – Hanoi

Important Notes:

  • If you have any specific food requirement (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies, etc.) please inform us in advance, we will provide notices to our restaurants, tour guides and partners so they would be able to serve you the best.

Price & Inclusion

01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022
Small Group Private Tour
Economy (2*) $614
US $522
US $713
Superior (3*) $704
US $598
US $771
First Class (4*) $856
US $728
US $979
  • *All prices are based on per adult, in Double/Twin sharing
  • Small group tour available (max 10 guests): HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
  • Surcharge will be applied for single traveler or single room request

Booking Policy

Price Includes

  • 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 1 Brunch, 2 Picnic Lunch, 1 Dinner
  • Car, Train, Cruise, Trekking
  • Hotel (5 nights), Bungalow in Mai Chau (1 night), Overnight on train (1 night), Cruise in Halong Bay (1 night)
  • Accommodation in TWN/ DBL sharing accommodation at hotel, except overnight on train and home-stay (if any)
  • Car transfer as per itinerary (excluding airport pick up and drop off)
  • All in-tour stationed local English speaking guide.
  • Overnight train ticket Hanoi - Lao Cai (4 soft berth sharing cabin with air condition)
  • Sharing luxury limousine Sapa - Hanoi
  • Sharing shuttle bus Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - Hanoi
  • Entrance fees for Vietnam attractions, as per itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the program

Price Excludes

  • Hotel EARLY check in & LATE check out
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner at the hotel (if any)
  • International flights to or from Vietnam with taxes
  • Visa or Passport Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, laundry and gratuities
  • Meals not marked on itinerary, and water during meals

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation received before 60 days: FREE of charge
  • Cancellation received from 30 days to 59 days prior arrival date: 10% of total rate
  • Cancellation received from 15 days to 29 days prior arrival date: 30% of total rate
  • Cancellation received from 7 days to 14 days prior arrival date: 50% of total rate
  • Cancellation received less than 7 days prior arrival date or No show: 100% of total rate

Children Policy

  • The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults
  • For infant (<04 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost
  • 04 - 11 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 04 - 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 04 - 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate

Customer Reviews

9.4 Excellent

Based on 22 reviews

Traveler rating

Ms.Carmen Sams

9.4 Excellent
Beautiful North Vietnam

It's our 2nd time in Vietnam. Last time we visited the South and Mekong Delta. This time, we decided to spend 8 days exploring the North and it's wonderful! We love trekking in Sapa, it's not so difficult and included many lovely sites and local villages on the way. We met a lot of nice locals during… More


Mr.Paul Matusewicz

10.0 Excellent
Great Trip

Vana, thanks for all you did for us to make our Vietnam trip so great. We are great and wanted to say thank you, on our way to the airport. We have your number go a few people we met, hopefully they will call you.


Mr.Mr Patrick Liu/Mrs.Winnie

9.0 Excellent
Good Tours

Location of hotel in Hanoi (La Beaute De Hanoi) was great and the staff was really nice. The hotel in mai Chau is ok. The cabin of the cruise (Calypso) was great and the staff was very helpful and nice too. Our parents like it very much, However, If activities for 2 nights were different, it’ll be great! The tour guide was ok. His English is good.


Ms.Jane Elliott

10.0 Excellent
Great trip

Hi Vana,I just got back to country. I've had the best tour ever.
I had a fantastic tour in Hanoi with Tom. Tom was amazing!

Jane Elliott
Jane Elliott


9.0 Excellent
very good idea of how the life and landscape is around Northen Vietnam

It was very good. I think that we got a very good idea of how the life and landscape is around Northen Vietnam. We also experienced a bit of the culture and the food that stroked us very much. It was very nice to be able to talk with the tour guides and ask them about the culture of the cities they… More


Mr.Eddie Low

9.4 Excellent
8 days North Vietnam including SAPA Ha Long Bay

Early Dec, my wife and I visited Hanoi and surrounding based on Eight days package tour plus two extended night.

Best Price has put together some good thought based on our interest and make good recommendation on optional tours and advise during the free days or free hours. We have three cultural shows… More


Ms.kathryn brady

9.6 Excellent
wonderful holiday

I just want to mention the Guide Tom that took us to Nin Bin was also excellent. Such a lovely young boy with a great sense of humour. He made our trip to Vietnam very memorable.

Also the Guide Phong? that took us on the city street food tour also was excellent. He gave us such a great understanding… More


Mr.Gabriel Matney

10.0 Excellent
All the best!

Fantastic tour of Northern Vietnam. Our family has truly enjoyed our time here. Thank you and the guides for everything and for taking care of us. We are now at the Ha Noi airport. We will contact you in the future if we need more tours in Vietnam.


Ms.Cobie Langerak

9.0 Excellent
Excellent service all around!

The Halong Bay trip was lovely- thank you.
Over the whole, I was very happy with the services and staff of Best Price Travel and will say so online once I return home.
Mr. T was a calm, mature driver and very skilled, as well as being warm and friendly. Tom was very thoughtful on many occasions to make… More


Ms.Jacoba Langerak

9.0 Excellent
Lovely trip

The Halong Bay trip was lovely- thank you.

Over the whole, I was very happy with the services and staff of Best Price Travel and will say so online once I return home.

Mr. Tom was a calm, mature driver and very skilled, as well as being warm and friendly. Tom was very thoughtful on many occasions to make… More

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I do have a few questions: 1. Once we land in Hanoi, Vietnam, is there going to be someone to pick us up from the airport to the hotel? 2. The "First Class" option that we chose, does it cover all accommodation and what dates is it covered from? 3. For the train trip, my GF and I want to get a private room how can we avail this? Is it not included/part of the "First Class" deal? 4. How are payments made to you? 5. If we decide to cancel the booking, how do we get guarantee of reimbursement? 6. Can payments be made to you in person with a credit card? 7. What date is the first day of this 8 days itinerary? Looking forward to hearing from you! Thank you!
Dear Mark Joseph Tope Trinos, For your question please find my answer below: 1. Our trip included airport pick up so when you arrive the driver will wait for you at the airport. 2. "First Class" option means hotel in 4* class it not depend on your date. 3. Yes we could arrange a private cabin on the train with a surcharge. 4. We require 30% deposit at booking time and balance on arrival, you can pay by credit card, bank transfer or cash. 5. we have a cancelation policy during the booking term, please see it carefully. 6. We have a departure date for each month, if you do a private tour no departure require. If you have further questions please feel free to ask. Bestprice
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I like the tour you have on for 7 days
Hi Glenda Lawrie Our tour is customizable, One of our travel consultant will contact you soon Cheer
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