Unique Experiences:
  • Cover the best of Vietnam in from North to South through a wide variety of activities and experiences including trekking, cruising, beach relaxing, city visits and so much more
  • Meet the minorities of Sapa, take in the beautiful surroundings of UNESCO certified Ha Long Bay and experience the great past in Hue.
  • Take in the charming Hoi An whilst enjoying the bustling Ho Chi Minch City and serene Mekong Delta
  • Get to know the Vietnamese history, culture and customs as you go.

Small Group Exploration spiced with Shared Group Experiences – normally no more than 2-5 travellers on the tour, yet part of the itinerary/day tours are Shared Group Experiences:

Halong Bay: Max. 20 travellers on the boat.

On the overall Vietnam North to South tour, you can be min. 1 and max 8 travellers. You can book 1 person on this tour, but we cannot guarantee more participants.

For an additional 40 USD per person you can secure this as a Guaranteed Private Tour.
Please contact us for further details and booking.
Please note that the Halong Bay tour will still be carried through as a Shared Group Experience as specified above.

Trip Length: 10 Day(s) 9 Night(s)
Tour Departure Dates: Everyday
Travel Season:

All year, however heavy rain may be expected during the rainy season (May-October)
This product may be affected by Vietnamese TET (New Year) – normally in Jan/Feb. Specific dates are blocked in the booking calendar if and when not bookable.
What can you expect during TET? The lunar New Year is very important to the Vietnamese. The days are spent together with family andrelativesin private homes to celebrate. Expect the streets to be fairly empty and life at street level to be very limited.

Type of Transportation:

Car/minibus, train, plane and boats

Type of Accommodation:

2 and 3-star hotels with private bathroom

Physical Rate: 3/5
Child Policy:

Infant: 0 - 2 years of age is free of charge
Child: 3 – 9 years of age
This tour is not recommended for: children below 3 years of age.

Included in Price:

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included according to itinerary only
Accommodation: 2 and 3-star standard hotels with private bathroom referring to itinerary
Entrance fees: All entrance fees are included in the trip according to the itinerary
Transport: Train, car/minibus transfer and boat trips according to itinerary
English speaking tour guide: Included on part of the tour, please refer to itinerary.

Excluded from Price:
  • Personal Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Visa to Vietnam
  • Meals not mentioned as included
  • Drinks
  • Tips to guide and drivers
  • Personal expenditures

All other expenses not stated as included in the above.


Locations Visited:
Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay, Cat Ba Island, Hue
Start City:
End City:


Day 1: Hanoi Arrival

On arrival in Hanoi you'll be picked up and transported to Hanoi center.

Accommodation: Overnight at Medallion Hotel, or similar.

Day 2: Hanoi

Around 08:30 AM, you'll be picked up from your hotel. We'll drive to visit Ho Chi Minh complex, including Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum – the final resting place of the Vietnamese great father or uncle Ho, President Ho Chi Minh’s stilt House – where he lived on and off from 1958 to 1969, One Pillar Pagoda – a group of structures consisting of a pagoda and a tower built in the middle of a square lake. We leave One Pillar Pagoda and drive to West Lake to visit Tran Quoc pagoda and have lunch.

After lunch, you will visit the Temple of literature and the Museum of Ethnology – the most interesting museum in Hanoi, with many different things relating to the 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups. After that, you will visit Hoan Kiem Lake (Restore Sword Lake). The last place of the tour is the old quarters of Hanoi, where you can walk around. Tour ends at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight at Medallion Hotel, or similar

Note: All museums are closed on Monday. Ho Chi Minh mausoleum is closed on Monday, Friday, the whole month of October and November! Long dresses are requested when visiting the mausoleum, temple and pagoda.

Day 3: Hanoi/Night train to Sapa


You'll be picked you up at 19:30 - 20:00 PM and transfer to train station for night train to Sapa. Then take the night train (soft sleeper) to Lao Cai, your night train leaves at around 21:10 PM.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight on train in soft sleeper cabin.

Day 4: Sapa Minority Trek

You'll arrive Lao Cai Railway station early in the morning, from where you will be picked up and have a shared bus transfer to Sapa (35 km - about 1 hour drive). Check-in at your hotel (if the room is available). In the morning you will have time on your own to enjoy the view of Fansipan (3.143 m) on the other side of the Sapa valley and to explore the market where some of the different ethnic minority groups come into town to sell their products.

In the afternoon you will walk down to Cat Cat Village and the beautiful valley, which is home of the Black H’mong people. Black H’mong is one of the biggest and poorest minority groups in the Sapa area. But they are proud of their culture and stick to their traditions and way of living. They have their own language and wear traditional indigo blue clothing.

Accommodation: Overnight at Holiday Sapa Hotel, or similar.

Day 5: Sapa Minority Trek

Today your ride will take you to Taphin village where you will experience the customs and life of Red Dao people. The Red Dao women have very colorful red embroideries and coins on their clothing. On their heads, they wear deep red scarfs. Some of the women have shaved off their eyebrows because a hairless face is considered to be very beautiful by the Red Dao.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at Holiday Sapa Hotel, or similar.

6: Sapa/Night train back to Hanoi

A free and an easy day at Sapa town. You'll check-out from the hotel, take the bus to Lao Cai and from here you'll be taking the night train (soft sleeper) to Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight on train in soft sleeper cabin.
Note: You will arrive in Hanoi around 05:00 AM the next day. The tour finishes at Hanoi train station. Take a taxi by yourself to the hotel where you stayed before the trip to Sapa for relaxing.

Day 7: Hanoi to Halong Bay. Board your ship, kayak and feel the raw nature

Get ready for one of the most remarkable experiences you will have – exploring Halong Bay away from the crowds.
You will be picked up around 08:00 – 08:40 AM in the morning from your hotel around Hanoi Old Quarter and slowly leave Hanoi behind. Flow through the beautiful scape of Hanoi outskirts, pass lush rice fields and take in the local life outside your windows.

Just past noon you will embark your ship, your home for the days ahead. After check-in procedure at the pier, enjoy a thirst-quenching welcome drink and meet your fellow sailors. Your lunch will be served while cruising among rough limestone islands standing tall before you. Majestic, beautiful and rough – just as nature created it.

As you sail deeper into the Halong Bay you will stop at one of the most beautiful wonder caves or head to Trong Cave for a bit of kayaking. Going by kayak allows you to get closer to the inlets and the raw nature and gives you a sense of freedom.

Back at the boat you will be joining a cooking class before your dinner that will be served around 19:00 PM. As the night falls you will have the choice to entertain yourself with squid fishing, karaoke, board games, movies or star gazing on the upper deck with a cool drink in hand.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight on boat. 

Day 8: Halong Bay to Cat Ba Island. Sail, kayak, go cave hunting and explore the less crowded areas of Halong Bay

Rise early to enjoy the sunrise before breakfast is served. We’ll be cruising to one of the nicest beaches, take a swim or hike to the top of the mountain and enjoy the view over Halong Bay beauty.

You will then go by a smaller boat, sail along the majestic limestone islands to Dark & Light cave for kayaking, then we’ll head to Ba Trai Dao to take a swim or you can have fun doing high jumps from the boat. Your lunch today will be served on the boat. After lunch, you’ll be taken to the Monkey Island to do a bit of hiking and to take a swim.

By late afternoon, you’ll get off the boat and change to vehicle that will take you to Cat Ba Hotel. Your dinner is served at the restaurant of your hotel, and the evening is free for you to enjoy.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Cat Ba Hotel, or similar.

Day 9: Cat Ba Island to Halong Bay and to Hanoi. Slowly cruise back towards mainland for your return to Hanoi

Rise early to have breakfast and check-out from your room. The bus will take you to Beo Harbor and transferred to Fantasea boat and from here you slowly sail back to the mainland. Enjoy more of Halong Bay as you make your way back. Pass islets shaped as a Fighting Cock, Incense Urn, Lonely Dog, Finger and Duck. Your creativity and imagination are nurtured in Halong Bay. Lunch will be served on the boat on the way back to Halong harbor at almost noon.

Upon arrival back at the Halong Bay harbor, you will swap from boat to vehicle and start your trip back to Hanoi. You’ll be dropped off at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter around 16:30 PM. Later in the evening you'll be picked up at 21:00 PM and transported to the train station to catch the night train from Hanoi to Hue at 22:20 PM.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight on 4 pax per cabin Soft Sleeper Train.
Note: The exact itinerary, visiting options and sailing route is depending on the weather conditions of the day.

Day 10: Hue

Arrive in Hue at about 10:52 AM, where you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel. You'll have the whole afternoon free t to explore the town.

Accommodation: Overnight at Emm Hotel, or similar
Note: The exact itinerary, visiting options and sailing route is dependent on the conditions of the day.

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