Vietnam Tour 1 Week – Experience the Splendor of Northern Vietnam

Vietnam Tour 1 week - Splendor of Northern Vietnam includes the best of Vietnam's signature imaginary: Halong with its thousand bushy islands, Mai Chau with mild temperate climate, Ninh Binh with its evergreen forest and Hanoi with its gentle charm. Within one week, you will be able to taste the most diverse travel experience.

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Program Highlights of our Vietnam Tour 1 week - Splendor of Northern Vietnam.

Discover the major sites of the North.

Walking in the beautiful valley of Mai Chau, night at the inhabitant in the village of the Thai minorities.

Day of boat excursions to the discovery of the terrestrial Halong Bay, Ninh Binh.

Relaxing cruise on Halong Bay at the end of the trip.


Itinerary in brief
Day 1: Hanoi - Arrival first city tour
Day 2: Hanoi - City Tour
Day 3: Hanoi - Mai Chau, walk walk in the valley through villages, night in private homes.
Day 4: Mai Chau - Ninh Binh
Day 5: Ninh Binh: Day of boat excursions to discover Halong Bay
Day 6: Ninh Binh - Halong bay maritime, cruise on the bay night on board.
Day 7: Halong Bay - Hanoi - departure

Program in detail

Day 1: Hanoi - Arrival

Welcome to our Vietnam Tour 1 week - Splendor of Northern Vietnam.
Arrival in Hanoi, welcome by the guide of "Vietnam Discovery" at the airport and transfer to the hotel. First visit of the city center to be imbued with the charm of the millennium capital (1010-2010):

  • The place of the king Ly Thai To, discovery of the thousand-year history of the Vietnamese capital.
  • Lake of the Sword Restored with the temple of Mount Jade, the islet of the Turtle, the heart of Hanoi.
  • The old quarter of 36 corporate streets: walk and cyclo strolls through streets of craft trade bearing the name of the goods that were produced and sold there. Stop at the street of Ma May, visit of an old house "Tube", characteristic feature of traditional architecture Hanoi.

Meeting with Vietnam team Discovery at its headquarters for the last formalities of the trip.

Overnight at the hotel.


Day 2: Hanoi - City Tour A

A day dedicated to the discovery of Hanoi's most important cultural sites and historical monuments:

  • The Temple of Literature, the symbol of feudal education and one of the emblems of Hanoi.
  • The Tran Quoc pagoda is located on the western lake shore, the latter is the oldest in the city.
  • The place of Ba Dinh where the former palace of the governor of Indochina, the mausoleum and the house of Ho Chi Minh (Ho Chi Minh being the father of the independence of the country) are located.
  • Colonial heritage with French concessions: the Grand Théâtre, the Hotel Métropole, the State Bank, the University of Indochina and the old Paul Doumer bridge - a silent witness to the 150-year history of the relationship Franco-Vietnamese.
  • The Museum of Ethnography, a collection of 25,000 ancient and contemporary objects, witnesses of the history of the local populations.

In the evening, the water puppet theater is a feature of Vietnamese culture, which is part of UNESCO's intangible heritage.

Overnight at the hotel.


Day 3: Hanoi - Mai Chau (150 km ≈ 3 hours drive)

Road to Mai Chau, country of Thai and Muong ethnic minorities, green tea plantations and rice fields. Stop en route to the Giang Mo village housing several houses on stilts. Walking around the village, meeting with Muong, those who were known for their practice of slash-and-burn agriculture.
Continuation of the road to Mai Chau, verdant valley populated by the Thai minorities. Stop on the way to the top of a pass overlooking the valley: observation point on the huge rice paddies dotted with villages and traditional houses, mountains covered with bamboo forests ... typical scenery of the corner!
At the arrival, Walking or cycling through rice fields and Thai villages for an overview of their culture and daily life.
End of the day and installation at Hao, a Thai family. Welcome by your hosts then free time for your rest. In the evening, dinner with the family, tasting of "Ruou Can" - local wine made from fermented sticky rice.
Night in a house on stilts.


Day 4: Mai Chau - Ninh Binh (150 km ≈ 3 hours drive)

Steps through green rice fields dotted with pretty houses on stilts of local minorities. Meeting with Thais to work in rice fields. Afternoon, continuation of the road to Ninh Binh, - country of limestone formations, sugar loaves and rice paddies flooded by rivers and lakes throughout the year (having similar traits to Halong Bay , Ninh Binh was baptized "the terrestrial halong bay" by the travelers).
Check-in at the hotel upon arrival. The rest of the day is free for your rest.


Day 5: Ninh Binh, halong terrestrial bay


Day of boat excursions to discover the Halong Bay of Ninh Binh. Boat trip on Trang An and Kenh Ga:

  • Trang An, an aquatic area of ​​more than 30 lakes surrounded by numerous limestone peaks covered with lush vegetation. A stirring sailing through the massive underground caves dug by erosion.
  • Kenh Ga, a floating village of Catholics who live in autarky thanks to fish farming, they move in sampans or in cement boats. Possibility of crossing the rowers on foot. Everything is far from modern life, in the midst of timeless landscapes.

Late afternoon, relaxing by bike through villages and sugar loaves to enjoy the serene atmosphere of this rural area.

Overnight at the hotel.


Day 6: Ninh Binh - Halong Bay (200 km ≈ 4 hours drive)


Admiration of the picturesque islands and islets of various shapes (sailing, dog, cock, incense ...). Farniente on the upper deck of the junk, swimming and diving in the sublime waters of the bay.
Kayak or boat trip on the bay.
Lunch and dinner based on fish and seafood from the bay.
Free evening, relaxation and relaxation: card games, night fishing ...
Night on board.


Day 7: Halong Bay - Hanoi 


Departure (180 km ≈ 3.5 hours drive) Rise to the aurora to enjoy a moment of unique splendor: the first rays of sunlight emerging from the thousands of sugar loaves of the bay .
Visit the splendid caves of Halong Bay including Sung Sot, one of the most beautiful caves in the bay. Observation of stalagmites and stalactites dating back thousands of years. Continuation of the cruise to the less tourist corners of Halong Bay.
After lunch, disembark and then return on Hanoi. The rest of the evening is free for your relaxation and your last shopping in the city center.
In the evening transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Thank you for joining our Vietnam Tour 1 week - Splendor of Northern Vietnam.


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