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A GLIMPSE OF NORTH VIETNAM - Vietnam Heritage Travel
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Hanoi – Mai Chau – Ninh Binh – Halong bay

7 Days - 6 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

30 people


English, Espanol, Francais, German, Italiano


Trip description: One-week holiday is well handcrafted by our travel designer to help you getting a taste of North Vietnam and immerse in its diverse landscapes, intriguing history and rich culture. A trip is the ambiance of culture & history, scenic nature, leisure adventure and off the beaten track to truly connect with the local…

Starting city: Hanoi (Vietnam)
Departure city: Hanoi (Vietnam)


  • Explore Vietnam’s charming capital with its French colonial architecture & local authenticity
  • Enjoy the tranquil stunning scenery & ethical minorities’ life from the mountainous area in Mai Chau
  • Immerse in the majestic natural wonders of Ninh Binh, often referred to as “Ha Long Bay on Land”
  • Chill on overnight cruise in UNESCO-lised site: Halong bay/ Lan Ha bay


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Day 1: Hanoi arrival
Day 1: Hanoi arrival

Xin chao Vietnam!
Welcomed at Noi Bai international airport by your local tour guide & driver, followed by a trip briefing of your journey while driving to your hotel in town.

After checking in your room at hotel and refresh yourself before enjoy a leisure stroll tour around Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake area, French Quarter to feel the first taste of the city. Make your stop at Ngoc Son temple (Jade Mountain Temple), a spiritual site located on a islet in Hoàn Kiếm Lake to learn more about the country’s marvelous history & traditions. At the end of the walk, stop at a cozy shop for a sip of local café/ fresh beer and chit chat while overlooking the bustling streets.
Meals Included: None
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Vietnam Visa & Fast track on request with supplement
Room at your disposal at 14:00

Day 2: Hanoi city tour
Day 2: Hanoi city tour

Today you will explore Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes, and ancient oriental pagodas, Hanoi is an eclectic mix that offers something for everyone.

Full day exploring the ancient capital will take you to Hanoi’s key sites.
In the morning, you start a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Complex (the exterior of Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and stilt house), the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Presidential Palace; the Temple of Literature.
In the afternoon, depart to the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda & West Lake, then travel back to French quarter for Hoa Lo Prison Museum – also known as “Hanoi Hilton” and “Maison Centrale”, a key historical site during French colony and Vietnam war.
Ending the tour with the Water Puppet Show about daily Vietnamese in the countryside that used to be performed in Lakes or Ponds in the traditional villages.
Back to your hotel for your day balance.
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Duration: 7 – 8 hours (suggested 8:30 – 17:00)
Optional – Backstreet adventure tour by jeep car/ Minsk motorbike (evening session - with supplement)
Why not join us for an exotic experience to less-known places of Hanoi and taste the capital’s must-try street food? 4-hour tour will become your once-in-lifetime experience.
Please contract us for further details!

Day 3: Hanoi – Mai Chau

After your delicious breakfast at the hotel, meet your local guide at your hotel before setting off on your drive to Mai Chau – a yawning valley, cradling picturesque rice paddies and boarded by looming karst rock formations. Enjoy picturesque views of the scenic landscape, sown with pagodas and rural villages. Stop along the way at Thung Khe Pass for a spectacular view of Mai Chau Valley.
You will have locally-made lunch served at a traditional stilt house in Mai Chau and enjoy your relaxing moment before spend the afternoon hiking through terraced rice paddies and small villages, discovering the natural beauty of the valley and encountering the culture of the White Thai people, living in the region. Check in your room and free evening.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Homestay/ hotel in Mai Chau.

Day 4: Mai Chau – Ninh Binh

This morning, you might choose to relax at your room or head out for a guided tour of hiking or biking along more tribe villages until check out.
Then, journeying to Ninh Binh, in which Vietnam's first capital (Hoa Lu) is historically recorded.
On arrival, check in your hotel and leisure to unwind in the tranquil rural life.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Ninh Binh.
Distance & duration: 150km – 3.5 – 4 hours by car

Day 5: Ninh Binh

Start your morning by a leisure biking to surrounding villages of Tam Coc, passing slowly through rice fields amidst the spectacular scenery of rocky peaks, meandering canals and lush vegetation. Make a stop at ancient pagoda along the way.
Then, journey to Hoa Lu, Vietnam's first capital under the Dinh Dynasty between 968 and 1009 AD. Some of the sanctuaries and tombs have survived the years and can still be seen today.
After lunch, enjoy a leisure cruise to visit Trang An, a nature reserve similar to Tam Coc however less visited. Limestone hills surround a peaceful river which passes through a series of caves (one which takes 15-minutes to pass through in darkness). It is an “eco-tourism” area, the only interruptions here are the sound of birds and the gentle paddle of the oar upon the crystal clear river. Back to your hotel in the afternoon for leisure time.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Ninh Binh.
Parameter: 6 – 7 hours

Day 6: Ninh Binh - Halong – Cruise

After breakfast, stay goodbye to the ancient capital to depart by car to Halong - the UNESCO World Heritage Site. On arrive at the jetty in Halong City around noon, embark on your cruise and get a warmly welcome onboard.
In the afternoon, the cruise itinerary includes more activities such as kayaking or cave visits on the vast sea. Towards the end of the day the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations. Optionally participate in cooking demonstration onboard to challenge your skills in preparing a very famous Vietnamese dish (depending on each boat’s itinerary). Later on, you freely chill on the sundeck and treat yourself (on your account) with a freezing cocktail while the sun goes down under the bay horizon. Majestic sunset on board if weather permits.
You will be served lunch and dinner on board.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: on cruise
Distance & duration: 217 km – 3.5 hours by car

Day 7: Halong bay Cruise - Hanoi – Departure
Day 7: Halong bay Cruise - Hanoi – Departure

The sun rises over the bay in the morning and a light breakfast is served on board, followed by brunch time while cruising slowly back to the shore.
This is the time you can take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of the bay as you navigate back to Halong City.
Disembark at noon and meet your driver at the dock and drive to Noi Bai Airport to catch your departure flight back home or to next travel destination. You will reach Noi Bai airport around 14:30.
Bon voyage!
Meals included: Brunch
Accommodation: N/A
Suggested departure flight by 16:00 (for domestic flight) or by 17:00 (for international flight)
Thank you for choosing Vietnam Heritage Travel. We trust you have had a great holiday in Vietnam. Hope to see you again!


  • Accommodations (Twin/ Double/ Triple room) with daily breakfast.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Service of a private local English speaking guides as mentioned
  • Ha Long/ Lan Ha bay sharing cruise (2 days/1night packages).
  • Entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions mentioned
  • International flights into Vietnam and out
  • Visa fees
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Early check-in and late check-out at the hotel.
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
  • Tips for tour guides and drivers.
  • Travel insurance.


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