Best of the North

Best of the North - 09 Days

You will discover

  • Sapa  
    Ha Noi  
    Ha Long  
    Ninh Binh 
  • LAOS

Tour Briefing

  • Day 01
    Hanoi arrival – walking tour (D)
  • Day 02
    Hanoi – City Tour – Train to Sapa (B/L/)
  • Day 03
    Sapa – Cat Cat – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van (B/L/-)
  • Day 04
    Sapa Discovery – Night train to Hanoi (B/-/-)
  • Day 05
    Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Van Long Discovery (B/L/-)
  • Day 06
    Van Long – Thien Ha – Thung Nham – Ninh Binh (B/L/-)
  • Day 07
    Ninh Binh – Halong (B/L/D)
  • Day 08
    Halong – Hanoi (B/L-)
  • Day 09
    Hanoi – Departure (B)

You will be interested in:

  • Explore Hanoi and its famous sites, especially the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum complex, Temple of Literature and the Ethnic Museum.
  • Trek the gorgeous valleys and magnificent rices terraces, visit the ethnic villages and discover the local life and culture in Sapa
  • A boat trip in the tranquil Van Long reservoir and an amazing boat trip inside the Thien Ha cave.
  • Bike along the beautiful rural landscapes in Van Long.
  • A beautiful cruise trip on Bai Tu Long Bay.


Detail Program

Hanoi arrival – walking tour (D)

Day 01 : Hanoi arrival – walking tour (D)

Be welcomed at the airport by our Authentik Travel's tour guide and transfer to your hotel in the city center.

Check in at your hotel (after 12:00pm) or leave your luggage at the hotel and enjoy a walk in the old quarter. The city was built in the 10th century by the villagers near the Red River Delta. You can see the special architecture in the houses with their narrow width and deep length. You will be able to discover some popular streets such as Ma May, Hang Ma, Hang Dong, Hang Bac and Hang Gai and for tourist sites stop at Dong Xuan market, the biggest market in the northern Vietnam, Bach Ma temple (White horse temple) and the traditional ancient house at 87 Ma May Street. Head back to your hotel.

Enjoy our welcome dinner at a finest local restaurant and overnight in Hanoi.

Hanoi – City Tour – Train to Sapa (B/L/)

Day 02 : Hanoi – City Tour – Train to Sapa (B/L/)

Today, we discover the wonders of the capital of Vietnam, filled with timeless charm. Start by visiting Van Mieu (Temple of Literature), the first University of Vietnam built from the 11th century by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong. Continue to visit Chua Ha (Ha Pagoda), known as a sacred place to pray for luck in love, especially for your future spouse.

After that, transfer to the Ethnology Museum (closed every Monday) which offers a deep insight into Vietnamese culture through traditional costumes, tools, musical instruments and traditional houses of many minority ethnic groups. Enjoy a special water puppet show in the museum garden.
Lunch is served in a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, discover the Ho Chi Minh complex including the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh's House on stilts and the fish pond

For those who are interested in visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, it is only open in the morning and closed every Monday and Friday. Sometimes it is necessary to queue for a couple of hours to go inside the mausoleum.
Transfer to the old quarter to visit Hoan Kiem lake (Restored Sword Lake) and Ngoc Son temple in the middle of the lake. In the late afternoon, take a night train to Sapa.
Overnight on Train (Share 4 Berth AC cabin).

Sapa – Cat Cat – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van (B/L/-)

Day 03 : Sapa – Cat Cat – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van (B/L/-)

Arrive in Lao Cai in the early morning, our local guide will pick you up at the railway station and transfer to Sapa town. 

Enjoy breakfast at local restaurant and start a full day of trekking from Cat Cat Village of the Black Hmong. Visit its beautiful waterfall then follow the path to Y Linh Ho village.
Arrive at Y Linh Ho bridge. Stop to relax a little bit then resume trekking along the buffalo path through the hills. You will have chance to enjoy the splendid view over the rice terrace valley considered one of the most fantastic of the world.
Lunch will be served on the way.
After lunch take a short break before trekking to the Lao Chai village of the black Hmong and Ta Van village of the Zay people.
At 16.00 meet our driver and transfer to Sapa
Overnight in Sapa.

Sapa Discovery – Night train to Hanoi (B/-/-)

Day 04 : Sapa Discovery – Night train to Hanoi (B/-/-)

After breakfast at your hotel, our guide will meet you for a visit to Silver Water fall. This is one of the highest and most beautiful falls in Sapa.

Transfer further 3 km to reach Tram Ton Pass – 2000m from the sea level. You will feel the drop of temperature but the views are so gorgeous.
It time for you to relax and take photos before driving back to Sapa town for your own lunch, relax then checkout the hotel before exploring the Dragon Jaw Mountain. Walking up to the mountain is the way to enjoy the beauty of the landscapes and alot of flowers on the way.

From the top of the Dragon Jaw Mountain, you will able to view all charming Sapa town and the Peak of Fansipan from distance.
Dinner is on your own then transfer to Lao Cai railway station for night train to Hanoi.
Overnight on train ( Share 4 berth AC cabin).

Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Van Long Discovery (B/L/-)

Day 05 : Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Van Long Discovery (B/L/-)

At 8.00am, meet our tour guide and driver for a transfer from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, driving through the picturesque countryside of the Red River Delta, painted by rice and vegetable fields.

After a 1.5 hour drive, you will arrive in Van Long (100km from Hanoi) where you will meet a typical rural family. Be welcomed to their home with a cup of tea and learn about their idyllic local lifestyles through intimate conversation.
Take a 15km bike ride ( or by car) and walk through the villages. A journey along the dyke will offer you gorgeous landscapes of rice fields, a river and limestone mountains. There are several stops for you to take beautiful photos or encounter the locals then walk to discover Thung La temple, dating back to the 11th century. Meet Mr Tuong, the temple guardian, and enjoy an authentic conversation as well as a 20 minute drum show. 

Later, take a sampan boat trip along the stream and among the limestone mountains to discover the beauty of Van Long Nature reserve. If lucky, you might get to see white monkeys and egrets on the cliffs.
After the boat trip, visit an embroidery village and take part in an embroidery course under the instruction of local craftswoman, Mrs Lam. She will proudly explain the techniques of her traditional craft. This will be a good opportunity for you to practice on fabric like a real craftsman.
Overnight at Hotel in Ninh Binh.

Van Long – Thien Ha – Thung Nham – Ninh Binh (B/L/-)

Day 06 : Van Long – Thien Ha – Thung Nham – Ninh Binh (B/L/-)

Enjoy breakfast at hotel and enjoy a trip toThung Nham, Ninh Binh through the luxuriant vegetation of the Red River Delta.

Arrive at Thien Ha Pier and embark a small, bamboo sampan boat to start a fantastic two hour boat trip with a local rower. The trip will lead you into the mystical limestone mountains as the picturesque rural countryside unfolds in front of your eyes: Buffaloes, ducks, and simple houses under the foot of the mountain all make this an idyllic rural picture.

Walk up to the Thien Ha cave (Celestial river Cave). This is a large cave that was only discovered in 2007. It is about 12,000 square meters in total and contains a lot of magnificent stalagmites and stalactites with different mystical shapes. Walk for the first 200m then take another boat trip inside the cave to discover its paradisaical beauty.
After visiting Thien Ha, travel to Thung Nham. Take a bike to ride through the rural villages, limestone mountains and impressive rice paddies to Tam Coc.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, transfer to Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam for 41 years under the Dinh and Le dynasty (968AD – 1009AD) and visit two temples that are dedicated to the Dinh and Le Kings.
Overnight in Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh – Halong (B/L/D)

Day 07 : Ninh Binh – Halong (B/L/D)

08:00 - Meet our driver for a transfer to Halong. Extensive rice fields as far as your eyes can see will follow you along the way.
12:00 - Embarkation at Hon Gai port, relax with a welcome drink.
13:00 – Enjoy a seafood lunch on the boat while cruising in to the bay through the enchanting landscapes of Bai Tu Long Bay ( Small Dragon Bay).
15:30 - Take part in activities according to the boat such as: visit Thien Canh Son cave, go kayaking, take a bamboo sampan ride to the Vang Vieng fishing village or simply just relax on the boat.
18:00 - Return to the boat, shower and take a rest.
19:00 - Enjoy a delicious dinner on the boat.
Stay overnight in a private cabin (with air conditioner and shower)

Halong – Hanoi (B/L-)

Day 08 : Halong – Hanoi (B/L-)

You are advised to get up early to enjoy the fresh air and sunrise in the beautiful scenery of Bai Tu Long.
Breakfast on the boat.
08:30 - Enjoy activities. Either visit the cave or embark a small bamboo sampan to visit Vung Vieng Fishing village, one of the spectacular floating villages in Halong. Encounter the locals and fishermen’s farm as well as a floating school (depends on the boat’s activity schedule)
09:30 - Return to the boat and check out of the cabin.
10:00 - Cruise back to Hon Gai port. On the way back, we will enjoy lunch on the boat. Last look at the legendary bay where dragons once descended.
11:45 - Arrive at the pier and transfer back to Hanoi
On arrival, Check in hotel and relax.
Note: Cruise’s activities order will be depend on each cruises and tide. It is adjustable.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Hanoi – Departure (B)

Day 09 : Hanoi – Departure (B)

Enjoy your breakfast at hotel and free till transfer to airport for your flight home.

Tour ends.

Private tour price

The prices are quoted on USD and based on per pax (Twin/double sharing - 3 star accommodation)
Valid to 31 December 2020

Group size1 pax2 pax3 - 4 pax5 - 7 pax>8 pax
Grand total price/pax1400860710610Contact us
Single Supplement 155
Service Included
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Private car transfer
  • English speaking tour guide
  • All entrance fees
  • Cruise trip and boat trip
  • Student bikes
  • Train 2 ways
  • Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Water on tour
  • Vietnam visa approval letter
  • Service charges and Tax
Service Not Included
  • International flight from/to your country
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping and Gratuities
  • Other not mentioned in the program
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