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Travel Style: Classic Tours
Destinations: Hanoi, Sapa, Ta Van, Halong Bay, Hoa Lu Tam Coc
Duration: 8 Days & 7 nights

Day 1 : Hanoi - Food & Walking Tour (Dinner)

Picture of Hanoi - Food & Walking Tour

Itinerary Details Day 1: Hanoi

On arrival on your first day your private airport pick-up service will be ready with a sign with your name on it to take you to your hotel right in the middle of the old quarter in Hanoi. After check-in you’ll be given some time to relax and or explore the old quarter by yourself.

At 4 pm, before your tour starts our customer service will meet you at the hotel for a brief introduction and explanation about your Unique Highlights of Northern Vietnam trip. Please note that this tour might be a join in tour.

At 5 pm your private tour guide will meet you at your hotel to start your Food & Walking Tour through the most interesting streets of the 36 streets of the Old Quarter of Hanoi. He will give you a brief introduction about the route of the tour and about the places you will be visiting before we set off to explore Hanoi’s buzz ling Old Quarter at night.

Some of the typical local foods that you can be offered (the route and type of street food might differ based on your personal preferences or eating restrictions) are; pillow cakes, famous Vietnamese spring rolls, chicken noodle, bun cha, banh cuon, fruit salad, rice cake and local beer (bia hoi).


  • Spend most time on tasting Vietnamese cuisine around Hanoi
  • A nice relaxed experience walking around the Old Quarter while enjoying the company of your tour guide who will inform you about the history and local customs while soaking up the nightlife of Hanoi

Schedule details:

  • Duration: around 3-3.5 hours. Starting point: Your hotel in the center of the old quarter in Hanoi (pick up at your hotel by our tour guide)
  • Departure time: 5 pm (drop off location: at your hotel)

What’s included per person?

Food, snacks and drinks during tour.

Tour guide – Entrance fees (if applicable)

What’s not included per person?

Tip to Tour Guide - Any items not mentioned above and other personal expenses

Transportation: Private car/ driver for airport pick up.

Meals: Food, snacks and drinks during Food & Walking Tour

Accommodation: 2*star hotel in the old quarter of Hanoi

Guide: English speaking tour guide

Day 2 : Hanoi City Tour (private) + overnight train to Lao Cai (Breakfast & Lunch)

Picture of Hanoi City Tour (private) + overnight train to Lao Cai

Itinerary Details Day 2: Hanoi City Tour – Lao Cai

A detailed PDF itinerary of this tour can be sent to you upon request.

Please note that this tour is offered as a private tour.

After checkout (luggage can be left at the hotels safe storage) from the hotel the start of the city tour will be at 7.30. We start early because the first stop is the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and this place can be very busy. Your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel!

It needs to be said that some of the main sights in Hanoi are closed on Friday and Monday so the program described below might vary a little based on the exact day of your tour or on your specific interests and wishes.

Today we will discover the Hanoi. Some of the more remote sights will be done by car and by foot in case they are easily reached. Joining our Sightseeing City Tour will provide you a lot of insight information and provide experiences such as learning about history, culture and unique architecture of the most famous sites. Some of the places included in this tour can be:

- Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex- Tran Quoc Pagoda at the West Lake

- Army History Museum- Museum of Ethnology

- Temple of Literature- Hoa Lo Prison

- Hoan Kiem Lake & Ngoc Son Pagoda

Lunch will be served on the way at an authentic local Vietnamese Restaurant with a wonderful variety of unlimited food to cater for every taste. Please make your personal preferences noticed at your tour guide. The length of the tour will be around 6 hours and the tour guide will take you back to your hotel.

You will have some free time to have dinner in the old quarter before your guide will pick you up at the hotel to transport you to the train station for the overnight train to Lao Cai (Sapa).

You will be informed about your pick-up time on day 1 during the introduction
but normally this will be around 20.30pm.

Transportation: Private transportation and guidance during the sightseeing city tour and private guidance to train station

Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Guide: English speaking tour guide

Accommodation: Air-conditioned soft sleeper wooden cabin (4 berths in a cabin) on the overnight train

Day 3 : Sapa Trekking (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Picture of Sapa Trekking

Itinerary Details Day 3: Lao Cai – Sapa – Tavan

A detailed PDF itinerary of this tour can be sent to you upon request.

Please note that this tour is offered as a private tour.

From the train station (arrival time around 6 am) the driver (he will show a sign with your name(s)) will pick you up for about an hour drive (group transport) to Cat Cat View Hotel in Sapa (7th floor, 46 Fansipan street) where a morning shower will be offered followed by breakfast, together with an amazing scenery over Sapa town and the Muong Hoa valley. At around 9 a.m. your local private Hmong tour guide will meet you there where your trekking adventure will kick off.

On your request (own expense, around 2$) she can offer you to have your luggage (safely) transported to your overnight stay in Ta Van. We'll start our trekking with a visit at the market to buy food and fruit for lunch, on the way, before we’ll start this fantastic trek of the beaten track (no or other guides now our route) towards Ta Van, down in the Muong Hoa valley.

During the 15 km walk we’ll visit some villages of ethnic populations. Enjoy the spectacular views of the beautiful valley that leads towards Fansipan, the highest peak in Viet Nam and Indochina. The trek leads through the village of Black Hmong people, where you can learn how they weave and embroider their incredible clothes. Further along our descent we’ll enjoy the many colorful rice paddy fields until we reach Ta Van village, inhabited by the Dzay people.

We’ll have a filling lunch on the way at a local family and dinner with your host in the most beautiful traditional Hmong house in Ta Van and you’ll overnight intheir traditional Hmong house, by far the best accommodation and service in Ta Van!

Transportation: Group transportation from Lao Cai to Sapa

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Guide: English speaking tour guide

Accommodation: Traditional Hmong house


Day 4 : Sapa Trekking + luxury bus to Hanoi (Breakfast and lunch)

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Itinerary Details Day 4: Tavan – Giang Ta Chai – Sapa - Hanoi

After a traditional breakfast we leave Ta Van and continue our trek in the direction of Giang Ta Chai, inhabited by Red Dao people. We pass some stunning scenery and a lovely waterfall along our route. As their name suggests, red is used extensively in the Red Dao women’s clothing and scarves.

Our journey leads us along the small paths edging the rice fields, across the Muong Hoa River and lunch will be on the way at a fantastic spot. We’ll head back to Ta Van after our second amazing trekking in the early afternoon where you can enjoy a refreshing shower and some free time before heading back to Sapa.

Around 3 p.m. we say goodbye to you and you will go by private transport back to Sapa. From here your comfortable luxury AC bus will bring you back to Hanoi. Expected arrival time is 10pm.

The hotel staff will pick you up from the bus stop in Hanoi and transfer you to the hotel for check-in.

Transportation: Luxury air-conditioned bus.

Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Accommodation: 2*star hotel in the old quarter of Hanoi

Guide: N/A


Day 5 : Halong Bay (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Picture of Halong Bay

Itinerary Details Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay

A detailed PDF itinerary of this tour can be sent to you upon request.
Please note that this tour is offered as a join in tour.

Check out after breakfast. Your Halong Bay tour guide will pick you up in between 7.45 and 8.30am at your hotel for an amazing Halong Bay trip. The 4-hour drive takes you to Bai Chay harbor, our entry point to Halong Bay.

Explore this fascinating unique location and enjoy its breath-taking and peaceful sceneries while the cruise slowly slides on the romantic waves of Halong Bay. Overnight on a junk boat with included seafood meals. The program includes a cave visit (early on day 2), kayaking (or rowing boat) and an island exploration.

Thousands of islands rise dramatically from the waters of Halong Bay and, to further their beauty, intricate cave systems naturally exist throughout these limestone karst formations. Cruising around on our traditional wooden junk with a 3 star plus service will take you to visit some of the islands and caves. You can enjoy a swim (depending on the season), kayaking and have an evening drink on the deck beneath the stars. Our accommodation tonight is a truly special experience – sleeping on a boat surrounded by high limestone karsts. All cabins are double or twin with air conditioning and en suite bathroom.

Transportation: AC (mini) van

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Guide: English speaking tour guide

Accommodation: Mid-range cruise, private cabin (twin or double).


Day 6 : Halong Bay (Breakfast and lunch)

Picture of Halong Bay

Itinerary Details Day 6: Halong Bay - Hanoi

On the second day, after breakfast, we visit the most spectacular cave, Sun Sot, in Halong Bay and after that we cruise for a couple of hours more through magnificent Halong Bay before we end with lunch on board just before we get back to the harbor. After disembarkation we head back to Hanoi where we will arrive around 5pm. Your tour guide will drop you off at your hotel for check-in.

The evening is at your own interpretation.

Transportation: AC (mini) van

Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Guide: English speaking tour guide

Accommodation:  2*star hotel in the old quarter of Hanoi

Day 7 : Hoa Lu Tam Coc (Breakfast and lunch)

Picture of Hoa Lu Tam Coc

Itinerary Details Day 7: Hanoi – Hoa Lu Tam Coc - Hanoi

A detailed PDF itinerary of this tour can be sent to you upon request.

Please note that this tour is offered as a join in tour.

This day tour will take you to Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam in the 10th century. We’ll explore the countryside and learn about the history of two royal dynasties while visiting two temples. We continue our way to the Tam Coc river where a traditional Vietnamese style buffet lunch will be served for you.

After lunch you will take a ride on a bamboo boat (sampan) along the Ngo Dong river which gently winds it’s way through breathtaking karst hill scenery. With the boats we pass through three caves (Hang Ca, Hang Hai and Hang Ba).

After enjoying our boat ride we take a scenic bike ride for about an hour through the beautiful area surrounding Tam Coc. There will be plenty of time for you to relax, breath in the fresh air and be charmed by the warmth of the locals. You’ll be sure to leave with a day of unforgettable memories. This tour is friendly and safe for families with children and we guarantee 100% satisfaction!

Your tour guide for today will pick you up at your hotel in between 7.45–8.30am.

The further evening is at your own interpretation.

Transportation: AC (mini) van

Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Guide: English speaking tour guide

Accommodation: 2*+ star hotel in the old quarter of Hanoi

Day 8 : Airport drop-off service (Breakfast)

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Itinerary Details Day 8: Hanoi – Noi Bai Airport if applicable

After checkout your luggage can be stored in a safe storage place at the hotel!

Today the tour unfortunately ends but we are sure that this tour made an indelible memory that you will cherish for the rest of your life!

Depending on your further travelling today can be as follows;

  • If you have a connecting flight today either back home or to another destination your private transportation will pick you up at a later given time at your hotel and take you to Noi Bai International airport.
  • If you travel onwards by yourself the tour ends according to the hotel check out time.

Remember, our customer service will be at your disposal for advice and or information at all times.

Transportation: AC private transportation to the airport if applicable

Meals: Breakfast

Guide: N/A

Accommodation: N/A

Price information

The given price per person for this tour is based on 2 pax and 2* hotel accomodation
For an upgrade to 3* hotel accomodation the price will be 639$
For an upgrade to 4* hotel accomodation the price will be 699$

Tour Program Summary

  • Day 1 – Arrival in Hanoi & Food and Walking Tour
  • Day 2 – Private Hanoi city tour & overnight train to Lao Cai (Sapa)
  • Day 3 – Private Sapa trekking tour
  • Day 4 – Private Sapa trekking tour & luxury bus to Hanoi
  • Day 5 – Join in Halong Bay cruise (mid-range)
  • Day 6 – Join in Halong Bay cruise
  • Day 7 – Join in Hoa Lu Tam Coc tour
  • Day 8 – Transportation to airport if applicable – tour ends

What’s included in the tour?

  • Private transportation (pick-up) from the airport to your hotel and back if applicable.
  • All tours as mentioned in the overview
  • 2*+ hotel on the 1st, 4th, 6st and 7th night
  • Transfer service to the train station in Hanoi
  • Soft sleeper berth on the overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai
  • Pick up service from Lao Cai train station and transfer to Sapa
  • Meals as indicated in the day programs or specific itineraries
  • Private transportation from Ta Van to Sapa
  • Luxury day bus from Sapa to Hanoi
  • Entrance fees (as indicated in the day programs or specific itineraries,
    Taxes and Service Charges
  • English speaking local Hmong guide on day 3 and 4

What’s excluded?

  • Beverages, Tips and Personal Expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • All not indicated in our itinerary

What do I need to bring?

  • Booking Invoice confirmation from us
  • Cash for personal expense (Vietnamese Dong or USD)

Dietary or special food request

 In order to take care of your special food requests we would like you to inform us by email in advance.

Get Up And Go Vietnam is doing all possible to make your journey and travel experience an unforgettable one. Weather conditions, we unfortunately cannot control. Our apologies for that!

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