Countryside landscape with Mount Fansipan in of Lao Cai, Vietnam

11-Day Discovery in Northern Vietnam: Cities, Cruises, and Countryside

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Customizable Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary to inspire a personalized trip designed with your travel specialist

Countries Visited


Places Visited

Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Ha Long Bay, Sapa

Suggested Duration

11 Days

Discover the best of northern Vietnam on this 11-day trip, guiding you through the capital city, taking you across sparkling seas, and bringing you to rolling emerald hills. Featuring tours of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, trips to ethnic Hmong villages, and adventures to famous Ha Long Bay islands, this discovery shows off the best of the cities, cruises, and countryside.

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Trip Highlights

  • Cruise the waterways of Ninh Binh to the Tam Coc caves and paddle in and around the dramatic natural sea caves carving the towering cliffs
  • Taste authentic Vietnamese cuisine in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, discovering the timeless French influence on classic dishes and northern inspiration from ethnic tribes
  • Explore the hidden gems of Hanoi at your leisure, following insight from specialist guides to the lush lawns of Hoan Kiem Lake, the ornate spiritual pagodas, and beyond
  • Leave mainland Vietnam behind and set sail across Ha Long Bay’s garden of karst islands, exploring breathtaking natural rock formations like the Dark and Light Caves
  • Practice tai chi with a professional instructor on your luxurious cruise liner’s sundeck as the sunrise paints Ha Long Bay in purples, oranges, and blues
  • Visit the traditional Viet Hai fishing village and famous Cat Ba Island, exploring the floating homes and kayaking to the cinematic sea caves
  • Sunbathe, snorkel, kayak, or sip cocktails on the sun-kissed shores of Ba Trai Dao islet’s white-sand beaches
  • Wander the colorful lanes of Bac Ha Market in Sapa to see the ethnic textiles and taste authentic northern Vietnam cuisine tracing Hmong origins
  • Follow the trails weaving through the Muong Hoa Valley to Lao Chai, where you can admire panoramic views of the emerald Sapa hills and visit a Hmong village

Starting Price

$6,595 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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