Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Best 14-Day Northern Vietnam Tour

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Places Visited

Hanoi, Duong Lam, Bai Tu Long Bay, Ninh Binh...

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Suggested Duration

14 Days

The Vietnamese landscape is picturesque and is no better showcased than in Northern Vietnam. Amid the surreal settings are the country’s most significant highlights. On this tailor-made tour of Northern Vietnam, you will explore the best experiences within the region. From ornate spiritual sites to the immaculate images across Bai Tu Long Bay and to the emerald rice paddies of Sapa, we have handpicked a wealth of extraordinary adventures. You will learn about ancient traditions, visit pivotal...

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Trip Highlights

  • Encounter age-old Vietnamese architecture that was inspired by the French at the traditionally-inclined Old Quarter of Hanoi
  • Transfer to Duong Lam Ancient Village to discover the authenticity of the locals’ lifestyles with a traditional tea ceremony
  • Luxuriate with two nights on board a regal cruise liner as you traverse Bai Tu Long Bay and reveal the idyllic scenic beauty of the surrounding karst islands and emerald forests
  • Indulge in visits to the Bai Dinh Pagoda in Ninh Binh for remarkable vistas of the countryside and to learn more about the country’s spiritual traditions
  • Uncover Tam Coc and Hoa Lu for fascinating wildlife encounters and insight into the ancient lifestyle
  • Embark for Sapa on board a luxury train and discover the secluded simplicity of the surrounding rural paradise
  • Marvel with visits to essential museums and an ethnic hill tribe in Sapa to immerse yourselves in North Vietnam’s captivating culture
  • Learn what makes Vietnamese cuisine special at a prestigious culinary school and prepare beloved dishes

Detailed Description

The Northern Vietnamese landscape boasts imposing karst mountains and cascading, rice paddies. It is an idyllic region that is home to an array of unique cultural experiences. Your tour to the best destinations in Northern Vietnam will begin in Hanoi, which is a city that is bursting with energy. From the luxury of your secluded balcony in an elegant 5-star hotel, you will delight in the sweeping vistas of Northern Vietnam. Dive feet first into the captivating culture with trips to an authentic local market and the bustling streets of Old Quarter, and further reveal the time-tested traditions at the ancient village of Duong Lam. You can traverse the peaceful streets and capture striking images of your charming surroundings, and afterward, you will venture to the pier that juts out into Bai Tu Long Bay, where you will board a majestic cruise liner for a completely lavish journey along the sparkling waters of the bay. Fully catered with delectable gourmet cuisine and an exemplary private suite for surreal island vistas, you will watch the world go by in true style. Dip your heads in the warm waters and glide with a calm breeze against your back in a private kayak. This remarkable expedition will share unrivaled views of the rugged landscape, and furthermore, you will brave ancient caves and connect with local hill tribes.

After your opulent adventure across Bai Tu Long Bay, you will transfer to the unspoiled city of Ninh Binh. Surrounded by imposing mountains and sprawling jungles, this less-frequented destination is a sight to behold. You will check into a chic resort that will be set among the natural backdrop before immersing yourselves in the culture and environment during your stay in the enchanting Ninh Binh province. You will transfer to the Bai Dinh Pagoda for an enriching tour of the sacred complex, and afterward, you will encounter remarkable mountainside vistas and ancient sites at Tam Coc and Hoa Lu. Your stay will reveal the age-old charm and natural wonder of these rarely tourist-visited highlights. The cascading, rice paddies, and limestone cliffs will share unforgettable images of the wildlife in all its natural glory.

The final highlight on your handpicked Northern tour through Vietnam is Sapa. Teeming with untamed settings and riveting hiking trails, you will feel worlds away during your stay. To arrive here, you will have to indulge in an overnight train ride. Your journey will highlight the secluded splendor of this rural region. Local traditions are incredibly represented in all facets beyond the tourist hotspots in Sapa. You will travel off the beaten track as you traverse scenic trails and encounter local hill tribes as you are accompanied by a knowledgeable tour guide. Visit powerful waterfalls and witness the vast bamboo plantations that are set amid the lush green jungle, and capture unforgettable images among the natural scenes. You will travel back to Hanoi for one last evening, dining on exceptionally crafted Vietnamese cuisine. You will conclude your highlights tour with a professional culinary class where you will discover what makes this food unique. Then, you will transfer to the airport and bid your farewells as you will be entirely certain that you have explored the best of Northern Vietnam.

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Starting Price

$2,515 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

The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.

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