Hanoi captures the range of cultural influences that shine throughout Northern Vietnam, Mai Chau shares tasteful vistas of the luscious countryside, and Bai Tu Long Bay offers an emerald waterscape that is off the beaten path. These are but a few of the enchanting destinations that you and your family will appreciate during your fun-filled excursion across the unspoiled expanse of Northern Vietnam. We have tailor-made this tour to cater to families of all ages, ensuring that every experience is...
Day 1 - 3
Hanoi – Where French Influence Stands the Test of Time
Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi oozes cultural highlights and offers endless educational experiences, which are set amidst a cityscape that is ablaze with spirit. The streets, which stretch outwards in all directions, cover its broad borders, and among them, you will immerse yourselves in its ever-present vivacity. From sunup to sundown, street-side vendors flicker with verve, and you will negotiate your way through their colorful exhibits and fragrant food stalls as you begin to acclimatize to your surroundings. In the evening, after you have experienced your first taste of exquisite traditional Vietnamese cuisine, you will retreat to your luxurious 5-star accommodation that overlooks the effervescent expanse of Hanoi.
You will be embraced by pleasant chaos the following morning in an authentic Vietnamese market where wafts of delightful delicacies and aromas of freshly squeezed juices will awaken your senses. With bellies full of sumptuous treats, you will escape the hustle to Hanoi’s quaint Old Quarter, which is a humble destination of French-colonial influence that offers a glimpse into ancient traditions that remain prevalent to this day. Ngoc Son Temple is flanked by the peaceful waters of Hoan Kiem Lake, and its 18th-century design still holds up as one of the most endearing sights within the Old Quarter. An elaborate wooden bridge provides access over the lake to this pagoda that houses time-honored artifacts of Vietnam’s past. The bright scarlet doors will welcome your family, and the history will unravel itself from the pagoda’s decorated walls and striking statues that will beckon you to take photos. Old Quarter’s charm will continue to radiate from the neo-Gothic walls of its Notre Dame-inspired, Roman Catholic Church. Outside of the church, you will witness its imposing twin bell towers, and inside, you will marvel at vivid stained-glass murals in addition to its meticulous altar. You will marvel at all of this while uncovering the dramatic French-Vietnamese heritage that leads to the construction of spiritual buildings such as this church.
You will be spoiled for choice the following morning with a collection of world-class French cafes in the heart of Hanoi, where award-winning chefs have a flair for the finer aspects of Vietnamese cuisine. You will then lose yourselves in the phenomenal fusion flavors as you watch your chef curate a delicious meal from the comfort of your charming table while connecting with one another about the magical moments that you have shared so far.
Day 4 - 5
Ninh Binh – Verdant Fields, Golden Paddies, and Emerald Mountains
Day 6 - 7
Mai Chau – Hilltop Meals with the Hmong People
Day 8 - 10
Sapa – Entrancing Treks across the Tonkinese Alps
Day 11 - 12
Bai Tu Long Bay – Explore a Waterscape of Grand Natural Design
Day 13 - 14
Hoi An – A Distinct Destination of Diverse Cultural Influence
- Indulge in a visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter to discover the city’s prominent French influence at pivotal landmarks such as Ngoc Son Temple and the Notre Dame-inspired Roman Catholic Church
- Delight in the phenomenal flavors of Vietnamese fusion cuisine at an award-winning restaurant in Hanoi
- Explore the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex UNESCO World Heritage Site and witness the ornate pagodas within archaic rock formations for which the site is famous
- Experience being welcomed into the home of a traditional Hmong family at the ethnic Xa Linh Village that is perched atop the verdant peaks of Mai Chau
- Encounter the simplistic beauty of Sapa as you venture to the renowned Silver Waterfalls and traverse the golden rice paddies of the region
- Embark on a cruise that showcases the unspoiled splendor of Bai Tu Long Bay and captures the surreal waterscape in all its majesty
- Immerse yourselves in the cultural diversity of Hoi An as you tour the ethereal Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation and Japanese Covered Bridge
Cultural diversity and old-world charm are showcased across the spirited cityscape of Hanoi, and your family will venture to the endearing landmarks that are set within its buzzing borders. Hanoi’s Old Quarter shines with highlights, and tradition will resonate from the ornate temples that are across the district. You will uncover the city’s French influence as you witness long-established architectural sites before devouring world-class Vietnamese fusion cuisine. Afterward, you will escape the bustle of the city to the sprawling countryside that surrounds Ninh Binh. You can climb the archaic steps of the Bich Dong Pagoda in Tam Coc, which is enveloped by natural beauty in the form of jagged limestone mountains and stretches of emerald greenery.
Your in-depth exploration of the natural terrain will continue atop the peaks of Mai Chau, where you will immerse yourselves in the Hmong culture customs. A friendly family will invite you into their humble home for a taste of truly authentic Vietnamese delicacies in addition to an elaborate and colorful performance. The Hmong culture and its elegant cuisine are prominent across the lengths of Northern Vietnam, and amidst the Tonkinese Alps of Sapa, you will delve further into it. You and your family will cherish moments within the unspoiled topography as you witness the pounding waterfalls that Sapa is most famous for before dining in the clouds at a celebrated and unique restaurant.
Sapa’s landlocked beauty will give way to the expanse of a wondrous waterscape that is Bai Tu Long Bay. On board a 5-star cruise liner, you and your family will be spoiled with luxury on the sea. The white-sand beaches and caves provide a thrilling adventure that will have you in sync with the nature around you. This tropical beauty is further exemplified at the coastal city of Hoi An, which is the final destination on your 14-day family tour of Northern Vietnam. Here, history will unravel itself amid the significant cultural landmarks that constitute the city’s distinguished influence. Your stay in Hoi An will conclude your family immersion in Vietnam in style, and you will return home with a wealth of insight into the country’s enthralling heritage.
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$2,515 per person (excluding international flights)
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