Northern Vietnam Holiday & Mai Chau Tour

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Trip code: VNNHMC8d
Trip price from: $ 469
Duration:  8 days 7 nights
Departure: Ha Noi

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Day 1: Arrival in Ha Noi

The driver will pick you up at the airport and transfer to the hotel

Overnight stay in Hanoi

Day 2: Ha Noi City Tour (B/L)

08:00: Vietnam Travel guide will meet you at your hotel & you will depart to visit:

Ho Chi Minh Complex: Completed in 1975 the complex contains Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, his former stilt house residence, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh museum.

Next stop is a visit to the Temple of Literature: Originally built as a temple to Confucius, this is the site of Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070. Inside are the stone steles used for ceremonies and mounted on the backs of turtles and inscribed with the names of the university’s graduates. The complex is divided into five courtyards which originally would have been reserved for the Emperor and his mandarins. One of the courtyards contains the statue of Confucius guarded by two beautiful bronze storks standing on turtles. The temple highlights the importance Vietnamese society has placed on education.

12:00: A delicious set menu lunch will be provided for you in a local restaurant.

13:00: Your tour recommences with a visit to the Museum of Ethnology which is widely acknowledged as the best in Vietnam and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 Ethnic minority peoples.

Then it is on to the Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake: The Ngoc Son temple is set on a tiny island on the Hoan Kiem Lake and was erected in 18th century. The temple is reached by crossing the Huc Bridge which literally means “Place Touched by Morning Sunbeams”. Hoan Kiem Lake is a focal point of the city and the source of many legends including the legend of the returned sword which dates back to the 15th century and refers to a magical sword used to free Vietnam from Chinese rule.

The Old Quarter, also known as the 36 streets, is a bustling area of narrow streets home to literally thousands of small businesses and street vendors, selling a wide variety of goods. Originally each of the 36 streets names’ were related to the products being sold there. Hence you can walk from Fish Street to Tin Street to Bamboo Street and you will enjoy exploring the area while riding in a traditional cyclo.

17:30: Arrive at your hotel.

Overnight stay in Hanoi

Day 3: Ha Noi – Mai Chau (B/L/D)

07:30 – 08:00: Driver will meet you at your hotel in Hanoi and you will depart on your road journey to Mai Chau in an air conditioned vehicle with your English speaking guide.

10:00: Time to stop for a short break at Hoa Binh to stretch your legs or to buy a drink.

11:30 -12:00: There will be a brief stop for people to enjoy the scenery and take photos before continuing to descend down into the picturesque valley into Mai Chau.

12:15: Once you arrive in Mai Chau a traditional lunch will be served in the village.

13:00-15:00: Take a bicycle ride with local tour guide and to experience the way of life in the area first hand and up close while cycling peacefully through the surrounding villages.

15:00-18:00: Free time to continue exploring the area on bicycles or take a walk through the streets and shop for those special gifts to take home with you.

18:00: Visit Thai living museum for Traditional BBQ dinner cooked by local people.

19:30: Enjoy overnight in Bungalow accommodation.

Day 4: Mai Chau – Ha Noi (B/L)

07:30 – 08:00: Rise early for breakfast and take a moment to enjoy the unique scenery of the surrounding area.

08:30 – 11:30: Depart on a hike with your guide to discover the magnificent views and photo opportunities that can be found from mouth of the 1,000 Step Cave. After a casual decent back down the steps, you will visit a local market before being taken to a local restaurant for lunch.

12:15 – 15:00: Lunch and free time to relax before starting on your return journey to Hanoi

18:30 – 19:00: Arrive at your hotel in Hanoi.

Overnight stay in Hanoi

Day 5: Ha Noi – Ha Long Bay (B/L/D)

05:00: Arrive at Hanoi train station and transfer to the hotel where you can have a shower and enjoy breakfast.

07:45-08:30: Your transport will pick you up at your hotel and you will depart for Ha Long Bay. You will stop for a short break at the Humanity center situated approximately half way to the bay and enjoy local specialties.

12:00: Arrive in Ha Long Bay and transfer by tender to your luxury Junk where the captain will welcome you on board the boat. A delicious lunch will be served for you as the boat passes through many of the thousands of islands and islets within Ha Long Bay.

15:30: You will have the opportunity to explore what is commonly thought to be the biggest and most amazing cave in Ha Long Bay, the Surprise Cave.

17:00: Kayaking for an hour around the fishing village and observe the daily life of the local community there.

19:30: Enjoy a dinner of local or Western food and spend a romantic night on board the Junk.

Day 6: Ha Long Bay – Nam Cat – Bungalow (B/L/D)

07:30-08:00: Enjoy your breakfast while complimentary tea and coffee is served and tranfer the boat will stop  to MonkeyIsland to observe the monkeys and weather permitting; you will have the opportunity to go swimming.

12:00: Arrive to NamCat  Island for Lunches and check into your hotel and enjoy some free time before dinner

19:00: Dinner will be provided in the hotel and after you will have more free time to explore Cat Ba town in the evening.

Overnight stay in Bungalow in Cat Ba Island.

Day 7: Nam Cat Island – Ha Noi (B/L)

07:30: Your new day will starts with joining the Tai chi class or simply enjoying the scenery. Breakfast is at the hotel before you board the shuttle bus to Cai Beo harbor where you will meet the day boat and cruise back to the Junk.

On the way ,we will fass Ba Hang Fishing Village to experience the lifestyle of local people. After returning to the boat, it will be time to join the cooking class in the on board restaurant and enjoy what you have cooked for lunch.

12:00: Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi.

16:00: Arrive in Hanoi

Day 8: Ha Noi – Departure

Enjoy some free time and some last minute shopping before checking out of your hotel ready for departure.

Children policy:

  1. 1 child under 3 accompanied by two full paying adults stays free of charge OR 1 child 3-6 years old accompanied by two adults pays 50% of the deal price directly to the tour group upon booking.
  2. Additional children aged 0 to 6 years old welcome but are required to pay 75% of deal price. (eg. Family with 1 child of 2 & 1 child of 5, need to pay 75% of deal price for the 5 year old)
  3. Children 7 and above pay normal deal price.


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Children policy:

  • Children under 4: free of charge, sharing bed and room with two full paying adults.
  • Children from 4 to 9 years old – 50% of the tour price, sharing bed and room with two full paying adults. Limited to one child per two adults.
  • Children 10 and above: Full price.

Trip includes:

  • 2 way airport transfers
  • Tours and transport as per tour program.
  • English speaking tour guides.
  • Meals as marked on itinerary
  • Twin share accommodation, entrance fees & security permits.
  • Meal codes are: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.


1)  Twin share hotel accommodation in Ha Noi for the night prior to your tour & the night following your Ha Long Bay cruise are included.

2)  All persons traveling alone will be required to purchase the single supplement as all accommodation included in the tour is twin share.

3)  Accommodation and upgrades to private tours are available at additional cost on request.

4)  Single Supplement $ USD155.00

Trip excludes:

Flights, Drinks, meals not clearly included in itinerary, transport to the Thang Long Theatre, Tips, Phone calls, Travel insurance and all other private expenses.

Additional information

  • All prices are per person in US $ based on double occupancy.
  • Surcharges and / or compulsory gala dinners are applicable between December 23rd and January 2nd and also during the Lunar New Year period.
  • Prices subject to change without notice.


  • Should you have any special dietary requirements (vegetarian vegan or food allergy) please advise us in advance.
  • Meals provided are included in the itinerary.
  • Breakfast will be served in your hotel and will include Vietnamese and Western dishes.
  • Lunches are arranged at Vietnamese restaurants in scenic areas. Your tour guides are happy to assist with your selection.

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