Essential North And Central Vietnam 8 Days

8 Days Hanoi - Halong Bay - Dong Hoi - Phong Nha - Hue - Hoi An

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This tour gives you a golden opportunity to visit the must-see places in Vietnam. Specifically, you will take the cylcing trip on a road that is off the beaten track in Hoi An. Along the road, the fantastic mountain views, the rolling green hills and the crystal-clear streams running in magnificent hillsides will all be visible to your naked eye.


  • A diverse array of city attractions and the hidden alleys in Hanoi Old Quarter
  • An overnight cruise in Halong Bay along with the chance to explore one of its amazing caves
  • Heritage city of Hoi an ancient town and Hue ancient capital
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Tour itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival MEAL: N/A

Meet your tour guide on arrival at Noi Bai International Airport and transfer to hotel in the city center and check-in. (Hotel rooms may not be ready until 14:00 but an early check-in would be guaranteed with a surcharge.). Rest of the day is at leisure.

Optional: We introduce two one-of-a-kind traditional performances which are found nowhere else than in Vietnam. You can choose one of below options:

- Water Puppet Show where puppets are performed on water stage with folk music, presenting ancient tales, folklores and daily life in Vietnamese countryside.

- Tu Phu (Four Palaces) Show - a very unique show about ritual of spirit practiced in the Vietnamese indigenous religion with music, colors and lively dance performance. The Four Palaces Shows take place on Thursday and Saturday every week.

If you're interested in the shows, please contact our travel consultants to book.

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi Half Day City Tour MEAL: B

Morning Tour 8.30 – 12.30

08:30am: Tour guide will come to your hotel in Hanoi City Center to pick you up. Start the tour by visiting Ho Chi Minh complex including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his house-on-stilts and the One-Pillar pagoda.

Continue on to the Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam and the place dedicating to Confucian.

11:00am: A Green Car (or cyclo ride) tour around the Old Quarter to experience the exciting local daily life of Hanoians. Stopover to visit the Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son temple.

After that, a cup of coffee or tea will be served at an authentic Hanoi corner cafe where you can have talks with local people, exchange cultural way of life.

12:30pm: Tour ends at your hotel in Hanoi City Center.


Afternoon Tour 14.00 – 18.00

14:00 Tour guide will come to your hotel in Hanoi City Center to pick you up. Visit the Temple of Literature (or you might choose one of the museums in Hanoi – Hilton Hanoi, Military museum, Museum of History, Ethnology museum..). Then, let’s move to the West Lake and pay a visit to the oldest pagoda: Tran Quoc Pagoda.

Continue the drive to Hoan Kiem Lake and the French Quarter (Old Quarter Hanoi), visit Ngoc Son Temple, The Huc Bridge and Ma May ancient house. A Green Car (or cyclo ride) tour around the Old Quarter to experience the exciting local daily life of Hanoians. 

A cup of coffee or tea will be served at an authentic Hanoi corner cafe where you can have talks with local people, exchange cultural way of life.

18:00: Tour ends at your hotel in Hanoi City Center.

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Free time at leisure for rest of the day.

Tour type: Private tour

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay - Overnight On Cruise MEAL: B/L/D

After breakfast at hotel, driver will pick you up and transfer you to Halong Bay, listed as a World Heritage of outstanding natural beauty, known in Vietnamese as “Dragon descending to the sea”.

Upon arrival, the boat crew will welcome you and allow you to check in and enjoy a cruise around Halong Bay with a delicious local seafood lunch served on board. You can also behold thousands of limestone islands and grottoes rising from the clear, emerald water.

Following break, depending on each cruise’s itinerary of the day, you’ll join some activities on boat to discover the beauty of the bay such as visiting a cave, doing kayaking or swimming in the sea before getting back to the junk for relaxing and dinner. Overnight on board.

Accommodation: On-board an overnight cruise in Halong Bay

NOTE: Our tour guide will not escort you on the cruises. Instead, you will be led by crew members who are fluent in English.

Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Fly To Dong Hoi MEAL: B/Br
Mini Bus Cruise

Wake up to the sound of ocean. Spend the morning exploring Halong Bay and participating in activities available. Have lunch while cruising back to the mainland. Upon disembarkation, our driver will be waiting to transport to Hanoi.

Arrive in Hanoi. Free at your leisure in Hanoi.

Tour type: Group tour

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 5: Dong Hoi City – Phong Nha MEAL: B/L/D

From Noi Bai International Airrport, take a flight to Dong Hoi, discover the beauty of Phong Nha & Paradise Caves.

Private driver will pick you up at the hotel lobby (Hanoi Old Quarter) for about 45 minutes to Noi Bai airport (international or domestic hall according to your request). Thanks for the visit to our city.

Note: International flights require you to be at the airport 3 hours and domestic is 2 hours before departure time.

Welcome by tour guide and driver at DONG HOI airport - Early morning flight (Otherwise, pick up at railway station) to Quang Binh province, the narrowest part of Vietnam and famous for the Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park which is listed on the World Heritage in 2003. Covering 85,754 ha of outstanding geological and ecological value, the site will let you immerse into sumptuous landscape of karst plateaus and rainforests by surveying its spectacular underground caves and rivers and discovering its abundance of endemic species.

Enjoy 1 hour drive up hill, passing rural countryside and entering national park to explore Phong Nha Cave. Discovered in 1994, this famous cave is well-known for its underground river and its system of fantastic stalactites and stalagmites. From the pier, you take the boat following the Son River to the gigantic gate of the grotto. Enjoy a leisure walk to admire the natural masterpieces by crossing some secret corners: Bi Ki Cave, Celestial Palace.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, have a special discover the Paradise cave (Thien Duong cave). New surprises are waiting for you. Discovered in 2005, with 31.4 km long, 60 m high and 30 to 100 m wide, it is considered as the longest in Asia. After a short walk in the forest, you begin the discovery of this terrestrial paradise through the different rooms that amaze you with the grandiose stalactites and stalagmites both mystical and extraordinary.

Transfer to your hotel, check in and enjoy staying in the peaceful town.

Tour type: Private tour

Accommodation: Hotel in Phong Nha (Nguyen Shack - Phong Nha Eco Resort)

Day 6: Phong Nha – Quang Tri – Hue MEAL: B/L

Visiting Vinh Moc tunnel, Hien Luong Bridge and then travelling to Hue.

After breakfast at the hotel, travel to Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam. On the way, make a visit to the famous Vinh Moc Tunnel. It has been told that the locals had dug for 2 years (1965 - 1967) to create the system of 1.7 km long and 10 to 23 m deep tunnel which was used as bomb shelter during the Vietnam War. The site is evidence for the heroism of Vietnamese people.

Continue your journey to Hue, stop for an excursion to the well-known 17th Parallel. According to the agreement of Geneva, this historical site was the border of the Communist in the North and the Non Communist in the South of Vietnam. Visit the museum, flag tower, the Ben Hai River and the Hien Luong Bridge to learn more about the special history of this land.

Keep your way to Hue in the late afternoon and check in hotel. Free to leisurely stroll to visit the ancient capital at night.

Tour type: Private tour

Accommodation: Hotel in Hue

Day 7: Hue – Hoi An MEAL: B
Mini Bus Car

7:30 AM: Get picked up from your hotel, drive to Hoi An via Mandarin Road and Sea Cloud pass (Hai Van Pass). Stop on top of the pass to enjoy the breathtaking view of the ocean and Da Nang city. Once you arrive in Da Nang, stop to visit the Cham Museum which preserves the most important Cham culture collections in the world. Then, walk on My Khe beach where you can enjoy the view of giant Goodness of Mercy statues in the Linh Ung Pagoda. Take photos of fishermen by the beach then continue driving along the coastline to Hoi An ancient town. 

Continue to Tra Que Vegetable Village, which is famous for its aromatic herbs, mint and basil. Walk through the village's fields and meet the farmers. This is a good opportunity to observe the techniques of vegetable gardening. Check in hotel in late afternoon and free.

Tour type: Private tour

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An

Day 8: Hoi An – Danang Departure MEAL: B

Enjoy your free time before transferring to airport in Danang for flight to next destination. Or you can extend your holiday in Hoi An (we can help you to arrange more hotel nights in Hoi An).

Accommodation: N/A


Hanoi (3 nights), On-board an overnight cruise in Halong Bay (1 night), Phong Nha (1 night), Hue (1 night), Hoi An (1 night)


7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 1 Brunch, 3 Dinners


Airplane, Car, Cruise, Bicycle, Trekking

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in TWN/ DBL sharing accommodation at hotel, except overnight on train and homestay (if any)
  • All transport (including airport pick up & see off), as per itinerary
  • Biking gear including helmet, gloves and water bottles
  • Domestic flights Hanoi – Dong Hoi
  • Meals as indicated in the program
  • All in-tour stationed local English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary

Price Excludes

  • Hotel EARLY check in & LATE check out
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner at the accommodation (if any)
  • International flights and taxes
  • Visa or Passport Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, laundry and gratuities
  • Meals not marked on itinerary, and water during meals

Important Notes

  • We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips to Vietnam.
  • Prices are valid 30 days from date of offer. Past this date price and conditions may be readjusted.
  • The cost of air tickets is subject to change without prior notice by the airlines.
  • Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year, National Holidays) may be subject to supplementary charges.
  • Rooms at hotels are available only from 1400 on arrival day till 1200 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
  • Please note that all the above services & tours have yet to be booked, they are proposed for your information only and we will not make any reservations before we receive your confirmation to do so.
  • If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program. 

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation by customer:
  • Cancellation received before 60 days: FREE of charge
  • Cancellation received from 30 days to 59 days prior arrival date: 10% of total rate
  • Cancellation received from 15 days to 29 days prior arrival date: 30% of total rate
  • Cancellation received from 7 days to 14 days prior arrival date: 50% of total rate
  • Cancellation received less than 7 days prior arrival date or No show: 100% of total rate

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