Magnificent Northern Vietnam 7 Days

7 Days Hanoi - Halong Bay - Pu Luong - Mai Chau

Tour Style: Northern Vietnam Tours

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Bask in the natural beauty and adventurous landscapes of Northern Vietnam with an itinerary full of family fun, cultural interaction and rural exploration. From Hanoi you will experience the mysterious Ha Long bay, continue to the picturesque villages surrounded by limestone mountains in Tam Coc before concluding at the spectacular scenery of Pu Luong Nature Reserve.


  • Explore the bustling Hanoi at your rhythm
  • Bustling Hanoi at your rhythm
  • Discover Halong and Bai Tu Long as only few others do
  • Loads of fun activities: cycling, sampan riding in Ninh Binh
  • Trekking to remote village in Pu Luong Nature Reserve
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Tour itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival & Orientation MEAL: N/A

Arriving at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel. Time for relaxing after the journey.

With time permits, you may get an orientation to the bustling Old Quarter in Hanoi in a electric calf (or local cyclo). It is a magnet for visitors – it’s noisy and hectic, but definitely a ‘must-see’ attraction. The Old Quarter is a maze of shopping streets and restaurants with a hotchpotch of architecture - traditional tube houses, religious buildings, artisans’ workshops and cottages, colonial houses and modern concrete edifices.

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 2: City Explorer MEAL: B/L

08:30 AM – Pick up from your hotel, we'll start the day with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Complex: which includes his mausoleum, his simple stilt house where he lived and worked, and the museum dedicated to his memory. The next stop will be the Temple of Literature, our first university in dating back to the 11th century. 

Lunch will be served at KOTO – a restaurant belonging to a and vocational training program that is changing the lives of street and disadvantaged youth in Vietnam.

In the afternoon, a quick transfer to you to the excellent Ethnology Museum for an overview of Vietnam's 54 distinct ethnic groups. There’s also time for a water puppet show at the museum’s open stage before heading back to your hotel. You’ll spend the second night in Hanoi.

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi


OPTION 2: Duong Lam ancient village and biking

Pick up at 8:30 am and travel west of Hanoi to Duong Lam village, a purely agricultural village of the Northern Red River delta where still preserve many hundred-year-old houses. Upon arrival, visit Ngo Quyen temple and Phung Hung temple, places dedicated to two national heroes Ngo Quyen and Phung Hung.

Bike to visit Mia Pagoda (other hamlet in Duong Lam village), is built in 15th century and admire 287 statues of all sizes, along with are famous sculpture such as the statue of Buddha in the Himalayas and the statues of the Eight Viagra Deities. Continue riding around the village to discover the daily life and farming working of Vietnamese peasants along the terrace with a stop to visit ancient house back to 200 years ago. Enjoy your special lunch with Vietnamese foods in an ancient house.

Walk along tiny ancient alleys to visit Mong Phu communal house in Mong Phu hamlet and walk on foot to see local people living in the ancient village. Drive back to Hanoi. Ends tour.

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay MEAL: B/L/D
Cruise Car

7:45– Pick up from your hotel to Handspan office for tour check-in procedure
8:00 - Depart from Hanoi by shuttle bus for a 3.5 hours drive to Halong City through the Red River Delta. Upon arrival, get on board.

Start cruising from pier to the boundaries of Halong bay while lunch with fresh seafood is served (vegetarian and kids menus available).

After lunch, just make yourself at ease and relax. We are slowly getting off the classic cruising routes, far from the usual clichés of this busy tourism spot. Limestone rock formations will parade all around us for about 2 hours before our first stop.

We reach the perfect spot, remote and scenic. Let's get ready for serious things. Swimming suits, ok. Kayaks and tender boat, ok. Paddles and gears, ok. Let's get closer to the water and explore the bay in depth.

After one/one and a half hour kayaking, we get back on board to refresh and start the aperitif on the sundeck. The boat cruises to its anchorage area. Dinner is served either inside or outside depending on weather conditions. Overnight on board in a cozy air-conditioned cabin with en-suite bathroom facilities.

Accommodation: Overnight on boat

Day 4: Halong - Tam Coc MEAL: Br/D
Cruise Car

We will be back at the pier about 11am, and driven to Hanoi with an expected arrival time about 4pm. The day will be short so let's wake up early to take the maximum of it.

6:30 - Coffee, tea and cakes will be served. Wake up smoothly while witnessing the silence of beautiful misty bay. A 30-minute Tai Chi session will be organized, energize your body and soul or just allow yourself some farniente time on a sunbath with a cup of coffee.

About 7.45am, we hop on bamboo boats to go visiting a secluded floating village surrounded by the mountains. We trace our way between numerous floating houses and small rowing boats that serve the everyday life as vehicle, itinerant shops, fishing utility, sometimes overnight shelter.

Back on treasure before 9am, we start cruising back to the pier. From 9.30am, a brunch will be served. Take a last glance at the rocks, standing still as the eternal guardians of a kingdom, we are about to reach the pier.

11:30 - Disembark from the cruise, you'll have a private transfer from Halong to Ninh Binh. The driving takes around 5 hours, you'll reach Tam Coc (known as one of the most scenic spot of the region) in the late afternoon.

Accommodation: Hotel in Tam Coc

Day 5: Tam Coc - Pu Luong MEAL: B/L/D

In the morning, we embark on traditional rowing sampan for about one hour on a less travelled canal of the region. It goes through caves and along the border with the natural site of Trang An.

Make your way back with a stop en-route to join a local farmer in his daily work before ending your cycling at one of the village’s houses for a late lunch.

14:00 – Leave from Tam Coc for around 3 hours driving to Pu Luong Retreat lodge, where you’ll check-in its’ traditional house-on-silts and spend the night

Your accommodation is provided in a traditional house-on-silts. There’s no private room and you’ll sleep on the floor in a large communal area. The sleeping corner is set up with a single mattress, blankets, pillow and mosquito net. The restroom is at international standard and a few steps from the main house.

Accommodation: Lodge in Pu Luong

Day 6: Pu Luong Nature Reserve Trekking MEAL: B/L/D

The day will be dedicated an exploration of the Nature Reserve. Please free feel to discuss with our guide to take the most suitable trekking route for your kids.

In a meantime we suggest the 7-km downhill to Hieu village. The trail leads to through local rice terraces, villages and market. Enjoy a picnic lunch by Hieu waterfall with there’re plenty of time for swimming in a natural pool (weather permits) before your driver arrives and takes you back to the Retreat.

Accommodation: Lodge in Pu Luong

Day 7: Pu Luong - Mai Chau - Hanoi - Airport MEAL: B/L

9:00 – We set off from Pu Luong to Mai Chau. There’s enough time for an easy walk around the peaceful valley before another tasty home-cooked lunch.

In the afternoon, we head back to Hanoi airport, the driving takes around 4 hours. You’ll arrive in a good time for boarding your departure flight. End of services.




Overnight cruise

Homestay (Your accommodation is provided in a traditional house-on-silts. There’s no private room and you’ll sleep on the floor in a large communal area. The sleeping corner is set up with a single mattress, blankets, pillow and mosquito net. The restroom is at international standard and a few steps from the main house)


05 Breakfast

01 Brunch

05 Lunch

04 Dinner


Air-conditioning car


Price Includes

  • Accommodation at listed hotels
    • Family of 3:
      • Hanoi: May de Ville Old Quarter – Family Executive
      • Halong: Paloma Cruise - 1 Family Cabin Triple
      • Tam Coc: Tam Coc Garden homestay – Bungalow for 3
      • Pu Luong: Pu Luong retreat – Traditional house-on-silts (sharing)
    • Family of 4:
      • Hanoi: May de Ville Old Quarter – 2 Deluxe room next door
      • Halong: Paloma Cruise -2 Deluxe Cabin
      • Tam Coc: Tam Coc Garden homestay – 2 Bungalow next door
      • Pu Luong: Pu Luong retreat – Traditional house-on-silts (sharing)
    • Meals as specified in the program
    • Travel service in air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced driver (baby-seat available upon request)
    • 1-night cruise tour in Halong on board of the Treasure Junk
    • The services of experienced English-speaking local guides
    • All activities mentioned and entrance fees
    • VAT and other taxes

    Price Excludes

    • All flight tickets international and domestic
    • Vietnam visa stamp fee
    • Beverages, gratuities and personal expenses.
    • Surcharge in peak season (Christmas & New Year)
    • Individual Insurance

    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.o 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

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