Northern Mountains to Hoi An

15 days

Indicative cost incl. flights:

£4,175 per person

Prices are based on two people travelling together in low season, with Economy flights and 4-star hotels.


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Day 1
Overnight flight from the UK to Hanoi.
Day 2
Arrive in Hanoi and check in to your hotel. Spend the day exploring Hanoi like a local - visit colourful markets, wander around the narrow alleys in the Old Quarter and enjoy a traditional lunch in a local home. The perfect introduction to local culture.
Day 3
After a leisurely breakfast, leave the city behind and travel through the countryside to Panhou Lodge (approx 6 hours drive). The journey is stunning and will take you through colourful hill tribe communities. Enjoy a local lunch and an afternoon at leisure to explore the area at your own pace. Enjoy dinner tonight in your mountain lodge.
Day 4
Your day begins with an easy trek through the local village of Nam Hong (around 4 hours walking). Pass through lush forests, small waterfalls and terraces rice paddies and cassava crops. Meet members of local Tay, Flower H'mong, Man Ta Pan and Long Tunic Dao groups along the way. Learn about life in local settlements before trekking back towards your lodge for some time at leisure, soaking up the mountain views.
Day 5
This morning depart for Bac Ha by private transfer (around 3 hours drive). Arrive and take a short walk to a local hill tribe village where you will spend time with a family and learn about their culture and traditions, taking part in their morning activities. Enjoy a delicious local lunch in the family home before driving to a much more remote Red Dao village. Here you can see one of the most diverse and colourful ethnic groups who are skilled at herbal medicine and beautiful embroidery.
Day 6
This morning enjoy time to relax at the Nam Cang Riverside Lodge or explore the area on foot with a jungle walk. This afternoon visit a local village to learn about traditional crafts include silver jewellery production, embroidery, rice paper before returning to the river for a refreshing swim.
Day 7
Transfer from your riverside lodge to your lodge in the middle of the Sapa mountains. This afternoon enjoy a trek to the local villages or relax at leisure.
Day 8
Full day at your leisure in the mountains to explore Sapa and the surroundings. The views from the Topas Lodge are breathtaking and a day of rest will be well deserved!
Day 9
A second day at leisure (or enjoy trekking to local villages) before checking out of your lodge (late check out is included). You will be transferred to the train station for your overnight train to Hanoi (private sleeper cabin included).
Day 10
Arrive to Hanoi train station this morning and transfer to a local hotel to refresh and enjoy breakfast. Afterwards you will continue to Halong Bay (3-4 hours by private car) and check in to your boat for your overnight cruise. This afternoon sail in to the bay and explore hidden beaches and caves or kayak around the limestone karts.
Day 11
An early morning Tai Chi lesson is the best way to start your day as you cruise back towards the port in the late morning. This afternoon fly South to Danang and transfer to your hotel in Hoi An by private vehicle. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Day 12
Full day at your leisure in Hoi An to relax on the beach or by the pool (additional sightseeing can be added if preferred)
Day 13
Second full day at your leisure in Hoi An
Day 14
Today we have included one of our favourite activities in Hoi An - a half day cooking class! Start with a tour of the market to buy your fresh ingredients and then take a river cruise to a cooking school for a hands on lesson in Vietnamese cuisine. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Day 15
The morning is free at leisure before your private transfer to the airport for your departure flight back to the UK (or onwards to another destination)

Everything we do is tailor-made; our itineraries are just suggestions to give you an idea of what is possible. Please contact us so we can tailor the perfect holiday exclusively for you.

Experience some of the most spectacular natural landscapes in Northern Vietnam; from the green rice terraces of Sapa to the magnificent limestone karsts and emerald waters of Halong Bay and finish your epic adventure relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Danang & Hoi An. This 15-day tour is the perfect introduction to Vietnamese culture for the slightly more adventurous travellers (and great for families too!). Visit the colourful hill tribes, trek through lush countryside, get lost in bustling markets, sail on a traditional junk around the beauty of Halong Bay and end your adventure with sand between your toes on the beaches of Cau Dai in central Vietnam. The perfect base from which to explore Hoi An, Danang City and the Imperial city of Hue.

For those with more time to spare extend your beach break or travel South to explore Saigon and the Mekong Delta. After a little more adventure? Why not ask us about a home-stay option or a multi-day trek into the far North!

1 night Hanoi – 2 nights Hoang Su Phi – 2 nights Nam Cang – 2 nights Sapa – overnight train from Sapa to Hanoi – overnight cruise around Halong Bay (2 days/1 night, full board) – 4 nights Hoi An

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