Northern Overture 7 Days

(Tour code: Classic - 03)

Seven-day holidays in Vietnam - Vietnam vacations in the north arranged by specialist Vietnam tour operators

Sample Tours:


This is an example of one of our classic tailor-made holidays in Vietnam - we'll be pleased to design similar Laos vacations with dates and itinerary customised to your personal preferences.

Our tailor-made Vietnam vacations include Hanoi, travelling by train to the north-west mountains, ethnic minority groups and an authentic market, a night on a junk in Ha Long Bay, natural scenery and floating villages 

Our Vietnam vacations begin with ....
... time to recover, a night in Hanoi, a full day to explore the city, and an overnight train journey. Once you've arrived and settled in, we'll meet you over dinner to say “hello”, and talk about your tour. On the following day, we'll show you the sights of Hanoi and take you to the Ethnology Museum to prepare you for your excursion up into the mountains.

In the late evening, you'll board the overnight sleeper to Lao Cai, on the border with China.

Meals: one breakfast, one lunch and one dinner
Escort/guide: transfer from airport to hotel and evening, and the following day up to boarding the train

Two Days in Sapa
vietnam-ethnic-minorities-Dao-peopleYou'll be a bit bleary-eyed when we drag you off the train at five in the morning, but the drive up to Sapa, the crisp fresh air and the prospect of breakfast will wake you up. Then it's off with an expert local guide to visit the colourful ethnic villages along the verdant valley beside Mt. Fansipan, Vietnam's highest peak.

An early night, then it's off to an ethnic market in the morning – quite a drive, but the scenery and the market makes it well worth the journey. You'll arrive back in Lao Cai with several hours before the train arrives, but we'll arrange for you to freshen up in a hotel and have dinner in a local restaurant before you board the overnight sleeper back to Hanoi.

Meals: two breakfasts, two picnic lunches and one dinner
Guide: transfer from station to Sa Pa and daytime, then daytime until transfer back to Lao Cai.

A day and a half on the bay and a night under the stars
Another bleary-eyed morning, but time for a rest and breakfast before your car arrives to take you to Ha Long Bay. A boat will be waiting for you.

viet-nam-halong-bay-sunsetThe Ha Long Bay experience is difficult to describe – suffice it to say that most of our customers rate it as their most durable memory. If you're a seafood fan – you're in for something special! If the weather's good, take the pillows from the cabin, and sleep on the roof – it's magic, especially if you encounter a clear Ha Long dawn! Sadly, it's back to Hanoi on the following afternoon.

Meals: two breakfasts, two lunches and one dinner
Guide: from hotel pick-up to return

Time to leave!
You'll be free until your car arrives to take you to Hanoi's Noi Bai airport.

Meals: one breakfast

Prices (per person in US dollars):

The prices below are based on the hotels on the Vietnam Sonata 'Accommodation' page. If you would prefer a different hotel, or hotels, choose your preference on the relevant 'Hotels' page, tell us, and we'll send you a modified price within 24 hrs at the latest.

Number in group
*Supplement for single hotel room occupancy*





















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At the time of quotation, Haivenu reserves the right to adjust prices to take account of unusual movements in currency markets, hotel and transport costs as a result of inflationary price pressures in oil and other commodity markets.

These prices are valid until October 31, 2018. Please note that bank transfer fees are not included.

*‘Single room occupancy’ refers to the accommodation element of the programme only, and applies to someone who is travelling with others but requires an additional room for him or herself. Single traveller prices are available on request.

Our prices include:

  • Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
  • Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above (Please note: pick-ups will be by a guide and driver or, where a guide is not necessary, a driver only. All unaccompanied drivers will be briefed in advance, and will carry a mobile phone to ensure smooth transfer arrangements)
  • Return train tickets: Hanoi – Lao Cai (air-conditioned soft four-berth cabin, good local standard in ‘Fanxipan/Sapaly’ carriage).
  • Boat cruise as programme. For Ha Long Bay, you’ll join other passengers on a high quality wooden boat with comfortable accommodation, good facilities and an experienced crew. The boat will be fully licensed and comply with current safety regulations.
  • Travel in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced safe driver.
  • The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary (please note: guides will be on hand from pick-up until guest's return to their hotel or reaching their destination). Free days or part days will not include the services of a guide unless requested and included in the final itinerary.
  • Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the programme.
  • Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants, or picnics where no suitable restaurant is available, and full board on the boat in Ha Long Bay.
  • VAT and other taxes

Our prices do not include:

  • International flight tickets and airport tax.
  • Visas.
  • Dinners, except as specified above.
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Insurance.
  • Alternatives in blue.
  • Surcharges for Peak seasons (if any)
  • Compulsory Christmas Eve’s dinner and Gala dinner (if any)



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