Northern Wonders


Encompassing the finest sights of Vietnam’s north, venture from the vibrant streets of capital Hanoi up into the verdant beauty of Sapa to walk amongst the colourful hill tribes that call it home, ending on the calm, emerald waters of the spectacular Halong Bay.

tour duration 11 Days from
tour price 2,590pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Hanoi (3N) - Halong Bay (2N) - Overnight Train (1N) - Sapa (2N) - Overnight Train (1N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Be inspired at the Confucian Temple of Literature
Take your overnight train across the hills of North Vietnam on your venture to Sapa
Trek the verdant rice fields of splendid Sapa, a sea of verdancy
Meet the diverse hill tribes who call the mountains of Sapa ‘home’
Watch a fascinating Water Puppet show, an example of traditional Vietnamese entertainment
Cruise the emerald waters of Halong Bay, a forest of karst scenery

Exclusive Experiences

Take the luxurious Victoria Express overnight train to Sapa
Watch a private Water Puppet show in Hanoi

Day 1 Fly to Hanoi
Arrive at the airport by chauffeured transfer and fly overnight to Hanoi. On arrival you will be accompanied by one of our experienced escorts to the hotel.
Day 1 Fly to Hanoi
Day 2 Explore Hanoi
On arrival, you will be met by your expert tour guide and transferred to your city centre hotel. The rest of the day is entirely yours. Head out into the city and experience Hanoi's fascinating juxtaposition of eastern and western cultures.
Day 2 Explore Hanoi
Day 3 Hanoi, overnight train to Sapa
Begin your Hanoi city tour at Ho Chi Minh Quarter, where you will visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed Sep-Dec), Stilt House, Ho Chi Minh Museum and the One Pillar Pagoda. Continue to the serene Temple of Literature before an indulgent lunch at KOTO restaurant. Stretch your legs with a walking tour of Hanoi's historic Old Quarter. That evening, you'll transfer to the Hanoi railway station for your overnight train to Lao Cai. (B,L,D)
Day 3 Hanoi, overnight train to Sapa
Day 4 Explore Hill Tribe Markets
Arrive in Lao Cai with the sunrise. Follow winding roads farther up into the mountains where you can browse through a lively and colourful market, the minority people travelling in from the surroundings villages to sell their wares. Continue on to Sapa where the rest of the day will be at leisure. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Explore Hill Tribe Markets
Day 5 Sapa's Remote Villages
Start your day trekking through Sapa. You will visit the Hau Thao Village of the Black H'mong where you can enjoy superb panoramic views over the valley. Continue to Giang Ta Chai Village, home to the Red Dao and Dzay people. Take the opportunity to soak up the beautiful landscapes around you. (B,L,D)
Day 5 Sapa's Remote Villages
Day 6 Sapa to Hanoi
This morning is at leisure - take the opportunity to wander the town. This afternoon drive to Matra Valley for stunning rice terrace vistas. Take a light walk downhill through Suoi Ho village where you will visit the homes of the local people. Visit a French Catholic church before heading to Lao Cai railway station for your sleeper train back to Hanoi. (B,L)
Day 6 Sapa to Hanoi
Day 7 Hanoi's Water Puppets
Arrive into Hanoi railway station and transfer to your hotel where you will have the morning at leisure. That afternoon, visit the Ethnology Museum and later enjoy performance of the world famous Water Puppets. That night, take a cyclo tour of the bustling alleys of the Old Quarter in search of the unique flavours of Vietnam's extensive cuisine. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Hanoi's Water Puppets
Day 8 Halong Bay Steam Paddle Cruise
Depart Hanoi early and make your way to the Jewel in the Crown of Vietnam, Halong Bay. Spend the afternoon cruising around the 3,000 islets that rise from the clear emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, stopping to tour the floating village of Vung Vieng. Later cruise to Bai Tu Long Bay for your first night on the luxury Steam Paddle Cruise Boat (B,L,D)
Day 8 Halong Bay Steam Paddle Cruise
Day 9 Cruise & Kayak
Awake to the gentle bobbing of your junk boat for an optional early morning Tai Chi class. Later in the day, head out on a guided kayak tour or take a swim in the Vung Ha area of Halong Bay. Afterwards, sail towards Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba Island and visit the Au Co organic farm. (B,L,D)
Day 9 Cruise & Kayak
Day 10 Halong Bay to Hanoi
Spend the morning on a guided visit of Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave. After your delicious farewell brunch, disembark in Tuan Chau Marina before returning to your hotel in Hanoi. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B,L)
Day 10 Halong Bay to Hanoi
Day 11 Depart Hanoi
Fly back home, arriving the same or following day and journey home by chauffeured transfer. (B)
Day 11 Depart Hanoi

Also Available

Private Departures for this tour

If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking local guides in each destination

Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Regional departures available
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £1,960pp (Hanoi - Hanoi)
Single supplement from £580 (no supplement if you are willing to share)
Tipping payable locally US80pp
Comfortable Paced tour

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UK citizens will not need a visa to enter Vietnam for a single entry stay of up to 15 days. Entry visas for Vietnam are required for stays longer than 15 days or for multiple entries into Vietnam within a 30 day period. To allow for unforeseen circumstances if your tour includes a stay of 15 days or more in Vietnam the standard visa processing service is included in your tour cost. Currently the visa exemption rule applies until 30th June 2017. Should the visa requirements for UK citizens travelling to Vietnam change after 30th June 2017 you will be contacted by Wendy Wu Tours regarding your visa requirements.
 
If you do require a visa Wendy Wu Tours Visa Department can assist you with the process of obtaining one. We will supply you with all paperwork and submit the visa application on your behalf. Visas for Vietnam are issued with specific start and expiry dates which are based on the dates stated on the visa application form. Travel must be completed within those dates. Please be advised that your passport must have at least 6-months validity left on it when you arrive back into UK. Visa application forms and all relevant documentation are due in our office 8 weeks prior to departure; if received after this, urgent visa processing fees will apply. Please note we do not accept passports and visa applications within 30 days prior to departure. Passports will usually be returned within 4 weeks of your tour’s scheduled departure.

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find good coverage. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Vietnam is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount (in US Dollars) to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip.
 
For independent passengers, or group passengers with pre/post tour arrangements, you should allow USD5-10 per person per day. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure.  In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.
 
Due to the French colonial influence in some Southeast Asian countries, black tea (commonly referred to as ‘lip-ton’ by the locals), coffee, and baguettes are available in most places. However, the local style is to have sweet condensed milk with their tea and coffee. Fresh dairy milk is not usually served but many restaurants will provide this if requested. ‘Cafe Sua-da’ (or iced coffee with milk) is a favourite choice amongst the locals.

What's Included

International flights and current taxes
UK chauffeur transfers within 50 miles of the airport
Domestic transportation
5* accommodation
Meals as stated
Touring with guides and entrance fees
Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is suitable for those with a reasonable amount of time and who are interested in visiting the main sights of the north part of Vietnam. This tour is suitable for those who are interested in trying out the overnight train in Vietnam and is also suitable for the more discerning customer, as this tour is part of our Exclusive Collection.

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