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Northern Overture Tour
7 Days

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This is an example of one of our tailor-made holidays in Vietnam - we'll be pleased to design similar vacations with dates and itinerary customised to your personal preferences. For example, you may wish to spend more or less time at any destination, or deviate from this itinerary, just contact us at our Enquiry Form page or send an email to

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

Hanoi, Sapa, Ha Long Bay.

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.
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
You'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.
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. The 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.
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.
one breakfast

The prices for this sample tour are per person in US$:
These prices are valid until October 31, 2015. Please note: bank transfer fees are not included.

Number in group
3 - 4
5 - 8
9 - 12
13 - 16
*Supplement for single hotel room occupancy
First Class

Please note that all our tours are priced in United States Dollars, in accordance with the established trading practices for tourism products within Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Equivalent quotations in £, Euro, Australian AUD are obtainable on request calculated at our prevailing exchange rate.

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.

* '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 Boat cruises as specified in the programme.
  • All Ha Long Bay boats 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 guests' 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. Camera fees (if any)
  • Insurance.
Hotel list for First Class standard
  • Hanoi: Sofitel Metropole Hotel (*****historic colonial building in a city centre location - Luxury Room Historic Wing)
  • Sapa: Victoria Sapa Resort (**** the best hotel in Sapa, indoor swimming pool/fitness centre in separate building - Suite)
  • Ha Long Bay: Valentine Junk (Traditional Junk [Unique] (Deluxe quality wooden junks modelled on Imperial Court vessels - Deluxe cabin)
Hotel list for Deluxe standard:
  • Hanoi: Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi (****Conveniently located in the city centre, just a step away from Hanoi's OperaHouse, the Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake - L'Opera Grand Deluxe)
  • Sapa: Victoria Sapa Resort (**** the best hotel in Sapa, indoor swimming pool/fitness centre in separate building - Deluxe room)
  • Ha Long Bay: Paradise Cruise [Traditional Junk Cruise] (Deluxe quality wooden junks modelled on Imperial Court vessels - Deluxe Balcony cabin)
Hotel list for Superior standard:
  • Hanoi: Silk Path Hotel (**** conveniently located in Hanoi's 'Old Quarter', about a ten-minute walk from Hoan Kiem Lake - Silk Deluxe room)
  • Sapa: Victoria Sapa Resort (**** the best hotel in Sapa, indoor swimming pool/fitness centre in separate building - Superior room)
  • Ha Long Bay: Indochina Sails (Traditional Junk [Unique] (Deluxe quality wooden junks modelled on Imperial Court vessels - Superior cabin)
Hotel list for Mid-range standard:
  • Hanoi: Golden Lotus Luxury Hotel (*** boutique hotel in the heart of Hanoi's Old Quarter, a short walk from Hoan Kiem Lake, stylish furnishings and decoration art - Lotus Deluxe room)
  • Sapa: Bamboo Hotel (***local standard hotel standing on the side of the mountain - good views - Superior room)
  • Ha Long Bay: Huong Hai or Bai Tho traditional junk [Unique] (Superior quality wooden junks modelled on Imperial Court vessels)

If, at the time of booking, any hotels or rooms in the list above are fully booked, we will endeavour to find accommodation of a similar standard elsewhere. If the only available accommodation is of a higher or lower standard, we will revise the price accordingly and consult you immediately.

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