A Short Getaway to Northern Vietnam

Hanoi, Lan Ha Bay
3 nights private tour from $1,700 Per Person

Take in the highlights of Vietnam’s north, with the quaint backstreets of Hanoi and of course, the iconic limestone karsts that tower in the quieter Lan Ha Bay. Explore the sights by foot, car, bikes and boat, ending with a luxurious one-night cruise.

A Short Getaway to Northern Vietnam
At a glance
  • From the limestone karsts and crystal clear waters of tranquil Lan Ha Bay to the charming French-Vietnamese colonial architecture, Northern Vietnam boasts incredible sights.

  • Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and is a fascinating historical mix of French colonial buildings and communist remnants from the former Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

  • The Old Quarter in Hanoi is filled with interesting shops, decrepit coffee houses and vast markets. You could happily spend a day exploring the lanes and picking up unique souvenirs.

  • Situated in the south of Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay is a quieter and more pristine alternative to it's often-busy better-known neighbour. With towering limestone pillars and rocky islands erupting from the emerald sea. Explore the dramatic scenery in a luxury vessel on one of our overnight cruises.

Journey highlights
  • From the limestone karsts and crystal clear waters of tranquil Lan Ha Bay to the charming French-Vietnamese colonial architecture, Northern Vietnam boasts incredible sights.

  • Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and is a fascinating historical mix of French colonial buildings and communist remnants from the former Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

  • The Old Quarter in Hanoi is filled with interesting shops, decrepit coffee houses and vast markets. You could happily spend a day exploring the lanes and picking up unique souvenirs.

  • Situated in the south of Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay is a quieter and more pristine alternative to it's often-busy better-known neighbour. With towering limestone pillars and rocky islands erupting from the emerald sea. Explore the dramatic scenery in a luxury vessel on one of our overnight cruises.

Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

When to visit

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The best time to visit Northern Vietnam is from February to April and September to November avoiding the heat and the rain. The official peak season in Vietnam is from September to April as these months see the least rain. December to February are the cooler months. May to September is the rainy season with the most rain failing in July and August and typhoons are possible.


Price Guide: (Per Person based on double occupancy and excludes international flights)

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  • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
  • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
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June $1,800 $400 plan your trip
July $1,800 $400 plan your trip
August $1,700 $400 plan your trip
September $1,700 $400 plan your trip
October $1,800 $500 plan your trip
November $1,800 $500 plan your trip
December $1,800 $500 plan your trip
January $1,800 $500 plan your trip
February $1,800 $500 plan your trip
March $1,800 $500 plan your trip
April $1,800 $400 plan your trip
May $1,800 $400 plan your trip
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    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $1,800
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    $400
  • July
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $1,800
    Deposit from*
    $400
  • August
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $1,700
    Deposit from*
    $400
  • September
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $1,700
    Deposit from*
    $400
  • October
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $1,800
    Deposit from*
    $500
  • November
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $1,800
    Deposit from*
    $500
  • December
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $1,800
    Deposit from*
    $500
  • January
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $1,800
    Deposit from*
    $500
  • February
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $1,800
    Deposit from*
    $500
  • March
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $1,800
    Deposit from*
    $500
  • April
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $1,800
    Deposit from*
    $400
  • May
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $1,800
    Deposit from*
    $400
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Itinerary

Day 1-3

Hanoi

Your holiday begins with two blissful nights in Vietnam’s characterful capital. Stay in a beautiful colonial hotel located right in the heart of the city with attractions such as the famous Hanoi Opera House and Hoan Kiem lake at your fingertips. We recommend spending a day fully exploring the winding lanes and intriguing shops of this area, but we have also arranged a guided tour of key historic locations such as Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum and the Temple of Literature where university students flock to pray and make offerings around the time of their exams. In your own time, you can venture into the tangle of narrow streets that make up the Old Quarter, finding local eateries and fascinating shops as you go. Make sure to try a typical Hanoian breakfast of egg coffee at one of the ramshackle coffee houses.

If you are interested in the local culture and enjoy great performance, join a trip to Da Phuc Village for "The Quintessence of Tonkin" show, a spectacular performance with a great blend of the cultural highlights of northern Vietnam in an innovative way.

Accommodation: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi ( 2 nights )
Day 3-4

Halong Bay

Take a two hour drive from Hanoi to the idyllic Lan Ha Bay that is located in the Halong Bay area. Here you can board the Ginger, a cruise ship that blends contemporary accents with Indochine style, for a luxurious one night stay on the water. Spend the day relaxing on the sun deck as you take in the mesmerising sights or enjoy a well-deserved spa treatment before docking at the lush Cat Ba Island where you can bike around to explore a local village. Return to the ship for an immersive evening cooking class with the boat’s chef. As dusk falls, sip a drink on the top deck as you watch the stars come out or join the crew for some evening squid fishing fun. 

Engage in a Tai Chi session on the sun deck early the next morning to start your day off right. Then take a morning hike to Frog Lake before adjourning back to the boat for a sumptuous breakfast before you depart for the airport to return home. 

Accommodation: Heritage Line - Ginger ( 1 night )
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you.
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

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When to visit

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Best time to visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit

The best time to visit Northern Vietnam is from February to April and September to November avoiding the heat and the rain. The official peak season in Vietnam is from September to April as these months see the least rain. December to February are the cooler months. May to September is the rainy season with the most rain failing in July and August and typhoons are possible.

A Short Getaway to Northern Vietnam
A Short Getaway to Northern Vietnam

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itineraryis a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

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  • Every itinerary is crafted from scratch, based around exactly what’s important to you
  • Packed full of unique experiences, hand-picked by our journeys team
  • Expert local guides enrich your experience in every destination
  • Your own dedicated Travel Specialist who will take care of every detail of your trip
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  • We offer flexibility and financial protection to give you total peace of mind

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