Private Tour

North Vietnam Escapade - 11 Days / 10 Nights

This trip is designed for those seeking an intrepid experience combined with sweeping terraced landscapes and exotic local cultures. Travel to around North of Vietnam to hike and bike around some of the most spectacular rural scenery where time has stood still for generations. Interact with friendly villagers at their homes and relax with the stunning views of rural Vietnam by the comforts of your room.


Private, Local Guides!

Whether you are a single person, a couple, or a group, you'll have your own guide and driver for all airport pickups, drop offs, and daily excursions.

Choose Your Dates!

This is not a fixed-departure-date tour. Just let us know the dates that work best for you and we will arrange everything.


Need more time? Less time? Want to see or do something that isn't included? The options are unlimited, so talk to us about the different possibilities and our recommendations.

Great Accommodation!

We've scouted the best hotels in the best locations of all categories. We'll recommend accommodation to suit your budget and travel style.
  • Meet World Famous Architecture Artist in His Home Studio
  • Delicious Street Foodie Tour in Hanoi's Old Quarters
  • Hiking around Spectacular Terraced Rice Fields at Pu Luong
  • Explore Hidden Caves and Ancient Pagodas at Ninh Binh
  • Luxury Cruise with Kayaking at Halong Bay
Private Tour

North Vietnam Escapade - 11 Days / 10 Nights

This trip is designed for those seeking an intrepid experience combined with sweeping terraced landscapes and exotic local cultures. Travel to around North of Vietnam to hike and bike around some of the most spectacular rural scenery where time has stood still for generations. Interact with friendly villagers at their homes and relax with the stunning views of rural Vietnam by the comforts of your room.


  • Day 1Arrive Hanoi

    Upon arrival, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel near the Old Quarters, about 45min drive from the airport. Rest of the day is free to rest up from your long flight.

    Overnight in Hanoi

  • Day 2French Quarters & Temple of Literature

    Hanoi, a city of lakes, shaded boulevards, and public parks, is the capital of Vietnam. It is an exotic city filled with charming French-colonial style buildings and vibrant local streets showcasing century old traditions. This morning visit the French Quarter and discover why this city is called the “Paris of the East”. The journey starts at Hoan Kiem Lake, or “the Lake of the returned Sword”, passes by old colonial administration buildings such as the former Treasury of Indochina, Indochina Bank and home of the governor of Tonkin, as well as the iconic Sofitel Legend Metropole, ‘the queen of colonial nostalgia’. Stroll along Trang Tien street, known as the Champs d’Elysee of Asia, now thriving with multiple art galleries and bookshops until reaching the Opera House, inspired by the Neo-Baroque style to the Palais Garnier in Paris. Relive the charm of a bygone era through captivating snippets of untold stories.

    Continue to the historic Temple of Literature, the first national university of Vietnam in the original architecture. Built in 11th century, the temple is dedicated to the worship of Confucius and the Scholars. It becomes the symbol of not only Hanoi but also the Vietnamese Culture. This experience offers a deeper insight into the concept of Confucius.

    Rest of the afternoon is free at leisure.

    If your visit falls over the weekends (Friday to Sunday), you can stroll easily on your own from your hotel to Hoan Kim Lake where the streets are converted to walking streets and lively night markets from 7pm.

    Overnight at Hanoi

  • Day 3Famous Architecture Artist, Evening Foodie Tour

    This morning, visit a home studio to meet world famous artist Mr. Nguyen The Son whose private art works has been featured in numerous famous galleries around the world. Learn about his stunning 3D visual art pieces of typical Vietnamese architecture captured with photography and his relentless efforts to document the changing architectural landscape in Vietnam.

    Mr. Son’s artworks have been on display at The Aegon Kunstcollectie in the Netherlands, the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing, China, National Assembly House in Hanoi, but also in private collections in Belgium, China, France, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Singapore, the USA, and Vietnam.

    Then continue to the Old Quarters, a historic area filled with local shops, residential areas and interesting local food vendors operating along foot pavements. Explore narrow alleys and see how multiple families live together in this historic area. End the tour at a famous café that is only known among locals and enjoy a steaming cup of “Egg Coffee”.

    For lunch, proceed to “Bun Cha Obama” to enjoy a delicious bowl of fresh grilled pork with rice vermicelli, a dish made world famous after a humble meal shared by President Obama and the late Anthony Bourdain in 2016.

    Later at sundown, meet your guide again for a fun foodie tour in the Old Quarters to sample iconic local street food at small eateries popular among locals. Enjoy a refreshing glass of “Bia Hoi”, fresh brewed local beer at a typical “street bar” before exploring the lively street vendors and gathering of local people enjoying the night out.

    Overnight at Hanoi

  • Day 4Drive about 4h from Hanoi to Pu Luong

    Today you will begin an incredible journey to explore the the scenic valleys of North Vietnam.

    Starting first at Pu Luong, this area features stunning rice terrace fields, beautiful nature and traditional villages of ethnic minorities who still retain their unique cultural heritage and way of living. Your comfortable lodge offers spectacular views of the valley where you can see rolling clouds before sunrise.

    Afternoon, go an easy hike along paddy rice fields surrounded by limestone mountains to the village of Ban Don. See picturesque villages sheltered under groves of palm trees spread over the Pu Luong massif. Following trails winding in the middle of a fascinating landscape speckled with tribal houses from the Thai and Muong people.

    Since all your tours are privately guided, so you can discuss with your guide on your preferred duration of your hiking excursions

    Overnight at Pu Luong

  • Day 5Pu Luong Village Hikes

    Depending on your preference and fitness level, we can arrange various day hikes through villages and beautiful rice terraces. Surrounded by towering limestone mountains, rivers and tribal villages, a full day or half day hike will also allow you to interact with friendly locals and learn more about their culture and way of life. Depending on the month of your visit, you can also witness various stages of the rice fields. The fields are most lively during the planting season (February & June) and the harvest season (June and mid September).

    Overnight at Pu Luong

  • Day 6Drive about 3h from Pu Luong to Ninh Binh

    Depart this morning on a scenic 3 hour drive for the picturesque province of Ninh Binh. Known locally as the “Dry Halong Bay”, this is another spectacular scenic area is surrounded by low mountains, caves and rural villages.

    Enjoy lunch at a local home amidst idyllic natural surroundings of endless rice paddies and phenomenal Karst peaks.

    Continue to Tho Ha Village where you take a scenic cycling tour through paddy fields. Stops include a Catholic church, a unique stilt house on a limestone peak, local school and a small market.

    Later, take a relaxing cruise on a small rowboat and meander along the serene waterways towards the Galaxy Cave. Explore the interior of the cave on foot and by boat, a surreal experience surrounded by amazing stalactites.

    After the boat ride, proceed to your resort surrounded by scenic mountain views and paddy fields.

    Overnight at Ninh Binh

  • Day 7Ninh Binh Village Bike Tour and Ancient Pagodas

    Depending on your preference, you can go on a bike ride around rural areas that hardly see any western visitors. Biking distances range from 20 to 35km with stops along the way to learn about village local life and meeting a friendly host family for lunch.

    You can also opt for a free day to explore on your own. Your resort provides free bikes and a short 15min ride will take you to Bich Dong Pagoda. A cluster of 3 ancient pagodas, Ha, Trung and Thuong built in the 18 century, this beautiful site is nestled in caves by a mountainside. The first pagoda has five compartments built on the ground at the foot of mountain. Then another 120 steps will take you to the impressive middle pagoda carved into a mountain cave with three compartments. Another 40 steps will take you to the High pagoda with beautiful views of the surrounding.

    Overnight at Ninh Binh

  • Day 8Drive about 3h from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay

    Depart this morning and drive about 3 hours to the boat pier for a relaxing 3 day / 2 night cruise around Lan Ha Bay, a less crowded area with the UNESCO Heritage Site of Halong Bay. Boarding time for the cruise is usually about 12 noon

    Depending on your choice of cruise ships, their experiences are all very similar, cruising around lesser known areas that is not overcrowded by hundreds of vassals and doing a day trip to outer islands to visit small villages by bike or electric cart. If weather permits, you can also have a short kayaking or sunbathing session on a beach. All activities and meals are included during your cruise.

    Typically at night, you will be able to request for a squid fishing session with the friendly crew.

    Overnight at cruise ship

  • Day 9Halong Bay Cruise, Day 2

    Rise early with a Tai Chi or yoga class before breakfast is served. This morning, you will explore one of the few remaining local floating fishing villages in the bay area. Get a close up view of how the families live and work on the water in their unique community. Continue along scenic island roads to Cat Ba National Park, a leisurely hiking tour brings you close to the jungles, learn more about the endemic flora and fauna and the island itself as Northern Vietnam’s largest island in the Gulf of Tonkin.

    During lunch, the boat continues to sail through the bay to a secluded cove. The afternoon is free to choose from: you may like to swim and sunbath on a natural beach, or join a kayak tour or a bit of both, or just kick-back on board and treat yourself to our wide selection of wellness offerings.

    After dinner feel free to join a Q&A session with interesting insights about both Lan Ha Bay and Halong Bay or simply kickback on your private balcony experiencing its natural splendor.

    Overnight at cruise ship

  • Day 10Disembark from Cruise, Drive 2.5h to Hanoi

    Start early again with a tasty traditional Vietnamese coffee, join another session of Tai Chi or yoga. Ylang will moor this morning for opportunities to kayak or a refreshing early morning swim from the ships convenient platform.

    Disembark from your cruise around noon time and head back to Hanoi with your guide.

    Rest of the afternoon is free to explore the Old Quarters on your own.

    Overnight at Hanoi

  • Day 11Depart Hanoi

    Transfer to airport for onward journey.

Private Tour

North Vietnam Escapade - 11 Days / 10 Nights

Our private tours include the things that make it so you don’t have to worry about logistics for your trip.

This Tour Includes

  • Airport Transfers
  • Accommodation, including all Taxes and Service fees
  • Private, Local, English-speaking Guides for Tours and Activities
  • All Tours and Activities as described
  • Entrance Fees to Sights

This Tour Does Not Include

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Fees and Application
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for Guides and Drivers

Itinerary Add-Ons to Consider

Consider a pre- or post-tour extension to this itinerary in either Vietnam or Cambodia depending on which city your international flight is routed through. It’s quite easy to add a couple of days in the tropical island of Phu Quoc to relax by pristine beaches or Siem Reap, home to the majestic Angkor Wat temples and Tonle Sap, biggest freshwater lake in South East Asia. 

Phu Quoc Island

Starting Price : $500 / Person

Relax by beautiful beaches at the tropical paradise island off the Southern Coast of Vietnam. Easily accessible with direct flights from Hanoi or Saigon, Phu Quoc also offers snorkeling and diving opportunities around off shore islands.

Angkor Wat Highlights

Starting Price : $1125 / Person

Believed to be the world’s largest religious building, Angkor Wat was built in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II. Venture to other lesser known temples, largely un-restored and engulfed by strangling tree roots like the way early explorers discovered.

Private Tour

North Vietnam Escapade - 11 Days / 10 Nights

Here’s an explanation of what to expect and the planning process with a Red Lantern Journeys travel consultant.

The price for this trip will vary based on many factors including:

  • Dates of travel – high vs. low vs. shoulder season
  • Your preference of hotel standards – 3, 4, or 5-star categories. We’ve scouted the best hotels and the best locations in each category and will make our recommendations based on your budget and travel style. We’ll even try to book specific room categories to avoid street noise or other inconveniences.
  • The number of people in your group
  • Customization of tours and activities
  • How far in advance you book the trip
  • Personal Travel Consultant

    Your personal travel consult to work with you to prepare your itinerary, recommend tours and activities and accommodation and explain the reasoning behind every aspect of your tour.

  • Private Vehicles with Driver and Guides

    You'll have your own private, chauffeur-driven vehicle for all of your airport transfers and daily excursions. These will also include your personal, English-speaking guide who is licensed and will provide the insights to make each of your tours an exceptional experience.

  • Hotel Recommendations

    We've inspected hundreds of hotels and can recommend accommodation that fits your style and budget.

  • Activity Recommendations

    We have access to a wide range of activities to make your trip truly memorable. Activities range from visiting iconic sights to meeting local personalities, adventure sports, and exclusive dining experiences!

Private Tour

North Vietnam Escapade - 11 Days / 10 Nights

Any time of year is okay to visit Vietnam, but November to March is probably the best weather. North Vietnam can be a bit chilly in December through early February, especially in the mountains. Ha Long Bay can also get a bit foggy for the junk cruises during that time. The central coast is subject to occasional typhoons and tropical storms from July through October. The monsoon season, which consists of near daily thunderstorms lasts from June through September.

Private Tour

North Vietnam Escapade - 11 Days / 10 Nights

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