Highlights of North & Central Vietnam – Tour & Cruise

Discover Breathtaking Vietnam with a 7 Night/8 Day Tour! Explore the Famed North and Central Regions and See the Wonders of Hanoi, Halong Bay and Hoi An with Plush Accommodation and Select Meals. Includes an Overnight Five Star Halong Bay Cruise, Domestic Flight, Daily Breakfast, Authentic Dining Experiences, a Cooking Class, Guided Tours, Return Airport Transfers, and More! Only $2,099 for Two Adults, Valued up to $3,903
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Seven Night/Eight Day Vietnam Tour with Luxury Cruise

Explore the wonders of Vietnam on an unforgettable seven night/eight day journey through the country’s stunning northern and central region and enjoy plush accommodation, select daily meals and an overnight five star Halong Bay cruise for only $2,099 for two adults, valued up to $3,903

Your luxury tour commences in Hanoi, traverses through the scenic city and Halong Bay before coming to an end in the culinary capital of Hoi An

Check out the exclusive optional Sapa tour below!

Itinerary Highlights

Begin your adventure in Vietnam’s vibrant capital city of Hanoi where you’ll take part in an engaging walking food tour with walkie talkies so you don't miss a thing, before heading to the famous Old Quarter to get your fill of shopping and history

Then set off for Halong City where you’ll board the five star Signature Cruise Halong Bay and embark on a boat excursion to the mystical Sung Sot Grotto (Surprise Cave)

After a short domestic flight, the next stop is heavenly Hoi An with its rich culture and focus on fine cuisine you'll take part in a Vietnamese cooking class, unwind on the golden shores and cobalt waters of Lang Co Beach and visit the Cham Museum and Marble Mountain before making your way to Danang International Airport for the culmination of your tour

Departure dates are available from now until December 2017 – see the 'Fine Print’ tab for all departure dates

Check out the 'Itinerary' tab for more information on your tour

Your Package Includes

Plush nightly twin or double accommodation, ensuring comfort throughout your journey - including two nights at the La Siesta Hotel in Hanoi; one night aboard the Signature Cruise Halong Bay, and four nights at the Hoi An Historic Hotel

An incredible overnight luxury cruise on the majestic Halong Bay with breathtaking scenery and unforgettable stops along the way through the Gulf of Tonkin

Select meals throughout your trip including delicious daily breakfasts (seven), your choice of lunch or dinner on the first day, five lunches (including a Vietnamese cooking class and a show-stopping seafood lunch), plus a decadent dinner aboard the Halong Bay Signature Cruise ship

One soothing herbal foot massage per person in Hoi An- the perfect remedy after long days spent exploring

Engaging guided tours including a Walkie Talkie food tour in Hanoi, boat excursions to Sung Sot Grotto and down the Thu Bon River, visit to the UNESCO World Heritage listed My Son holyland, and so much more

Sightseeing with an experienced local English speaking guide with all the insider knowledge of the regions throughout the tour

Attraction entrance fees and permits

All transfers via air-conditioned vehicles for optimum comfort throughout your journey and enjoy a complimentary bottle of mineral water each day

Sapa Tour

Want to explore the spectacular plains of Sapa? Extend your tour and include three nights/four days in beautiful Sapa before the Highlights of North and Central Vietnam tour with a total ten night package for only $2,799 for two adults, valued up to $4,907

Your tour will include the Highlights of North & Central Vietnam tour itinerary plus an additional Sapa tour at the beginning of your adventure

Your Sapa experience will include overnight train journeys to and from Sapa, a homestay with a traditional Vietnamese family, relaxing foot massage, trek through an enchanting bamboo forest to see the Red Dao people, and much more (see the 'Itinerary' tab for more details)

Important Information

No need to worry about getting your preferred dates. The Booking Guarantee means that if you try to make a booking within 14 days from purchase and can't get your preferred dates in the validity period, you can get a full refund

How to Book Your Travel Dates! Once you purchase your preferred Luxury Escapes package, you will receive a travel voucher with the direct reservation details for the tour. When you are ready to finalise your travel dates and confirm your booking, contact the tour provider directly through the reservation email provided in the voucher

Click on the 'Fine Print' tab above to read all the terms and conditions relating to this offer

What We Like

Few locations can rival the incredible natural beauty and serenity of Halong Bay. The World Heritage site is a mystical labyrinth of limestone karsts and isles, caves, lakes, secluded beaches and abundant sea life

See the best of northern and central Vietnam with a helpful English-speaking local guide – tour highlights include Hanoi, Halong Bay and Hoi An and much more

Forget about planning your escape from scratch – your Vietnam adventure is all sorted!

To view all the terms and conditions relating to this deal, click on the ‘Fine Print’ tab above

Valid for tours departing daily (from Hanoi) from now until 31 December 2017 (book by 8 October 2017)

Flights are NOT included in your package (excluding the domestic flight from Hanoi to Danang)

Blackout Period: Not valid for travel from 26 January 2017 to 1 February 2017

Peak Season Surcharges: Please note, AUD$100 (approx NZD$104) surcharge per voucher applies for tours between 24 December 2016 to 31 December 2016, payable directly to Friends Travel Vietnam. During this period, guests will be required to pay additional surcharges for the compulsory gala dinners that apply during their tour: AUD$85 (approx NZD$88) per adult and AUD$64 (approx NZD$67) per child (aged 5-11 years) for the Christmas Day and New Year gala dinners on the Signature Cruise; or AUD$86 (approx NZD$90) per adult and AUD$64 (approx NZD$67) per child (aged 5-11 years) for the Christmas Day gala dinner or $86 (approx NZD$90) per adult and $64 (approx NZD$67) per child (aged 5-11 years) for the New Year gala dinner at Hoi An Historic Hotel, payable directly to Friends Travel Vietnam. Children aged 4 and under may attend the compulsory galas free of charge

Christmas/New Years Eve Surcharge: For tours over 24 December 2016 and 2017 (Christmas Eve) and 31 December 2016 and 2017 (New Years Eve) a surcharge of $170 per voucher will apply if the signature cruise falls on one of these dates, and a surcharge of $196 (approx NZD$204) per voucher applies if guests are staying at the Hoi An Historic Hotel on one of these dates

High Season Surcharges (Highlights of North and Central Vietnam): A surcharge of $80 per voucher applies for the Highlights of North and Central Vietnam tours only during December 2017, payable directly to Friends Travel Vietnam

Bookings are essential and are subject to availability

Booking Guarantee: Make a booking within 14 days from the date of purchase and if you don't get your preferred dates within the validity period of the deal then we will give you a FULL refund. Please note that evidence of an attempted booking must be provided to our Support Team via email no more than 2 days after the 14 day period. At this point, we will escalate with management to try and secure your preferred dates and if they are still unavailable, a full refund will be payable 

Strictly subject to availability and please book early to lock in your preferred dates. After the booking guarantee period, bookings for specific dates during the validity period will be accepted on a 'first in, best dressed' basis

Standard voucher is valid for TWO PEOPLE (all ages, twin share). If travelling alone, you must still purchase the full price Twin Share voucher (ie. $1,999 total for one person)

Please note: Airport transfers are only available if arriving on the first day of the tour and departing on the last day of the tour. Otherwise you will need to organise your own airport transfers if arriving or departing the cities at different times. Tour begins in Hanoi and ends in Danang

Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity for hotel rooms and cruise cabins is two people. (Please note that train cabins contain four berths, so a group of two may have to share with up to two other guests, bedding consists of four pull-out soft sleeper seats). All hotel and cruise accommodation includes twin or double bedding

Child Policy/Extra Guest Policy: Room capacity is two people (with the exception of the train cabin), however, if you would like to enquire about travelling with extra children then please contact the tour company for more information by emailing sales@friendstravelvietnam.com

Please note that it is not possible to add an extra bed 

Connecting rooms are not available

Guests that purchase the Sapa tour will meet in Hanoi and enjoy the Sapa portion of the tour before returning back to Hanoi for the Highlights of North and Central Vietnam tour

All accommodation is subject to availability at time of travel. If the stated hotels are unavailable, accommodation of a similar standard will be provided

Please note that train cabins accommodate four guests, passengers may have to share with other travellers

Tours are subject to a minimum of two guests and maximum of ten guests 

Please note that international air tickets, international departure tax, visa fees, gratuities, travel insurance, alcoholic beverages and meals (other than the ones noted in the programs) are not included in the package

Guests must have a current passport and valid visa in order to participate in the tour and cruise

Travel insurance is strongly recommended. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this voucher

Strictly no refunds for this voucher for amendments and change of date - fees are at the resort’s discretion/policy

Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash

Itinerary and schedule are subject to change without prior notice due to weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances

Package cannot be split

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations

Additional expenses are not included with this voucher

A maximum of one voucher may be purchased and used

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas

A visa may be required to the countries you are visiting and transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you are holding a current visa. Please take the time to visit our preferred vendor website at www.visasdirect.com.au/luxescapes to assist you with any visa application requirements and processes

The value and comparative savings has been determined based on the tour company's published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependant on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving

All activities, services and menu options are subject to availability

Redemption instructions can be found on your voucher

Friends Travel Vietnam

Our Booking Guarantee is our commitment to you to ensure that you get to travel when you want to travel and not when you have to travel.

And why do we offer this?

Well it's quite simple, we love to travel just as much as you do and we understand that it's hard to find dates to suit your work, family and personal commitments, so we guarantee you that if you can't get the dates you want we will give you a full refund. Yes, that's right...a 100% money back guarantee if you aren't able to book the dates that you want! It can't get much better than that!

How does it work?

It's very simple - make your booking request within 14 days of purchase and if you don't get your preferred dates (within the validity period) you will receive a FULL Refund. If you aren't able to get your preferred dates you'll get a refund directly back to your credit card (or PayPal account). Please note, if you get your preferred dates and later change your mind on when you want to travel, the Booking Guarantee will not apply to your request for a change of dates.

What do I need to do?

Make a booking within 14 days from the date of purchase and if you don't get your preferred dates within the validity period of the deal then we will give you a FULL refund. Please note that evidence of an attempted booking must be provided to our Support Team via email no more than 2 days after the 14 day period. At this point, we will escalate with management to try and secure your preferred dates and if they are still unavailable, a full refund will be payable

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Destination: Hanoi-Halong Bay- Hue- Hoi An-Da Nang Duration: 8 Days/ 7 Nights

Itinerary in Brief:

Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi- Hanoi Walkie Talkie- Food tour (L or D)

Day 2: Hanoi- Halong Getaway- Bai Tu Long- Fishing village (B-L-D) 

Day 3: Halong – Hanoi- Overnight in Hanoi (B-L)

Day 4: : Flight Hanoi - Danang - Connection tour Danang - Hoi An (B) 

Day 5: Hoi An Ancient town-cooking class- foot massage (B-L)

Day 6: Hoi An - My Son Holly Land & boat trip (B-L) 

Day 7: Hoi An free & Easy day (B) 

Day 8: Hoi An - Danang Departure (B)


Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Welcome to Hanoi- Hanoi walkie talkie -Food tour (L or D)

You will be greeted at the Noi Bai International Airport by our driver, bring you to hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter After that our tour guide will pick you up for Walkie Talkie- food tour, He will take you through more than 20 of the most interesting streets of Hanoi’s old quarter. We will show you the hidden beauties that are not shown on any regular tour! During the tour we will show you the lifestyle of the local people and give you the best information about how their daily life looks like. We don't just take you around Ha Noi's hottest spots - we delve deeper into its historical past, revealing the hidden secrets and giving you the 'Insiders Guide' to life in our awe-inspiring city. From the best local drinks, snacks and street food, the tour guide will explain it all and you will also get the opportunity to taste along the way It's a feast for every sense - the sights, sounds & smells - and not forgetting tasty treats we have in store for you along the way. The use of the walkie-talkies during the whole tour will make sure that you don’t miss anything that the tour guide explains and gives you the opportunity to communicate with him and the other guests during the whole tour We will have a delicious Vietnamese style lunch or dinner at one of the local restaurants.

Inclusions: Transportation, E.Speaking tour guide

Accommodation: **** La Siesta Hotel (Superior twin or double room)

Meals: All snack, lunch or dinner

Drinks: Tea, coffee, mineral water, fruit juice, soft drinks (excluding alcohol)


Day 2: Hanoi- Halong Getaway- Bai Tu Long- Fishing Village (B-L-D)

Our driver will pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi and convey you to Halong City. You will be taken on our excursion boat from the wharf and make your way out onto the bay to board our luxurious craft, Signature Cruise Halong Bay. – You will be welcomed aboard and greeted with a complimentary drink. Our Crew will conduct a compulsory safety procedures session and then you are free to check into your cabin and freshen up. Take some time to have a look around the vessel or watch the magical landscape go by. – As we begin to cruise through the bay a special lunch of fresh seafood and an assortment of appetizing favorites will be served. Dining on a luxury junk with fine food and drinks doesn’t come much better than this. You won’t get a better view in most restaurants around the world. – After lunch we set sail for Bai Tu Long Bay passing the towns of Hon Gai and Cam Pha, extraordinary limestone karst landscapes, Oan Lagoon, Teapot and Monster Head Islets. Explore Vung Vieng fishing village by local rowing boats or kayaks to discover the interesting daily lives of its inhabitants. Signature Cruise Halong Bay will stay close to Hang Trong Islet for the evening. – Our Vietnamese cooking class is a great way to learn how to prepare delicious appetizers and our expert chef will guide you through the process. Dinner tonight is a scrumptious a la carte delight with a range of different options guaranteed to please everyone’s palette. – Witness an unforgettable sunset over the bay and layback on the sun deck for some splendid star gazing. Relax with an exotic cocktail or whatever takes your fancy. Our bar has a wide range or wines, beers and liquors from around the world and is always a welcome sight for guests after a day on Halong Bay. Our onboard amenities and recreation activities are next to none. Try a specialized massage in our spa.

Inclusion: Transport, E.S guide, Mineral water

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: ***** Signature Cruise (Junior suites twin or double room)


Day 3: Hanoi - Overnight in Hanoi (B-L)

The nicest time of the day on Halong Bay is the morning. Head to the upper deck to participate in our daily Tai Chi sessions. Relax with an early morning cup of tea, coffee or juice anywhere you wish on the boat and watch the never ending miraculous scenery unfold before you.
– Enjoy our buffet breakfast. It is one of the best, if not the best in the region and our guests are always satisfied. We provide a wide variety of breakfast favorites and we are sure there will be something for you no matter what your preference is.
– After breakfast we board the excursion boat for a side trip to Surprise Cave (Sung Sot). The 100 stair climb is well worth the extraordinary views this grotto worn over millions of years into a lime stone karst.
– Back onboard it is time to check out of your cabin as we draw closer to the mainland. After a final early lunch and a last goodbye from our crew, you will board our excursion boat and head back to the wharf where you will be met by your return trip vehicle to transfer you to Hanoi.
Arrive your hotel in Hanoi around 4:30PM

Inclusion: Transport, E.S guide, Mineral water

Accommodation: La Siesta Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 4: Flight Hanoi - Danang - Connection tour Danang - Hoi An (B-L)

Flight in the morning to Danang, our guide will welcome you at the airport and transfer to Hoi An. Today we will do connection tour by private guide and car, this to enjoy the wonderful panorama from the top of the Hai Van Pass, visit Lang Co beach, Cham Museum and the Marble Mountain is known as five mountains…On arrival Hoi An ancient town, check in Hoi An Historic Hotel

Inclusion: Transport, Boat, E.S Guide, Entrance Fees, Mineral Water & Wet Tissue, Domestic flight ticket

Accommodation: **** Hoi An Historical Hotel - (Superior twin or double room)

Meals: Breakfast


Day 5: Hoi An Ancient Town - Cooking Class - Foot Massage (B-L)

After breakfast at the hotel, 8:00 Our guide will pick you up at the hotel, Walk around Hoi An
Ancient town for visiting and knowing more of the way local people. Learn more Vietnamese
culture by cooking class and having lunch with local people. Relax after lunch by herbal foot

Inclusion: Transport, E.S Guide, cooking class, herbal foot massage

Accommodation: **** Hoi An Historic Hotel (Superior twin or double room)

Meals: Breakfast and lunch


Day 6: Hoi An - My Son Holly Land tour & boat trip (B-L)

A8:00 Our guide picks you up at hotel and leave Hoi An for visiting My Son Holly Land – theruins of Cham people and was an imperial city during Cham dynasty. Here you can have morechance to explore and understand of technique of Old Cham people in making red bricks to buildTower which still now a secret to everyone, you can see a large complex of religious relics thatcomprises more than 65 architectural works. It also surprises for those who are curious witharchitectural art. In 1999, UNESCO labeled the Cham architecture in My Son as a WorldCultural Heritage Site. Moreover, you have chance to enjoy traditional music performed byCham girls in their colorful uniforms. Then transferring you back to Hoi An to visit the handicraft village of Thanh Ha Ceramic where you will view the various stages of producing themany kinds of the pottery products. The villagers use clay as main material to create pottery products such as bowls, jars, vases, earthen pot, decorative lamps, etc…with a variety of shapes and colors. Especially, you also have opportunity to make a small product by yourself. Take a boat trip on Thu Bon River back to Hoi An, you will admire the daily activities of people on the boat go to markets along the river’s bank to earn their life. Have lunch at restaurant by your own to enjoy the special cuisine of this ancient town before transfer you back to our hotel.

Inclusion: E.S guide

Accommodation: **** Hoi An Historic Hotel (Superior twin or double room)

Meals: Breakfast


Day 7: Hoi An free & Easy day (B)

Accommodation: **** Hoi An Historic Hotel (Superior twin or double room)

Meals: Breakfast


Day 8: Hoi An – Danang Departure (B)

You’ll be dropped off at Danang International Airport for taking flight to next destination or come back home. End of tour. “Goodbye, thank you and see you again”.

Private Transport

Meals: Breakfast

(tour is in optional addition to the above tour) 

Itinerary in brief:

Day 1: Transfer to the train station

Day 2: Sapa- Y Linh Ho- Lao Chai- Tavan- cooking class- foot massage (B-L-D)

Day 3: Tavan- Giang Ta Chai- Bamboo forest- Water fall- Overnight train Sapa- Hanoi(B-L-D)

Day 4: Arrive Hanoi- Pick up at the train station

Day 1: Overnight train to Sapa

At 8:30PM Our guide & driver will pick you up at the hotel for transferring to the train station

Transportation: Private Van with A/C Guide
English speaking tour guide
Accommodation: Deluxe train (Soft sleeper cabin train to Lao Cai in Sapa)

Day 2: Sapa-Y Linh Ho-Lao Chai Tavan (B-L-D)

You will be picked up at the train station upon arrival. Drivers bring you to our hotel in Sapa for Breakfast Your local private Hmong tour guide will meet you after breakfast at around 8 AM. We'll start our trekking with a visit at the market to buy food and fruit for lunch as your wishes, on the way, before we’ll start this fantastic trek to Y Linh Ho, Lao Chai and Ta Van, down in the Muong Hoa valley. This is a great opportunity to take photographs of hereditary terraces that are estimated around 100 years old. We will stop for lunch at a local stay, where we will have lunch, the family will prepare on the local way on wooden fire our lunch, please feel free if you would like to improve your Vietnamese cooking skills. Your guide and the family feel delighted to explain you all.

During the 15 km walk we’ll visit three villages of ethnic populations. The trek leads through the village of Black Hmong people, where you can learn how they weave and embroider their incredible clothes. Further along our descent we’ll enjoy the many colorful rice paddy fields until we reach Ta Van village, inhabited by the Dzay people.

We arrive our traditional house "Homestay" in Ta Van in the late afternoon, where we will be warmly welcomed by the family. The first thing we will do is to rune to our eco garden to pick our veggies for evening dinner and our cooking class. Having and refreshing and enjoying the stunning view over the valley, we have arranged a foot massage for about 30 min as we just need to relax our foots for the next day trek.

We enjoy our traditional Vietnamese dinner & you will know more about the Vietnamese rice wine. We overnight in the "Homestay" with the local family. The homestay accommodation for the evening is basic and cozy, but bedding and mosquito nets are provided.

Transportation: N/A Guide
Local English speaking tour guide
Activities: Trekking (Choose option of 15km or 9km)
Accommodation: Private Homestay
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Tavan-Giang Ta Chai - Sapa - Overnight Train back to Hanoi (B-L-D)

In the morning of the second day open the window and have a look outside — you will be treated to sensational views across the rice terraces. After breakfast, we leave Ta Van and continue our trek to visit the Red Dao people in Giang Ta Chai village. You'll trek through an enchanting bamboo forest. We pass some stunning scenery and a lovely waterfall along our route. As their name suggests, red is used extensively in the Red Dao women’s clothing and scarves. The terrain can be steep at times and slightly challenging. However, passengers with a moderate fitness level should be fine. Our journey leads us along the small paths edging the rice fields, across the Muong Hoa River on the way at a fantastic spot. We’ll have lunch at the homestay before heading back to Sapa Town. Free & Easy late afternoon

After dinner in Sapa, 18:30 we will transfer you to Lao Cai station to take the night train back to Hanoi at 20:20 PM

Transportation: Private minivan A/C
Guide: Local English speaking tour guide
Accommodation: Deluxe train (Soft sleeper cabin)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4: Arrive Hanoi train station

You will arrive Hanoi around 5:30 AM, be pick up at the train station to your hotel in Hanoi.

We had a week in Vietnam with our tours and accommodation all booked through Friends Travel Vietnam. What a marvellous experience - all plans went like clockwork; accommodation was excellent; and as for the tour guides, they were true ambassadors for their country and company. Their local knowledge was extensive; were so proud of their country and in sharing their knowledge with us. We would have no hesitation in recommending Friends Travel Vietnam."TripAdvisor
First and foremost, Friends travel is absolutely amazing with their hospitality and their eagerness to help. Each step along the way, from wherever you might be in Vietnam, they will be ready to help, and they are always just a phone call away. My friend and I from Australia booked 3 tours with them, Halong Bay, Sapa, and Nihm Bihn. We couldn't have ask for a better agency to book with. They took care of us for each and ever single tour and made sure we absolutely loved it."TripAdvisor
We are so impressed by this company's ability to organise fantastic day trips and provide friendly guides. We booked our whole tour with Friends travel and it's been amazing. Every detail has been carefully organised and we've always been kept in the loop on the itinerary and activities"TripAdvisor
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