This trip allows students and teachers to enjoy the northern Vietnam highlights within only five days. The trip covers two main attractions of Vietnam including: Hanoi and Halong Bay. This is a short trip for a short school holiday but it still strikes the balance between visiting, relax and fun

Tour Code: VTSC 05
Duration: 5 Days
Tour Type: School holiday
Starts / Ends: Hanoi / Hanoi
Tour Route: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hanoi
Dates: No fixed departure dates. You may go whenever you wish.
Activity Level: Regular Itinerary
Group Size: From 10 students on ward
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form).

Special Notes:

  • Room allocation: female students and male students can stay at separately floor in hotel.
  • Available mini bar at rooms but no alcoholic drinks (or it can be removed up on request)
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Rooms with twin beds (2 single beds or 3 single beds)
  • All bus transfer with seat belts
  • Life jackets on boat are available
  • Tour guide supervisor during kayaking in Halong Bay
  • Hanoi city tour will be organized with students’ objects
  • Internet access at lobby of hotel
  • Traditional music with Water puppet show
  • Vegetarian or allergic is strictly noted and should be informed in advance
  • Experience, knowledgeable and good English skill tour guide(s)

Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi
Day 2: Halong Bay (Overnight on deluxe junk cruise)
Day 3: Halong Bay – Hanoi
Day 4: Hanoi – City tour
Day 5: Hanoi – Departure

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Day 1: Arrival Hanoi (D)

Transfer via: International Flight on your own arrangement Accommodations: Majestic Salute Hotel or equivalent
Upon arrival, you will be welcome by our tour leader and transfer to our centrally located hotel in Hanoi. If arrival time is early, a welcome dinner will be organized at a fine local restaurant in town. And followed by a tour brief carry out by tour leader

Day 2: Hanoi – Halong Bay (Overnight on deluxe junk cruise) (B, L, D)

Transfer via: private bus Accommodations: Halong Sail cruises – Cabin with bathroom in the side and air-condition
At 08:30 we will be picked up at our hotel then transfer to Halong. We will pass the fertile rice paddies fields in the Red River Delta. On the way, we will have a chance to stop at a humanity center. We arrive at about noontime and we will be warmly welcomed by the friendly crew team. After a welcome drink and check-in procedure, our lunch will be served in the restaurant on the cruise while we enjoy fresh local specialty whilst cruising among thousands of limestone karst islands & islets. Pass by the most breathtaking scenery such as Dog Islet, Incense Burner Islet, Hoa Cuong Floating Village, Fighting Cocks Islet and Thumb Islet. We also have the chance to visit one of the most impressive caves in Halong Bay, the Amazing cave with thousand stalagmites and stalactites with many beautiful shape and colors. Then we keep cruising to other side and have a remote watch from boat to Pearl Farm.

Later we return to Titop Island. Make various options for doing sightseeing with opened panoramic view at the peak of the mountain. Going for a walk on a sandy beach or swimming in the emerald water surface of the World Heritage Site.
Around 17:30 we will anchor for the night. We have options for kayaking and swimming from the boat or simply enjoy the sunset from the top deck.
Tonight we will enjoy our BBQ Dinner at the restaurant. Our night activities would be a wide choice of options such as fishing, Karaoke or simply just relax

Day 3: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L, D)

In the early morning at 6.00 o’clock, we wake up and enjoy the fresh air and breeze from the sea. We can enjoy the sunrise is over Ha long bay and try out some Tai Chi in the early morning.
At 7.00 o’clock our breakfast will be served at the restaurant. After breakfast, we will take a sampan to visit Tunnel Cave (Hang Luon) by going through the mountain. Kayaking is available and optional (if booked in advance). After the Tunnel Cave, set sail to have a continuation of the cruise, pass by Human Head Islet, Turtle Islet and head to Ha Long pier by cruising in Bai Tu Long bay which is close to the city and gradually become a thriving region. At 10.00 o’clock we will check out and our delicious seafood lunch is served at the restaurant.

At 11:30 we disembark and goodbye the crews for our bus journey back to Hanoi. We will be back Hanoi around 16:30, check-in our hotel and in the evening we will go our for the unique Water Puppet show and then enjoy our dinner at a fine restaurant in town.

Day 4: Hanoi – City tour (B, L, D)

Tour type: Land tour + Private Guided with your own English speaking guide (otherwise specified), your own driver at your own pace and schedule.
Place & Transport: Hanoi
Today’s visit:
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Presidential Palace; the Temple of Literature, the Ethnology Museum; West Lake area (Quan Thanh Temple and Tran Quoc Pagoda), Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake; The Water Puppet show; visit outside Opera House, Hoa Lo Prison; Army Museum.

Lunch at K.O.T.O restaurant. K.O.T.O, founded by Vietnamese Australian Jimmy Pham, is a non-profit organization which is run by local children who Jimmy recruited from the streets. After lunch, the group will then visit one of the most interesting museums in Vietnam, the ethnology museum. Manager or staff of the restaurant to have a briefing with the group and to provide leaflets for students when they have their lunch here.

Ho Chi Minh Complex: Completed in 1975 the complex contains Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh museum.
The Temple of Literature: Originally built as a temple to Confucius, this is the site of Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070. We then take lunch at one of Hanoi’s many fine restaurants.

Westlake area with Tran Quoc Pagoda
Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake: The Ngoc Son temple is set on a tiny island on the Hoan Kiem Lake, its history dating back to the 13th century. Dinner at a fine local Restaurant.

Day 5: Hanoi – Departure (B)

Transfer via: International Flight on your own arrangement
Today our awaiting vehicle will transfer us to the airport for our flight to home.

About Price:
Since this is a private tour, the price per person varies and depends on many aspects, such as your group size, the hotel ratings, your departure date and your specific requirements. If you want to get a custom price quote for this tour, please fill out the online inquiry form and give us as much information as possible about your trip. Your online travel consultants will be at your service and help you make the most of your travel time and dollars!

What’s included?

  • Expert English speaking guide(s) – other language upon request
  • Private transfer & transportation with air conditioning (Bus with seat belts)
  • Entrance fees & permits during the guiding time
  • Accommodation base on twin share with daily breakfast
  • Government tax
  • Private junk in Halong Bay
  • Meals indicated in the itinerary
  • 1 bottle of water/person/day

If you have any specific food requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us in advance so that we can provide notice to our restaurant, tour guide or our partners so that they san server you better. In the school trip normally we put most of the meals in the itinerary so the teacher or parent can look after their children better. Please be noted that, in some cases we would recommend students having meal at a KFC as they love it. If you are a food lover, Viet Vision Travel can be your culinary guide and provide you the opportunity to savor tempting local food and world-famous dishes.

Meals are included as specified in the itinerary. Meal codes are: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.

Breakfast – Each breakfast will be served in your hotel. Breakfast selections include both Vietnamese and Western dishes to meet every diner’s taste.

Lunch – Lunches are normally arranged at the Vietnamese restaurants near the scenic spots. Your tour guides will order food according to your appetite. Most are Vietnamese dishes, and some are modified to fit westerners’ tastes.

Dinner – Same as lunch. If you prefer to not eat Vietnamese food, Viet Vision Travel suggests you have dinner on your own. Your local tour guide can recommend some good western restaurants in the area.



  • William

    What kind of hotels you provide for Vietnam school trips? Is it included breakfast?

    • Most hotels in Vietnam we provide are 3 star hotels or higher standard with modern facilities and good service within convenient walking distance to local highlights. The breakfasts are included with buffet style combine Vietnamese traditional dishes.

  • Is it possible for our student to drink water on tap?

    • Stephen

      No, the water on taps is not fresh for direct use. Bottled water or boiled water is recommended. Actually, we support one bottle of water for each person per day, you should not worry too much.

  • Is it the best time to visit Vietnam in February?

    • Stephen

      February is wonderful time to visit Vietnam when the weather is quite cool that is suitable for outdoor activities especially school group.

  • Do you provide private transfers for our school group when coming to Vietnam?

    • Stephen

      Yes, we offer our customers private transfer with air-condition as well as private junk cruises in the trip in Halong Bay or Mekong River.

  • Rosemary

    Our school group plan to visit Vietnam next year, But we have limited time for Vietnam before traveling to Cambodia. What can we do with 5 days school trip?

    • We strongly recommend you 5 Days Northern Vietnam School Trip for most highlights in Hanoi and Halong Bay. After arriving in Hanoi, you and your school group can have a visit and overnight stay in Halong Bay cruise, then explore some caves in Halong Bay as well as enjoy many activities during Halong Bay trip. You come back to Hanoi in the end of day 3 to take a rest and prepare for Hanoi city tour in the morning of day 4 and then leave Hanoi in day 5.

  • We are concerning about our children’s stay in the hotels, will you divide male and female student?

    • Yes, male and female students will be stayed in separated floor in the hotel.

  • Can you remove alcohol from the mini bars? Our children are quite mischievous.

  • Some teachers in our school group are vegetarian. Can you arrange the meals for them?

    • Stephen

      Sure, we will arrange the meals for you as requirement. If you have any requirement for your meals (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us in advance so that we can order and note with the hotels and restaurants.

  • What longest tours for school trip in Vietnam?

    • Stephen

      The longest tours in our program is 15 days, but we can absolutely make it longer by customize tours. Please let us know your travel date as well as number of participants in inquiry form and we will customize tours as your requirement.

  • What is the best time for school vacation in northern Vietnam? Is November is a nice time for traveling in Vietnam?

    • Tracey

      Generally, there is no best time to visit Vietnam. Because each season and place have its own characters. But the time between November and March is the most comfortable time to visit northern Vietnam when the weather is cool and dry.

  • Can we customize tours for our school vacation in Vietnam?

    • Stephen

      Of course, you can customize tours for your holiday in Vietnam to meet your needs. We also prefer and support you to make the best trip in Vietnam. Please tell us your specific requirements in inquiry form.

  • Do you support life jackets for our children when cruising in Halong Bay?

    • Stephen

      Yes, your children will be support life jackets during school trip in Halong Bay.

  • Do you offer water during school trips?

    • Tracey

      Yes, we will offer our customers a bottle of water during their trip in Vietnam.

  • Berly Rash

    Do you have 5 Day Hanoi – Halong Bay Highlights Tour for school vacation?

    • Tracey

      Yes, we are available Tour 5 Day Hanoi – Halong Bay Highlights. You can visit War Museum, Hoa Lo Prison, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum & Museum, and Arts Museum, orphanage at Bo De Pagoda and Halong Bay.

  • Is it possible if our students attend a cooking class?

    • Stephen

      Absolutely, they do attend the cooking class in Hoi An. You also see more information of 14 Days Vietnam School Trip on our website.

  • Do our students need to bring cash to Vietnam vacation?

    • Angela

      Actually, they don’t need to bring cash during Vietnam school trips. But they can bring a little money for buying souvenirs as well as paying additional things throughout the trip. They can also bring Master card and Visa. Many stores and restaurants accept them.

  • Patricia

    Is it safe if a group of 35 students visit Cai Be floating market by wood boat? That I see the boat is very small and I am concern with our safety.

    • Angela

      Yes, it is very safe. All of boat is for tourists and nobody complain about this boat. We will divide to small groups and each group will visit Cai Be floating market in private boat. It is small and suitable with Cai Be river transport system.

  • Victoria

    Do all meals include in tour program? Our school are traveling Vietnam in middle December about 9 days.

    • Actually, it is not at all. Some meals are included but some are not. It will be a great experience for students when they can be free to explore Vietnam’s cuisine… You can also customize this tour with our support. We arrange all meals include in tour program.

  • Our students are interesting in 10 days Vietnam trip. They love exposing Vietnam folk song throughout the North to the South. Could you arrange the trip include visit folk song land?

    • Stephen

      Absolutely, you can customize tour to visit the lands of folk song. There are many lands of folk song which were recognized by UNESCO as would heritage, such as Quan Ho folk song, Xoan singing, Ca Tru singing, Don Ca Tai Tu, Nha Nhac-Vietnamese court music. We will combine to visit and attend folk music show in Vietnam vacation.

  • Can we get any discount if we are big group of student?

    • Tracey

      Of course, we will offer the discount depending on the size of your group.

  • Ramsay

    Is it safe for 20 students go kayaking in Halong Bay? How many students per one kayak?

    • Tracey

      Yes, it is safe. All students are equipped with life jacket during school trip. We will guide students to use kayak and always keep an eye on them. 2 students are allowed in one kayak to make sure their safety.

  • Can you arrange other restaurant for our group if we do not like Vietnamese food?

    • Stephen

      Yes, actually most of Vietnamese dishes are modified to meet your westerner’s taste. But in case you do not really like Vietnamese food, we can arrange western restaurants as your requirement.