Northern Vietnam highlights
Duration: 6 days - 5 nights
Tour features: Hanoi - Halong - Sapa, Sightseeing, culture, adventure and trekking experience.
Spend some time in Vietnam's picturesque Northern, from the charming capital Hanoi with its thousand years of history to the enchanting Halong Bay. Stay aboard the luxurious cruise boat as we explore the secluded lagoons and caves of the bay. The trip also takes us into rural landscapes with emerald green rice paddies and remote villages in Sapa
Day 1: Arrival to Hanoi (D)
Arrive at Noi Bai international airport. Welcome by your local tour guide and driver. Transfer to your hotel in the city center. Take an orientation tour on the cyclos (if time permits). Welcome dinner. Overnight at your chosen hotel in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B,L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts and the One Pillar Pagoda. Continue on to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first university. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Museum of Ethnology, Hoan Kiem lake, Ngoc Son temple and enjoy riding in a rickshaw for 1 hour in the old quater of Hanoi and its teeming streets filled with fascinating shops. Dinner at the restarant. Transfer to the train station for departure to Sapa on the night train. Overnight in an air-conditioned soft sleeper cabin.
Day 3: Lao Cai - Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van (B,L)
Arrive at Lao Cai station at 6:00am. Pick up at Lao Cai Station then transfer to Sapa. Have breakfast then leave the hotel, start trekking downhill to Y Linh Ho and Muong Hoa Valley through rice paddies and small hamlets to learn the life of hill tribes here. Communication exchange with local people in Lao Chai village then continuing walking through villages and rice terraced fields to Ta Van village settled by Dzay ethnic. Have pinic lunch on the way then keep going to the bottom of Sapa valley which is supposed to be the most beautiful one in the area. Back to Sapa in the afternoon by jeep or car. Overnight at hotel in Sapa.
Day 4: Sapa – Cat Cat – Ta Phin - Hanoi (B,L)
Breakfast at hotel. Trek down to Cat Cat village of Black H'Mong tribe. Enjoy the waterfall in CatCat village and beautiful scenery along the way. Jeep back to Sapa. Check out the hotel. Have lunch at the local restaurant. Afternoon, take a car to Ta Phin village to visit the house of Red Dao people, walk around the village to explore the custom, daily life and weaving technique of the Red Dao people. Transfer to Lao Cai for overnight train back to Ha noi. Overnight in an air-conditioned soft sleeper cabin
Day 5: Hanoi - Halong (B,L,D)
Arrive in Hanoi around 5.00am. Pick up at the railway station. Transfer to a restaurant for breakfast then leave for Ha Long Bay through the Red River Delta. Board on the Junk, enjoy a welcome drink on arrival, check in your cabin. Enjoy the seafood lunch served on board. Cruise to the Bay to enjoy the beautiful views of the world natural heritage with limestone cliffs growing up from the green tranquil water, see Dinh Huong Island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island, Sail island, visit Sung Sot Cave the nicest cave in the Bay, visit Titop island, walk up the hill to enjoy the panorama of the Bay, relax on the beach. Have dinner and relax in quiet and fresh Bay. The boat anchored in the bay, rocked by the gentle ocean waves. (Optional: Kayaking). Overnight on the boat
Day 6: Halong - Hanoi (B,L)
A new day wake you up with joys and emotions in an early morning for watching sunrise on sea. Have breakfast on boat. More cruising to explore the Bay with Man head island, Tortoise Island, take a light rowing boat trip to discover Luon Cave, enjoy the impressive views of Bai Tu Long Bay, Bai Tho Mountain, and the city overview. Have lunch on board while cruising back to the dock. Disembark at Halong Tourist Wharf for the return to Hanoi. Return to Hanoi (Or transfer to the airport for departure flight). End of services.
Prices quoted are in USD per person
||3 - 5 pax
||6 - 9 pax
|First Class ***
- Air conditioning (A/C) private car/van for pick up, transfer and sightseeing as per program.
- Hotel accommodation shared in twin/double with daily breakfast
- A/C private soft sleeper train ticket: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Hanoi (4pax/cabin)
- English speaking tour guide
- Shared cruise in Ha Long Bay (separate room, en-suite bathroom)
- Kayaking paddles (Optional)
- All entrance fees, cyclos and cruises
- Meals as indicated (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
- Drink water
- Travel insurance
- Drinks and other meals not mentioned in the tour program
- Personal expenses