Day 1: Ha Noi and arrival
On arrival at Noi Bai international airport, welcome by the guide and driver and transfer to the hotel in the city center. Leisure time for relaxing after the flight. Overnight at hotel in Ha Noi City.
Day 2: Ha Noi City Tour
After breakfast at the hotel, visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex, including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts and the One Pillar Pagoda. Next head to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university (Almost 1000 years old). Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, visit the Museum of Ethnology, Hoan Kiem lake, Ngoc Son temple and enjoy a 1 hour cyclo tour of the old quarter of Hanoi with its busy streets full of shops offering bargains. Dinner on guest’s account. Pick up at hotel in Hanoi and transfer to Hanoi railway station for boarding the Express Train to Lao Cai. Overnight in an air-conditioned soft sleeper wooden cabin. (4 pax/cabin or 2 pax/cabin on request).
Day 3: Lao Cai – Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van
Arrive at Lao Cai station in early morning, transfer from Lao Cai Station to Sapa town. Enjoy breakfast and start trekking downhill to Y Linh Ho village in the Muong Hoa Valley. Stroll through rice paddies and small hamlets to witness the lifestyle of hill tribes in the area. Time to speak to local people in Lao Chai village. Continue roaming through villages and rice terraced fields to Ta Van village, home of Dzay ethnic people. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the way and continue on to the base of Sapa valley which is well known to be the most beautiful valley in the area. Head back to Sapa in the afternoon. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at hotel in Sapa.
Day 4: Sapa – Cat Cat – Ta Phin – Ha Noi
Breakfast at the hotel. Start a downhill trek to Cat Cat village, home of the Black H’Mong tribe. Enjoy a nice waterfall in Cat Cat village and beautiful scenery along the way. You will be taken by Jeep back to Sapa. Check out of the hotel. Have lunch at the local restaurant. After lunch, go by car to a village to visit the home of the Red Dao people, stroll around the village to explore the customs, daily life and weaving techniques of the Red Dao people. Dinner on guest’s account Transfer to Lao Cai for the night train back to Ha Noi. Overnight in an air-conditioned soft sleeper cabin. (4 pax/cabin or 2 pax/cabin on request).
Day 5: Ha Noi – Ha Long
Arrive Hanoi in the early morning, pick up and transfer to the hotel in the old quarter for shower and breakfast. Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi. Drive to Halong City through paddy fields in the Red River Delta. Stopover on the way for a refreshment break. Board the Junk and enjoy a welcome drink on arrival, check in to your cabin. Enjoy a sea seafood lunch served on board. Cruise on the Bay and enjoy beautiful views of this world natural heritage site with limestone cliffs growing up from the green tranquil water. See Dinh Huong Island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island and Sail Island. Visit the Vung Vieng fishing village by local rowing boat (01 hour) or Kayak into the village then return to the vessel for your leisure or join one of the following optional activities: Sunbathing, traditional massage, swimming etc. Have dinner and relax in the quiet and calm of the Bay. Overnight on board.
Day 6: Ha long – Ha noi
Wake up and start your day with Taichi on the sundesk. Have breakfast, coffee, tea and pastries… for breakfast are served in the dining room with morning view of bay’s landscape. Transfer by tender to the Surprise Cave. Walk up about 100 steps to the cave entrance and tour the cave for approximately 45 minutes. Walk down about 100 steps and return to the boat. Have lunch/brunch while cruising back to the pier. Return to Ha Noi. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight at the hotel in Ha Noi.
Day 7: Hanoi – departure
Breakfast at the hotel. Free leisure time until transfer to the airport for departure. End of Northern Vietnam with Sapa tour.
Tour price includes:
- A/c private car/van/minibus for pick up, transfer and sightseeing as per program.
- A/c soft sleeper train ticket: Ha Noi – Lao Cai – Ha Noi (4pax/cabin, wooden cabin)
- English speaking tour guide
- Shared cruise in Ha Long Bay
- Kayaking (Optional)
- All entrance fees, riskshaw and cruises
- Half board package meals as indicated (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
Tour price excludes :
- Travel insurance
- Drinks and other meals not mentioned in the tour program
- Personal expenses