BEST OF NORTHERN VIETNAM 7 DAYS
Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival
Transfer via: International flight – your arrangement
Up on arrival in Hanoi, you will be welcomed by Hanoi Daily Tours car and driver, transferred to hotel in the city center, check in and relax. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Night train to Sapa (B – L)
07:30 – 08:30 Get picked up by our tour guide and bus then depart for Ninh Binh province (90 km south of Hanoi). Have a break 20 minutes half way to relax and experience Vietnamese handicraft products such as lacquer wares, paintings, embroideries…
10:30 Arrive at Hoa Lu, which is once depicted the ancient capital of Vietnam, settled up in the 10th century.
11:00 Visit temples of two dynasties of Dinh and Le with a very unique architectures in the old time.
11:30 Visit the excavation area beside the Le Dai Hanh temple. You experience the vestiges of Royal Palaces ground dated back 10th century. Go back to the bus and drive to Tam Coc.
CYCLING RIDE (optional): Those who love to explore real countryside images of Vietnam can proceed a 40 minute cycling ride along country lane (from Tam Coc to Bich Dong Pagoda, estimated time 40 minutes for 5km cycling 2 ways), experiencing the beautiful scenery of lush paddy fields. Finish the cycling ride at Tam Coc dock in time for a buffet lunch in restaurant.
14:00 Board the sampan boats (2 people share a boat) in Tam Coc dock to drift down the river among the villages, mountains and lush rice fields. Passing through 3 caves “Hang Ca – First cave, Hang Hai -Second cave, Hang Ba – Third cave” to get a strange feeling. Boat returns to the dock for bus drive back to Hanoi.
Tour ends at hotel arround 18:00, we have a shower at hotel before picking up and transfer to train station for a night train to Sapa. Overnight on train.
Day 3: Lao Cai – Sapa – Cat Cat – Sin Chai (5 hours trekking, 12 km, 2 villages ) (B – L – D)
06h00: Pick up at Lao Cai train station to Sapa by minibus. Arrive in Sapa in the mid-morning, then have breakfast and relax at hotel, after that the guide takes you to visit two villages of Black H’mong people (Cat Cat Village), a waterfall and you have a chance to see the hydroelectric power station built by the French. Back to Sapa for lunch. At the afternoon you are free to visit Sapa town and Sapa market. Dinner and overnight in Sapa.
Day 4: Lao Chai – Ta Van (B – L – D)
After breakfast, the guide takes you to the villages of the H’mong and Dzay called Lao Chai and Ta Van. The day is devoted to a beautiful hike through the breathtaking scenery of Sapa valley. Start by road that descends in the wake of the street Cau May (6 km) En route, admire the rice terraces hidden behind mist of the morning, a truly awe-inspiring sight.
Follow a small track and cross Muong Hoa River and pass well tended rice terraces on your way to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai. Continuing through the colorful rice terraces you willreach the village of Ta Van Giay. As you continue your trek along the Muong Hoa River you will cross a small suspension bridge, roughly 2km from the settlement. Here you can discover a fascinating collection of rock carvings. These engravings depict some beautiful images of man, stilt houses and some beautiful decorative patterns. We lunch in a home in the village. After lunch the walk continues through a bamboo forest to visit Red Dao ethnic minority village. After taking a rest nearby a waterfall to refresh, you start climbing uphill to a road where the car is ready for your journey back to Lao Cai railway. Overnight on the train.
Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)
We will arrive in Hanoi at around 4:30 AM, and then transfer to hotel for our short relax and breakfast.
At 08:00 AM, we will start our tour to Halong Bay.
The vehicle takes us through the Red River Delta for 3,5 hour and we will arrive the port at around midday. Welcome by the Cruiser crew team and enjoy fresh seafood lunch while the cruise is gliding out.
In the afternoon, we visit Sung Sot cave (Surprising cave) in the middle of the Bay and swim. The sunset’s coming is our time to relax on the deck with favorite drink…
Delicious dinner will be served with typical local seafood.
Overnight on boat.
Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L)
This morning, we will visit Titop Island and relax on the beach. Optional for us is walking up to the top of the island to get panoramic view of the anchorage area.
We then back to the Cruiser to learn the recipes and techniques that go into the most popular dish of the Vietnamese food.
Lunch will be served when cruising back to the port where our awaiting vehicle will transfer us back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 7: Hanoi – Departure (B)
Transfer via: International flight – your arrangement
Free until transfer you to the airport for your flight home. Trips end!
|TOUR CLASS||ACCOMMODATION||Price Per Person (US$)|
|1 Pax||2 Pax||3 – 4 Pax||5 – 8 pax||Singlesupplement|
|Superior (2*)||Hanoi Asia Star HotelHoang Ha Sapa HotelDragon Superior Cruise||458||414||373||315||90|
|Deluxe (3*)||Hanoi An Hung HotelSapa Unique HotelHalong Glory cruise||525||433||414||402||165|
|Luxury (3*+)||Hanoi Maison HotelSapa Chau Long HotelHalong Paloma cruise||785||602||590||577||225|
What’s Included ?
+ Sapa hotel base in twin/ double.
+ Meals as itinerary: Breakfast, Lunch
+ Pick-up/ Drop off at Lao Cai Train station.
+ Pick up/drop off at Hanoi Hotel to Hanoi Train Station.
+ Return train tickets: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi (4 soft sleeper A/C wooden cabin – Sharing cabin)
+ Travel in an appropriate air-conditioned vehicle and/or a Jeep with an experienced safe driver.
+ Kayak and gears (halong bay cruise)
+ 02 bottles of water in cabin (halong bay cruise)
+ Experienced English-speaking guides.
+ Entrances Fees
What’s Excluded ?
– Sapa hotel early check in.
– International flight tickets and airport tax.
– Visa services.
– Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.