Amazing North Vietnam Tour
On arrival at Hanoi ‘s Noi Bai International airport, you will be greeted by our guide and transferred to your hotel in town. Welcome dinner at a lovely restaurant in the Old French Quarter of Hanoi. In the evening enjoy a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi
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Day 1: Arrival Hanoi (D)
On arrival at Hanoi 's NoiBai International airport, you will be greeted by our guide and transferred to your hotel in town. Welcome dinner at a lovely restaurant in the Old French Quarter of Hanoi. In the evening enjoy a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B/L)
The colonial capital city Hanoi is a unique Asian city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and oriental pagodas and temples. This full day tour takes you around Hanoi's most interesting sights, including the Ho Chi Minh Complex: Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and his Stilt House, Presidential Palace and the One Pillar Pagoda nearby, and the Old Quarter also known as the 36 streets and guilds. Also on the tour - the Lake of the Restored Sword and Ngoc Son Temple, the Temple of Literature, peaceful West Lake with lovers street Thanh Nien, the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple and one of the city's museums, either the History Museum or the Ethnology Museum.
Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay on Deluxe Junk (B/L/D)
This morning we will depart Hanoi at 8:30 a.m. for a four-hour drive through the Red River Delta to Ha Long City. Upon arrival, we transfer to our boat for a cruise of the crystalline emerald waters of Halong Bay, giving us the chance to take in the stunning scenery of this UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. While on board we will be served a sumptuous fresh, local seafood lunch followed by a swim. We will also have the chance to explore some of the limestone caves in this area.
We pick you up at your hotel lobby, and we will travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay. Welcome to junk. Seafood lunch on the boat. Cruising around, visit Thien Cung multiform stalactites & stalagmites, Wooden head cave, Tuan Chau cave, dog island, Dinh Huong island, Cach Buom island, rooster fighting island. Swimming on Titop beach or Hoa Cuong beach. Watching sunset. Fishing, rowing bamboo boat. Overnight on Junk
Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi- Laocai by night train (B/L)
Enjoy breakfast on board. Cruise around Bai Tu Long bay, passing by Bai Tho Mountain. Lunch. Sail back to the harbor where our car will be waiting to transfer us back to Hanoi. In the evening, you take the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train.
Day 5: Lao Cai - Sapa (B)
The train arrives at the Lao Cai train station at approximately 6:00 am. There will be a vehicle waiting to transfer us to Sapa. The drive to Sapa is only 33 km but it takes around 1.5 hours. Once at Sapa, we will check into Victoria hotel (Early check-in subject to availability) and have breakfast at the Ta Van Restaurant of Victoria Hotel and then enjoy a free morning to explore around town. Meet your guide in the hotel lobby at 2 pm for a walking tour to the hill tribe villages of Cat Cat, home to the H'mong ethnic minority peoples. As you walk to the villages nestled in the valley below Sapa, you will meet some of the local minority people on their way to and from Sapa. In the village, you have the opportunity to share cultural experiences with the families that live in the area. Overnight in Victoria Sapa hotel.
Day 6: Sapa Walking (B/L)
Following breakfast at we explore the Sapa daily market and then set out on the 3-4 hour trek that will take us along buffalo paths and trails and through several hill tribe villages of Lao Chai and Tavan, home to H'mong, and Dzay people. This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet. Stop for a picnic lunch on the way at a family in Ta Van village. Overnight in Victoria Sapa hotel.
Day 7: Sapa - Lao Cai for night train to Hanoi (B/L)
This morning we climb up to Ham Rong Mountain, which gives you a great panoramic view over Sapa and its surrounding areas, and you can explore two orchid gardens and other flowers gardens. After hotel check-out, we travel to Ta Phin valley, where the Red Dao and H'mong live. Transfer to Lao Cai station for night train back to Hanoi. Overnight on train.
Day 8: Departure Hanoi
Early arrive in Hanoi station at around 6:00 am. Pick up and transfer to Hanoi airport for your onward flight. End of tour.