Day 02: Hanoi city tour – Night train to Sapa (B/L)
We start our one day city tour from the lobby of the hotel at 8:30am with our tour guide & driver pick -up. We will drive to Ho Chi Minh Complex, where we will spend a couple of hour to visit: Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum, his Former Stilt-house Residence, the Presidential Palace and One Pillar Pagoda. Keep going to see the Temple of Literature: Originally built as a temple to Confucius, this is the site of Vietnam's first university dating back to 1070. The temple highlights the importance that Vietnamese society placed then and now on education. Lunch will be at a fine local restaurant in Hanoi. In the afternoon, we will visit one of the most interesting museums in Vietnam, Museum of Ethnology, which is widely acknowledged as the best in the country and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam's 54 Ethnic minority people. Following by that we will wander around the city by car to see the real life of Hanoi as well as the difference parts the city. After that we get back to city center where we take one-hour cyclo around the Old Quarter, known as the 36 streets, this bustling area of narrow streets is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. Transfer to the station for a night rain to Sapa. Overnight on train.
Day 03: Sapa – Cat Cat Village (B) The train arrives at the Lao Cai train station at approximately 06:00. There will be a vehicle waiting to transfer us to Sapa. Driving to Sapa is only 38 km but it takes around one hour to make our way up the mountains. Once at Sapa, we will check into the hotel (if the room is available – check in time after 12:00). After freshening up and having breakfast we are ready to explore Sapa town. We embark on a lovely walking tour to the hill tribe village of Cat Cat, home of the H'Mong hill tribe minority people. As we walk to the villages nestled in the valley below Sapa we will meet some of the local minority people on their way to and from Sapa. Here we have the opportunity to share cultural experiences with families that live in the area. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 04: Sapa – Muong Hoa valley – Lao Chai - Ta Van - Night train to Hanoi (B/L)
Breakfast in the hotel we then, embark on a lovely trek that will take us along buffalo paths and trails and through several hills tribe villages Lao Chai & Ta Van, home to Black H'mong, and Dzay people. This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet. Once on the valley floor you can really appreciate the wonderful scenery that surrounds you. The walls of the valley are covered with multi-layered rice terraced fields and scattered villages. Return to Sapa and then to Lao Cai railway station by car. The guide sees you off there and takes you on the train.
Day 05 - 06: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay- Hanoi (B/ L) Arrive Hanoi in the early morning, take a room for refresh, having breakfast. We are met at the lobby of hotel by our tour guide & driver at 08:00AM for a transfer to Halong Bay. After more than 3 hours driving including a stop-over in Hai Duong city, we arrive in Halong Bay at around 11:30. We move from our car to our private boat. Enjoy a fresh seafood lunch onboard your traditional junk while cruising leisurely through the natural wonders of Ha Long Bay, passing the most beautiful spots in the Bay. Discover the amazing stalactites in Dau Go (Wooden Stakes) Grotto and Thien Cung (Haven Palace) Grotto with their fantastic history. Visit Sung Sot Cave on the next day and return Hanoi in the afternoon. Overnight on cruises in Ha Long Bay.
Day 07: Hanoi – departure (B) Free until transfer to the airport for the flight back home. End of all service here.
What is included?
All transfer and transportation vehicle with air conditioning
Hotel accommodation base on twin sharing room
English speaking tour guide ( other language upon request)
Train ticket: Hanoi – Sapa – Hanoi
Meals as listed in the itinerary: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D – Dinner
Boat trip in Ha Long Bay
Entrance fees and water
What is excluded?
Visa to Vietnam
International and domestic airfare
Other meals and drinks
Other optional and activities not on the package
Travel insurance, personal expense