NORTHERN VIETNAM TREASURES

Hanoi -> Sapa -> Halong Bay/ Lan ha Bay

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Overview

The north of Vietnam is home to three treasures, Hanoi, the ‘Paris of the Orient’, the richly cultural hill tribe town of Sapa, and the World Heritage Site of Halong Bay. This tour takes in all of these in just 7 days, the perfect way to experience Northern Vietnam at its best.

Itinerary Summary

By Day Destinations Activities Meals
Day 1 Fly to Hanoi
Day 2 Hanoi - Ninh Binh Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Hanoi - Heading to Sapa - Cat Cat Village Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Fansipan Mountain - Hanoi Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Hanoi - Halong Bay/ Lan ha Bay - Overnight on Cruise Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Halong Bay/ Lan ha Bay - Hanoi Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Hanoi departure Breakfast

Full itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Hanoi

Upon your arrival at Hanoi airport, look for our driver who will be waiting for you with a sign bearing your name. The journey from the airport to your hotel will take approximately one hour and is an entertaining experience full of chaotic traffic, distinctive architecture and overloaded motorbikes. Check in your hotel and enjoy your free time in Hanoi as your leisure.

Meals:

Day 2

Hanoi - Ninh Binh

07:00 – 07:30 Our guide will meet you at your hotel and start 110km modern Bus-journey through verdant landscape of country side. Short-brake en route.

10:45 – Visit Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel with Dinh King Temple and Le King Temple dating back to the 17th Century.

12:00 – Enjoy lunch at our restaurant with the great local cuisine.

13:30 – Boarding a small sampan to visit Tam Coc which means literally “three caves” (1.5 hour boat trip). With Halong bay type views of majestic limestone cliffs and mysterious caves, as well as countryside landscape like peaceful streams, rice paddies and deserted green fields, Tam Coc really has it all. You will feel the fresh air and peaceful moments, very good opportunities for photo lovers, freezing the special moments and scenery.

15:30 – Arrive at Mua Cave and start an amazing trek up to the top of Ngoa Long Mountain for watching the spectacular rice valley with specious view of the nature.

17:15 – Return to our bus and then come back to Ha Noi

19:30 – Drop you off at your hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

Hanoi - Heading to Sapa - Cat Cat Village

After breakfast at hotel, our driver will pick you up at lobby of hotel at 6.30-6.50, then, departing to Sapa by following Noi Bai - Lao Cai high-way. Upon arrival Sapa, check in hotel and have a lunch at local restaurant. Afterthat, a walk down to the South-west of Sapa (around 4 km) to visit Cat Cat village of the Black H’mong. Relax at the food of the stunning waterfall and the vestige of a hydroelectric power station that was constructed by the French during the colonial time in Vietnam. Enjoy picnic lunch by the side of the river, and then next 6 km to Sin Chai, the village located at the foot of Fansipan Mountain, “the roof of Vietnam and Indochina”. From here you can enjoy huge stunning landscapes before climbing up on the way a Car to return to Sapa

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Fansipan Mountain - Hanoi

After breakfast, visit Fansipan, the highest peak of Indochina mountains. It normally takes people one or two days to reach the Peak of Fansipan Mountain on foot. However, you will take the three-rope cable car system which carries you from the bottom to the highest point of the mountain in 15-20 minutes. Fansipan cable car is kind of a modern three-wire cable in the world, the first time presence in Asia. Distance from the Muong Hoa Valley to the peak is 6,2km long, a total of 35 cabins, passing 6 main pillars, each pillar is away from each other 1 km.

From there, you can enjoy the scenery and magnificent views to Sapa and can admire views of Muong Hoa valley and Hoang Lien National Forest from above. Also beautiful landscape of Lai Chau province. Then, you will be transferred back to Sapa. Free until 15.00, return Hanoi.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Hanoi - Halong Bay / Lan Ha Bay - Overnight on Cruise

ur guide and shuttle bus will pick you up at lobby of hotel at 8.00 -8.20AM and start journey east to Halong Bay, through picturesque rice-farming villages of the Red River Delta, where we see every day Vietnamese village life. On arrival, we board a beautiful traditional junk and spend a full day and night cruising the bay’s 3000 magnificent limestone islets. In the evening when the boat is anchored in the middle of the stunning lagoon, we enjoy a wonderful seafood meal and overnight on board. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Halong Bay/ Lan Ha Bay - Hanoi

Awake early and participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply relax and enjoy the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, before setting out to explore nearby islands by rowboat. Return to the junk for breakfast then take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of Halong. Have brunch on board the boat before returning to Halong pier to get back Hanoi 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

Hanoi departure

Transfer to Hanoi for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

Trip Notes

Inclusions

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • English speaking guide [Other languages are available as well]
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All transfers / Transportation
  • Daily bottle water on coach

Exclusions

  • Visa
  • International or Domestic flights
  • Tips or anything not mentioned in the itinerary

Accommodation

Destinations 3 star 4 star 5 star
Hanoi

Bella Rose Suite

Tirant Hotel

Sofitel Metropole Hanoi

Halong Bay

Swan Cruise

Aclass Stella Cruise

Athena Cruise

Sapa

Sapa Unique Hotel

BB Hotel Sapa

Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa

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