Northern Highlights 12 days
On arrival at Hanoi ‘s Noi Bai International airport, you will be greeted by our guide and transferred to your hotel in town.
- Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services
- All private transportation
- Accommodation shared in Double room with daily breakfast
- All domestic flights
- Experienced English speaking guide
- Private boat trip as per tour
- Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast ; L: Lunch ; D: Dinner)
- All sightseeing tickets
- Tissues and water on coach
- Vietnam Visa On Arrival pre-approved letter
- Services charges and government tax
- Exclusive and personalized single agent/single customer service
- No extra charge after services confirmation
- 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
- International flights & departure taxes if any
- Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
- Travel insurance
- Peak season or public holidays surcharge (if any)
- Compulsory Gala dinner on X-Mas or New Year (if any)
- Vietnam visa stamp fee (US$ 25 & 1 passport photo for each person)
- Other services not mentioned above
Day 1: Arrival Hanoi (D)
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 in Hanoi. Evening water puppet performance. 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 along lovers' street Thanh Nien, the tranquil 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 (B/L/D)
08:15 Take a 3-hour scenic drive from Hanoi to Halong Bay by road through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields. 12:15 Arrive in Ha Long city, board our traditional wooden junk boat, Huong Hai Junk, for an overnight journey. Sip on a refreshing welcome drink upon check in before you begin your cruise through the bay. Feast on a delicious lunch as you cruise among hundreds of islets (Dinh Huong islet, Ga Choi – Fighting Cock islet, Dog islet, Finger islet, etc.) to discover unspoilt pockets of Halong Bay and visit Sung Sot cave, one of the most imposing grottos of the Bay. Swim at Soi Sim beach or Titov beach or a short trek to the top of Titov mountain for a magnificent panorama scenery. Kayaking option: After visiting Amazing cave, you can go kayaking from Soi Sim beach to Luon Cave to enjoy the quiet atmosphere of the bay (or from Bo Nau cave, to Soi Sim beach to TiTov) 19:30 Enjoy your dinner with fresh seafood on board. 21:30 Squid fishing or relax and chatting with your partner, friends, family. Overnight on Ha Long Bay aboard Huong Hai Junk.
Day 4: Halong – Ninh Binh (B)
07:00 For early risers complimentary tea, coffee, fruit and cake are served. 08:00 Visit Luon cave on small bamboo boat paddle by out crew staff and enjoy the quiet atmosphere enclosed by high islets and mountains. Be back to our Huong Hai Junk. Sail past rock formations such as Man’s Head islet, Tortoise islet, Butterfly cave, Lion islet, Bai Tho mountain, enjoy the tranquil scenery as the boat meanders its way through the bay on the way back to Ha Long city, etc. Arrange your luggage and do the check out onboard at around 9.00 am. Enjoy a wholesome brunch as your boat weaves through strange-shaped limestone rock formations. 11:45 Arrive back at Ha Long city for disembarkation where your driver waits to take you back to Ninh Binh via Thai Binh, the heart of the Red River Delta.. Overnight in Ninh Binh.
Day 5: Hoa Lu - Phat Diem Stone Cathedral (B/L/D)
Day 6: Ninh Binh - Mai Chau (B/L/D)
Day 7: Mai Chau - Hoa Binh - Hanoi – Lao Cai (B/L)
This morning you are free to wander around the villages to get in touch with the Thai ethnic peopl. Leave Mai Chau for Hoa Binh - the capital of the Muong ethnic people. Visit Muong people village. Back to Hanoi where you have ree time to walk in the Old Quarter for shopping or simply enjoy a cup of coffee at one of the cafes by the Hoan Kiem lake. Meet with your guide for transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train.
Day 8: Lao Cai - Sapa (B/L)
The train arrives at the Lao Cai train station at approximately 6 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 hotel ( early check-in subject to availablitity). Time to freshen up and have breakfast at the hotel. Then, enjoy a free morning to explore around town. At 10 am from the hotel there will be a walking tour to the hill tribe villages of Cat Cat, home to the H'mong hill tribes minority peoples. 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 the families that live in the area. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 9: Sapa Walking (B/L)
Following breakfast at we explore the Sapa daily market and then set out on our 3-4 hour trek that will take us along buffalo paths and trails and through several hilltribe 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 Sapa.
Day 10: Sapa - Lao Cai - Hanoi (B)
In the morning visit Ham Rong Mountain, which offers you a great view of Sapa and the surrounding area and its orchids gardens.
At noon you check-out and take a drive to visit Ta Phin village, home to the Red Dao minority people then transfer to Lao Cai Railway station for night train to Hanoi. Overnight on train.
Day 11: Hanoi – Perfume Pagoda (B/L)
Early arrive in Hanoi Railway Station. Pick up and transfer to have breakfast and coffee before drive to Perfume pagoda.
On arrival take a cruise along a river to an area considered by Vietnamese Buddhists as a holy. Climbing up to the mountain, visit beautiful temples and pagodas built on cliffs. It will provide you a nice balance of cultural exploration and physical exercise. Picnic lunch or lunch at a local restaurant before driving back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 12: Departure Hanoi (B)
|Cities||Hotels List||Room Type|
|Superior Category / 3-star hotel|
|Hanoi||Hanoi Imperial Hotel||Superior|
|Medalion Hanoi Hotel||Deluxe|
|Halong Bay||Huong Hai Deluxe Junk||Deluxe Cabin|
|Dragon Pearl Junk||Deluxe Cabin|
|Sapa Train||Livitran Express train||Shared in 4-berth cabin|
|Ninh Binh||Thuy Anh hotel||Superior|
|Mai Chau||Mai Chau Lodge||Deluxe Pool View|