8 DAY 7 NIGHT HANOI NINH BINH SAPA & HALONG BAY WITH OVERNIGHT CRUISE
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour – Overnight train to Sapa
Day 3: Laocai – Sapa – Cat Cat Village
Day 4: Sapa – Lao chai –Tavan – Lao Cai – Overnight train back Hanoi
Day 5: Hanoi – Halong World Heritage – Overnight Cruise
Day 6: Halong – Hanoi
Day 7: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Tam Coc " Halong Bay on land"
Day 8: Hanoi – Departure
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Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (D)
You're welcomed at Hanoi Airport by your Tour guide and travel to your hotel in Hanoi by a private car.
In the late afternoon, enjoy a waking and Street Food Tour in Hanoi old quarter.
Overnight at the Hotel in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour – Overnight train to Sapa (B/L/D)
Full day City Tour in Hanoi's the capital city of Vietnam with Water Puppet Show.
We start our full day tour of Vietnam’s capital city at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Monday and Friday) and his nearby former residence. Continue visiting Vietnam’s first university, the thousand-year-old Temple of Literature. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Ethnology Museum (closed on Monday) where you can discover the diversity of Vietnam’s many ethnic groups.
Transfer back to the city centre for leisure walking tour around Hoang Kiem lake and its vicinity. There is free time at leisure for walking through the Old Quarter and shopping for souvenirs.
In the late afternoon, you will enjoy a traditional water puppet show. Back to your hotel at 17.00.
Remark: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum closes from 08 September to 08 November for annual maintenance.
*All visitors to the mausoleum are required to wear clothes covering your knees and shoulders. This applies to both men and women
In the evening, your guide will take you to the Hanoi Train station for the overnight train to Lao Cai.
Overnight on train to Lao Cai
*** Travel to Sapa by train which provides two “free” nights of accommodation and offers an insight into Vietnamese culture and hospitality
Day 3: Laocai - Sapa – Catcat Village (B/L/D)
You will arrive at 06:30 and be taken on a 1.5 hour drive to Sapa. You will then have breakfast at a local restaurant. Once in Sapa, you will check-in to your hotel (early check-in subject to availability) then enjoy free time to explore the town.
In the afternoon, you will enjoy a walking tour to the hill tribe villages of Cat Cat, home to the H'mong minority peoples. As you walk to the villages nestled in the valley below Sapa, you will meet some of the locals on their way to and from Sapa. You will have the opportunity to share cultural experiences with the families that live in the area before heading back to Sapa.
Overnight at the Hotel in Sapa
Day 4: Sapa – Overnight train back Hanoi (B/L/D)
After breakfast in Sapa, you take a drive to Ta Van valley, home to Black H'mong people and Dzay people. You have a chance to learn more the about the Vietnamese Ethnic peoples. Lunch at a local family.
In the afternoon, free to walk around Sapa town or go shoping at local market until driving back to Lao Cai Station for the night train to Hanoi. Dinner at a local restaurant. Room in Sapa is at disposal until noon only.
Overnight on the train in an air - conditioned cabins with soft sleeper berth (4 persons per cabin)
Day 5: Hanoi – Halong World Heritage (B/L/D)
Once you arrive in Hanoi, your tour guide will you pick-up you at the station and take you to downtown Hanoi for breakfast at a local restaurant.
At 08:00, our car will come to pick you up at your hotel and then enjoy a scenic drive through Red River Delta to reach HALONG BAY. Board a boat, enjoying lunch as sail through bay. The magical bay is home to thousands of limestone islands rising from the waves like dragons’ teeth. Later in the afternoon, you will visit an interesting fishing village with opportunity to interact with fishermen who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. Back on board, you’ll enjoy cocktails or cooking classes while watching the sunset, before indulging in a lavish dinner onshore. Afterwards, you can choose to do anything from joining movie night, playing board games, or relaxing at the beauty spa before retiring for the evening
Overnight on Boat
Day 6: Halong – Hanoi (Brunch)
You’ll the day with a morning exercise and an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. After breakfast, you will be taken to a beautiful limestone grotto before returning to the junk for a final glimpse of Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock. Return to Hanoi by private car.You’ll then have free time to enjoy the Hanoi nightlife and staying overnight.
Overnight at the Hotel in Hanoi
Day 7: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Tam Coc (B/L/D)
At 8.00, Our guide picks you up at hotel and leave Hanoi for Ninh Binh province. The journey from Hanoi to Ninh Binh province takes about 2.5 to 3 hours. In Ninh Binh province, we will visit Hoa Lu (Ancient Capital City of Vietnam) and enjoy a unique boat trip to visit three caves, Tam coc known for the name “Halong bay on land” due to its spectacular scenery with limestone karsts rise up of the ground to tower over the region, and is a truly wonderful sight to see. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, we go for a bike ride in a rural village about 45 minutes. The bike riding is a great way to see the country side. We will visit a temple, a local family and a local market. This is a great opportunity to meet some locals and learn more about daily life in the region.
15.30 PM: Drive back to Hanoi
17.30 PM: Arrive at Hanoi and spend overnight there.
Day 8: Hanoi – Departure (B)
Free at leisure. Transfer to the Airport by private car for your safe flight back home.
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What is included?
- Hotel accommodation sharing double bed room with daily breakfast
- Private A/C transfers on tours
- Meals as specified (no drink) (Breakfast = B, Lunch = L, Dinner = D)
- English-speaking guide
- Mineral water on car
- Entrance and sightseeing fees
- Admission and boat fees as specified in the itinerary
- Local train ticket Hanoi – LaoCai – Hanoi (4-a/c-soft-berth cabin, shared cabin)
- Full equipped en-suite shared cabin with A/C, hot water
What is excluded?
- Vietnam visa arrangements (If required)
- Travel insurance
- Tipping for guide, driver and hotel bell boys, etc.
- Surcharge for public holidays (if any).
- Drinks & Other personal expenses
- Others not mentioned in the itinerary