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Overview

8 Day Package Tour covers the most highlight destination of Northern Vietnam. The capital city Hanoi bears the traces of centuries of change in its wide Parisian boulevards and colorful Vietnamese temples. The landscape of Ha Long Bay is a magical sight with a complex of rock pinnacles rising from the sea and a series of magnificent caves. Further to the northwest, Sa Pa lies among mountains and jungles to maintain a special cultural diversity in a combination of ethnic minority groups’ culture.
 
  • Destinations: Hanoi – Halong – Sapa
  • Start: Hanoi
  • Finish: Ho Chi Minh City
  • Daily tour group size: from 2 to 15pax. Halong cruise group size: from 5 to 22pax
 
Trip at a glance
 
Day 1: Check in Hotel in Hanoi and Free and easy (Meals: No)
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour ( B/L)
Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Cruise (B/L/D)
Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi - Night train to Sapa(B/L)
Day 5: Sapa Arrival - Sapa Trekking Tour (B/L/D)
Day 6: Sapa Trekking Tour - Night train to Hanoi (B/L/D)
Day 7: Hanoi Arrival – Free and easy ( Meals: No)
Day 8: Hanoi departure (B)



 

FULL ITINERARY 

Day 1: Check in Hotel in Hanoi (Meals: No)

Pick up from the airport. Arrive Hanoi and check in Hotel located in center of Hanoi Old Quarter. Explore Hanoi by yourself.

Night 1: Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi

Day 2:  Hanoi city tour (Meals: B/L)

08:00 - 08:30  Get picked up by our tour guide and bus. After short drive, start visiting first place named Tran Quoc Pagoda, a Buddhist relic and national heritage lying on the West Lake.
 
09:00 Visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the final resting place of Viet Nam’s greatest father, walking along Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house where he lived and worked from 1958 to 1969.
 
10:00 Visit One-Pillar Pagoda – the one modeled after a lotus flower, a symbol of Hanoi city.
 
11:00 Visit the colorful features of the 54 ethnic groups of Viet Nam in the Ethnology Museum.
 
13:00 Bus takes you to a local restaurant in Hanoi Old Quarter, have a rest and enjoy the lunch.
 
14:00 Visit Temple of Literature, the most famous temple situated in Hanoi, also functioned as Vietnam's first university. It was first constructed in 1070 under King Ly Nhan Tong and dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars. A vast structure that has existed to present day.

15:30 Drive to legendary Hoan Kiem Lake, visit Ngoc Son Temple dedicated to Van Xuong saint and former general commander Tran Hung Dao for his struggle against Mongolians. You also see the beautiful Vietnamese and French architecture around the lake.

16:00 Arrive back to your hotel. Tour ends.

Night 2: Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi

 

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong – Halong Cruise (B/L/D)

7.45-8.30:  Pick-up at the hotel.
10.00:  Having short break at stopover in Hai Duong Province.
12.00 – 12.30: Embark on Lavender Cruise followed by a short cruise briefing and enjoy welcome-drink. Check in the cabin.
13.15:  Enjoy lunch with sampling regional fresh seafood while cruising on exquisite water, passing Incense Burner island, Fighting Cock islet, Stone Dog… Lavender Cruise will bring you to explore Ha Long Bay on the most wonderful route where just a few cruises go through.
15.00-16.30
Do kayaking through the magnificent landscape with Limestone Mountains, visit Titop Island and swimming or just relaxing on the sun-deck for fantastic views at The Bay
Back to Lavender Cruises and join sunset party
Pass by Soi Sim Beach, “Rang Dua” Island to sleeping area near The Surprising cave.
Join our Cooking Class in the restaurant. Let’s see how to make the fresh/fried spring rolls and mix fish-sauce.
19:30: Under the magnificent night sky, our set-menu dinner is served with a variety of Vietnamese and Asian foods.
Evening activities:
Join squid fishing on boat with our crews, playing card, karaoke or laze yourself with our happy-hour drinks at the bar.

Night 3: Overnight on Halong cruise

Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B/L)

06:15: Morning exercises on the Sun-deck.
07:15: Have breakfast with Coffee, tea and Bakeries on board.
08:00: Visit the Surprising Cave (Hang Sung Sot) discovered by the French in 1901. Opened for tourists since 1936, now it is a must-to-see and a symbol for geology value of Halong.
09:30: Check out time. Then relax on the sun-deck or inside the restaurant to enjoy the bay’s scenery.
10h15: Enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch while cruising back to the pier.
12:00: Check out cruise. Our car will be at your disposal to pick you up then drive back to Hanoi.
16:30: Arrive in Hanoi. End of the trip!

Arrive Hanoi around 5.00 – 5.30 pm, you have free time to have dinner before our guide pick you to the train station: Our guide picks you up at your hotel in Hanoi to Hanoi Railway Station for the night train to Lao Cai. We will inform you how to do the check in procedure and keep the rest of the ticket when you check out from Lao Cai Railway Station and also will let you know how to be picked up at Lao Cai Station.

Night 4: Overnight on train to Sapa

Day 5:  Sapa- Lao chai- Ta van village (B/L/D)

The train arrives at the Lao Cai train station at about 6:00am. Our driver will pick you up and transfer you along the beautiful road to Sapa.
After breakfast, we leave the hotel and start trekking down the valley to the Muong Hoa stream and from here to the Black H'mong village - Lao Chai village (Black H'mong is one of the biggest minority groups in the Sapa). After that, you will continue your trekking along MuongHoa stream, paddy field to Ta Van village, visit and understand about "Zay" ethnic people. You will see houses of The Zay people which are built of wood and bamboo with a clay floor. You will have picnic lunch at the village when enjoying beautiful sightseeing of paddy fields around. Go back to Sapa in the afternoon.
Note: If you don’t want to go hikking, we will organise private car and tour guide for you. You will pay us 25USD/pax more for this service.
Evening: after dinner, you will have time to go around discovering Sapa town.

Night 5: Overnight at the hotel in Sapa

Day 6: Sapa - Cat Cat village (B/L/D)

After breakfast, you will trek about 4km to come to visit village of the Black H'mong. Visit the waterfall and hydroelectric power station established by the French people in the past, view nice landscapes of green forests and beautiful scenery along the way. Walk back to Sapa town. Have lunch at the hotel.
Afternoon, you will have free time to visit Sapa town, market, church or free visit flower garden in Ham Rong mountain then have dinner at the restaurant near Lao Cai railyway station before catching night train back to Hanoi.

Night 6: Overnight on the train back to Hanoi 

Day 7:  Arrival Hanoi- Free day (Meals: No)

5:30am: Arrive in Hanoi. Be picked up to the hotel. Wait until time to check in. Then have free day for relax or go shopping and discover Hanoi City tour by yourself. Please contact us if you want to book early check in.
Night 7: Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.

Day 8:  Hanoi-  Back Home (B)

Have breakfast at the hotel then free and easy. Wait until our driver come and pick you to the airport. Trip ends. Please contact us if you want to extend your stay or want to visit other places in Vietnam or Cambodia.

PACKAGE INCLUDED

•    Private Airport Transfer in Hanoi 2 ways
•    Transportation with A/C Hanoi -Halong – Hanoi, Sapa tour tour, city tour
•    English speaking guide during 2D1N from Hanoi- Halong- Hanoi, Sapa tour, City tour
•    Meals as mentioned (B = Breakfast/ L = Lunch/D= Dinner)
•    Entrance fees, taxes and service charge.
•    Deluxe accommodation with A/C, bathtub & shower, mini bar.
•    Kayaking 
•    Welcome drink.
•    Sunrise Tai Chi demonstration.
•    Insurance on-board.
•    Cooking class on cruise.
•    Accommodation: 1 night on Halong Cruise, 3 nights in Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter (Double/twin share), 2 nights on deluxe wooden cabin on the train, 1 night in hotel in Sapa
•    Train tickets
(4-soft berth per cabin with A/C). You may share with other passengers.

PACKAGE EXCLUDED

•    Beverages, International Insurance 
•    Flight tickets 
•    Tips(not compulsory), Personal Expenses & Others not clearly mentioned above

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

•    Valid from 11 July 2018  to 31 Dec 2019.
•    Daily departure except block out dates from 3 Feb 2019 to 8 Feb 2019( Tet holiday in Vietnam)
•    Single travelers can travel for an extra $185USD per person (3-star option), $279USD per person (4-star option) or $590USD per person (5-star option)
•    High season surcharge of $25USD for the
3 star package, $35USD for 4 star package, $55USD for 5 star package applies p/p for bookings from1 Oct 2018 to 1 May 2019 and 1 Oct 2019 to 31 Dec 2019.
•    Surcharge of $15USD for the 3 star package, $25USD for 4 star package, $45USD for 5 star package applies p/p for gala dinner on Halong cruise on  24 Dec and 31 December 2018/ 2019.
•    Children policies

•    Children under 4 years old sharing the bed with parents is free of charge (no extra bed provided). 
•    Children from 5 – 8 years old will be required to pay 75% of tour price, sharing the bed with parents. Or pay full price to have an extra bed.

NOTE

•  Itinerary may be changed due to unexpected weather conditions, traffic or other reasons beyon our control
•  Hotel and cruise will be replaced by
similar standard option only in case of full booking.
•  Daily small group tours from 2pax to 15pax

3 star

Place Accommodation Room Type
Hanoi King Palace hotel/HM Boutique Hotel/La Santé Hotel & Spa   Deluxe room
Halong Lavender cruise Deluxe room
Hanoi-Sapa King Express Deluxe cabin with A/C
Sapa  My Boutique Hotel/Sapa Relax Hotel Deluxe room

4 star

Place Accommodation Room Type
Hanoi Golden Silk Boutique/Golden Lotus Luxury Hotel /Silk Queen Grand Hotel Deluxe Room/Lotus Deluxe/Deluxe Room 
Halong Flamingo cruise/Renea Cruise/Lavender Elegance Cruise Deluxe room
Hanoi-Sapa Chapa Express train Deluxe cabin with A/C
Sapa Amazing hotel/BB hotel Sapa Superior/Deluxe room

5 star

Place Accommodation Room Type
Hanoi Apricot Hanoi hotel                     Sketch King room          
Halong Athena cruise/Ancora Cruise/ La Regina Cruise Suite Ocean View/Deluxe Balcony Room/ Princess Suite
Hanoi-Sapa Chapa Train Express  VIP  private cabin with AC
Sapa Pao Sapa Hotel Deluxe room

NOTE: We can customize the tour as per your request. Please contact us if you do not like the above listed accommodation. We can make a new itinerary at your preferred accommodation and will guarantee the best available price.

 


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