Discover all the attractions of Northern Vietnam on this 7-day tour!
The first stop is the bustling capital of the country, Hanoi. Exploring the Old Quarter of Hanoi is one of those experiences that will keep you captivated for days. You will very quickly get used to the crazy traffic and just nonchalantly walk across roads without noticing the hurtling motorbikes careening at you.
The tour also takes you trekking in Sapa — likely the most exciting activity of the tour. Here you will get a chance to not only view wonderful spots and terraced rice fields, but also enjoy fresh air and see plenty of the natural beauty and scenery of Vietnam. Admire the waterfalls, go swimming in hot water pools or cold-water streams, and learn about traditional fabric weaving and brocade-making from local communities.
Then enjoy 2 days and 1 night on a stunning cruise on Ha Long Bay. This World Heritage seascape is dotted with jagged limestone pinnacles and is one of Vietnam’s biggest attractions.
Day 01: Hanoi Arrival
The car will pick you up from Noi Bai airport (in Hanoi) and will take you in the heart of the city. Arrive at the hotel after a 40-minute drive, check in and have a free day to walk around Old Quarter, night market in Hanoi down town. Overnight in Hanoi hotel located in the old quarter.
Day 02: Hanoi City – Train to Sapa
8:00: After breakfast, check out and leave your baggage at the hotel. We pick you up from your hotel and start the tour by visiting the Ho Chi Minh Complex, which includes Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum – the final resting place of the beloved national hero, Uncle Ho and his stilt house where he lived off and on from 1958 to 1969. We’ll also see the One Pillar Pagoda, which is lying to one side of the mausoleum, built by King Ly Thai To in 1049. This structure has become an important symbol for the people in Hanoi.
Then, you’ll have the chance to discover the Tran Quoc Pagoda on the shore of West Lake. From there, you can make a visit to the first University of Vietnam — The Temple of Literature.
12.30: We will enjoy lunch at a restaurant in the Old Quarter with local Vietnamese traditional Cuisines.
13:30: Head to Hoan Kiem Lake which is known as the heart and soul of Hanoi. Finally, you’ll stop in at the Museum of Ethnology, located on west part of the city center. This museum offers informative and well-documented displays on the country’s 54 ethnic groups, which includes elaborate and colorful hill-tribe costumes, weaving designs, musical instruments, fishing implements, work tools, and other functional objects.
15:30: Finish an unforgettable day of sightseeing in Hanoi.
Add options: 15:30- 16:15: Enjoy a water puppet show or go sightseeing by electric car or cyclo around Old Quarter in Ha noi
17:00: End of city tour. The bus takes you back to the hotel and you have free time for dinner.
Until 21:00 pm: Our guide will pick up you at your hotel for boarding the train to travel Lao Cai.
Day 03: Sapa trekking
Morning: We will arrive at Lao Cai Train station in the early morning. Your tour guide will pick you up and take for an hour drive to Sapa. The luggage is left in your hotel. After breakfast at local restaurant, start trekking to Cat Cat Village, a 45-minute walk from Sapa and the village of Black H’Mong hill tribe. The village is on the slope of the hill and is easy to walk. Rice and corn are grown here.
Visiting Cat Cat village, you will have the chance to visit a big waterfall on the stream and the old hydroelectric power station. Here you will also see young women sitting by looms with colorful pieces of brocade decorated with designs of flowers and birds.
Afternoon: Free time at leisure to relax.
Evening: you are free to explore the charm of Sapa by night: enjoy roasted corn or baked eggs beside a charcoal fire or go shopping. On Saturday night, we highly recommend a stop at the Love Market.
Overnight at hotel
Day 04: Trekking – train back to Hanoi
After breakfast, start trekking from Sapa toward Muong Hoa valley where we can admire magnificent landscapes and see people’s daily life and their traditional culture.
Y Linh Ho village is a small commune composed by a dozen of small hamlets scattering on the very tough mountain terrain with high and steep mountains. There are a hundred inhabitants from the Black H’mong only living in this commune. They built their rudimentary houses on their farmland and mainly cultivate corn and dry rice on the steep hillsides. The only way to get to the commune is on foot from the main road
Then, arrive at Lao Chai and Ta Van villages. Have lunch with the locals in one of the local houses. From a high point of the main road, there is a great view of the whole village which is wide open to offer marvelous panoramic views, backed by high mountains and facing the river. Here, you will enjoy the fresh air, see terrace fields, stream, and discover and visit some Black H’mong families.
The bus will pick you up from Ta Van village to Sapa Town and transfer to Lao Cai Railway Station.
Dinner at the local restaurant near by the Railway Station and overnight on the train back to Hanoi.
Day 05: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay
Arrive at Hanoi in the early morning at 05:00 am. Our staff will pick you up and escort you back to our hotel. Early check in and breakfast.
7.45 – 08.20: Our guide will meet you at your hotel. Shuttle bus or private car pick up. –Enjoy the peaceful scenery as we travel through the countryside, farmlands and Red River delta. The time from Hanoi to Halong bay is approximately 3 ½ hours.
12 – 12.30: Arrive at Tuan Chau Marina. Welcome aboard the cruise. Meet the captain, crew and join us for a welcome cocktail as we tell you about life onboard. Check into your cabin. Time to refresh and unwind.
Set sail as lunch is prepared by our chef. Join us for a relaxing lunch in the restaurant or at the outdoor dining area. Enjoy the stunning views of the Bay and its dramatic limestone islands as we sail through the calm waters.
Afternoon: While we make our way to the amazing Van Gia fishing village, relax on the sundeck and watch the world go by or take an afternoon nap in your cabin.
Arrive at Van Gia floating fishing village. Disembark and you can choose which options when you visit the village by Kayak or local bamboo boat to visit the village. We are proud of our working partnership and support of this community.
Our cruise will then take you to the Soi Sim natural beach for swimming and snorkeling. On the way, you will enjoy the sunset party with fruits and wine.
Dinner is served in the restaurant or outdoor dining area if weather permits. After dinner, unwind in the bar where there is a selection of books, magazines and board games or watch a movie on our plasma TV. Join some of our team to go cuttle fishing at night. Accommodation and overnight on boat.
Day 06: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi
6:30 am: For the early risers, join us for a Tai Chi session on the sun deck. Tai chi helps focus the mind and condition the body and there is no better environment to practice this than amongst the limestone peaks and islands.
Breakfast, coffee, tea are served. After breakfast, we sail through the waters and pass by a number of caves and we drop anchor at Surprising (Sung Sot) Cave. Disembark and visit Surprise Cave located on Bo Hon Island. It is one of the widest grottoes in Ha Long Bay with thousands of stalactites and stalagmites.
9:30 am: We board the cruise again. Take time to refresh and relax before checking out. Bags can be left in the luggage store. You will join with our short class of cooking demonstration and learn how to make spring rolls before early lunch is served.
12 noon: Return to the shore and disembark from the cruise as our crew says farewell. Transfer to minibus or private car and return to Hanoi. Arrive back at your hotel at approximately 16:30/17:00. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 07: Hanoi Departure
Free time in Ha Noi old quarter before we transfer you to the airport for your flight.
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|Sapa||01||Silk Path Grand Sapa Resort & Spa|
|Halong Bay||01||Vinpearl Resort & Spa Hạ Long|
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– Meeting and assistance by our representative.
– Welcome with fresh flower garlands.
– 04 Nights accommodation
– 02 Nights on the Overnight Train tickets
– Daily Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners.
– Local English-speaking guide
– All transfers, sightseeing, excursions as per the program by private vehicle.
– Entrance fees activities as per mentioned in the program.
– Transport, Parking, Gasoline & Toll ways.
– All present government taxes.
– International Airfare.
– Tips, gratuities, Portage, laundry, telephone calls, table drinks, camera/ video camera charges, or any other expenses of a personal nature.
– Visa fees, personal insurance.
– Any item not specified under cost includes.
– Accommodation in good hotels.
– Check-in / out time is 12 noon at most of the hotels.
– Extension to other places is also possible with a minimal extra cost.
– Additional nights are available at each place with minimal supplement.
– A visa is required and must be obtained prior to your departure from your Country.
– If quoted hotel is not available, we will provide one of a similar category and standard.
– Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and room availability.
– In case the government changes presently applicable taxes, increase in airlines prices, fuel surcharge our rates will need to be adjusted accordingly.
– Sometimes, there is no relevance between the distance and time of travelling, as it depends upon the condition of the roads and congestion of the traffic.
– While every effort will be made to maintain the itinerary, in view of local strikes etc that are beyond our control all schedule and itineraries are subject to last moment changes.
– Clients must be fully insured, as the company cannot accept liability for loss or damage to client’s property, medical emergencies or any other loss suffered by them whilst on tour.
– In Case of issuing Domestic or International air tickets, SGV is not responsible for any refund if the flight is delayed or cancelled, as it is the responsibility of airline.