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Duration
7 days

Max Group Size
30

Tour Code
7DAYVIETNAM

Tour Type
Request as Private

Departure Type
Scheduled

Age Requirement
0 - 99 Ages

Guiding Method
Fully guided

Operated In
English

Physical level
relax

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Hanoi

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Tour Overview

Explore the highlights of Northern Vietnam by land, sea, and air, visiting magical Halong Bay and the cool highlands of Sapa, famed for its mesmerising terraced rice fields. 


Highlights

  • • Soaking up the hustle and bustle of Hanoi’s Old Quarter • Vintage train journey to Lao Cai (Sapa) • Hiking Sapa’s hills and valleys, home to colorful ethnic minority groups; • Scenic seaplane flight over some of Halong Bay’s islands and islets; • A boutique overnight cruise visiting caves, islands, and more!

Itinerary

Arrive at Noi Bai International Airport and transfer to Silk Path Boutique Hotel, located by Hoan Kiem lake, diamond position of Hanoi city center and Old Quarter. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore the photogenic streets named after traditional crafts, join the locals and walk around the scenic lake, and taste the local food by the street.
After breakfast, strike out on a full-day tour of some of Hanoi’s fascinating sights showcasing the more than 1,000-year-old history of this graceful capital city. Highlights include: the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s oldest university, with its ancient collection of peaceful courtyards and gardens built in homage to the Chinese scholar Confucius; a walking tour through some of the Old Quarter’s 36 streets named after the original craft guilds making products of tin, silver, bamboo and more. Stroll through the labyrinthine back alleys for an authentic look at local life amongst temples and traditional houses as your guide makes Hanoi’s history come alive with stories of this ancient capital; the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing structure that houses the preserved remains of the country’s former president revered for leading the fight for Vietnam’s independence from colonial French rule; the iconic Ngoc Son Temple (also known as the Temple of the Jade Mountain) situated on a tiny island on fabled Hoan Kiem Lake; and a traditional water puppet show, an age-old art form which originated in the Red River Delta as a way to fuse puppetry and music to tell fables and folk stories. Enjoy refreshment stops during the day including a velvety smooth Vietnamese coffee at a café overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake and a traditional Vietnamese lunch with a contemporary twist at Home Restaurant, a vintage-chic eatery housed in a beautifully restored 1930’s French-era villa with views over tranquil Truc Bach Lake. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon and prepare for check-out. Evening transfer to the train station where you will board the Victoria Express Train to Lao Cai, gateway to fabulous Sapa. Check in to your Cabin and perhaps send off a few emails or surf the net with our complimentary Wi-Fi before settling in for the comfortable overnight journey with the gentle swaying of the carriages to rock you to sleep.
Awaken at dawn, refreshed and ready for your first day in the former French hill station of Sapa, known for its cool temperatures and delightful mix of Nature and Culture in its postcard-pretty terraced rice fields and colourful ethnic minority groups. Transfer 1 hr from the Lao Cai Train Station, just minutes from the Chinese border, to the stylish Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa where a beautiful buffet breakfast awaits. Sip a velvety smooth Vietnamese drip coffee as you look out over Mount Fansipan, Indochina’s highest peak. The day is yours to enjoy as you like. Walk down to the nearby central square dominated by the colonial-era Stone Church and people-watch as locals come out to play volleyball or sit and talk over snacks sold by vendors. The town of Sapa is compact and pedestrian-friendly with scores of quaint boutiques and homey cafes. You’ll also want to take advantage of the many complimentary services from Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa including one-way transfers to the Sapa Market where handicrafts, ethnic-style clothing and all sorts of dried local fruit are for sale, or to the Fansipan Station for a trip to the “Rooftop of Indochina” on the highest and longest cable car ride of its type in the world. After a full day of exploring, book yourself for a complimentary 30-minute massages (upgrade-able to Couple full body massage at US$15++/person) at the Victoria Spa, with time to enjoy its heated pool and outdoor tennis courts. In the evening, sit down to a lovely dinner (included) at Ta Van Restaurant, with a seat by its large central fireplace or on the outdoor terrace with views over the nearby mountain range. The restaurant also features traditional performances by Hmong and Thai minority dancers on select evenings (Saturday). Overnight at Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa, a 77-room boutique property designed to embody the spirit of Sapa, from its stone and wood buildings that evoke the feel of an exclusive Alpine lodge to the wooden floors and locally-woven textiles in each stylish guest room.
After a hearty buffet breakfast to fuel you for the morning’s hike, travel approximately 1 hr to the small village of Ta Giang Phin. This picturesque village is the starting point for a 2 hr walk through the gorgeous Sapa highlands. Go on a peaceful hike through this area inhabited by Red Dao ethnic groups with the opportunity to interact with these friendly locals. Explore the village to gain insight into how they live – spending their days tending the terraced rice fields, caring for their homes, and creating the most elaborate and colourful of textiles. Finish your 4 km walk with a beautifully prepared picnic against jaw-dropping landscapes of green forested mountains, golden rice fields and big blue sky. Return to Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa in the early afternoon and enjoy 15% off in-house services (advance reservation required) before a late check-out and evening transfer to the Lao Cai Train Station for your return journey to Hanoi aboard the Victoria Express Train.
Arrive in Hanoi at around 05:45AM. Enjoy your breakfast as a local with a bowl of Pho before traveling approximately 180 km to beautiful Halong Bay by private vehicle. • Optional: From the Tuan Chau Island Marina, take an unforgettable 25-minute scenic sightseeing flight for bird’s eye views of the highlights of this UNESCO-listed World Heritage Centre. Fly over the spectacular seascape of some 1,600 islands and islets, most untouched by humans and marked by towering limestone pillars rising out of the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. For more information, visit Hai Au Aviation. At noon, check in to your Deluxe Cabin aboard the Emeraude, a boutique sailing vessel modelled after a turn-of-the-century paddle steamer. Enjoy a superb buffet lunch in the stylish restaurant that recalls the Golden Age of Travel with dark woods, vintage photographs and elegant table settings. The rest of the day is a pleasing mix of relaxation and exploration with shore excursions to visit Surprise Cave, the largest and most spectacular in the bay, and Titov Island where you can climb the hill for 360-degree views or swim on the golden sand beach. The afternoon’s activities also include crepes on the sundeck, a cooking demonstration, and time to watch the ever-changing scenery of glorious Halong Bay glide on by. A delicious BBQ dinner is served in the restaurant, followed by a movie. The rest of the day is a pleasing mix of relaxation and exploration with shore excursions to visit Surprise
You are invited to wake up with the sun and participate in one of the most scenic Tai Chi sessions you’ll ever encounter on the sundeck of the Emeraude. Enjoy pastries and a morning cup of coffee or tea with the glittering islands of Halong Bay as a backdrop before visiting a pearl farm to learn about the fascinating process of creating cultured pearls with time to kayak around the bay (nominal fee applies). After checking out of your cabin, sit down to a final brunch at the restaurant as the ship cruises through the bay. Disembark at the Emeraude Cafe just before noon with private transfer back to Hanoi. You are free at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
After a hearty buffet breakfast, prepare for your onward travels, either continuing to the south Vietnam or back home. Thank you for your choosing Travelshop Vietnam and wish to see you again in our next tours.

Trip includes

Included

HANOI : SILK PATH BOUTIQUE HOTEL  

HANOI – LAOCAI : VICTORIA TRAIN  

SAPA : VICTORIA SAPA RESORT & SPA 

HALONG BAY : EMERAUDE CRUISE  

PS: If This hotel list not available at the time of your booking then we will arrange smilar other hotel for your group. If you prefer a Different category hotel, there might be an additional cost


• Professional English speaking guide

• 6 open buffet breakfasts

• 3 lunches

• 2 dinners

• All airport transfer services mentioned inside the itinerary

• Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach

• Round trip train tickets on Victoria Express Train

• Overnight package tour on luxury cruise

• All excursions as mentioned in itinerary with entrance pass

Excluded

• International flights

• Insurance: All types

• Other meals or other services than mentioned

• Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature

• Tips, travel insurance

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