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Patrick and I had a wonderful time in Vietnam - a holiday to remember. We loved the whole experience from the beautiful scenery, the delicious food, the friendly people and all the different modes of transport! By the end of the holiday we'd travelled by plane, boat (stunning trip around Halong Bay), train, car, horse & cart!!! The tour was very well organized. Our guides were always on time to meet us (this was especially good when arriving at stations after long train journeys) and were well informed. A special mention must go to our guide for the central region around Hue & Hoi An, Mr Chun (can't remember the correct spelling). He was exceptional. He had an amazing knowledge of the history, people and area and really impressed us. All the guides were friendly and helpful, however Mr Chun stood out for us.
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Highlights: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa
Duration: 5 Days/4 Nights
Tour Type: Private Tour / Daily Departure
Cost from:
Start from: Hanoi
 
 
BRIEF ITINERARY:

Day 1: Arrive Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi – Night train to Sapa
Day 3: Lao Cai – Sapa
Day 4: Sapa – Back to Hanoi
Day 5: Hanoi - Halong
Day 6: Halong - Hanoi
Day 7: Hanoi - Departure
 
 

DETAILED ITINERARY:

Day 1 – Arrive Hanoi
Arrival at Hanoi air port, you will be met by your guide o¬n the other side of Immigration/ Arrival check point. If time permits, enjoy a brief driving orientation tour of Hoa Kiem Lake, the French Quarter and Old Quarter of Hanoi en - route to your hotel.
You can use the next few hours to rest or explore the surroundings o¬n your own.
Take a Cyclo ride through the Old Town before leaving for the Welcome Dinner with your guide this evening.
Meals: D

Day 2 - Hanoi – Night train to Sapa
After breakfast, you will have a full day tour of the most historical and cultural highlights of Hanoi. You will have many options to choose from:
- Temple of Literature, built in 11th Century and the country’s first University
- Ho Chi Minh’s (HCM) Mausoleum and Presidential Palace
- HCM’s Stilt House
- o¬ne Pillar Pagoda
- Ethnology Museum
- Opera House
- Hoa Lo prison which is also known as the “Hanoi Hilton”
- West Lake & Pagoda
Attend a Water Puppet show this evening then have a leisurely dinner while waiting for the 21:15 departure on the night train to Lao Cai.
Overnight on train in air conditioned cabin.
Meals: B, L

Day 3 - Lao Cai – Sapa
The train will pull in around 6:00 at Lao Cai station, near the border of China, you will be met by your driver for the 38 miles drive to Sapa, the premier destination of northwest Vietnam.
Enjoy your breakfast while waiting for hotel check-in, catch a few hours of rest or venture out to discover the beautiful mountain landscapes and ethnic minority groups of Sapa. Your guide will take you o¬n a drive to the village of Lao Chai & Ta Van, from here you will trek down to the valley among the terraced fields and meet the hill tribes people, get to know their way of life, cultures and traditions. A picnic lunch will be prepared by your guide.
Meals: B, L (we will include breakfast at the hotel this morning to make it easier).

Day 4 – Sapa – Back to Hanoi
Today you will begin with a walking tour of Sapa market, then trekking down the valley to the nearest picturesque village of Cat Cat.
You need to be back to the hotel for the noon time check –out. Leave your luggage with the porter until time to depart for Lao Cai for the night train back to Hanoi.
Have lunch. Explore the surrounding o¬n your own or take an excursion to the Silver Waterfall or “Thac Bac”, a little further beyond the waterfall is the beautiful mountain range known as “Heaven’s Gate.”
Meals: B,

Day 5- Hanoi - Halong
You will be met by your guide early this morning at Hanoi’s railway station. After breakfast you will have a 4 hour car ride along the country side of the Red River Delta to the UNESCO world’s heritage site of Halong Bay.
An old style Vietnamese Junk Cruise is waiting your arrival and will set sail at noon today. Lunch will be served o¬n board amidst spectacular views of the bay.
Today you will visit o¬ne of the largest caves in Halong Bay and included is a beach stop where perhaps you may want to take a swim or dip in the water of the South China Sea.
Tonight enjoy a fresh seafood dinner o¬n board your junk.
Meals: B, L, D

Day 6- Halong - Hanoi
Participate in Tai Chi o¬n the top deck or simply watch the sunrise over the magnificent bay. Enjoy your morning cup of coffee or juice before setting out to the near- by cave o¬n row boat. Watch for monkeys high o¬n the cliff tops. Return back to the junk, where breakfast is served, while sailing around Bay Tu Long bay where the film “Indochine” was made.
Your cruise will end at noon and you will be met by your guide & driver for the trip back to Hanoi. After arrival to your hotel, you may want to catch up o¬n your last minute shopping, more sightseeing or just relax.
Meals: B

Day 7 - Hanoi - Departure
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to the next destination.
Meals: B

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TOUR COST:
The cost is quoted in US Dollars per Person (Pax) base on TWIN/DOUBLE share basic, and applied for private tour.
Peak season surcharge may be applied for Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, Tet Holiday.

Hotel Options

Cost Per Person
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Deluxe (5* hotel) Contact

Price includes:
Accommodation with daily breakfast bases on twin/double share basic.
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)
Transportation by private vehicle with A/C
Return train tickets in soft berth sharing cabin with A/C: Hanoi – Sapa – Hanoi
Overnight junk cruise in Halong bay
Local English speaking tour guides
All entrance fees and permits where applicable

Price excludes:
Meals that not mentioned in the program
Travel insurance
Vietnam visa
International flight and departure tax
Tipping, drinks and other personal expenses

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