Northern Tour (9 days/8 nights). 1 day Hanoi city tour with water puppet show. 3 days Halong bay tour - Kayaking. Sapa tour - Lao Chai/Ta Van or Bac Ha Market - Catcat villages....
What to Expect
Day 1: Arrival Hanoi
Arrive in Hanoi. Welcome to English-speaking guide at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
Included: Car/Van pick-up from airport and transfer to hotel, English speaking tour guide.
Standard type (2*) - 2 star-hotels in Hanoi: Hanoi Royal Orchid hotel or Hanoi Sports hotel, …..
Superior type (3*) - 3 star-hotels in Hanoi: HANOI MANOR HOTEL or Hanoi Luxor hotel or LA DOLCE VITA hotel or LA BELLE VIE hotel.
Deluxe type (4*) - 4 star-hotels in Hanoi: Majestic Salute hotel or MAISON D'HANOI hotel or MAY DE VILLE HOTEL 4*.
Day 2: Hanoi city tour (Breakfast/Lunch_)
8.00 AM: Pick up at Hotel for departure city tour. Visit by coach trip along the Hanoi Old Quarter. We will take you past Hoan Kiem Lake, see the peaceful waters, and visit Ngoc Son temple. Then visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum. Enjoy the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho's final resting-place. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts. Lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Continue to visit the Quan Thanh Temple (Taoist, dating from the Ly Dynasty) and Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda on West lake (One of the oldest in Vietnam). Have a lunch.
PM: After lunch proceed to visit the Ethnology Museum, continue to visit the Literature Temple and Quoc Tu Giam. Vietnam's first university constructed in 1070, it"s gardens and well-preserved architecture offers a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam's past. Overnight in Hanoi.
Included: Air con tourist bus, English speaking tour guide, entrance fees, breakfast at hotel, lunch (Standard type: Normal lunch - Superior & Deluxe type: Better lunch), water puppet ticket.
Day 3: Hanoi - Halong - Cat Ba (Lunch & Dinner)
Get picked you up at your hotel and leave for Halong. Board a boat to enjoy fantastic sceneries of Ha Long bay before sitting down for lunch on the boat. Then continue cruising to Lan Ha Bay where you can see limestone islands and get the chance to go kayaking through slide rock cliffs. In the afternoon, have a swim before joining the sunset party and enjoying some wine, fresh fruits and good music. After dinner enjoy your evening your own way: watching movies, board games, squid fishing or listening to Vietnamese music
Day 4: Cat Ba National Park (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Option 1: spend the second night in the bungalow
After some refreshing morning Tai Chi you’ll eat some breakfast of tea coffee and fruits. Then you’ll get the chance to visit a cave in Halong Bay before you take a cruise along the bay. Check in at the bungalow and enjoy some lunch, followed by some free time (activities available). Later, feast on a BBQ dinner in the bungalow at Catba Sandy Beach.
Option 2: spend the second night on the boat
After some refreshing morning Tai Chi you’ll eat some breakfast of tea coffee and fruits. Then you’ll take a hike to the peak of Titop island before hopping on the boat for a scenic cruise through Halong Bay. You’ll enjoy BBQ lunch on the boat before an afternoon of kayaking and cruising. Head back to the Imperial Classic Cruise before dinner on the boat before enjoying some leisure time in the evening.
Day 5: Cat Ba Island, Halong & Ha Noi (Breakfast & Lunch)
Enjoy some breakfast before hopping on a boat transfer (from each location). You’ll then have a cooking class aboard the boat as you cruise back along Halong Harbour. Enjoy a farewell lunch before boarding the bus back to Ha Noi.
Day 6: Hanoi - Sapa (Breakfast)
19.30pm (with standard & Superior types) or 20.45pm (with Deluxe type): pick up at the hotel. Transfer to railway station in Hanoi where you will catch the night train to Lao Cai/( Soft sleeper/4 berth). Overnight on train.
Included: Breakfast at hotel, Car transfers to train (standard type/2*: without guide transfers to - Superior & Deluxe types/3*&4*: with guide transfers to), train ticket with air con soft sleeper (Standard type/2*: Green Train or Pumkin or Royal or Friendly - Superior type/3*: Livitrans or King or Tulico - Deluxe type/4*: Victoria).
Day 7: Lao Cai station – Sapa - Cat cat village (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
You will arrive at the Lao Cai Station between 5-7:30 AM. There you will meet the bus guide and transfer to Sapa town. After having breakfast and a shower, you will start the half-day walk to Cat Cat village occupied by the Black H'mong tribe. You will experience the tribal way of life while enjoying wonderful views of the terraced rice paddy fields and the waterfall in Cat Cat. After the walk, you will be back to the Hotel at around noon to check-in and be on time for lunch (11AM-2PM) in the hotel restaurant. For the rest of the afternoon, you will be free to explore Sapa town on your own. Dinner will be in the hotel restaurant from 4-8 PM. You will spend the night in the Hotel.
Included: Air con tourist bus pick-up at train station, English speaking tour guide in tour, entrance fees, breakfast at hotel, lunch, dinner, hotel in Sapa
Stanard type/2*: Sapa Summit hotel or Sapa Goldsea hotel or similar to - Superior type/3*: Holiday Sapa hotel or Bamboo hotel or similar to - Deluxe type/4*: Chau Long hotel.
Day 8: Sapa - Bac Ha market or Lao Chai - Ta Van Village - Hanoi (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Especially Bac Ha Minority Market which only open on Sunday morning. If your plan is not Sunday, so we will change Bac Ha Market tour into Lao Chai - Ta Van tour for you. Thank you!!
Bac Ha is the meeting place of many different ethnic tribes who come to share their culture as well as sell their wares, food, and livestock. At the market, you will have the opportunity to experience all of the different tribes' food and unique clothing. At lunch you can taste local dishes and try the wines made from rice, corn, and fruit. Upon leaving you will see the H'mong king's house that was built by the French and Chinese in the 1920s. You will leave the market in the afternoon for a return to train station for the night train to Lao Cai. You will have dinner at restaurant near train station.
OR LAO CHAI - TA VAN VILLAGE TOUR (Breakfast/lunch/dinner)
Breakfast is served in the hotel restaurant from 6:30-9 AM. After breakfast you will check out and leave your luggage in the luggage storage room to prepare for your trek. At around 9 AM you will begin your 12 km trek on small trails down the Muong Hoa Valley towards the Black H'mong village of Lao Chai. The Muong Hoa Valley contains some of the most beautiful views of rice paddy fields in Asia. After having lunch along the Muong Hoa river in Lao Chai, you will continue along the bottom of the valley to get to the Dzay tribe village of Ta Van to experience their way of life. At around 2PM you will be transferred back to the hotel by bus where you can take a shower, eat dinner in the hotel and then head to Lao Cai station for night train back to Hanoi.
Included: Tourist bus, train ticket: Lao Cai - Hanoi/solf sleeper/4 berth, English speaking tour guide, entranc fess, breakfast at hotel, lunch, dinner.
Day 9: Arrival on Hanoi
You will arrive in Hanoi between 4-6:30 AM at the Tran Quy Cap train station. End tour and see you again.
- Transport: Private car/van pick-up from airport and train station and transfer to hotel, air conditioner tourist bus and, train tickets (Hanoi - Lao Cai - Hanoi), boat trips, kayaking, accommodation as mentioned
- English speaking tour guide
- Entrance fees
What's Not Included
- Drink and personal expenses.
Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a full refund
Know Before You Go
Cancellation/ Refund Policy:
If unexpected circumstances should arise and impact your holiday plans, we would be glad to assist you with the cancellation procedures and refund your money. Our rates of refund are derived from our suppliers' requirements, and can be summarized as follows:
• 30 Days before trip commencement: 80% will be refunded
• 14 Days before trip commencement: 70% will be refunded
• 7 Days before trip commencement: 60% will be refunded
• No refund for cancellations within 2 days before departure.
For authentication purposes, only written cancellation notices (e-mail or fax) will be accepted.
The refund will be made through bank transfer or credit card, depending on the original method of purchase. Bank fees, if applicable, will be for your account.