Highlights of north Vietnam 8 days

Highlights of north Vietnam 8 days
A great chance to discover the northern highlights of Vietnam, the 8 day vacation will take you from the colonial elegance of Hanoi to the World heritage Ha Long Bay, up to the quiet mountains of Sapa. Cruise Halong Bay on a junk, Savour delicious food on deck, Swim amid stunning karst scenery, Explore Sapa hilltribe villages and mingle with colourful ethnic minorities. This trip does it all....

Tour highlights:
? City tour of Hanoi
? Junk cruise in the World Natural Heritage Site of Halong Bay
? Enjoy fabulous seafood meals on board, swim in the warm crystal clear water
? Sampan riding in Ninh Binh
? Trek through the spectacular scenery of Sapa mountain
? Mingle with colourful Montagnards.

Day 1 Hanoi arrival
Upon arrival at Hanoi?s Noi Bai Airport, our guide and driver will welcome you and transfer you to hotel in Hanoi.
The rest of your day is at leisure for independent exploration ? just catch a sight of Hoan Kiem lake or explore the maze of streets in the city's fascinating Old Quarter where you are certain to find something unique to buy.

Day 2 Ha Noi city tour, Water Puppetry Show
On the morning of day 2 we take a city tour to Ho Chi Minh complex, his house on stilts and the museum and One Pillar Pagoda. We also make a visit to the Temple of Literature ? the first university of Vietnam, which is now dedicated to Confucian worship and ?Hanoi Hilton? ?a nick name given by US pilots during the war. For lunch we are going to taste a speciality of Hanoi: ?Pho? (Noodle soup)
In the afternoon we take a cyclo tour around the Old Quarter

Day 3 Halong Bay cruise, junk overnight (join group tour)
08.30 Pick up at hotel, leaving for Halong city. Stopover on the way 15 minutes for tea break.
12h00: Board Halong Poseidon Cruiser. Lunch is served with a welcome drink while the boat cruises the bay to enjoy the beautiful limestone seascape.
You will see Dog Rock, Incense Burner Rock, as well as Fighting Cock Rock before heading to Sung Sot Cave (Cave of Surprises ). Then, we stopover at a floating house owned by fishermen before kayaking to Luon Cave to enjoy the quiet atmosphere of the bay. Late in the afternoon we anchor in a safe and scenic location for swimming and our overnight stay.

Day 4 Halong Bay Cruise ? Hanoi ? Overnight train to Sapa
Breakfast will be served on the boat, before cruising to another part of Halong Bay where you will view more of the bays spectacular limestone scenery, such as Man's Head Islet, Turtle Islet and Fairman's Cave.
The junk then heads to Van Gia fishing village- one of the oldest and largest floating villages in Halong Bay. You will have the opportunity to learn more about the fishermen daily life, before cruising to a beautiful, secluded spot to swim.
11h30: The boat returns to the dock for lunch before returning to Hanoi
Arrival in Hanoi about 17.00 we have 3 hours free for dinner before taking the night train to Sapa, we travel in air-conditioned comfort in our soft sleeper cabins!

Day 5 Sapa tour, visit Lao Chai and Ta Van villages
The train arrives in Lao Cai at about 6:00 am where our guide will welcome you. Look for the sign bearing your name when you exit the train station. We have breakfast in a local restaurant and then take a morning drive through the clouds by car to Sapa (about 1 hours).
At an elevation of 1500 meters, Sapa was founded in the early years of the last century as a hill resort for French administrators in summer time. Just soak up the fresh climate by spending our time wandering this famous hill town. The ethnic people are frequently seen on the main street of Sapa and small vendors along the street selling local textiles and handicraft
After breakfast at a local restaurant our guide will pick you up for a short walk along buffalo paths and trails through several hill tribe villages of Lao Chai and Tavan, home to H'mong, and Dzay people. This is a absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet. The remainder of your day is at leisure to explore this fascinating hillside town

Day 6 Cat Cat valley, overnight train back to Ha Noi
Wake up in Sapa, breakfast at the hotel then enjoy some exercise with a walk to Cat Cat Village, set in a beautiful valley just outside Sapa. Cat Cat is home to the H'mong people who originated from China about 3,000 years ago. The H'mong people are easily recognisable by their dark blue or black clothing, dyed using the juice of indigo plants, which are native to the area. H'mong women wear long aprons with embroidered waistcoats and have their hair rolled up into a turban-like hat, while the men wear black skullcaps, long waistcoats and loose trousers.
In the afternoon we depart for the Lao Cai train station. We have dinner here before boarding the night train to Hanoi.

Day 7 Ninh Binh day tour
Early arrival in Hanoi at 5.00 we check in a hotel nearby train station, have breakfast and take a few hour rest before our guide and driver pick you up for a 3 hour journey to Ninh Binh
Located in one of the most beautiful parts of Vietnam. With its dramatic scenery, historical intrigues, Ninh Binh is an ideal base to venture out on short small day trips.
Our first stop is Hoa Lu ,the ancient capital of Vietnam (968-1009) with two temples of two Kings Dinh and Le. The trip offers spectacular scenery with opportunity to meet a host of smiling children a long the way.
Arriving in Tam Coc, we take a rowing boat trip for 2 hours on Ngo Dong river, crossing beautiful rice paddy and through mountain tunnels of Tam Coc. This is an ideal place for natural lovers.
We return to Hanoi in the late afternoon

Day 8 Departure
Today is your departure, you are free at your leisure until transferred to Hanoi airport for the flight home.
Tour ends.

Tour Includes:
- Accommodation with daily breakfast
- Meals as per the itinerary
- Transportation as described in the itinerary
- Tours and excursions as described in the program
- Local English speaking tour guide
- Entrance fees and permits where applicable during guided time
Tour does not include:
- Other airfares and taxes
- Transfers beyond the itinerary
- Entrance fees and permits during free time
- Personal expenses such as: Telephone, laundry, and bar bills.
- Food & drinks not mentioned within the itinerary
- Tips & Personal expenses
- Travel insurance

Number of passengers Price per person in USD
2-4 685
5-10 346



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