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Best of the North - 6 Days

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Adventure1Discover North Vietnam’s cultural diversity and breathtaking scenery. From Hanoi’s colonial charm to Sapa’s the mist-entwined mountains and finally the turquoise, island dotted, Halong Bay; this tour includes all of North Vietnam’s key sites.

PRIVATE TOUR RATE: Prices are quoted in USD per person, based on Double/Twin occupancy.

Group size  2 persons 4 persons  6 persons 8 persons  Single Suppliment
Land Tour/pp 655 550
495 470
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Hanoi - Sapa - Halong bay - 6 Days

Included:
- Transportation by private car
- Hotels bases o­n double/twin share
- Soft sleeper in cabin 4 berths with A/C
- All entrance fees
- English speaking guide
- Meal as mentioned in program
Excluded:
- Pre and post accommodation arrangement
- Drinks, except otherwise mentioned
- Travel Insurance
- Personal expenses & Tips

 




ITINERARY

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam’s bustling colonial capital. Our driver and guide will meet you outside the baggage claim of Noi Bai Airport and take you to your hotel in the city center. In the afternoon, enjoy an orientation walk, visiting some of Hanoi’s main attractions: the opera house, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. In the evening, savor a welcome dinner of authentic Vietnamese food at one of Hanoi’s finest restaurants.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Meals: N/A
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour
Today we have a full day to explore Vietnam’s charming capital. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas; Hanoi is an eclectic mix that offers something for everyone. Our city tour will take you to Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and stilt house); the Presidential Palace; the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Old Quarter; the Temple of Literature; West Lake; the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda & Quan Thanh Temple; and one of the city's museums (a choice between the History Museum and the Ethnology Museum). In the evening enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Performance—a unique Vietnamese art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture—before heading to the train station to catch your night train to Lao Cai.
Accommodation: Soft Sleeper Cabin with AC
Meals: Breakfast
Day 3: Lao Cai – Sapa
Your train arrives at the Lao Cai station in the early morning. Our driver and guide will meet you at the train station and take you on the 38mile drive to Sapa—Northwest Vietnam’s premier travel destination. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and catch a few hours of rest before beginning your adventure in this beautiful mountain landscape and home to many minority hill tribe peoples. In the late morning, your guide will take you on a two hour trek through the terraced rice fields to visit the villages Cat Cat and Sin Chai, where you will learn about local traditions and daily life. Return to Sapa in the afternoon.
Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa
Meals: Breakfast
Day: 4—Sapa trekking & Night train to Hanoi
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, before setting out on a full day’s trek to explore Sapa’s cultural diversity and haunting natural beauty.  Take a guided hike through yawning valleys decorated with terraced rice fields and pass through remote hill tribe villages. We have three trekking options to choose from: Soft trek (~ 3 km), medium trek (~ 6km) and long trek (~12km). Trekking is an excellent way to explore the daily life and familiarize yourself with the cultures of the H’mong, Dzao and Dzay people who populate the region. Have lunch at a hill tribe village then drive back to Lao Cai to catch your return night train to Hanoi.
Accommodation: Soft Sleeper Cabin with AC
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise
Arrive in Hanoi in the early morning. Driver and tour guide of Vietnam Tours will meet you at the train station and take you to breakfast at a local restaurant, before setting out on a 3 to 4 hour drive to the UNESCO World Heritage site: Halong Bay. Spend 24 hours on a traditional Halong cruise on the amazing bay: a natural wonderland composed of jutting limestone islands and sparkling turquoise waters. Arrive at the dock around noon time and board this cruise. Savor a gourmet lunch of fresh seafood onboard as we sail out into the mystical bay. In the afternoon, cruise around some of Halong’s many islands, including Dinh Huong and Ga Choi. Along the way visit one of the bay’s 3 largest caves (Thien Cung, Dau Go or Sung Sot). Stop at an island cove with a sheltered white-sand beach and take a dip in the warm waters of the Gulf of Tonkin (weather permitting). Pass the night on your junk, lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of calm waters.
Accommodation: Cruise on Halong Bay
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6:  Halong Bay – Hanoi
Awake early and participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply relax and enjoy the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, before setting out to explore nearby islands by rowboat. Return to the junk for breakfast then take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of Bai Tu Long Bay as we navigate back to Halong City. Our driver will meet you at the dock and take you back to Hanoi to catch your departure flight home.


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