The north of Vietnam is rich in natural wonders and cultural heritage and this tour starts with guided tours of Hanoi giving a complete look at the country’s capital, followed by an overnight cruise of the UNESCO protected Halong Bay, one of the most beautiful regions in Asia. After your cruise, you’ll take a comfortable overnight train journey to Lao Cai, a small city near the Chinese border, where you will ascend by mountain roads to the old French Hill Station, Sapa. Home to ethnic minority groups, rural villages, terraced rice paddies and some of the most colorful markets in all of Vietnam, Sapa is rich in culture and experience. Take light treks on mountain trails, meet local villagers, learn of different minority cultures and
their ornate dress, and stroll about bustling marketplaces where many villagers congregate, all set among a backdrop of soaring mountains, traditional villages, and crumbling French-era villas. Complete your trip as you return by overnight train back to Hanoi.
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Hotel with daily breakfast, 1 night on board well-appointed ship in Halong Bay, round trip overnight train to/from Sapa, lunches & dinners as indicated, services of expert English speaking local guides, entrance fees to sites listed on the itinerary, private A/C transportation, and airport transfers. International flights are not included, contact us for preferred rates and schedules. Note that the Victoria train does not operate on Saturdays, an alternative will be offered. Train schedules are subject to change.
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Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will be met in the arrivals area by your local guide holding a name-board. After a warm welcome and brief introduction, take a private airport transfer to your hotel for assistance with check-in. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Enjoy a full day tour of Hanoi’s illustrious history including a tour of the Old Quarter by cyclo. Although it is the modern-day capital of Vietnam, Hanoi still retains the mystery and charm of past centuries. Highlights of today’s tour include a visit to the imposing marble edifice housing the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum before moving onto his wooden stilt house. Visit the One Pillar Pagoda dating from the 11th century; this monument was rebuilt after being destroyed by the French in 1954. Tour the Temple of Literature, a peaceful series of walled courtyards and graceful gateways. Founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, this was also the site of Vietnam's first university. In the afternoon, visit the Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton) and then the Hoan Kiem Lake & Ngoc Son Temple. A fascinating & exciting one-hour cyclo tour of Hanoi’s old quarter allows you to catch a glimpse of ancient Hanoi and to learn about Vietnamese traditional architecture. This evening, enjoy a cultural water puppet performance at a local theatre.
This morning you will meet your guide and then drive to Halong Bay where you will board a traditional wooden junk for your overnight cruise. A delectable buffet lunch is served shortly upon boarding and you find yourself getting acquainted with the facilities of the boat. The boat starts to cruise into the Bay and within the first hour you can enjoy this World Heritage Site. During your cruise, enjoy different excursions off of the boat including floating village visits, kayaking, cave walks, and more.
Enjoy the morning on the ship and continue your cruise through the 1000's of limesone islets rising from the bay. Upon your return to the pier in Halong, you will be met for your return transportation to the Hanoi and to the train station for your overnight train journey to Lao Cai en route to Sapa.
Arrive in Lao Cai in the early morning and then head to a local restaurant for breakfast before continuing your scenic journey to Sapa. En route, visit a local market which serves as a lively congregation point for various ethnic minority groups. Later, check-in to the hotel and have the afternoon to explore the town at your leisure.
Drive to a nearby village in the morning where your scenic trek will lead you down to the Muong Hoa Valley festooned with terraced paddy fields. Enjoy a light trek along the Hoang Lien Mountain Range with various photo stops before heading to the Lao Chai Junction for a panoramic view of the Muong Hoa Valley. Return to Sapa by car and in the afternoon take a stroll around Sapa and along dirt trails flanked by serene gardens and pine forests providing interesting insight into the local lifestyle. Proceed to a small and isolated Black Hmong ethnic minority village, and then continue hiking through rice paddy fields immersed in spectacular natural scenery.During weekdays, you may also have an opportunity to visit a local school. At the appointed time, you will be driven back to the Lao Cai Train Station for your return overnight journey to Hanoi.
Upon arrival in Hanoi at the train station in the early morning, you will be met and then transferred to a hotel or the airport.
Days 3 & 4: Cruise the majestic Halong Bay on a traditional Junk.
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