North Vietnam Classic Tour 8 Days 7 nights
Immerse yourself in Ninh Binh’s rural countryside home to many mountains and caves. Whilst exploring the dramatic scenery, meet the ethnic hill-tribe villages of Sapa valley. For your comfort, experience an overnight journey on the Victoria Express Train where classic meets luxurious style. Start your day with sunrise practicing tai chi on the sundeck of your boat. Take a cruise through emerald waters, dramatic limestone cats and tiny forest-topped islets of Ha Long Bay. Enjoy an early morning stroll along Hoan Kiem Lake and the Ngoc Son Temple. Take a cruise through emerald waters, dramatic limestone cats and tiny forest-topped islets of Ha Long Bay
Arrival in Hanoi (D)
Our driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your hotel. After refreshment, take a city tour, visit the most famous places in Hanoi: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh Museum, the Temple of Literature, the Ethnology Museum & Ngoc Son Temple. In the evening enjoy a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi
Hanoi to Halong Bay
The morning we depart Hanoi at 8:30 a.m for a four-hour drive through the Red River Delta to Ha Long City. Upon arrival, welcome aboard our deluxe boat for a cruise of the emerald waters of Halong Bay, giving you the chance to take in the stunning scenery of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sit back to enjoy a fresh, local seafood lunch followed by a swim. You’ll l also have the chance to explore some of the limestone caves and fishing villages and also partake in some water activities. Enjoy the evening watching the sunset while you dine.
Overnight on boat.
Halong Bay – Hanoi- Lao Cai by night train (B/L)
Enjoy another gentle start to the day by practicing Tai Chi while your boat makes it way back to the harbor. Wait to be transferred back to Hanoi. In the evening, you take the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train.
Lao Cai – Sapa
Your train arrives at the Lao Cai train station at around 6:00 am. Upon arrival, your driver will transfer you to Sapa. The drive to Sapa is only 33 km and takes 1.5 hours. Once at Sapa, you will check into your hotel and enjoy a local breakfast. Our tour guide will meet you to start your trek with a walk through the center town of Sapa and along Muong Hoa street. We then trek through Hang Da, Hau Chu Ngai and Thao Hong Den village of Hmong tribe where you’ll enjoy a panoramic view of Muong Hoa valley. Transfer back to the hotel by car. Overnight in hotel.
Lao Chai – Ta Van – Hanoi
Following breakfast, experience the Sapa Sunday market and then go on a 3-4 hour trek that will take you along buffalo paths and trails. We’ll walk through the hill tribe villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van, home to the H’mong and Dzay people. This is a spectacular walk through stunning scenery, inhabited by friendly local people. Enjoy a picnic lunch before going to Ta Van village. In the afternoon, we will transfer back to Lao Cai for the Victoria Express train journey back to Hanoi. The train departs at 21:15 and is an overnight journey.
Hanoi to Ninh Binh
Upon arrival in Hanoi at around 5 am in the morning, your driver will take you to a local restaurant for breakfast and morning coffee. Next up, take a 2hr scenic drive to Ninh Binh.
Check in your hotel and freshen up. Enjoy lunch at your hotel before going on a scenic boat tour around Trang An in Ninh Binh. Take in the stunning view of the dramatic large limestone karst peaks, discover caves and visit the famed King Kong Island. After enjoying dinner, enjoy a relaxing Spa session. Overnight in Ninh Binh.
Ninh Binh to Hanoi
Wake up to the view of the countryside from your hotel where you’ll enjoy a light breakfast. Soon after, your tour guide will take you on a cycling tour through the rural countryside. This is a chance to visit peaceful villages to get the majestic scenery along the road with rice fields, friendly people, water buffaloes.
After lunch, your guide will take you to the Mua Cave and learn about its interesting stories told by our guide. From the top of the cave, you can see the majestic landscape of Tam Coc. Continue climb 500 stone steps, you are on the top of the mountain where you can enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the countryside and wonderful Ngo Dong River. It’s the most beautiful place to view in Ninh Binh, where can see the city far from the standing in front of Tam Coc and the limestone mountain.
Around 4pm, you will return to Hanoi by private car.
Hanoi to Airport
Pick up and transfer to Hanoi airport for your onward flight. End of tour.
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