- Explore Hanoi's colonial charm
- Visit Sapa and trek along the spectacular landscapes & colorful hill tribe villages.
- Explore mythical Halong Bay on an overnight cruise.
- Age range
- 18 to 39 year olds +2 more
- 3 / 4 / 5
Discover North Vietnam’s cultural diversity and breathtaking scenery. From Hanoi’s colonial charm to Sapa’s mist-entwined mountains and finally the turquoise, island dotted, Halong Bay. This tour includes three of North Vietnam’s key sites.
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Day 1: Hanoi Arrival.
Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam’s bustling colonial capital. Your 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, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple, St. Joseph's Cathedral & the Old Quarter. In the evening, savor a welcome dinner of authentic Vietnamese food at one of Hanoi’s finest restaurants.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour - Night train to Lao Cai.
Today you 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. Your city tour will take you to Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and stilt house), the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Presidential Palace; the Temple of Literature; the Quan Thanh Temple, the sedate Tran Quoc Pagoda & West Lake; 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 Laocai.
Accommodation: on train (in 4 soft berths cabin with A/C).
Lao Cai – Sapa Trekking (visit Lao Chai & Ta Van Village).
The train arrives at the Laocai railway station in the early morning. Your guide and driver will meet you there and take you on the 40km drive to Sapa – Northwest Vietnam’s premier travel destination. Enjoy breakfast and take a short break before beginning your adventure in this beautiful mountain landscape and home to many minority hill tribe peoples. Visit Lao Chai & Ta Van village with a short leisurely walk, an excellent way to explore the daily life and familiarize yourself with the cultures of the H’mong and Dzay people who populate the region. The trek through the breathtaking scenery of Sapa valley also gives you an opportunity to admire the amazing rice terraces. Overnight in Sapa Town.
Meals: Breakfast, Pinic Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa.
Day 4: Sapa – Laocai – Night train back to Hanoi.
This morning, drive to Tram Ton Pass, Heaven’s Gate – the highest peak of roads in Vietnam (over 2,000m). Admire the spectacular views, even the Fansipan summit, the highest peak of Indochina mountains (weather permits) and visit the nearby Silver Waterfall with marvelous scenery of the surrounding nature. Stop along the way to visit O Quy Ho village which known for the different kinds of vegetables, flowers, fruit trees and even medicinal plants grown here. Have lunch in Sapa then farewell this beautiful mountain town in the late afternoon to drive to Laocai to catch your return night train to Hanoi. If you like to experience the Muong Hoa funicular and enjoy Sapa cable car to explore Fansipan tourism complex as an alternative, please contact our travel advisors for further information. Additional surcharge will be applied.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: on train (in 4 soft berths cabin with A/C).
Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on cruise.
Arrive in Hanoi in the early morning. Your guide and driver will meet you at the railways station and take you to a local restaurant for breakfast, before setting out on a 2.5 hour drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Halong Bay. Spend nearly 24 hours on a traditional junk Cruise in the amazing bay: a natural wonderland composed of jutting limestone islands and sparkling turquoise waters. Arrive at the dock around noon and board your junk. Savor a gourmet lunch of fresh seafood onboard as you 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 Tonkin Gulf (weather permitting). Pass the night on your junk, lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of calm waters.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Accommodation: on cruise.
Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Departure.
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 you navigate back to Halong City. Have brunch on board the boat before returning to Halong pier. Your driver will meet you at the dock and take you to Noi Bai Airport of Hanoi to catch your departure flight home. Optional (please contact our travel consultants for an arrangement in advance): Austrian engineer Doppelmayr and Swiss engineer Garaventa have completed the world’s largest aerial tramway across Halong Bay. The 2,222m ropeway is suspended from two concrete towers, the larger of which is 188.88m high. Each of the double-decker cabins and six sets of doors is built to carry 230 passengers, making them the biggest ever built.
The tramway will take visitors between a terminal in the Bai Chay District of Halong City up to the amusement park at the top of Ba Deo Hill (Hon Gai Ward, Halong City).
The Nu Hoang Cable Car (meaning Queen in English) has just operated since 25 June 2016 and the round-trip entrance ticket is 15 USD/ person (excluded). If you interested in taking this gondola lift, our driver can take you to the station of Nu Hoang Cable Car after the cruise and you may spend a couple of hours there. Afterwards, you will be transferred directly to Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport for your departure flight.
AccommodationRated Excellent by past passengers
All the hotels/ cruise are subject to availability and can be changed. In case any of the listed hotels are fully booked, alternatives of equivalence will be taken.
GuideRated Excellent by past passengers
English speaking Tour guide (other language on request)
MealsRated Excellent by past passengers
As mentioned in the itinerary: Daily breakfast at hotel, 1 dinner, 2 lunches.
TransportRated Excellent by past passengers
Private Car/Van with Air-Conditioning.
Chapa Express Train (shared 4 berths cabin)
There is no domestic flight included in this package
Please note that airfares are subject to availability and to change without notice
• Breakfast & meals per mentioned in the itinerary
• Transportation by private car with A/C
• Return train ticket on shared 4 berth cabin Hanoi - Lao Cai
• English-speaking guides
• All entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions.
• International flight into and out Vietnam
• Travel insurance
• Vietnam Visa
• Gratuities for tour guides/drivers
• Beverages & other personal expenses.