Vietnam Holidays - Discover North Vietnam Tour
|Discover North Vietnam – 8nts
- International Flights: London – Hanoi – London, Q Class
- Transportation by Air - Conditioning car or mini bus
- Accommodation with daily breakfast (dbl/twin room)
- English speaking guide
- Meals as indicated ( Breakfast, 03 Lunch, 01 Dinner)
- Entrance fees, Boat, Train
- Letter of Introduction to get Vietnamese Visa on Arrival
- 2 bottles of water/ pax/ day
- Hanoi: 3 nights at Anise hotel (BB) – Superior Room
- Train: 2 nights at King Express, Sapaly, Tulico,…
- Sapa: 2 nights at Bamboo Sapa hotel (BB) – Standard Room
- Halong: 1 night at Image Junk (BB) – Double/Twin Cabin
- Visas ( Vietnam: USD25) will be paid on Arrival
- Services not mentioned, Personal costs, Insurance
Min – Max Pax: 2 - 12
Trip Grading: Suitable for travellers with an average level of fitness and mobility.
Exclusivity Fee: £99 per person – this guarantees that your party enjoys absolute privacy during the whole tour with the exception of the Halong Bay Junk (boat) which may be shared with a maximum of 12 people including your party. This is still a very private atmosphere if considered that most boats have more than 10 rooms.
Remarks: During the months of October, November and all Mondays of the year the Mausoleum Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi will remain closed and will be replaced by a panoramic visit.
Policy: We have a right to change the departure date, it depends on the availability of the accommodation, flight status and numbers of clients.
|Day by day Program
Day 1 – HANOI ON ARRIVAL
Arrive at Noi Bai Airport, meet a tour guide and transfer to your hotel, leave your luggage. Free for leisure.
Check in at 14:00 (If there is a room available, you can check in earlier).
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2 – HANOI CITY TOUR (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Take full day city tour of Ha Noi, the highlights will be Ho Chi Minh‘s Mausoleum (opened from December to September, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and at weekend) and his living complex, One Pillar Pagoda,Ho Chi Minh Museum, Temple of Literature .
Visit the Fine Arts Museum, Ethnological Museum and Tran Quoc pagoda. Enjoy the puppet show.
Tonight, take night train to Lao Cai (accommodation on train is an air-con equipped compartment of 4 pax).
Overnight on train (Sleeper Cabin).
Day 3 – SA PA (B)
Arrival time in Lao Cai is approximately 10 hours after departure time from Hanoi. The 45-minute transfer from LaoCai Station to Sapa is very scenic with spectacular views as the road winds up the terraced hillsides before arriving at the former French hill resort.
On arrival in Sapa transfer directly to the Hotel for checking in and breakfast.
A trekking tour of Sapa visits Laochai, Tavan, Giang tachai villages .
In the afternoon visit the busy market where Red Dao, Black H'mong and other ethnic minority people converge from the surrounding countryside to sell their embroidery, silverware and handicrafts and to buy provisions. Visit some of nearby hill tribe villages, such as Cat Cat.
Overnight in Sapa.
Day 4 – SAPA – HILL TRIBES (B)
After Breakfast, Take a day to visit Ham Rong Mountain, and enjoy the dance of The girls of H'mong, Tay, Giay, Hanhi, Dao.
In the afternoon, free to visit the cataracts of Silver Hoang Lien Are, in the province Lai Chau, visiting different minority ethnic from the wonderful Zone and enjoying its landscape. Visit some of nearby hill tribe villages, such as Taphin where living Dao minority ethnic.
Return to Hotel. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 5 – SAPA – BAC HA – HANOI (B)
Breakfast, departing for Bacha Market, after 3 hours, you will arrive Bacha market, free visit market (Bacha market open on Sunday morning only).
12h00 short trekking to visit BacHa village.
15h00 Return to Laocai.
Visit the frontier of Vietnam and China to railway station.
Tonight, take a night train to Hanoi (accommodation on train is an air-con equipped compartment of 4persons).
Overnight on train (Sleeper Cabin).
Day 6 – HANOI – Excursion Tour (HOA LU) – HANOI (B/L)
Ninh Binh is a province at the North East of Hanoi in the Red River Delta. Ninh Binh nowadays is a famous destination which attract more and more tourists come here to visit its beauty landscapes and historical in structures such as: Hoa Lu (the old capital of Vietnam which is dedicated to the King Dinh Tien Hoang and Tien Le dynasty), the temples of King Dinh and King Le, Phat Diem cathedral, Bai Dinh pagoda, Cuc Phuong national park, etc…
AM: 8:00 depart to Ninh Binh, Hoa Lu. Visit the temple of King Dinh and King Le. Go to Tam Coc, have lunch here.
PM: keep traveling, visit TamCoc – BichDong which has known as another name “Inland Halong Bay”. Go by boat to visit the beauty of the limestone mountain and get into 3 caves: Hang Ca (the first cave), hang Hai (the second cave) and Hang Ba (the third cave). Such a fabulous day trip, you’ll have a really relaxing time on the way past green rice fields, along waterways and through underground passages.
Back to Hanoi around 6:00 PM.
OPTION FOR DAY 7 and 8
Day 7 – HALONG – AN NAM JUNK (B/L/D)
After having breakfast in Ha Noi, we depart for Ha Long city, the World Natural Heritage with over 3000 limestone islands & islets scattering an area of 1500 sq km in Tonkin Bay:
12:30: Arrive in Halong. Check in ANNAM Junk enjoy welcome drink and cruise briefing.
13:15: Have a lunch while cruising the exquisite waters sample the regions fresh seafood.
13:30-14:30: Annam Junk explores Halong bay on the most wonderful route and the way that few cruises travel: Cruising to majestic Bai Tu Long Bay, admiring by several landscape of the Bay like Oan Lagoon, Mat Quy (Monster Head), Coc Islet, Tam Cung grotto.
14:30-15:30 Go up to the Halong bay View at Titop beach. You can take nice photo from halong bay view. Enjoy swimming in the crystal water.
16:00-16:30. We will visit the floating fishing village on Halong Bay near Sungsot Cave by the tender.
16:30-18:00: Arrive to Luon cave Area by bamboo boat or Kayaking. You can attend cooking class on Annam junk. Watch the sun set over the bay.
18:00-18:30: Annam Junk continue to Hang Trong area and anchorage at Ho dong Tien, near Trong cave. It is few cruise and tranquil zone for sleeping.
19:00: Enjoy a delicious dinner with seafood.
21:00: Leisure time: Film entertainment in the dining room, join squid fishing from the boat with our crew. Retire to your cabin and overnight on Boat. ANNAM Junk.
Day 8 – HALONG – HANOI (B/L)
7:00 - Wake up to fresh coffee espresso famous in Vietnam “Trung Nguyen” an cake, coffe, tea. Enjoy the sunrise and swimming in the emerald waters of Halong Bay.
8:00 - Transfer by tender to one of the most beautiful cave on halong bay “Surprise Cave”. Walk up the 100 steps to the entrance of the cave and tour on foot for approximately 60 minutes.
9:30 - On the way back to Halong city, Annam Junk continue to explores Halong bay on the most wonderful route: DinhHuong, Ga Choi, Dog Island, Sail island, BinhPhong mountain, Man’s head, Tortoise island.
10:00 Check out and enjoy your lunch on the way back to Halong city.
Back to Hanoi, transfer to the airport. Fly home.
Drive back to Hanoi and visit Dong Trieu pottery
Overnight in Hanoi.
OR Indochina Sails, Bhaya Cruise, surcharge £79 pp
Day 7 – Ha Noi – Ha Long – Bhaya Junk (B/L/D)*****
After having breakfast in Ha Noi, we depart for Ha Long city, the World Natural Heritage with over 3000 limestone islands and islets scattering an area of 1500 sqkm in Tonkin Bay:
12:00 – 12:30: Check-in at Bhaya Cafe, Halong City. Embark on Bhaya Classic for a Welcome Cocktail followed by a Cruise briefing.
13:00 – 15:30: Savor a delicious Vietnamese buffet lunch as Bhaya Classic heads to Bai Tu Long Bay passing the towns of Hon Gai and Cam Pha, Oan Lagoon, Mat Quy (Monster Head) and Am Tich (Teapot) Islets and Vung Vieng fishing village.
15:30 – 17:00: Visit the fishing village by local rowing boat (01 hour) then return to the vessel for free time at your leisure or join one of the following optional activities: Kayak into the village or swim near the boat; Optional onboard activities: Sunbathing, traditional massage, etc…; Trip by tender to an isolated pristine beach for swimming.
17:00: Bhaya Classic cruises through the Bay to its overnight Anchorage near Ho Dong Tien. Happy Hour and Vietnamese cooking Demonstration on the Sundeck.
19:30: Sumptuous Seafood Set-dinner onboard.
21:00: Retire to your cabin or join the fishing program.
Overnight onboard Bhaya Classic.
Day 8 – Halong – Hanoi (Brunch)
06:15 Start your day with TaiChi on the Sundeck while complimentary Tea and coffee are served.
07:00 Bhaya Classic weighs anchor to cruise through the Bay passing beautiful spots like Trong(Drum), Trinh Nu (Virgin) and Me Cung Caves, Coc Ngoi (Toad) Islet, etc.
08:30 Explore the Surprise Cave (Sung Sot).
09:30 Return to Bhaya Classic. Buffet brunch is served onboard. The vessel cruises leisurely back to harbour.
11:00 Disembark at Bhaya Café, Halong City.
Come back to Hanoi, visit Dong Trieu pottery en route.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 9 – HANOI – DEPARTURE (B)
Free at leisure for shopping or Adding on Excursion.
Check out 11:00 – 12:00, leave you luggage at the hotel.
Transfer to International Airport for your flight.
Fly back to London.