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NORTHERN HIGHLIGHT OF VIETNAM

DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL

You are warmly greeted and transferred to your hotel on arrival

Begin in Hanoi, Vietnam, our gateway to the Southeast Asian peninsula. Vietnam surprises most American visitors. Whatever the expectations, the reality is something else, indeed. This is a country that has survived decades of conflict, both with outsiders and internally. Today, the streets are thick with crowds and bicycles as well as a warm, welcoming population, besides, Hanoi is famous for its street food cuisine, as well as walking/cycling tour through the Old Quarter’s 36 Street to discover the bustling local life.

Start the afternoon with a visit to the Temple of Literature, the first University for the sons of mandarins, for an overview about Hanoi culture and an appreciation for ancient Vietnamese architecture. Then head to the Vietnamese Women’s Museum that offers a broad insight into Vietnam’s people including its 54 ethnic groups through a lens of women’s topics. Walk through diverse exhibitions from street vendors to marriage to family life to traditional fashion. End the trip with a cyclo tour from the museum to the Old Quarter. Ride through its narrow streets to indulge yourself in the bustle and hustle of the local daily life.

DAY 2: HANOI – TRANG AN - BAI DINH | Meals (B,L)

This morning, enjoy 1 hour 45 minute-drive to Ninh Binh province. Today tour will start with a visit to Bai Dinh Pagoda which is famous for its great size and imposingness and one of most Vietnam Popular Destinations. The pagoda will be also set more record for the owner of the most Arhat Statues in ASEAN with 500 Arhat statues made of stone and stand higher than human’s head.

Kết quả hình ảnh cho Trang An Landscape Complex

After lunch at the local restaurant. We continue heading to Trang An Landscape Complex recognized as the World Heritage Site in June 2014. It is a spectacular landscape of limestone karts peaks permeated with valleys, some of which are submerged, and surrounded by vertical cliffs. A two-hour boat trip along the river offers stunning scenery of local villages dotted among the limestone karsts and caves such as Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave, Sinh Cave…experiencing mysterious views of the so-called “Ha Long Bay on land”.

Bring along binoculars as you might encounter some rare langur or bird species in their native environment. Return to Hanoi in the late evening.

 

DAY 3: HANOI – SAPA (5.5 HOUR OVERLAND TRANSFER) | Meals (B, L)

This morning, embark on 5.5 hour drive to Sapa mountainous hilly town where is being one of the most attractive tourism destinations of the country, Sapa is a precious gift that Mother Nature dedicates to Vietnam.

Sapa’s terraced fields are recognized as one of the world’s seven most beautiful and magnificent sites of terraced farmland, around the town, you can see many ethnic people such as black H’mong, Tay, Xa Pho gather for sale their handmade product. On arrival, check into your hotel for leisure time.

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After that, winding through hilly terrain and past terraced paddy fields, the road from Sapa takes you to Cat Cat village, just 2km from the town. A leisurely walk through the old village offers an overview of the traditional customs and practices of the ethnic Black H’mong. Stop by the stunning waterfall and the vestige of a hydroelectric power station constructed by the French during the colonial era.

DAY 4: SAPA - TREKKING LAO CHAI TO TA VAN & FANSIPAN BY CABLE CAR | Meals (B,L)

Drive 30 minutes south of Sapa town into the Muong Hoa valley, home to the largest terraced rice fields in Vietnam. If your visit is between May and October, it will coincide with the planting and harvesting time, and provides a chance to see the local farmers in action. The walk takes you from Lao Chai village of the Black Hmong minority to Ta Van village of the Giay minority. The magnificent views of the terraced fields, Fansipan mountain range and the cool climate all contribute to an excellent experience. Trek a total of 5km through farmlands and rolling hills before heading back to the Sapa town for lunch.

Return to your hotel after the tour for leisure time

DAY 5: SAPA - HANOI (5.5-6 HOUR OVERLAND TRANSFER) | Meals (B, L)

At the height of 3,143m, Fansipan is the highest mountain in Vietnam and “the Roof of Indochina”. This morning, drive you to the cable station for a trip up to Fansipan. From the cable car you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of green hills and valleys of Northeast Vietnam. The trip to Fansipan top by cable car will take only 15 minutes instead of 2-day trekking as before. Upon arrival at the top station, take a walk around and admire the views across China and Laos in the distance, and the Muong Hoa valley beneath you. Visit the pagoda which the locals usually come to and pray for health and good luck. You can rest at the restaurant for a drink or meal (own expenses) before getting back down to Sapa also by cable car.

Return to hotel to check out and enjoy your lunch before heading back to Hanoi

Check into your hotel on arrival and enjoy rest of the day for leisure.

DAY 6: HANOI – HALONG (3.5 OVERLAND TRANSFER) | Meals (B,L,D)

After breakfast at your hotel, depart for a 4 hour drive to Ha Long Bay, recognized as a natural site of World Heritage by UNESCO in 1994. The Bay is dominated by more than 1,600 limestone karsts and islets which rise out of the waters of the bay to heights of up to 100 meters. 

On arrival at Tuan Chau Marina, check-in to your elegant cabin and enjoy a welcome drink followed by a brief cruise introduction. Afterwards, the vacation begins with a sumptuous lunch on board. Then visit Tien Ong cave - one of the most beautiful cave in the Bay. Getting back on board for refreshing before attending a cooking demonstration instructed by our Head Chef. An elegant dinner is served afterwards.

This evening, retire to your cabin for leisure time or join the squid fishing program.

DAY 7: HALONG - HANOI DEPARTURE | Meals (B, BR)

Wake up early and partake in a Tai Chi demonstration which is held on the upper deck. Then Visit Cua Van floating village which is voted as one of the 11 insanely beautiful small towns around the world by huffingtonpost.com. you can choose either kayaking or traditional rowing boat to go around discovering local life on the water. Return to your boat where buffet brunch is waiting. Arrive at the jetty late morning and transfer back to Hanoi airport for your onward flight

Notice: Please note the Cruise Itinerary may be subject to change without prior notice

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Inclusive of:

  • Accommodation is inclusive of hotel tax, hotel service charges and includes daily breakfast. 
  • Meals as specified as program 
  • Private transfer and transportation on tour
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Wet towels and water on sightseeing days.

 

Exclusive of :

  • International & domestic airfares
  • Vietnam Visa
  • Drinks/water at included lunches and dinners on cruise
  • Other meals where not mentioned 
  • Overweight luggage 
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Travel insurance.
  • Other services not listed in inclusive column