This 9–day itinerary covers most of the highlights in the North of Vietnam including Hanoi, Hoa Lu – Tam Coc, Halong Bay and Sapa. It’s one of the recommended tours among our Ready to go packages so it will have some similar elements with others such as: private transfers and SIC tours. However, you have the right to change the itinerary as much as you wish, we will amend it accordingly.
 

Tour Code: RTG01
Duration: 9 Days/8 Nights
Start/End: Hanoi/Hanoi
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Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)

 
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Day 1: Hanoi Arrival – Private Transfer
On arrival at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, we will be welcome by our private guide and driver. The rest of the day will be free. Overnight in hotel in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour in Joined Tour (B, L)
After breakfast, our guide will take us on the SIC City Tour. Our first stop is Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum complex, including Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh Museum, his simple house-on-stilt and the nearby ancient One Pillar Pagoda. We then move to Quan Thanh Temple and Tran Quoc Pagoda which are located by the West Lake.
After Vietnamese lunch, we will visit the excellent Ethnology Museum which display on culture and customs of different 54 groups in Vietnam. We finish the tour in the centre of Hanoi including Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. Overnight in Hanoi.

Ethnology Museum

Ethnology Museum

Day 3: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc in Joined Tour (B, L)
Pick up at the hotel at around 8.00 AM by our guide and driver, we will take 2.5 hours drive to Ninh Binh Province to visit Hoa Lu – the ancient capital of Vietnam. On arrival, we will visit the Temple of King Dinh and King Le which are dedicated to the two Kings under Dinh and Le Dynasties from 10th to 11th century.

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital

We then back to our bus and transfer to Tam Coc – Three Grottos for lunch in a restaurant overlooking the river. After lunch, we take a pleasant rowing boat along the Ngo Dong River, passing through thousands of limestone in amazing formations, villages, rice fields, rocky outcrops. In the late afternoon, we will be back to Hanoi and arrive at our hotel at around 6 PM.

Tam Coc

Tam Coc – Three Grottos

Day 4: Hanoi – Halong Bay in Joined tour (B, L, D)
Our shuttle bus picks us up at around 8 AM and we transfer to Halong City. On arrival, we will board our junk and enjoy the welcome drink before check in to our cabin. Lunch will be served while cruising towards thousands of limestone standing in the emerald water including Stone Dog Islet, floating fishing village, Incense Burning Islet, Fighting Cocks Islet…

Halong Bay

Halong Bay

In the mid-afternoon, we visit the Surprising Cave, one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay and have one-hour kayaking though the slide rock cliffs. The rest of the afternoon will be relaxing time on the sea for swimming, diving, jumping from the boat…Dinner onboard and joining our crew with squid fishing, playing cards or just relaxing in the sundeck.

Kayaking in Halong Bay

Kayaking in Halong Bay

Day 5: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Overnight train to Sapa (B, L)
Have breakfast at 7 AM and then check out of the cabin while our junk continues cruising further in the bay passing Frog Islet, Turtle Islet…If you’re interested in cooking, we will join a Cooking demonstration with our chef to learn how to cook some Vietnamese traditional food. Farewell lunch is served while the junk cruises toward at harbour. Back to the mainland and find our shuttle bus is waiting and taking us back to Hanoi.
We will be free until our car arrives to take us to the Railway Station to board the overnight train to Lao Cai.

Cooking class on cruise, Halong Bay

Cooking class on cruise, Halong Bay

Day 6: Lao Cai – Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van Villages in Joined Tour (B, L, D)
Arrive in Lao Cai Station in the early morning at 6 AM, we will get in our shuttle bus and transfer to Sapa – a small town perched on the mountainside opposite Mt. Fan Si Pan, Vietnam’s highest peak. On arrival, we will have a quick shower and breakfast at hotel before trekking to Lao Chai Village – homes to Tay and Day people, stroll in the village, talk with the friendly local people and children before having picnic lunch en-route. After lunch, we continue our trekking down to the bottom of Sapa valley to get to Ta Van Village – one of the most beautiful villages in the area where we spend the night in a local homestay. (Approximate: 13 KM – 5 hours trekking).

Lao Chai Village

Traveler trekking through Lao Chai Village

Day 7: Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Sapa Town in Joined Tour (B, L, D)
After breakfast in the homestay, we head to Giang Ta Chai Village of Red Dzao people. Along the way, we will pass by amazing scenery, colourful ethnic village and beautiful waterfall. In the afternoon, we will go up to the main road and find our vehicle to take us back to Sapa with some stops en-route for fabulous valley of Sapa. Check in our hotel, shower and dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in a hotel in Sapa town. (Approximate: 11 KM – 4.5 hours trekking).

Red Dzao people in Giang Ta Chai Village

Red Dzao people in Giang Ta Chai Village

Day 8: Sapa – Cat Cat – Sin Chai – Lao Cai Station in Joined Tour (B, L, D)
After breakfast at hotel, we will have free time to stroll around the town’s busy market. After lunch, we check out and leave the luggage at hotel before heading down to Cat Cat and Sin Chai Village of Black H’mong people. Enjoy the waterfall in Cat Cat and beautiful scenery along the way before getting back to the town, get yourself fresh with a shower in the hotel’s day room before transferring to Lao Cai Station for the night train back to Hanoi. (Approximate: 4 KM – 3 hours trekking).

Sin Chai Village

Sin Chai Village

Day 9: Hanoi Departure – Private Transfer (B)
Arrival in Hanoi in the early morning, we will be welcomed by our private driver and transfer to the hotel for breakfast and refresh. Time will be free until our private car arrives to take us to the airport in good time for departure flight. Tour ends.

What’s included?

  • Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing by air conditioned vehicle with a driver
  • English speaking tour guide as in the itinerary
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast as per detail itinerary
  • Return train tickets: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi in sharing soft four-berth cabin in Orient Express carriage or similar
  • Entrance fees & permits (if have)
  • Meals as in the itinerary
  • Boat excursions

What’s excluded?

  • International and domestic flights and airport taxes
  • Vietnam Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Other meals which are not indicated above
  • Surcharge and Compulsory dinners (if any)
  • Beverages in the restaurants where meals are included
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Personal and other expenses such as porterage, bar bills and laundry not stated in the itinerary.

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Hotels & Ratings

Room Category
Hanoi Authentic Hotel or Similar Superior room
Halong Imperial Junk or Similar Double/Twin room
Sapa Bamboo Hotel Superior room