NORTH VIETNAM EXPERIENCE – 9 DAYS

9 Days 8 Nights From $689

Hanoi - Mai Chau - Ninh Binh - Sapa - Halong Bay

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Discover the most iconic destinations in the North of Vietnam. Starting from the bustling capital Ha Noi, wandering the Old Quarter to observe the local life and historical monuments before heading for a cruise in UNESCO World Heritage Ha Long Bay to explore the majestic landscape with limestone pinnacles and caves. Explore some villages, rice paddies and gardens in Mai Chau, natural beauty of Ninh Binh. Finally, leading to the far-north mountainous area of Sapa to uncover the ethnic culture and admire beautiful terraced rice fields.
INCLUSIONS:

  • Private air conditioned vehicle transfers during tour
  • Shuttle bus round trip Hanoi-Halong-Hanoi
  • English speaking guide
  • Accommodation based on twin-shared/ double basis with daily breakfast at mentioned hotels or similar ones upon availability
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary each day
  • Entrance tickets at indicated sites
  • Bicyle in Mai Chau
  • 2 Days cruise package in Halong Bay and boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bottled water on the vehicle

EXCLUSIONS:

  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks and other meals
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Any international flights
  • Banking fee(if any)
  • Personal expenses and others not mentioned clearly in the inclusion part
  • Visa arrangement

Detailed Program

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DAY 1

ARRIVAL IN HANOI – HANOI CITY TOUR

 Welcome to Vietnam! Upon arrival to Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, your driver and guide will meet you and they will transfer you to your hotel in the downtown.

We transfer to Ba Dinh Square where you will visit to the mausoleum of the historic figure and father of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh (View from outside on Fri & Mon) and the former president’s stilt house where he lived from 1958 to 1969, his former home illustrates the modesty of this Vietnamese revolutionary. The One Pillar Pagoda, founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 will be visited next: This structure is one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples. Continue on with the Temple of Literature: In 1076 Quoc Tu Giam – Vietnam’s first university, also referred to as Van Mieu, was established within a temple to educate Vietnam’s royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past. A Vietnamese lunch will be served at a restaurant in the city.

In the afternoon, visit Ngoc Son Taoist Temple, located on a little island of Hoan Kiem Lake and listen to a beautiful legend of this central Lake and learn about the rare species of tortoise which lived there. Finish the day with a cyclo ride around Hanoi’s Old Quarter, which is also known as the ‘36 streets’.

Check-in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi With guide pick up from airport

DAY 2

HANOI - MAI CHAU

Depart from Hanoi at 7.30 AM.
The drive to the Mai Chau Valley takes about 3,5-hours. There are some stops on the way for photo opportunities. Arrive at Mai Chau around noon. Your Vietnamese lunch is served by a local family at their stilt-house.

After lunch and rest, go for a soft trek about 3 hours to explore the surroundings and visit some villages, rice paddies and gardens. Or you can choose to discover the area by bicycles with shorter time. Along the trek you will have chance to learn about the local life, their agriculture and beautiful handicrafts.
Dinner and overnight in Mai Chau With guide Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 3

MAI CHAU - NINH BINH

After having breakfast, you will check out and take the morning scenic drive to Ninh Binh province.
Ninh Binh is famous for many beautiful attractions, especially Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex which has been recognized as the natural and cultural heritage by UNESCO. Arrive in Ninh Binh around noon. Lunch at a local restaurant with the local specialties. In the afternoon, you will embark on a spectacular sampan boat-ride at Trang An. The row is a bit long (3 hours) but it is worth it as you will explore the core of the heritage. You will be taken through 9 tiny caves which enables you to visit different flooded valleys surrounded by limestone outcrops. Back to the boat dock and transfer the hotel for check-in
Dinner and overnight in Ninh Binh With guide Meals: breakfast, lunch

DAY 4

NINH BINH - HANOI

After the breakfast at your hotel, take a short transfer to Hang Mua and start the morning with 500-step hike to the summit of Ngoa Long Mt. From there, you are able to get a marvelous panorama over the karsts. Take some photos before going downhill for the rest of the morning trek on flat roads through a village, through farm land and along the towering mountains. Lunch at a restaurant in a hidden valley. The afternoon drive takes you back to Hanoi where you will check into hotel for staying overnight.

With guide Meals: breakfast, lunch

DAY 5

DRIVE TO SAPA & TA PHIN VALLEY

You will be picked up at your hotel in Hanoi early in the morning (about 7.30 AM). This morning, you will travel to Sapa on the HW Noi Bai – Lao Cai. This is the longest highway in Vietnam. The scenic drive from the Red River Delta, through the midland to Lao Cai province will be a good start for your trip. Arrive in Sapa by noon. Have lunch at a restaurant in town. After that, we will transfer to a trekking point in Ma Tra Village, The first trek we are doing today is on a small concrete path winding along the Ta Phin Valley in between rice terraced fields and through villages. Get picked up at Ta Phin Village and make our way back to Sapa town, check in a hotel for the night. Dinner is on your own acount. Approx: 6km/ 3 hour trekking.

Accommodation: At a hotel in Sapa Town With guide Meals: breakfast, lunch

DAY 6

MUONG HOA VALLEY & DRIVE BACK TO HANOI

After your breakfast at the hotel, at 8:30, you get picked and transferred by the car to a trekking point to Y Ling Ho Village, Muong Hoa Valley. Muong Hoa is the biggest valley in Sapa region and bottomed by a rocky river. This is a less-traveled path if you start eaarlier than other visitors. To start, you trek downhill the valley, the scenery of the rice terraces along your way is very beautiful and could be the highlight of the day. Cross the river on a small suspension bridge and continue on the trek uphill. This is rather challenging when it is wet but definitely offers you spetacular view over the valley. Finish your scenic trek at Lao Chai Village where your private vehicle awaits you. Drive back up to Sapa town and have lunch at a restaurant. After the meal and refreshing, you will spend the whole afternoon drive back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi around 7:00 PM.

Approx: 6 km/ 3 hour trekking With guide Meals: breakfast, lunch

DAY 7

HANOI - HA LONG BAY - OVERNIGHT CRUISE

07.45 – 08.15 approx – Our guide will meet you at your hotel. The shuttle bus pick up – Enjoy the peaceful scenery as we travel through the countryside, farmlands and Red River delta – Get your camera ready to take photos. Comfort break. The time from Hanoi to Halong bay is approximately 3 ½ hours.

12 – 12.30 approx – Arriving Tuan Chau marina. Welcome aboard the cruise. Refresh with our welcome drink. Meet the captain, crew in the cruise briefing. – Check into your cabin. Time to refresh and unwind – Set sail as lunch is served – Join us for a typical local lunch in the dining room or at the outdoor dining area.

Afternoon – Arrive at Surprising Cave (Hang Sửng Sốt), explore the cave and find out how the cave was named a Surprising. – Heading to Titop or Soi Sim island area. Drop anchor in the calm water surrounded by beautiful islets. Visit Titop island for swimming and snorkeling or do the short trek to the top of island to have the overview of Halong bay from here – Heading back toward the sleeping area

Early evening – Summit on the sundeck watching the sunset, enjoy Sunset party. It’s ideal time to make acquaintance with new friends, sharing your traveling experience or simply watching the sunset – An authentic Vietnamese menu is served – After dinner, reward yourself with a large selection of cocktails at our bar, or take for you one of our onboard activities: book reading, games, movies, and squid fishing…

With guide on board Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 8

HALONG BAY - HANOI

06:30 For the early risers join us for a Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Tai chi helps focus the mind and condition the body, joining Tai Chi session to full charge your energy for the day.

07:00 – 08:00 Local breakfast is served

08:00 – Mingling yourself in the stunning views of the Bay and it’s dramatic limestone islets as we sail through the calm emerald waters heading to Luon Cave (Hang Luồn) – Take your option either exploring the cave yourself on kayak or comfortably on bamboo boat rowed by the locals.

09:00 Check out the cabins, at your leisure while our cruise taking you pass by other beautiful highlights in the bay.

10:00 You will join with our short class of Cooking demonstration, how to make spring rolls before an early lunch is served.

12:00 Return to the shore and disembark from the cruise as our crew say farewell. Transfer to minibus and return to Hanoi. Arrival back at your hotel approximately 16:30. Overnight in Hanoi. With guide on board Meals: breakfast, lunch

DAY 9

DEPARTURE FROM HANOI

Today is your last day of the trip, you are free at leisure or go out for some last shopping (if time permits) until getting picked up and take the private transfer to the ariport for your

Departure flight. End of service. No guide Meals: breakfast

Prices & Validity Period

The below price is in US Dollar and charged per person for the private trip for 3 pax:

DESCRIPTION TOUR PRICE PER PERSON BASED ON TRIPLE SHARING
Package with superior hotel  689 USD

Please note: This is private tour for 3 pax. More people get cheaper price.