Day 1: Arrival Hanoi
Meet at Hanoi Noi Bai airport and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at Sofitel Metropole hotel
Day 2: Hanoi tour – Victory Express train to Sapa (B,L,D)
8.am: need car: you will have full-day tour of Ha Noi.You will visit the house on-stilts of Ho Chi Minh (this is where our uncle Ho spent the rest of his life) and the One Pillar Pagoda and the Litterature temple, the Museum of Ethnology.
PM: walking and cyclo
After lunch, pay visit to the Hoan Kiem lake with its Ngoc Son Temple. Continue to visit the Old Quarter of Ha Noi by cyclo. Enjoy a kind of traditional Vietnamese stage-art: puppet show.
Dinner at Press Club restaurant. Tonight we take the deluxe Victoria Express to Lao Cai. The luxury Victoria Express departs at 22:00pm
Deluxe 2 berth cabin on Victoria Express
Day 3: Sapa Ethnic Minority (B,L,D)
The train arrives at the Lao Cai train station at approximately 06:00. There will be a vehicle waiting to transfer us to Sapa. The drive to Sapa is only 33 km but it takes around 1.5 hours. Once at Sapa, we will check into Victoria hotel, we have a freshen up, and have breakfast at the hotel and then enjoy a free morning to explore around town. This afternoon at 1pm there will be a walking tour to the hill tribe villages of Cat Cat, home to the H'mong hill tribes minority peoples. As we walk to the villages nestled in the valley below Sapa, we will meet some of the local minority people on their way to and from Sapa. Here we have the opportunity to share cultural experiences with the families that live in the area. Diner at the hotel. Overnight at Victoria Sapa .
Day 4: Sapa Bac Ha Market -Victory Express train to Hanoi (B,L,D)
Rising to the sounds of morning coming to life for another lovely day, we breakfast and head out for a stunning spectacular of bobbling bazaar. Bacha is considered one of the most wonderful and colorful markets in extreme north Vietnam where thousands of local people in their traditional attires busily buy and sell the local produces. Dog, cat, pig, horse... are all on sales. This is golden opportunity to take best shots! Afternoon we will have a pleasant walk to Ban Pho village, home to flower H'mong people. Opportunity to interact with friendly local people and have pleasant walk amongst tribal villages. Transfer to Laocai station for overnight Victoria Express back to Hanoi. Overnight Victoria Express
Day 5: Hanoi- Ha Long Bay (B,L,D)
Drive to Halong Bay to board the private Princess boat.
Cruise the UNESCO World Heritage site on this vessel of yesteryear and take in the magnificence of the limestone peaks of Halong Bay.Opportunities to swim, sit back and relax on the deck or enjoy the facilities on board.Lunch and dinner on board the cruise boat.
Overnight in the Princess boat.
Day 6: Ha Long Bay- Hanoi (B)
Further cruise in Halong bay. Disembark at Halong Bay pier and
transfer back to Hanoi city. At leisure.
Overnight at Sofitel Metropole hotel.
Day 7: Hanoi- Departure (B)
At leisure until transfer to Hanoi International Airport for departure flight.
* Accommodation in shared twin rooms with air-condition and private bath room
* All transportation and transfers
* Meals as stated in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
* Transfers and Tours with English speaking guide
* Entrance fees, boat fees.
* International airfare& airport taxes
* Travel insurance
* Visa and visa arrangement
* Surcharges for compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and
* Peak season surcharges (which will be advised at time of booking) ,
* Personal expenses
* Tips & gratuities
This tour is private for each group of passangers. This is a sample itinerary so the cost really depends on number of people in your group, hotel class and time of travel. Please contact us for your best rates.
If you have any special requests or want to have customised tours, please contact us to customize this itinerary and price to meet your needs and budget.
Sofitel Metropole Hanoi:
This French colonial-style building has stood proudly in the heart of Hanoi since 1901.
The hotel has a rich history and a century-long tradition of welcoming ambassadors,
writers, heads of state and entrepreneurs. Upgrade to Deluxe Suite for added opulence.
Victoria Sapa Hotel
Perched on top of the hill overlooking the valley, Victoria offer fine accommodation and an excellent place to relax or to stay when visiting Sapa.
Vietnam Victoria Express Train
The Victoria Express offer more comfortable air-conditioned soft sleepers. The train offer is at its best in terms of comfort and services from Hanoi to Lao Cai and vice versa. The Victoria Express train offers two luxury sleeping carriages, one restaurant connected to the train, all with air-conditioning. Due to the increasing popularity of this alternative, they offer tickets to those staying at Victoria Sapa hotel only. As the seat on Victoria Express especially Deluxe cabin is limited, booking of your berth (and your hotel room) at least 30 days in advance is recommended
Princess Halong Bay
Princess Junk is one of the most luxurious traditional cruises in Halong bay. The junks are specially designed for honeymooners and couples. Can trully run by sails The Princess will bring you to discover hidden tranquility of the bay.
The modest size of these vessels allow the you to get much closer to Halong and Bai Tu Long natural wonders, pocket lagoons, and its small fishing communities. Other differences from the classic junk include large bedroom windows and covered outdoor deck for meals. Keen attention to detail has been put into all aspects for comfort and viewing pleasure. Served by a well trained team of crew, dedicated to personal service, Princess junks assure you a pleasant holiday in Halong Bay, and a lifetime experience that you will never forget.