Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (Meals: Lunch)
Arrival at Hanoi airport, you will be met by your guide on the other side of Immigration/ Arrival check point. If time permits, enjoy a brief driving orientation tour of Hoa Kiem Lake, the French Quarter and Old Quarter of Hanoi en - route to your hotel. You can use the next few hours to explore the surroundings on your own or take a Cyclo ride through the Old Town of Hanoi. Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)
After breakfast at the hotel, we start the city tour with visiting Ho Chi Minh’s (HCM) Mausoleum and Presidential Palace, HCM’s Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, built in 11th Century and the country’s first University, West Lake & Tran Quoc Pagoda. Have lunch at a Vietnamese restaurant.
In the afternoon, you can have 2 options: Vietnam Ethnology Museum or Hoa Lo prison which is also known as the “Hanoi Hilton” then we suggest a stroll along the picturesque Hoa Kiem Lake. Where each early morning, groups of locals gather to do their exercises along the lovely tree lined promenade. You may cross over the red bridge at the north end to Ngoc Son Temple and the Tortoise Tower on a small island. Attend a Water Puppet show this evening then have a leisurely dinner while waiting for the 21:00 departure on the deluxe Night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train in air conditioned cabin. Accommodation: Soft Sleeper Cabin with A/C
Day 3: Lao Cai - Sapa - soft Trek to Cat Cat - Sin Chai Villages (Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)
The train will pull in around 6:00 at Lao Cai station, near the border of China, you will be met by your driver for the 38 miles drive to Sapa, the premier destination of northwest Vietnam. Enjoy your breakfast while waiting for hotel check-in, catch a few hours of rest or venture out to discover the beautiful mountain landscapes and ethnic minority groups of Sapa. Your guide will take you on a 2 hours trekking to the village of Cat Cat & Sin Chai from here you will trek down to the valley among the terraced fields and meet the hill tribes people, get to know their way of life, cultures and traditions. Get back to Sapa town in the afternoon. Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa
Day 4: Sapa - Hill Tribe Village Soft Trek (Meals: Breakfast& Lunch)
A whole day for discover of nature as well as different culture of hill tribe people on a new trek in Sapa. We will begin with a walking tour of Sapa market, then trekking downhill from village to villages around Y Linh Ho, Lao Chai and Ta Van area which is beautifully decorated by terraced-fields and the house of H'mong, Red Zao and Zay people. You have several levels for your trekking today from soft trek 2-3miles, medium trek (3-4 miles) and hard trek (5 miles +). Great opportunity for taking photos of breathtaking landscapes, meeting friendly hill-tribe people at home and work... Have home hosted lunch in the village of Zday people.
Later in the afternoon Jeep or Van will take you back to Sapa for refreshment then transfer to Lao Cai for the night train to Hanoi. Accommodation: Soft Sleeper Cabin with AC.
Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
You will be met by your guide early this morning at Hanoi’s railway station. After breakfast you will have over 3 hours drive along the country side of the Red River Delta to the UNESCO world’s heritage site of Halong Bay. A traditional style Vietnamese Junk Cruise is waiting your arrival and will set sail at noon today. Lunch will be served on board amidst spectacular views of the bay. Today you will visit one of the largest caves in Halong Bay and included is a beach stop where perhaps you may want to take a swim or dip in the water of the South China Sea.
Tonight enjoy a fresh seafood dinner on the Junk. Accommodation: On board
Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply watch the sunrise over the magnificent bay. Enjoy your morning cup of coffee or juice before setting out to the near- by cave on row boat. Watch for monkeys high on the cliff tops. Return back to the junk, where breakfast is served, while sailing around Bay Tu Long bay where the film “Indochine” was made. Your cruise will end at noon and you will be met by your guide & driver for the trip back to Hanoi. Accommodation: hotel in Hanoi
Day 7: Hanoi Departure (Meals: N/A)
Breakfast at the hotel in Hanoi. Free at your leisure until transfer to the airport for the departure flight. End of tour services.