Luxury Northern Vietnam 6 Nights
Culture abounds on this custom tailored tour through North Vietnam. The hillsides are textured with unparalleled paddy fields creating terraces up the foothills. Ethnic tribes wear colorful textiles displaying intricate patterns. From the incredible towering karsts that decorate Ha Long Bay to the unique traditions of minority tribes within the mountains near the Chinese border, your time through the capital city and the countryside will show you the traditions of northern Vietnam within this one of a kind exploration.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Day 1 – Hanoi – Arrival (D)
Upon arrival at Noi Bai International airport, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel in the downtown. The remainder of the morning will be your own. Dinner at Indian restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.
• Dinner: Tandoor restaurant
Day 2 – Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight Cruise (B, L, D)
08:00 – 08:30: Pick-up at your hotel near by the Old Quarter in Hanoi by shuttle bus.
12:00 – 12:30: Embark the LaFairy Sails at Tuan Chau International harbor. Enjoy welcome drink, cruise briefing & start cruising.
13:00 – 14:30: A sumptuous lunch is served while cruising into the magnificent Halong Bay with its thousands of extraordinarily shaped limestone islands, considered as the heaven on the Earth.
15:15 – 15:45: Explore Lờm Bò area and be charmed by this outstanding masterpiece of Mother Nature. Visit Mê Cung Cave – one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay and climb up to see the panoramic view of the bay from above
16:00 – 16:45: Explore Ngoc Trai area by kayaking.
17:00 – 19:00: Return to the LaFairy Sails for a Sunset party to admire the best moments of the day when the sun starts to set. Enjoy everyday promotion HAPPY HOUR – BUY 2 GET 1 FREE all beverages from 5 to 6pm.
19:00: Savor a sparkling and dreamlike dinner on top deck under the light of a thousand stars in middle of the tranquil Bay with extremely delicious food and be awed by a fascinating fruit and vegetable carving show. Delight in traditional music performances. Afterwards, socialize with the artist, new friends and crew members, join squid fishing. Overnight onboard.
Day 3 – Halong – Cua Van (B/L/D)
06:30: Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt.
07:15 – 08:30: Enjoy breakfast in the fresh air and peaceful beauty of the Bay. Transfer to a Day Boat for a day cruise.
09:00 – 10:00: Explore the hidden corners of the Bay by kayaking. Swim and relax on the beach.
12:00 – 13:30: Return to the day boat. Enjoy lunch onboard.
13:30 – 15:30: Pass by the Cửa Vạn fishing village to know more about the local life of fishermen. Visit floating Pearl Farm to see how pearls are cultivated.
16:00: Cruise back to the LaFairy Sails.
19:00: Enjoy dinner on top deck. Squid fishing or just laze around. Overnight onboard
Day 4 – Halong – Hanoi (B, L, D)
06:30 – 07:00: Start your new day with a Tai Chi session or a photo hunt.
07:15 – 08:00: Enjoy breakfast in the fresh air and peaceful beauty of the Bay.
08:15 – 09:15: Visit Titov Island for swimming in the emerald water. Then hike up to the top of the island to take the breathtaking panoramic view of the Bay.
09:45 – 10:15: Pack your luggage and check out of the cabin while cruising towards the harbor.
10:15 – 11:45: Join a cooking demonstration before enjoying an exceptional Buffet lunch.
12:00 – 12:30: Disembark the LaFairy Sails & Farewell.
17:00 – 17:15: Arrive in Hanoi.
A cyclo ride for 1 hour touring through the narrow, chaotic streets of the Old Quarter – a must for any visitor to Hanoi! The day finishes with a traditional performance of the famous Vietnamese water puppets in the city centre. Overnight in Hanoi.
• Brunch:On board
• Dinner:Namaste restaurant
Day 5 – Hanoi to Sapa by Private Car / Van (B, L, D)
After an early breakfast, you will be picked up at 08.00AM from your hotel in Hanoi for drive to Sapa in the northwest of Vietnam. The first section takes you on the new Express Way from Noi Bai to Lao Cai and the second section is the winding mountain road for 1 hour from Lao Cai to Sapa.
After a short break, start a beautiful hike through the breathtaking scenery of Muong Hoa valley. Your trip begins with a short transfer by road toward Muong Hoa valley. Start your hike by descending into the valley, which is the largest rice paddy terraced among Sapa area.
Your guide will share with you interesting information about Vietnam agriculture as well as rice cultivation in the area. If you visit the valley sometime in between May and October, you will be able to observe and experience how the local planting and harvesting, one of the most important activities in their daily life. The hike takes you from Lao Chai village of Black Hmong minority to Ta Van village of Giay minority including a visit to the local Catholic Church. After visiting Ta Van, return to Sapa for overnight stay.
Tour summary: Road transfer approx. 1 hour/ Hiking and village visiting 2,5-3 hours/ Grade 1 of 5.
• L & D:Local restaurant
Day 6 – Explore Sapa – Back to Hanoi (B, L, D)
Breakfast at hotel. You will drive to Tram Ton pass with stunning views along Hoang Lien Mountain Range and lush forest. Stop at Tram Ton Pass which is 2,047 meters above sea level and is the highest road in Vietnam, have your camera ready for breath taking photos and the winding roads far front. Hike along Golden stream, you will arrive at Love Waterfall. The waterfall is 100m high, starts from the Peak of Fansipan Mountain. Rest by the waterfall after the dirt road through the lush bamboo forest and hear the guide’s story on the legend of the waterfall. You will then return to Sapa for lunch and checking out.
Free at leisure for last minutes shopping in Sapa before drive back to Hanoi. You will have chance to enjoy the beauty of northwest mountains with a stop en-route then continuing the trip to Hanoi.
Dinner at local restaurant and overnight in Hanoi.
• L & D:Local restaurant
Day 7 – Hanoi Departure (B)
After breakfast check out and leave for airport. The tour concludes here.
Stroll through villages and wander through a unique blend of tradition and modernity on this tour meant to show you the true culture of North Vietnam. Whether you’re an amateur anthropologist or a traditions enthusiast, an avid explorer or just looking for a rare travel experience, you will spend your days within the unparalleled scenery and sensational cultures that are set throughout the countryside. From marvelous islands to inspiring villages, traditional markets to modest temples, your journey through Vietnam will be sure to show you the depths of the north.
Your journey begins when you step onto your flight that is ready to whisk you away to the wonders of Vietnam. After you cross the International Dateline you will arrive in Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam and a fantastic city with its heart in the countryside. A guided tour will take you through the ancient history of the city that continues to thrive today, from the market in the Old Quarter to the oldest university in the country.
The next two days will be spent adventuring through the amazing landscape filled with undulating mountains, terraced paddy fields, and the vibrant culture of the ethnic minority tribes of the area. Your night train back to Hanoi will take you from the city to Ha Long Bay for your overnight cruise. The islands and karsts sit along emerald water allowing you to swim, sunbathe, and even venture into the cave systems that burrow deep within the limestone islands.
Next morning you will start for the last leg of journey that will take you northbound to the mountain city of Sapa, located near the Chinese border. You will have one last evening in Hanoi before you’re private transfer to the airport where you will make your journey home.