Day 1: Hanoi
A driver will pick you up from Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi for a complimentary transfer to the Gondola Hotel, located in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. After checking in, enjoy the day at your leisure before exploring the city by cyclo and taking in a traditional water puppet show at night.
Day 2: Hoalu Tamcoc day tour (Meals: B/L)
Depart Hanoi in the morning for the Hoa Lu Ancient Capital and visit King Dinh and King Le's temples. Continue on to Tam Coc wharf for a Vietnamese buffet lunch. Board a Sampan boat and explore caves and the beautiful countryside. Hop on a bike and ride along a country road to Bich Dong before boarding a shuttle back to Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi to Halong Bay (Meals: B/L/D)
Take an early-morning transfer to Halong Bay Harbour and board the Halong Dragon cruise to begin an incredible sailing of Halong Bay. Enjoy a welcome drink and lunch before kayaking in the bay and swimming at Ti Top Island. Take in a cooking class and learn traditional Vietnamese recipes before enjoying dinner aboard the boat. Spend time at the bar, or take part in squid fishing in the evening.
Day 4: Halong Bay to Hanoi, overnight train to Sapa (Meals: B/L)
After exploring the Sung Sot cave and taking in a vegetable carving class, say goodbye to the crew and enjoy one last lunch aboard the Halong Dragon before heading back to Hanoi. Do some last-minute sightseeing in the city or grab some dinner before boarding an overnight train to Sapa. Stay in a four-berth, air-conditioned wooden cabin.
Day 5: Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van Village (Meals: B/L/D)
The train arrives at the Lao Cai train station at about 6am, where you will be met by a tour guide and bus for a transfer along the beautiful road to Sapa.
After checking into the hotel and having breakfast, begin the trek down the valley to the Muong Hoa stream and to the Black H'mong and Lao Chai village. After that, you will continue your trek along Muong Hoa stream, past paddy fields to Ta Van village. Visit and understand about the "Zay" ethnic people. See the houses of The Zay people which are built of wood and bamboo with a clay floors. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the beautiful village surrounded by paddy fields. Return to Sapa in the afternoon. After dinner, spend time discovering Sapa before settling into the hotel.
Day 6: Sapa – Cat Cat – Sin Chai Village (Meals: B/L/D)
After breakfast at the hotel, trek to the villages of Cat Cat and Sin Chai, visiting the waterfall and passing beautiful landscapes and green forests. Spend the afternoon in Sapa town before heading back to Hanoi on an overnight train.
Day 7: Hanoi (Meals: B/L)
Spend the day on a guided tour of the capital and visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex, where you’ll visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh Museum. Stroll through the tranquil Temple of Literature before having a local restaurant lunch. In the afternoon explore the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.
Day 8: Hanoi (Meals: B)
Enjoy breakfast in the hotel before you complimentary transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Itinerary is subject to change, based on weather conditions.
In case of bad weather, Halong Bay sailings may be replaced by one of the following:
- Spend an additional night in Hanoi and enjoy a a full-day tour to Perfume Pagoda
- Go on a day sailing of Halong Bay with one night spent at a hotel in Halong Harbour