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Unique Experiences:

•  Cover the best of Vietnam in from North to South through a wide variety of activities and experiences including trekking, cruising, beach relaxing, city visits and so much more
•  Meet the minorities of Sapa, take in the beautiful surroundings of UNESCO certified Ha Long Bay and experience the great past in Hue.
•  Take in the charming Hoi An whilst enjoying the bustling Ho Chi Minch City and serene Mekong Delta
•  Get to know the Vietnamese history, culture and customs as you go

Participants:

Small Group Exploration spiced with Shared Group Experiences – normally no more than 2-5 travellers on the tour, yet part of the itinerary/day tours are Shared Group Experiences:

Halong Bay: Max. 20 travellers on the boat.

On the overall Vietnam North to South tour, you can be min. 1 and max 8 travellers. You can book 1 person on this tour, but we cannot guarantee more participants.

WANT THIS ALL TO YOURSELF?
For an additional 40 USD per person you can secure this as a Guaranteed Private Tour.
Please contact us for further details and booking.
Please note that the Halong Bay tour will still be carried through as a Shared Group Experience as specified above.

Trip Length: 10 Day(s) 9 Night(s)
Tour Departure Dates: Everyday
Travel Season:

All year, however heavy rain may be expected during the rainy season (May-October)
This product may be affected by Vietnamese TET (New Year) – normally in Jan/Feb. Specific dates are blocked in the booking calendar if and when not bookable.
What can you expect during TET? The lunar New Year is very important to the Vietnamese. The days are spent together with family andrelativesin private homes to celebrate. Expect the streets to be fairly empty and life at street level to be very limited.

Type of Transportation: Car/minibus, train, plane and boats
Type of Accommodation: 2 and 3-star hotels with private bathroom
Physical Rate: 3/5
Child Policy:

Child age: 3 – 9 years old
Child price: See under “rates”
This tour is not recommended for: children below 3 years old

Included in Price:

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included according to itinerary only
Accommodation: 2 and 3-star standard hotels with private bathroom referring to itinerary
Entrance fees: All entrance fees are included in the trip according to the itinerary
Transport: Train, car/minibus transfer and boat trips according to itinerary
English speaking tour guide: Included on part of the tour, please refer to itinerary

Excluded from Price:

•  Personal Travel Insurance (compulsory)
•  Visa to Vietnam
•  Meals not mentioned as included
•  Drinks
•  Tips to guide and drivers
•  Personal expenditures
All other expenses not stated as included in the above

Map

Locations Visited:
Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay, Cat Ba Island, Hue
Start City:
Hanoi
End City:
Hue

Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
On arrival in Hanoi you'll be picked up and transported to Hanoi center.

Accommodation: Overnight at Medallion Hotel, or similar

Day 2: Hanoi
Around 08:30 am you'll be picked up from your hotel. We'll drive to visit Ho Chi Minh complex, including Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum – the final resting place of the Vietnamese great father or uncle Ho, President Ho Chi Minh’s stilt House – where he lived on and off from 1958 to 1969, One Pillar Pagoda – a group of structures consisting of a pagoda and a tower built in the middle of a square lake. We leave One Pillar Pagoda and drive to West Lake to visit Tran Quoc pagoda and have lunch.

After lunch, you will visit the Temple of literature and the Museum of Ethnology – the most interesting museum in Hanoi, with many different things relating to the 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups. After that, you will visit Hoan Kiem Lake (Restore Sword Lake). The last place of the tour is the old quarters of Hanoi, where you can walk around. Tour ends at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight at Medallion Hotel, or similar

Note: All museums are closed on Monday. Ho Chi Minh mausoleum is closed on Monday, Friday, the whole month of October and November! Long dresses are requested when visiting the mausoleum, temple and pagoda

Day 3: Hanoi/ Night train to Sapa
Free until we pick you up at 19:30 - 20:00 pm and transfer to train station for night train to Sapa. Night train (soft sleeper) to Lao Cai. The night trains leave at around 21:10 pm.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight on train in soft sleeper cabin


Day 4: Sapa Minority Trek
You arrive at Lao Cai Railway station early in the morning, from where you will be picked up and have a shared bus transfer to Sapa (35 km - about 1 hour drive). Check-in at your hotel (if the room is available). In the morning you will have time on your own to enjoy the view of Fansipan (3.143 m) on the other side of the Sapa valley and to explore the market where some of the different ethnic minority groups come into town to sell their products.

In the afternoon you will walk down to Cat Cat Village and the beautiful valley, which is home of the Black H’mong people. Black H’mong is one of the biggest and poorest minority groups in the Sapa area. But they are proud of their culture and stick to their traditions and way of living. They have their own language and wear traditional indigo blue clothing.

Accommodation: Overnight at Holiday Sapa Hotel, or similar

Day 5: Sapa Minority Trek
Today a car will take you to Taphin village where you will experience the customs and life of Red Dao people. The Red Dao women have very colorful red embroideries and coins on their clothing. On the head they wear a deep red scarf. Some of the women have shaved off their eyebrows because a hairless face is considered to be very beautiful by the Red Dao.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at Holiday Sapa Hotel, or similar


6: Sapa/ Night train back to Hanoi
Free and easy at Sapa town. Check out from the hotel. You will take the bus to Lao Cai and from here you will be taking the night train (soft sleeper) to Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight on train in soft sleeper cabin
Note: You will arrive in Hanoi around 05:00 am the next day. The tour finishes at Hanoi train station. Take a taxi by yourself to the hotel where you stayed before the trip to Sapa for relaxing.

 

Day 7: Hanoi to Halong Bay. Board your ship, kayak and feel the raw nature
Get ready for one of the most remarkable experiences you will have – exploring Halong Bay away from the crowds.
You will be picked up around 08:30 - 09:10 am in the morning from your Hanoi hotel and slowly leave Hanoi behind. Flow through the beautiful scapes of Hanoi outskirts, pass lush rice fields and take in the local life outside your windows.
Just past noon you will embark your ship, your home for the days ahead.

After check-in procedure at the pier, enjoy a thirst-quenching welcome drink and meet your fellow sailors. Your lunch will be served while cruising among rough limestone islands standing tall before you. Majestic, beautiful and rough – just as nature created it.

As you sail deeper into the Halong Bay you will stop at Trong Cave for a bit of kayaking. Going by kayak allows you to get closer to the inlets and the raw nature and gives you a sense of freedom.

Back at the boat you will have time to relax before your dinner is served around 19.00 pm. As the night falls you will have the choice to entertain yourself with squid fishing, karaoke, board games, movies or star gazing on the upper deck with a cool drink in hand.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight on boat

 

Day 8: Halong Bay. Sail, kayak, go cave hunting and explore the less crowded areas of Halong Bay

Rise early to enjoy the sunrise before breakfast is served. Before the crowds arrive, go to Sung Sot Cave - one of the most spectacular and largest grottoes of Halong Bay. You will enter a world of stalactites hanging from above and rays of lights and shapes wherever you look.
You will then go by boat to Cat Ba island, and some hiking in the Lush and beautiful Cat Ba National Park.
After the excursion you will go to Cat Ba City to have lunch and check in to your hotel.

In the afternoon, go to Monkey Island. Don't forget your swim suit as you will have the chance to swim from the beach. If you prefer to stay back in town, you can easily go for some biking, shopping or swimming in the nearby area.

Your dinner is served at the hotel, and the evening is free for you to enjoy.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight on boat


Day 9: Halong Bay to Hanoi. Slowly cruise back towards mainland for your return to Hanoi
Rise early tohave breakfast and check out from your room. Your bus to the island pier leaves at 8:00 am and from here you slowly sail back to the main land. Enjoy more of Halong Bay as you make your way back. Pass islets shaped as a Fighting Cock, Incense Urn, Lonely Dog, Finger and Duck. Your creativity and imagination are nurtured in Halong Bay.

Lunch will be served on the boat on the way back to Halong harbour around noon and Upon arrival back at the Halong Bay harbour swap from boat to vehicle and start your trip back to Hanoi.

 

You will be dropped off at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter around 16:30 pm.Later in the evening you'll be picked up at 21:00 pm and transported to the train station to catch the night train from Hanoi to Hue at 22:00 pm.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight on train in soft sleeper cabin


Day 10: Hue
Arrive in Hue at about 10:30 am, where you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel.

Afternoon, you will have free time to explore the town.

Accommodation: Overnight at Emm Hotel, or similar
Note: The exact itinerary, visiting options and sailing route is dependent on the conditions of the day.

 

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