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Hanoi City Stopovers 8 Days/7 Nights

Highlights: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa - Halong Bay - Hoa Lu - Tam Coc - Bich Dong
Starting:  Hanoi - Vietnam
Ending: Hanoi - Vietnam

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 01: Hanoi Arrival

Our Tour guide and driver will come to pick you up at Noi Bai Airport and transfer to the hotel in the center of Hanoi. Free at leisure.

Day 02: Hanoi City Tour full day (B/L)

The colonial capital city Hanoi is a unique Asian city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and oriental pagodas and temples dating back thousand years ago.
We will visit Hanoi's most interesting sights, including the Ho Chi Minh Complex: Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and his Stilts House, Presidential Palace and the One Pillar Pagoda nearby, the Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam date back to the 11th century, have lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, we will visit peaceful West Lake or Ho Tay with lovers Thanh Nien Street, the sedate Tran Quoc – the oldest pagoda in Hanoi and Quan Thanh temple and one of the city's museums, either the History Museum or the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. In the late afternoon we will visit the Hanoi Old Quarter also known as the 36 streets and guilds by cyclo tour and enjoy a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show.
Free for your diner until transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for the night train to Sapa. Overnight on luxury wooden cabin with A/C.
Please note that the Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum is open in the morning only, it is closed on Monday and Friday, and most museums are closed on Mondays.

Day 03: Lao Cai Train Station – Sapa – Cat Cat & Ham Rong Mountain (B/L)

Arrive at Lao Cai Train station at about 6.30. Have breakfast at a local restaurant. Drive about one hour to Sapa and relax before exploring Sapa Town and go to visit Ham Rong Mountain where you can have a very good view of Sapa town, you will have chances to climb up the San May (Cloud Yard) to enjoy the panorama of Sapa Townlet, visit the orchid gardens with beautiful and colorful flowers. In addition, Ham Rong Mountain has numerous caves and stones in extraordinary shapes. In the afternoon, take a 2km trek to Cat Cat Village, home of H’mong Ethnics. Meet & talk with locals to learn more about their daily life. Overnight in Sapa.

Day 04: Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van Villages - Ta Phin Villages - Night Train to Hanoi (B/L/D)

Have breakfast at the hotel In the afternoon, drive to Tafin village (12km from Sapa) home to the Red Dzao minority. Visit Tafin Cave, Tafin handicraft shops and explore the daily life of Red Dzao. In the afternoon, you’ll use a private car to visit Lao Chai village of Black H’mong people. Then trek about 3 km to visit Ta Van village of Dzay ethnic people. Drive to Lao Cai city for diner and catch the night train to Hanoi. Overnight on luxury wooden cabin with A/C.

Day 05: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)

Arrive early morning (around 05:30-06:00) in Hanoi. Have breakfast in a restaurant in Hanoi then transfer to Halong Bay through countryside decorated with endless view of rice field and villages. Stop on the way for taking photos and refreshment.
Scenic Halong Bay, "the Bay of the Descending Dragon", with its emerald water, is dotted with more than 2,000 mountainous islands, each with its own unique landscape. The islands are famous for their dolomite and limestone rock formations, many of which have been given names. Natural grottos, fjords, land tunnels and inlets are also common. The most beautiful and biggest caves, nice beaches, fishing villages, kayaking through the islands and islets, would be of your satisfaction.
12h00 : Upon arrival to Ha Long tourist wharf, board on junk, check in. Have lunch on junk and welcome wine and fresh seafood.
13h00 : Fantastic cruise in Halong bay, Sung Sot cave, round over Tuan Chau island, Dinh Huong island, Dog island , Ga Choi island, Titov Beach; swimming at Titov beach, kayaking around and enjoy sunset. Overnight on the junk.

Day 06: Halong bay – Hanoi (B/L)

7h.30: Enjoy breakfast .
8h.30: Get on a small sampan for a visit to Luon cave , back to junk .
9h.30 Another fantastic cruise in Halong and to Bai Tu Long ( descending child dragon ) bay, round turtle island, teapot island, Bai Tho mountain , Hon Gai .
10h.00: Check out
11h.00 : Have lunch on junk
12h.00: Back to Halong tourist wharf , transfer back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 07: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Bich Dong (B/L)

It is always worthwhile to take a day trip to Hanoi’s surroundings for refreshment away from the city noise. Ninh Binh is an outstanding destination that has many attractions and stunning landscapes. First, journey back to the 10th century and visit the ancient capital Hoa Lu. Then, tour the area by row boat, a perfect venue for you to relax and let your mind wander amongst the diverse limestone of Tam Coc
Departing from Hanoi at 8.00 am from your hotel, after 2 hours driving, we arrive Ninh Binh Province. Our first visit is the former capital of Vietnam – Hoa Lu, visit two temples dedicated to King Dinh and King Le, the two heroes who lived in 10th century and chose Hoa Lu to build the citadel of the capital city of Dai Viet. Proceed to Tam Coc for lunch. Tam Coc known as "Halong Bay on land" boasting breathtaking scenery, “Tam Coc” means three caves. After lunch we get on small rowing boats, the boat trip to all three caves takes about two hours.
Continue visiting Bich Dong Grotto (emerald-like grotto), around 2km from Tam Coc by car, climb a little bit till you get to the top of the Upper pagoda and your eyes catch the overall panorama of the paddy fields between Truong Yen Mountain. The king conferred on Bich Dong the title “The Second Most Beautiful Grotto in Vietnam”. A scene of the popular French movie "Indochine" had been completed here in 1991. Get back to Hanoi late in the afternoon. Overnight in a hotel in Hanoi.

Day 08: Hanoi Departure (B)

Free for shopping at leisure until transfer to the airport for the departure flight. End of services.


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Valid from now until 30 Sep 2011
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Tour price includes:

• English or French Speaking Tour Guide
• Modern and private transportation with A/C
• Meals as mentioned in the program (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Diner)
• All Admission fees and permits where applicable
• Services charges and government taxes
• Accommodation in Hanoi, Sapa
• Overnight train Sapa – Hanoi and reverse (Soft sleeper, luxury cabin with A/C)
• Luxury overnight Junk boat in Halong Bay

Tour price excludes:

• Pre & Post trip accommodation.
• Personal expenses
• Tips and Gratuities
• Travel insurance

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