Day 1: Sun. Arrive in Hanoi (D)
Warm welcome upon your arrival in Hanoi. Your guide and driver will meet you at the airport for a transfer to your hotel located in the Hanoi downtown. Your guide’s welcome speech will give you overall information about the city of Hanoi. After check in you will have free time to relax, then your guide will see you again for a visit Hanoi city including Vietnam History Museum, Vietnam Vietnam Military History Museum, and the Temple of Literature, before having a walk around the Lake of the Restored Sword, visit the Ngoc Son Temple. Welcome dinner at a local restaurant with Hanoi special dish “Cha Ca” at Cha Ca La Vong restaurant, one of the most unique (over a hundred years old) restaurants located in the Hanoi Old Quarter. Your first day will be completed by a water puppet show – a unique art performance in Vietnam – before you return to your hotel for overnight stay in Hanoi.
Day 2: Mon. Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)
You leave Hanoi for Halong Bay (a World Natural Heritage site) via the Red River Delta. Upon arrival you will have a short break at the Café Lounge. Welcome on board. You will set out on a junk cruise on the bay while seafood lunch is served. After lunch, you will take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay, swimming on a quiet beach or sunbathing on the sundeck. In the late afternoon, you will take a take a bamboo row boat to visit an interesting fishing village with an opportunity to interact with fishermen who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. You also take a kayak to discover a water tunnel with many coral reefs in a scenic lagoon. Back on board to enjoy watching the peaceful sunset, joining a Vietnamese cooking demonstration and later unwind at a restaurant. Tonight you stay overnight onboard.
Day 3: Tue. Halong Bay – Hanoi – Night train for Sapa (Brunch)
Early birds will have a chance to join in the Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck and view the sunrise over the bay with a cup of coffee or tea. After brunch you will take a tender to visit one of the most beautiful limestone grottos – Sung Sot cave. Your junk sets sail to cruise back to the dock while you enjoy a final glimpse of Halong Bay. On the journey back to Hanoi you will have a stop at the Phu Lang ceramic village – one of the most famous ceramic brands dated from 17th – 19th century in the North of Vietnam. Then you will drive back to Hanoi for a short break before transfer to Hanoi station for night train to Lao Cai. You stay overnight on train.
Day 4: Wed. Lao Cai – Cao Son Market – Sapa (B/L)
Your train will early arrive in Lao Cai station at around 6:00. Your local driver will wait to transfer you to a local restaurant for breakfast then you will have a drive to visit the Cao Son hill tribe market located in the Muong Khuong district. Upon arrival you will join in the market and get in touch with some minority people followed by a short walk to explore a charming village of the Flower Hmong people. On the way back to Sapa you will have a chance to board a local boat cruising along the Chay River to visit a village of the Tay peoples. Free. At leisure. You will stay overnight in Sapa.
Day 5: Thu. Sapa – Lao Cai – Night train for Hanoi (B/D)
Following breakfast you embark on a soft trek along buffalo paths through several hill tribe villages of the H’Mong and the Day ethnic peoples, through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet. In the afternoon your driver will pick up you from the village and transfer you back to Sapa for a short break then to Lao Cai for night train to Hanoi – departure at around 21:15. You will overnight on train.
Day 6: Fri. Hanoi – Departure (B)
Early arrive Hanoi in the morning, your driver will meet you at the station and offer you a drive to watch local people do morning exercise at the lakes or join in the morning flowers market before having a breakfast with “Pho”, another worldwide famous dish from Hanoi. and a cup of Vietnamese coffee. Then you will drive to Hanoi airport for your flight home. Thanks for joining with us. Hope to serve you for your next trip.