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Exploring Northern Vietnam-7 days

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R 9850 00 pps

*Valid From 1 May 2019
*Expiry Date 30 September 2019

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  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast based on Double/Twin sharing as per mention
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles, sharing bus Sapa-Hanoi, sharing bus Hanoi-Halong-Hanoi
  • Night train ticket Hanoi – Lao Cai based on sharing A/C 4 berth cabin
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Admission to attraction where applicable
  • Services of a Local English Speaking Guide(in-house English speaking guide is available on board, different tour guides between areas).
  • Mineral water on bus: 1 Bottle of mineral water per day tour per pax
  • Goods and Services Tax
  • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B: Breakfast, L: lunch, D: Dinner) without beverages
  • Government tax

Excluding:

  • Vietnam visa stamping fee at airport (original passports valid at least 6 months prior entry date and 2 photos at passport size 4x6cm each passengers are required)
  • Domestic and International flights to/from Vietnam
  • Any other meals not mentioned above.
  • Any kind of drinks
  • Drink , Kayak services, Spa services and massage on Halong Bay Cruise
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip for tour guide & driver…)

Expected tips for tour guide and driver: minimum at USD 3 per pax per day

All other services which are not mentioned

T & C ‘s:
Packages are subject to availability at the time of the reservation.Passport & visa costs (if applicable), travel insurance & items of a personal nature are not included.Prices are subject to change without prior notice due to airfare increases and currency fluctuations.Rebooking and cancellation fees apply.All prices are per person sharing unless otherwise specified.Standard terms and conditions apply.All discounts and/or special offers have already been included in the package price.

 

DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL

Welcome to Vietnam. Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport by your guide for private transfer to your hotel (approx 45mins) for check-in.

Please note standard check-in time is at 14:00

Rest of your day is free at leisure.

Vietnam’s capital Hanoi blends old world charm with the dynamic bustle of new Asia. Its French colonial past is evident from the colonial architecture and enchanting lakes which contrast with the throng of thousands of motorbikes and cosmopolitan new restaurants and boutiques. To the north of central Hoan Kiem Lake lies the frenetic maze of narrow streets of the Old Quarter while to the south are the broad tree-lined boulevards and majestic buildings of the French Quarter.

Lunch and Dinner at your own arrangement.

Accommodation: as mentioned

DAY 2: FULL DAY HA NOI CITY – NIGH TRAIN TO LAO CAI                                                                           (B)

HANOI
“Ancient traditions and modern life harmoniously co-exist in Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. Culture, leisure, gastronomy: Hanoi offers countless exciting experiences and immerses you into the Vietnamese heritage. Walk through the bustling shopping streets of the famous Old Quarter and enjoy typical Vietnamese cuisine. Make sure to visit the peaceful and enchanting Hoan Kiem Lake and the Ho Chi Minh Complex, a strong symbol of Vietnam’s fight for independence.”

Hotel check-out.
Breakfast at hotel.

Morning visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum* to explore the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-place, Ho Chi Minh former residence. Next door  is the One Pillar Pagoda (Mot Cot)which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. According to legend, the pagoda’s shape was inspired by the lotus flower and this structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Then visit the Temple of Literature – Quoc Tu Giam. Being Vietnam’s first university, the place was initially constructed in 1070, their gardens are well-preserved and the architecture offers a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past.

Afternoon visit museum of Ethnology.The museum consists of documents, antiques and photos depicting the culture and rites of several ethnic communities from the North to the South of Vietnam. It is also well-known for its outdoor exhibition area, as well as viewing a real house or tombs of some of the  minor groups in Vietnam. (Museum closed on Mondays)

Transfer to The Opera House in order to see the wonderful Hoan Kiem Lake.This is the perfect opportunity for a memorable photograph. Then, take a walking tour in the Old Quarter to explore and do some shopping.

In the evening, transfer directly to Hanoi Railway Station for the overnight train to Lao Cai. Overnight on the train in an air-conditioned cabin with sleeper berth (shared 4-berth cabin).

Lunch and Dinner at your own arrangement.

Accommodation: as mentioned

*The Mausoleum opens only in the morning, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. It closes annually in September – December for restoration.

DAY 3: LAO CAI – SAPA – Y LINH HO – LAO CHAI – TA VAN – SAPA                                                             (B – L)

Upon arrival at Lao Cai Station, you will be welcomed by our local guide and taken to a nearby restaurant for breakfast. Our trip commences with a short walk through the town of Sapa before turning on a footpath running through various vegetable gardens.

You then descend down the valley on a dirt trail through rice paddy terraces, enjoying the spectacular scenery. Once reaching the narrow river running at the bottom of the valley, you take a walk along its bank  and eventually arrive at the minority H’mong tribe,  Y Linh Ho village of Black We rest here for lunch near the river.

Lunch at local restaurant (Vietnamese set menu).

After lunch, we walk deeper into Muong Hoa valley. You will pass through Lao Chai village of Black H’mong minority and then Ta Van village of Giay minority by following a popular trekking route.

At Ta Van, we  walk up to the main road and have a transfer back to Sapa.

Hotel check-in time: 14:00

Dinner at your own arrangement.

Accommodation: as mention

DAY 4: SAPA – HEAVEN GATES – SILVER WATER FALLS – BUS TO HANOI                                                    (B – L)

Breakfast at hotel.

You first travel by car uphill towards Heavens Gate. On the way, you can take a short walk to visit Silver Waterfall and then head to Heaven Gate, where you will be amazed by the breathtaking views of the mountains and surroundings including Fansipan, the highest peak of Indochina. You then continue your drive downhill on one of the most beautiful stretch of roads in Vietnam to Tam Duong, where you will meet the black Dao, who are trading in the town’s small market in their black traditional dresses. Capturing the landscape and the unique culture of this region will surely add some really special moments on your camera.

Lunch at local restaurant (Vietnamese set menu).

After lunch, you will start your trip to some minority villages on your way back to Sapa and drop-off at the assigned point to take the bus back to Hanoi.

Arrive at Hanoi hotel in the evening.

Upon arrival, hotel check-in.

Dinner at your own arrangement.

Accommodation: as mention

DAY 5:HANOI – NINH BINH – HANOI                                                                                                     (B)

After breakfast at hotel, pick-up at your hotel. Drive south to Ninh Binh (110km – 2 hour drive from Hanoi). Enjoying the beautiful sceneries of the rural areas on the way. Visit to Hoa Lu, the site of Vietnam’s ancient royal capital.

Continues visiting Tam Coc(10 km far from Hoa Lu). Get on a rowing boat paddled by villagers for a river cruise. Return transfer to Hanoi.

Lunch and Dinner at your own arrangement.

Accommodation: as mention

DAY 6:HANOI – HALONG OVERNIGHT ONBOARD                                                                     (B – L – D)

08:00 Check out and transfer to Halong (approx. 3.5hours) where you will board your boat for your overnight trip through Halong Bay.

Spectacular Halong Bay comprises around 2000 karst limestone peaks jutting out of calm emerald waters. Designated as a World Heritage Site for its incredible natural beauty, the forested islands are dotted with caves and home to a variety of birdlife. Whether cloaked in mist or bathed in sunshine, a cruise through this beautiful bay is one of Vietnam’s highlights.

Arrive late morning and be welcomed at the pier of your boat. Check-in and transfer to your boat for the overnight journey into Halong Bay. Lunch is served on board as you cruise into the Bay. Cruise by rock formations with beautiful Halong Bay. Towards the end of the day set anchor for the night as the sun sets followed by dinner.

Accommodation: as mention

Vietnam stretches along the east coast of the Indochinese Peninsula. The lush Red River Delta and the highlands in the north, known for their magnificent scenery and colourful hill tribes, complement the agricultural plains and floating markets of the Mekong Delta in the south perfectly.

The impact of Japanese and Chinese trade, French occupation and American intervention has had on obvious influence on Vietnam. These influences are readily apparent in the vivid legacy from different cultures evident in the character of its towns, as well as in the architecture and food. The quaint town of Hoi An, once a major trading port, boasts the perfectly preserved architectural influences of the Asian merchants from the north, while the broad leafy boulevards of the capital Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are reminiscent of France.

Vietnam is known for its cuisine and offers an abundance of flavorful options for travellers to choose from. Hue is the old imperial capital of Vietnam with its royal palaces and palatial mausoleums, and nearby the battle sites of the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) are reminders of the brutality of war.

Despite rapid economic expansion over recent years, Vietnam’s cultural roots remain strong. You’ll find ancient temples and colourful pagodas scattered throughout urban centres, interspersed with luxurious hotels and sleek skyscrapers. A country with a complex history, boundless natural beauty and fascinating cultural influences, Vietnam provides a wealth of different activities and unique experiences.

 

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