Best of Northern and Central Vietnam - 11 Days

Best of Northern and Central Vietnam
Overview
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  • Start/End: Hanoi/Danang
  • Visit: Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa - Ninh Binh - Halong Bay - Hoi An - Danang
  • Duration: 11 Days
  • Travel style: Most popular, Mountain & Minority, Culture and Heritage, Nature & Discover
  • Category: Private tour
  • Tour guide in: English, Français, Español, Deutsch, Italiano, Português
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An exclusive guided tour meticulously crafted to unveil the exquisite gems of northern and central Vietnam. Traverse through the enchanting cities of Hanoi and Hoi An, delve into the picturesque landscapes of Sapa and Ninh Binh, and immerse yourself in the breathtaking wonders of Halong Bay. Experience the essence of Vietnam's rich culture and natural beauty on this unforgettable journey

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  • Day 1,HanoiWed, May 22, 2024
    Pick up to Hotel

    Landing at the Noi Bai airport, you are welcomed by professional tour guide and driver at the pickup lobby. Enjoy 45-minute driving to the city center (Hanoi Old Quarter) with city's briefing information about the most visited spots, culture, traffic and cuisine....Arrive in your hotel, check in and have a rest.

    Note: Hotel check in time at 14.00

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Private transportation
    Hanoi Boutique Hotel(Deluxe Room)
    7 Ngo Gach street, Hoan Kiem district, Ha Noi City, Vietnam
  • Day 2,Hanoi - Cat Ba islandThu, May 23, 2024
    Explore Hanoi city tour - night train to Lao Cai - Sapa

    In the morning, explore the Tran Quoc Buddhism pagoda. It dates back to the 6th century during the reign of Emperor Ly Nam De Dynasty. Take a leisurely walk on a romantic road, crossing West Lake before heading to the Temple of Literature which is best known as the first National University and a World Heritage site.

    Continue to the Hoa Lo Prison museum (Hanoi Hilton) which presents Vietnam’s history while the French ruled and the war between Vietnam and the USA.

    After lunch, transfer to the French Quarter – a “little Paris” in Hanoi with tree-lined boulevards, government head offices and a big square. Visit (outside) the mausoleum, worshipping Ho Chi Minh who got Vietnam Independence back from the French. Enjoy a leisurely walk in the botanical garden to visit the Presidential Palace - Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts where he used to live and work.

    Continue the trip to Hoan Kiem Lake to visit the Pen Tower then cross the Sunlight Bridge to Ngoc Son temple which is located on the Jade islet since the 19th century and is dedicated to Confucian and Taoist philosophers and the national hero Tran Hung Dao.

    After that, we will go to the Old Quarter which is always considered a live city museum. The unique tube houses, small alleys, temples, open door markets and street vendor foods come together in a beautiful harmony. At last we come to the very historical Long Bien Bridge, enjoy different city views and enjoy the sunset on the Red River. Get back to your hotel in the late afternoon.

    Transfer to Hanoi railway station for night train to Lao Cai - Sapa

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: B
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day
    Train:SP3 (Hanoi - Lao Cai) / 22:00 - 06:20 - Deluxe( 4 berths / cabin) / 06 tickets
  • Day 3,SapaFri, May 24, 2024
    Sapa arrival - villages exploration

    Arrive in Lao Cai train station in the early morning. Private guide and car will escort you an hour trip up-hill to Sapa. Enjoy the beauty of nature and rice terraces after every turns and meet H’mong, Red Dao people along the way. Have a breakfast at local restaurant before exploring the town.

    Leave the luggage at hotel and trek to Lao Chai village. Turn on a small path crossing the rice field to a small hamlet. Have a special visit to grandma who is the only craftsman left in the community, traditionally using beeswax for decoration to make the unique Hmong’s indigo clothing. It is also great chance to learn about their daily life and culture.

    The next will be Ta Van village, the charming land of the Dzay people, well located on the hill with amazing views of river, rice terraces and Hoang Lien Son Mountain range. As you leisurely walk, meet villagers who will kindly invite you to visit their homes.

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: B, L
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day
    KK Sapa Hotel(Deluxe Room)
    Muong Hoa street, Sapa, Lao Cai , Vietnam
  • Day 4,SapaSat, May 25, 2024
    Sapa - village trekking

    In the morning, we will start our full day of authentic trekking on a route from the Ta Phin village. This peaceful land was chosen by the Red Dao people when they immigrated to Vietnam from China since the 17th century. Follow a small hill path you can see many orchid gardens that supply even the biggest demands of cities for New Year's decorations. Towards the Ban Khoang village, trek through the corn–farm to the rainforest with amazing views of rice terraces. On season, you may see local people and buffalos working on the field.

    Have a picnic lunch on the way (or at a local restaurant in village). Being on an isolated up-hill, the primitive culture of the Red Dao people in Ban Khoang has been preserved. They are not only well-known for the most beautiful attire in Sapa, but also the “No eyebrow” tradition of married woman. Visit some houses and stroll around the village. 

    Included:
    Meal: B, L
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day
    KK Sapa Hotel(Deluxe Room)
    Muong Hoa street, Sapa, Lao Cai , Vietnam
  • Day 5,Sapa - HanoiSun, May 26, 2024
    Fansipan cable car - bus to Hanoi

    Take a mountain train for 2km with scenic views up to the cable car station. Conquering the peak of Indochina by taking the World’s longestnon-stop three-rope cable car of 6292.5m, you will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gaze down upon the Hoang Lien Son MountainRange, Muong Hoa Valley and enjoy the magnificent natural landscapes. These breathtaking views and picturesque sceneries appear dramatically and leave unique memorable experiences to all who witness it.

    You will then have a break to visit the Buddhist complex. An opportunity to take a 2nd mountain train or hike 500 steps uphill to leave your footprint on the Peak of Indochina, at 3143m high. On the way back, you can enjoy a hot drink at 3000m high café and enjoy the beauty of nature.

    In the afternoon, Get pick up by shuttle bus at hotel lobby for a transfer to Hanoi. Arrive to your hotel in Hanoi around 8:00 PM

    Included:
    Shuttle bus: Hanoi - Sapa
    Meal: B
    Entrance fees
    Cable car: Fansipan
    02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day
    Hanoi Boutique Hotel(Deluxe Room)
    7 Ngo Gach street, Hoan Kiem district, Ha Noi City, Vietnam
  • Day 6,Hanoi - Ninh Binh - HanoiMon, May 27, 2024
    Hanoi - Ninh Binh exploration: Hoa Lu - Tam Coc - Bich Dong

    Well-known as Halong onland, Ninh Binh is an awesome site with giant limestone karst formations jutting out of the rice paddies and enriched with historical, cultural and geographic wonders. The tour experiences you with the most popular landscapes.

    - Visit Hoa Lu ancient capital

    - Hiking to Bich Dong pagoda

    - Boat trip in Tam Coc - the 'Halong on Land"

    8:00 AM: The professional tour guide and driver will pick you up at hotel, then transfer to Ninh Binh Arriving in Ninh Binh, first pay a visit to Hoa Lu - the former capital of Vietnam from the 10 to the 11 century, visit the two temples: Temple of King Dinh and King Le Continue to Tam Coc and enjoy lunch at local restaurant. Tam Coc which has been well-known as the “Halong Bay on land” and appeared in famous French movie “Indochina”. Then boarding a small sampan to visit Tam Coc which means literally “three caves” (2.5 hour boat trip) Then, you visit Bich Dong pagoda nearby. Return to the hotel in Hanoi. Overnight in hotel

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: B, L
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day
    Hanoi Boutique Hotel(Deluxe Room)
    7 Ngo Gach street, Hoan Kiem district, Ha Noi City, Vietnam
  • Day 7,Hanoi - Halong BayTue, May 28, 2024
    Hanoi - pick up and transfer to Halong Bay

    Pick up from Hotel in Hanoi and transfer to Halong Bay 12:30: Checks in boat with cruise briefing and safety instructions. Start cruising and explore Halong Bay - one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.

    Enjoy buffet lunch with Vietnamese dishes served while cruising through the bay, passing the most beautiful and quiet areas, such as Incense Burner, Dog Stone Islet, Fighting Cock, Soi Sim beach, Coconut Three Islands In the afternoon, visit Tung Sau area, covered by the leaping rocks, cultured pearl fishery. You can wit yourself the process of the jewel, from culturing to harvesting and sculpting. Moreover, you have a chance to do kayaking based on your preference. Enjoy busy space with pearl maker, you can experience the completion of pearl. Visiting the beautiful Titov beach for swimming (if the weather permits), Titov Beach is especially famous for its fresh atmosphere, clean water, and smooth white sand that create a great ambiance for tourists to relax or passengers can take steps to reach on the top of  Titov island to have a whole panorama view of Halong Bay. Back to the boat and free time while sailing to Luon Bo area, and anchor for overnight.

    Option: Massage service available. Please book with Cruise Manager directly (please see massage menu)

    18:30: Attend the Cooking class on sundeck – How to make Vietnamese spring rolls - traditional Vietnamese food. Then enjoy Happy Hour (Buy one drink-get one free). It is time for chit chat and relaxing. Watch the magnificent sunset over Halong Bay. 

    Dinner – Deluxe Vietnamese BBQ Set Menu Dinner

    Evening activities include: Leisure time to enjoy a chat around the bar, watching movies and many sort of Vietnam cultural films, relaxing and spending a romantic night on Pelican Halong Cruise’s music, playing cards, chess are available, reading magazines in room and dining room. You may also try your luck at squid fishing & fishing from the boat.

    Included:
    Meal: B, L, D
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    Leisure: Squid fishing
    Cooking class: Bai Tu Long (on board)
    Pelican Cruise - 2D1N(Deluxe Cabin)
    5/33B Pham Ngu Lao street, Hoan Kiem district, Ha Noi City, Vietnam
  • Day 8,Halong Bay - Hoi AnWed, May 29, 2024
    Halong bay - transfer to Hanoi - Fly to Danang - Hoi An

    06:30: The day starts early onboard with Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Tai chi also called Tai chi chuan, combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements.

    Coffee, tea and pastries for breakfast are served in the dining room with morning view of bay’s landscape.

    Transfer by tender to Sung Sot Cave. Walk up about 100 steps to the cave entrance. It takes approximately 45 minutes to visit Sung Sot Cave, one of the biggest caves in Halong bay with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Return to the cruise by tenderCheck out and settle your bill at reception.

    Have a buffet brunch and enjoy the bay scenery while cruising back to the Tuan Chau Wharf.

    11h30-12h00: Disembark

    Transfer to airport for flight to Danang. On arrival, get a pick up to Hoi An town

    Included:
    Meal: B, L
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    Leisure: Morning Tai Chi
    Flight :VN181 (HAN - DAD) - (Direct) / 16:30 - 17:50 - Vietnam Airlines - Economy / 06 tickets
    La Charm Hoi An Hotel & Spa(Deluxe Room)
    64 Dao Duy Tu, Hoi An, Quang Nam , Vietnam
  • Day 9,Hoi AnThu, May 30, 2024
    Discover Hoi An ancient town

    Hoi An used to be one of the most typical South-East Asian trading ports dating from the 15th to the 19th century and the Old Town is still well-preserved. The exchanged cultures is displayed on many historic buildings, religion, daily business and enriched by the authentic lifestyle of local inhabitants.

    the Hoi An city’s symbol - the Chua Cau or the Japanese Covered Bridge, built in the 17th century to allow the Japanese quarter to be accessible from the Chinese neighborhoods. The bridge’s original style has been carefully preserved for the last 400 years.

    the Cantonese Assembly Hall sits right next to the Cau Pagoda, constructed by Cantonese settlers during the 19th century for communication among Chinese residents and worshipping the Thien Hau Holy Mother. On a visit, you can admire the structure as well as the decor, which includes a striking dragon made from pottery.

    Cam Pho - one of the oldest communal houses in Hoi An. It was built in the shape of Chinese character means the country for worshipping and trading business and cultural exchange between locality and Chinese, Japanese traders.

    Hoian center market where is the best place to see the local daily life. Situated on the riverside, the large market is packed with stalls where you easily find a huge variety of food at extremely cheap prices. There is also a great fresh vegetable, meat and fish market which is worth visiting.

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: B
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day
    La Charm Hoi An Hotel & Spa(Deluxe Room)
    64 Dao Duy Tu, Hoi An, Quang Nam , Vietnam
  • Day 10,Hoi AnFri, May 31, 2024
    Discover Kim Bong - Tra Nhieu - Cam Thanh villages

    Far diffrent from the famous Hoian ancient town or sand beaches, the rural countryside gives you the most authentic experience about life and people here. Cycling through the riverside villages, crossing rice fields and meeting people...

    - Gently cycling in Kim Bong carpentering village

    - Witness the landscaps from Thu Bon river

    - Sampan boat experience

    Take a boat to Kim Bong village. On the boat, you will immerse yourselves into the comfortable fresh air and enjoy the idyllic landscapes on both sides of the river.

    This village has long been known for its wood carving. At first, the artisans inherited the techniques from the northern Vietnamese. Later, from business exchange, they could successfully adopt the know-how of Chinese and Japanese sculptures and cultivate their own style. Bike around the village to understand their daily life and visit a carpenter's workshop to admire their talent. It is possible to buy some wood products as souvenirs.

    Travel to Tra Nhieu village. Immerse into the countryside in the center of Vietnam. The trip will allow some unprecedented meetings for instance, Ms Duoc with the mat weaving, Mr Kha with the bamboo sampan basket making and Mr Huynh Ri with his craftsman shipyard. A countryside landscape of palm and rice fields, buffaloes and farmers in the fields will surround you along the way.

    Finally to Cam Thanh village. Along the way the landscapes of fishing farms and water palmtrees will accompany you. Arrive in Cam Thanh and embark a small round bamboo sampan basket boat. Enjoy crab catching in the water palm trees forest. This is a relaxing moment after hours of biking.

    After that take a little rest in the house of fisherman (Mr. Phong) enjoy green tea and foot massage with medicinal herbs that planted in the family garden. Then prepare vegetables and herbs from Tra Que village, join in a small practice of cooking the typical dishes: crispy pancake (meat, shrimp, beansprouts…), spring rolls of Hoi An, Tam Huu, grilled fish in banana leaf… Enjoy the dishes you made.

    In the afternoon, return to hotel

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: B, L
    Boat: Cam Thanh
    Bike: Kim Bong
    02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day
    La Charm Hoi An Hotel & Spa(Deluxe Room)
    64 Dao Duy Tu, Hoi An, Quang Nam , Vietnam
  • Day 11,Hoi An - DanangSat, Jun 1, 2024
    Pick up Hoi An to Danang airport

    Free and relax at your hotel until getting pick up by private driver for about 45 minutes to Da Nang airport (international or domestic hall according to your request). Thanks for the visit to our city.

    Note: International flights require you to be at the airport 3 hours and domestic is 2 hours before departure time.

    Included:
    Private transportation
    02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day
Inclusions
  • English speaking tour guide following itinerary
  • All entrance fees and tickets mention on itinerary
  • Selected Accommodations with daily breakfast
  • Cruise: Pelican Cruise - 2D1N
  • Boat: Cam Thanh
  • Private car following itinerary
  • Shuttle bus: Hanoi - Sapa
  • Train: SP3 (Hanoi - Lao Cai)
  • Flight Ticket: VN181 HAN - DAD (Vietnam Airlines - Economy)
  • Meal: B: 10, L: 06, D: 01
  • Bike: Kim Bong
  • Leisure: Squid fishing, Morning Tai Chi
  • Cooking class: Bai Tu Long (on board)
  • Cable car: Fansipan
  • Service charges and Taxes
Exclusions
  • International flight from/to your country
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping and Gratuities
  • Other not mentioned in the program


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