North Vietnam Package Tour: Hanoi – Sapa - Hoa Lu – Ha Long (5 days 4 nights)
Below are visiting points & activities:
- Muong Hoa Valley, Ta Van Village, Lao Chai Village, Giang Ta Chai, Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, Duc Tuan Restaurant, Tam Coc (the three caves), Dinh Temple & Le Temple, Ha Long Bay, Stone Dog islet, Incense Burner islet, Fighting Cocks, Swan islet, and Duck islet…, Sung Sot Cave (Surprising Cave), Pearl Farm
- Trekking to several villages in Sapa, Cooking classes in both Sapa & Ha Long Bay, Visting Hoa Lu temples, Boat rowing to see Tam Coc (the three caves), Kakayking or rowing bamboo boat, swimming, Visiting a pearl farm
Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa ( L – D)
Bus of Incredible Vietnam Tour will pick you up from Noi Bai International Airport when you arrive in Vietnam to depart to Hotel for your relaxing
Having lunch and dinner in restaurant.
10.00pm: Depart for Sapa
Our Sleeping Bus pick you up at Incredible Vietnam Tours' Office and depart to Lao Cai (245km). It takes about 6 hours traveling the new highway to Lao Cai. The bus ride brings good chance to see beautiful scenery of the region along the way.
Day 2 : Sapa (B – L – D)
6.00am: Hello to Sapa
See local tour guide at Sapa bus station and go to hotel at Sapa town. Having buffet breakfast and a shower, then you will leave your big luggage in the hotel and prepare light pack for your trek.
9.00am: Trekking to Muong Hoa Valley
Begin your 12km trekking on small trails down the Muong Hoa Valley towards the Black H’Mong village of Lao Cai
12.00pm: Visit Ta Van Village
Having lunch at the local restaurant along the Lao Chai Village, you will continue along the bottom of the valley to get to Ta Van Village of the Dzay people to experience their way of life while staying in a local family’s cottage
5.30pm: Cooking class
Join the cooking class of the indigenous people with indigenous people guide. Learn traditional food as well as understand the lives of people here. Be self-prepared dishes by yourself. A beautiful experience for your trip.
The dinner, will be served with typical local dishes: rice wine, corn wine and cassava wine , will be 1 hour to drink free beer. Have fun chatting together new friends, listening to the stories, everyday life of the people here.
Day 3: Sapa – Ha Noi (B – L)
6:30 am: Getting up and enjoy fresh environment of Sapa
7:00-8:50 am: Buffet breakfast
9:00am: Visitting Giang Ta Chai
Guide will take the group go to walk 4km to visit Giang Ta Chai. On the way you will watch the terraced fields on the majestic mountains and take pictures of yourself the most beautiful. Tourists will stop for lunch and take a rest here. Then, the car will welcome tourists to the town of Sapa. Before return to Hanoi, tourists will have about an hour freedome to visit the town of Sapa and shopping local gifts and specialties.
Tourists will have free time for purchasing some local products
4.00pm: The group come back to Hanoi.
10pm: Arriving in Hanoi and staying in 3* hotel
Day 3: Hanoi – Hoa Lu (B – L – D)
8.00-8.30 am: Depart for Ninh Binh
Tour guide will pick you up from your hotel to depart to Ninh Binh city
10.30-11.00 am: Visit Hoa Lu Ancient Capital.
In 968, Dinh Bo Linh declared himself as the King. Since then Hoa Lu existed as the capital for the next 41 years (968 – 1009), of which 12 years was under the Dinh dynasty – King Dinh Tien Hoang, the country named Dai Co Viet, and 29 years later was under the Le dynasty – King Le Dai Hanh. In 1010, King Ly Thai To moved the capital from Hoa Lu to Thang Long – present day Hanoi. Hoa Lu became the old citadel. In Hoa Lu there are now 2 temples have been built on the ground of the old royal palace, one is dedicated to King Dinh Tien Hoang, the other is to King Le Dai Hanh. The visit offers a chance to know more about part of feudal dynasties and historical periods in Vietnamese history.
Alter of the King Le Dai Hanh
12:00 pm: Buffet lunch at Duc Tuan Restaurant
Today you will enjoy buffet lunch at local restaurant in Tam Coc named Duc Tuan restaurant. The food is served with Asian style, local dishes, organic vegetable. The Duc Tuan is located on the river overview Tam Coc, you can enjoy the view of overall riverside until you finish your lunch.
Buffet lunch with local food served at Duc Tuan Restaurant
1:30 pm: Visiting Tam Coc (the three caves)
After finishing your lunch, you will be taking the rowing boat at Tam Coc Wharf. Arranged by local people here, the boat is rowed by both hand and legs. The boat will take you to 3 specular caves with hundreds of limestones on the way. If you travel during harvest season, you will see many terrace rice fields in golden colors.
The boat rowing will be in around 2 hours. Not only you could see the peaceful scenery of mountain, rice paddy fields, temples, you also have chances to learn about local people cultures on their daily life.
(Optional activities: Enjoy a bicycle ride through the countryside after the boat trip.)
Visiting caves - relax time
4:00 pm: leave Tam Coc and drive back to Hanoi. Arrive Hanoi at around 6:30 pm.
7:00 pm: Have dinner in a city restaurant
Stay 1 night at 3* hotel in Hanoi!
Day 4: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (B – L – D)
08:00 am: Hotel pick up with our shuttle bus. Short break half way.
Ha Long Bay - number one famous place in Vietnam
12:00 pm: Visit Ha Long Bay
Arrive Ha Long Bay, transfer by tender to the 3* cruise, and enjoy welcome drinks. Check in your cabin and enjoy a real Vietnamese lunch while beginning your sail through the fairy land of Ha Long Bay, passing by Stone Dog islet, Incense Burner islet, Fighting Cocks, Swan islet, and Duck islet…
A group from Thailand enjoying Ha Long Bay. Photo: internet
3.00pm: Drop anchor to explore Sung Sot Cave (Surprising Cave).
Sung Sot Cave means Surprised Cave or Amazing Cave is one of the spectacular and largest grottoes of Halong Bay. The cave has 3 compartments, the last compartment is the largest with beautiful stalactite pillar connecting the cave's ground up to the roof. The beauty of it has make the local name this cave: Amazing.
Sung Sot Cave
Enjoy swimming on Titop islands and kayaking on Luon cave or relaxing on the cruise.
Titop island - a famous stop in Ha Long Bay
6:00pm: Sunset party
Tourists now enjoy the complimentary sunset party on the sundeck with wine and fresh fruits.
7:00pm: Dinner is served in the cruise’s restaurant.
9.00pm: Leisure time on boat
Retire to your cabin, have a drink at the bar, sing karaoke, join the fishing excursion or play exciting games. Sleep on the cruise.
DAY 05: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi - Sapa (B - L - D)
07:00am: Breakfast will be served while we start our cruise to a local Pearl Farm.
08:30am: Visit the local Pearl Farm.
09:30am: Check out of boat
10:00am: Cooking class
10:45am: Lunch is served on the cruise (or at a local restaurant).
11:45am: Disembark at the harbor, Ha Long city. Take our shuttle bus to return Hanoi.
5:00pm: Arrive back at Incredible Vietnam Tour Office
7.00pm: Having dinner in Restaurant
(Your drop - off is subjiect to your flight chedule).
* Tour Included:
- Transfer fees
- Meals as indicated
- Entrance fees
- English Speaking guide
- Sharing room
* Tour Excluded:
- Flight tickets
- Single room
- Personal expenses
- Tip for tour guide and drive
- Necessary things for your trip: Passport, small backpack, good hiking shoes, hat, rain coat,…
- The intinerary can be changed due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions
- Spacial requst (diet or vegetarian,…) should be sent before your departure date
* Children Policies:
Under 3:00 years old: Free of charge
From 4:00 up to 7:99 years old: 75% of adult price
From 8:00 years old up: 100% of adult price
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