Trip summary

  • Departure Hanoi
  • End Hanoi
  • Countries
  • City
  • Theme Art, history and cultural trips and custom tours
  • Travel style Tailor-made travel
  • Accommodation Standard
  • Flight Excluded
  • Guide Included
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Detailed itinerary

  • 1
    Day 1

    Transfer to the hotel. Half day tour of the most classic places in Viet Nam "cultural capital". Passing the impressive Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum you enter the park of what was once the residence of the General Governor of Indochina, and here is the house where the President lived; not far away is the delightful "One Pillar Pagoda" built in 1049, and in front of it Dien Huu Pagoda.

    The Van Mieu, the Confucian Temple of Literature, was the oldest Asian University and dates back to 1070. In the heart of the city is Lake of the Restored Sword with the islet of the temple of the Jade Mountain. Transfer to the Water Puppet Show. In the theater on the shores of Lake of the Sword you will witness a unique spectacle in the world where the actors are the wooden puppets, accompanied by evocative music and dance on water reviving the ancient stories of the tradition, tasty scenes of daily life and stories drawn from the most popular poetic legends.

    Lunch in a local restaurant. Transfer for dinner at a typical restaurant, overnight at the hotel.

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  • 2
    Hanoi - Lao Cai
    Day 2
    Hanoi - Lao Cai

    Breakfast in the hotel.

    Visit the Ethnological Museum, Tran Quoc pagoda and continue towards the Ngoc Son temple on the small island in the Lake of the Restored Sword, the very heart of Hanoi. Then enjoy a rickshaw ride in the old neighborhood of the 36 corporations.

    After dinner, transfer to Hanoi train station to catch the night train to Lao Cai. Lunch and dinner in typical local restaurants, overnight on board the train.


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  • 3
    Lao Cai - Sapa - Can Cau - Bacha
    Day 3
    Lao Cai - Sapa - Can Cau - Bacha

    Transfer from Lao Cai to Sapa. Breakfast in a local restaurant. Transfer Sapa - Can Cau - Bac Ha.

    Early morning visit to the colorful Bac Ha market: this is a meeting point of all ethnic minorities, but especially the Flowery H'Mong, who come dressed in their traditional costumes. Women wear elegant corsets, skirts and turbans of blue hemp embellished with silver jewelry and often only small differences in clothing can help you identify the different clans of belonging. Lunch in a local restaurant. Dinner in the hotel.

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  • 4
    Bacha - Bao Nhai - Chay River - Sapa
    Day 4
    Bacha - Bao Nhai - Chay River - Sapa

    Breakfast in the hotel. Following is a visit to the Bacha market, the largest and colorful north-western market. Here you can watch the H'Mong and other ethnic groups who buy and sell cattle; you will also have the opportunity to taste a variety of traditional foods, such as " wine" made ​​with rice, cassava and corn, many varieties of fruit and also see local crafts. Then continue to Bao Nhai for a hike along the Chay River to the village of Trung Do.

    Transfer to Sapa. Lunch in a local restaurant. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

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  • 5
    Sapa - Lao Cai - Hanoi
    Day 5
    Sapa - Lao Cai - Hanoi

    Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for the visit of Lao Chai village inhabited by the Black H'Mong ethnic minority. Short and easy trekking to get to the village inhabited by the Tavan Dzay. Departure to the village of Ban Ho Tay ethnic minority. Return to Sapa. Lunch in a local restaurant. Dinner in a local restaurant. Transfer to the station. Train to Hanoi, arrival and overnight.

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  • 6
    Hanoi - Hoa Lu - Ninh Binh
    Day 6
    Hanoi - Hoa Lu - Ninh Binh

    Breakfast early in the morning. It takes about two and a half hour journey on the South road to travel from Hanoi to Ninh Binh and then Hoa Lu, the historic site which was the capital of Vietnam from 968 to 1010.

    Once the sea dotted with islets and rocks reached here until the alluvium brought by the river covered the marine expanse. Thus an incredible landscape formed, where out of the vast plains of rice paddies plowed by a quiet stream craggy rock formations emerge, not unlike those that farther north create the incredible scenery of Ha-long bay.

    Rowing boat sail up the river until this seems to disappear into a horizontal crack that cuts the base of a massive block of stone. Here you enter the first of the three caves, Tam Coc. You'll return to the light but then two more times the river plunges into the darkness of other caves until the navigation ends in an amazing natural amphitheater where the green rocky peaks encircle a lake with reeds and rice fields.

    Little remains of the ancient capital except some traces of the walls but one of the monumental portals that once gave access to the royal town was reconstructed. The memory of the ancient rulers is kept still intact in the grandiose and impressive dynastic temple of Dinh rebuilt to honor their memory in the second half of the seventeenth century on the ruins of much older buildings. Lunch at the local restaurant. Dinner in hotel.

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  • 7
    Ninh Binh - Halong
    Day 7
    Ninh Binh - Halong

    Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Halong from Hai Phong. Visit Halong Bay, considered one of the Eight Wonders of the World. Navigation on a traditional Vietnamese wooden junk, lovingly restored and rendered similar to a luxury floating hotel. The navigation winds its way through the myriad of islands, islets, rocks and reefs within which there are caves where stalactites and stalagmites draw extraordinary and amazing sceneries.

    Lunch, dinner and overnight on board.

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  • 8
    Halong - Hanoi
    Day 8
    Halong - Hanoi

    Breakfast on board. Another morning dedicated to the visit of the endless attractions of Halong Bay. Brunch on board. Returning to port and landing. Transfer to Hanoi airport.

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  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes

    • Accomodation in double room/twin in the specified hotels
    • Treatment as in the program
    • Transfers with local assistants
    • Local guides during the visits, except with different indications
    • Entrances, visits and excursions as in the program
    • Private car
    • National flights, if any (the costs of the flights must be reconfirmed according to the availability and according to the class of the flight available)
    • Airport fees of the national flights (reconfirmed when the ticket is issued)


    Price does not include

    • Intercontinental flights
    • Airport fees
    • Not specified meals, drinks and extra in general
    • Tips - insurance
    • Everything not included in " the price includes" and / or in additional options and mandatory services.