Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi (D)
Upon arrival at Noi Bai Airport, our guide will greet you and transfer to the hotel. Relax and stay overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B, L)
Breakfast at hotel. Free in the morning until time for our tour guide meet you at lobby for a half day city tour in Hanoi. Cyclo tour (1 hour), visit to The Old Quarter of Hanoi and Ngoc Son Temple. Drop off at Thang Long theatre for the water puppet show, the unique Vietnamese traditional art. This art originates from rural festivals in Vietnam. The artists - men and women - stand waist-deep in the water to manipulate the puppets, making them move about, talk and laugh and even dance on the surface of the water. End of the show and transfer to hotel. At 08: 30pm our tour guide will pick you up at hotel lobby and take you to the Hanoi railway station for the night train to Sapa. Overnight on train.
Day 3: Lao Cai Railway Station - Sapa (B, L)
Train arrives at Lao Cai Railway Station at around 06: 00am. Transferred to Sapa by private small bus. Have breakfast at hotel or in the local restaurant (optional). Relax. Your guide will meet you at the hotel for short downhill walk to Cat Cat village, the village of the H'mong tribe in the valley, which remains very original and uninfluenced from other cultures. Excellent views of the valley, the magnificent limestone and paddy fields of H'mong village. Enjoy some visits to local families and reach their customs. After the village and further down into the valley, the Cat Cat waterfall will be visible. A "white curtain" cascade appears, in the flowery valley and deep-green pines. The rocks near the river and waterfall provide a marvelous place for picturesque photos and sunbathing during good weather… Have dinner at a local restaurant and then discover Sapa at night, see ethnic people's activities and life in Sapa. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 4: Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van Village (B, L)
Breakfast before private jeep transfers you to Lao Chai village, a village of Black H’mong. Short walk down to the river to visit a hill tribe house and to see their living style and the local woman making their handicraft and clothes. Further along the road, the Tavan is the village where the Dzay people live. See the village and their customs. Return to Sapa in the afternoon for bus transfer back to Lao Cai railway station for night train back to Hanoi.
Day 5: Hanoi - Halong bay (B, L, D)
07:30 - 07:45 Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi. Drive to Halong Bay. Enjoy the peaceful scenery as we travel through the countryside, farmlands and Red River delta. 10:30 Stopover on the way for short break 12:30 Arrive at Hon Gai wharf - Meet the captain, crews and join us for a welcome drink, cruise briefing, safety instructions and check-in cabins. 13:00 Lunch with fresh seafood is served while cruising towards Vong Vieng floating village, passing through extraordinary shaped-islands. 15:30 Drop anchor at Vong Vieng: visit local houses, fish farm, schools and have a chat with the friendly fish men. (You also swim here if you like) The other option is to travel by kayak (passenger row kayaks for themselves). The kayaking option is $10.00 per person unless pre-booked. 17:00 Back on board, enjoy the sunset and continue cruising to Luom Bo for anchoring. 19:00 Dinner is served. 21:00 Enjoy the comfort in your cabin or night fishing… Overnight on junk.
Day 6: Halong bay - Hanoi (B, L)
06:30 Enjoy the bay’s morning landscape with a cup of tea or coffee. 07:30 Lightly breakfast is served. 08:30 Explore the mystery of Sung Sot cave, one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay. 09:30 Back on board, continue cruising, enjoy the stunning views of the Bay and relax. 10:30 Lunch is served on board while cruising back through Halong Bay to the pier. 11:30 Check-out 12:00 Arrive Hon Gai wharf. Farewell. 12:30 Return from Halong to Hanoi. 14:30 Stop-over in Dong Trieu town to visit a ceramics workshop. 16:30 Arrive in Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 7: Hanoi - Departure (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Relax until transfer to Noi Bai airport. End of services. Our staff will give you the warmest goodbye and hope to see you again.