Day 1: Arrival Ha Noi and city tour (L)
In the morning
Pick up at the airport then transfer to the centre, start the trip with Tran Quoc pagoda, a Buddhist relic and national heritage lying on the West Lake. Visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the final resting place of Viet Nam’s greatest father; his house-on-stilt and One pillar pagoda – modeled after a lotus flower, a symbol of Hanoi. Relax and have lunch at a local restaurant in Hanoi Old Quarter.
In the afternoon. You have 2 options:
Option 1: on Tue, Thu, Sat and Sun
Visit Temple of Literature constructed in 1070 dedicating to Confucius, sages and scholars. It was also the first university of Viet Nam once. Arrive legendary Hoan Kiem lake. Visit Ngoc Son Temple dedicated to Tran Hung Dao – General Commander for his struggle against Mongolians.
Option 2:On Mon, Wed and Fri
Explore daily life of traditional ceramics village of Bat Trang. Visit showrooms and see how they model the products. Arrive legendary Hoan Kiem lake. Visit Ngoc Son Templededicated to Tran Hung Dao – General Commander for his struggle against Mongolians.
Over night at hotel in Ha Noi.
Day 2: Hanoi – Sapa – LaoChai,Ta Van, Giang Ta Chai (L/D)
6:30am; Meet your guide and driver at your hotel or APT office departure to Lao Cai. Travelling the new Highway ‘Noi Bai’, Lao Cai, length 245km, will take around 5 hours. You will have the opportunity to enjoy beautiful scenery of the region, while the road.
12:00. Arrival in Sapa – 2 options:
Option 1: If Clients choose an overnight hotel or hostel in Sapa, after check-in travellers will enjoy lunch ina local restaurant in Sapa, then after proceed with the itinerary.
Option 2: If Clients choose overnight in homestay, enjoy lunch in local restaurant Sapa, then afterwards, proceed to the itinerary.
13:00: The 16 Seater van will take visitors to the start of their journey – a 4 hour trek to visit Lao chai – Tavan and Giang ta chai village, exploring the local ethnic minorities life, admire the spectacular natural scenery with the terraced rice fields. Visit Sapa’s ancient rock formations with engraved images big and small, the unique patterns of the ancients, as well as admire the picturesque bridge to the clouds clear over the Muong Hoa stream. Journey will stop at Giang Ta Chai village.
Travellers on Option 1 will return back Sapa to their hotel for the night .
Travellers on Option 2 will check into their Homestay. After that, enjoy dinner with music and you will have 1 hour of party for drinking a little wine or soft drinks.
End of the first day journey.
Day 3: Cat Cat Village – Hanoi (B/L/D)
8:00am Driver and guide take you back Sapa to rejoin group together visit Cat Cat village.
9:00am Exploring Cat Cat – Shin chai village of H’mong – a colonial French discovered area and a renowned resort to officials from the early twentieth century. Arriving to Cat Cat village, visitors will be visiting the Hydropower station, the waterfall of Cat Cat village, as well as learning about the culture, customs and unique people here with traditional crafts such as weaving, carved silver, hand forged agricultural tools.
12:00 : Pick up from Cat Cat village and back to Sapa town. Enjoy a meal at a local restaurant.
Free time to visit or shopping souvenir
16:00: Driver take you back to Hanoi. Overnight in Ha Noi.
Day 4: Ha Noi – Ha Long (B,L,D)
07:45 – 08:30 Meet your tour guide then go for Ha Long Bay. Have a break 20 minutes en-route to free your legs.
– Embark BaiChay harbor, board Dragon Cruise by a tender. Enjoy a welcome drink, receive cruise briefing.
– Savor lunch on board and visit Sung Sot “amazing” cave with millions of surprising stalactites and stalagmites.
– Stop at Soi Sim island one hour for swimming, sun-bathing… Do kayaking among hidden parts.
– Drop anchor in a calm water area, relax on the sundeck at sunset, taste some local wine, fruits.
– Join in a “cooking session” on board with our chef making some special dishes with suggested recipe.
19:00 Have dinner on board. Have fun with karaoke singing, or try your luck with squid-fishing.
Overnight on Dragon Cruise in the middle of Ha Long Bay.
Day 6: Ha Long Bay – Ha Noi (B/L)
07:00 Enjoy a new day with complimentary tea and coffee served. Have breakfast on board
– Visit a Pearl farm, see the real pearl products and understand process ofpearl making in Ha Long.
– Check out your cabin. Photograph wonderful views of Ha Long while sailing back to harbor.
– Have lunch on the boat and then leave Dragon Cruise.
– Say goodbye to Ha Long Bay then return to Hanoi. Have a rest en-route again to free your legs.
17:30 Drop you off at your hotel. Tour ends.
Day 6: Ha Noi – Bai Dinh – Trang An (B/L)
In the morning
Tour guide pick you up at the train station. Have breakfast at the restaurant. Then depart to Ninh Binh. On the way, having short break en-rout to free your legs. Arrive in Buddha Sanctuary place of Bai Dinh Pagoda, the biggest one in Vietnam with 500 Arhan Statues; a biggest bronze Buddha statue in Vietnam with 10 meters in height and 100 tons in weight.Your tour guide gives you an introduction of religions and beliefs in Vietnam. Have lunch in a restaurant with local special dishes including goat meat.
Leave for Trang An eco-tourism attraction. You will be amazed by neglected area while having a boat trip through cave chains: Sang cave, Toi cave, Ba Giot cave, Sinh cave…experiencing mysterious views of the so-called “Ha Long Bay in land”. Tour End.