In 7 days, you will visit places considered by many visitors the best of the North. From the bustling Capital of A Thousand Years of Civilization – where you get to try out the signature “Pho Hanoi” – to the airy mountainous villages of Sapa. Discover breathtaking natural landscapes and meet the H’Mong ethnic children in Sapa before observing the stunning islets and glorious sunset in the bay of the World Heritage site of Halong Bay on luxurious Cruise.
Let the cold fresh air of Sapa fill your lungs and let our luxurious cruise give an unforgettable memories on board. 7 days in the North is the perfect package for every first-time-comer to the S-shaped country.
Arrive at Hanoi airport, our driver and tour guide will be waiting to welcome you to the North and quickly transfer you to your hotel in Hanoi to relax after a long tiring flight.
Overnight in Hanoi.
8.00AM: Our drivers arrive to pick you up at your hotel and transfer to the meeting point to join the group, here, we offer you a signature Hanoi coffee called the “Egg coffee” or a soft drink to start your day.
Begin the tour around the center of Hanoi, feel free to take as many photos as you would like and get a closer, more intimate look at Hanoi’s major landmarks like the Hoan Kiem Lake, Tran Quoc Pagoda and Long Bien Bridge…
Ride around the city, outside of the Old Quarter, where most tourists don’t visit such as: the Railway House and the B52 Bomber Crash Site.
Next, our female driver/tour guide will take you for a journey on foot to learn about the history of the sites.
Ride around West Lake and stop for lunch, a perfect opportunity for you to experience an authentic Vietnamese cuisine.
Our drivers return you to your hotel at 12:00PM, end of the trip.
You will have the whole free afternoon till our driver pick you up at your hotel at 8:30PM to the train station to take the night train to Sapa.
Overnight on train.
Depart early and arrive at Lao Cai at about 6:30. Take a short drive (about 40 Km) to Sapa from Lao Cai. Drop off at a local restaurant for breakfast and then a light warm-up session afterwards before we start our trekking journey.
9:30AM, start trekking for 14 km and visit Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai villages of the H’mong minority. After lunch at a local family in Lao Chai or at a food stall nearby the river bank, continue hiking to Ta Van village of the Dzay where we stay overnight in a local family. Here you have opportunity to experience their daily life, work and original custom.
Overnight at homestay in Ta Van Village.
Breakfast will be served at your home stay at about 8AM.
After breakfast, at around 9:30 AM, continue trekking for 8 Km to visit 2 villages of the red Dzao, the H’mong (Giang Ta Chai & Su Pan). Here you will get the chance to see a beautiful waterfall and rattan bridge. Enjoy the landscapes before we pass through a bamboo forest on the way to the main road to get to the Jeep to return to Sapa.
After the tour, transfer to station to take the night train back to Hanoi.
Overnight on train.
5:30AM: Arrive at Hanoi. Our driver will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel to get rest and have breakfast.
9:00-9:30AM: Our driver arrives and pick you up from your hotel, proceed directly to the highway to Cat Hai Port in Hai Phong city for the cruise.
11:45: Complete registering formalities.
12:00: Welcome aboard on Mon Chéri Cruises! Greeted with a welcome drink and a cold towel.
Check-in your Cabin after being introduced to the cruise and given safety instructions.
Mon Cheri set sail and you will have lunch in the cruise’s luxury restaurant while enjoying the beautiful canals on our way to Halong Bay.
15:00: Arrive at Three Peach beach area in Lan Ha Bay which is a famous destination for swimming and kayaking. The region is well-known for its pristine beaches and spectacular beauty with about 400 enchanting limestone islands and caves.
17:30: Return to Mon Cheri Cruise, perfect time to observe and admire the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin and enjoy a complimentary sunset party.
You can consider the massage service available on board which helps relief both physical and mental stresses. (Book directly with the Cruise Manager)
19:00: Dinner is served and awaits for you to have another wonderful dining experience on board.
20:30-0:00: After dinner, you can enjoy the landscape of the bay at night up on the top deck, relax with romantic music, enjoy drinks from the bar or try your luck with Squid Fishing. Otherwise you are welcomed to relax in your room or watch a movie.
06:00: Early risers can start the day with a Tai Chi session on board, led by our Tai Chi master or observe the glamorous sunrise on the top deck, complete the perfect early morning with a cup of coffee or tea.
7:15: Light breakfast is served while the Cruise swiftly cross the Dark and Bright Cave (Sang Toi cave), where you can take a bamboo boat to sail deeper into the cave and explore the place.
9:30: Check out of your cabin while cruising back to the dock.
10:00: You can then take part in a cooking demonstration to learn how to prepare one of the most famous Vietnamese dish – traditional spring rolls. A buffet brunch will be served.
11:30: Return to port and disembark.
12:00: Get on the luxury limousine van for the ride back to Hanoi.
15:00: Arrive in Hanoi.
Overnight in Hanoi
Breakfast at your hotel, then you have free time until our driver arrives and transfers you to Hanoi airport and take the flight to your country.