Best of Northern Vietnam 11d/10n

Opt : 11days/10nights

Trip code: BONV11D

North of Vietnam has so much to offer, Classy Travel Vietnam  combines this tour to be one of the highlights that we think you should not miss. This tour is mixture of free exploration and escorted when we think is nessesary. That will save much of your time and money but still bring up to you enough relaxation and cares on places that not too easy to do it by yourself. Tour starts and finishes from Hanoi.

Day 1: Arrivan Hanoi (L, D)

Pick-up at Noi Bai airport by our guide and driver. Transfer to the hotel. Welcome dinner at a lovely restaurant in the Old French Quarter in Hanoi.Free evening of leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.


Day 2: Hanoi City tour (B, L, D)

The colonial capital city Hanoi is a unique Asian city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and oriental pagodas and temples.

This full day tour takes you around Hanoi's most interesting sights, including the Ho Chi Minh Complex: Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and his Stilt House, Presidential Palace and the One Pillar Pagoda nearby, and the Old Quarter also known as the 36 streets and guilds. Also on the tour - the Lake of the Restored Sword and Ngoc Son Temple, the Temple of Literature, peaceful West Lake along lovers' street Thanh Nien, the tranquil Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple and one of the city's museums, either the History Museum or the Ethnology Museum.

In the evening, enjoy a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi.

 

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay Cruise (B, L, D)

 Pick up at your hotel and leave Hanoi at 8:15 AM for Halong city by a bus . Get on boat and enjoy a welcome drink and lunch of savoury  local sea food . Check into your cabin and start cruising around the bay to see the amazing karsts with different formations : Lion , Tea Pot , Toad , Dau Nguoi ( Human head ) islet ,and then stop for a walk through the Sung Sot cave “Amazing Cave” . There will be plenty of time for swimming and sunbathing (if weather permitted) after the boat anchors at a clean calm sea . Enjoy a wonderful sunset dinner in our beautiful restaurant  before retiring to a comfort of your cabin .

 

Day 4: Halong Bay - Ninh Binh (B, L, D)

You will spend the morning cruising Van Gia floating Village for visiting, kayaking, then going to Bai Tu Long Bay, the neglected area which is the most spectacular bay with islands in different shapes, then you have a look at Hon Gai market, Poem Island.  Comeback to Ha Long city for lunch in the restaurant. After lunch rive to Ninh Binh , the heart of the Red River Delta.

Overnight in Ninh Ninh.

 

Day 5: Explore Ninh Binh (B, L, D)

Cruise by sampan on Ngo Dong River, Halong Bay on land. Visit Binh Dong Pagoda. Have lunch in a local restaurant and drive to the Phat Diem Cathedral.

Overnight in Ninh Ninh.

 

Day 6: Ninh Binh - Mai Chau (B, L, D)

Visit Dinh and Le Temple and drive forward to the valley Mai Chau. Stroll around Pomg Cong and Lac Villages.

Stay overnight with Thai ethnic minority people on their traditional long house on stilts

 

Day 7: Mai Chau - Ha Noi - Sa Pa (B, L, D)

Leave Mai Chau to Hoa Binh, visit Muong Village and have lunch in Hoa Binh. Back to Hanoi.

Free time in the afternoon to shop in the Old Quarter, gallery hop or simply enjoy a cup of coffee at one of the cafes on Nha Tho (Cathedral Street).

8:00 p.m. Meet our guide at Tran Quy Cap Railway Station. Take soft sleeper, first class on overnight train to Lao Cai - Sapa.

 

Day 8: Sapa Trekking - Homestay (B, L, D)

Arrive in Lao Cai early in morning . A seat in coach scenic 38 Km  drive on winding roads up the mountains bring you to Sa Pa approx 1500m above sea level . After breakfast at the hotel , ready for trek to Lao Chai village of black H’mong minority and Tavan village of Zay tribes . Enjoy beautiful scenery along the way . Pinic lunch prepare by the guide serve on the way , see the real life of the very traditional minorities .

Then keep going along the bottom of the  Sapa valley to get to Ta Van village  which is supposed to be the most beautiful one in the area , where you stay over night in the local family . Our  guide will show to you how to cook Vietnamese food . We enjoy the dinner with the local family .

 

Day 9: Sa Pa - Hanoi (B, L, D)

After breakfast , enjoy the fresh breath of mountainous area morning . Continue with the footpath to trek  through the bamboo forest and reach to Giang Ta Chai village of Red Dzao minorities where you will see the amazing scenery and beautiful waterfall .Picnic lunch at red Dzao’s family .Amazing sceneries and beautiful waterfall are to be seen in the afternoon .Pass by the rattan bridge to the main road then back to Sapa by jeep , you might stop sometimes on the way to take photos of the fabulous valley of Sapa . tansfer to Lao Cai Railway Station.Train to Hanoi at 9:15 p.m. Overnight on train.

 

Day 10: Hanoi - Perfume Pagoda (B, L, D)

Arrival Hanoi Railway Station at 5:00 a.m. Meet driver and transfer to Perfume Pagoda. Have breakfast and coffee before taking a cruise along a river to an area considered by Vietnamese Buddhists as a holy.

Climbing up to the mountain, visit beautiful temples and pagodas built on cliffs. It will provide you a nice balance of cultural exploration and physical exercise. Lunch at a local restaurant before we cruise back to the dock. Drive back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.

 

Day 11: Hanoi Departure (B, L)

Following breakfast, free time in Hanoi. We transfer you to the airport for your flight. End of services

DAY 1: ARRIVAN – HA NOI

Pick-up at Noi Bai airport by our guide and driver. Transfer to the hotel. Welcome dinner at a lovely restaurant in the Old French Quarter in Hanoi.Free evening of leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.

 

DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR

The colonial capital city Hanoi is a unique Asian city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and oriental pagodas and temples.

This full day tour takes you around Hanoi's most interesting sights, including the Ho Chi Minh Complex: Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and his Stilt House, Presidential Palace and the One Pillar Pagoda nearby, and the Old Quarter also known as the 36 streets and guilds. Also on the tour - the Lake of the Restored Sword and Ngoc Son Temple, the Temple of Literature, peaceful West Lake along lovers' street Thanh Nien, the tranquil Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple and one of the city's museums, either the History Museum or the Ethnology Museum.

In the evening, enjoy a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi.

 

DAY 3: HANOI – HALONG BAY O/N ON BOAT

 Pick up at your hotel and leave Hanoi at 8:15 AM for Halong city by a bus . Get on boat and enjoy a welcome drink and lunch of savoury  local sea food . Check into your cabin and start cruising around the bay to see the amazing karsts with different formations : Lion , Tea Pot , Toad , Dau Nguoi ( Human head ) islet ,and then stop for a walk through the Sung Sot cave “Amazing Cave” . There will be plenty of time for swimming and sunbathing (if weather permitted) after the boat anchors at a clean calm sea . Enjoy a wonderful sunset dinner in our beautiful restaurant  before retiring to a comfort of your cabin .

 

DAY 4: HALONG BAY – NINH BINH

You will spend the morning cruising Van Gia floating Village for visiting, kayaking, then going to Bai Tu Long Bay, the neglected area which is the most spectacular bay with islands in different shapes, then you have a look at Hon Gai market, Poem Island.  Comeback to Ha Long city for lunch in the restaurant. After lunch rive to Ninh Binh , the heart of the Red River Delta.

Overnight in Ninh Ninh.

 

DAY 5: DISCOVERY NINH BINH

Cruise by sampan on Ngo Dong River, Halong Bay on land. Visit Binh Dong Pagoda. Have lunch in a local restaurant and drive to the Phat Diem Cathedral.

Overnight in Ninh Ninh.

 

DAY 6: NINH BINH – MAI CHAU

Visit Dinh and Le Temple and drive forward to the valley Mai Chau. Stroll around Pomg Cong and Lac Villages.

Stay overnight with Thai ethnic minority people on their traditional long house on stilts

 

DAY 7: MAI CHAU – HA NOI – LAO CAI

Leave Mai Chau to Hoa Binh, visit Muong Village and have lunch in Hoa Binh. Back to Hanoi.

Free time in the afternoon to shop in the Old Quarter, gallery hop or simply enjoy a cup of coffee at one of the cafes on Nha Tho (Cathedral Street).

8:00 p.m. Meet our guide at Tran Quy Cap Railway Station. Take soft sleeper, first class on overnight train to Lao Cai - Sapa.

 

DAY 8: LAO CAI – SAPA – HOME STAY

Arrive in Lao Cai early in morning . A seat in coach scenic 38 Km  drive on winding roads up the mountains bring you to Sa Pa approx 1500m above sea level . After breakfast at the hotel , ready for trek to Lao Chai village of black H’mong minority and Tavan village of Zay tribes . Enjoy beautiful scenery along the way . Pinic lunch prepare by the guide serve on the way , see the real life of the very traditional minorities .

Then keep going along the bottom of the  Sapa valley to get to Ta Van village  which is supposed to be the most beautiful one in the area , where you stay over night in the local family . Our  guide will show to you how to cook Vietnamese food . We enjoy the dinner with the local family .

 

DAY 9 : SAPA – LAO CAI

After breakfast , enjoy the fresh breath of mountainous area morning . Continue with the footpath to trek  through the bamboo forest and reach to Giang Ta Chai village of Red Dzao minorities where you will see the amazing scenery and beautiful waterfall .Picnic lunch at red Dzao’s family .Amazing sceneries and beautiful waterfall are to be seen in the afternoon .Pass by the rattan bridge to the main road then back to Sapa by jeep , you might stop sometimes on the way to take photos of the fabulous valley of Sapa . tansfer to Lao Cai Railway Station.Train to Hanoi at 9:15 p.m. Overnight on train.

 

DAY 10: HANOI – PERFUME PAGODA

Arrival Hanoi Railway Station at 5:00 a.m. Meet driver and transfer to Perfume Pagoda. Have breakfast and coffee before taking a cruise along a river to an area considered by Vietnamese Buddhists as a holy.

Climbing up to the mountain, visit beautiful temples and pagodas built on cliffs. It will provide you a nice balance of cultural exploration and physical exercise. Lunch at a local restaurant before we cruise back to the dock. Drive back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.

 

Day 11: HANOI - DEPARTURE

Following breakfast, free time in Hanoi. We transfer you to the airport for your flight. End of services

Type of tour Group 2 - 4 people
( per person in US $ )
Group 5 - 8 people
( per person in US $ )
Superior 3* 995 USD 899 USD
Deluxe 4* 1299 USD 1199 USD
Luxury 5* 1699 USD 1599 USD

Peak season surcharge:

+ 25% on Christmas 24/12; New Year 31/12 and Lunar New Year’s Eve.

Note: Child under 5 years old: free of charge
           Child from 5-12 years old: 50% charge

           Children from 12 years old up full price charge

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Include:
  • Hotel as specific or similar
  • Bus /mini van transfer
  • Boat cruise in Halong Bay
  • Train return ticket - Hanoi - Lao Cai - Hanoi
  • Local rowing boat Ninh Binh / Perfume Pagoda
  • All entrance fees 
  • Guide speaking
  • All meals as per program
Exclude: Drinks, Personal expenses,…..