VL39: HA NOI - HA LONG - SA PA (12 DAYS)

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                   HA NOI - HA LONG - SA PA
    (GROUP TOUR – 12 days / 11 nights)
    Leader: Ms. Leong Chui Wai
    Group: 2 persons

     
    Tour summary
    Day Morning Overnight
    6th Dec Ha Noi arrival Bao Khanh Hotel***
    7th Dec Ha Noi - Ha Long bay Imperial Classic Cruise
    8th Dec Halong Bay - Cat Ba Island Cat Ba Sandy Beach Resort
    9th Dec Ha Long Bay - Ha Noi Night train to Lao Cai
    10th Dec Sa Pa - Cat Cat Village Royal Hotel***
    11th Dec Bac Ha Market Royal Hotel***
    12th Dec Sa Pa - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Ha Noi Night train to Ha Noi
    13th Dec Hoa Lu & Tam Coc Bao Khanh Hotel***
    14th Dec Ha Noi City tour Bao Khanh Hotel***
    15th Dec Free time Bao Khanh Hotel***
    16th Dec Free time Bao Khanh Hotel***
    17th Dec Home sweet home  
     
    DAY 1: HA NOI ARRIVAL (L)
    AM: Arrive at Noi Bai International Airport. Meet your tour guide and transfer to Ha Noi city center. Have lunch.
    PM:  Visiting Hoan Kiem Lake and Ha Noi Old Quarter by trishaw and walking. Discovering Ha Noi 36 streets with ancient house, temple, and market…Taste coffee and tea on the way.
    Included: Private car, hotel (twin/double share room), tour guide, trishaw, entrance fees, mineral water (01 bottle 0.5l/pax) and lunch.
    Excluded: Single room, dinner, Travel insurance and other personal fees.
     
    DAY 2: HA NOI - HA LONG BAY (B, L, D)
    07:45 – 08:00 Pick-up at your hotel and depart for Halong city.
    12:00 – 12:15 On arrival at Halong city, you will board your Imperial Classic Cruise and you are warmly welcomed by professional and friendly crew. Check into cabin.
    13:00 Enjoy specially prepared lunch while cruising towards thousands of amazing limestone islands emerging from emerald water, passing by Stone Dog islet, floating fishing village, incense burner islet, fighting cocks islet…
    16:00 Hiking to Titov mountain to get great view of Ha Long bay.
    17:30 Swimming time, this is great chance to relax in water.
    19:00 Enjoy dinner.
    20:30 Evening activities like singing karaoke, dancing, squid fishing, playing cards or relax at leisure.
     
    DAY 3: HA LONG BAY – CAT BA ISLAND (B, L, D)
    07:00 Enjoy your breakfast, fruits, coffee and tea.

    OPT1: Second night in the bungalow (Catba Sandy Beach Resort in Nam Cat island)

    08:00 – Visit the Surprising Cave – the most beautiful one in Ha Long Bay

    09:30 - Transfer to our daily boat, sailing through Lan Ha bay for 2 hours.

    11:30 - Arrive at bungalow for check in.

    12:00 - Lunch in the restaurant at the bungalow - Catba Sandy Beach.

    13:00 - Enjoy your private time at leisure, relaxing, sunbathing on the beach or using some services available on the bungalow like playing football, volleyball, kayaking to explore untouched area near by bungalow. (Optional trip: biking trip to Viet Hai village from 13:30 - 17:00 must be booked in advance, pay extra USD5 /person).

    18:30 - Having dinner on Catba Sandy Beach.

    20:30 - Relax at leisure on your own or join some activities on Cat Ba Sandy Beach.

    OPT2: Second night on the boat

    08:15 - Transfer to our daily boat

    08:30 - Hiking up to the peak of Titov island, this is great chance to have a panoramic view of Halong Bay.

    09:30 - Scenic cruising for hours to the most tranquil areas of Halong Bay

    11:30 - Relaxing time on one of the most secluded beach in the tranquil area, swimming, sunbathing and exposing yourself to the nature.

    12:30 - Enjoy lunch on the daily boat.

    14:00 - Discover the exceptional beauty of nature in the tranquil bay by bamboo boat in Luon cave.

    15:30 - Keep cruising to other parts of the bay.

    17:00 - Back to your Imperial Classic Cruise to refresh and relax, making friends with new group.

    19:00 - Enjoy the second dinner on boat.

    20:30 - Relax at leisure on your own or join some activities on the cruise.

    DAY 4: CAT BA ISLAND - HA LONG BAY - HA NOI (B, L, D)

    Opt 1: Second night in the bungalow in Cat Ba Sandy Beach Resort in Nam Cat island

    07:00 Breakfast served at bungalow, check-out time.

    08:15 Pick up at Bungalow by boat (in case you stay at the hotel in Catba Town: 07:00 Breakfast at the hotel. 07:30 Pick-up at the hotel by bus back to the boat).

    09:30 Get on the cruise to attend the cooking class while cruising back Halong harbor.

    11:15 Farewell lunch served on the cruise before you arrive at harbor around 12:00 and get on the bus back to Ha Noi.

    17:00 Transfer you back to your hotel. 

    Opt 2: 02 nights on the boat

    07:00 Breakfast, fruits, coffee and tea will be served. Then visit the Surprising Cave, the most beautiful one in Halong Bay.

    09:30 Check-out time & Cooking class while cruising back Ha Long harbor.

    11:15 Farewell lunch served on the cruise before you arrive at harbor around 12:00 and get on the bus back to Ha Noi.

    17:00 Transfer you back to your hotel. 

    Our taxi picks you up to Ha Noi railway Station. Take a shower and have dinner before catching night train to Lao Cai.
     
    Included: Bus transfer Ha Noi – Ha Long, Imperial Classic Cruise in Ha Long (twin/double cabin), Meals (02 breakfasts, 02 lunches, 02 dinners), Entrance fees, Tour guide, Hotel (twin/double share room) and kayaking.
    - Night train ticket Ha Noi - Lao Cai ( 4 persons share 1 cabin, soft beds with AC).
    Excluded: Private car, Single cabin/room, Travel insurance, Mineral water and other personal fees.
     
    DAY 5: LAO CAI - SA PA - CAT CAT VILLAGE (B, L, D)
    Arrive at Lao Cai Station early morning, our bus takes you to Sa Pa. Have breakfast.
    Then you start the trip on foot to explore the Cat Cat Villages of ethnic Hmong, you can see the hydroelectric power station which was built by the French in twentieth century. You will experience the tribal way of life of ethnic minotities while enjoying wonderful views of the terraced rice paddy fields and the waterfall in Cat Cat village. Visitors will also understand culture, unique customs, traditional crafts such as weaving, touching carved silver, forged agricultural tools...


    12:00: Pick up from Cat Cat Village and back to Sa Pa town. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant then you are free for shopping and overnight in Sa Pa at the hotel.
     
    Included: Bus transfer, Meals (01 breakfast, 01 lunch, 01 dinner), Entrance fees, Tour guide, Hotel (twin/double share room)
    Excluded: Private car, Single room, Travel insurance, Mineral water and other personal fees.
     
    DAY 6: BAC HA MARKET (B, L, D)
    AM: After breakfast, transfer to Bac Ha market (opens every Sunday).
    Arrive in Bac Ha. You will see many flower H'mong people, they are friendly and hospitable. Items on sale in the market include water buffalos, pigs, horses and chickens...etc.
    PM: Come back Sa Pa town. Have dinner and overnight in Sa Pa.
    Included: Bus transfer, Meals (01 breakfast, 01 lunch, 01 dinner), Entrance fees, Tour guide, Hotel (twin/double share room)
    Excluded: Private car, Single room, Travel insurance, Mineral water and other personal fees.
     
    DAY 7: LAO CHAI VILLAGE - TA VAN VILLAGE - HA NOI (B, L, D)
    AM: After breakfast, start walking about 4 hours to visit Lao Chai - Ta Van, explore the life of ethnic minorities, admire the spectacular natural scenery with the terraced rice fields. Have lunch.
    PM: Transfer to Lao Cai railway Station, take a shower and have dinner before catching night train to Ha Noi.
     
    Included:
    - Night train ticket Lao Cai - Ha Noi ( 4 persons share 1 cabin, soft beds with AC).
    - Bus transfer, Meals (01 breakfast, 01 lunch, 01 dinner), Entrance fees, Tour guide, Hotel (twin/double share room)

    Excluded: Private car, Single room, Travel insurance, Mineral water and other personal fees.
     
    DAY 8: HOA LU & TAM COC (B, L)
    AM: Arrive at Ha Noi railway Station early morning, our taxi picks you up to restaurant for breakfast.
    8:00 - 8:30 Guide & driver will pick you up in Ha Noi Old Quarter and leave by coach to Hoa Lu (2.5 hrs). Visit the historic capital of Viet Nam and the famous ancient temples of Le and the Dinh Dynasties. Then you take bus from Hoa Lu to Tam Coc for lunch around at 12:30.
    PM: After lunch, boat trip to visit Tam Coc to see the beauty of the karst formations as you pass along their base and row into one of many caves carved through the limestone. Cycle for an hour on quiet roads through villages, rice fields, rivers and rocky outcrops in Tam Coc - Bich Dong (around 5 km). Back to Ha Noi by bus and arrive at your hotel around at 18:00.
    Tour price included: Hotel (twin/double/triple share room), Full transfers by A/C tourist car, boat trip, entrance fee, lunch, English speaking guide.
    Tour price excluded: Accommodation, Visa arrangement, drinks, and travel insurance, personal expenses.
     
    DAY 9: HA NOI CITY TOUR (B, L)
    AM: 08:00 - 08:30 Pick up at your hotel to visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum to explore the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-place. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts and lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda, which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 - the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. We continue to visit the Quan Thanh Temple (Taoist - dating from the Ly Dynasty) and the Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda near the West Lake (One of the oldest pagoda in Vietnam). Visit Bat Trang pottery village (on Mon, Wed & Fri). Have lunch.
    PM: After lunch, you visit the Literature Temple and Quoc Tu Giam. You have chance to see Vietnam’s first university, constructed in 1070 - its gardens and well-preserved architecture will offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Then you past Hoan Kiem Lake to see the peaceful waters and the beauty of Ngoc Son temple. For the last part of the tour, you have time for shopping and watching Water puppet show before coming back your hotel.
    Notes:
    • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum closes on Monday and Friday mornings.
    • The itinerary can be changed due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions.
    • Special request (diet or vegetarian…) should be sent before your departure date.
    • Water Puppet shows for deluxe option only, a traditional performance that dates back as far as the 11th century in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. Then the tour will finish around 16:30 - 17:00.
    • Bat Trang pottery village will be visited on Mon, Wed & Fri (without Ethnology Museum).
    Inclusive services: Hotel (twin/double share room), Full transfers by shuttle bus (with A/C, mineral water), Entrance fee, water puppet ticket, Lunch, English speaking guide
    Exclusive services: Visa arrangement, Drinks, Travel insurance and Personal expenses.
     
    DAY 10: FREE DAY (B)
    After breakfast, free day for relaxing or shopping. Overnight in Ha Noi.
    Included: Hotel & breakfast.

    Or you can join PERFUME PAGODA TRIP (L)
    AM: 08:00 - 08:30 Our guide & driver pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter, take 2 hour road trip. When you arrive, get on row-boat on the Yen stream about 1 hour to Thien Tru harbor. Enjoy landscape while trekking up to visit the main cave, Huong Tich cave on the top of the mountain with Golden-Silver tree rice stuck…One hour down. Lunch at the local restaurant at the bottom of the mountain.
    PM: After lunchtime, you will see the Heaven Kitchen pagoda and know about Buddhism ancient architectural at Le Dynasty. Then you come back by row-boat. After 2 hour road trip back to Hanoi, you arrive at your hotel about 18:00.
    Price: 28usd/pax
    Included: Full transfers by A/C tourist car, Boat trip, Entrance fee, Lunch, English speaking guide.
    Excluded: Accommodation, Visa arrangement, Drinks, Travel insurance, Personal expenses, Cable car: 8usd/pax/2 ways
     
    DAY 11: FREE DAY (B)
    After breakfast, free day for relaxing or shopping. Overnight in Ha Noi.
    Included: Hotel & breakfast.
     
    DAY 12: HOME SWEET HOME (B)
    You have free time before transferring to airport. End of tour.
    Included: Private car with
     tour guide transfer to airport.