Northern in Focus 11D/10N

STYLE : Group tour/Dailly day Departure

TRIP CODE : PNOF11D

The programme Northern Highlights Adventure tours is designed to bring you a sense of adventure in the most spectacular mountainous & hilly area of Vietnam. In this tour, tourists will spend time mostly in this area to discover the overwhelming scenery of Northern Loop, the popular hill towns and markets. The region is also home to numerous colorful ethnic minority groups.
Northern in Focus 11D/10N

 

DAY 1: ARRIVER HANOI (L)

Pick-up at Noi Bai airport by our guide and driver. Transfer to the hotel.

Free time and overnight in Hanoi.

 

DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR (B/L)

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 (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 .

Overnight on Boat

 

DAY 4: HALONG BAY - NINH BINH (B/L)

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)

Cruise by sampan on Ngo Dong River, Halong Bay on land. Visit Binh Dong Pagoda, do cycling around the village.

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 - HANOI - SAPA (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 shop or simply enjoy a cup of coffee at one of the coffe on Nha Tho (Cathedral Street).

8:00 pm: Meet our guide at Tran Quy Cap Railway Station.Check in your cabin with soft sleeper, first class ( 4 beds/ cabin)

Overnight train to Lao Cai - Sapa( 8 hours, 4 beds/cabin)

 

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 and overnight at Homestay.

 

DAY 9: SAPA - HANOI (B/L)

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 .

Transfer to Lao Cai Railway Station, catch the night train to Hanoi at 9:15 p.m. Overnight on train. Or we have Luxury Limousine car pick you back to Hanoi at 10pm

Overnight in Hanoi Hotel.

 

DAY 10: HANOI - PERFUME PAGODA (B/L))

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)

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

 

TYPE OF TOURYOU ARE 2 - 4 PERSON
(PER PERSON IN US $)
YOU ARE 5 - 8 PERSON
(IN US $)
Join group1.299 USD1.099 USD

INCLUDE:

  • Hotel as specific or similar
  • Bus /mini van transfer
  • Domestic flight tickets
  • All entrance fees 
  • Guide speaking
  • All meals as per program

EXCLUDE: Drinks, Personal expenses, …..

 

PEAK SEASON SURCHARGE:

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

 

CHILD POLICY:

  • Child under 5 years old: free of charge
  • Child from 5-12 years old: 75% charge
  • Children from 12 years old up full price charge

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