Vietnam The Best of Northern

Trip code: VLV-02

Trip duration: 16days/15nights

Trip Operates: Year Round / On Demand

Trip price: Available upon Request

Trip route: Hanoi –Hoa Lu –Phat Diem-Cuc Phuong-Mai Chau -Lao Cai –Sapa- Duong Lam -Halong-Hanoi

Starts/Ends trip: Hanoi/Hanoi

Trip type: Vietnam package tours with nature , landscape , trekking & cruising

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi arrival
Day 2; Hanoi city tour
Day 3: Hanoi –Perfume pagoda-Hoa Lu
Day 4: Hoa Lu
Day 5: Hoa Lu –Phat Diem Church –Cuc Phuong National park
Day 6: Cuc Phuong National park
Day 7: Cuc Phuong –Mai Chau
Day 8: Mai Chau –Hanoi –Lao Cai –Night in train
Day 9: Lao Cai –Sapa /sightseeing
Day 10: Sapa sightseeing /Lao cai –Ha Noi Night in train
Day 11: Hanoi –Duong Lam Ancient village-Hanoi
Day 12: Hanoi –Halong –night in junk
Day 13:Halong
Day 14: Halong –Hanoi
Day 15: Hanoi free
Day 16: Hanoi departure.

(The itinerary may changed due to weather condition)

Meet your guide of Viet Legend Travel and transfer to your hotel where your guide will offer advice and assistance as required.
Overnight in Hanoi

After breakfast, a full day tour included the One pillar pagoda, President Palace, Have a look at HCM Mausoleum, Quan Thanh pagoda, West Lake & Tran Quoc Pagoda. Walking tour around Hanoi's vibrant, the Old Quarter & spend for one hour at Hoan Kiem Lake by Pedi cap ( cyclo.)
After lunch, visit the Temple of Literature - the first Vietnamese university and the impressive Museum of Ethnology.
Enjoy the water puppet show during the visit.
Overnight in Hanoi

After breakfast, start an interesting drive through the rich farming land of the Red River Delta to the Perfume Pagoda, one of northern Vietnam's holiest sites. The Perfume Pagoda is not just one pagoda but many shrines and temples built into a limestone hillside. Take small sampans through a peaceful rural landscape of flooded rice fields to get to the pagoda complex. A picnic lunch is included. Back to land, start a 125km drive through rural northern Vietnam to the site of Vietnam's first capital, Hoa Lu.
Overnight in Hoa Lu

Day 4 HOA LU (B/L/D)
After breakfast, a full day tour: after visiting the two remaining sanctuaries of the ancient citadel, take a sampan on a river through the rice paddies to the grottoes of the sacred Tam Coc Caves. Enormous limestone karsts jut out from the green rice fields giving rise to this place is other name: 'Halong on Land'.
After lunch at local restaurant visit to Bich Dong Pagoda back to hotel
Overnight in Ninh Binh

After breakfast driver 29 km from Hoa Lu for Phat Diem church .The Phat Diem cathedral complex was built between 1875 and 1899 in Phat Diem commune Ninh Binh Province. It comprises four churches and one basilica, as well as several parks, ponds and grottos .The specific architecture of this stone-made Cathedral remains unique in the World. It made by the most attractive creation of the old Vietnamese people. After lunch, continue to Cuc Phuong (45km) across fascinating countryside of the Red River delta. Cuc Phuong national park is home to 2,000 species of flora, 1,800 species of insect, 320 species of bird, 70 species of mammal, etc.
Check in guesthouse of the park
Overnight in Cuc Phuong national park.

Escorted by a park guide, depart for a full-day trek to see giant trees of 50m high. First, transfer by car to the park centre (20km), stop by a prehistoric cave and the Vu Huong tree (Cinamomum balansae) en route. Take a trek (6km) to the 1,000-year-old tree (Terminalia myriocarapa) on a scenic trail.
Have picnic lunch at the park centre. In the afternoon, continue to trek (8km) to the Dang tree (Tetrameles nudiflora) on a steep trail through a dense jungle.
Overnight in Cuc Phuong national park.

Visit the park museum, the botanical garden with a collection of 252 species of rare plant and the endangered primate rescue centre, followed by a seminar on primate rescue. Transfer to Maichau, this province is home to the Hmong, Muong, Dzao and Thai ethnic minorities. Still, even today the province boasts some of Vietnam's most beautiful scenery. Free at night or take part in their traditional festival held on travellers s' requests to enjoy folk songs, dancing with Thai people - Mua Xap, pine wine - Ruou Can.
Overnight at village in Maichau

After breakfast , you will experience the rural life in Mai Chau valley from the saddle of your bike (services by Mai Chau Lodge). Tour starts at the Mai Chau Lodge. Be inspired by the quaint and small villages where you can experience Mai Chau close-up. This tour takes 2 hours. After having met the local villagers, continuing for a look at the enormous dam.
Arrival in Hanoi around 16.30. Get in Mini hotel for day use, after dinner we will catch the overnight train soft sleeper with AC to Lao Cai.
The train leaves at 21.15 from Hanoi railway station

Up on arrive in Lao Cai Railway station at around 05:00, we will meet a local guide and transfer up to Sapa town where we will have our breakfast at a local restaurant. We may be tired after one night on the train but the fresh atmosphere and splendid view of the Northwest Mountain will make us relax completely and interest in our coming trip.
Arrive at hotel after one hour driving we check in hotel (if the room available) before going out for our visit the town. Firstly, in the morning we climb up the Ham Rong mountain for the overview of Sapa town.
After lunch, we will have time to walk through the local market to Cat Cat village, home of H’mong-Ethnic minority people. On the way and we will have chance to visit the home to share culture with families who live here. In the late afternoon, we walk back to the town to join the local market.
Overnight in Sapa

After breakfast, trekking today by embarking along the buffalo paths and trails through several hill tribe villages, Lao Chai and Ta Van – home of Black H’mong and Dzay people. Walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet. Once on the valley floor we can really appreciate the wonderful scenery that surrounds us. The walls of the valley covered with multi-layered rice terraced fields and scattered villages. After that, we return to Sapa by our waiting vehicle and transfer to Lao Cai railway station.
Overnight on the train

On arrival in Ha Noi at 05:00 AM , transfer from the station to MINI hotel and breakfast at hotel. Free at easy in the morning. At 12:00, we will be met our guide again and transfer to a local restaurant for our lunch.
Transfer to Duong Lam Ancient Village-50 km from Hanoi. Duong Lam Ancient Village has a history of about 1,200 years with many houses dating back up to 400 years. One special thing about the village is that most of the buildings here are made of literate and mud, two materials that are abundant in the area.
Literate is used on house walls, gates, wells, temple walls, and so forth (the mud is taken from ponds). Apart from its historical and tourism values, Duong Lam Ancient Village is an important place for scientists to study resident communities in ancient agriculture.
Overnight in Hanoi

Day 12: HANOI - HA LONG (B/L/D)This program just process if the weather permitting)

A shuttle bus will pick you up at your hotel from 7.00am - 8.00am and transfer you to Ha Long city
Depart Hanoi to Ha Long Bay by road through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields (harvest time: 5th month and 10th month of Lunar New Year), water buffalos and everyday Vietnamese village life on both side of the highway No.18. Arrive in Ha Long city, board our traditional wooden junk boat, Huong Hai Junk, for an overnight journey. Sip on a refreshing welcome drink upon check in before you begin your cruise through the bay. Feast on a delicious lunch as you cruise among hundreds of islets (Dinh Huong islet, Ga Choi – Fighting Cock islet, Dog islet, Finger islet, etc.) to discover un spoilt pockets of Ha Long and visit Sung Sot cave, one ofthe most imposing grottos of the Bay. Swim at Soi Sim beach or Titov beach or a short trek to the top of Titov mountain for a magnificent panorama scenery. Enjoy your dinner. Squid fishing or relax and chatting with your partner, friends, family. ..
Overnight on Ha Long Bay .

Sunrise breakfast with tea, coffee, fruit & cake. Transfer by tender to the “Day Boat” and begin to cruise to some of Halong Bay’s more untouched locales (Three Peaches Beach, Doi Cave or Ba Ham lake, Van Gia fishing village).
Exact locations depend on tide conditions. Enjoy a leisurely day of kayaking and swimming. A multi-course lunch will served mid-day. Pack lightly; swimwear and set of dry clothes and there may be some walking through shallow water and on slippery rocks so appropriate shoes for this (you may bring the sandals provided in your cabins). Enjoy your dinner. Squid fishing or relax and chatting with your partner, friends, family

Day 14 HALONG BAY – HANOI (Brunch)
For early riser complimentary tea, coffee, fruit and cake are served. Visit Luon cave on small bamboo boat paddle by out crew staff and enjoy the quiet atmosphere enclosed by high islets and mountains. Be back to our Huong Hai Junk. Sail past rock formations such as Man’s Head islet, Tortoise islet, Butterfly cave, Lion islet, Bai Tho mountain, enjoy the tranquil scenery as the boat meanders its way through the bay on the way back to Ha Long city, etc. Arrange your luggage and do the check out onboard. Enjoy a wholesome brunch as your boat weaves through strange-shaped limestone rock formations.
Arrive back at Ha Long city for disembarkation where your driver waits to take you back to your Hanoi. Transfer by shuttle bus
Arrive Hanoi city at around 4.00pm
Dinner your own account.
Overnight in Hanoi

After breakfast, leisure for whole day
After breakfast, free time for shopping until time to airport with guide & car. End service

Price Include:

Services of local drivers and private air-conditioned vehicles during all tours and transfers
Services of local English speaking guides during all tours and transfers (other language guides available on request with additional fee)
Hotel accommodation just for twin share with daily breakfast, for single traveler must add the single supplement price.
02nights in Junk in Halong bay with 02 lunches, 02 dinners & 01 brunch at selected junks.
02 nights in trains : Hanoi –Laocai-Hanoi with tourist class
Admission fees for all sights visited
Meals as indicated in itinerary with B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner (all meal are set menu with Vietnamese food & service at local restaurants) If you have any specific food requirements: vegetarian, vegan, food allergies…please inform us in advance so that we can provide & notice to our restaurant.
Boat in Perfume pagoda & Hoa Lu
Visa approval letter
Services charge & government taxes


01 Country or city map /per room 
Drink during the visit : 01 bottle 500mml/pax/day
Farwell present 
Service 24/24 –English speaking of our consultant/Vietnam tour operator

Price Excludes:

All airfares and airport taxes to & from Vietnam
Visa on arrival stamping fee for Vietnam (25USD/PP & 2 recently pictures /pay directly at Visa Department upon arrival )
Private transfer & guide to & from Halong
Optional visits to sights not mentioned in the program
Early check in ( before 2PM) & late check out ( after 12:00)
Surcharge fees in peak season ,national holidays & weekend
Compulsory meal at hotels
Admission fees during free time
Kayak in Halong
Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry, etc
All alcoholic and drinks at mealtimes
Camera and video cameras fees if applicable
Compulsory Personal Travel Insurance (It should cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident of illness, client must buy before departure day)
Tips for guide, driver, boat crew & hotels' porters
Meals other than those mentioned above
Other services not clearly indicated in the Inclusion Package above

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