Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi
On arrival you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to your hotel.
Here you have the rest of the day at your own leisure.
Day 2: Half day Historic Hanoi walking tour with private guide.
After breakfast, your guide will pick you up from the hotel to show you the charming side of historic Hanoi. Navigating your way through narrow alleys you will pass the thousands of small businesses to get a glimpse into the life of the locals. After plenty of photo opportunities, you will continue to the Temple of Literature and Ho Chi Minhs mausoleum before heading back to your hotel. Today is a great chance to ask your guide questions and to see the best of what Hanoi has to offer. We recommend you take the tour in the morning so that you have the rest of your afternoon to revisit some of the spots.
Day 3: Ha Noi – Ninh Binh
Today you will escape the hustle and bustle of Hanoi. After breakfast you will be picked up to commence the 2.5 hour journey to Ninh Binh. With stop offs en route you will visit temples at the site of Vietnams first capital, Hoa Lu. If you are feeling active take a half-hour walk to the top of one of the surrounding limestone karst hills for the rewarding views. Lunch will be in Tam Coc town there will be plenty of stops for photos of the local villages and surrounding landscapes. After lunch you will board your private Sampan to glide through the waters of Trang An, an ‘ecotourism’ area to take in the incredible views.
Day 4: Cuc Phuong – Hanoi – Overnight train to Lao Cai
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up and driven to one of the few remaining rainforests in Vietnam, Cuc Phuong National Park. You will spend time in the visitors centre before experiencing a local style Vietnamese lunch at the National Parks head quarters. You have the afternoon at your leisure to hike one of the many nature trails, if you are lucky you might catch a rare glimpse at a panther!
Later in the afternoon you will have a 3 hour drive back to Hanoi railway station where you will board the overnight train to Lao Cai, the gateway to Sapa. Enjoy the journey in your soft sleeper cabin.
Day 5: Lao Cai – Sapa
Sapa is unlike anywhere else in Vietnam. After your relaxing journey your guide will take you on a walking tour of Sapa for a visit to the busy market. We recommend you have space in your bag for souvenirs as here you will no doubt want to buy the silverware and handicrafts made by local hill-tribe people. Following this you will start a light trek to see the hill tribe villages. You will have a picnic lunch en-route, after which you will be taken to your hotel to have the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure.
Day 6: Sapa – Lao Cai – Overnight train to Hanoi
After breakfast you will be driven to a local market, this is a great opportunity to see the different hill tribe groups doing their shopping, make sure you have space on the camera! You will continue the tour with a short walk to a hill tribe village to visit some local homes. Today is a great way to get a better insight into the daily life and culture of the tribes. Late afternoon you will be transferred back to your hotel where you have late check out and the chance to freshen up before boarding the overnight train back to Hanoi. Enjoy the journey back in a soft sleeper cabin.
Day 7: Hanoi – Overnight on Junk
Today you will arrive early back into Hanoi, you will have a few hours at a nearby hotel so that you can freshen up before departing for the 4 hour drive to Halong Bay. You will be checked in and transferred to your junk boat to enjoy the overnight journey into Halong Bay. You will be served a wonderful lunch as you cruise along for the day. In the evening you will set anchor and you can watch the wonderful sunset before dinner.
Day 8: Halong Bay – Hanoi
After breakfast on board the boat you will be met for your transfer back to Hanoi. The rest of the day is at your own leisure.
Day 9: Hanoi
Day at own leisure.
Day 10: Depart Hanoi
After breakfast, your check out is at 12:00 to be transferred to the airport for your onward journey.