Vietnam Classic Tours

CTV12: Best North Vietnam Tour 8 days 7 nights

Destination: Hanoi – Sapa – Hoa Lu - Tam coc - Mua Cave -Halong bay – Hanoi
Starts in: Ha Noi
Ends in: Ha Noi
Duration: 8D-7N
Tour code: CTV12

Best North Vietnam Tour 8 days 7 nights

Best North Vietnam Tour 8 days 7 nights
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Itinerary in Brief:

Day 1: Hanoi arrival
Day 2: Hanoi  city tour (B, L)
Day 3: Hanoi – Sapa by sharing luxury coach – Cat cat village – Heaven Gate – Silver waterfall ( B, L )
Day 4: Lao chai – Tavan village – back Hanoi by shuttle limousine ( B,L )
Day 5: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Tam coc – homestay in Ninh binh ( B, L )
Day 6: Ninh binh – Halong overnight cruise ( B, L,D )
Day 7: Halong – Hanoi ( B, L )
Day 8: Hanoi departure 
 
Itinerary in Details:
 
Day 1: Hanoi arrival 
Upon arrival at Noibai airport, you are warmly welcomed  and transferred  to hotel by private Asia View Travel’s guide with signboard, check in, relax. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
 
Day 2: Hanoi city tour ( B, L )
Breakfast at hotel, This morning we start city tour with the Ho Chi Minh Complex from outside. This famous site contains the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh (Close on every Monday, Friday, and from 15th June to 15th August for annual maintenance), the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. Close to this complex is the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city. We follow this with the Temple of Literature, which is well known as the first university of Vietnam, Vietnam’s first university.  Constructed in 1070, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past.
Lunch at local restaurant. 
Afternoon, We continue to visit the Restored Sword Lake (Hoan Kiem Lake) and Ngoc Son Temple, do a cyclo tour around the 36 streets of the Hanoi old quarter to learn more about simple life of Hanoian. Enjoy water puppet show- a remarkable Vietnamese art form that combines traditional music, fireworks, underwater puppeteers, and elaborate puppets floating gracefully over water. Time for shopping in the Old Quarter, Dong Xuan Market, Hang Gai Street, Hang Bong Street, Hang Ngang Street…
Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
 
Optional- Street food tour including dinner
Time frame: Around 3 hours
At around 17:30, our tour guide will meet you again at your hotel lobby, then start walking around Hoan Kiem Lake and the old quarter "36 streets" to visit some famous and specialized- food families or stalls/ local restaurants, shops where they run their business everyday. Special thing that tour guide would like to introduce some popular authentic food in lovely mini restaurants (not luxury restaurants) where you feel comfortable to sit down and enjoy some favorite dishes and nice drinks too.
It's interesting to taste some local food stalls and mini restaurants in hidden alleys and sidewalks, to learn about Vietnamese cuisine, culture, people and language. 
Street food tour will give you an unique experience to try the foods of the local Hanoi people, kow how a Hanoian cook the meals. What’s a great way to discover Vietnam culture.
 
Cost:   28 USD / person
Day 3: Hanoi – Sapa by sharing luxury coach – Cat cat village – Heaven Gate – Silver waterfall ( B, L )
This morning after breakfast, pick up at your hotel by driver, sharing luxury coach to Sapa. The trip takes around 5 hour in a very good road- New High way, schedule 7:00 – 12:00.
Local tour guide in Sapa will welcome you at hotel, helo to check in, take rest, lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon we  do the a tour to the hill tribe villages of Cat Cat, and Sansaho village home to the H'mong  hill tribes minority peoples. As we walk to the villages nestled in the valley below Sapa, we will meet some of the local minority people on their way to and from Sapa. Here we have the opportunity to share cultural experiences with the families that live in the area. Continue to toward the Silver Waterfall where you will be able to take a short walk to waterfall. You will then drive further to Heaven Gate, the highest peak of roads in Vietnam. From there you can see Fansipan, the highest peak of Indochina mountains as well as enjoy stunning views. The walk commences at a point nearby the waterfall, by a descent on a trail through bamboo forest, which belongs to Hoang Lien National Park. Transfer back Sapa town. Time for you to explore Sapa town. You can wander around the local market, the shopping streets with many colorful handicrafts. Overnight at hotel in Sapa.
 
Day 4: Lao chai – Tavan village – back Hanoi by shuttle limousine ( B,L )
After breakfast, we start the trip to the South East of Sapa alongside Muong Hoa valley, down to Lao Chai village, take picture of paddle field and visit minority house and school. The lovely walk that will take us along small paths and trails and through several hill tribe villages of Lao Chai and Tavan, home to H'mong, and Dzay people. This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet. Stopping for a lunch on the way at a family in Ta Van village. Opportunity to meet with local people and study the art of making batik and local weaving villages - study textile tradition of craft women o Black H'mong and Red Dzao.  
After lunch at local family in Ta Van village, back Sapa town and get ready to take on the luxury coach back Hanoi, sharing with other passengers.  The trip takes around 5,5 hour in a very good road – New Highway, schedule is  2:30 – 8:30 PM.
Check in hotel in Hanoi.
 
Day 5: Hanoi – Tam coc - Mua cave – homestay in Ninh binh  ( B , L )
Morning 8:00 AM depart from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, located around 100 km far from Hanoi. The area is well known with the green and yellow rice paddy fields, spectacular limestone formations and the great place to discover local fie in Vietnam countryside. After 2 hour drive, we arrive the ancient Capital Hoa lu. Spend one hour visiting the Dinh and Le temples of the Ancient Capital Hoa Lu which are dedicated to King Dinh and King Le, the founders of the ancient capital during the 10th century.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Check in local homestay.
Afternoon, take aboard sampans at Tam Coc to ferry down the Boi river, spend some time relaxing on a 2 hour boat trip. The boat goes through 3 cavernous limestone tunnels, offering a cool break from the sunshine and astounding views of the cave structures. After boat tour in Tam Coc, we drive to visit Mua Cave where you can get the impressive panoramic view of Tam Coc and Ninh Binh city when you reach the top point of Ngoa Long mountain. Climbing up almost 500 steps of Mua cave area, you can reach to the top of Lying Dragon Mountain & have an amazing panoramic view of Tam Coc from here. 
Overnight at homestay in Ninh binh
 
Day 6: Ninh binh – Halong bay overnight cruise ( B, L,D )
This morning you wake up early to visit the local morning market that’s very busy and noisy from 5AM to 8:30 AM. The local people buy and sell everything, very noisy and busy but friendly and that’s our daily life in Vietnam countryside. 
Back homestay for breakfast
Or you can get ready to hop on your bike, ride through the countryside to visit Thai Vi temple 
9:00 Am drive to Halong bay.
12:00  Embark on Cruise followed by a short cruise briefing.
13:30 – 14:30 Savor a delectable lunch as cruises among the limestone islands.
15:00 – 16:00 Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave - the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay.
16:00 – 17:00 Cruising to Titov island. Go swimming and relaxing at the beach of Titov or climb up to the top of the island for a panorama view of Halong Bay.
17:00 – 17:30 Return to the main boat and continue cruising to the quiet area while enjoy beautiful seascape on the way.
17:30 – 19:00 Enjoy Sunset Party on sundeck and admire the best moments of the day when the sun starts to set.
19:00 Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, take part in board games, fish for squid, or just laze around.
Overnight on board. 
 
Day 7: Halong bay cruise – Hanoi  ( B, L )
06:30 – 07:15 Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt.
07:30 – 08:30  Have breakfast on board and enjoy the peaceful morning of Halong Bay.
09:00 – 10:00 Kayak around the Luon Cave.
10:15 Return to the boat. Freshen up and check out of your cabin.
10:15 – 11:00 Continue your cruise exploring the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet, and more.
11:00 – 12:15 While heading back to the harbor, watch the fruit carving demonstration and participate in the Cooking Class before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
Our car will transfer you back to Hanoi.
14:30 – 15:00 : Arrive back to your hotel in Hanoi, check in, relax.
 
Day 8: Hanoi departure ( B )
Free until transfer to the airport for your departure flight. End of tour.
 
Price
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Tour includes:
• All accommodation in double / twin room with daily breakfast at selected hotels
• 1 night at homestay in Ninh binh
• 2 days 1 night cruise in Halong Bay ( private cabin – sharing boat )
• All tours & transfers in private air-conditioned vehicles ( sharing luxury coach Hanoi - Sapa - Hanoi )
• Experience English speaking guide 
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary with local foods (B = breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
• Boat cruise as stated
• Entrance fees and permits for all sights visited
• Mineral water & towel
• Government taxes & Service charges
 
Tour excludes:
• International flights to and from Vietnam
• Vietnam visa (If request)
• Meals not indicated in the itinerary
• Eary check in or late check out
• Surcharge on Christmas, New Year and our  Lunar New Year
• Personal travel insurance
• Personal expenses such as Telephone and Laundry bills, drink during meals
• Tips and gratuities
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