Day 1: Hanoi arrival
You will be warmly welcome upon arrival Hanoi airport and transferred to your hotel by our driver. Free at the rest of the day. Meals are on your own. Overnight in Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi city tour (B)
Morning pick up and enjoy a full day Hanoi city tour including Ho Chi Minh complex (Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh Museum, The Presidential Palace, House on stilt and One Pillar Pagoda). Continue to visit the Temple of Literature – the First University of Vietnam. Lunch in a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, visit one of the most interesting museums in Hanoi – The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. It is not only a valuable centre for the exhibition and the preservation of cultural heritages of the 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam but also a centre for ethnographic research employing many experts on the different ethnic groups. People come to the Museum just not to visit or entertain, but also to learn about these ethnic groups, their cultural diversity and the uniqueness of each group and region, as well as traditional values throughout the Vietnamese country.
Return to Hanoi center for an hour walking tour around Hanoi Old Quarter to discover the daily life of Hanoian. Return to your hotel. Dinner is on your own and overnight in Hanoi
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B,L,D)
After breakfast, pick up and transfer from your hotel to Halong Bay. Arrive to Halong at noon and get on our traditional wooden boat/cruise. Enjoy your time for relaxing, sightseeing and swimming. Visit the Floating Fishing village and swimming if the weather permits. Meals are including. Overnight on board.
Day 4: Halong – Hanoi – Night train to Lao Cai (B,L)
You’ll wake up on the bay to the sounds of waves and birds welcoming the new day. You will have an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay and after breakfast, visit a beautiful limestone grotto. Then you will have a walk back to the boat for a final glimpse of Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock. Then you will drive back to Hanoi and stay overnight. Dinner is on your own. Free until time for transfer to the train station for your night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on train.
Day 5: Lao Cai – Sapa – trekking to the village (L,D)
Early morning arrive to Lao Cai. Welcome and pick up by local guide then transfer to Sapa. Located at the attitude of about 1,600m and was built by the French into a famous summer Resort, Sapa famous not only for its breathtaking landscapes, but also is an ideal inhabitation for a great diversity of ethnic minority peoples such as H’ mong, Zao, Tay or Giay… people.
Arrive to Sapa, time for your breakfast in the local restaurant before start a day trip trekking to the villages. You first sneak through the market and leave the busy town behind. After a couple of minutes, you will follow a road going downhill to Cat Cat village. You will stop by a waterfall and a hydroelectric station for a while before you trek on a dirt trail through rice paddy terraces. You will also enjoy spectacular scenery while walking along a narrow river. You eventually arrive in Y Linh Ho village of Black Hmong minority, where you can take a rest while you are served lunch nearby the river.
After lunch, you head Muong Hoa valley. You will pass through Lao Chai village of Black Hmong minority and then Ta Van village of Giay minority by following a very popular trekking route. You will spend the night in local house of Giay minority. You will be able to take a walk to enjoy the valley view as well as swim in the river nearby. Dinner and homestay with local people
Day 6: More trekking – Sapa – night train back to Hanoi (B,L)
After breakfast, you leave for Giang Ta Chai village of Red Dao minority. You will trek through bamboo forest, which belongs to Hoang Lien National Park. On the way you will pass by a waterfall where you will have time to take a rest and enjoy the surroundings. You will find a nice place to enjoy lunch.
After lunch, you continue toward Su Pan, a small village located by the road. Here you start your journey back to Sapa by car. Free until time for transfer to Lao Cai train station for your night train back to Hanoi. Dinner is on your own. Overnight on train
Day 7: Hanoi arrival – trip ends
Early morning arrive to Hanoi. Trip ends.