Hanoi & Surrounding Trip 1 Week
Discover North Vietnam 1 Week Trip, Hanoi Stopover Tour Package by Alan Tour, A week trip around Hanoi is great to visit the most beautiful & interesting destinations in the North of Vietnam. A historic city of Hanoi, a scenic landscape of Sapa plus a hill tribe colorful market, a natural World Heritage Site of Halong Bay, and Hoa Lu the ancient capital, Tam Coc considered as “Halong Bay on land” are all of this 7 day North Vietnam and Hanoi Stopover Package Tour
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival – City Tour (L/D)
Our arrival, our tour guide and driver will welcome you at the airport then transfer to Hanoi for city tour. We will visit Hanoi’s most interesting sights, including the Ho Chi Minh Complex: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and his Stilts House, Presidential Palace and the One Pillar Pagoda nearby, the Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam date back to the 11th century.
Have lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, we will visit peaceful West Lake or Ho Tay with lovers Thanh Nien Street, the sedate Tran Quoc – the oldest pagoda in Hanoi and Quan Thanh temple and one of the city’s museums, either the History Museum or the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. In the late afternoon we will visit the Hanoi Old Quarter also known as the 36 streets and guilds by cyclo tour and enjoy a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show. Diner transfer to the train station for the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight on the train – deluxe wooden cabin, soft sleeper with A/C.
Day 2: Lao Cai – Hill Tribe Market – Boat trip on Chay River – Sapa (B/L/)
Arrive Lao Cai at around 05:30, transfer to a local restaurant for breakfast and make up then drive to Bac Ha. Just before reaching the market we will see colorful activity. Beautiful Flower H’mong people carrying hand crafted products or pulling dogs or buffalos, all on their way to the market. You are free to wonder around the market and become a part of the trading activities. Take a boat trip on Chay River and stop to visit Trung Do village in the bank of the river, have lunch then drive to Sapa. Check in, diner and overnight in a hotel in Sapa.
Tuesday Market: Coc Ly Market is held on every Tuesday
Saturday Market: Can Cau Market is held on every Saturday
Sunday Market: Bac Ha Market is held on every Sunday
Day 3: Sapa Town – Lao Chai – Tavan Villages – Ta Phin Red Dzao Village – Lao Cai – Night Train to Hanoi (B/L/D)
In the morning, check out the hotel and take a drive to visit Lao Chai village – home of Black H’Mong – here you trek through terraced rice fields to villages, meet and talk with locals to learn more about their daily life and habits. You trek through Ta Van village – home of Dzay hill tribe and get on car back to Sapa for lunch. After lunch, drive to visit Ta Phin village with Tafin handicraft shops and explore the daily life of Red Dzao. Transfer to Lao Cai for diner before getting the night train back to Hanoi. Overnight on a deluxe wooden cabin, soft sleeper with A/C.
Day 4: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)
Arrive Hanoi at around 05:00 AM, transfer to a local restaurant for breakfast then depart for Halong Bay through countryside decorated with endless view of rice field and villages. Stop on the way for taking photos and refreshment.
Scenic Halong Bay, “the Bay of the Descending Dragon”, with its emerald water, is dotted with more than 2,000 mountainous islands, each with its own unique landscape. The islands are famous for their dolomite and limestone rock formations, many of which have been given names. Natural grottos, fjords, land tunnels and inlets are also common. The most beautiful and biggest caves, nice beaches, fishing villages, kayaking through the islands and islets, would be of your satisfaction.
12h00 : Upon arrival to Ha Long tourist wharf, board on junk, check in. Have lunch on junk and welcome wine and fresh seafood.
13h00 : Fantastic cruise in Halong bay, Sung Sot cave, round over Tuan Chau island, Dinh Huong island, Dog island , Ga Choi island, Titov Beach; swimming at Titov beach, kayaking around and enjoy sunset. Overnight on the junk.
Day 5: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B/L/)
7h.30: Enjoy breakfast .
8h.30: Get on a small sampan for a visit to Luon cave , back to junk .
9h.30 Another fantastic cruise in Halong and to Bai Tu Long ( descending child dragon ) bay, round turtle island, teapot island, Bai Tho mountain , Hon Gai .
10h.00: Check out
11h.00 : Have lunch on junk
12h.00: Back to Halong tourist wharf , transfer back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 6: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Bich Dong – Hanoi (B/L/)
It is always worthwhile to take a day trip to Hanoi’s surroundings for refreshment away from the city noise. Ninh Binh is an outstanding destination that has many attractions and stunning landscapes. First, journey back to the 10th century and visit the ancient capital Hoa Lu. Then, tour the area by row boat, a perfect venue for you to relax and let your mind wander amongst the diverse limestone of Tam Coc
Departing from Hanoi at 8.00 am from your hotel, after 2 hours driving, we arrive Ninh Binh Province. Our first visit is the former capital of Vietnam – Hoa Lu, visit two temples dedicated to King Dinh and King Le, the two heroes who lived in 10th century and chose Hoa Lu to build the citadel of the capital city of Dai Viet. Proceed to Tam Coc for lunch. Tam Coc known as “Halong Bay on land” boasting breathtaking scenery, “Tam Coc” means three caves. After lunch we get on small rowing boats, the boat trip to all three caves takes about two hours.
Continue visiting Bich Dong Grotto(emerald-like grotto), around 2km from Tam Coc by car, climb a little bit till you get to the top of the Upper pagoda and your eyes catch the overall panorama of the paddy fields between Truong Yen Mountain. The king conferred on Bich Dong the title “The Second Most Beautiful Grotto in Vietnam”. A scene of the popular French movie “Indochine” had been completed here in 1991. Get back to Hanoi late in the afternoon. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 7: Hanoi Departure (B/)
Free at leisure until transfer to the airport for the departure flight. End of tour services.
English speaking tour guide
Modern and private transportation with A/C
Meals as mentioned in the program (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Diner)
All Admission fees and permits in the villages in Sapa
Accommodation in Hanoi, Sapa
Overnight train Sapa – Hanoi and reverse (Soft sleeper, deluxe wooden cabin with A/C)
Luxury overnight Junk boat in Halong Bay
Private boat trip in Chay River and Tam Coc
Bottled drinking water during tour
Vietnamese Traditional Water Puppet Show
International air tickets and airport tax
Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry, drinks at restaurants, tips,…
Others not mentioned in the tour program