Long Break | 6 nights
On arrival in the border town of Lao Cai transfer to the former hill station of Sapa. Take a morning walking tour of Sapa for a visit to the busy market where Red Dao, Black H’mong, Tay and other ethnic minority people converge from the surrounding countryside to sell their silverware and handicrafts, and to buy provisions. Following take a light trek to discover Sapa's quaint hill tribe villages set against the stunning Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range and Indochina's highest peak, Mt. Fansipan, a picnic lunch will be had en-route.
Rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure. Overnight in Sapa.
Have breakfast before driving to visit a local market (Ban Cam on Tuesday/ Cao Son on Wednesday/ Lung Khau Nhin on Thursday / Can Cau on Saturday/ Bac Ha on Sunday. Here you’ll see mostly Flower H’mong however Phu La, Black Dao, Tay, Nung hill tribe groups also gather here. Continue your tour to have a short walk to a hill-tribe village. Here you’ll have the opportunity to visit some local homes to understand more on the daily life of these tribes as well as their culture and traditions. In the late afternoon transfer back to Lao Cai before the night train back to Hanoi. In Lao Cai you’ll have use of a hotel room so you can freshen up before the overnight train trip.
Places: Hanoi; Sapa; Halong Bay
Activities: Explore Hanoi's Old Quarter; ride the colonial-era luxury Victoria Train to Sapa; meet the colourful ethnic hill-tribes of North West Vietnam in markets and villages; cruise UNESCO World Heritage Halong Bay
Our North Vietnam Exclusive is designed for the discerning traveler who wishes to experience the rich culture and diversity of the north with a touch of style. After an ‘insiders tour’ of Hanoi, travel on the elegant Victoria Express train to Sapa. Discover the colorful hill-tribes and fascinating markets with a local guide, dine on a gourmet picnic overlooking spectacular scenery and relax at the stylish Victoria Sapa lodge. Continue to Halong Bay for an overnight cruise through the limestone islands, dining on fresh seafood and spend a night among the hidden grottos.
On arrival at Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport a Milesworth guide will greet you and transfer by private car through the city to your hotel. Overnight in Hanoi
This morning depart for a tour of the city of Hanoi visiting its prominent sights. Continue for an insider’s tour of the capital. Long hidden from the international community Hanoi’s cultural scene is thriving. Mid evening proceed to Hanoi Train Station for the night train to Lao Cai and then onto Sapa the next day.
An early arrival in Hanoi followed by breakfast in a local restaurant before heading to Halong Bay by road. Depart for the 3.5-hour drive to Halong Bay. Journey there through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta, observe everyday life of Vietnamese villagers as they work the rice fields, take pigs to the market on motorbikes and plough the fields with their water buffaloes. Arrive from Hanoi late morning and welcome at the pier of your boat.
Check-in procedures and transfer to your boat for the overnight journey into the Bay. Lunch is served on board as you cruise into Halong Bay. Cruise by rock formations with such names as Sail, Dog and Dinh Huong (incense pot). Towards the end of the day set anchor for the night as the sun sets followed by dinner. Overnight on Halong Bay.
On your return to Halong City enjoy a wholesome brunch as your boat weaves through strange-shaped limestone rock formations. Upon disembarkation your driver will meet you for the transfer back to Hanoi. This afternoon your guide and driver will be at your disposal. Enjoy the many charms that this city has to offer from the many stunning tree lined boulevards or simply taking a coffee at one of the charming street side coffee shop and watching the world go by. Tonight finish the day with a Water Puppet show. This is a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history.
Free at leisure until your transfer by private car to Hanoi Airport for international flight or domestic extension.
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