Highlights of the north 7 days



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Highlights of the north


7 days

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Rice terraces in Sapa






Once a quiet French hill resort near the Chinese border, the town of Sapa now draws visitors from around the world. Travelers admire dramatic mountain scenery, trek to remote Hmong and Zao villages to see women create batik and embroidered goods and bargain for made-for-tourist handicrafts in a lively marketplace. The trip combines with World heritage of Ha Long Bay. Located in the Gulf of Tonkin, the bay covers an area of 1500 square km. With more than a thousand limestone peaks soaring from its crystal like emerald water, this area is one of the natural wonders of Vietnam and now a World Heritage listed site. Visitors have constantly marvelled at Ha Long Bays’ natural beauty. The tiny islands are dotted with innumerable beaches and grottoes created by the wind and the waves that make an excellent backdrop for swimming or just lazing about on the boat deck



. Boat cruise in spectacular Halong Bay and Cat Ba Island

. Sapa overnight train

. Sapa hilltribe homestay and trekking



Days   1-3 Halong bay
Day     4 Catba island
Days   5-7 Sapa
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  Brief itinerary


Days 1-3 Ha Long Bay, Junk overnight
A spectacular cruise through the limestone islets, enjoying a banquet lunch on the way, before an overnight stay on board junk boat There is an opportunity to explore caves filled with formations of stalagmites and stalactites and swim in the emerald waters.

Day 4 Cat Ba Island
Take your time to chill out and relax. A popular option is to hire a motorbike and take a photographic trip around the Island, visiting the national park, jumping on boat for a trip to Monkey island or simply lazing the day away on nearby beaches

Days 5-7 Sapa, hilltribe trekking & homestay 
Located in the heart of Vietnam’s hilltribe country, stunning mountain backdrops and fascinating minorities are Sapa's trademark. The surrounding region is home to a multitude of ethnic groups, each with their own distinctive dress and customs. The Saturday market is a kaleidoscoper.... 



travel style: Independent
If you're looking for something different (perhaps group travel isn't for you), an Independent adventure could be just the thing. These private itineraries will take you to a new level of personal experience and self discovery. Transport and accommodation are provided and to give you maximum flexibility, inclusions vary from trip to trip - please check the trip notes for full details.
Group size
N/A as this trip is on a private basis.
1 night hotel, 1 night homestay, 2 nights sleeper train, 2 nights on board junk boat
Halong Bay: Junk boat
Cat Ba Island: Holiday View Hotel
Sapa Overnight train
Sa Pa: Holiday Hotel
Sa Pa homestay:
Ta Van village

Ha Noi – Ha Long:                                          car or minibus
Ha Long – Cat Ba island:                               junk boat
Cat Ba island – Hai Phong:                           hydrofoil
Ha Noi – Sa Pa and return:                            night train

Tour includes:
• Accommodation with daily breakfasts
• Extra meals as per the itinerary
• All transfers and transportation as dedicated in the itinerary
• Tours and excursions as described in the program
• Local English speaking tour guide
• Entrance fees and permits where applicable during guided time
Tour excludes:
• International flights and visas
• Pre & post trip arrangements
• Transfers beyond the itinerary
• Entrance fees and permits during free time
• Travel insurance (compulsory)
• Food & drinks not mentioned within the itinerary
• Tips and gratuities
• Expenses of a personal nature such as bar bills, laundry and telephone charges
• Other services not clearly described in the program



Tour cost: US $649 per person in the party of 2




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