Deep into the North 14 Days / 13 Nights| Vietnam Tours Package

Deep into the North

Start price: $965 /person    |    Duration: 14 Days / 13 Nights    |    Tour code: AVCT04
Destination: Hanoi-Van Long- Kenh Ga- Ninh Binh- Halong bay- Perfume Pagoda- Sapa- Lai Chau- Dien Bien Phu- Son La-Mai Chau-Hanoi
Transport: Private car , sharing train cabin
Start: Hanoi
Finish: Hanoi
Accommodation: 9 nights in hotel, 2 nights homestay, 1 night on boat, 1 night on train
Meals: 13 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 7 Dinners
Type: Private tour, depart at any date as you wish
Physical Rate: Moderate
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Overview: The north of Vietnam includes the mountainous area and The Red River Delta. This tour takes in all of these in just 14 days, the perfect way to experience Northern Vietnam at its best.

Itinerary in brief:
Day 01; Arrival Ha Noi
Day 02: Hanoi city tour (B,L) 
Day 03; Ha Noi- Van Long- Kenh Ga – Ninh Binh (B,L,D) 
Day 04; Ninh Binh- Ha Long Bay – Overnight on boat (B,L,D)  
Day 05; Ha Long Bay- Hanoi (B,L) 
Day 06; Ha Noi- Perfume Pagoda- night train to Sapa (B,L) 
Day 07; Sapa tribal Village – Homestay (B,L,D)
Day 08; Sapa tribal Village (B,L)
Day 09; Sapa – Lai Chau (B,L,D) 
Day 10; Lai Chau- Dien Bien Phu (B, L,D)
Day 11; Dien Bien Phu- Son La (B,L,D) 
Day 12; Son La- Mai Chau – Homestay (B,L,D) 
Day 13; Mai Chau- Hoa Binh- Hanoi (B,L) 
Day 14: Hanoi- Departure (B) 

Itinerary in details:
Deep into the North 14 Days / 13 Nights| Vietnam Tours PackageDay 01; Arrival Ha Noi
Meet and greet upon arrival to airport. 
Transfer to our hotel in old quarter. The rest of your time is at leisure before starting your trip the next day. Dinner will be arranged on your own to have your leisure time. 
Overnight at hotel in Ha Noi.

Day 02: Hanoi city tour (B,L) 
AM: need car
Today we will have full-day tour of Ha Noi.You will visit the house on-stilts of Ho Chi Minh (this is where our uncle Ho spent the rest of his life) and the One Pillar Pagoda and the Litterature temple, the Museum of Ethnology.
PM: walking and cyclo
After lunch, pay visit to the Hoan Kiem lake with its Ngoc Son Temple. Continue to visit the Old Quarter of Ha Noi by cyclo. Enjoy a kind of traditional Vietnamese stage-art. Overnight in Hanoi.
Deep into the North 14 Days / 13 Nights| Vietnam Tours PackageDay 03; Ha Noi- Van Long- Kenh Ga – Ninh Binh (B,L,D) 
AM : 8h00: Leave to Van Long then have a boat trip around natural caves and grottoes, admire the wonderful landscape of the tourist area.
12h00 Picnic Lunch.
PM : take about 3 hours road ride to the ferry-boarding a boat and cruising along Hoang Long river (that is mean the Dragon river), admits beautiful shaped limestone formation, rice paddies to visit the floating village Kenh Ga (Chicken Canals-see lonely page). Life and activities on the river watching is water puppet on the theatre (you can imagine). You can will to see Hot mineral-Spring (Natural stream).
Overnight in Ninh Binh.
Deep into the North 14 Days / 13 Nights| Vietnam Tours PackageDay 04; Ninh Binh- Ha Long Bay – Overnight on boat (B,L,D)  
After breakfast, transfer to Ha Long Bay. This morning we head out for a 3 hour drive through verdant Red River Delta to Halong bay where we board cruise around the secluded and majestic Ha Long Bay giving us the chance to take in the stunning scenery of this World Heritage Site. Whilst on board a sumptuous fresh local seafood lunch will be served. There will be opportunities for a swim or kayaking (your own fee arrangement) and time to explore some of the limestone caves in the area. 
Overnight on boat. 
Day 05; Ha Long Bay- Hanoi (B,L) 
Early wake-up for a breakfast with stunning scenery, you’ll continue sailing past fascinating rock formations for a while. An early lunch will be served on board while the cruise goes back to Halong City for disembarking at noon time.  You’ll arrive back in Hanoi mid afternoon. 
Overnight in Hanoi. 
Deep into the North 14 Days / 13 Nights| Vietnam Tours PackageDay 06; Ha Noi- Perfume Pagoda- night train to Sapa (B,L) 
The Perfume Pagoda is one of the highlights of the Hanoi area and one of the most important religious sites in Buddhist Vietnam. Every spring, after the Vietnamese New Year, thousands of Vietnamese pilgrims come here to pray for all the health and prosperity they need to get them through the year.  The pagoda itself is built into limestone cliffs and can only be reached by boat or on foot as there are no roads into this area. You will have the chance to glide along scenic waterways and walk up steep mountain paths visiting the pagodas and temples that were built in this area over the centuries.  
Departing Hanoi at 08.00 we have a two hour drive through the picturesque countryside and back roads to the village of Duc for some refreshments before boarding our boats for a 1.5 hour ride along the scenic Yen river, surrounded by dramatic limestone cliffs. After this we walk to the Thien Tru Pagoda (Heaven's Kitchen) and the Perfume Cave and Pagoda - an hour walk in total. On our way back we visit Giai Oan and Tuyet Son Pagodas. Lunch will be at one of the little food stalls near Thien Tru Pagoda. After lunch the boat will take us back to our car for the drive back to Hanoi. Transfer to Hanoi train station for night train Sapa. Overnight on train.
Deep into the North 14 Days / 13 Nights| Vietnam Tours PackageDay 07: Sapa tribal Village- Homestay  (B,L,D)
The train arrives at the Lao Cai train station at approximately 06:00. There will be a vehicle waiting to transfer us to Sapa.  The drive to Sapa is only 33 km but it takes around 1.5 hours to make our way up the mountains. After breakfast, 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 Tavan 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. 

Deep into the North 14 Days / 13 Nights| Vietnam Tours PackageDay 08: Sapa tribal Village (B,L)
Once you get energy for your last day trek by having a delicious 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. Overnight in Sapa.
Deep into the North 14 Days / 13 Nights| Vietnam Tours PackageDay 09; Sapa – Lai Chau (B,L,D) 
Today, your driver will take your trusty Landcruiser over a high mountain pass towards Lai Chau, a traditional village nestled deep in a green valley. Along the way, you'll pass people from various hill tribes on the rugged mountain paths. By the end of the 170km drive you'll probably be able to recognise the subtle differences between the Meo, the Muong, the Karen, and the White Tai peoples. Road conditions will limit the speed of journey, allowing you to enjoy at the vast scenery around you. If you wish to stop anywhere, just ask your English-speaking driver to pull over, that's what road trips are all about. Tonight, You'll spend the night of your tour in simple accommodation in Lai Chau. 
Overnight in Lai Chau.

Deep into the North 14 Days / 13 Nights| Vietnam Tours PackageDay 10; Lai Chau- Dien Bien Phu (B, L,D)
Today the tour will take you a further 160km over another breath-taking mountain pass. On the way, you'll come across a small war museum that was formerly the headquarters of Colonel Christian de Cateries, trip around the town to visit famous historical sites such as Dien Bien Phu Museum, Glory Statue, A1 Hill and De Cattery Tunnel. After this, you'll pass through many villages and people in traditional hill tribe costumes. At the end of today's road trip you'll spend the night in simple accommodation in Dien Bien Phu. Overnight in Dien Bien Phu.
Day 11; Dien Bien Phu- Son La (B,L,D) 
After breakfast, you'll cover approximately 150km, stopping along the way to visit the hill tribes of the Black Tai, White Tai, Meo and the Muong.  Son La was renowned in French colonial times for its infamous prison, where opponents and revolutionaries were held captive in horrific conditions. Today you can visit the haunting but fascinating prison and its museum, sure to send shivers down your spine. Overnight in simple hotel in Son La. 

Deep into the North 14 Days / 13 Nights| Vietnam Tours PackageDay 12; Son La- Mai Chau – Homestay (B,L,D) 
After breakfast, you'll cover approximately 180km to drive from Son La to Mai Chau. The highlight of our trip today could be the tea plantations in Moc Chau Plateau, where you find the best green tea in Vietnam grown along the roads on hillsides. Mai Chau is an area of beautiful landscape and home to the Thai ethnic minority, passing expansive rice paddies and scenic villages. We will have a stop on great view of mountains and valley. We will reach Mai Chau at late noontime. Visit  Ban lac, a peaceful village of White Thai ethnic minority where we have lunch, dinner and spend our night in a traditional stilt-house of a Thai family. 
Deep into the North 14 Days / 13 Nights| Vietnam Tours PackageDay 13; Mai Chau-Hoa Binh- Hanoi (B,L) 
Breakfast and en road to Hoa Binh, embark on a private boat for 2 hour cruise on Da River Lake with visit Dzao and Muong minority villages. 
Lunch at Hoa Binh. Drive back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 14: Hanoi- Departure (B) 
Free leisure tume untl transfer to the airport for flight your departure flight.
Caption : B = Breakfast ; L = Lunch ; D = Dinner

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  • Drive through the valleys and paddy fields that stretch towards the horizon
  • Visit the charming natural scenery and historic sites
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