Crossing Vietnam By Train
$1170 $1120 per person
Highlights of trip:
- Visit some of the most popular sites in Vietnam.
- Luxury junk cruise on the legendary Ha Long Bay.
- Exploring Sapa is a small market town that has been a gathering spot for many local hilltribes for nearly 200 years. Hmong and Dao people, among others, still come here to conduct trade, socialize, and attend an ephemeral “love market,” where young men and women choose one another for marriage
- Discovery the poetic city Hue & the ancient town Hoi An.
DepartureDa Nang, Vietnam
IncludedTransfer by private air-conditioned vehicleLocal English speaking guideAccommodation in hotel and homestay ( twin or double shared rooms including breakfast)Halong 2days/1night –Overnight on Cruise ( Joining tour )Sapa 2 days /3nights – Overnight in Sapa ( Joning tour )Boats for cruises in Halong&Trang AnEntrance fees for all sightseeings as mentioned on the programTrain ticket : Hanoi – Lao Cai& Lao Cai – Hanoi ( soft sleeper – A/C : 04paxs/cabin sharing )Welcome giftLunches and dinners (L/D) mentionedServices charge
Not IncludedInternational flights and airport taxesDomestic ( Hanoi – Hue ) including airport taxes and government taxes (VAT)Insurance of travelers (obligatory)Personal expenses and all services not clearly mentioned, etc.Beverage, tips, etc.
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (D)
When arriving, welcome at the airport and transfer to your selected hotel.
Take a rest after the flight.
Early in the evening, join a water puppet show, a distinct Vietnamese art in which a split-bamboo screen obscures puppets which stand in water and are manipulated using long poles hidden beneath the water.
Dinner at a local restaurant.Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour – Lao Cai - Overnight on Train (B/L)
After breakfast, In the morning Have breakfast at your hotel
7:30 -8:00am Pick up at your hotel then Start the trip with Tran Quoc pagoda, a Buddhist relic and national heritage lying on the West Lake.Visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the final resting place of Viet Nam’s greatest father; his house-on-stilt and One pillar pagoda – modeled after a lotus flower, a symbol of Hanoi.Relax and have lunch at a local restaurant in Hanoi Old Quarter.
In the afternoon:
If Tuesdays/Thursdays/Saturdays or Sundays:Visit Temple of Literature constructed in 1070 dedicating to Confucius, sages and scholars. It was also the first university of Viet Nam once.
Arrive legendary Hoan Kiem lake. Visit Ngoc Son Temple dedicated to Tran Hung Dao - General Commander for his struggle against Mongolians.
If Mondays/Wednesdays or Fridays:Explore daily life of traditional ceramics village of Bat Trang. Visit showrooms and see how they model the products. Arrive legendary Hoan Kiem lake. Visit Ngoc Son Temple dedicated to Tran Hung Dao - General Commander for his struggle against Mongolians.Come back to your hotel. Dinner on your own.
Pick up at your hotel at 19h30 – 20h15 and transfer to Hanoi train station catch the night train to Lao Cai (Train time: SP7/20:35 – SP1/21:10 – SP3/21:50). Overnight on Train
Day 3: Lao Cai –Sapa –Lao Chai –Ta Van –Giang Ta Chai Village – Joining tour (B/L/D)
05:30 – 06:00 Pick up at Lao Cai train station by our staffs for a drive to Sapa by bus.
07:00 Have breakfast and relax at hotel. If hotel has available room, you can check in early, if not you join in tour first.
09:00 Our guide takes you to visit two villages of the H’mong and Dzay People, called Lao Chai, Ta Van and Giang Ta Chai villages. Have lunch on the way or in a family of the ethnic people. (You will start trekking from hotel to the Lao Chai village with the distance about: 12km.
17:00 When you finish the trekking trip at the end of the village, our bus will pick up you back to Sapa town. Dinner and Overnight in Sapa.
Day 4: Sapa –Cat Cat Village – Hanoi - Overnight on Train – Joining tour (B/L/D)
Have breakfast at hotel.
Our guide takes you to visit Cat Cat village of Black H’mong people. You have a chance to visit a waterfall and the hydroelectric power station built by the French, see the life of local through their houses, their handicraft products
Back to Sapa town and have lunch on restaurant. You are free and easy to discover Sapa town on your own.
Transfer from hotel to Lao Cai train station. Have dinner at the restaurant, near the train station before getting on the night train to go back to Hanoi.
Overnight on the train.
Day 5: Hanoi – Ninh Binh –Bai Dinh Pagoda –Trang An (B/L)
Arrive in Tran Quy Cap station at 5:00am early morning .Our driver take you to hotel ( You have 1 room for take shower and have breakfast from 5:00 -8:00 ) before starting to Ninh Binh.
08:30 Tour guide picks you up at suggested places around Hanoi Old Quarter
Depart for Bai Dinh pagoda and Trang An eco-tourism site. Have short break en-route to free your legs. Arrive in Buddha Sanctuary place of Bai Dinh pagoda, the biggest one in Vietnam.
12:30 Have lunch in a restaurant with local special dishes including goat meat. Leave for Trang An eco-tourism attraction. You will be amazed by neglected area while having a boat trip through cave chains: Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave, Sinh Cave…experiencing mysterious views of the so-called “Ha Long Bay in land”
19:30 Back in Hanoi, get dropped off at your morning address. Overnight in Hanoi
Day 6: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Joining tour (B/L/D)
7:45 – 8:30 Meet your tour guide at suggested places around Old Quarter for Ha Long Bay.
12:30 Embark at Tuan Chau habor, Ha Long city.Transferred by tender to the Viet Beauty Cruise.
Greeted by crew members followed by welcome drinks, get cruise briefing and check in cabin.
13:00 Savor lunch on board while cruise heads to center of Halong Bay.
15:00 Explore Sung Sot Cave, the biggest cave in Halong Bay which famous for its wonderful stalactites and stalagmites.
16:00 Visit Titop Island for swimming or take a short walk to the top for some overview photos of Halong Bay
18:00 Enjoy sunset while local wine and fruit is served
18:30 Attending cooking lesson to make some spring rolls by yourself.
19:00 Having dinner on board, then free relax with other choices: Squid fishing, singing karaoke, relax on sundeck….
Overnight on Cruise
Day 7: Halong Bay - Hue by train (B/L)
HAN – HUI by Train
06:30 Start your morning with the Tai Chi class up in sundeck
07:00 Enjoy a new day with complimentary tea and coffee served for light breakfast on board
08:00 Visit Me Cung Cave (Maze Cave) with layers of fosillized shells which present the history formation of Halong Bay.
09:00 Stop by Pearl Farm to study the culture pearl making process.
09:30 Check out your cabin. Time for brunch while Vietbeauty cruise heads back to habor.
12:00 Disembark habor. Say goodbye to HalongBay.
17.30: Leave at your hotel. Free time to relax, go shopping or eat.
19:00: Transfer to the station to take the train SE3 at 7:30 p.m. to Hue
We will spend the night on the night train.
Day 8: Hue City Full Day (B/L)
After breakfast, take a boat for a cruise on the gentle Huong River passing Dong Ba market and visit Thien Mu pagoda on the riverbank and Emperor Minh Mang’s tomb, reminiscent of the Ming tombs in Chinese pavilions, ponds and gardens is known for its perfect harmony between architecture and its natural environment. It began to be built during his reign (1820-1841) and was completed only in 1843, two years after his death by his successor Thieu Tri.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, visit the conical hats and incense stick making village.
Discover Emperor Khai Dinh’s mausoleum, which is unique among the royal tombs in Hue, Vietnam. Where other royal tombs are expansive and invite respectful reflection, The Nguyen Emperor Khai Dinh built his final resting place to be monumental in style and bombastic in execution.
Overnight in Hue.
Day 9: Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An (B/L)
After breakfast, transfer to Da Nang through Hai Van Pass and through the picturesque fishing village of Lang Co.
When arriving in Da Nang, visit the Cham Museum and Marble Mountain, (Ngu Hanh Son) is about 8km southeast of Da Nang City. This is a cluster of five marble mountains lying close to the sea. That is why, it is dubbed Hon Non Nuoc, which means Mountain and Water in Vietnamese.
Continue to the riverside town of Hoi An, an important trading port during the 17th and 18th centuries and officially listed as a World Heritage Site.
Lunch in a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, walk around Hoi An ancient town and exploring its treasures :
Quan Cong temple – the brave and loyal Chinese General.
Phuc Kien pagoda, This is the most well-known assembly hall in the ancient town.Fukjianese were Chinese traders who first came to Hoi An in great number, at least in the XVII century. That was the reason why all above mentioned gods were worshipped in this pagoda after the collapse of the old pagoda.
The Japanese Bridge, Hoi An’s signature landmark used widely as an emblem of the town. It was built by Japanese merchants in the 16the century
Tan Ky ancient house, the most popular of Hoi An’s old houses.
Hoi An port, the World Heritage listed by Unesco.
Dinner on your own.Overnight in Hoian.
Day 10: Hoi An - Da Nang Airport (B)
After an early breakfast, transfer to Danang Airport. End of services !