Christmas & Happy new year tour 2014: Hanoi – Sapa – Halong Bay
Tour duration: 7days/ 6nights
Tour price: From US$ 290/ person
Tour route: Hanoi – Sapa – Halong Bay – Hanoi
Sapa – one of the most ideal destination in the Northern Vietnam for all the times in years. Especially, with the temperatures from 10oC, Sapa town in winter is so beauty, charming all day and luxury at night. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, visiting Hanoi city, Sapa town and Halong Bay – the wonder of nature, will bring another experiences for all of you, who want to have wonderful moments for your longest holiday of the year.
Day 1 – 22 December: Hanoi – Arrival
Transfer via: International flight – your arrangement cyclo-hanoi-tour-01
Up on arrival in Hanoi, you will be welcomed by Asia Charm Tours car and driver, transferred to hotel in the city center, check in and relax. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2 – 23 December: Hanoi – City tour – Night train to Sapa (B – L)
In the morning, our tour guide and driver will meet us at the lobby of the hotel at 08:30; we visit Ho Chi Minh Complex with Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Ba Dinh square, One Pillar pagoda and Temple of Literature in the morning. The rest of the day we will visit the museum of Ethnic Minority, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. Tour ends at hotel arround 17:00, we have a shower at hotel before being picked up and transfer to train station for our night train to Sapa. Overnight on train.
Day 3 – 24 December: Sapa tours: Laocai – Sapa – Catcat – SinChai ( 5 hours trekking, 12 km, 2 villages ) (B – L – D)
06h00: Pick up at Lao Cai train station to Sa Pa by minibus. Arrive in Sa Pa in the mid-morning, sapa toursthen have breakfast and relax at hotel, after that the guide takes you to visit two villages of Black H’mong people (Cat Cat Village), a waterfall and you have a chance to see the hydroelectric power station built by the French. Back to Sa Pa for lunch. At the afternoon you are free to visit Sa Pa town and Sapa market. Dinner Christmas celebration in Hotel in Sapa.
Day 4 – 25 December: Sapa tour: Lao Chai – Ta Van (B – L – D)
After breakfast, enjoy Christmas Day with Sapa tour to visit Sapa Cathedral , Lao Chai and Ta Van village. The guide takes you to the Sapa Church in the center of Sapa town, after that, we go to visit the villages of the H’mong and Dzay called Lao Chai and Ta Van. The day is devoted to a beautiful hike through the breathtaking scenery of Sa Pa valley. Start by road that descends in the wake of the street Cau May (6 km). En route, admire the rice terraces hidden behind mist of the morning, a truly awe-inspiring sight.
Follow a small track and cross Muong Hoa River and pass well tended rice terraces on your way to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai. Continuing through the colorful rice terraces you will Lao Chai Ta Van Sapa Trekreach the village of Ta Van Giay. As you continue your trek along the Muong Hoa River you will cross a small suspension bridge, roughly 2km from the settlement. Here you can discover a fascinating collection of rock carvings. These engravings depict some beautiful images of man, stilt houses and some beautiful decorative patterns. We lunch in a home in the village. After lunch the walk continues through a bamboo forest to visit Red Dao ethnic minority village. After taking a rest nearby a waterfall to refresh, you start climbing uphill to a road where the car is ready for your journey back to Lao Cai railway. Overnight on the train.
Day 5 – 26 December: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)
We will arrive in Hanoi at around 4:30 AM, and then transfer to hotel for our short relax and breakfast.
At 08:00 AM, we will start our tour to Halong Bay.
The vehicle takes us through the Red River Delta for 3,5 hour and we will arrive the port at around midday. Welcome by the Cruiser crew team and enjoy fresh seafood lunch while the cruise is gliding out.
In the afternoon, we visit Sung Sot cave (Surprising cave) in the middle of the Bay and swim. The sunset’s coming is our time to relax on the deck with favorite drink…
Delicious dinner will be served with typical local seafood.
Overnight on boat.
Day 6 – 27 December: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L)
This morning, we will visit Titop Island and relax on the beach. Optional for us is walking up to the top of the island to get panoramic view of the anchorage area.
We then back to the Cruiser to learn the recipes and techniques that go into the most popular dish of the Vietnamese food.
Lunch will be served when cruising back to the port where our awaiting vehicle will transfer us back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 7 – 28 December: Hanoi – Departure (B)
Transfer via: International flight – your arrangement
Free until transfer you to the airport for your flight home. Trips end!
What’s Included ?
Sapa hotel base in twin/ double.
Meals as itinerary: Breakfast, Lunch
Pick-up/ Drop off at Lao Cai Train station.
Pick up/drop off at Hanoi Hotel to Hanoi Train Station.
Return train tickets: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi (4 soft sleeper A/C wooden cabin – Sharing cabin)
Travel in an appropriate air-conditioned vehicle and/or a Jeep with an experienced safe driver.
Kayak and gears (halong bay cruise)
02 bottles of water in cabin (halong bay cruise)
Experienced English-speaking guides.
What’s Excluded ?
Sapa hotel early check in.
International flight tickets and airport tax.
Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.