TOUR 30 – (B or S); North Vietnam Small Group Tour
10 Days. From AUD $1,670

THIS NORTH VIETNAM SMALL GROUP TOUR COMES WITH THE OPTION OF BUDGET OR STANDARD ACCOMMODATION.

This  North Vietnam small group budget or quality accommodation tour is based in and out of Hanoi because all the main highlights of the north are nearby. This means no wasted travel time as well as the chance to really explore the nations capital in depth. This time includes sensational, as good as it gets, mountain scenery, and the minorities people of Sapa followed by the UNESCO World Heritage area of Halong Bay. After all the friendly faces you will have only the fondest lifelong memories of Vietnam.

B. ACCOMMODATION = (One to two star hotels x 6 nights, deluxe cabin on boat x 1 night, overnight train x 2 nights).

S. ACCOMMODATION  = (Four star hotel x 4 nights, three star hotel x 1 night, 1 to 2 star hotel x 1 night, Deluxe cabin on boat x 1 night, Overnight train x 2 nights).

women traders at a vietnamese market
kids in traditional vietnamese costume
old man and boy in vietnam

 

NOTE: Your time in both Sapa and Halong Bay will be totally organised from Hanoi by local operators and guides who are experts in these areas.

 

From AUD $1,670

Group Size: Minimum 1, Maximum 8

Guaranteed to depart

English speaking tour coordinator

Visiting
HANOI - TAM COC - SAPA WITH SOFT TREKS TO MINORITY VILLAGES - HALONG BAY - CAT BA ISLAND.

Accommodation
BUDGET ACCOMMODATION OPTION:

  • One to two star hotel, (6 nights).
  • Deluxe cabin on boat, (1 night).
  • Overnight  sleeper trains, (2 nights).
STANDARD ACCOMMODATION OPTION:
  • Four star hotel, (4 nights).
  • Three star hotel, (1 night).
  • One to two star hotel,(1 night).
  • Deluxe cabin on boat,(1 night).
  • Overnight  sleeper train, (2 nights).

Transport
Bus, Train, Boat, Taxi.

Day Trips

  • Hanoi street food dinner tour. (Until you say "NO MORE").
  • Tam Coc, (full day)
  • Sapa; Three nights and two days.(All inclusive with local operator as per itinerary).
  • Halong Bay; Three days and two nights. (All inclusive with local operator as per itinerary).

Entry Fees
All included when part of the itinerary.

Meals
15 meals included as per itinerary.
B = Breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner.

Itinerary

Day 1:

Tonight our Vietnam small group tour will stay in; HANOI - Our Vietnam small group budget tour officially starts when you check into your Hanoi accommodation. A welcoming dinner will be had in the evening. This dinner will take the form of a roaming street food tour with a local guide. Think, all you can eat, delicious real Vietnamese delights. D.

Day 2:

 Tonight our Vietnam small group tour will stay on; OVERNIGHT SLEEPER TRAIN - A free day in Hanoi before another local operator takes care of your small group tour for the next 3 nights and 2 days on a fully inclusive visit to Sapa. Firstly an overnight soft class sleeper train to Lau Cai. B.

Day 3:

 Tonight our Vietnam small group tour will stay in; SAPA - Our small group tour will arrive a.m. in Lau Cai and transfer by bus to sensationally scenic Sapa. Check into your hotel and have breakfast. After breakfast a local guide will take you on a three hour trek to visit some local minorities with the main two groups in the area being the Hmong and Dzao. While the walking is generally gentle and on man made paths there are still a few decent uphill heart starters so a general good level of fitness is required. The afternoon is free to explore little Sapa town. Some of the minorities ladies selling tourist souvenirs around town are the most persistant vendors on earth so please stay chilled as they don't understand "no thank you". B. L. D.

Day 4:

Tonight our Vietnam small group tour will stay on; OVERNIGHT SLEEPER TRAIN -  After breakfast our small group tour will check out and leave your bags in storage while a local guide takes you on another trek of approximately five hours to visit some more minority villages among some of the most sensational scenery imaginable. Lunch will be in a local village along the way. Arrive back in Sapa mid afternoon where you will be able to get a towel and take a shower at the hotel. An optional massage may be available to help those with any sore legs. Late afternoon you will transfer back to Lau Cai for the soft class sleeper train back to Hanoi. B. L. 

Day 5:

Tonight our Vietnam small group tour will stay on; HALONG BAY BOAT - Arrive a.m. back in Hanoi and after breakfast join a local operator for the drive to Halong City where you will board our deluxe boat  to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Halong Bay for an afternoon of cruising, cave visiting and swimming in spectacular Halong Bay. Overnight will be on board our boat with a deluxe en suite cabin. Optional activities may be available such as buying a beer as you ogle the sensational scenery  L. D.

 

Day 6:

Tonight our Vietnam small group tour will stay on; CAT BA ISLAND - . After an early breakfast our small group tour will be put ashore at Cat Ba Island for the day. After checking in, for those wishing it, a local guide will take you on a short but very strenuous walk up a mountain to take in the views. The rest of day at leisure on this busy little island. B. 

Day 7:

Tonight our Vietnam small group tour will stay in; HANOI - After breakfast our small group tour will again board the boat for the three hour cruise back to Halong City after which you will continue by bus back to Hanoi, arriving late afternoon. B.

Day 8:

HANOI - Today a local operator will take you by bus to Tam Coc near  Ninh Binh city. More stunning scenery awaits in what some describe as the Halong Bay of the rice paddies. On arrival you will board small row boats for a peaceful meander down this picturesque river area.  One of the two most amazing things you will see today is the ladies who row the boats for you. If you can row like them you are entitled to  free beer back in Hanoi. The second amazing thing will be the buffet lunch included. A  short bicycle ride through some local villages is also part of a long day before arriving back in Hanoi late afternoon. B. L.

Day 9:

HANOI - Once again beware of crossing the roads is the best advice before a totally free day to explore this amazing city.  Shops and local culture abound.

The Old Quarter is the best place to start to get a feel of the local way of life along with a stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake. Pay your respects at Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum as you continue your exploration of the many sights and attractions. A few being the Ho Chi Minh Museum, One Pillar Pagoda, Dien Huu Pagoda, Tay Ho Pagoda among many other pagoda's and temples as well as St Joseph Cathedral. Another museum or three may include the History, Fine Arts, Womans, Army, Air force, Loa Lo Prison or Museum of Vietnamese Revolution.     

For Foodies; start with a bowl of Pho. This bowl of noodle soup plus is the complete meal which the locals enjoy day and night, breakfast, lunch or dinner. Rice paper spring rolls are another of the popular choices, available in meat or vegetarian varieties. Lots of other local choices as well as International and other Asian cuisines which are readily available also. Wash it all down with a USD $0.40 glass of Beer Hoi, ("fresh" draught beer), and alls well in Hanoi.  A farewell dinner will be had in the evening.  B. D.

 

Day 10:

Our Vietnam small group budget tour is officially over when you check out of your Hanoi accommodation. An airport transfer is included also. B.

Tour Departure Dates

2017
08 Jul, 22 Jul, 12 Aug, 26 Aug, 09 Sep, 23 Sep, 14 Oct, 28 Oct, 11 Nov, 25 Nov, 09 Dec, 23 Dec

2018
13 Jan, 27 Jan, 24 Feb, 10 Mar, 24 Mar, 14 Apr, 28 Apr, 12 May, 26 May, 09 Jun, 23 Jun, 14 Jul, 28 Jul, 11 Aug, 25 Aug, 08 Sep, 22 Sep, 13 Oct, 27 Oct, 10 Nov, 24 Nov, 01 Dec

Any other date on application. (Minimum two people).

Price

P/P, T/S, land only;
Budget: AUD $1,670
Single Suppliment: AUD $920
Standard: AUD $2,070
Single Suppliment: AUD $1,000