Hanoi, Sapa & Halong Bay

Combine the history of Hanoi with the natural landscape of Sapa and the vast awesomeness of World Heritage protected Ha Long Bay. Each destination brings its own story, inimitable beauty and peacefulness that leave you in no doubt that you are immersed in the wonder that is Vietnam.

The below itinerary is a sample only. All Lightfoot itineraries are crafted to suit client’s interests, time and budget requirements. Please get in touch to speak to a country specialist and start planning your bespoke journey now. 

For more sample Vietnam itineraries, please click HERE.

Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi

Upon arrival in Hanoi you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to your accommodation.

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore.

Stay: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi - Lao Cai

This morning, you’ll meet your guide early to visit Hoan Kiem Lake where you’ll see the locals starting their day with Tai Chi and aerobics. You’ll also visit Ngoc Son Temple, in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake, for a local coffee.

Afterwards, you’ll embark on a walking tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter where you’ll see St. Joseph Cathedral, Hoa Lo Prison and Huu Tiep Lake, better known as ‘B-52 lake’, where US B-52 bomber wreckage can be seen.

After lunch you’ll head to the Temple of Literature, built in 1076 and home to Vietnam’s first university, followed by a look at Hanoi’s mesmerising railway tracks.

You’ll finish your day with evening beers – just like a local!

After your tour you will be transferred to the train station to board the Victoria Express Train.

Stay: Victoria Express Train

Day 3: Lao Cai - Sapa - Ma Tra Village

You’ll arrive in Sapa in the early morning and your guide will transfer you to your accommodation.

In the afternoon you’ll be escorted on a short walk through Sapa’s beautiful gardens, lush pine forests, paddy fields and hidden villages. You’ll visit a local school and the church of Ta Phin before returning to Sapa.

Stay: Topas Ecolodge

Day 4: Sapa - Nam Cang - Lao Cai

This morning you’ll be taken off the beaten track and into Hoang Lien National Park for a stunning hike amongst the mountains, waterfalls and valleys.

You’ll weave through villages, meet the locals and watch the farmers at work before arriving at Nam Cang village.

Here, lunch will be served at Nam Cang Riverside Lodge.

Together with your guide, you’ll explore the village while learning how the locals make writing paper with rice, silver jewelry and colorful embroidery. You’ll also get a chance to swim in the river before being driven back to Lao Cai station for your night train to Hanoi.

Stay: Victoria Express Train

Day 5: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay

Upon arrival in Hanoi you’ll be met by your guide and escorted to your hotel.

After a short rest you’ll be driven to Ha Long Bay, where you’ll set sail around one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage areas. You’ll have the opportunity to explore Surprise Cave by bamboo boat or kayak, and indulge in some onboard activities such as a spa treatment, Master Chef Style competition and fruit carving.

Dinner will be served before spending the evening on board the boat at your leisure.

Stay: Au Co Cruise

Day 6: Ha Long Bay

You’ll start your day with Tai Chi before breakfast on the boat.

In the morning you’ll continue to sail around the bay, stopping off to cycle through the tropical jungle of the National Park before lunch at a restaurant.

In the afternoon, you’ll have the chance to kayak amongst hidden caves before returning to the boat for Happy Hour and a barbeque buffet.

The evening is free for you to spend at your leisure, watch movies or go squid fishing.

Stay: Au Co Cruise

Day 7: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi

You’ll start the day with a final Tai Chi session on the sundeck, or just enjoying the breathtaking views of the bay while you leisurely make your way back to port.

On the way you’ll stop to explore Cua Van floating village, with its rustic floating houses and friendly natives.

You’ll experience a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony before returning to Hanoi and go directly to the airport.

 

The above itinerary is a sample only. All Lightfoot itineraries are crafted to suit client’s interests, time and budget requirements. Please get in touch to speak to a country specialist and start planning your bespoke journey now. 

For more sample Vietnam itineraries, please click HERE.

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi - Lao Cai Victoria Express Train
Day 3: Lao Cai - Sapa - Ma Tra Village Topas Ecolodge
Day 4: Sapa - Nam Cang - Lao Cai Victoria Express Train
Day 5: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay Au Co Cruise
Day 6: Ha Long Bay Au Co Cruise
Day 7: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi

Inclusions

Included

  • All transfers and transport as per program
  • All accommodation as per program (based on double/twin sharing room)
  • Service of English speaking guides as per program
  • All meals as mentioned
  • All entrance fees on tour
  • Train tickets Hanoi –Lao Cai – Hanoi with Victoria Express – Deluxe cabin
  • Late check-out until 18.00pm at Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel
  • Early check-in at Topas Ecolodge
  • Breakfast at Sofitel Legend Metropole on day 5

Not Included

  • Air tickets both domestic and international
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • All drinks
  • Visa fees and/or visa authorization
  • Tips
  • Other expenses not mentioned on the itinerary

Map

1. Hanoi 2. Sapa 3. Halong Bay

From USD2,150 - USD2,300 per person based on 2 guests sharing twin/double rooms. This price is based on low and peak season price fluctuations.

Notes on our prices

  • This price guide provides you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.
  • Prices are generally based on two people travelling together (unless stated otherwise) on a shared room basis.
  • Prices can fluctuate depending on season, standard of accommodation, excursions selected (private versus shared) etc.
  • This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant