10-Day North Vietnam Tour W/Air
Tour Route: Vietname: Hanoi - Sapa - Ninh Binh - Halong Bay - Hanoi, China: Guangzhou
- Tour Code: IOT-CZ-AUS-01
- Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
- Travel Date: Private tour with flexible travel date
- Price Inclusions: All transportation mentioned in the itinerary (flight, train, ship, private car, etc.); private guides & drivers, hotels, meals (based on your meal plan), and all service charges & taxes.
- Day by Day
- Guides & Cars
- Day 1: Fly to Hanoi from Australia via Guangzhou
Today, start your fantastic flight journey from Australia to Hanoi via China Southern Airlines, stopover at Guangzhou. Upon your arrival in Hanoi, your private guide will meet and escort you to your hotel for some rest or adventure on your own.
Sydney - Guangzhou: CZ602 (8:15-15:00) with China Southern Airlines
Guangzhou - Hanoi: CZ371 (22:10-23:15) with China Southern Airlines
- Day 2: Charming Hanoi Discovery
Your private tour today takes you out to the city highlight of Hanoi, including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh House on Stilt, One Pillar Pagoda, Tran Quoc Pagoda, and Quan Thanh Temple. In the afternoon, you will visit the Museum of Ethnology and cycle through the Old Quarter of Hanoi (by rickshaw, about 1hr). Next stop is Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple and then enjoy a Water Puppet Show to learn more about Vietnamese traditional culture.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
- Day 3: Natural Beauty in Sapa
You will leave Hanoi this morning to turn to Vietnam's southern hill area - Sapa, about 5 hours' scenic driving. Check in your hotel on arrival and then head to visit the Silver Waterfall, the most beautiful waterfall in Sapa, and then enjoy the panoramic view at the "Heaven Gate" of Sapa, from where you can see majestic Lai Chau Valley and imposing Fanxipan mount.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
- Day 4: Trekking Through the Countryside
Take a morning walking tour at Sapa (about 3 hours) with a visit to the busy local market. This afternoon features a tour of the Black H'mong. You will visit the Lao Chai and Ta Van Village, meet some local families on the way and learn unique culture and life of these ethnic groups. Afterward, drive back to Sapa by private car for overnight.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
- Day 5: A Final day at the Minority Village
This morning, you will hike about 3 hours (about 7 km) to visit Ma Tra Village and then trek through the rice terraces to Ta Phin Village of the Red Dao minority. Have lunch in the village with the local family before driving back to Hanoi. Free to discover the city on your own.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
- Day 6: Step into the Ancient Capital - Ninh Binh
Today, you will depart for Hoa Lu, which was the capital city of Vietnam under the Dinh Dynasty between 968 and 980 AD and ancient sanctuaries and tombs can still be seen today. A natural scenic tour will take you to the Bai Dinh Pagoda (the largest pagoda complex in Vietnam) and Trang An grottoes, where is a gathering of 31 valleys, 50 cross-water caves, and home to 600 kinds of flora and over 200 kinds of fauna.
Overnight: Ninh Binh
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
- Day 7: Fabulous Halong Bay Cruise
You will be transferred to Halong Bay (about 3-4 hours driving from Ninh Binh) to embark your ship at around 12 pm. A variety of optional activities like kayaking, swimming, diving will definitely add more fun to this trip.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 8: Hanoi Street Food Adventure
Discovering the amazing scenery and relaxation your Halong Bay holiday has to offer this morning. Disembark the ship at noon and drive back to Hanoi to check in the hotel. The evening takes you out to Hanoi's old quarter, a place to give you a chance to taste local street food full of surprise.
Meals: Brunch, Dinner
- Day 9: Fly to Guangzhou & City Impression
You will leave Vietnam this morning, as you transfer to the airport to await your flight to Guangzhou.
Hanoi - Guangzhou: CZ372 (08:35-11:10) with China Southern Airlines
Before checking in the hotel, you will have a local Dim Sum lunch like most Cantonese do and a classic city tour to the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees and the Flower City Square.
Meals: Breakfast, Dim Sum Lunch
- Day 10: Flavors of Guangzhou, Departure
After breakfast, you will be guided by your private guide to have a city tour including: Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King, Shamian Island, Qingping Market and the stone sculpture of the Five Rams. And then enjoy the private transfer to the airport for flight home.
Guangzhou - Sydney: CZ601 (18:20-6:45+1) with China Southern Airlines
Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey
It is no doubt your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around Indochina area will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.
We pick hotels for you based on:
Location: most of the properties we selected are either located in the downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.
Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance in accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedback from our previous clients as well.
Variety in Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes, and cultural backgrounds.
3-Star Class It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower, and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pickup. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.
4-Star Class Across Indochina, a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.
5-Star Class Top-notch services and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience.
Normally Indochina Odyssey Tours includes two meals each day during the tour: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.
It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.
Lunches are usually set menu at the handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants arranged by Indochina Odyssey Tours selected carefully and evaluated constantly based on customer feedback and our on-site inspection.
Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in “tasty” Indochina area. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.
If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.
Private Guide & Transfer
You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across Southeast Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility
All tour guides of Indochina Odyssey Tours are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.
Private Tour Guide
You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.
All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for the best photos.
If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.
Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver
With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across Southeast Asia.
Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.
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