Day 1: Arrival - Hanoi
Upon arrival at Noi Bai Airport, our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer to hotel for check in. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi city tour (B, L, D)
You are met at 08:30 am in the hotel lobby. There is a morning and afternoon schedule, as well as an organised lunch.
- Ho Chi Minh Complex including the Mausoleum, his former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh Museum
- The Temple of Literature - Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070
- A local Vietnamese lunch
- Hanoi Hilton museum (Hoa Lo prison)
- Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake - the Ngoc Son Temple is set on a tiny island on Hoan Kiem Lake, its history dating back to the 13th century
- A one-hour cyclo tour through the narrow, chaotic streets of the Old Quarter - a must for any visitor to Hanoi!
- A traditional performance of the famous Vietnamese water puppets.
18:30 We start Hanoi street food tour. We will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes. We eat as we go, trying seasonal fruits and sampling a tasty French-inspired snack from a street cart.
Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, we tempt our tastebuds with the famed Hanoi dishes such as Bun Cha Ta, Banh Cuon at a local eatery. Watch in awe as the skilled chefs demonstrate for you how this tasty dish is put together. Continuing into the atmospheric heart of the Old Quarter, we wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can observe local life that has changed little since Hanoi was founded over 1000 years ago.
Our next two snack stops are at outdoor barbeque stalls. We sit down with the Hanoi locals and sample various meat, vegetable and bread specialties that are flame grilled over hot coals for extra flavour. It’s then time for dessert as we venture down a small alley to join in the local tradition of feasting on fresh fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced and condensed milk – this speciality is one not to be missed!
Our guide will take you to one of Hanoi’s best kept secrets, a hidden street food restaurant to taste top ten street foods in Hanoi is Banh My Hanoi, Vietnamese Rice Wine and famous Egg Coffee. This hard-to-find café is one of the few left in the narrow street inside the old quarter of Hanoi. Or, if coffee is not your style, a cold beer awaits!
Back to hotel and relax. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)
7.30 - 12.00 Pick up and drive to Halong City through the paddy fields in the Red River Delta.
Stopover at Hai Duong province for refreshment about 20 - 30 minutes.
12.00 - 13.00 Arrive in Tuan Chau Wharf – Breaking and taking photo at Glory Legend Private Lounge. Transfer by tender to the boat.
13.00 - 15.30 Check in and enjoy. Welcome Drink, receive cruise brief and safety instruction by crew member and Cruise Manager. Start cruising. Enjoy set menu lunch while cruising to magnificent Halong Bay - Bai Tu Long Bay, admire the fascinating formations on the way. You will have opportunity to see the famous such as: Perfume Rock, Fighting Cock, Lonely Rock, Saddle Rock…. before arrives to “Vung Viêng” village.
15.30 - 17.30 Visit “Vung Viêng” village by a rustic - row boat, meet the local people who will help you row the boat for sightseeing. Enjoy quiet space and fresh air, you will feel truly relaxing. Free optional swimming and kayaking around many small and big islands at emerald Bai Tu Long water.
17.30 - 19.30 Back to the boat and free time for relax
Option: Massage service available. Please book with Cruise Manager directly (please see massage menu).
Cooking class on sundeck - How to make spring rolls. Then enjoy spring rolls you make together and Happy Hour (buy one drink, get one free). It is time for chatting and relaxing.
19.30 - 23.00 Deluxe Vietnamese Dinner will be served
Evening activities include: Leisure time for chatting around the bar, watching many sorts of Vietnam cultural films. Relaxing and spending a romantic night on Glory Legend Cruises’ music. Reading magazines in room and dining room. Passengers may also try their luck with squid fishing on the boat.
Option: Massage service available. Please book with Cruise Manager directly (please see massage menu)
23.00 End of Day One program. Overnight on board.
Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Lao Cai (BR) - by night train
06.00 - 09.00 Taking part in Tai Chi class on the sundeck (duration about 30 minutes) Coffee, tea and pastries… for breakfast are served in the dining room.
Transfer by tender to Sung Sot Cave. Walk up about 100 steps to the cave entrance. It takes approximately 45 minutes for cave visiting. Return to the boat by tender. Proper shoes are highly recommended.
09.00 - 11.30 Check out and make payment in reception area. Have a set menu brunch while cruising back to the Tuan Chau Wharf. Relax on the sundeck or in the dining room enjoying the bay scenery as approaching the wharf.
11.30 Transfer by tender to Tuan Chau Wharf. Say goodbye to the crew and drive back to Hanoi.
16:30 Arrive in Hanoi. Free time for your activities (no hotel for check in). Have dinner by yourself.
Optional: Drop off at Larosa hotel - 2 star hotel, near Station, for 3 hours check in. Relax and have dinner by yourself.
20:45 Transfer to Station with our guide to catch the night train to Lao Cai (soft sleeper with airconditioning) at 21:50pm, arrive 5:30 or 6:00am. Overnight on train.
Day 5: Lao Cai - Sapa - Cat Cat - Y Linh Ho (B, L)
Arrive Lao Cai, pick up at Lao Cai Station. After the breakfast at local restaurant. Then our driver will pick you up at hotel and depart to Sapa, following Noi Bai - Lao Cai high-way. Along the way, you will have chance to contemplate the beauty of northwest mountains that terraced fields are sparkling in sunlight or dim in thick fog.
12.15: Arrive in Sapa. Check in hotel and have lunch. In the afternoon, our gudie in Sapa will pick up and start the trip in Sapa. You first sneak through the Sapa market and leave the busy town behind. After a couple of minutes, you follow a road going downhill to Cat Cat village. You will stop by a waterfall and a hydroelectric station for a while before continuing the trek on a dirt trail through rice paddy terraces. You also will enjoy spectacular scenery while walking along a narrow river. You eventually arrive in Y Linh Ho village of Black Hmong minority, where you can take a rest while you are served lunch nearby the river. Relax and overnight in Sapa.
Day 6: Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Lao Cai - Hanoi (B, L) - by night train
After breakfast, we drive to Silver Waterfall. The Silver Waterfall is located about a half hour from Sapa town which offers stunning views over surrounding mountains and lush forests belonging to Hoang Lien National Park. You are advised to stop by a farm for a cup of tea and talk with people to understand their local life. Then we continue our drive uphill to the Heavens Gate, the highest stretch of road in Vietnam as well as the provincial border of Lao Cai and Lai Chau provinces. Enjoy fantastic view over the valley!
Then take a cable car to Fansipan mountain. Currently the highest point of Fansipan is at 3,143m high. As you know the cable car in Sapa is the world’s longest and highest cable car, running up from sleepy Sapa Town in Lao Cai Province to the peak of Fansipan Mountain, known as Indochina’s rooftop. Enjoy the view from the highest point of this incredible mountain. The lush green and subtropical vegetation makes this mountain really very beautiful. Take some pictures for unforgettable experience from the top. After taking scenery then get cable car back to Sapa.
Then we start trekking. The first part is on the road but we soon turn to the right and walk on a small path down the valley to the Muong Hoa River and from here to the Black H’mong village Lao Chai. Black H’mong is one of the biggest minority groups in the Sapa area. They are proud of their culture and keep their traditions and way of living. They have their own language and wear traditional indigio blue clothing. After this you continue to Ta Van village (1.200 m) to visit Zay people. Zay is a fairly small minority group of about 38.000 people who live mainly in the mountains in Northwest Vietnam. The development has meant that some of their old customs have been lost but many women still wear traditional shirts with a purple, blue or green color. The Zay houses are build of wood and bamboo with a clay floor. Then transfer to the station in Lao Cai for the night train back to Hanoi at 20:15pm, arrive around 05:00am. Overnight on train.
Day 7: Hanoi - Da Nang - Hoian (B) - by flight
05:00 Our guide and driver will pick up from Hanoi train station and visit the flower market at Quang Ba and see people exercise Tai Chi and the life of people in the early morning at Ho Guom Lake.
Then transfer to the airport for the flight to Da Nang (VN 165 - 09:20 - 10:35). Upon arrival, our drive will pick you up and transfer to Hoi An. Relax and overnight in Hoi An.
Day 8: Hoian - Boat trip (B, L)
07:30: Our guide and driver will pick you up at hotel and transfer to border port.
08:00: Transfer to Cham Island by high speed cruise.
09:00: Take a tour around Cham Island to visit Bai Lang, Au Thuyen (where boats stop to avoid storms), Tang pagoda and drop in fishing village to experience local life.
10:00: Relax and enjoy snorkling to see beautiful natural coral ranges under water. Have fruits and drinks served.
11:30: Sunbathe and then have lunch with local fresh seafoods.
14:00: Transfer back to Hoi An. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 9: Hoian - Bicycle tour (B, L)
07:30: Our guide will pick you up at hotel.
08:00: Cycle to Farming Village.
08:30: Experience a day of living and working with the local farmers in this village and learning about the system and the fresh ingredients.
09:30: Board the boat and cruise to the mouth of the river where it meets the Cua Dai Sea.
10:00: Try your experience at local traditional fishing techniques using round and cast nets. Learn to paddle the strange and unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boats.
11:30: Back on board and enjoy lunch and drink.
13:00: Transfer back to hotel. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 10: Hoian (B)
Free at leisure at the hotel and then discover Hoi An city by yourself or relax on Cua Dai or An Bang beach. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 11: Hoian - Da Nang - Depart (B, L)
Visit Cham Museum - the most special collection of Champa sculptures in central Vietnam. Visit to Marble Moutains - named as 5 elements of universe and stone carving village of Hoa Hai. After lunch, we will drive to the airport. End of services.