HANOI - SAPA - HALONG BAY- GUILIN - XIAN - BEIJING
Trip code: VCH-VNB16
departure from Hanoi with English or French speaking
Day 1, Arrival Hanoi
Arrival Hanoi transfer to the hotel. At leisure.
Evening water pupet show.
Overnight at hotel in Hanoi
Day 2, In Hanoi. Victoria Express Train to Sapa(B,L)
Visit the country side including craft villages of
Afternoon at leisure. Transfer to station for the
evening Victoria Express train to Sapa
Day 3, Sapa (B,L)
The train arrives at the Lao Cai train station at
approximately 06:00. There will be a vehicle waiting
to transfer us to Sapa. The drive to Sapa is
only 33 km but it takes around 1.5 hours to make our
way up the mountains. Once at Sapa, we will check
into Victoria Sapa hotel , we have a freshen up and
breakfast at the hotel. At 10am from the hotel
there will be a walking tour to the hill tribe
villages of Cat Cat, and Sinchai villages home to
the Hmong hill tribes minority peoples. As we
walk to the villages nestled in the valley below
Sapa, we will meet some of the local minority people
on their way to and from Sapa. Here we have the
opportunity to share cultural experiences with the
families that live in the area. Return to Sapa
in the afternoon. Overnight at Victoria Sapa hotel
Day 4, Sapa(B,L)
Following breakfast at the hotel we embark on a
lovely walk that will take us along
small paths and trails and through several hill
tribe villages of Lao Chai and Tavan, home to
H'mong, and Dzay people. This is a absolutely
spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited
by some of the friendliest people you can meet.
Stopping for a picnic lunch on the way at a family
in Ta Van village. We continue onto Red Dzao
villages and meet with local people and sample
their culture. Return to Sapa in the afternoon.
Overnight at hotel Victoria Sapa.
Day 5, Sapa - Hanoi(B)
At leisure in Sapa,
Transfer to station for the evening Victoria Express
train back to Hanoi
Day 6, Hanoi - Halong bay(B,L)
Drive to Halong bay. Boat trip amongst the stunning
limestone backdrops to visit caves, floating
villages and beaches. While cruising we are treated
to fresh seafood lunch. Opportunity to have
swim off boat or take photo is available. Tonight we
overnight on the boat on the bay (2 people cabin)
Day 7, Halong bay - Hanoi(B,L)
Breakfast over sunset and ready to explore
Halong bay by row boat to the lagoons, coves...Visit
caves, floating villages. We sail to Bai Tu Long bay
and have fresh seafood lunch on board
before our drive back to Hanoi. Overnight in
Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Day 8, Hanoi. Night train to Guillin(B)
At leisure in Hanoi
Evening soft sleeper train to Guilin. The train
leaves at 6h:30pm on every
Tuesdays & Fridays
Day 9, Guilin – Yangshuo - Guilin (B,L)
Upon arrival, visit the Reed Flute Cave, the Fubo
Hill and the Elephant Hill to get a stunning view of
the surroundings and the landscapes which inspired
so many painters in China. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10, Guilin – Yangshuo - Guilin (B.L)
Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a cruise on Li River
through amazing landscapes of limestone peaks to the
village of Yangshuo. Lunch will be served on the
boat. Time in the small town to stroll about in the
streets and local market. Drive back to Guilin,
passing rice-paddies and orange tree plantations.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 11, Guilin - Xian
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport for flight
to Xian. On arrival, visit the City Walls and the
Mosque, a remarkable set of buildings dating back to
the Song Dynasty. Enjoy a walk in the lively Muslim
quarter. Lunch at local restaurants. Overnight at
Day 12, XIAN - Beijing (B,L)
Breakfast at hotel. Excursion to the First Emperor's
famous Terra Cotta Army. On the way, stop at Banpo
Neolithic Site and visit its interesting exhibition.
In the afternoon, return to Xian and visit the
History Museum, where many artifacts in gold and
silver were discovered in a crypt built under the
Tang dynasty. Visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Lunch at
local restaurant; dinner will consist of a
traditional dumpling banquet. In the evening, board
the express train to Beijing. Overnight on the train
Day 13, Beijing
Breakfast at hotel. Reach Beijing in early morning.
Welcome and transfer to town. After check-in at
hotel, visit the Temple of Heaven. Stroll in the
Antique street of Liulichang and the traditional and
lively quarter of Dazhalan before dinner. Lunch at
local restaurants. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14, Beijing
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning visit the
Forbidden City and its Imperial Museum. Walk up Coal
Hill, from where you will enjoy a beautiful view
over Beijing. After lunch, enjoy a rickshaw tour in
the old quarters, in the heart of the hutong area,
small lanes of old Beijing. Lunch at local
restaurant. . Overnight at hotel
Day 15, Beijing (B,L)
Breakfast at hotel. Full day excursion to the Great
Wall (Mutianyu section), and visit one of the Ming
Dynasty Emperor Tombs (Chang Ling). Although not
excavated itself, it displays the artifacts found in
the Ding Ling Tomb. Enjoy a walk along the Sacred
Way leading to the necropolis. Lunch at local
restaurant. Overnight at hotel..
Day 16, Beijing - DEPARTURE (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Time at leisure before transfer
to the airport for your next destination.
Please note that the first week of May and
October is the national holiday of Chinese
people, millions of Chinese will go out for
sightseeing, it will be crowded everywhere,
please tell the clients in advance, we may not
finish all the programs in one day.
Transfers and tours with English speaking guide with entrance
fees, boat fees, cyclo fee, accommodation in shared twin
/double rooms with air-condition and private bath room, meals as
specified in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner),
Xian/Guilin, train Xian/Beijing at soft sleeper class, train
Hanoi to Guilin, 2 Superior tickets on Victoria Express train.
International airfare, international airport taxes, visa, travel
insurance, surcharges for compulsory gala dinners during festive
seasons and peak season surcharges (which will be advised at
time of booking) personal expenses, tips & gratuities.
and per person based on 2 people traveling together.
Grand New World hotel****
Best Western Premier hotel****