10 Days / 9 Nights
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Small Group Tour – Max 12
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1

Travel Locally

See the country from the back of a bike as you cycle through rural regions and busy cities, on foot as you hike through the hills of Sapa and from the water as you paddle across Lan Ha Bay.

2

Get a Chance to Insight into Local Life

The chance to experience two community home stays is the best way we know to get insight into local life and culture.

3

Nice and Peaceful

Escape the crowds at Halong Bay and explore more secluded lagoons and caves of nearby Lan Ha Bay – less visited but just (if not more!) beautiful.

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D1

Hanoi

Welcome to Vietnam. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. We’ll be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you bring these details to provide to your leader.

If you arrive early into the capital of Hanoi, there’s plenty to see and do. Consider booking one of our active Urban Adventures available too if you want to warm up for the rest of your trip! Or take it at your own pace and wander the Old Quarter and admire the city’s French-colonial architecture, relax in a park, or enjoy some street food.

D2

Sapa Trek

After breakfast climb board a private bus to Sapa (approx. 5 hours), a town in the Hoàng Liên Son Mountains of northwest Vietnam. After exploring the Sapa market, venture out on a short trek (approximately 2.5 hours) through the surrounding verdant valleys and past grazing water buffalo to visit a hill-tribe village called Cat Cat. This is home to the H’mong people, who emigrated from China 300 years ago. In the evening, settle into your hotel in Sapa for the night.

D3

Lao Chai to Van Trek

Savour the dramatic landscapes and panoramic views of rural Vietnam on another trek today, this time from Lao Chai to Ta Van. Our trek supports a local social enterprise that invests back into the villages it visits and benefits ethnic minorities. You’ll pass by terraced farms ripe with corn and rice, cross bubbling brooks and through bucolic H’mong and Giay minority villages. Stop for a picnic lunch before heading on to our home stay with a local family in the evening where we will enjoy a home-cooked meal. The total trekking distance today is around 10 kilometres (6.2 miles).
D4

Ta Van To Su Pan Trek

This morning trek enjoy another scenic trek to Su Pan via Giang Ta Chai, through bamboo forests, past a waterfall and over a rattan suspension bridge, meeting Red Zao minority villagers along the way (approx 8 km). Rest your legs on the bus ride back to Sapa (approx 12 km). Return to Hanoi by private vehicle this afternoon (approximately 5 hours). Check into our hotel and maybe get a bird’s eye view of the city from a rooftop bar or unwind with an iced coffee.
D5

Hanoi

Much of Vietnam’s capital is best explored on foot, which is exactly what we will do today on our walking tour. See the final resting place of Vietnam’s revered revolutionary at Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and Museum before stopping by the Temple of Literature. Although the shrine was originally built in the 11th century, and is therefore considered to be the city’s oldest temple, the current structure and shrine to Confucius actually dates from the 18th century. In the afternoon, there’s a chance to practice on your bike with a warm up cycle around West Lake.

D6

Mai Chau Cycling

Leave behind the Hanoi hustle first by vehicle to escape the traffic, then jump on your bike and and journey to the clean air of the Mai Chau valley (approximately 60km / 37mi). There are plenty of great photo opportunities along the way. We may also have the chance to try our hand at planting in fields depending on the season. Stop at a vantage point to take in the view of Mai Chau, which like Sapa is home to a variety of minority groups each with their own unique culture and languages. Arrive in Mai Chau and head to the village of Pom Coong where we have a home cooked lunch. After lunch, take some time to relax before saddling up for a bike trip to some nearby villages. Return to our home stay to relax and for dinner.

D7

Ninh Binh

After breakfast set out again on your bike, riding from from Mai Chau to Ninh Binh, a region well-known for its green valleys, karst mountains and conservation areas. Today’s ride will cover approximately 70 kilometres in total. Stop for lunch along the way to break up the trip and check in to our hotel for the night on arrival in Ninh Binh.
D8

Lan Ha Bay Kayaking

In the morning catch a bus from Ninh Binh to Cat Hai, where you’ll take a ferry to Cat Ba Island which sits at the southeastern edge of Halong Bay. Lan Ha Bay is a part of Ha Long Bay with the additional attraction of numerous white-sand beaches. Dock on the island and drive to Cat Ba town then to hop on another boat and ride from Ben Beo to Lan Ha Bay while enjoying your lunch on the boat. Total travel time including driving and ferries is around 5 hours today.

After lunch, grab a kayak and spend some time surrounded by towering limestone islands dotted with green foliage, paddling away from other tourists across the turquoise water and through the caves of Lan Ha Bays. Following our kayaking activity, take a short boat trip to Monkey Island Resort where you’ll stay the night in a secluded property right on the water’s edge. If you would like to explore there is a walking trail for a short walk around the island. Just be aware that this island is named as it is for a reason!

D9

Lan Ha Kayaking - Hanoi

Another chance to kayak this morning before we catch the bus back to Ben Beo for lunch and then head back to Hanoi (approximately 5 hours travel time), arriving in the afternoon. Perhaps head down to the markets for some last-minute souvenir shopping or pay a visit to one of the city’s many fascinating museums, such as the Fine Art Museum, Women’s Museum or Museum of Ethnology. Toast the end of this active adventure with an optional farewell group dinner.

D10

Hanoi

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Meals Included

9 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners
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Included

  • Tours and transfers by private vehicle, bike, boat.
  • An English speaking tour guide
  •  Activities
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Not Included

  • International airfares
  • Personal expenses

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From $1810 per person, share twin accommodation

Regular departure dates throughout the year

Changes in 2019 to a 11 day tour

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