• Explore the highlights of Northern Vietnam by land, sea and air, visiting magical Halong Bay and the cool highlands of Sapa, famed for its mesmerising terraced rice fields. Highlights include: Vintage train journey to Lao Cai (Sapa); hiking Sapa’s hills and valleys, home to colourful ethnic minority groups; scenic seaplane flight over some of Halong Bay’s 1,600 islands and islets; a boutique overnight cruise visiting caves, islands and more.

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    Explore the highlights of Northern Vietnam by land, sea and air, visiting magical Halong Bay and the cool highlands of Sapa, famed for its mesmerising terraced rice fields. Highlights include: Vintage train journey to Lao Cai (Sapa); hiking Sapa’s hills and valleys, home to colourful ethnic minority groups; scenic seaplane flight over some of Halong Bay’s 1,600 islands and islets; a boutique overnight cruise visiting caves, islands and more.

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  • Explore the highlights of Northern Vietnam by land, sea and air, visiting magical Halong Bay and the cool highlands of Sapa, famed for its mesmerising terraced rice fields. Highlights include: Vintage train journey to Lao Cai (Sapa); hiking Sapa’s hills and valleys, home to colourful ethnic minority groups; scenic seaplane flight over some of Halong Bay’s 1,600 islands and islets; a boutique overnight cruise visiting caves, islands and more.

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    Explore the highlights of Northern Vietnam by land, sea and air, visiting magical Halong Bay and the cool highlands of Sapa, famed for its mesmerising terraced rice fields. Highlights include: Vintage train journey to Lao Cai (Sapa); hiking Sapa’s hills and valleys, home to colourful ethnic minority groups; scenic seaplane flight over some of Halong Bay’s 1,600 islands and islets; a boutique overnight cruise visiting caves, islands and more.

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ITINERARY BY DAY

Day 1: Hanoi - Overnight train to Sapa

Depart from your Hanoi hotel for the train station where you will board the Victoria Express Train to Lao Cai, gateway to fabulous Sapa. Check in to your cabin and perhaps send off a few emails or surf the net with our complimentary Wi-Fi before settling in for the comfortable overnight journey with the gentle swaying of the vintage Pullman carriages to rock you to sleep.

Day 2: Sapa – Ta Giang Phin soft trek

Awaken at dawn, refreshed and ready for your first day in the former French hill station of Sapa, known for its cool temperatures and delightful mix of Nature and Culture in its postcard-pretty terraced rice fields and colourful ethnic minority groups. Transfer 1 hr from the Lao Cai Train Station, just minutes from the Chinese border, to the stylish Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa where a beautiful buffet breakfast awaits. Sip a velvety smooth Vietnamese drip coffee as you look out over Mount Fansipan, Indochina’s highest peak.

In the afternoon, travel approximately 1 hr to the small village of Ta Giang Phin. This picturesque village is the starting point for a 2 hr walk through the gorgeous Sapa highlands. Go on a peaceful hike through this area inhabited by Red Dao ethnic groups with the opportunity to interact with these friendly locals. Explore the village to gain insight into how they live – spending their days tending the terraced rice fields, caring for their homes and creating the most elaborate and colourful of textiles.

In the evening, sit down to a lovely dinner at Ta Van Restaurant, with a seat by its large central fireplace or on the outdoor terrace with views over the nearby mountain range. The restaurant also features traditional performances by H’mong and Thai minority dancers on select evenings (Saturday).

Overnight at Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa, a 77-room boutique property designed to embody the spirit of Sapa, from its stone and wood buildings that evoke the feel of an exclusive Alpine lodge to the wooden floors and locally-woven textiles in each stylish guest room.

Day 3: Sapa – Day at leisure – Overnight train to Hano

After a hearty buffet breakfast, the day is yours to enjoy as you like. Walk down to the nearby central square dominated by the colonial-era Stone Church and people-watch as locals come out to play volleyball or sit and talk over snacks sold by vendors. The town of Sapa is compact and pedestrian-friendly with scores of quaint boutiques and homey cafes. You’ll also want to take advantage of the many complimentary services from Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa including one-way transfers to the Sapa Market where handicrafts, ethnic-style clothing and all sorts of dried local fruit are for sale, or to the Fansipan Station for a trip to the “Rooftop of Indochina” on the highest and longest cable car ride of its type in the world. After a full day of exploring, book yourself for a joyful massage (15% discount) at the Victoria Spa, with time to enjoy its heated pool and outdoor tennis courts.

In the evening transfer to the Lao Cai Train Station for your return journey to Hanoi aboard the Victoria Express Train.

ACCOMMODATION

Victoria Express Train

Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa

Day 4: Arrive Hanoi – Halong Bay

Early wake up at 5.30am and have a light croissant and a cup of tea on board. Arrive in Hanoi at approximately 6.00am, meet your driver and take a transfer to Halong Bay on a 180km journey.

[Optional] From the Tuan Chau Island Marina, take an unforgettable 25-minute scenic sightseeing flight for bird’s eye views of the highlights of this UNESCO-listed World Heritage Centre. Fly over the spectacular seascape of some 1,600 islands and islets, most untouched by humans and marked by towering limestone pillars rising out of the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin.

For more information, visit Hai Au Aviation.

At noon, check in to your Deluxe Cabin aboard the Emeraude, a boutique sailing vessel modelled after a turn-of-the-century paddle steamer. Enjoy a superb buffet lunch in the stylish restaurant that recalls the Golden Age of Travel with dark woods, vintage photographs and elegant table settings.

The rest of the day is a pleasing mix of relaxation and exploration with shore excursions to visit Surprise Cave, the largest and most spectacular in the bay, and Titov Island where you can climb the hill for 360-degree views or swim on the golden sand beach. The afternoon’s activities also include crepes on the sundeck, a cooking demonstration and time to watch the ever-changing scenery of glorious Halong Bay glide on by. A delicious BBQ dinner is served in the restaurant, followed by a movie.

Day 5: Halong Bay – Hanoi

You are invited to wake up with the sun and participate in one of the most scenic Tai Chi sessions you’ll ever encounter on the sundeck of the Emeraude. Enjoy pastries and a morning cup of coffee or tea with the glittering islands of Halong Bay as a backdrop before visiting a pearl farm or kayaking around the islands. After checking out of your cabin, sit down to a final brunch at the restaurant as the ship cruises through the bay.

Disembark at the Emeraude Cafe just before noon with private transfer back to Hanoi or transfer to airport upon your request, arriving late afternoon.

ACCOMMODATION

Emeraude Classic Cruise

INCLUSIONS

  • Staying at Victoria Sapa and Emeraude Cruise
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • All excursions as mentioned in itinerary
  • Round trip train tickets on Victoria Express Train
  • Excellent English speaking guide

BENEFITS

  • Victoria Passport: a quick and easy pass which allow guests to check in only one time, and skip all the time-consuming check-in and check-out process at each Victoria property
  • Special 15% voucher for using all services at Victoria including meals (not listed in the itinerary), drinks and spa
  • Flexible check-in, check-out time and room upgrade (upon availability)

RATE

Package choice Standard Superior Deluxe
Adult Price US$ 599 US$ 699 US$ 799
Child Price
0-1 y.o
2-5 y.o
6-11 y.o

FOC
US$ 299
US$ 449

FOC
US$ 329
US$ 489

FOC
US$ 399
US$ 599
Single supplement US$ 169 US$ 199 US$ 329
*Note: this price is based on minimum 2 persons travelling.
Group travel more than 4 travellers? Contact us at voyages@victoriahotels.asia for detailed quotation & additional benefits

Please click here to view Terms and Conditions
October Promotion: 10% discount on total tour price for booking date until 15th November 2018
Package choice Standard Superior Deluxe
Adult Price US$ 599 US$ 699 US$ 799
Child Price
0-1 y.o
2-5 y.o
6-11 y.o

FOC
US$ 299
US$ 449

FOC
US$ 329
US$ 489

FOC
US$ 399
US$ 599
Single supplement US$ 169 US$ 199 US$ 329
*Note: this price is based on minimum 2 persons travelling.
Group travel more than 4 travellers? Contact us at voyages@victoriahotels.asia for detailed quotation & additional benefits

Please click here to view Terms and Conditions
October Promotion: 10% discount on total tour price for booking date until 15th November 2018

PACKAGE CHOICE

Standard Superior Deluxe
Room Standard / Superior Superior / Deluxe Deluxe / Suite
Meal Selected day on tour Standard + 1 dinner at each VHR Standard + 1 dinner at each VHR
Spa None +30 min foot massage at each VHR +60 min couple massage at each VHR
Benefits +15% discount on in house services
+complimentary upgrade to next level upon check in time
+15% discount on in house services
+complimentary upgrade to next level upon check in time
+flexible check in & check out upon availability
+15% discount on in house
+complimentary upgrade to next level upon check in time
+flexible check in & check out upon availability
+ daily complimentary 01 cocktail & soft drink per person at Victoria Hotels & Resorts*

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