Overlook the majestic valley below. A trip to Sapa is a journey into the fascinating lives of the ethnic minority villagers that thrive in the unique conditions that life high in the mountains brings. ...
Overview about Tours.
Overlook the majestic valley below. A trip to Sapa is a journey into the fascinating lives of the ethnic minority villagers that thrive in the unique conditions that life high in the mountains brings. The spectacular views across the Ta Van valley will take your breath away and a stay at the Topas Ecolodge highlights the natural environment. This engaging insight is an ideal addition to any trip to Vietnam. Our insider experiences
1. Perched on the edge of the mountain, gaze upon on the environment and communities in the valley below, that you are helping to support when you stay at the Topas Ecolodge.
2. Gain an insight into the lives of the Red Dzao people when you meet with one of Vietnam's most interesting minority groups.
Tour leader & local guides
You have the benefit of our professional English-speaking local guides and when your departure reaches seven or more travelers you will also be accompanied by an expert Western tour leader. Their insight and knowledge means you can expect experiences no guidebook can offer, and you will be inspired by their passion. Having them accompany you for the entire journey means they can impart their vast knowledge and experience of the local culture and history and can answer any questions you may have. Single travelers
Our style of travel is ideal for the solo traveler. You’ll meet like minded people, and always have someone to eat with at night. We even offer a ‘Willing to share’ option on all Classic Journeys so you don’t have to pay a single supplement. If we can’t match you with another ‘Willing to share’ traveler of the same sex, you get a single room at no extra cost! Highlights: Topas Ecolodge / Supan / HaNoi / Sapa 2012 - Your Journey starts Hanoi, ends Saigon
DAYS 1-2 - HANOI & OVERNIGHT TRAIN
Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to your hotel. Join your small group of like-minded travelers and tour leader for welcome drinks. The next morning enjoy a peaceful walk around tranquil Hoan Kiem Lake and try the famous Vietnamese coffee, before an exploration of the intriguing Ethnology museum and an interactive cooking class. In the evening, board an overnight train and race through the night in a comfortable sleeper, waking to the stunning mountains of Northern Vietnam. The main town is Sapa, your base for discovering the surrounding rice terraces and villages of the ethnic minorities that live here. Sapa itself is full of charm and provides plenty of opportunity for exploration. Overnight train. Hotel: 3 -5 Star DAYS 3-6 - SAPA
Transfer to your hotel for a hearty breakfast before you head out to explore Sapa on a walking tour of the town and delightful local market. Tour the Ta Van valley with sweeping views across stepped rice fields, and soak up the regional lifestyle of the mountain dwelling locals, before transferring to Topas Ecolodge, with incredible views on all sides of the lush valley below. Gain a deeper insight into the lives of the unique minority people, as you are immersed in their villages. Further explore the town of Sapa, before returning to Hanoi on the overnight train. On your last day, enjoy free time before your departure transfer, or continue on to one of the many journeys that combine perfectly with a Sapa adventure. Hotels: Bamboo Sapa, Topas Ecolodge, Overnight on Train.
Touch in VietNam heart- 7days
Summary of Trip:
Discover the historic cities, verdant agriculture, and glittering bays of Vietnam and be captivated by the warmth of the friendly people you meet on the way. Uncover the elegant architecture and fascinating history of Hanoi and the youthful excitement of Saigon. Learn about the remarkable history of the Cu Chi tunnels and the traditional way of life still thriving in the Mekong Delta, before finding peace whilst floating across Halong Bay on a comfortable, private boat. Savor the highlights of Vietnam with this unforgettable journey, ideal for those with ample enthusiasm but not much time. Our insider experiences
1. Wake to the sun climbing over the limestone outcrops after a peaceful night spent floating on Halong Bay
2. In the lush Mekong Delta, stop at a nearby farm and share a cup of rice wine with the locals.
Highlights: Saigon | Cu Chi Tunnels | Mekong Delta | Hanoi’s Old Quarter | Halong Bay overnight | Hoan Kiem Lake.
2012 - Your Journey starts Saigon, ends Hanoi DAYS 1-3 - SAIGON & MEKONG DELTA
On arrival in Saigon, transfer to your hotel. Get to know your tour leader and traveling companions during an evening tour briefing and welcome drinks. Get up close and personal with Saigon as you stroll along Dong Khoi Street, the Former Rue Catinat, stopping at the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum. Learn about Vietnam’s compelling military history at the Cu Chi tunnels, and then get a feeling for rural life with a day among the rivers, canals and orchards of the Mekong Delta. Hotel: 3 -5 Star DAYS 4-7 - HANOI & HALONG BAY
Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam’s gracious capital. Wind your way through the spellbinding streets of the Old Quarter, visit the ancient Temple of Literature and infamous Hanoi Hilton, and delight in an evening water puppet performance. Relax on the scenic drive to magical Halong Bay to cruise among the thousands of limestone islands, staying overnight on a comfortable, private boat. Return to Hanoi and farewell your new friends with a final dinner. On your last day, enjoy free time until your departure transfer.
Size of group
Hotel: 3 -5 Star
· Journey information
· From price: US$
· Group size: Max 16, Avg 12
· Departure status: Guaranteed
· Grading: Easy
· Accommodation: Hotels (9 nts)
· Includes: Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 2 domestic flights, all sightseeing as specified including entrance fees, tour arrival & departure transfers