Travel 2 Touring 18/19

RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

1

ASIA

RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

2 Sapa

1

VIETNAM

Hanoi

Halong Bay LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

3

1

1

Ninh Binh (Optional Extension) 2

LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

LAOS

1

INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Dive under the skin of Vietnam’s bustling capital city • Explore the stunning mountains around Sapa • Experience Halong Bay from a fabulous junk boat

INDEPENDENT TOUR PRICES FROM £859pp

• Stay in specially selected boutique accommodation • Flexible touring options

Boutique Asia – 7 day Northern Vietnam Experience Hanoi • Sapa • Halong Bay

EXTEND YOUR TOUR

Day 1: Arrive Hanoi You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you may opt to add a Vietnamese Water Puppet show this evening. Hanoi Pearl (2 nights) Day 2: Hanoi This morning, choose from 1 of 2 optional tours. Option 1: See the highlights of Hanoi on your half-day tour; from the French colonial architecture of the Opera House, pass Hoan Kiem Lake en route to your choice of museum visit (Ancient History, Military History or Fine Arts). Continue to the Temple of Literature, built in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, it became Vietnam’s first university (alternatively, you may opt to visit the Thang Long Royal Citadel). Finally, take a short walking tour round Hanoi’s old quarter, known as ’36 Streets’. Option 2: Join a cooking class – the chef will escort you on to a nearby local market to select the freshest ingredients for your menu. Return to the centre where you will be guided through the techniques required to produce a range of mouth-watering dishes. (B) Day 3: Hanoi – Sapa Transfer overland to the scenic mountain town of Sapa and transfer to your hotel. (B) Aira Boutique Hotel (2 nights) Day 4: Sapa Enjoy a day at leisure or choose 1 of the recommended optional tours. Option 1: Trek from Cat Cat to Ta Van - Enjoy a trek through beautiful landscapes surrounded by terraced rice paddies and forest-cloaked mountains, part of Hoang Lien National Park, whilst learning about the lifestyle and traditions of the Black Hmong and Giay ethnic groups. Complete your hike and return to Sapa by car. Option 2: Sapa Nam Sai & Nam Cang remote hill tribe villages - Leaving Sapa by road travel through the spectacular landscapes of Hoang Lien mountain range. Enjoy several photo stops before arriving at the settlement of Su Pan. Continue to Muong Bo valley and the Tay community of Thanh Phu and spend some time exploring the village. Lunch will be at a family home before continuing with a short drive to My Son. Your next stop is Nam Than, a prosperous village of the Red Zao people. Leave Nam Cang around mid- afternoon and return to Sapa. (B)

Day 5: Sapa – Hanoi After breakfast, transfer back to Hanoi. That evening, join a Hanoi street food tour – the city is considered one of the world’s great food capitals and is a street food lover’s paradise. Your chef will demystify the local produce and encourage you to taste some of their exotic ingredients, visiting several venues, travelling either by taxi or on foot. The tour ends with a typical Vietnamese ca phe or che (coffee or tea) and the opportunity to taste local sweets. (BD) Hanoi Pearl Day 6: Hanoi – Halong Bay After breakfast, transfer to Halong Bay for your overnight cruise. Approximately 170 km from Hanoi, the mystical landscapes of Ha Long Bay are one of Asia’s most iconic sights. Translated as the ‘Bay of Descending Dragons’ and located in the Gulf of Tonkin, Ha Long is made up by some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars, lush islands and emerald waters. Your cruise includes various optional excursions throughout the day or just relax on deck with a drink, watching the stunning scenery go by. (BLD) Athena Elegance Day 7: Halong Bay – Hanoi After breakfast, there is one further optional excursion, included to Ti Top Island before the ship returns to Tuan Chau Marina. Transfer back to Hanoi for your onward travel arrangements. (B)

2 NIGHT NINH BINH EXTENSION Often called Halong Bay on land due to its impressive limestone karsts and stunning scenery, Ninh Binh is a land of meandering rivers, tiny bamboo boats, rice paddy fields and friendly locals. Highlights of your visit will include Hoa Lu ancient capital and Van Long ‘preserved nature area’.

Price per person from: £369

TOUR DETAILS

£859 per person

PRICES FROM:

PRICES INCLUDE • 6 nights’ accommodation in named hotels or similar • Meals as specified: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners • Tours and transfers as specified (excludes optional tours) • English-speaking guide for sightseeing and transfers • VAT and government service charges

DEPARTURES Daily

TOUR STYLE: Independent

GROUP SIZE: 2+

PHYSICAL DEMAND:

ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 4 stars

Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.

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