Sapa Explorer 4 or 5 Days

Sapa Explorer 4 or 5 Days

A photographer’s delight! The mountains and valleys surrounding Sapa are a perfect backdrop to the colourful and friendly minority peoples who live there. Choose either a weekday or weekend tour.


 
  • Itinerary

    Daily Departures – 4 days

    Note: no departure on Saturday if choosing Victoria Train.

    Day 1 – Depart Hanoi
    Guided transfer to the Hanoi rail station for the overnight train to Lao Cai. Take some snacks with you as breakfast is not provided on the train.

    Day 2 – Lao Cai to Sapa & Ta Van excursion
    Arrive early morning at Lao Cai Station, near the Chinese border. Breakfast is not included on the train. Take a scenic drive to your hotel in the hill station of Sapa. Enjoy spectacular views of rice-terraced mountains and see local people dressed in colourful costumes walking along the roadside. Your hotel room may not be ready until early afternoon. There is free time for breakfast (breakfast is not included) then depart for a 30-minute private guided drive south of Sapa town into the Muong Hoa Valley, home to the largest terraced rice fields in Vietnam. Begin trekking from Lao Chai village of the Black Hmong minority to Ta Van village of the Giay minority. The magnificent views of the terraced fields, Fansipan mountain range and the cool climate all contribute to an excellent experience. Trek a total of 5km (approximately 2 to 2.5 hours) through farmlands and rolling hills before heading back to your hotel early afternoon by private car, with the guide. Good walking shoes are recommended for this day. Balance of the day at leisure.
    Stay overnight at your hotel in Sapa.

    Day 3 – Cat Cat Village excursion to Lao Cai and train
    Depart at 8.00 am this morning for a walking tour through the local market. Also visit Cat Cat village, home to the Black Hmong hill tribe, by car. Return to the hotel late in the morning. Check-out time from hotel is 12 noon. Free time until guided transfer to Lao Cai station for the overnight train to Hanoi. (B)

    Day 4 – Arrive Hanoi
    Breakfast is not included. Early morning arrival and guided transfer to hotel. (Accommodation in Hanoi is not included).

    Daily Departures – 5 days

    Note: no departure on Saturday if choosing Victoria Train.

    Day 1 – Depart Hanoi
    Guided transfer to the Hanoi rail station for the overnight train to Lao Cai. Take some snacks with you as breakfast is not provided on the train.

    Day 2 – Lao Cai to Sapa
    Breakfast is not included. Arrive early morning at Lao Cai Station, near the Chinese border. Take a scenic drive to the hill station of Sapa. Enjoy spectacular views of rice-terraced mountains, and see local people dressed in colourful costumes walking along the roadside. Take a walking tour through the local market. Also visit Cat Cat village, home to the Black Hmong hill tribe, by car. Your hotel room may not be available until early afternoon. Balance of the day at leisure.
    Stay two nights at your hotel in Sapa.

    Day 3 – Ta Van excursion
    Good walking shoes are recommended for this day. Have breakfast at your hotel then depart at 8.00am for a 30-minute private guided drive south of Sapa town into the Muong Hoa Valley, home to the largest terraced rice fields in Vietnam. Begin trekking from Lao Chai village of the Black Hmong minority to Ta Van village of the Giay minority. The magnificent views of the terraced fields, Fansipan mountain range and the cool climate all contribute to an excellent experience. Trek a total of 5km (approximately 2 to 2.5 hours) through farmlands and rolling hills before heading back to your hotel early afternoon by private car, with the guide. Balance of the day at leisure. (B)

    Day 4 – Sapa to Lao Cai and train
    Check-out time from your hotel is 12.00 noon. Free time until guided transfer to Lao Cai station for the overnight train to Hanoi. (B)

    Day 5 – Arrive Hanoi
    Breakfast is not included. Early morning arrival and guided transfer to hotel. (Accommodation in Hanoi is not included).

    Thursday Departures – 5 days

    Thu – Depart Hanoi
    Guided transfer to the Hanoi rail station for the overnight train to Lao Cai. Take some snacks with you as breakfast is not provided on the train.

    Fri – Lao Cai to Sapa
    Breakfast is not included. Arrive early morning at Lao Cai Station, near the Chinese border. Take a scenic drive to the hill station of Sapa. Enjoy spectacular views of rice-terraced mountains, and see local people dressed in colourful costumes walking along the roadside. Take a walking tour through the local market. Also visit Cat Cat village, home to the Black Hmong hill tribe, by car. Your hotel room may not be available until early afternoon. Balance of the day at leisure.
    Stay two nights at your hotel in Sapa.

    Sat – Ta Van excursion
    Good walking shoes are recommended for this day. Have breakfast at your hotel then depart at 8.00am for a 30-minute private guided drive south of Sapa town into the Muong Hoa Valley, home to the largest terraced rice fields in Vietnam. Begin trekking from Lao Chai village of the Black Hmong minority to Ta Van village of the Giay minority. The magnificent views of the terraced fields, Fansipan mountain range and the cool climate all contribute to an excellent experience. Trek a total of 5km (approximately 2 to 2.5 hours) through farmlands and rolling hills before heading back to your hotel early afternoon by private car, with the guide. Balance of the day at leisure.
    Balance of the day at leisure. (B)

    Sun – Market and depart Sapa
    Drive 130 km to Bac Ha to visit the colourful market of the Flower Hmong, Phu La and Dao Tuyen people. Drive on to Trung Do village of the Tay. Walk to the village to observe the lifestyle of northern hill tribe people and the beautiful landscape. Take a short river boat trip. Transfer back to Lao Cai late and board the overnight train back to Hanoi. (B)

    Mon – Arrive Hanoi
    Breakfast is not included. Early morning arrival and guided transfer to hotel. (Accommodation in Hanoi is not included).

    Weekend Departures – 4 day tour

    Fri – Depart Hanoi
    Guided transfer to the Hanoi rail station for the overnight train to Lao Cai. Take some snacks with you as breakfast is not provided on the train.

    Sat – Lao Cai to Sapa
    Breakfast is not included. Arrive early morning at Lao Cai Station, near the Chinese border. Take a scenic drive to the hill station of Sapa, enjoying spectacular views of rice-terraced mountains. Take a walking tour through the local market. Also visit Cat Cat village, home to the Black Hmong hill tribe, by car. Balance of the day at leisure. Your hotel room may not be available until early afternoon.
    Stay overnight at your hotel in Sapa.

    Sun – Market and depart Sapa
    Drive 130 km to Bac Ha to visit the colourful market of the Flower Hmong, Phu La and Dao Tuyen people. Drive on to Trung Do village of the Tay. Walk to the village to observe the lifestyle of northern hill tribe people and the beautiful landscape. Take a short river boat trip. Transfer back to Lao Cai late and board the overnight train back to Hanoi. (B)

    Mon – Arrive Hanoi
    Breakfast is not included. Early morning arrival and guided transfer to hotel. (Accommodation in Hanoi is not included).

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  • Tour prices
    Departure & Tour Duration Trains and Hotels Twin Share Single Room Sole Traveller
    DAILY – 4 days Orient Express or King Express (4 share) & 3* H’Mong Sapa Hotel (dlx rm) $479 $528 $745
    DAILY – 4 days Orient Express or King Express (2 share) & 3* H’Mong Sapa Hotel (dlx rm) $636 $686 n/a
    DAILY – 4 days Orient Express or King Express (2 share) & 4* U Sapa Hotel (sup rm) $676 $766 n/a
    DAILY except Sat – 4 days Victoria Express (4 share) & 4* Victoria Hotel (sup rm) $798 $944 $1161
    DAILY except Sat – 4 days Victoria Express (2 share) & 4* Victoria Hotel (dlx rm) $1027 $1182 n/a
    DAILY – 5 days Orient Express or King Express (4 share) & 3* H’Mong Sapa Hotel (dlx rm) $526 $624 $841
    DAILY – 5 days Orient Express or King Express (2 share) & 3* H’Mong Sapa Hotel (dlx rm) $684 $782 n/a
    DAILY – 5 days Orient Express or King Express (2 share) & 4* U Sapa Hotel (sup rm) $764 $944 n/a
    DAILY except Sat – 5 days Victoria Express (4 share) & 4* Victoria Hotel (sup rm) $942 $1232 $1449
    DAILY except Sat – 5 days Victoria Express (2 share) & 4* Victoria Hotel (dlx rm) $1180 $1490 n/a
    THURSDAYS – 5 days Orient Express or King Express (4 share) & 3* H’Mong Sapa Hotel (dlx rm) $624 $723 $1035
    THURSDAYS – 5 days Orient Express or King Express (2 share) & 3* H’Mong Sapa Hotel (dlx rm) $782 $881 n/a
    THURSDAYS – 5 days Orient Express or King Express (2 share) & 4* U Sapa Hotel (sup rm) $863 $1042 n/a
    THURSDAYS – 5 days Victoria Express (4 share) & 4* Victoria Hotel (sup rm) $1040 $1330 $1642
    THURSDAYS – 5 days Victoria Express (2 share) & 4* Victoria Hotel (dlx rm) $1279 $1588 n/a
    WEEKENDS – 4 days Orient Express or King Express (4 share) & 3* H’Mong Sapa Hotel (dlx rm) $528 $577 $851
    WEEKENDS – 4 days Orient Express or King Express (2 share) & 3* H’Mong Sapa Hotel (dlx rm) $686 $735 n/a
    WEEKENDS – 4 days Orient Express or King Express (2 share) & 4* U Sapa Hotel (sup rm) $725 $816 n/a
    WEEKENDS – 4 days Victoria Express (4 share) & 4* Victoria Hotel (sup rm) $847 $993 $1267
    WEEKENDS – 4 days Victoria Express (2 share) & 4* Victoria Hotel (dlx rm) $1076 $1232 n/a

    Prices are per person, in Australian dollars, valid to 31 Oct 2017.   Please confirm prices when booking.

  • Price Includes:
    • Hotel accommodation in Sapa
    • Train travel Hanoi-Lao Cai-Hanoi in either 2 or 4 share cabins
    • Meals as listed (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
    • Private station transfers in Hanoi, with guide.
    • Sightseeing and transfers in Sapa area as listed, by private vehicle with driver and Sapa-based, English speaking guide, inclusive of entrance fees.

     

    Surcharges apply for travel 20Dec15-15Jan16, 6-14Feb16, 20Apr16-02May16 and 31Aug16-03Sep16,
    20Dec16-15Jan17, 26Jan17-2Feb17, 20Apr17-02May17 and 31Aug17-03Sep17.

    Sole traveller prices apply for one person travelling on their own and staying in a single hotel room.  The Single room price applies when two or more people travel together and a single hotel room is required.

 

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Sapa Explorer 4 or 5 Days
 

Highlights

  • Chatting with fellow travellers on the overnight train
  • The views of endless cool, green hills
  • Walking through the local markets
 
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