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Sapa is Vietnam's premier destination for trekking and best known for its diversity of hill tribes and minority villages. This former French hill station is a remote outpost located at an elevation of 1650 metres above sea level and only accessible by train from Ha Noi. Surrounded by plunging valleys, terraced paddy fields and towering mountains, Sapa is home to a lively central market where hill tribe people from outlying villages, resplendent in their traditional headdresses, gather to buy and sell their wares, meet with friends and catch up on the latest gossip. Gentle walks or more challenging treks, hikes through verdant rice fields and the chance to interact with isolated communities are but a few of the experiences on offer in the remote region that surrounds Sapa.
Day 1: Hanoi — Sapa
This evening, transfer to Hanoi railway station for the overnight train to Lao Cai, Sapa aboard the Victoria Express Train.
Day 2: Sapa
Upon arrival at Lao Cai station in the early morning, you will be met by your local guide and vehicle who will transfer you to the Victoria Sapa Resort for breakfast and morning at leisure to explore Sapa's colourful market and town. After lunch enjoy a trek through the countryside out of Sapa and towards Cat Cat village, stopping at a waterfall for a short rest before continuing along a trail through rice terraces. Under the protection of Hoang Lien National Park and the lush rain forest, you will eventually arrive in Y Linh Ho village, home of the Black Hmong minority. There is time to look around the villages and rest a little more before climbing towards the main road where your vehicle will meet you and drive you back to Sapa for dinner. (B/L/D)
Day 3: Sapa
Today is devoted to a beautiful hike through the breathtaking scenery of Sapa valley which boasts awe-inspiring views of the morning mist blanketing the rice terraces beneath it. Following a small track, cross the Muong Hoa river and pass well-tended rice terraces, where you will learn how the rice is cultivated, on your way to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai. Reaching Ta Van, there is time to explore this village, which has a mixture of Hmong, Giay and Red Dao residents. Continuing your hike along the river, crossing a small suspension bridge, where you will discover a fascinating collection of rock carvings with engravings depicting images of ancient people, stilt houses and some beautiful decorative patterns. After lunch in the village, the walk continues through a bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai, a Red Dao ethnic minority village and after pausing to rest at a nearby waterfall, begin the uphill climb to the road where your vehicle will be waiting to transfer you back to Sapa. This evening catch the overnight Victoria Express Train back to Hanoi. (B/L/D)
Day 4: Sapa — Hanoi
Upon arrival at Hanoi railway station in the early morning, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Hanoi or transferred to the airport for your departure flight to the next destination.
Dates & prices
The table below shows our escorted tour departure dates.
Prices are described as Guide prices on this website and may be higher or lower due to availability and date of departure.
Prices are for departure dates listed, ex-UK and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room and with return economy flights where stated. Single room and flight prices are available at a supplement.
Please note some tours are subject to minimum numbers, please call our travel experts or visit your local retail store for full details as well as our latest prices.
Pre/Post Tour Options
This is a short tour which works well as part of a full Vietnam holiday. We recommend staying in Hanoi before the Sapa Tour and then flying onwards to Danang on Day 4 for a few nights in Hoi An.
GMT +7 hours (summer) +8 hours (winter)
- Sightseeing as detailed
- The services of an experienced local guide
- Accommodation aboard the Victoria Express Train in a 4-berth sharing cabin
- Hotel and meals as mentioned.
- Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips & gratuities, video camera fees at monuments
- Anything not detailed on the itinerary.
2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
Walking as mentioned in the itinerary. A good level of fitness is required for walking and trekking.
Occasionally we may need to substitute one or more of the hotels with that of a similar standard.
Vietnam is a large country and journey times between destinations can sometimes be long and delays may happen.
This is an independent tour and runs on a minimum of one person with no maximum group size, tours and sightseeing may be in a group.
British nationals do not need a visa for Vietnam if travelling before 30 Jun ’21 for up to 15 days stay. If travelling longer than 15 days then holders of UK Passports will require a visa to visit Vietnam. If you would like to obtain your visas prior to travel we recommend processing your visa directly with ‘CIBT’ who will obtain all visas and return your passport to you by registered post. Contact them on www.uk.cibt.com/virginholidaysjourneys or 0844 800 4650.