Sapa Victoria Express & Homestay
6 days/ 5 nights
Vietnam Homestays >> Sapa Victoria Express & homestay
Sapa is a former French hill station situated in the sweeping valleys near the Chinese border. Its high elevation of 1600 meters creates its cool climate which inspired the French to build villas there as a summer retreat. Today, Sapa still attracts visitors for its stunning scenery, comfortable climate, colorful markets, and a variety of ethnic hill tribes who live in nearby villages. This program has increasingly become popular through the years with improvements in the road conditions and the new 4-star Victoria Sapa Hotel making travel today much easier and more comfortable.
Day 1, Monday: Hanoi - Sapa
Our trip starts with an overnight train journey from Vietnam's capital city to the border town of Lao Cai. The luxury Victoria Express departs at 21:30pm.
Day 2, Tue: Sapa
Arrival to Laocai station is scheduled at 6am you will be pick up and transferred to Victoria Hotel. Freshen up and enjoy buffet breakfast at the hotel.
At 1pm we will embark on a lovely walk that will take us along small paths and trails and through several hill tribe villages of Catcat and Sansaha, home to H'mong, people. This is a absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet.
Overnight at Victoria Sapa hotel
Day 3, Wed Sapa
Today we will have pleasant trek into the scenic rice field and mountains of Sapa , there will be ample opportunity to meet with our friendly people. We walk to Laochai and Tavan village. From here we pass through several H'mong villages perched on distant hill, and are sure to attract attention as this part of the country receive very few visitors. We will arrive at Ban Ho village, Tay minority people by later afternoon . We will have time to walk around this charming little village, enabling us to understand a little more about how the people live. The village is home to the Tay people and tonight we will be their guests in one of their traditional stilt houses. There we will be toasted as honored guests and will be able to sample some of their homemade rice wine!
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included).
Day 4, Thu: Sapa village
Following breakfast we embark on our five to six-hour trek that will take us along buffalo paths and trails and through several hill tribe villages. This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you will meet. We cross the river and passing by Nam Tong villages, Red Dzao people. Lunch in Nam Cang village – Phula ( Xa Pho ) minority people, then hike through Thanh Phu, Tay minority people to Sinchai Red Dzao people for home stay. Tonight the accommodation is just rustic but the experience is enriching.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Diner included)
Day 5, Friday: Sapa village
We walk uphill toward Supan, red Dzao villages. As we walk to the village nestled in the valley below Sapa, we will meet some of the local minority people on their way to and from Sapa. These minority people walk to Sapa to trade at the markets. Sapa market is always an exciting place as several, different ethnic minorities congregate here. As well as the H’mong you will also see the Dao (pronounced Zao). Dao women are particularly striking as they wear a large red turban often covered with old coins or jewelry. We meet our awaiting jeep for the drive to Sapa.
Overnight at Victoria Sapa hotel
(Breakfast, Lunch included)
Day 6, Saturday: Sapa - Train back to Hanoi
We breakfast and bid farewell to friendly local people for a transfer back to Lao Cai for the Victoria Express train journey back to Hanoi. The scenic train journey leaves at 10:20 and takes us along the most spectacular country along Red river. We are treatred to 3 course lunch on Victoria Express. We arrive back to Hanoi 8:30pm. The trip concludes in Hanoi.
(Breakfast and lunch included)
- English speaking guide
- All transportation and transfers
- Accommodation at Victoria Hotel & at family (homestay)
- Return Victoria Express train
- Meals as indication
- Admission fees and permits where applicable
- Drinking water during the trek.
- Airfares & airport taxes
- Pre/post trip arrangement
- Visa and visa arrangement
- Travel insurance
- Other personal expenses
Package price: in US$ per person from 2 persons onward
US $365 per person - Superior cabin
US $420 per person - Deluxe cabin
Single supplement: US$155 per person.