Ninh Binh & Sapa Tour

NB05 | 04 Days | Private Tour | All Year Around | Can be tailored to suite your requirements


Ninh Binh and Sapa are the two biggest tourist destinations of Northern Vietnam. Each place has its own unique and distinct natural beauty. Ninh Binh is famous for its limestone terrain jutting out from verdant rice fields, interspersed with peaceful villages of the Northern Delta. Sapa brings the beauty of a high mountain area lying on the side of the majestic Hoang Lien Son range, with terraced fields stretching along the Muong Hoa valley, which is home to many ethnic minorities. They preserve the interesting cultural features, traditional customs of the locality. The combination of Ninh Binh and Sapa in this tour program will make you satisfied and have unforgettable memories.


  • Discover the new World Heritage, Trang An Scenic Landscape with easy bicycling on back roads of rural Ninh Binh & sampan boat-ride through 3 tunnel-like limestone caves​ in Tam Coc.
  • Admire the stunning scenery of the terraced fields in Sapa while trekking on up-and-down paths.
  • Learning the interesting culture of the most colorful ethnic groups of Vietnam
  • Tasting different dishes of local food along the tour.​

day-to-day itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi - Nin Binh
Day 2: Ninh Binh - Hanoi
Day 3: Hanoi - Sapa
Day 4: Sapa - Hanoi



7:30 a.m. Get picked up at your hotel in Hanoi and take 2,5 hour drive through the fertile land of the Red River Delta, you will arrive at Tam Coc boat operation place in Ninh Binh.
On arrival, take 2 hr sampan boat ride on a small river and through 3 tunnel-like caves. (This area is considered as “Inland Halong Bay” featured with karst formations.)
An easy walk in between the limestone mountains to visit Thai Vi temple (which dedicated to a Vietnamese heroic dynasty.)
A Vietnamese lunch is served at a local restaurant.
Afternoon 1.5 hr bicycle ride along the back roads through beautiful scenery of towering karsts on the ground of ponds, rice paddies and rural villages. (On the bike, we will have as many stops as you want to take photographs.)
Visit Bich Dong Pagoda, an important religious place for the locals in the region.
4:00 p.m. Check in your hotel and take it easy before dinner.

Included meals: Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Ninh Binh


Have breakfast at the accommodation
8:00 a.m. Get transferred to Hang Mua and embark on a hike (approx. 500 steps) to a mountain summit where you're able to admire a panorama view over the rocky mountains and fertile valleys.
Followed by a trek on rural paths through rice fields, and along the sides of sheer cliffs.
Your lunch is served at a local restaurant in the area.
Afternoon short trek out to where your private vehicle awaits and spend the remainder of the day driving back to Hanoi.
Between 4 and 5 p.m. arrive at your hotel in Hanoi, check into your hotel and stay for the night.

** Note: The hotel in Hanoi tonight is not included, please let your travel consultant know if you wish to have it arranged at the booking time.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: On request


7:00 a.m.: Meet your driver and tour guide again for the morning drive to the mountain town of Sapa town. (the drive takes 5 hours.)
Arrive at Sapa around noon and have a Vietnamese set menu lunch at a restaurant
Start the afternoon by a short transfer to a trekking point at the slope down to Y Linh Ho village, Muong Hoa Valley (the most beautiful valley in Sapa region)
Embark on a beautiful trek down hill with mountain views of stunning terraced fields and tribal villages of the H'mong ethnic minority. 

(The trek is up and down at times, include paved and un-paved sections of the path. After crossing a suspension bridge, the path gets smaller and a bit steep for a while before down again)
Late in the afternoon, get picked up at Lao Chai village and return to Sapa town for the night at a hotel.

Included meals: Lunch​
Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa town


Breakfast is served at your hotel
Then at about 9:00AM, meet up our guide and driver at your hotel and transfer to Fansipan Cable Car station to begin the journey conquering Fansipan Mt. by modern cable car. The cable car in Sapa is the world’s longest and highest cable car.
Reaching Mount Fansipan used to mean a full-day hike at least. But from Feb 2016 the trek up will be reduced to a 25-minute flight by cable car. The 6.5km long cable car can carry a maximum of 2,000 passengers an hour, with each cabin accommodating 35 passengers.
While traveling by cable car, you can enjoy the scenery and magnificent views to Sapa and views of Muong Hoa valley, Hoang Lien National Park. After that, take the return ride to get back the first station.
In the afternoon, just lay back on your private car for the long drive back to Hanoi.
Arrive at your hotel in Hanoi. End of the service.
** Note: The hotel in Hanoi tonight is not included, please let your travel consultant know if you wish to have it arranged at the booking time.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch​
Accommodation: On request

Tour Inclusions

  • Private A/c transportation with all entrance per itinerary
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Vietnamese meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Accommodation in shared twin/ double during the tour
  • Sightseeing tickets & permit
  • Two way cable car ticket
  • Bicycles and sampan boat-ride in Ninh Binh
  • Bottled water on the vehicle

Tour Exclusions

  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks and other meals
  • Hotel in Hanoi (On request)
  • Visas and airport transfers (On request)
  • Any flight tickets
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses and others not mentioned clearly above.

Inquire a free quote for this tour

This is a sample itinerary that has been enjoyed by many of our past travelers to the region. It can be custom-made to meet your expectation. The prices very much depend on your group size and type of accommodation. Please send us a quote request and we will get back to you with the detail.