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Hanoi: All-Inclusive Overnight Halong Bay Tour with Cruise

1. Hanoi: All-Inclusive Overnight Halong Bay Tour with Cruise

Treat yourself to a night on an Aspira cruise boat in Halong Bay, where you can enjoy Vietnam’s pristine waters in comfort. Enjoy the experience at your own pace, with the option to kayak, enjoy a boat ride, go swimming, or even enjoy a Tai Chi class. DAY 1: Ha Noi – Halong - Lan Ha Bay (L/D) With the option for hotel pickup in Hanoi, begin your adventure at Tuan Chau Marina. Check in for your cruise, and receive a welcome drink and a cold towel. Get the safety briefing, place your belongings in your cabin, and head to a luxurious lunch in the ship's restaurant. Along the way, admire the beautiful canals of Halong Bay. Then, arrive at the Dark and Lights Cave, where you can kayak or board a bamboo boat, rowed by the local people. Return back to the boat, and enjoy swimming nearby the ship. As night falls, take in the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin, and relax in the seasonal Jacuzzi. Dance the night away during the sunset part, and enjoy happy our deals in all the bars onbaord. Take the option to join a traditional cooking class or enjoy deep relaxation with a massage. Workout in one of the onboard fitness centers, looking out over the top deck, with panoramic views of the ocean. Before dinner, the experienced captain will choose the most tranquil area to anchor for overnight. Afterward, take in the landscape of the bay at night or try your luck at squid fishing. DAY 2: Lan ha Bay -Ha Long Bay – Ha Noi (B/L) Wake up early to start your perfect day with a Tai Chi class or watch the sunrise on the top deck. Explore Lan ha Bay, the most beautiful natural bay in Vietnam. Feel free to try kayaking during your free time and see the sea-level view of Ha Noi Bay. Return the boat and check out the cabin. Then, have brunch in a restaurant while the boat sails back to the pier. Settle the bill at the end of the trip and head back to port.

Ha Long Bay - Lan Ha Bay 2 Day 5 Star Cruise

2. Ha Long Bay - Lan Ha Bay 2 Day 5 Star Cruise

On day 1, you will be picked up at Hanoi Old Quarter and transfer to Ha Long Bay, arriving at Tuan Chau Port at midday to start the cruise. Start by exploring Ba Trai Dao Beach, and enjoy kayaking and/or swimming in the crystal clear waters of the bay. In the summer (from June to September) the journey progresses to the Tra Bau Area of Lan Ha Bay. This is a quieter tourist paradise of Vietnam. Enjoy the complimentary sunset party on the sundeck with local wine and fresh fruits, as well as delicious local food prepared and served for you by the onboard catering staff. After the incredible dinner, take your time to chat at the bar, watch a movie in the restaurant, or join in a fishing excursion. You will stay on board overnight. On day 2, Visitors visit the famous Frog Pond area, this is the filming location of the famous movie Kong Skull Island (King Kong) in Quang Ninh 2018. Here you can freely kayak to explore the landscape, or immerse yourself. in the cool, clear blue water of this place. This is a wild and mysterious World Heritage site to appeal to your inner explorer. Back to your cabin, take relax and check carefully all the luggage before leaving your cabin. After lunch return via bus transfer service from Ha Long to Hanoi Old Quarter.

Lan Ha Bay 2 Day 1 Night Cruise

3. Lan Ha Bay 2 Day 1 Night Cruise

Day 1 After getting picked up from your hotel in Hanoi, enjoy a relaxing 2-hour journey to Hai Phong. Upon arrival onboard the ship, enjoy a welcome drink and listen to your cruise safety briefing as you cruise past Da Chong islet, where you can see a lighthouse built by the French over 100 years ago. Later, sit down to a traditional Vietnamese lunch and get the opportunity to sample some local dishes while you sail through the Con Vit and Gia Luan islets, admiring the beauty of the extraordinary Cua Van area along the way. Stop to explore Ba Trai Beach or go for a swim in the crystal-clear waters of the bay. In the evening, enjoy a complimentary sunset party on the sundeck with local wine and fresh fruits. For dinner, sit down to a delicious local meal then feel free to join in one of the nighttime activities. You could do some squid fishing, watch a movie, have a drink at the bar or play some of the games provided. Day 2 Rise early to watch the breathtaking sunrise over the bay and enjoy an invigorating Tai Chi session on the sundeck before breakfast. Later, hop on a local bamboo rowing boat and journey through the famous Dark and Bright Cave. In the afternoon, learn how to cook Spring rolls at a cooking demonstration before sitting down to lunch. After lunch, say goodbye to the crew and begin the journey back to Hanoi.

Hanoi: 2-day Cat Ba Island Resort Stay with Nature Tours

4. Hanoi: 2-day Cat Ba Island Resort Stay with Nature Tours

After being picked up at your hotel in the Hanoi Old Quarter, drive with your guide to Hai Phong city. From there, board a speedboat and arrive at the scenic Cat Ba Island. The largest of the 367 islands that make up the Cat Ba Archipelago, Cat Ba Island is covered in lush forests, gorgeous lagoons, and dramatic limestone hills. As you drive down the Cat Ba national road to Cat Ba Town, admire these emerald views.  After your journey, relax over a restaurant lunch. In the afternoon, embark on a nature tour with your guide. Enter the Hospital Cave, an enormous cave that once housed a secret hospital. Trek through the thick foliage of Cat Ba National Park. This park, which covers most of the island, boasts a unique terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem that was declared a UNESCO's Man and Biosphere Reserve Area. Explore Kim Giao Forest and climb Ngu Lam Peak, the island’s highest limestone mountain. After a full afternoon of exploring, relax in your Monkey Island bungalow. Begin the second day of your tour with a delicious breakfast at your resort. Meet your tour guide and travel by boat to Lan Ha Bay. Along the way, visit a floating fishing village where you can see local fishermen hard at work all year round. As you cruise around the archipelago admire the many natural limestone formations. Pause at Cam lagoon and go for a swim. After an onboard lunch, cruise to Lan Ha Bay and kayak through the Dark Cave, the Bat Cave, and the Bright Cave. Then relax at Three Peaches Beach (Ba Troi Da), an ideal locale for swimming and sunbathing. Finally, your tour guide will drive you back to your hotel in the Old Hanoi Quarter.

Ha Long - Bai Tu Long Bay 2-day Premium Cruise

5. Ha Long - Bai Tu Long Bay 2-day Premium Cruise

Day 1: You'll be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi at 7:30 AM Drive to Ha Long City through the green fields of the Red River Delta. Stopover on the way for a refreshment break. You'll embark at Ha Long wharf and there will be some time for a break and photography. Enjoy a welcoming drink on board as well as a cruise briefing. Have some lunch while cruising to Bai Tu Long Bay, admiring the fascinating rock formations along the way. Transfer to Thien Canh Son Cave. The tour guide will take you to a huge cave with many interesting stalactite and stalagmite formations. After about half an hour visiting, you will go back to the boat by tender. Then, return to the cruise vessel for some leisure time. You'll also have half an hour for kayaking to discover the Bai Tu Long Bay landscape. After you return to the boat, join a cooking class with the onboard chef. A Vietnamese style set dinner is served on board. Take some time to enjoy chatting at the bar or enjoy some night fishing. Stay overnight on the boat. Day 2: Have some breakfast at around 7:30 AM and enjoy the sunrise on the bay. Visit the ancient Vung Vieng Floating Village. You'll not only be immersed in the quiet and peaceful atmosphere of the village, but, on your way, also be surrounded by the rocky mountains in a small bamboo boat as you go to and from the village. When it's time to check out, pack your luggage and check out and enjoy a fantastic cruise on the bay. Have lunch while cruising back through Ha Long Bay to the pier. Disembark at Ha Long wharf and say goodbye to the crew. Return from Ha Long to Hanoi with a short stopover on the way for a refreshment break before you arrive.

Hanoi: 2-Day Luxury Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay Cruise

6. Hanoi: 2-Day Luxury Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay Cruise

Day 1: Hanoi, Lan Ha Bay, Dark and Bright Caves (L/D) Your day begins as you are collected by your guide and driver in your hotel lobby. Once on the road, you will begin your transfer to Hai Phong City. You can rest at the harbor as the V’Spirit Premier Cruise completes its final preparations, before you begin boarding and enjoy a welcome drink. You will soon sit in the dining room for a delicious lunch as you enjoy scrolling views of the wonderfully unique limestone towers outside the windows. At 3:15PM you will travel by sampan boats to explore the surrounding area. Some of the residents of the bay will show you their homes by taking you to the Dark and Bright caves, two gorgeous caverns with a vast and enclosed lake on the other side. You will also be able to swim in this location. At 5:00PM you will return to your cruise to catch the daily spectacle of a gorgeous sunset, and can also enjoy happy hour at the bar. At 7:00PM will enjoy a fantastic dinner, with special performances of traditional Vietnamese music either in the dining room or on the top deck. Before you retire to your cabin, you will have the option to read in the bar, visit the spa, or join the crew for some squid fishing. Day 2: Lan Ha Bay, Tra Bau, Hanoi (B/L) You'll begin your day with a Tai Chi session on the top deck as the sunrise peaks over the mountains. You'll then enjoy breakfast in the fresh air and peaceful beauty of the Bay. At 8:15AM you'll experience some fantastic kayaking to discover the lovely Tra Bau area. You can visit a fishing farm and socialize with the resident fishermen to learn more about their life and how they work every day. You'll later return to the ship at 10:00AM to enjoy a cooking demonstration put on by a talented on-board chef, as they provide you with an insight into Vietnamese cuisine. You'll then sit down for a lovely lunch buffet on your approach to the harbor. At 11:45AM you'll disembark at the harbor, before boarding the bus to head back to Hanoi.

From Hanoi: Lan Ha and Ha Long Bay Day Cruise

7. From Hanoi: Lan Ha and Ha Long Bay Day Cruise

Journey to the famed Ha Long Bay and the lesser-known but equally beautiful adjoining Lan Ha Bay. Depart early from Hanoi with a convenient pickup from your hotel in Hanoi. Enjoy the scenic ride to Got Harbor in Hai Phong City through the Red River Delta, an area known for its traditional rural culture. At Got Harbor, relax in the waiting lounge and enjoy a welcome drink as the crew presents the itinerary for your 7-8 hour cruise. Once on board, dig in to a delicious multi-choice lunch in the elegant dining room as the ship sets sail. Admire some of the bay’s most famous islets as you cruise, including Da Chong and the 100-year-old French lighthouse left behind after the colonial era. Stop at the Dark and Bright Caves, two beautiful wet cave systems rich in marine life and lush vegetation. Their entry obscured by hanging orchids and fig trees, the caves are less touristy than other spots in the bay. Either kayak in on your own or have a local row you on a sampan boat through the long, silent tunnel of the Dark Cave to the light open space of the Bright Cave. Emerge at a hidden lake enclosed on all sides by streaked cliffs and tree-topped peaks. Passengers with keen eyes may be able to spot Cat Ba langurs, an endangered species of monkey that has sought sanctuary in the forested mountainsides of the Bright Cave. Back on board, relax on one of two sundecks and take in the phenomenal sights of unbounded nature on all sides, perhaps with a drink from the bar. Later in the afternoon, attend a cooking class and fruit-carving demonstration put on by several talented chefs, followed by a Western-style afternoon tea with accompanying snacks. On the way back to the harbor, go for a swim in the clean waters of Lan Ha Bay, enjoying the quiet surroundings. Arrive at Got Harbor just in time to catch a beautiful sunset over Lan Ha Bay. After a day full of exploring, get dropped off back at your accommodation in the Hanoi Old Quarter.

Halong Bay: 2-Day Luxury Cruise

8. Halong Bay: 2-Day Luxury Cruise

Check in an set sail between 11:30 am and 12 pm on your first day. After setting sail, head to the Tonkin Restaurant for a delicious set menu lunch. In the afternoon, board kayaks or traditional bamboo boats rowed by locals to reach the Dark and Light Caves. Explore these half-submerged limestone caves that are only accessible by water, spotting the abundant marine life and making your way through an unlit rocky tunnel to an airy, light-filled grotto. Head back to the ship and take the opportunity to swim in the emerald green waters of the bay. Around sunset, enjoy happy hour deals and sip a cocktail on the deck. Take part in a cooking class and lear to make a deep-fried spring roll. Then sit down for dinner and enjoy the cozy ambiance of the dining room. Take time after dinner to relax or take part in activities, including films, playing chess, reading, listening to music, or trying your luck with squid fishing. The boat will head to the quietest part of Lan Ha Bay overnight to ensure you get a restful sleep. Wake up bright and early on the morning of your second day for a tai chi session on the sundeck. Greet the dawn while engaging you body and waking up slowly. Enjoy a light and nutritious breakfast before going on a tour of a typical floating house. The local host will welcome you as guests and tell you about the traditional way of life on the bay. When you return check out and take time for a delicious farewell brunch. Return to Tuan Chau Marina and disembark around 3:30 pm.

Ha Long Bay 2 Days 1 Night 5 Star Cruise

9. Ha Long Bay 2 Days 1 Night 5 Star Cruise

Day 1: Ha Long Bay and Kayaking At 8:00-8:30AM, your shuttle bus will pick up from your hotel in Hanoi. From there you will drive through the green fields on the Red River Delta to Ha Long City. Once having arrived at the harbor, you will check-in for your cruise on the Ha Long, which will begin with a welcome drink and cruise briefing. You will then enjoy lunch while cruising to Ha Long Bay. Once there you will cruising to explore Ao Ech area belonged to Lan Ha bay. It’s great ideal destination for kayaking around limestone islets, enjoy swimming in crystal sea water, and after about half an hour of exploration, you will go back to your tender to return to the boat. Sunset tea or coffee break. Summit on the sundeck for watching the sunset. It’s nice chatting time to make acquaintance with new friends or simply enjoy hunting photos and drinks. Happy Hour ( 17:30-18:30 The Golden Time, buy 2 get 1 free drink of the same one), You will also be served with free cakes and fruit. Class of cooking demonstration, our chef will guide you how to make famous traditional Vietnamese spring rolls. Delicious dinner is served with Seafood set menu in The Opera restaurant. After dinner, reward yourself with a large selection of cocktails at panoramic bar or take one of our onboard activities: squid fishing, a spa treatment service or movies in your cabin. Overnight on board. Day 2: Dark Cave & Bright Cave Tai Chi on Sunrise sundeck. Watch the sunrise with a Tai Chi session on sundeck. Light breakfast (Tea, Coffee, cookies, bread) Visit beautiful water cave named Bright cave by comfortably on local bamboo boat rowed by the locals. Going through the Bright cave, travelers will come to a lagoon, surrounded by magnificent mountains. The scene gives us a feeling of being lost in the paradise. Come back to cruise. Pack up your luggage and check out the room. Buffet brunch will be served as we once again cruise back to harbor before your bill settlement Return to Tuan Chau Island. Transfer to returned to Hanoi. Arrival back at your hotel approximately 14:00 -14:30

Lan Ha Bay to Halong Bay: 2-Day 5-Star Cruise from Hanoi

10. Lan Ha Bay to Halong Bay: 2-Day 5-Star Cruise from Hanoi

Explore Vietnam's stunning Lan Ha and Halong Bays from the comfort of a cruise. Sit back and relax on the ship's comfortable deck, take part in a morning tai chi class, learn to cook local specialities with the onboard chef, kayak along the bay's calm waters - the choice is yours. Day one: Hanoi - Halong - Lan Ha   • Lunch and dinner included Begin with pickup from your hotel in the Hanoi Old Quarter by limousine. Set off toward Halong Bay on a 2.5-hour ride, arriving in Hai Duong province for a 20-minute break. Get to the Tuan Chau Harbor at around 11:30 AM and then transfer by speedboat to the cruise ship. Enjoy a welcome drink upon embarkation and meet the captain and crew for a brief introduction about the cruise and safety guidelines. Check in to your cabin. Settle in for Vietnamese seafood and a vegetarian set menu lunch while cruising in the magnificent Halong Bay, admiring the fascinating rock formations along the way. Continue cruising through Con Vit Islet (Duck Islet), Thumb Islet, and Gia Luan Harbor, part of the Cat Ba area. Discover the natural lagoon area within Lan Ha Bay. Drop anchor for swimming or just simply sunbathe on on the deck. Head back toward the sleeping area for a rest before venturing out for kayaking and swimming at Ba Trai Dao Islet. In the evening, participate in the ship’s sunset party with fruit, cake, and wine. Take photos and relax. Join a cooking class guided directly by the cruise’s chef. Take the chance to practice making traditional Vietnamese dishes such as spring rolls. At around 7:00 PM, it’ll be time for a buffet dinner consisting of special seafood and Vietnamese dishes. Enjoy entertainment in the evening. Play cards, chess, listen to music, fish for squid, relax with a massage, and then settle in for the night onboard the ship. Day two: Lan Ha - Ha Long - Hanoi • Breakfast and lunch included Early risers can enjoy sunrise Tai Chi on the sundeck at 6:30 AM. Everyone else can have their coffee and breakfast between 7:00-7:45 AM while looking out over the wonderful bay landscape. Set sail past the dramatic landscapes of islets and through the calm emerald waters toward the Dark and Bright Cave (Hang Sang and Toi).  Explore the cave yourself by kayak or on a bamboo boat rowed by locals. Return to the ship and check out from your private cabin. Take in the views from the deck on a fantastic cruise around the bay. Have a last buffet lunch onboard and then arrive to Tuan Chau Harbor where you’ll say your goodbyes. Head back toward Hanoi by limousine at around noon, stopping in Hai Duong Province to relax on the way.

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What people are saying about Northern Vietnam

The tour was excellent. The food was excellent. They also showed us the Pearl farm which was not mentioned in the itinerary. The room is neat and clean. The guide was good. The only negative that I can think of is the planning for viewing the sunrise. By the time they moved the boat from where we could see the sun the sun was already above the horizon. Basically we missed the sunrise in spite of waking up early and waiting on top. Thank Ding Dong our guide..

A wonderful trip and an absolute must when visiting Vietnam. The rooms in the boat were spacious and luxurious compared to hostels! Friendly and helpful staff and plenty of food. Great activities aided in the enjoyment and appreciation of the beautiful landscapes. Highly highly recommend this trip, this is the best thing we have done in a long time!

We had a really good time on board. All the staff was so friendly and helpful and our guide was really professional and well-informed. The food was good and we were so thankful that our special wishes were fulfilled completely (no meat, no seafood, no eggs, no onions ;)). The cocktails were delicious! Everything was clean and comfy. Thank you again!

We had a great time with friendly participants from a wide range of countries, a set lunch with a beautiful view of Ha Long Bae and a great variety of activities including afternoon tea parties.

We loved our experience! I highly recommend this cruise to anyone and everyone.