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Hanoi: 2-Day Bai Tu Long and Vung Vieng Village Cruise

1. Hanoi: 2-Day Bai Tu Long and Vung Vieng Village Cruise

Day 1: Bai Tu Long Bay and Cave At 7:30AM, 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 Bai Tu Long Bay. Once there you will transfer by tender to Thien Canh Son Cave. Your tour guide will take you to a huge cave with many interesting stalactites and stalagmites in varying amazing shapes, and after about half an hour of exploration, you will go back to your tender to return to the boat. You will then have half an hour for kayaking to discover the Bai Tu Long Bay landscape. Following a short cooking class, you will savor a Vietnamese-style set dinner which will be served on board. You can then enjoy some leisure time to enjoy chatting at the bar or engaging in some night fishing. At the conclusion of your day, you will spend the night on the boat. Day 2: Vung Vieng Fishing Village Your second day will begin at 7:30AM as you enjoy breakfast whilst viewing the sunrise over the bay. You will then visit the ancient Vung Vieng floating village, where you will not only be immersed in the quiet and peaceful atmosphere, but also be surrounded by the rocky mountains whilst floating in a small bamboo boat. You will then proceed back to your room where you will pack your luggage before checking out of your cabin. Lunch will be served while you cruise back through Ha Long Bay to the pier, where you will eventually disembark before returning to Hanoi.

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

2. 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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Hanoi: 5-Star 3-Day Halong Bay Cruising Experience

3. Hanoi: 5-Star 3-Day Halong Bay Cruising Experience

Day 1: Hanoi and Lan Ha Bay Begin with pickup from your hotel in the Hanoi Old Quarter. From there, travel for 2.5 hours on a shuttle limousine bus to your cruise destination. Once there, enjoy a welcome drink while your Cruise Manager provides you with a brief introduction, including safety guidelines. After receiving your room key, you'll check-in to your room. A typical lunch in the luxury dining room will be served as the boat slowly makes its way through the bay. You can then head downstairs to the reception to take part in outdoor activities on the smaller tender. Whilst out on the boat, drop anchor for swimming or simply sunbathe on the deck. Kayaking is also available under the guidance of a local instructor. Following your afternoon activities, return to the cruise at 4:30PM and head to the sundeck to watch the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin. That evening, take part in a cooking demonstration before sitting down to dinner. Following dinner, choose from a large selection of cocktails at the panoramic bar, or head to the entrance for squid fishing. Day 2: Lan Ha Bay  and Viet Hai Village in Cat Ba Island Wake up early for sunrise, at which point you can enjoy a Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Breakfast will then be served accompanied by panorama views of the UNESCO World Heritage Site outside. Following breakfast, head out for the day on a smaller boat on which you will cruise along Lan Ha Bay. Later, transfer to Cat Ba Island where you can go cycling through Viet Hai Village to discover the local way of life. Head back to the boat for lunch, before kayaking around a small fishing village and swimming in the waters of Lan Ha Bay. Between 4:30PM-5:00PM, say goodbye to your day-crew as you return to your cruise. That evening, take part once more in the sunset party and cooking demonstration, before sitting down for dinner and relaxing for the evening. Day 3: Lan Ha Bay, Halong Bay, and Hanoi On your final day, choose to wake up early once more for Tai Chi before breakfast. You'll then visit the Dark and Bright Cave by tender and visit the small floating house before taking the opportunity to explore the cave on a local bamboo boat rowed by locals. Upon returning to the cruise, pack your luggage before checking out of your room and returning your room key. Brunch is then served, after which you leave the cruise to return to the harbor. Return to Hanoi around midday, at which point you will be dropped off to your hotel in the Old Quarter.

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Ha Long Bay: 2-Day Cruise with Private Balcony

4. Ha Long Bay: 2-Day Cruise with Private Balcony

Experience the best of Ha Long Bay on an overnight cruise which includes meals, commentary from a knowledgeable tour guide, onboard entertainment, and exciting water excursions. Day 1: Get picked up from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter by your tour guide. Board a speedboat at Tuan Chau Harbor after stopping off for a short break in Hai Duong Province. Enjoy a welcome drink with the captain once aboard the cruise boat, and listen to a safety briefing before checking into your cabin. Relax over a fixed menu lunch of Vietnamese seafood and vegetarian dishes. Sail past Con Vit islet, Thumb islet, and Gia Luan Harbor, and admire the fascinating rock formations. Drop anchor to swim or sunbathe by a nearby lagoon. Go kayaking or swimming at Ba Trai Dao islet. Return to the cruise boat for a sunset party with fruit, cake, and wine. Make traditional Vietnamese spring rolls and other famous dishes during an onboard cooking class. After dinner, play card games or chess, listen to music, and go squid fishing. Day 2: Wake up early for a tai chi lesson on the sundeck. Sit down to breakfast while taking in morning views of the bay. Explore Dark and Bright Cave on a local bamboo boat. Return to the cruise boat for check out, and savor a buffet lunch before making your way back to Tuan Chau Harbor and then to your hotel in Hanoi.

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From Hanoi: 2-Day Lan Ha Bay 5-Star Cruise

5. From Hanoi: 2-Day Lan Ha Bay 5-Star Cruise

Day 1 Kick off your cruise in style with a limousine transfer from your hotel in Hanoi to Halong Bay. Upon arrival at Tuan Chau harbor, get transferred by speedboat to your cruise ship. Enjoy a welcome drink, meet the captain and get a brief introduction to cruise safety guidelines before check-in.  After check-in, sit down to a delicious Vietnamese lunch as you cruise through Halong Bay, admiring the fascinating rock formations along the way. Continue cruising through Con Vit islet, Thumb islet, and Gia Luan Harbor to reach a natural lagoon where you can enjoy a dip in crystal-clear waters or simply sunbathe on the private deck. Later, enjoy another opportunity to swim or even kayak at Ba Trai Dao Islet before participating in a sunset party with fruit, cake, and wine.  In the evening, brush up your Vietnamese cooking skills with an onboard cooking lesson. Learn how to prepare traditional dishes such as spring roll before sitting down to a delicious barbeque meal. After dinner, choose from a range of entertainment options including music, board games, a massage or squid fishing. Day 2 Wake up early and enjoy an invigorating sunrise Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck before breakfast. Later, admire stunning views of the bay and it’s dramatic limestone islets as you sail through the calm emerald waters towards the Dark and Bright Cave. You can either explore the cave by kayak or enjoy a traditional bamboo boat ride rowed by locals. After visiting the cave, its time to check-out before enjoying a delicious buffet lunch and beginning the journey back to Hanoi.

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