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Hanoi: Halong Bay 2-Day Tour with Lodging and Luxury Cruise

1. Hanoi: Halong Bay 2-Day Tour with Lodging and Luxury Cruise

Experience Ha Long Bay on a 2-day cruise, with a sea view or balcony room, cooking demonstrations, and plenty of entertainment onboard. Swim and kayak in the bay's emerald waters and explore its limestone islands and quaint villages. Day 1: Hanoi Pickup and Ha Long Bay The first day of your cruise begins with a hotel pickup from the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Meet with fellow cruise guests and get to know travelers from all around the world. On your way to Ha Long Bay stop at a humanity center to check out local specialties and products. Arrive at your cruise boat and receive a warm welcome from your captain. Afterward, sit for lunch and savor a delicious meal as the cruise passes through thousands of islands and islets of different shapes. Stop near the floating villages and have the opportunity to kayak in the middle of the bay to admire its fascinating rock formations a bit closer. If possible that day, visit Titop Island. Return to the boat for the evening and watch a cooking demonstration of Vietnamese spring rolls. Then delight in an idyllic dinner on board. Spend the rest of the night with free time to participate in activities such as squid fishing, karaoke, or star-gazing on the deck. Day 2: Ha Long Bay and Hanoi Drop-off Have an early start to your day with morning exercises and photos. Sip your coffee or tea as you have breakfast. Relax and take in the breathtaking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the crystal-clear water of the bay. Check out of your cabin and then spend the rest of the morning exploring Ha Long Ba's Surprise Cave. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to impressive rock formations, incredibly tall ceilings, and an interesting legend. From Surprise Cave, head back to the cruise boat's restaurant and eat lunch. Disembark for your transfer back to Hanoi.

Ha Long Bay: 2-Day, 1-Night Cruise

2. Ha Long Bay: 2-Day, 1-Night Cruise

Discover, Ha Long Bay, known as the “Bay of Descending Dragons” an enchanting bay in the heart of Vietnam. Relax, soak in the scenery, and embrace the culture on this 2-day cruise. This cruise includes a visit to the Sung Sot Cave, the Biggest Cave in Halong Bay, learn about the UNESCO declared World Heritage area, and enjoy the stunning picturesque landscape. Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay Begin with a pickup from your hotel in the Hanoi Old Quarter between 8:00-8:30 AM. Set off towards Halong Bay on a 2.5-hour ride. Arrive at the Tuan Chau Harbor by noon, before checking in. Next, your captain will welcome you aboard the cruise with a complimentary drink. Meet the crew for a brief introduction and go through safety guidelines. Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch, cruise along the Emerald Sea, and admire the fascinating rock formations. Later in the afternoon, you will visit the Sung Sot Cave, swim on Titop Island and embrace the views from the mountain peak. Soak in the sun on a deck chair, sip a cocktail or read a book as you enjoy relaxation. In the evening, gaze at the night sky, as you join the ship’s sunset party. Take a cooking class and master making fresh noodle rolls. Enjoy a delicious set dinner packed full of vibrant flavors. Join in karaoke, play games, or go fishing for squid, before you enjoy a well-deserved night of rest. Day 2: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi Wake up, enjoy the beautiful sunrise on the sundeck, have breakfast, and admire the stunning views. Help yourself to a cup of tea or coffee if you like to kick start your day. Set sail past the magnificent landscapes, visit the Halong Bay Pearl Farm, and learn the history of pearls. Next, you will return to the ship, enjoy an afternoon dip or explore the bay yourself by kayak, the choice is yours. In the afternoon, enjoy a spot of lunch, and relax as you cruise back to Tuan Chau Harbor. You will then head back to Hanoi or your hotel, arriving back by 3:30 PM.

Hanoi: Islands, Caves, Kayak & Halong Dragonfly Boat Cruise

3. Hanoi: Islands, Caves, Kayak & Halong Dragonfly Boat Cruise

Discover the beauty of Ha Long Bay on a cruise and a guided Kayaking tour. Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch on a cruise to the Thien Cung cave. Get closer to the islands on a leisurely kayaking tour. After you’re picked up at hotels located in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, head out on the drive to Halong Bay, making a short stop halfway to take a short break or restroom. On your full-day excursion continue on the scenic drive to Halong, reaching Tuan Chau Island pier around midday and board the traditional cruise. You’ll be greeted on board and then enjoy a fresh seafood lunch. Have a chance to take in the tranquil beauty and breathtaking scenery from the deck of the boat. During the cruise, you’ll enjoy views of tiny islands with their rock arches, sheer cliffs, innumerable white sand beaches, and peaceful coves. Like sculpted cartoon characters, these limestone islands have fanciful names, such as Incense Burner, Stone Dog, and Fighting Cock (which is the symbol of Halong Bay). You will then head on to Thien Cung (Heavenly Palace Grotto). Explore its huge chambers adorned with stalactites and stalagmites of all kinds. Finally, enjoy 45-minutes of kayaking or paddling a bamboo boat around the islands and water tunnels at the World Natural Area recognized by UNESCO. Return to the Tuan Chau pier and board the bus that will take you back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi in the early evening. Menu for lunch: 1: Tomato/ cucumber salad 2: Fried potato 3: Steam shrimp 4: Fried eggs roll 5: Fried squid  6: Deep fried seafood spring rolls 7: Fried chicken with mushroom 8: Steamed fish with tomato sauce 9: Fried vegetable (available upon season) 10: Steamed rice 11: Fresh fruit 12: Afternoon fresh fruit and tea

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

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

Day 1: Start with pickup from your hotel in Hanoi. Arrive at Tuan Chau pier and board the boat. Enjoy the buffet lunch while the boat is cruising towards North East of Ha Long Bay. Cruise next to the Dark and Bright Caves, the ideal place for you to get up close to Ha Long Bay by bamboo boat or kayak. Then enter a less populated area at Tra Bau - Lan Ha Bay. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the green emerald water. Onboard you may join a cooking demonstration as you learn about Vietnamese dining culture. The chef and staff will instruct you in making a traditional dish of Vietnam. Enjoy happy hour at the at the bar while watching the view of the bay at sunset. Sit for a deluxe dinner made with the freshest ingredients in a sophisticated space with elegant French neoclassical style and traditional oriental touches. Admire the beauty of the bay at night. You may want to try your luck with squid fishing or watch a movie in the restaurant. Day 2: Rise early in the morning for a Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Enjoy breakfast at the restaurant while continuing the cruise. Take part in a kayaking tour in the Ao Ech area, before checking out of your cabin. Brunch will be served at the restaurant on the 2nd deck. Return to Tuan Chau Marina for your transfer back to Hanoi.

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

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

Day 1 09:00 Pick up at hotel in Hanoi old quarter. Transfer to Tuan Chau marina, welcome aboard to cruise. Refresh with welcome drink. Meet the captain, crew cruise and join briefing and learn safety instruction. Lunch in the luxury dining room with indoor or outdoor dining area. Continue cruising through Con Vit islet, Thumb islet and Gia Luan harbor where belonged to Cat Ba area. Discover lagoon natural area belong to Lan Ha bay. Drop anchor for Kayaking or swimming or just simply sunbathe on cruise. Gather around the sundeck for watching the sunset, enjoy Sunset party with complimentary cocktails demonstration. It’s ideal time to make acquaintance with new friends, just relax in the seasonal swimming pool, or enjoy in golf course or do the exercise at fitness area. Join for a short class of cooking demonstration. The chef will guide how to make famous traditional Vietnamese spring rolls. BBQ dinner is served with fresh food menu outside of swimming pool area. After dinner, reward yourself with a large selection of cocktails at panoramic bar with seasonal pool view, at wine and cigars cellar, or take one of onboard activities: board games, movies, and squid fishing… or relaxing with massage services. Day 2 06:30. Join for a Tai Chi session on the sundeck for early riser. Tai chi helps focus the mind and condition the body, joining Tai Chi session or do the exercise at fitness area to full charge energy for the new day. Local light breakfast is served. Mingling yourself in the stunning views of the Bay and it’s dramatic limestone islets as we sail through the calm emerald waters heading to Dark & Bright Cave. Take option either exploring the cave by yourself on kayak or comfortably on local boat rowed by the locals. Check-out the room. Vietnamese cuisine is served. Disembark from the cruise as crew say farewell, back to Tuan Chau Marina by our speedboat. Arrival back at hotel approximately 15:00

From Hanoi: 2-Day Ha Long Bay Cruise with Activities

6. From Hanoi: 2-Day Ha Long Bay Cruise with Activities

Day 1 After getting picked up from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter, head to Halong Bay for check-in at noon. Enjoy a welcome drink and onboard lunch before heading to Canh Son Cave where you can admire uniquely shaped limestone formations. Afterward, return to the cruise ship and enjoy some free time to relax or sunbathe. Later, kayak through the picturesque landscapes of Bai Tu Long Bay, followed by a cooking class with the onboard chef. Sit down to a delicious Vietnamese dinner before doing a spot of fishing or grabbing a drink at the bar.  Day 2 After breakfast on board, watch the sunrise over the bay before heading to the ancient Vung Vieng floating village. Soak up the village's quiet and peaceful atmosphere and admire the surrounding rocky mountains as you float around on a traditional bamboo boat. When you get back to the boat, have lunch as you pass through Ha Long Bay pier before beginning the journey back to Hanoi and getting dropped off back at your hotel.

Ha Long Bay-Lan Ha Bay 3-Day Luxury Cruise with Activities

7. Ha Long Bay-Lan Ha Bay 3-Day Luxury Cruise with Activities

Itinerary (all times are approximate). Day 1: HANOI – HALONG (lunch and dinner) 8:30 – 8:45 AM Hotel pick-up by luxury limousine 11:30 – 12:00 AM Check-in 1:00 PM Buffet lunch served in LeOpera restaurant 3:00 PM Explore AoEch area around Lan Ha Bay and enjoy a swim in crystal-clear waters 5:00 PM Return to cruise 5:00 – 6:30 PM Sunset happy hour 6:00 PM Small cooking demonstration 7:30 PM Set-menu dinner in LeOpera restaurant Overnight on board Day 2: BIKING IN VIETHAI VILLAGE & VISIT TO FLOATING VILLAGE (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) 6:15 AM Tai Chi at sunrise 8:00 – 8:30 AM Pack a handbag with swimsuit, change of clothes, and comfortable shoes and transfer to a day boat to join a group tour 10:30 AM Cycling tour of Viet Hai village 1:00 PM Return to the day boat and cruise on to the Van Boi area of Lan Ha Bay as you enjoy a Vietnamese fusion lunch onboard 3:30 PM Return to the cruise Free time to relax on board. 5:00 – 6:30 PM Happy hour 7:30 PM Dinner served in LeOpera restaurant Overnight onboard Day 3: HALONG – HANOI (light breakfast and brunch) 6:00 – 6:15 AM Watch the sunrise with a Tai Chi session on the sundeck 6:45 AM Light breakfast in LeOpera restaurant 7:15 – 7:20 AM Take a local bamboo boat to visit the Dark and Bright cave 8:30 – 09:00 AM Return to cruise for checkout 9:30 AM Buffet brunch served on the way back to the harbor 10:30 -11:30 AM Arrival at Tuan Chau pier Return to Hanoi around: 3:00 PM

Ha Long Bay 3 Days 2 Nights 5-Star Cruise

8. Ha Long Bay 3 Days 2 Nights 5-Star Cruise

Enjoy a trip of a lifetime with a 2-night stay on board a cruise in Halong Bay to discover this natural World Heritage site. Start with pickup from your hotel in Hanoi's old quarter. Enjoy a welcoming drink and cruise briefing before embarking onwards to Ha Long Wharf, tucking into a delicious lunch, while cruising to Ha Long Bay. Admire the fascinating rock formations in the bay, then transfer by tender to Sung Sot Cave, with many interesting stalactites and stalagmites in different amazing shapes. Discover the Ha Long Bay landscape, the most mesmerizing moment in Ha Long Bay must be sunset over the layered rock formations. Join the Chef for a cooking class, before enjoying a Vietnamese-style set dinner. Relax at the bar, or enjoy a spot of night fishing. Waking up on the second day, have some coffee and tea before a Tai Chi session, a kind of Chinese traditional material art. Refresh your day with this 30-minute physical and mental workout to improve health balance and relieve stress. Then, have something for breakfast at the buffet served in the dining hall. The first spot on this classic itinerary is Luon Cave, an open-air cave only accessible by boat. To enter the grotto, you have to take a rowing boat or kayak through a 100-meter-long and 3-meter-wide arch with heights of 2.5 – 4 meters. Once passing under the arch, you can feast your eye on sheer limestone cliffs rising up from the emerald water. Here, you can let your hair down and explore the diverse ecology system. You may spot brazen monkeys climbing the cliffs and fragrant orchids thriving in rocky outcrops. Explore Cua Van Floating Village by Bamboo Boat. Immerse yourself in the peaceful atmosphere at the ancient Floating Village in a small bamboo boat, surrounded by the rocky mountains. The afternoon excursion heads for Pearl Farm, which is located near the fishing village. Here, you will find how long it takes for pearls to grow, harvest, and extract. It is a distinctive experience to figure out that pearl farming is an extremely slow process. Transfer back to the main boat for second night and have dinner. On the third day, after the Tai Chi lessons and breakfast, you will be transferred to Titop Island, a photogenic spot. After one hour of discovering the island, you can climb to the peak for a marvelous 360-degree view of the bay or relax on the beach. Returning to the boat, you will have half an hour to freshen up and finish packing. Afterward, During that time, the cruise will approach the pier, so you can sit back and relax for the rest of the time onboard. Finally, travel back to Hanoi in the afternoon.

3-Day Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay 5 Star Cruise & Viet Hai Village

9. 3-Day Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay 5 Star Cruise & Viet Hai Village

DAY 1: HANOI – HALONG BAY – LAN HA BAY 09:00 – 09:30: Bus picks you up at your hotel in the old quarter or meeting point at Hanoi Opera House No-1 Trang Tien Str, Hoan Kiem Dis, Hanoi 12:00: You will be welcomed aboard and greeted with a complimentary drink. Our friendly and professional crew will conduct a compulsory safety procedure session and then you are free to check into your cabin and freshen up. 12:45: A special lunch of fresh food and an assortment of appetizing delicacies will be served. You will be enchanted when decadently dining on our luxury junk 15:30: We will visit the Dark and Bright cave famous for the pristine natural beauty and poetic, attractive seascape of Lan Ha Bay. Here you will take some photos of the romantic, lyrical local see-sights. This is also the best time for tourists to enjoy bamboo boat and swimming - which is an interesting activity to discover the truest beauty of the limestone mountains and the blue sky of Lan Ha Bay. Afterwards, visitors immerse in the emerald green water of Lan Ha Bay with exciting swimming activities. 17:30: Get to the top deck where you can admire the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin and enjoy a complimentary sunset party. It is an ideal time for photography enthusiasts to capture the stunning moment of sunset at Lan Ha Bay. 19:00: Enjoy delicious local food prepared and served for you by our wonderful onboard catering staff. 21:00-0:00: You can order an indulgent spa service, watch movies, go squid fishing or simply relax on our roof top deck under the cover of a brightly illuminated sky. DAY 2: LAN HA BAY – VIET HAI VILLAGE – CAT BA ISLAND 6:30-7:30: Breakfast is served at the restaurant. 8:00-8.30: You will be transferred to the day tour cruise to visit the bay to go further than Lan Ha Bay You start the journey to discover Viet Hai village - a peaceful village with extremely beautiful scenery by bike or tram along the trails, through vast rice fields. You stop to rest and visit the old house made from straw, mud, bamboo. 12:00: Return to the day tour cruise. You will be served lunch with a variety of dishes at the restaurant. 14h00: The cruise takes you to the pristine beach area with fine white sand, you are free to swim or participate in kayaking activity. 16:30: Return to cruises. You will be watching the sunset fall on Ha Long Bay, immersed in soothing or vibrant music, sipping a cocktail. 19:15: Enjoy dinner at a restaurant 20:45 Enjoy the nightlife of Ha Long Bay from the deck. DAY 3: LANHA BAY – TUAN CHAU PORT 6:30-7:30: Breakfast is served at cruise restaurant. 8:00: Cruise will arrival Frog Pond area, in here you have kayaking and free to relax in the four-season mini pool on Lan Ha Bay - A silk ribbon made from green mountains, blue seas and diverse fauna and flora. 9:30: Checking out of the room. Then the lunch in the restaurant is ready for you 11:15 - 11:30: Disembark and move back the port. And transfer back Hanoi around 15:00 PM

2 Days-1 Night Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise

10. 2 Days-1 Night Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise

On day one of this spectacular two-day cruise, a shuttle bus picks you up from your hotel, with a short stop on the way. Following departure from Hon Gai Pier, you'll be welcomed with a drink and, later, a delicious Vietnamese set menu will be served while leisurely cruising further into the heart of Bai Tu Long Bay. You'll be able to explore the mysteries of well-hidden Thien Canh Son Cave, or enjoy kayaking through breathtaking nature at Cap La Island. After these invigorating activities, it's back to the boat for a chef-led cooking class before tucking into a sumptuous on-board feast. During downtime, challenge yourself to a Vietnamese puzzle, gather your group for a board game, try your luck with squid fishing, or simply quaff a cocktail and enjoy a peaceful night on the bay. On day two, visit ancient Vung Vieng Floating Village, where you will be immersed in the still atmosphere, surrounded by rocky mountains, before returning to Hanoi in the afternoon.

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4.0 / 5

based on 558 reviews

Truly a wonderful experience! The staff on the ship was phenomenal and really took pride in taking care of the customers. They were very welcoming. The drinks were great. The food was plentiful. The room was clean. I had no complaints. The lady that made this cruise such a great experience was Hana. After booking she contacted me on WhatsApp and I was a little skeptical at first but I wouldn’t be writing this review if it wasn’t for her. She made sure everything ran smoothly from start to finish and any time I had a question or a concern she responded to me in under 2 minutes. Bottom line is if you get to work with Hana you are in good hands and don’t worry about anything. It was such a great experience I wish I would’ve stayed two nights instead of only one. I would highly recommend this cruise!

I thoroughly enjoyed this trip! Hana, the tour organiser, Nam, our tour guide and the team onboard couldn’t do enough for us. We are vegetarian and they provided so many tasty options at each meal - we were very satisfied with the food options available! The boat was kept clean at all times. The team onboard worked extremely hard to ensure we had an enjoyable and comfortable stay. The bedrooms were well equipped with shampoo, shower gel, towels, hairdryer, flip flops and glass water bottles and there was a water tank on board to refill water bottles. This was a fun packed trip which was also very relaxing. We got to get involved with many activities such as kayaking, spending time at nearby beaches, visiting a cave and squid fishing. All in all an amazing stay and would definitely go again!!

We loved our Cruise with Athena! We took the trip for our anniversary and the staff went above and beyond to make it so special and memorable. The cave activity was wonderful too and we went at the perfect time so it wasn’t too crowded. The rooms were stylish and comfortable with incredible views of Halong Bay. The food was also buffet which is my favourite way to eat! All we wish is that we could have done more nights on board! Thank you all, we won’t forget our time on Athena.

It was a great trip. Our guide Son (I hope I have spelled his name correctly) was very knowledgeable and his command of English was very good. He talked about Halong Bay telling us some interesting facts. First we stopped of at the place where they were cultivating pearls, then we got on the boat to Halong Bay starting first with lunch. We sailed passing by few landmarks such as Fighting cocks. Then we had 40mins for kayaking and then we visited Dong Thien Cung cave.

Beautiful nature, exciting activities (kayaking, cave visit), this is a much recommended trip. The lunch was delicious, the tour guide knowledgeable and friendly, we enjoyed this tour a lot!