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Halong Bay: Overnight Cruise With Meals

1. Halong Bay: Overnight Cruise With Meals

Experience the scenic beauty of Ha Long Bay aboard a state-of-the-art boat. Relax on board with complimentary meals and adventure activities. Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (lunch and dinner included) Following a pickup from your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi between 7:45 AM - 8:15 AM, depart for Ha Long Bay and journey to Tuan Chau Port, arriving at approximately 12:00 PM. Complete your check-in formalities, and then enjoy a set-menu seafood lunch, as you sail across the emerald green waters. Take part in a kayaking activity and get up close to the limestone cliffs, explore a tranquil bay, or hike to Ti Top Island for a panoramic view from the top of the mountain. You'll also get the chance to swim, weather permitting. Watch the sunset during a party on the upper deck in the late afternoon, before feasting on a special dinner cooked by a professional chef. Enjoy some leisure time in the evening to relax, sing some of your favorite songs at a karaoke session or go on a nighttime squid fishing adventure. Day 2: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi (breakfast and lunch included) Wake up early and take some beautiful photos of the sunrise over the bay. Then, join a Tai Chi session before breakfast. Next, journey to Surprising Cave to discover the most beautiful grotto in Ha Long Bay. At 9:00 AM, cruise around the lesser-explored areas of the bay on the way back to Tuan Chau Port. Take part in a cooking class and enjoy a farewell lunch before you disembark at Tuan Chau Port at around 11:45 AM. Head back to Hanoi by bus and get dropped off at your hotel in the city center around 5:00 PM.

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2-Day Royal Palace Ha Long Bay & Ti Top Island Cruise

2. 2-Day Royal Palace Ha Long Bay & Ti Top Island Cruise

Experience the scenic beauty of Ha Long Bay in complete luxury aboard a boat kitted out like a royal palace! Relax on board with complimentary meals and adventure activities, such as kayaking close to the limestone karst formations. Go on a night squid fishing trip, or sing your favorite songs at a karaoke session! Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (L, D) Following pick-up from your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi at around 8:00 AM, depart for Ha Long Bay and journey to Tuan Chau Port for an estimated arrival time of 12:00 PM. Complete all your check-in formalities, and then enjoy a set menu seafood lunch as you set sail across the emerald green waters. Marvel at the thousands of limestone karst islands, islets and rock formations emerging from the water in curious shapes. Take part in a kayaking activity and venture close alongside the limestone cliffs. Explore a tranquil bay or hike to Ti Top Island to get a panoramic view of Ha Long Bay from the top of the mountain. Swim in the inviting waters, weather permitting. Watch the sunset during a party on the upper deck in the late afternoon, before feasting on a special dinner cooked by a professional chef. Enjoy some time at leisure in the evening to relax, sing some of your favorites songs at a karaoke session or go on a night squid fishing adventure. Day 2: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi (B, L) Wake up early to take beautiful photos of the sunrise. Then, join a Tai Chi session before breakfast. Next, journey to Surprising Cave to discover the most beautiful grotto in Ha Long Bay. Check out at 09:00 and cruise around the lesser explored areas of the bay on the way back to Tuan Chau Port. Take part in a cooking class and enjoy a farewell lunch before you disembark at Tuan Chau Port at around 11:45 AM. Journey back to Hanoi by bus and get dropped off at your hotel in Hanoi city center at around 5:00 PM.

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Halong Day Tour: Islands, Caves, Kayak with Dragonfly Cruise

3. Halong Day Tour: Islands, Caves, Kayak with Dragonfly Cruise

After you’re picked up at hotels located in Old Quarter of Hanoi from 7:45 AM - 8:15 AM, head out on the drive to Halong Bay, making a short stop half way to visit crafts workshops, where you’ll see marble stone sculptures, plaque paintings, and hand-embroidered items. On your full-day excursion continue on the scenic drive to Halong, reaching Tuan Chau Island pier from 12:00 PM to 12:15 PM, 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 from 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM and board the bus that will take you back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi from 8:00 PM to 8:30 PM. 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

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Spectacular Halong Bay 2-Day Tour with Deluxe Cruises

4. Spectacular Halong Bay 2-Day Tour with Deluxe Cruises

Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (L - D) 7:45 AM - 8:30 AM: Pickup at your hotel located in the Old Quarter of Hanoi by shuttle bus. You will have the chance to join in with the group and make friends with other travelers from all around the world. 10:00 AM: Take a rest at the Humanity Center and enjoy local specialties and handicraft products. 12:00 PM: The captain and tender welcome you to the cruise. Savor the delicious lunch as the cruise passes through thousands of islands and islets of different shapes 3:30 PM: Cruise stops at the floating house for an hour of kayaking in the middle of the bay to admire the fascinating rock formations in the bay.  3:30 PM: Visit Titop Island if possible 6:00 PM: Enjoy a cooking demonstration for famous Vietnamese spring rolls. 7:30 PM: Enjoy a delicious and romantic dinner on board. 9:00 PM: Free time for entertainment with activities such as squid fishing, karaoke, star-gazing on the deck. Day 2: Ha Long Bay discovery – Hanoi (B - L) 6:30 AM: Start your new day on Halong bay with morning exercises and photos. Have breakfast with coffee or tea. 8:30 AM: Relax and enjoy the breath-taking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the crystal-clear water of the bay. 9:30 AM: Return to cruise, check out of your cabin. 10:00 AM: Explore the biggest and the most amazing cave in Halong Bay – Surprise Cave. 10:30 AM: Head back to the ship's restaurant to enjoy lunch. 12:00 PM: Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi. 4:00 - 5:00 PM: Arrive in Hanoi. Trip ends.

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Halong Bay: 2 Days 1 Night - Rosa Boutique 4-Star Cruise

5. Halong Bay: 2 Days 1 Night - Rosa Boutique 4-Star Cruise

On day 1, you will depart from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter after an early morning pick-up. You will then drive to Halong Bay, the beautiful UNESCO world heritage site. Board the cruise at Tuan Chau Harbor and sip a welcome drink before checking into your cabin. Enjoy a Vietnamese seafood or vegetarian lunch, while cruising the magnificent Halong Bay and admiring the limestone rock formations. Then, visit Halong pearl farm village before exploring Sung Sot, also called Surprise Cave, the bay’s largest and most spectacular cave. Later in the day, relax on-board and marvel at your amazing surroundings, before a delicious dinner is served and the evening entertainment begins. Enjoy an overnight stay on the boat in your luxurious cabin. Day 2 begins with an invigorating Tai-Chi class on deck before breakfast. Partake in a cooking class with the cruise's chef and learn to prepare traditional Vietnamese dishes. You will then enjoy lunch on-board before heading back to the harbor. Depart for Hanoi with a stop in Hai Duong province to visit a ceramics workshop. 07:30AM – 08:30AM: Our tour guide and bus pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi old quarter 04:00PM- 04:30PM: Arriving in Hanoi, end your trip

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Amazing 3 Days Halong, Bai Tu Long on Swan Cruise & kayaking

6. Amazing 3 Days Halong, Bai Tu Long on Swan Cruise & kayaking

On the first day, you will be picked up from your hotel and head to the northeast of Vietnam. On arrival at 12:30 PM, you will be transferred to the cruise. Then, enjoy a welcome drink, and listen to a safety briefing before checking into your cabin. At 1:30 PM, enjoy a delicious Vietnamese set menu while leisurely cruising to the core of Bai Tu Long Bay. Arrive at Cap La Island, the beautiful area in Bai Tu Long Bay, at 3:00 PM. Enjoy swimming, relaxing, or kayaking through the karst and the breathtaking nature. At 5:30, arrive back to the boat and enjoy a sunset party while sailing to the overnight anchorage. At 7:00 PM, indulge in a sumptuous set-dinner onboard. Then, at 8:30 PM, enjoy free time and join in with games, or try your luck at squid fishing.  Your second day will start at 6:30 AM with Tai Chi on the Sundeck. At 7:00 AM, a Western-style breakfast will be served with traditional Vietnamese food. At 8:30 AM, explore the well-hidden Thien Canh Son Cave. Your tour guide will explain the history of Ha Long Bay and this cave, made by Mother Nature. At 9:30 AM, you'll cruise past several floating hamlets including Cap La and Vung Ha, and enter the center of the pristine Bai Tu Long Geology Park. On arrival, enjoy a whole day of fun and relaxation with more kayaking, swimming, and sandy beaches. Be back to the boat for a delicious hot lunch at noon. At 2:00 PM, spend more time relaxing, kayaking, cave visiting, and swimming. Then, return to the main boat at 4:30 PM and enjoy a sunset party. Again, dinner will be served at 7:00 PM and then you can enjoy free time at 8:30 PM to join in with games, or try your luck at squid fishing.  On the third day, start at 6:30 AM with a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck. At 7:00 AM, a Western-style breakfast will be served with traditional Vietnamese food. At 9:30 AM, finish packing and check out of your cabin. At 10:30 AM, a Vietnamese cooking demonstration will take place on the boat. Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese brunch at 11:00 AM before disembarking at 12:00 PM. At 12:30 PM, it is time to say farewell to Halong Bay and then return to Hanoi. You will be dropped back to your hotel at around 5:30 PM. 

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Hanoi: 2-Night Ninh Binh and Halong Bay Tour

7. Hanoi: 2-Night Ninh Binh and Halong Bay Tour

After being collected from the Hanoi Old Quarter, you will embark on your 2.5-hour journey to the Ninh Binh Province. You will eventually arrive at the Bai Dinh Pagoda complex, where you'll see the largest pagoda not only in Vietnam, but also in Southeast Asia. Leaving the pagoda, you will then climb up to the summit of the mountain to see the 100-ton bronze statue of the Buddha Sakyamuni. Once there you will take a rest whilst enjoying panoramic views of the picturesque landscape, dotted with limestone mountains. Following lunch at local restaurant, you will take a boat trip to explore the cave complex in Trang An. This is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, many of them partly submerged and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs. You will later spend the night at a home-stay/hotel in Ninh Binh. Following breakfast on the second day, your bus will pick you up at your accommodation for the 4-hour transfer to Halong Bay. Upon arrival at the Halong Wharf, you will have time to stretch your legs and take some photos. You will then board your cruise boat for a welcoming drink and cruise briefing, before enjoying lunch whilst cruising to Bai Tu Long Bay and admiring the fascinating rock formations along the way. It will then be time to transfer by tender boat to Thien Canh Son Cave to visit the cave which boasts many interesting stalactites and stalagmites in different amazing shapes. After about half an hour visiting, you will go back to the tender and return to the boat to relax, sunbathe, or to enjoy a cool drink on the sundeck. You may also like to spend half an hour kayaking to discover first-hand some of Bai Tu Long Bay's landscape. Following all these activities there will be the opportunity to join the fun with an onboard cooking class. After you've worked up an appetite, you will enjoy a Vietnamese-style set dinner which will be served on board. To end the evening you may like to spend some time chatting in the bar or enjoy some night fishing, before you stay overnight on the boat at a peaceful anchorage. After breakfast and enjoying the sunrise on the third day, you will visit the ancient Vung Vieng floating village. Here you will not only be immersed in the quiet and peaceful atmosphere, but will also be surrounded by the limestone mountains as you are transported by a small bamboo boat for an hour. Following that, you will return to the cruise for some relaxation and lunch. The boat will then return to the Halong Wharf for disembarkation and your return to Hanoi by bus, where your trip eventually ends.

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

8. 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.

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Halong Bay: 3-Day 2-Night 4-Star Cruise with Transfer

9. Halong Bay: 3-Day 2-Night 4-Star Cruise with Transfer

On the first day, you’ll be picked up in Hanoi Old Quarter and head to Tuan Chau harbor. You’ll board the cruise and check in to your cabin. Enjoy cruising through Halong Bay and marvel at passing rock formations during lunch. Next, you’ll pass a pearl farm and head to Tung Gau, where you’ll visit a floating fishing village and the Lan Ha Bay natural reserve. At the end of the day, return to the cruise ship for dinner, entertainment and relaxation. Start your second day with a Tai-Chi class on deck. After breakfast, choose between kayaking or swimming at Three Peach Beach amid pristine, turquoise waters. Eat lunch on board and visit the pearl farm. In the evening, join a cooking class on the sun deck and savor a luxurious dinner. On the final day, join another Tai-Chi morning session and explore Sung Sot cave. Then, learn how to prepare traditional Vietnamese dishes from your professional cruise chef. Head back to Hanoi via Tuan Chau harbor and stop in Hai Duong province for some relaxation and a ceramics workshop.

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Halong Bay: 2-Day 1-Night 3-Star Rosa Cruise

10. Halong Bay: 2-Day 1-Night 3-Star Rosa Cruise

Discover the beauty of Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a 2-day 1-night cruise. Trek, swim, join tai chi and cooking classes and enjoy Vietnamese cuisine on board. Day 1: Hanoi–Halong Bay–Cruise After pick-up from Hanoi Old Quarter between 07:30 and 08:30, depart Hanoi early in the morning for the drive to Halong Bay. Board the cruise in Tuan Chau Harbor and sip a welcome drink before checking into your cabin. Enjoy a Vietnamese seafood or vegetarian lunch, while cruising magnificent Halong Bay, admiring the limestone rock formations. Visit Halong Pearl Farm Village before exploring Sung Sot, the bay’s largest cave. Afterwards, relax on board before dinner is served and the evening entertainment begins. Overnight on the boat. Day 2: Cruise–Hanoi Begin the day with an invigorating tai chi class on deck before breakfast. Trek on Titop Island or enjoy a swim and then continue cruising the bay. Take a cooking class with the cruise's chef. Prepare traditional Vietnamese dishes and then enjoy lunch on board before heading back to the harbor. Depart for Hanoi with a stop in Hai Duong province to visit a ceramics workshop. Enjoy the amenities of a newly-built wooden junk boat designed in the time-honored traditional style, but with contemporary, deluxe cabins and facilities, including sea-view windows in each cabin, private, modern bathrooms and a comfortable sun-deck bar. Savor complimentary meals offering the tastiest traditional Vietnamese foods and learn about contemporary Vietnam as well as its colorful history from your friendly guides. Arrive back in Hanoi between 16:00 and 16:30 to end your tour.

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What people are saying about Hanoi

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 2,218 reviews

We chose the three-day tour and would recommend it at any time. The all-round care was very good (very seafood-heavy, but if you are not a seafood fan, you can indicate this in advance and be offered an alternative). You have enough time for activities far away from everyday life. We did three kayak tours, two cave tours and a cooking class. In the evening you could try your hand at squid fishing. The guides and the staff were all very friendly and accommodating. Gladly again!

The two day cruise in Halong Bay was one of the best things we did in Vietnam. The boat was very nice. The cabins had dark wood and big windows. We also enjoyed the balcony where we took a lot of photos from. After our kajak tour we went in the hot tup and drank some happy hour drinks. The staff was very friendly without being too much.

A very fine trip and stay on an excellent boat. The room, the food, the service and the tours were all very good. The only complaint is that the tour-operator should inform about the expected pick up time and keep the timetable. We had to ask the tour operator about the expected pick up time but the bus showed up about one hour late.

Great way to see Halong Bay in one day! Bus journey is obviously quite long but if you need to squeeze it into 1 day it isn’t much to sacrifice. Benjamin was a great guide, so helpful and spoke amazing English!

The Tourguide, Tony, was Very kind and helpsome! The staff Speaks english Very well and Are Very serviceminded. The food was above all expectations! Very delicious!