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

1. 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.

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

2. 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

From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay Full-Day Guided Tour with Lunch

3. From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay Full-Day Guided Tour with Lunch

Enjoy a full-day trip to Ha Long Bay and get immersed in the beauty of the stone mountains, caves, sandy beach, and more. Board a vehicle from the hotel and enjoy a scenic drive through the green fields. Arrive at the Tuan Chau Habour and cruise through the turquoise waters and amazing rock formations. Soak in the beauty of the surroundings while enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch on board. Next, you will continue to explore the beautiful Sung Sot cave. Admire the shimmering stalactites embodying countless strange and unique shapes. Take a kayak or bamboo boat to spend some time in the water and discover the stunning Luon Cave. Feel the warmth of the sunshine as you pass by Titop island. Take a refreshing dip in the water or trek to the Titop peak for photos with a panoramic view of the bay. Relax for a while before going back to the boat to enjoy a sunset party with red wine, french fries, cakes, and fruits. After reaching Ha Long harbor, the driver will transfer you back to Hanoi. 

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

4. 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

Halong Bay: 2-Day Luxury Cruise with Private Balcony & Cave

5. Halong Bay: 2-Day Luxury Cruise with Private Balcony & Cave

DAY 1: HA NOI – HA LONGDAY 08:00: Pick up at Old Quarter area and transfer from Hanoi to Halong Bay (if the package is included transfer service). 11:30: Arriving at the Halong check-in lounge. You will have time to refresh yourself after the long drive from Hanoi and wait for check-in. 12:15: After taken to the Halong Cruise, you will be checked-in. While enjoying welcome drinks, you will be introduced the itinerary and safety briefing by Cruise Manager 13:00: You will have time to savor your delicious buffet lunch and enjoy the stunning views as the boat cruises towards the southeast of Halong Bay, passing Fighting- Cock and Finger Islet. 14:30 – 16:00: Your first excursion is a visit to Tung Sau Pearl Farm, an area in Halong Bay dedicated to growing pearls and practicing a handmade technique based on Vietnamese tradition and Japanese technology. This is also an ideal destination for kayaking. 16:00 – 17:00: Hike to the top of Ti Top Island for stunning panoramic views of the Bay. After your hike, go for a refreshing swim in Halong Bay’s emerald waters or sip from a coconut in the shade. 17:30 – 19:00: Back on board, you can enjoy sunset party with HAPPY HOUR (from 17:30 – 19:00) – buy 2 get 1 free on drinks at Thalassius Bar or Sundeck. 19:15: Delight in the shimmering atmosphere of thousands of stars while eating a fantastic, expertly prepared dinner. 20:30: This is the perfect time to relax with karaoke or enjoy the drink at Thalassius Bar. Besides, we provide free for squid fishing tools at reception DAY 2: HA LONG – HA NOI 06:00: Warm up your day with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck with a breathtaking view as the sun rises on Halong Bay. 07:00 – 07:30: Light breakfast is served at the restaurant. 07:30 – 08:30: Your next stop is the magnificent Sung Sot Cave, one of the biggest caves in Ha Long Bay with beautiful stalactites. You will be surprised by the breathtaking panoramic view across the Bay once you exit the cave as well as the stalactites and stalagmites formed over millions of years which have taken on fascinating shapes. 08:30 – 09:30: Back on board, you settle your bill, check-out and return to Tuan Chau Island 09:45 – 10:45: Brunch is served at the restaurant while the boat heads back to the harbor. 10:45 – 11:00: Disembark at Tuan Chau Marina, return to Hanoi. Transfer back to Hanoi around 15:00 PM

Hanoi: 3-Day Lan Ha Bay 5 Star Cruise & Private Balcony Room

6. Hanoi: 3-Day Lan Ha Bay 5 Star Cruise & Private Balcony Room

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. 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. Kayaking or swimming or just simply sunbathe on cruise. 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. 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 Join us for a Tai Chi session for the early risers on the sun deck. Light breakfast in a panorama view of the world heritage site. After breakfast, enjoy time for relaxing in amazing view of the Lan Ha bay while the boat continues cruising further for sightseeing. Lunch is served before getting on the speedboat to explore some unique area where the main boat cannot go through. Transferred by the speedboat heading to Viet Hai Village. Take the bicycle ride to enjoy gorgeous sceneries along village roads and go through rain forests. We also visit a local family’s house to see the daily life of local people. Back to the speedboat to continue cruising further in Lan Ha Bay. Arrive to a natural beach area for swimming, guest will pass through fish farm at the typical Lan Ha bay floating village. Back to cruise, take time to refresh or play some short game in golf course or relax with massage services as we cruise to sleeping area. Dinner is served with different menu. After dinner reward yourself with a large selection of cocktails at bar, swimming pool, wine and cigars cellar or enjoy the landscape of the bay at night. Relax with massage services. Take one of our on-board activities like squid fishing, watching movies in the restaurant. Day 3 Join us for a Tai Chi session on the sundeck for early riser. 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 our crew say farewell. Transferred by ultra-luxurious limousine. Arrival back at your hotel approximately 15:00

Halong Bay: 2-Day Luxury Cruise

7. 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.

From Hanoi: Guided Day Trip to Halong Bay with Boat Cruise

8. From Hanoi: Guided Day Trip to Halong Bay with Boat Cruise

Full Day Explore Ha Long Bay - Highlight Destination - Cave - Kayaking - Beach - Swimming 08h30:8:30: Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi. Drive to Ha Long City through the green fields in the Red River Delta. 12h00: Embark at Ha Long wharf – Break and photography time 12h10: Boat Cruises on Halong, enjoy a welcoming drink and cruise briefing. 12h30: Have lunch while cruising in Ha Long Bay, admiring the fascinating rock formations in the bay. 13h30: Transfer by tender to Sung Sot cave. Our tour guide will take you to a huge cave with many interesting stalactite and stalagmite in different amazing shapes …. After about half an hour visiting, you will go back to tender and return to the boat. Then return to cruise for your leisure or join sunbathing 14h45: Discovery Luon Cave by kayaking, the most beautiful destination for kayaking in Halong Bay. Enjoying about a hour kayaking to Luon cave then back to cruise and continue to Titov hiking or swimming beach here. 15h45: Swimming on the beach. Trekking Titop peak for taking photos with panoramic view of the bay 16h30: Enjoy Sunset party on Boat with Red wine, French fried, cakes, Fruits.. 17h45-18:00: Back to Ha Long harbour. 20h00-20:30: You will arrived Hanoi hotel and shuttle bus will drop off all around Hanoi Old Quarter or meeting point End of the trip.

Lan Ha Bay 2 Day 1 Night 5 Star Cruise Private Balcony

9. Lan Ha Bay 2 Day 1 Night 5 Star Cruise Private Balcony

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.

From Hanoi: Lan Ha Bay 2-Day Cruise w/Kayaking and Swimming

10. From Hanoi: Lan Ha Bay 2-Day Cruise w/Kayaking and Swimming

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, 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 some time to 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.

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Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 80 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!

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 vey good tour,definitelly reccomend it. Worth the money. Well organized, guide was very nice,good english,a little stronger accent but possible to understand. The only dissapointment was the swimming because the beach was very dirty (specially the watter) and crowded, but everything else was amazing,cruising in Halong Bay at sunset wow so much fun! Thanks!

An unforgettable experience!! The staff very attentive and charming. Happy had it all planned, and Ninh was super nice!! The boat very well, and the food delicious. The beautiful setting, both the bay and the boat ride. And wonderful Hana, she made sure the whole trip was perfect. We would repeat again!!

The view Ha Long bay and sea food were amaging . And also kayak was exciting. Thank you for giving me a special experience!