Day 1: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Lan Ha Bay
You will be greeted at your hotel in the Old Quarter to take the new highway to Tuan Chau Pier (if book our shuttle bus).
Board the Heritage Cruises boat and enjoy a welcome drink as you receive a cruise briefing, safety instructions and check in to your suite. Lunch is served at L’Indochine Restaurant. Later cruise to Da Chong islet, where you can see a heritage lighthouse built by the French more than 100 years ago. After lunch, cruise to Gia Luan Lagoon where limestone karst formations rise out of the sea. This quiet bay is untouched and remote, as not many cruise ships visit. At 15:30 the cruise vessel approaches the Ba Trai Dao beach (or Tra Bau) in Lan Ha Bay, a natural frontier between the provinces of Halong and Haiphong. This secret hideaway has beaches, caves and the spectacular natural beauty of about 400 islands. Guests can try kayaking or simply swim in the clear waters of the bay.
Activities include afternoon tea and the chef will lead a Vietnamese cooking class. Afterwards, a memorable dining experience will be offered at the restaurant, with local food in an intimate and romantic setting. Enjoy evening views of the bay at the bar on the top deck. Try your hand with squid fishing. The bars are open until late.
Day 2: Lan Ha Bay – Hanoi
Start the day with a session of Vovinam on the sundeck. Afterwards, guests will enjoy a light breakfast on board. At 7:15 we shall head off in a bamboo boat to explore the Dark and Bright Cave. Return to the ship for checkout. At 10:00 enjoy brunch while cruising back to harbour.
Departure to Hanoi for those who have booked our Limousine service.14:00 Approximate time of arrival in Hanoi, and drop-off at your hotel.