• Explore Hanoi Old Town After being greeted at the airport by our friendly representative our car will be waiting to whisk you directly to the Hanoi Hilton Opera which is in the perfect location to explore Hanoi Old Town at your leisure.
10:00 am: You will be collected from Hanoi Old Quarter to take the highway to Dinh Vu Port, Hai Phong City where we arrive at around 11h30. A special tea and warm welcome awaits you at Orchid Cruise’s.
12:00 pm: Transfer by tender to the Orchid Cruise. On the way to the main boat, you will have a chance to see Cai Trap canal.
12: 15 pm: We welcome our guests onboard the Orchid Cruise and then take time to enjoy your welcome drink, receive cruise briefing, safety instructions and check in. Start cruising and explore Halong Bay - one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.
12: 40 pm: Orchid Cruise boat proceeds to Da Chong islet, where you can see a lighthouse built by the French over 100 years ago. We have lunch before continuing our journey via the islets of Con Vit and Gia Luan. These amazing limestone formations rise up out of the sea in an impressive manner. This area is untouched, as not many cruise ships use this route.
3:00 pm: We progress to Ba Trai Dao beach area of Lan Ha Bay- a separate part of Halong Bay. This is a quiet paradise in Vietnam. The region is known for its pristine beaches and spectacular beauty, having about 400 fascinating islands. Unlike the main, Ha Long Bay, the islands of Lan Ha Bay are forested, and most are small in stature.
You may prefer to try your hand at kayaking or simply just enjoy a swim.
Returning to Orchid Cruise you can watch the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin. Onboard you may join a traditional cooking class. Our chef will instruct you in the making of some Vietnam dishes. In the early evening the boat has its Happy Hour deal.
5:30 pm: Option: Massage service available. Please book with Cruise Manager directly (please see massage menu)
7:30 pm: Deluxe dinner is served. Enjoy delicious local food prepared and served for you by our wonderful onboard catering staff. This is a delightful meal in an intimate romantic setting
9:30 pm: Enjoy the landscape of the bay at night up on the top deck. Relax whilst enjoying drinks from the bar. Try your hand at night squid fishing, watching a movie in the restaurant. Overnight on board.
Option: Massage service available. Please book with Cruise Manager directly (please see massage menu)
6:00 am: Why not rise early to witness the bay at its very best whilst enjoying a Tai Chi session on the sundeck; after which we serve light breakfast. After breakfast we shall continue our journey and head out in canoes to explore the bay in the area where the Sang Toi cave is situated.
9:30 am: Return to Orchid Cruise for check-out
10:00 am: Whilst cruising back you can enjoy a delightful brunch
11:35 am: We return to the quay side in the south of the bay, where our visitors disembark
12:10 pm: We bid farewell at Dinh Vu port, this is the end of the program.
4:00 pm: Arrive Hanoi. Check in Hilton Opera Hotel. Stay overnight in Hanoi.
• Local Lunch We shall meet you at your hotel after breakfast for a full day exploring the depths of what Hanoi has to offer. In the morning you will be shown the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh (close on Monday & Friday), the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts, the One Pillar Pagoda & the Temple of Literature.
After lunch at local restaurant, visit the impressive Museum of Ethnology which focuses on the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam, the beautiful West Lake, the Tran Vu Pagoda, the peaceful lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and the Ngoc Son temple. Take one hour rickshaw ride through the bustling old quarter streets of Hanoi & Enjoy a fantastic traditional water puppet show (unique to Vietnam). Stay overnight at the Hanoi Hilton Opera.
More than 7 days prior to check-in: free of charge
7 days prior to check-in: 10% of total rate
From 6 to 3 days prior to check in: 50% of total rate.
Less than 3 days prior to check-in: 100% of total rate.
No-Show: 100% of total rate.
Refund will take up to 7 working days
Cancellation due to bad weather conditions:
In the event of bad weather the Management Board of Halong bay will assess if a cancellation is necessary on the morning of departure. If such a cancellation is necessary we will make alternative travel arrangement for you on request or offer a full refund in accordance with the cruise policy