Embark on an unforgettable journey through the stunning landscapes of Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay with our meticulously crafted 2-day itinerary. Cruise aboard Alova Cruises, where each moment is a captivating adventure – from kayaking in emerald waters to indulging in exquisite cuisine and crafting your own floral masterpiece. Wake up to breathtaking sunrises, embrace the tranquility of the bay, and create lasting memories. Join us for an enchanting experience that captures the essence of Vietnam’s beauty and hospitality.
Day 1: Hanoi – Tuan Chau – Lan Ha Bay.
08:00–08:30 AM: Our driver will pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi’s Old Quarter (if you have arranged for transfer). We will begin our journey to Halong Bay, a 2.5-hour drive aboard our shuttle bus.
Upon your arrival at Tuan Chau Marina, you will be guided through the boarding procedures before stepping aboard the transit tender that will transport you to Alova Cruises.
Receive a warm welcome as you step on board Alova Cruises and be greeted with refreshing welcome drinks. After settling into your comfortable cabin, indulge in a delicious lunch as the cruise sets sail, gracefully gliding through the scenic bay.
Prepare for an enchanting adventure as the ship heads towards the captivating Dark and Bright cave. Immerse yourself in the crystal-clear emerald waters, where you can engage in kayaking and swimming, surrounded by the awe-inspiring beauty of over 400 limestone islands. It’s an experience that is sure to leave you mesmerized.
As you return from your exhilarating kayaking and swimming excursion, take some time to freshen up and join the Flower Carving session led by our skilled chef. Unleash your creativity and craft your own floral masterpiece. Additionally, don’t miss out on the Happy Hour, where you can indulge in a variety of delightful cocktails and mocktails, with a special offer of buy two and get one free, expertly crafted by our talented bartender.
It’s time to treat your taste buds to a sumptuous dinner on board the ship. Delight in the flavors of our special local cuisines, carefully prepared to offer you a memorable dining experience that captures the essence of the region.
After dinner, the evening is yours to enjoy. Engage in friendly conversations with fellow passengers, or if you’re feeling adventurous, join in the thrilling Squid Fishing activity. As the night unfolds, retreat to the comfort of your cabin, and let the tranquility of the bay lull you into a peaceful slumber.
Day 2: Lan Ha Bay – Tuan Chau – Hanoi.
06:30: Wake up to the breathtaking sunrise and embrace the fresh air as you begin your day. Join the invigorating Taichi practice, a traditional martial art form, to energize your body and prepare for the adventures ahead.
Indulge in a light and refreshing breakfast at Alova restaurant. Savor the delicious flavors while taking in the serene ambiance of the surroundings.
Embark on an exploration of the mesmerizing Tra Bau area, known for its stunning landscapes that served as a backdrop for scenes in the Kong Skull film. Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of Lan Ha Bay, capturing the magical moments and creating memories to last a lifetime.
As the check-out time approaches, prepare to bid farewell to Alova Cruise and the enchanting surroundings that have captured your heart. Take a moment to reflect on the unforgettable experiences you’ve had during your journey.
Enjoy a delightful brunch featuring a wide variety of local delicacies as Alova Cruise sets sail back to Gia Luan for disembarkation. Relish the flavors and savor the last moments aboard the cruise. Soon, you will board the transit tender that will take you on a scenic cruise back to Tuan Chau Marina.
11:30 – 12:00: Arrive at the waiting room at Tuan Chau Marina, where your journey aboard Alova Cruise comes to a close. Take a moment to reminisce about the remarkable experiences you’ve had and bid farewell to the warm hospitality and breathtaking beauty of the bay.
Cruise itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions. Swimming or kayaking excursions may be cancelled due to poor weather.
Meals on board are fusion. Vietnamese, seafood and international. Guest should advise of any special food reference, allergies or dietary requirement at least 1 week prior to the cruise date.
Halong bay cruise tours
Lotussia Travel is a Hanoi tour operator offering a wide selection of multi-activity holidays in Vietnam. Most of our trips are private customized, and specially designed for small group tours, family vacations. The itinerary above is only a sample that can be further customized to better fit your requirements. Just follow it or contact us for designing your perfect adventure.
Occasionally our tour itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the service proposal. It’s very important that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact us. We are here to help you!
Please note that while we operate successful trips in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
Depending on the proposed option (semi-guide tour or all-inclusive package tour), the price may include the following services. Please bear in mind Lotussia Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.
- Car transfers.
- Local tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
- Entrance fees.
Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.
- Flight/Train tickets.
- Tour leader.
- Local porter(s).
- International travel insurance.
- Personal expenses.
Our tour guides speak English or French. They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.
Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.
Our drivers don’t speak English. It’s possible that a few of them might know some basic words, such as telling time, stop, and lunch. If you’re looking for effective communication throughout the journey, we highly recommend booking a tour guide.
Principally, Lotussia Travel requires all the trip associates to know the destinations well by any means of traveling or enquiry to the local suppliers to figure out all the relative details of any trip. For adventure tours such as jungle trekking, mountain hiking, sea kayaking, river rafting or biking, cycling tours, Lotussia Travel will never add any new routes into available schedule until survey or pre-view it.
Lotussia Travel carefully choose all the hotels, guest-houses or home-stays based on service quality, location, and characteristics, doing best to make the accommodations in the remote small places as comfortable as possible. Please bear in mind that hotels in Vietnam might not be in the same standard in other country. Generally hotels in major cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hoian, Hue…are much better than hotels and guest-houses in mountainous areas.
Lotussia Travel take dinning as an indispensable experience to clients since it is an important part in Vietnamese culture. Therefore, Lotussia Travel will not intend take clients to the most expensive restaurants but non-touristy local ones which offer delicious, local food, with nice or interesting atmosphere. The restaurants might be simple in the country but LOTUSSIA Travel guarantee is sanitary and cleanliness. Or even on our trek, we encourage our cook offer client food with new tastes from day to day. During adventure itineraries to mountainous or remote areas, there is sometimes no choice for hotel and restaurants. We will try our best to bring you the best taste of local food.
As the tap water in Vietnam is undrinkable, Lotussia Travel recommend clients to drink bottled water throughout your trip, or boiled water on treks. Lotussia Travel offers bottle water all the day, and soft drinks like Cola, Sprite or Vietnamese Tea or if possible juice in restaurants (if mentionned in itinerary). This is not automatically included in the packages. In simple restaurant or on camping, Lotussia Travel offers boiled water, instant coffee or juice, wrapped milk (Details are confirmed in bottom of your itinerary).
In most destinations of Vietnam, all the roads are well paved though the traffic is quite messed up like in Hanoi, Hai Phong… We use proper vehicles, car, minibus or coach in good condition based on the size of the groups. We use 4WD only on the rough road where the other vehicles could not pass through or based on clients requirement on overland journeys or treks. For cycling itineraries, we usually use our support minibus or minibus with support truck. For sea kayaking, river rafting trips, diving packages we use standard boat as support. Detailed information is provided on our service proposal.
We use drivers who are native or local of each travel destination and maintain good safety records for all trips. Most of our drivers can speak English but a little bit. This is just enough to understand basic words such as “time of departure”, “stop”, “restaurants”, “hotels”…If you want to learn more about Vietnamese culture and information about sightseeing sites, booking a tour guide is highly recommended.