Explore Vietnam’s Stunning Halong Bay: Join us on an unforgettable journey from Hanoi to Halong Bay with Le Journey Cruise. Immerse yourself in breathtaking landscapes, captivating caves, and delicious cuisine. Discover the beauty of Halong Bay today!
Day 1: Hanoi – Halong Bay.
07:45 – 08:30: We’ll pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi’s Old Quarter and head to Halong Bay. On the way, you’ll have a chance to soak in the picturesque landscapes of the Red River Delta.
11:30: Once we reach our lobby at Tuan Chau Marina, you can take a short break while our staff handles the necessary paperwork with the local authorities.
12:00 – 12:30: After a brief tender transfer, you’ll receive a warm welcome aboard the Le Journey Cruise. As you settle in, enjoy a refreshing welcome drink and listen to a quick cruise briefing, including important safety instructions.
12:30 – 13:00: The Le Journey Cruise begins its journey towards Halong Bay, renowned as one of the New Seven Nature Wonders of the World. As you take in the breathtaking views, we’ll serve a delicious lunch on board, accompanied by the mesmerizing sight of limestone karst formations rising majestically from the sea.
14:00 – 14:30: Get ready to explore Sung Sot Cave, also known as Surprise or Amazing Cave, one of the largest and most captivating caves in Halong Bay.
15:00: Returning to Le Journey Cruise, we’ll continue the journey to Ti Top Island. Here, you can choose to admire the awe-inspiring panoramic views of the Gulf of Tonkin or take a refreshing swim in the inviting emerald-green waters.
17:00: As the day winds down, take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy drinks and snacks during the ‘Happy Hour’ or join in a fun cooking class on the sundeck.
19:30: It’s time for a delightful dinner featuring mouthwatering local dishes, meticulously prepared and served by our exceptional onboard catering staff.
20:30: After dinner, a range of activities awaits you, including karaoke and squid fishing. Alternatively, you can simply relax and unwind with invigorating drinks from our well-stocked bar. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy at your own pace.
Day 2: Halong Bay – Hanoi.
06:15 – 07:00: Begin your day with a hearty breakfast served on board. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal while taking in the breathtaking sunrise over Halong Bay.
08:00 – 09:30: As the cruise makes its way closer to the center of the Natural Preservation Area, join our knowledgeable guide on a short trip to explore Luon Cave. This natural marvel showcases the stunning formation of karst mountains. You’ll have the chance to kayak through the cave, immersing yourself in its beauty. If you’re lucky, you might even encounter some mischievous monkeys playfully leaping around the cliffs, providing fantastic photo opportunities.
09:30: After an exciting adventure, Le Journey Cruise warmly welcomes you back on board as it’s time for check-out procedures.
10:00: While cruising back to the quayside, savor a delightful lunch served on board, ensuring a satisfying culinary experience.
11:35: We arrive at the quayside in the southern part of the bay, where you will disembark at Tuan Chau Marina. From there, our shuttle will transport you back to Hanoi.
15:30 – 16:00: Upon arrival, you will be dropped off at your hotel in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, marking the end of your unforgettable journey.
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.
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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.