Discover the untouched beauty of Bai Tu Long Bay on a two-day, one-night cruise with Swan Cruise. Immerse yourself in the natural wonders and local life of this hidden gem, where you’ll explore a cave, go kayaking, and visit a floating village. Our off-the-beaten-track route ensures a unique and unforgettable experience, while our attentive staff caters to your every need. Indulge in authentic Vietnamese cuisine onboard and enjoy the comfort of traditional boats with Oriental-designed cabins featuring large windows and en-suite bathrooms. Embark on a memorable journey and make your trip to Vietnam truly remarkable.
Day 1: Hanoi – Halong City – Bai Tu Long Bay.
8:00 – 8:30 AM: Our comfortable bus will pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi, marking the start of an incredible 3-day, 2-night adventure in the captivating Bai Tu Long Bay. During the journey, we’ll make a quick stop to allow you to rest and refresh.
11:40 AM: Arrive at our waiting lounge situated at Ha Long International Cruise Port, where you can take a moment to unwind and prepare for the upcoming experience. Our captain will handle the registration process, and soon after, you’ll be transferred to our Swan Cruise via a tender.
12:35 PM: Receive a warm welcome with a refreshing drink and participate in a brief but essential safety briefing, providing you with important information about the boat and the exciting activities planned for your enjoyment. Once the briefing concludes, you can proceed to check in to your comfortable cabin.
1:00 PM: Treat your taste buds to a delightful Vietnamese set menu as we leisurely cruise further into the enchanting Bai Tu Long Bay. The flavorsome dishes will leave you satisfied and ready to continue the journey.
3:00 PM: Reach the kayaking area, located at the picturesque Cap La Island in Bai Tu Long Bay. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the karst formations and the breathtaking natural scenery as you embark on a kayaking adventure. Take a refreshing swim or simply relax and absorb the serenity that surrounds you.
5:30 PM: Return to the Swan Cruise and join in our lively Sunset party as we sail towards our overnight anchorage. Experience a Vietnamese cooking demonstration and discover the secrets behind a simple yet delicious Vietnamese dish, expertly guided by the acclaimed 2 Michelin Star Chef, Gordon Ramsey. Alternatively, challenge yourself in the art of fruit and vegetable carving, adding a creative touch to your culinary repertoire.
7:00 PM: Indulge in a sumptuous set dinner served on board, featuring a delectable array of dishes carefully crafted to tantalize your taste buds and satisfy your appetite.
8:30 PM: Embrace your free time to engage in Vietnamese puzzle games, gather with your group or family for a lively board game session, try your hand at squid fishing, or simply unwind with a refreshing cocktail while relishing the peaceful ambiance of Bai Tu Long Bay’s nighttime charm.
Day 2: Bai Tu Long Bay – Halong City – Hanoi.
6:30 AM: Start your day off right with a revitalizing sunrise Tai-chi session on the sundeck, immersing yourself in the tranquility of Bai Tu Long Bay while practicing this ancient martial art. Alternatively, you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee while taking in the breathtaking morning view of the stunning bay’s landscape.
7:00 AM: Fuel up for the day ahead with a delicious and fulfilling breakfast served in a familiar Western style, ensuring you have the energy to fully enjoy your explorations.
8:00 AM: Embark on an exciting journey to uncover the hidden gem of Thien Canh Son Cave, a magnificent natural wonder that will leave you in awe of its beauty and formations.
9:00 AM: Return to the Swan Cruise and take some time to freshen up and pack your belongings, preparing for the next phase of your adventure.
10:00 AM: Indulge in a mouthwatering traditional Vietnamese lunch served onboard, savoring the authentic flavors and culinary delights while soaking in the peaceful ambiance of Bai Tu Long Bay.
10:30 AM: As we sail back to the harbor, cherish the remaining moments in Bai Tu Long Bay, reflecting on the incredible experiences and memories created during your 3-day, 2-night journey.
11:00 AM: Disembark at Ha Long cruise port, where our dedicated staff will be there to assist you with a smooth departure.
11:30 AM: Relax and enjoy the comfortable bus ride back to Hanoi, taking in the scenic views and reminiscing about the captivating beauty of Bai Tu Long Bay.
3:30 PM: Arrive in Hanoi, marking the end of our services and the conclusion of an unforgettable 3-day, 2-night exploration of the majestic Bai Tu Long Bay with Swan Cruise.
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.
Bai Tu Long bay cruise tours
Lotussia Travel is a local tour operator that offers a variety of cruise tours in Halong bay, Bai Tu Long Bay, and Lan Ha bay, Vietnam. You can choose from Bai Tu Long 1-day tour, Bai Tu Long 2-day trips, or Bai Tu Long 3-day cruise tour. You can stay on a shared boat or a private chartered cruise and explore the hidden gems of the wonder. The itinerary above is just an example that we can customize to suit your preferences. You can follow it or contact us to design your ideal 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.
Halong bay cruises
Inclement weather, tide levels and operating conditions at sea may force changes in cruise itinerary and schedule at any time. Kayaking and swimming excursion, in particularly, may be canceled due to rough weather.
The cruise offer fusion cuisine: international, seafood and Vietnamese. Please advise our reservation team at least one (01) week ahead of departure about any specific food preference, dietary or food allergies.
Port authority insists on advance registration including full name, gender, date of birth, nationality and passport number. At check-in, a valid passport is required. Port authority may deny boarding if these conditions are not met.
Free Wifi available on terrace deck, but note that the internet signal at sea suffers frequent interruption.