Day 1: Hanoi - Halong Bay (Lunch and dinner included)
08.30: Our guide will meet you at your hotel. Mini bus
or private car pick up. Enjoy the peaceful scenery as we
travel through the countryside, farmlands and Red River
delta. You will have a chance to take photos. Comfort
break. The distance from Hanoi to Halong bay is
approximately 3 hours.
12:00: Arrive Halong Bay. Welcome aboard The Paloma.
Meet the captain and crew and join us for a welcome
cocktail as we tell you about life onboard. Check into
your cabin. Time to refresh and unwind.
Set sail as lunch is prepared by our chef. Join us for a
relaxing lunch in the restaurant or on the outdoor
dining area. Enjoy the stunning views of the Bay, its
dramatic limestone islands as we sail through the calm
While we make our way to Bai Tu Long Bay, relax on the
sundeck and watch the world go by or take an afternoon
nap in your cabin. Early afternoon arrive at Vong Vieng
floating fishing village
Our guide will give you some information and interesting
facts about this fascinating village and its local
Disembark and travel on the sampans rowed by the local
people. They will be your guides through their fishing
village where you can meet the locals, visit the school
and pearl farms. See at first-hand what life is like
living on the water. We are proud of our working
partnership with, and support of, this community.
Back on board The Paloma we head towards Halong Bay. We
drop anchor in the calm waters surrounded by islets
Opportunity to go swimming in the clear warm waters or
go kayaking. Kayaking is suitable for all levels and
ages. Our expert will run through the safety procedures
and after a basic paddling lesson our experienced guide
will lead you to explore the Bay, its lagoons and
For those who prefer a relaxing afternoon, make the most
of sunbathing on deck or pamper yourself with a massage
and sauna in our luxurious spa.
Back on board, enjoy the sunset with evening cocktails
and fresh fruit.
Take an opportunity to refresh and then join friends for
a pre-dinner drink in the bar.
Dinner is served in the restaurant or outdoor dining
area, which is a gastronomic delight.After dinner,
unwind in the bar where there is a selection of books,
magazines and board games or relax in the spa; watch a
movie on our plasma TV; join some of our team to go
cuttle fishing at night or take a late night swim under
the stars. Accommodation and overnight on junk.
Day 2: Halong Bay cruise - Hanoi (Breakfast
06:30 For the early risers join us for a Tai Chi session
on the sun deck. Tai chi helps focus the mind and
condition the body and there is no better environment to
practice this than amongst the limestone peaks and
islands. Take an opportunity to view the sunrise over
the Bay or have an early morning swim. Breakfast, coffee
and tea and served.
After breakfast we sail through the waters and pass by a
number of caves including Trong (Drum) cave, Trinh Nu
(Virgin) cave, Coc Ngoi (Toad) cave and we drop anchor
at Surprise (Sung Sot) Cave. Disembark and visit
Surprise Cave located on Bo Hon Island. It is one of the
widest grottoes in Ha Long Bay with thousands of
stalactites and stalagmites.
10:00 We board The Paloma again. Take time to refresh
and relax before checking out. Bags can be left in the
luggage store. An early lunch is served.
12 noon Return to the shore and disembark from The
Paloma as our crew say farewell.
Transfer to minibus or private and return to Hanoi.
Arrival back at your hotel approximately 16:30
Transfers round trip by shuttle van
English speaking guide on board
Accommodation on board
All meals on board as mentioned in the itinerary
Entrance fees and permits
Insurance on board
Tour does not include:
Pre & post trip arrangements in Hanoi
Beverages and meals not mentioned
Tips, Personal expenses
Price per person in USD