Day 1: Hanoi – Bai Tu Long Bay (L, D)
After hotel pickup from Hanoi in the morning, you'll start the 3.5-hour drive to the Hong Gai tourist wharf in Halong City, gateway to Halong Bay. Check in at the cruise operator's private lounge before boarding the Calypso Cruiser for a cruise briefing.
You'll set off in the afternoon and be served a delectable lunch while your vessel cruises further along toward the limestone islands of Bai Tu Long Bay. On arrival, you'll have an hour of free time, choosing one of the following options:
Option 1: fishing village visit
Those who are interested in the daily life can take a 45-minute bamboo rowboat trip around Vung Vieng fishing village, one of the largest in Halong Bay, to see the lifestyle of local fishermen. The village is set in a closed lagoon and surrounded by mountains — an excellent setting for taking photos.
Option 2: beach and kayaking
For those who prefer water activities and sand, the tender will take you to Ban Chan beach, where you can swim, play volleyball, or go kayaking in the magnificent setting of Halong Bay.
Returning to Calypso Cruiser, relax as the sun starts to set. Spend 'happy hour' at the bar or on the sundeck and take part in a cooking class with the onboard chef.
In the evening, dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, go night squid fishing, or just laze around. Singing and dancing activities are available for several hours before you retire to sleep.
Overnight: deluxe cabin on board the 'Calypso Cruiser' in Cong Do area
Day 2: Bai Tu Long Bay – Hanoi (B, L)
Start your day with an early morning tai chi exercise on the sundeck. Then catch a morning view of seascapes with a cup of tea or coffee, and relax with a 2-hour breakfast while cruising toward Thien Canh Son Cave. You'll have 30 minutes to explore the medium-size and less-visited cave in Bai Tu Long Bay with your guide.
Upon checking out of your cabin, your luggage can be delivered to the reception area. You'll head back to the harbor for an early lunch on board before disembarking the Calypso Cruiser around noon. Then transfer back to Hanoi where your trip finishes with hotel drop-off.