Day 1 : Hanoi - Hai Phong - Halong - Lan Ha Bay (L/D)
9h00: You will be collected from Hanoi Old Quarter to take the highway to Dinh Vu Port, Hai Phong. You can take special tea at Orchid Cruise’s lounge by warm welcome.
12h00: Transfer by tender to the cruise. On the way to the main boat, you will have a chance to see Cai Trap canal.
12h15: We welcome our guests onboard the cruise and then check in, enjoy Welcome Drink, receive cruise briefing, safety instructions and check in. Start cruising and explore Halong Bay - one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.
12h40: Your Cruise boat proceeds to Da Chong islet, where you can see a lighthouse built by the French over 100 years ago. We have lunch before continuing our journey via the islets of Con Vit and Gia Luan. These amazing limestone karst formations rise up out of the sea in an impressive manner. This area is untouched, as not many cruise ships use the route via the Cat Ba Island - Thoi Quyt area - Coc Ngoi islet - through Cua Van to Ba Trai Dao area.
14h45: We progress to Ba Trai Dao beach area of Lan Ha Bay a separate part of Halong Bay.
15h00: We take you for a trip in the small coracles, used by fishermen for centuries. You will learn how they go about their trade, casting the nets, whilst navigating the waters in their tiny craft.
Alternatively, you may prefer to try your hand at kayaking or simply just enjoy a swim. This is a great experience, immersed in the crystal clear waters of the bay, in the Ba Trai Dao area (this program applies between the months of October and May)
From June to September, visiting Tra Bau area, belongs to Lan Ha Bay. Tra Bau is also one of the ideal destinations for kayaking and swimming. Come here, you will have a chance to immerse yourself in blue water.
17h45: Returning your Cruise you can watch the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin. Onboard you may join a traditional cooking class.
19h30: Dinner is served. Enjoy delicious local food prepared and served for you by our wonderful onboard catering staff.
21h30: Enjoy the landscape of the bay at night up on the top deck. Relax whilst enjoying drinks from the bar or join night squid fishing, watching a movie in the restaurant. Overnight on board.
Day 2 : Hai Phong - Hanoi (B/L)
06h00: Tai Chi session on the sundeck; after which we serve breakfast. Upon completing breakfast continue our journey and head out in canoes to explore the bay in the area where the Dark & Bright Cave is situated.
9h45: check-out procedures
10h15: Whilst cruising back you can enjoy a delightful brunch
11h35: We return to the quay side in the south of the bay, where our visitors disembark.
12h10: We bid farewell at Dinh Vu port, take bus back to Hanoi
14h00: Back to your drop-off point in Hanoi. End of the trip