- Cruising by less-traffic routes at off-peak times
- Visiting non-crowned cave with lake inside
- Haft-day kayaking and swimming
- Visiting pearl farm among the bay
- Anchoring at the quietest sleeping area
Day 1: Hanoi – Halong (L – D)
7.45 - 8.15: Picked clients up by our English-speaking tour guide at hotels at Hanoi Old Quarter, if using Gray Line shuttle bus service.
12.15: Embark and enjoy seasonal tea at Gray Line lobby, Tuan Chau Marina, Quang Ninh.
12.30: Get on Gray Line cruise by private pier, and welcome drink is available, following Cruise manager’s briefing. Check-in reserved cabins and have a rest!
13.30: Enjoy set-menu lunch. By local flavors, it vitally helps to recuperate after a 4-hour-car drive. In the meantime, Gray Line goes ahead to the Bay’s center.
Free to relax on sundeck after lunch. While the light of afternoon decreases slightly, hundreds of islands with different shares definitely amaze you by its natural beauty. What Gray Line makes your trip different is not the sights of Halong Bay, but the line that you are on. Best to watch unparalleled sceneries of Halong in slow motion.
15:00: Explore Me Cung (Maze) cave. The non-crowned cave locates on a remote island, which is rare in cave-lake seascape. Climb up several rugged stone stairs to admire the miracle of stalactites in a very complex structure, then gradually to the west overlooking a great lake considered as a royal garden surrounding by natural mountain walls, seemingly isolated on the bay. Its water looks blue all year round and breathtaking from high above. Moreover, values of nature and archeology of the cave as well as the life of local ancient people in thousand years ago will be revealed by tour guide.
15.40: By tender, visit Titop Island. Free choice of activities: sunbathing, swimming and especially conquering the peak of the biggest island in Halong named of a Russian space hero and taking panoramic photos of Halong bay in dusk.
17:30: Go back Gray Line boat for relaxation. Enjoy a free mini sunset party with seasonal fruits and snacks. Should order Halong-styled cocktail in buy-one-get-one-free promotion and save your memorable sunset moments. Best time to have unforgettable photos also!
18.30: Have fun in cooking class on the sundeck. Gray Line’s chef shows you how to make Spring Roll - an authentic specialty, which is voted for World's 50 best foods by CNN. Then you could do it yourself and taste it right after to see how well your skill.
19.30: A sophisticated dinner that gives you an appetite will be dedicatedly served in romantic ambience, especially with BBQ fresh seafood and a variety of foods.
21:00: Free choice of evening activities: watching film; playing board, guitar and card games; going fishing squid on tender. Enjoy squid cooked after fishing if you are lucky!
22:00: Overnight at the quietest sleeping area, End of the first day in Halong.
Day 2 Halong Bay (B - L - D)
06.30: Awaken you (on desire) at dawn for morning exercise with body warm up, Tai Chi Quan… on sundeck or being ready your camera while Dawn breaks over the sea.
07.30: Have a light breakfast with coffee, tea and bakeries at Gray Line restaurant.
08:30-16:00: Our sightseeing boat will take you to little-known parts of Halong. You will join in three main activities flexibly:
1, Much time to go kayaking in secret area of the Bay freely. Entirely unleash expectation of those who are passionate about kayaking. Swimming, sunbathing, relaxing…on small private beaches also make you love Halong more.
2, Discover Virgin cave – the symbol of eternal love. You will enjoy the love legend and admire a stone statue of a lying-girl with her long hair hanging down who is looking to the sea. This is a romantic place for taking oath of love.
3, Visit Pearl farm and know more about how to make real pearls from nature creatures in Halong.
16:30: You might be tired with full of beautiful moments and experience. Time to get back Gray Line Cruise and recharge your energy
17.30: Relax and enjoy sunset with free fresh fruits on sundeck. The buy-one-get-one-free promotion will be run one more time. Do not miss it.
18.30: Join in cooking show on sundeck. Learn how to make fresh or fried spring rolls and mix fish-sauce.
19.30: The second fabulous BBQ dinner impresses you while mellow sounds of sea and music come together.
21:00: Enjoy your late night on Halong Bay by drinking, playing games, going fishing and relaxing in your own way
22.00: End of the second day with a sound sleep in peace of the natural heritage site.
Day 3 Halong - Hanoi (B - L)
06.30: Awaken you (on desire) at dawn for morning exercise with body warm up, Tai Chi Quan… on sundeck or enjoy beautiful spectacles that a blazing sunrise breaks the clouds of the island on the bay!
07.30: Have a light breakfast at Gray Line restaurant.
08.30: Arrive at Luon Cave. You will discover the area’s tranquility by kayaking – an indispensable water activity in Halong, for those who love challenging themselves or sitting on bamboo boat, for those who love being gentle and sophisticated, to admire breathtaking scenes. Centrally, the activity offers the serenity of escape, particularly in the early morning. From a distance, few small junks drift off under the sunrise slowly. What cool and poetic moment!
09.30: Come back the cruise. Time to check out your cabin, but not the end. Gray Line runs on another route back to the marina that offers amazing pictures of Mother Nature showing full of typical islets in Halong Bay. It must be a big part of your journey. Let us enjoy!
11:00: Farewell lunch is deliciously served at restaurant and say ‘’goodbye’’ to Gray Line’s crew, who serve you during the trip.
11:45: Disembark at Tuan Chau Marina. Relax at Gray Line reception room. Go back to Hanoi. End of services. Reaching Hanoi is about from 16.00-16.30 in normal traffic condition.
- All timing above are estimated, the exact agenda will be given by our Tour guide on that day
- Cruise itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, tide levels, etc.,
- All activities in itinerary are included, if you want more relaxation, just ignore some of them