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A cruise through the towering limestone castes of Halong Bay should be on every Far East explorer’s wish list. Thousands of ragged islands jut majestically from the ocean creating one of the most beautiful places on earth and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its picturesque blend of land and sea, this is one of the world's most precious natural attractions and an essential part of any Vietnam trip.
Morning pick up from your Hanoi hotel for the drive to Halong Bay (approx 170km/4 hour drive). Upon arrival at Halong Bay you will complete the check in registration at a local hotel and depart for the La Vela Premium Cruise, where you will stay for 2 nights. Enjoy a welcome drink, cruise and safety briefing before cabin check in and lunch. Afternoon exploration of Sung Sot Cave and try the hike up the 600 steps to the magnificent limestone formations of the biggest cave in Halong Bay. Enjoy the afternoon relaxing on board among the magnificence of the Heritage Site. In the evening enjoy a cooking class under the attentive instruction of the top chef, to discover the Vietnamese cuisine of traditional spring rolls, followed by cocktail hour and dinner. (L/D)
Wake up early to enjoy the stunning sunrise on the Bay. Begin a new day with a T'ai chi session on the sundeck with coffee/tea with homemade cookies and biscuits then a full buffet breakfast served on board. Transfer to a day boat for cruising the 'off the beaten track' part of the bay. In Vung Vieng Floating Village, enjoy time around the village with local people and experiencing their lives over the water. Lunch served on the day boat en-route to Ban Chan Beach. Enjoy some primitive pristine scenery with emerald watesr and a white sandy beach which is hard to find anywhere else in Halong Bay. Optional swimming, sunbathing or kayaking before heading back to main boat. (B/L/D)
Early wake up for sunrise on the Bay followed by T'ai Chi session on the sundeck. Coffee/tea with homemade cookies and biscuits will be served onboard. Morning visit to Titop Island where you can take part in an array of exciting activities including swimming and hiking for a breathtaking view of the Bay. Enjoy a full buffet breakfast while the cruise passes by other beautiful parts of the Bay before checking out. Return by road to Hanoi (approx 170km/4 hour drive) and drop off at your hotel or transfer to the airport for your departure flight to the next destination. (B)
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This is a short tour which works well as part of a full Vietnam holiday. We recommend staying in Hanoi before the Halong Bay cruise and then flying onwards to Danang on day 3 for a few nights in Hoi An.
GMT +7 hours (summer) +8 hours (winter)
2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners.
Tours listed in the itinerary.
Vietnam is a vast country and journey times between destinations can sometimes be long. Journey times are listed in the itinerary and are approximate.
British nationals do not need a visa for Vietnam if travelling before 30th June ’17 for up to 15 days stay. If travelling longer than 15 days then holders of UK Passports will require a visa to visit Vietnam. If you would like to obtain your visas prior to travel we recommend processing your visa directly with ‘CIBT’ who will obtain all visas and return your passport to you by registered post. Contact them on www.uk.cibt.com/virginholidaysjourneys or 0844 800 4650.