4 days Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay and Ninh Binh
Day 1: Hanoi / Halong Bay
This morning we start from our hotel located in Hanoi's Old Quarter between 7.30am - 8.00am.
We travel by minibus for 3.5 hours to Halong Bay, the journey is through the early morning streets of Hanoi on the way to the spectacular World Heritage-listed site of Halong Bay.
The bay is a breathtaking secluded harbour, with some 1,600 limestone islands jutting out of the waters of the Tonkin Gulf.
On arrival we board our private boat. Our traditional junk-style boat is designed with its beautiful woodwork and bamboo, and has cabins that have air-conditioning and private facilities.
There's also a dining room and bar to enjoy lunch, dinner and breakfast.
We calmly float among the dramatic limestone peaks - time to relax and appreciate the sublime beauty of the bay. The captain finds a serene spot, so soak up the sun on the top deck.
Those who are feeling energetic and wish to get a close view of the scenic rock formations can climb aboard a sea kayak for a leisurely exploration of the bay. Everyone is issued with water buoyancy vests.
The limestone cliffs just tower above us when we're floating alone on the calm water. We explore a cave filled with stunning stalactites and stalagmites.
With great food, beautiful surroundings and a peaceful night on board, beneath the night sky and to the sounds of gentle waves lapping at the hull, we have an enjoyable and memorable evening. (Lunch and dinner are included).
Day 2: Halong Bay / Bai Tu Long Bay
We wake up amidst the bay’s stunning karst scenery and enjoy breakfast on the boat. Perhaps we head out for an optional early morning kayak among limestone pillars and across the mysty waters of Halong Bay.
Next we continue boating to explore some of the bay’s truly awesome scenery – vertical and unusual rocks and islets emerge from the sea.
We admire our last glimpses of Halong Bay over an early lunch as the boat
returns to the dock. From there, we board our minibus for a journey to Bai Tu Long Bay.
We drive due north to Cai Rong Island. In Bai Tu Long Bay we enjoy a beautiful boat trip among the spectacular limestone peaks. Weather permitting, we take a kayaking ride through stunning rock formations and fishing villages.
Arriving on Quan Lan Island, a serene and beautiful island in Bai Tu Long Bay, we head to our lodge. Our lodge is tastefully designed with textile and bamboo accents on the bedding, adorned with traditional furnishing, the room is peaceful and exotic.
At our warm and friendly lodge we have the opportunity to learn to make traditional Vietnamese Spring Rolls and succulent fish dipping sauce and Squid dish. Tonight we stay overnight in our comfortable lodge. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 3: Bai Tu Long Bay / Ninh Binh
Quan Lan Island is located in Bai Tu Long Bay. The island is blessed with stunning beaches, scenic hills, sand dunes and surroundings sprinkled with tiny villages.
There is so much to see and do on Quan Lan Island - why not get a feel for the island by exploring an early fishing market or taking a quiet morning strolling around the picturesque village of Quan Lan and watching the day unfold on the island.
Next, we cycle to explore further northern reaches of the island. Late in the morning we board our boat to discover further northern reaches of Bai Tu Long Bay.
This is followed by our return journey to Ninh Binh, arriving there late in the afternoon. The night is spent in a local lodge. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 4: Ninh Binh / Hanoi
This morning we enjoy a delightful bicycling ride past tiny villages and a unique area known for its magnificent limestone peaks. Afternoon finds us boating along Sao Khe River then through beautiful caves.
It is a great time to enjoy stunning landscapes. We absorb the daily life and appreciate the warmth and friendliness of the local people. Following that we board our vehicle for our return journey to Hanoi, arriving there at about 6pm. (Breakfast and lunch are included).
Easy cycling and kayaking with:
- a 1-2 hour kayaking ride on Day 1 and Day 2.
- a 4-6 km bicycle ride on Day 3.
- a 8-10 km bicycling ride on Day 4.
All of our experienced, friendly and professional tour guides speak fluent English.
They are knowledgeable about local cultures, history and the environment.
- 3 breakfasts.
- 4 lunches.
- 3 dinners.
We choose local ingredients, typical of the way people eat in the area, at local restaurants, markets or homes. We also cater for Vegetarians but please request this at time of booking.
- overnight stay boat (1 night).
- lodges (2 nights).
The trip cost:
- $285USD per person for a group of 2 to 12 people..
- $256USD per person for a group of 13 to 16 people.
The cost of the trip includes:
- tour guides.
- meals listed on the itinerary.
- two bottles of mineral water.
- admission fees and permits where applicable.
The cost of the trip does not include:
- travel insurance.
- drinks (soft drinks, alcohol and bottled water).
- personal expenses.
What to take:
Pack essentials, including light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, comfortable walking shoes.
Take a small day pack for cycling. We also recommend packing: swimsuit, personal articles, insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat and sun hat...
Have a great journey!!!