Day 1: Hanoi – Halong Bay After departing Hanoi for Halong Bay, board the Pandaw ship for lunch and enjoy an evening sail with a welcome cocktail amidst picturesque island scenery.
Day 2: Halong Bay Sail around Halong Bay’s 1,500 limestone islands, explore Viet Hai Village by bike or buggy, witnessing its scenic landscapes and traditional houses.
Day 3: Halong Bay Continue exploring Halong Bay by visiting the “Dark and Bright Cave,” where you can kayak or row in a local basket boat, navigating through an enclosed cavern with audible bats and hanging stalagmites.
Day 4: Kinh Thay river Experience the bustling Kinh Thay river, a vital commercial waterway, before joining a guide in the dining room for an informative lecture on Vietnam’s history, geography, and boat people.
Day 5: Bat Trang Cruise towards Hanoi, stopping at the ceramic village of Bat Trang to witness traditional unicorn and lion dances at the jetty, a cultural performance originating from China and spread throughout Southeast Asia.
Day 6: Hanoi Anchor in Hanoi to explore key attractions such as the Vietnam War prison, the Hanoi Hilton, the Temple of Literature linked to Confucius, and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
Day 7: Hanoi – Viet Tri Sail from Hanoi up the Red River to Viet Tri, serving as a gateway to Highland Vietnam, where you can explore picturesque landscapes featuring emerald rice paddies and notable pagodas like Thay and Tay Phuong.
Day 8: Gia Thanh Cruise to the Tien Du ferry station and visit Gia Thanh village, renowned for crafting the iconic ‘non la’ conical hats, while experiencing the vibrant river activity and diverse crafts.
Day 9: Da River Sail upstream along the pristine Da River, visiting the K9 Ho Chi Minh Memorial House to learn about President Ho Chi Minh’s contributions, and anchor overnight by Ba Vi National Park, known for its abundant tropical and sub-tropical biodiversity.
Day 10: Hoa Binh Hoa Binh, significant for battles with the French and the Muong ethnic group, features the largest hydroelectric dam in Vietnam and Southeast Asia; explore its reservoir and power station by boat, visit a local museum and village with traditional attire, culminating in a performance by local hill tribe members.
Day 11: Hoa Binh – Hanoi After breakfast, disembark and transfer to Hanoi, enjoying lunch at a local restaurant before proceeding to Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport or your centrally located hotel.
Guide services (English language)
Gratuities to crew
Local mineral water
Teas & tisanes
Transfers between ports of embarkation and Hanoi International Airport at the start and end of the voyage
Port dues (if levied)
All visa costs
All beverages except those mentioned as included
Tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators, and cyclo drivers