Cat Ba Archipelago is an exotic destination with pristine beaches, secluded lagoons, coves, tropical forest and lakes. On this program, find the best places for kayaking, biking and discovery.

DISCOVER CRUISE

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain said.

Heritage Discover cruise expedition in a two-day/one-night program

Cat Ba Archipelago is an exotic destination with pristine beaches, secluded lagoons, coves, tropical forest and lakes. On this program, find the best places for kayaking, biking and discovery.

This boutique cruise starts at Got Harbor near Cat Ba Island, Hai Phong, in the Gulf of Tonkin, which can be reached from Hanoi by shuttle bus. At noon, the boat’s team welcomes you on board to check in to your cabins.

A few minutes into the cruise, you are invited to savor Vietnamese dishes at the restaurant. The next highlight is Lan Ha floating village with its pearl-farming plots, visited via small boats. After returning to the cruise boat, you are offered such activities as a massage, kayaking or afternoon tea.

In the evening, a chef will demonstrate the art of preparing traditional Vietnamese spring rolls. An a la carte dinner menu is also offered. Evening activities can include a movie night, board games and squid fishing.

At sunrise on the second day, guests have the opportunity to experience Vovinam, a Vietnamese martial art. This is followed by an exploration of the area including swimming in crystal-clear waters or sunbathing on a beach. After checkout, brunch is served on board during the cruise back to Got Harbor in Hai Phong.

DESTINATIONS
  • Halong Bay – Lan Ha Bay
  • Got ferry terminal
  • Da Chong Islet
  • Cua Van Village
  • Ba Trai Dao Beach (Lan Ha Bay)
  • Dark and Bright Cave
ACTIVITIES
  • Cave exploration
  • Kayaking or bamboo-boat ride
  • Swimming
  • Massages (extra charge)
  • Cookery class
  • Vietnamese cultural films
  • Musical entertainment
  • Squid fishing
  • Vovinam

 

WHAT TO BRING 
  • Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent
  • Comfortable clothing and swimwear (warm clothes in winter)
  • Camera, valid passport
  • Sports shoes for climbing, trekking and walking
  • Personal medical supplies

Day one: Hanoi – Haiphong – Halong Bay – Lan Ha Bay in Cat Ba Archipelago

9:15 You will be greeted at your hotel to take the new highway to Got Ferry Terminal, Cat Hai Town, Haiphong City (arrive about 11:30). You will travel on the longest bridge in Southeast Asia and be greeted at our lounge before boarding.

12:15 Board the Heritage Cruises boat and enjoy a welcome drink as you receive a cruise briefing, safety instructions and check in to your suite. Lunch is served at L’Indochine Restaurant.

12:40 Cruise to Da Chong islet, where you can see a heritage lighthouse built by the French more than 100 years ago. After lunch, cruise to Gia Luan Lagoon where limestone karst formations rise out of the sea. This quiet bay is untouched and remote, as not many cruise ships visit.

15:00 The cruise vessel approaches the Ba Trai Dao or Three Peach beaches in Lan Ha Bay, a natural frontier between the provinces of Halong and Haiphong. This secret hideaway has beaches, caves and coves, plus the spectacular natural beauty of about 400 islands. Guests can try kayaking or simply swim in the clear waters of the bay.

17:30 Back on Heritage Cruises, enjoy life aboard the vessel or in your suite, and with cocktail in hand watch the sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin. Activities include afternoon tea and wine tasting, and the chef will lead a Vietnamese cookery class.

19:30 A memorable dining experience will be offered at the restaurant, with local food in an intimate and romantic setting.

21:30 Enjoy evening views of the bay at the bar on the top deck. Try your hand squid fishing, or watch a movie in the restaurant. The bars are open until late.

 

Day two: Halong Bay – Hanoi

6:00 Start the day with a session of Vovinam on the sundeck, followed by a light breakfast. Then take the bamboo boats to explore the Dark and Bright Cave.

9:30 Return to the ship for checkout.

10:00 Enjoy brunch while cruising back to harbour.

11:35 Return to Got Harbour and relax at our lounge while your transportation arrives.

12:10 Departure to Hanoi for those who have booked our Limousine service.

14:00 Approximate time of arrival in Hanoi, and drop-off at your hotel.

Inclusions:

  • Welcome drink
  • Tender/speedboat transfer
  • Van for transportation on the island
  • English-speaking experience Manager and Cruise Director on board
  • 24-hour room service with no extra charges
  • Mini-bar replenished daily with soft drinks, beer and bottled water
  • Fresh seasonal fruit, snacks and nuts
  • Unlimited water, tea and coffee
  • Fine dining on board
  • Four day/three-night cruise: 3 set lunches, 3 dinners, 3 breakfasts and three brunch de luxe.
  • Live music, cinema, bars and art gallery
  • Cookery and tea/cocktail demonstration
  • Vovinam, sauna, games, gym, swimming pool and other social areas
  • Beach activities such as kayaking, bamboo boating, caving, squid fishing
  • Upgrade to higher category accommodation or transportation (subject to availability)
  • Fun club for children, and library
  • All rooms with a private balcony, full ocean views and bathtub
  • English-speaking experience manager and cruise director service
  • Free WiFi
  • No bank charges if paying by credit card
  • All sightseeing tickets
  • Service charges and government tax

Exclusions:

  • Pick-up, drop-off and transfer services
  • Airfares
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa arrangements
  • Other services

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