Heritage Expedition 4 Days

Feel and live the destination, don’t just cruise through it. Heritage Expedition is a program particularly designed for those who love exploring and immersing themselves in local life, nature, culture and adventure to discover the authenticity of the destination.

HERITAGE EXPEDITION

“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 Expedition, four-day/three-night program 

 Feel and live the destination, don’t just cruise through it. Heritage Expedition is a program particularly designed for those who love exploring and immersing themselves in local life, nature, culture and adventure to discover the authenticity of the destination.

Venture off the beaten track, go kayaking and visit floating fish farms and villages. Discover secluded beaches, lagoons, coves and caves. The Heritage Expedition itinerary is the same itinerary as the 3-day cruise program, but the extra day gives you the time to discover the Cat Ba Archipelago in depth. We include a day to explore Cat Ba Island, Trung Trang Cave, visit the local market and a fisheries factory, Beo seaport, Lan Ha floating village and Lan Ha Bay.

Cruising is all about the personal experience. With this expedition cruise, we ensure your cruising experience is comfortable and special, with excellent food, friendly staff, an interesting itinerary with many optional activities, service excellence, attention to detail, elegance, sophistication and a sense of adventure.

Heritage Cruises aims to offer each guest the opportunity to create their own memories with exquisite cuisine, 24-hour room service and fun activities. Dine whenever and wherever you wish, and choose from massage options and sauna services.

This boutique cruise starts at Halong Bay, reached from Hanoi by shuttle bus (optional). At noon, the boat’s team welcomes you aboard and checks you into your exclusive cabin. The first part of the cruise presents the wild beauty of Halong Bay and part of Bai Tu Long Bay followed by Lan Ha Bay’s panoramas. A few minutes into the cruise guests are invited to taste Vietnamese dishes at the restaurant. This is just the beginning of four days packed full of highlights ensuring a memorable trip.

After this, guests have a range of options including massages, kayaking or afternoon tea. In the evening a chef gives a cooking demonstration featuring traditional Vietnamese spring rolls. After an a la carte dinner, activities can include a movie night, board games and squid fishing.

The second day is dedicated to leisure including meeting locals and visiting remote villages, hidden coves and lagoons.

After breakfast on the third day, take the speedboat to the Gia Luan seaport to explore the largest island, Cat Ba. Visit the largest cave on the island, learn about the process for making the sauce at the nuoc man (fish sauce) factory, a favorite with the Vietnamese, then board the speedboat to explore Lan Ha floating village and Lan Ha Bay.

The fourth day starts at sunrise with Vovinam, a Vietnamese martial art session. It is followed by an exploration of the Dark and Bright Cave, and there is enough time to take a swim or sunbathe on the beach. After checkout, brunch is served on board while cruising back to Got Ferry Terminal in Haiphong City for your onward destination.

DESTINATIONS
  • Halong Bay – Bai Tu Long Bay – Lan Ha Bay – Cat Ba Island
  • Got ferry terminal
  • Da Chong Islet
  • Cua Van area
  • Ba Trai Dao Beach (Lan Ha Bay)
  • Viet Hai Village
  • Ba Ham Lake
  • Dark and Bright Cave
  • Gia Luan Seaport
  • Cat Ba Center
  • Local Market
  • Trung Trang Grotto or Quan Y Cave
  • Fish sauce (Nuoc mam) factory
  • Beo Seaport
ACTIVITIES
  • Cave exploration
  • Kayaking or bamboo-boat ride
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Walking
  • Massages
  • Cookery class
  • Vietnamese cultural films
  • Music 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

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.

Noon Transfer by speedboat to Heritage Cruises for embarkation and welcome reception.

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.

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 boats visit.

15:00 Approach the Ba Trai Dao beaches in Lan Ha Bay, a natural frontier between two provinces, Halong Bay and Cat Ba Archipelago. This is a secret hideaway with its pristine beaches, caves and coves, plus the natural beauty of about 400 limestone islands. Options include kayaking or swimming.

17:30 Head back to the cruise ship and grab a cocktail to watch the sun set over the Gulf of Tonkin. Options include a tea ceremony or wine tasting, massage, or a Vietnamese traditional cookery class.

19:30 A memorable dining experience at the restaurant features local delicacies in an intimate setting.

21:30 Relax at the top-deck bar, try your hand at squid fishing or watch a movie in the restaurant. The bars are open late.

Day two: Halong Bay – Bau Tu Long Bay Hideaway

6:00 Practise Vovinam on the sundeck at sunrise, followed by coffee, tea and pastries.

8:30 Transfer to a day boat to visit Viet Hai Village. Take a bicycle ride through a rainforest tunnel that leads to a rice-field vista. Visit a traditional house in a village deep in a national park where you can observe the lifestyle of the local people. Back to the day boat to visit Bai Tu Long Bay. Lunch is served on the day boat.

13:30 Visit Bai Tu Long Bay where you can go bamboo boating, kayaking or swimming at Ba Ham Lake, enclosed by vertical cliffs (weather permitting).

16:00 Return to the Heritage Cruises boat and join a traditional cookery class. Watch the sun set over the Gulf of Tonkin and enjoy cocktails, beer or fine wine as the sky changes color.

19:30 Enjoy a fine-dining experience in the main restaurant.

21:30 Relax at the top-deck bar, try your hand at squid fishing or watch a movie under the stars. The bars are open late.

Day three: Expedition day on the Cat Ba Island, Lan Ha Bay and its floating village.

10:00 After a brunch de luxe, go by speedboat to the Gia Luan seaport and disembark to explore the largest island in the Gulf of Tonkin, Cat Ba.

10:30 Our driver and tour guide will meet you to drive you into the lush rainforest and scenic karst landscapes where you will stop to visit the largest cave, Trung Cave, or the Hospital Cave close to Cat Ba National Park.

11:30 Head to the center of the island, join the locals at the market, and learn how nuoc nam (fish sauce) is produced, a favorite of the Vietnamese, at the fisheries factory. If time permits, climb up to Cannon Fort for a panoramic view of the archipelago and learn a little about its history.

13:00 Have lunch at local restaurant in the center of the island.

14:00 Detour to the Beo seaport where the speedboat will be waiting to take you out to explore Lan Ha floating village, the largest floating village in the Gulf of Tonkin, and relish the beauty of Lan Ha Bay.

15:00 You have time to swim from the empty beaches before heading back to the comfort of the Heritage Cruises.

16:00 Your adventure on land and waters ends.

1600-19:00 Free time to enjoy the swimming pool and enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine at the Pool Bar while the sun sets over the bay.

19:00 Dinner will be served at Le Tonkin Restaurant.

21:30 Relax at the top-deck bar, try your hand at squid fishing or watch a movie under the stars. The bars are open late.

Day four: Halong Bay – Hanoi

6:00 Practise 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 boat for checkout.

10:00 Enjoy brunch while cruising back to base.

11:35 Return to Got Harbor to disembark for your onward journey.

12:10 Relax in our lounge while waiting for the transfer to Hanoi.

14:00 If you have booked our limousine service, our chauffeur will take you to your hotel in Hanoi.

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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