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.

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 3day 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 fishery factory, Beo seaport, Lan Ha floating village and Lan Ha Bay.

Cruising is all about personal experiences. 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, 24hour room service and fun activities. Dine whenever and wherever you wish, and choose from massage options.

This boutique cruise starts at Tuan Chau Marina in Halong city, 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 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 Mam (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 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 Tuan Chau Marina for your onward destination.

DESTINATIONS
  • Halong Bay – Bai Tu Long Bay – Lan Ha Bay – Cat Ba Island
  • Tuan Chau Marina
  • Da Chong Islet
  • 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
  • Lan Ha Floating Village
ACTIVITIES
  • Cave exploration
  • Kayaking or bamboo boat ride
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Walking
  • Massages
  • Cookery class
  • 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 – HALONG BAY – LAN HA BAY

08:00 08:30 You will be greeted at your hotel to take the new highway to Tuan Chau International Marina in Ha Long City (if you book our shuttle bus). You will be greeted at our lounge before boarding.

12:00 Welcome to Heritage Cruises Lounge at No.28, Tuan Chau International Marina for check-in

12:30 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.

15:30 Approach the Ba Trai Dao beaches (or Tra Bau) 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 sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin.

18:30 Options include a tea ceremony, massage, or a Vietnamese traditional cookery class.

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

21:30 Relax at the top-deck bar, try your hand at squid fishing. The bars are open late.

DAY TWO: HALONG BAY – BAI TU LONG BAY HIDEAWAY

06:15 Practice Vovinam on the sundeck at sunrise, followed by coffee, tea and pastries.

08:30 Transfer to a speedboat 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. Have lunch in a restaurant at Viet Hai Village. Back to the speedboat to visit Bai Tu Long Bay.

13:30 Visit Bai Tu Long Bay where you can go bamboo boating or kayaking at Ba Ham Lake, enclosed by vertical cliffs (if the weather permits) or back to Ba Trai Dao beaches

16:00 Return to Heritage Cruises and join a traditional cookery class. Watch the sunset 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. 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 Trang Cave or the Quan Y 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 Mam (Fish Sauce) is produced, a favorite of the Vietnamese, at the fisheries factory.

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

14:00 You can enjoy swimming from the Cat Co before heading back to Beo seaport.

15:15 Detour to the Ben Beo floating village where the speedboat will be waiting to take you out to explore Lan Ha Bay, the largest floating village in the Gulf of Tonkin, and relish the beauty of Lan Ha Bay.

16:00 Your adventure on land and waters ends, and you are transferred back to Heritage Cruises.

16:00-19:00 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. The bars are open late.

DAY FOUR: HALONG BAY – HANOI

06:15 Start the day with a session of Vovinam on the sundeck.

06:45 Have a light breakfast on board.

07:15 Head off in a bamboo boat to explore the Dark and Bright Cave.

09:00 – 09:30 Return to the ship for checkout.

10:00 Enjoy brunch while cruising back to harbor.

11:00 Return to Tuan Chau Marina 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, bottled water
  • Fresh seasonal fruits, snacks and nuts
  • Fine dining on board
  • Four – day/three – night cruise: 3 set lunches, 3 dinners, 3 breakfasts and 1 brunch de luxe.
  • Live music, cinema, bars and art gallery
  • Cookery and tea/cocktail demonstration
  • Vovinam, games, gym, swimming pool and library
  • Beach activities such as kayaking, bamboo boating, caving, squid fishing
  • Upgrade to higher category accommodation or transportation (subject to availability)
  • All rooms with a private balcony, full ocean view and bathtub
  • 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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