The Heritage Explorer Ocean Cruise is a program particularly designed for those who love exploring. Venture off the beaten track, go kayaking and visit floating fish farms and villages.
Heritage Explorer Ocean Cruise 3 Days
“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 Explorer Ocean Cruise, three-day/two-night program
The Heritage Explorer Ocean Cruise is a program particularly designed for those who love exploring. Venture off the beaten track, go kayaking and visit floating fish farms and villages. Discover secluded beaches, lagoons, coves and caves.
Cruising is all about the personal experience. 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, of course, guaranteed safety.
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. The next highlight is Lan Ha floating village, with its oyster pearl farming plots, reached by bamboo boats.
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 floating villages, hidden coves and lagoons.
The third 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.
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 Welcome the night at the bar on the top deck, or try squid fishing or watch a movie under the stars. The bars are open late.
Day three: Halong Bay – Hanoi
6:00 Help set the sails then 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.
- Welcome drink
- Tender/speedboat transfer
- 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
- Three-day/two-night cruise: 2 set lunches, 1 a la carte dinners, 1 barbecue dinner, 2 breakfasts and two brunch de luxe.
- Live music, cinema, bars and art gallery
- Cookery and tea/cocktail demonstration
- Vovinam, sauna, game, 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 and full ocean views; 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
- Pick-up, drop-off and transfer services
- Personal expenses
- Visa arrangements
- Other services