FIRST DAY: Hanoi – Halong (L – D)
07.45 - 08.15 Pick up guests from hotels at Hanoi Old Quarter (if using Gray Line’s shuttle service ).
12.15 Embark at Tuan Chau Marina. Enjoy free tea at Gray Line reception room
12.30 Get on Gray Line boat easily by private quay, then you will be warmly welcomed by crew team who will serve you in the trip. Welcome drink will be served instantly during cruise briefing. Check in your reserved cabin and take a rest.
13.20 Enjoy a nice set lunch. Relax on sundeck and grab the unparalleled scenery of Halong Bay while cruising ahead to the Bay. Cruise through Hoa Cuong floating fishing farm.
15.00 Visit Titop Island by tender. Free choice of activities such as sunbathing, swimming, conquering the peak of the biggest island in Halong named of a Russian space hero and taking panoramic photos of Halong bay in the afternoon.
15.40 Arrive at OngCam floating house by tender – one of few existing houses (belong Lan Ha Bay) left after the regulation of Management to relocate the traditional floating village to mainland. You will discover the area’s tranquility by kayaking – an indispensable water activity in Halong, for those who love challenging themselves or sitting on bamboo boat, for those who love being gentle and sophisticated, to admire breathtaking scenes. No matter what you choose, you will have a very quick look at the ruin of floating village to understand how they survive in simple forms of floating houses. Centrally, the activity offers the serenity of escape, particularly in the late afternoon. From a distance, few small junks drift off into the sunset slowly. What cool and poetic moment!
17.30 Go back Gray Line boat for relaxation. Gradually revise your vitality by enjoying fantastic views of Halong on sundeck at dusk. Enjoy a mini sunset party with complimentary seasonal fruits and finger foods. Get memorable sunset moment and order some Halong styled glasses of cocktail by joining buy-one-get-one-free program, made by our skillful bartenders.
18.30 Join cooking class on the sundeck. Gray Line’s chef shows you how to make Spring Roll - an authentic specialty, which is voted for World's 50 best foods by CNN.
19.30 A sophisticated dinner that gives you an appetite will be dedicatedly served in romantic ambience, especially with BBQ fresh seafood and a variety of Vietnamese and Western foods.
21.00 Evening activities: watching film at the outdoor bar; playing board, guitar and card games; going fishing squid on tender. Enjoy squid cooked after fishing.
22.00 Overnight at the quietest sleeping area, End of the first day in Halong
SECOND DAY: Halong (B – L – D)
06.30 Refresh your new day by doing Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck or be ready your camera while Dawn breaks over the sea.
07.30 Have a light breakfast with coffee, tea and bakeries at Gray Line restaurant.
8.30 – 16.00 Take you to a little-known part of Halong by a sightseeing boat. There is probably no way to discover the beauty of Halong Bay perfectly, except being local fishermen and doing as they do daily. Flexibility is always the way to adapt for weather and tide condition of local men in Halong Bay. For this reason, three main activities will be arranged flexibly in that day:
1, You have an opportunity to learn how to go offshore fishing by local fishing boat; join in fishing activities with locals; try using fishing gears and experience how hard their life are… under guidance from a real local fisherman, whose face is sunburned due to their hard living. This is the foremost essential activity created by Gray Line Halong cruise.
2, You will have another chance to do kayaking near the Drum cave under Karst rocks, which is closely attached with a love story of locals that surely let you see the hidden beauty of Halong and people there. The first day might be not enough and the second is for you to unleash your expectation with that exciting water activity.
3, By visiting Pearl farm and tour guide’s experience, they will feast your eyes lively. You will take a deep look at a typical pearl farm on Halong Bay and will know more about how to make real pearls from nature creatures in Halong.
In addition, a whole day to be fishermen, Gray Line also brings you to Van Gia village area where you can run your eyes over ruin of one of the famous floating villages in Halong and partially understand how they survive in simple forms of floating houses.
From fishing to practicing typical activities as locals daily do, they are the best and the core value of our trip which Gray Line wish you to get insights of the local life there. You may understand and love Halong Bay, not only by the beauty of nature, but also the beauty of fishermen who keep vitality for many years in Halong Bay.
16.30 You might be tired with full of beautiful moments and real experience. Time to get back Gray Line Cruise and recapture your energy
17.30 Relax and enjoy sunset with fresh fruits on sundeck. The buy-one-get-one-free promotion will be run one more time. Do not miss it.
18.30 Join in cooking demonstration on sundeck. Learn how to make fresh or fried spring rolls and mix fish-sauce
19.30The second fabulous BBQ dinner impresses you while mellow sounds of sea and music come together
21.00 Enjoy your last evening on Halong Bay by drinking, playing games, going fishing and relaxing in your own way
22.00 End of the second day with a sound sleep in peace of the natural heritage site
THIRD DAY: Halong - Hanoi (B - L)
06.30 Awaken you at dawn and Tai Chi exercise is ready to start a good day
07.30 Have a breakfast at Gray Line restaurant
08.30 Explore Me Cung (Maze) cave. This little known cave is located on a remote island, which is rare in cave-lake seascape. Climb up several rugged stone stairs to admire the miracle of stalactites in a very complex structure, then gradually overlooking to the west, a great lake considered as a royal garden will appear infont of you, surrounding by natural mountain walls and seemingly isolated on the bay. Its water looks blue all year round and breathtaking from high above. Moreover, values of nature and archeology about Maze cave as well as the life of local ancient people in thousand years ago will be revealed by Gray Line’s professional tour guide.
9.30 - 10.30 Come back the cruise. Time to check out your cabin, relax among grand views. Farewell lunch is deliciously served whilst Gray Line keeps on its route back to the marina
11:45 Disembark at Tuan Chau Marina. Relax at Gray Line reception room. Go back to Hanoi. End of services.
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