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Halong Violet, Vietnam

Halong Violet Cruise

2-day River Cruise

Summary

Short description

A one-night stay aboard the majestic Halong Violet, visiting the caves, islands, and fishing villages around Hanoi

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Extension

Recommended for:
Food & wine | History & culture | Relaxation

Halong Violet features just six individually themed cabins and suites. Violet Deluxe Cabins feature king-sized beds, walk-in showers and private balconies, while the four Violet Suites, located on the upper deck, boast huge windows and private Jacuzzis. For such a small boat, facilities are extensive and include a spa, gym, library and morning Tai Chi classes. Enjoy a glass of champagne as you watch the sunset, then head to the restaurant to sample delicious Vietnamese fusion cuisine and seafood caught straight from the bay. 

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Hanoi – Halong Bay

Depart Hanoi in the morning, and take the approximately 3.5 hour drive to Halong Bay where you will arrive at about 12:00 pm. Board the Halong Violet, and enjoy a welcome drink before receiving a cruise briefing, and safety instructions. Enjoy a delicious lunch on board, before arriving at the Cua Van floating fishing village. Upon arrival, transfer by tender to Tien Ong cave. There are many caves in Halong Bay, but Tien Ong is the most recently explored and is of much archeological interest. After your tour, re-board the Halong Violet, and make the short trip to the village, which you will either explore with a small bamboo boat rowed by a local, or by a self-rowed kayak (at an additional cost). 

At about 17.15, you will depart and sail for about 45 minutes to Luon Bo, where you will anchor overnight. In the evening, enjoy a cooking demonstration of Vietnamese cuisine in the dining room, before dinner is served. 

Stay: Halong Violet

Meals: L D

Day 2
Halong Bay – Hanoi

Enjoy early coffee, tea and breakfast pastries in the dining room before an optional Tai Chi class on the sundeck. You will then arrive at Soi Sim Island at approximately 07:15 am. There is a beach where you can enjoy a swim or take a hike to the top of the island for great views and photo opportunities. The hike involves walking up about 400 stone steps, and usually takes about 10 - 15 minutes. You will spend about an hour on the island

Return to the Halong Violet at 08:30 am, where you will have one hour to freshen up and finish packing. At 09:30 am, breakfast will be served in the dining room, which you can enjoy admiring the bay's majestic scenery as you approach the pier. Disembark at 11:00 am, and transfer to Tuan Chau Marina. You will then travel back to Hanoi via road, and will be dropped off at your hotel.

Meals: B

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Highlights of Vietnam

13-day tailor-made journey from £2,785 pp incl. flights

Discover the best of Vietnam, taking in the country's vibrant northern capital Hanoi, the emerald waters of Halong Bay and the historically rich central coastal towns of Hue and Hoi An. Then, fly south Ho Chi Minh City and the magic of the Mekong Delta and the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels.

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