Cruise the silky waters of Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay – sprinkled with limestone islands, rugged cliffs and deserted beaches. Enjoy one night on Cat Ba Island and one night on Nam Cat Island, choosing from three-star or four-star accommodation with breakfast daily plus a variety of local meals.
Day 1: Hanoi - Cat Ba Island (L)
Picked up from your Hanoi hotel in the morning, you’ll be transferred to Hai Phong City to take an express ferry to Cat Ba Island. After checking in to your hotel, enjoy a gentle hike with your small group, walking from Cat Ba Town up to the historic Cannon Fortress – built in the French era and later used during the Vietnam War. Take in the breathtaking views over the islands, and learn about the history and culture of the area from your guide.
You’ll have the rest of the afternoon free to relax or take a swim, or rent a bicycle and explore the island more on your own.
Overnight: Holiday View Hotel deluxe room (three-star) or Cat Ba Island Resort and Spa superior room (four-star) on Cat Ba Island
Day 2: Cat Ba Island – Nam Cat Island (B, L, D)
After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to the harbor around 9am for a ride aboard a traditional junk on tranquil and remote Lan Ha Bay. Cruise through a stunning landscape of limestone karsts, passing local fishing villages and stopping at a floating restaurant to pick up kayaks before mooring in the enclosed bay. Then, climb into your kayak and set off to explore a hidden lagoon, following your guide to secluded beaches and watching seabirds dive for fish along the way.
After lunch, paddle among the bay’s limestone outcrops to the gorgeous Moody Beach, where you’ll receive a full safety briefing before an afternoon rock-climbing session. Once you’re geared up with your harness, shoes and helmet, you’ll have the opportunity to rock climb with expert guides, scrambling easily up the rocky cliff as high as you can over beautiful Lan Ha Bay before a safe descent and debriefing. (No prior experience is necessary!)
After taking in the amazing views from the island’s rocky heights, hop back aboard your boat and head to your accommodation for the night – a rustic bamboo hut – enjoying dinner served in the dining room and bar. (Note: Single passengers will be paired with someone of the same sex, and there are two shower rooms with hot water and western toilets.)
Overnight: Nam Cat Bamboo Hut – basic room (three-star) or VIP room (four-star) on Nam Cat Island
Day 3: Nam Cat Island – Hanoi (B, L)
After breakfast on the beach, cruise back to Cat Ba Island to discover its natural beauty and local culture. First, your guide will lead your small group on a trek through Cat Ba National Park, venturing into an area that is rarely visited by tourists. Hike through Cat Ba’s thick jungle, far from the beaten path, and head up a limestone mountain to the tree canopy for spectacular views of the island.
Then, descend back to the boat for a trip to a local beekeeper’s house for a homemade lunch. Back aboard the boat, glide back to the dock in Hai Phong, where a private transfer will take you to your hotel or destination of choice in Hanoi around 6pm.
Please note: Hotels are subject to change