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Private Halong Bay Sailing Cruise from Hanoi

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more

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Step aboard a sailboat and enjoy a seafood lunch as you sail around Halong Bay on this full-day tour from Hanoi. Take in the stunning natural beauty of emerald waters and limestone cliffs as you cruise the bay with your expert guide. Stop to explore caves such as Dau Go (Driftwood Cave) and Thien Cung (Heavenly Cave), just some of the wonders of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Your tour includes a scenic round-trip drive through northern Vietnam’s lush countryside.
  • Private full-day Halong Bay sailboat cruise, from Hanoi
  • Sail past limestone islets and rocky promontories in the UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Explore fascinating grottoes like Thien Cung and Dau Go with a private guide
  • Eat a delicious seafood lunch as you sail the bay's emerald waters
  • Drive through scenic landscapes via private vehicle and visit Dong Trieu ceramic village
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop-off
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
Professional guide
Lunch
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

7:00 AM
Start with early morning hotel pickup in Hanoi and head to Halong Bay, located approximately 100 miles (160 km) to the east of Vietnam's capital city.

Travel in comfort with your guide in your climate-controlled private vehicle for about three to four hours, passing lush rice paddies and fruit gardens during your journey. Your guide shares details about the villages you pass, which represent the diverse cultures of northern Vietnam.

Upon your arrival in Halong Bay, your captain welcomes you aboard your sailboat. After a brief orientation, set sail on shimmering waters that reflect thousands of limestone islets, including many that contain grottoes. Snap photos from the boat's wide deck or sit inside the cabin where you are protected from the elements.

The UNESCO World Heritage site of Halong Bay means ‘dragon descending to the sea,’ named for a family of dragons that legends report as having helped the Vietnamese people fend off invaders. The tales say that the dragons spit out gemstones that turned into the islets dotting the bay. Explore some of these gems at scheduled stops on your cruise.

Visit Thien Cung, also known as Heavenly Cave, which you approach by sailing through a passage that is surrounded by thick foliage. Disembark to see the cave up close, strolling along a wooden walkway that leads into the cave. Admire the rock formations inside and hear about local legends from your guide. Next, sail over to Driftwood Island to visit Dau Go grotto. Ascend 90 steps to reach the cave entrance and see stalactites that hang from the ceiling like a frozen waterfall.

Enjoy a delicious fresh seafood lunch on board your boat as you sail around landmarks such as Cho Da (Stone Dog), Dinh Huong (Incense Urn) and Ga Choi (Fighting Roosters) — rocky islets named for their animal shapes. If conditions allow, you have the option to swim in the bay or rent a kayak (own expense).

In the late afternoon, sail back to shore and disembark for the drive back to Hanoi. Your full-day tour ends with a visit to Dong Trieu ceramic village en route to your hotel.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Bravo Indochina Tours
Cruise the magnificent limestone karsts of Vietnam's Halong Bay on a full-day adventure from Hanoi with Bravo Indochina Tours. The UNESCO World Heritage site of Halong Bay means ‘dragon descending to the sea,’ named for a family of dragons said to have helped the Vietnamese people fend off invaders. According to legend, the dragons spit out gemstones that turned into the islets dotting the bay.
Stop At:  
Dong Thien Cung
Board your sailboat upon arrival and begin your cruise around the picturesque waters where the reflections of 3,000 limestone islets are mirrored against the clear and calm emerald sea, many of them containing fascinating grottoes. Visit Thien Cung, also known as Heavenly Cave, which can be reached on the southwest side of the bay through a sailing route shrouded on each side by thick foliage. As you stroll the wooden walkway and marvel at the unique rock formations inside, learn about the legend of the dragon prince from your guide.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Dau Go Cave
Next, disembark at Dau Go grotto, located on Driftwood Island, and climb 90 steps up to the entrance. Inside, numerous stalactites descend from the cave’s ceiling like a frozen waterfall. Enjoy a provided seafood lunch on board as you continue to experience the charm of Halong Bay, sailing around Dinh Huong (Incense Urn), Cho Da (Stone Dog) and Ga Choi (Fighting Roosters) — rocky islets named for their animal shapes.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Halong Bay
Start your full-day tour with an early morning departure from your hotel to Halong Bay, located approx. 100 miles (160 km) east of Hanoi. Relax on the 3- to 4-hour drive as your private guide points out the diversity of northern Vietnam’s villages, and enjoy the breathtaking view of green rice fields and fruit gardens during the journey.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Sunscreen, a hat, and comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Bravo Indochina Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the maximum group size during Private Halong Bay Sailing Cruise from Hanoi?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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  • "We were on private car and cruise, food was fantastic, and activities were super awesome..Well worth the money," See review

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Wonderful Trip
danielmcclentk
, Oct 2019
Wanted to give your company the nuce review for tour guide Toni. A very warm , energetic & knowledgable. Halong, world heritage site natural wonder with stunning landscape. Highly recommend
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hello Daniel, Thank you, I truly value your review to the trip . Hope that we travel again in many future trips toghether Take care Daniel .
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Bravo for Halong day cruises and our...
gregbradenuk
, Mar 2018
Bravo for Halong day cruises and our tour guide Nicky and the team. We had such a great time cruising Halong Bay. We were on private car and cruise, food was fantastic, and activities were super awesome..Well worth the money,
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Rejne R
, Dec 2014
For booking a private tour, especially one that costs more than £200 it is unacceptable that tour turnes into a selling trip. We were pushed like a herd of tourists through workshops, asked to buy things here and there and over again. We felt bullied into tipping all the time and in general it was just a really underwhelming and unpleasant experience.
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