FROM: $2750 USD

UPCOMING: Jan. 13, 2020

Hanoi & Ha Long Bay Holiday

An Extension to our Mekong River Cruise


This trip immediately follows our Mekong River Cruise. It’s a splendid way to extend your exotic expedition, but can also be purchased on its own. We’ll spend two nights exploring Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam and home of revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh, followed by three days cruising Ha Long Bay aboard the Au Co -- a luxury cruise ship. Peppered with thousands of limestone islands in many shapes and sizes, there’s no doubt why the bay became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Duration: 5 Days, 4 Nights
Starts In: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Ends In: Hanoi, Vietnam
Group Size: Min 4, Max 40
Deposit: $750
Accommodation: 4.5-Star Hotel (2 Nights), Luxury Cruise (2 Nights)


Jan. 13, 2020 to Jan. 17, 2020 - 2750.00 USD


• Vietnamese acrobatic show by Lune Production
• Hanoi city tour including stops at the Ho Chi Minh complex, and the Temple of Literature which was built to honour Confucius
• Authentic pho noodle soup lunch
• 2-night cruise aboard a luxury cruise ship
• Excursions to charming villages, magical grottoes, and secret lakes on Ha Long Bay
• Squid fishing by moonlight (with spotlights in the water)
• Tai Chi lessons



Chào bạn! Welcome to Vietnam! This morning you’ll fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Cat Bi followed by a 1.5 hour drive to Ha Long Bay. We’ll board the Au Co, our luxury yacht, and sip some libations over our intro and safety briefing. Lunch will be served as we cruise to Cua Van, a floating village we can access by kayak or bamboo boat. Once we return to the main vessel, savour some sun or splurge on a massage. 2-for-1 drinks start at 5PM in the bar, followed by dinner in the restaurant. Spend the evening watching movies, or try your hand at squid fishing as we overnight near Lom Bo Island.

Get your moving meditation on this morning with a Tai Chi lesson on the sun deck, or sleep in a bit longer until breakfast. The boat will venture towards Bai Tu Long Bay, and we’ll visit Ho Ba Ham. This trio of connected lakes, hidden on an islet, is almost completely cut off from the rest of the bay, so it can only be accessed by kayak or bamboo boat. After returning to the vessel for a mellow morning, lunch will be served as we venture towards a surreal grotto known as Surprise Cave. This is followed by a swim or hike on Titov Island, named in honour of the Soviet cosmonaut who visited in 1962 with Ho Chi Minh. Another 5PM Happy Hour awaits, with a traditional cooking demo and flower carving on the sun deck to follow. After another delicious dinner, enjoy more movies or squid fishing during our overnight anchor at Ho Dong Tien (which is, fittingly enough, also known as Fairy Lake).

Start your day with more Tai Chi before breakfast as the boat returns to port, or sleep in one last time. From here, we’ll visit Luon Cave (again by kayak or bamboo boat), before we check out, enjoy brunch, and disembark. Then, we drive four hours to Hanoi. On arrival, we’ll check in to our luxurious hotel located in the French quarter. We’ll have free time before convening for a simple included dinner, followed by a Vietnamese modern acrobatic show which is always a highlight.

After breakfast at the hotel, immerse yourself in this bustling city with a tour that covers many must-see sights. Beginning at the Ho Chi Minh complex, where the revolutionary leader declared Vietnam's independence in 1945, we’ll visit both House 54 and the Stilt House – where he lived – along with the Presidential Palace, which he refused to live in because of its colonial history. We’ll also visit the One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature, both built by Emperor Ly Thanh Thong. After a traditional Pho noodle soup for lunch, we’ll move on to the Museum of Ethnology, which celebrates the nation’s 54 ethnic groups, and explore the chaotic old quarter by foot for an authentic taste of life here. To end the afternoon, you’ll have free time to wander. This evening we’ll enjoy an included Farewell Dinner at one of our favourite spots.

There are no activities planned today. You’ll be transferred to the airport in time for your flight home.

• Flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hai Phong
• Arrival & departure transfers to/from accommodation booked through Out Adventures
• Group leader from beginning to end of tour 
• All meals except dinner on Day Two
• Water puppetry show
• Admission to Ho Chi Minh complex, the Temple of Literature, and the Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi


• Old Quarter walking tour in Hanoi
• Private bus to/from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay
• 2-night luxury cruise of Ha Long Bay
• Gratuities for hotel porters, drivers, and guides

• International Airfare
• Drinks and massage aboard the ship

• Travel insurance is mandatory for all travellers. Visit www.outadventures.com/insurance for more details.