There is no better way to experience the most stunning scenery of one of the most beautiful bays recognized as a world heritage by UNESCO than aboard The Au Co, the most refined vessel in the Gulf of Tonkin. From Halong Bay to Bai Tu Long Bay, from Cat Ba Island to Lan Ha Bay, the 3 day/ 2 night voyage offers countless opportunities to explore the most exotic and magnificent destinations and glimpse into the daily life of local people. Hop on a bike on Cat Ba Island, enjoy kayaking in the hidden lagoons of Lan Ha Bay or trek through the amazing rainforest of the National Park. While aboard, enjoy fine cuisine and sumptuous wines, relax with tai chi or just pamper yourself with our spa and massage services.
Day 1: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Cat Ba Island (L, D)
08:30 Transfer to Halong Bay from your hotel in Hanoi. 12:30 Arrive in Halong Bay. Check-in at the cruise centre. 12:45 Depart from Tuan Chau Island, meet the onboard team and receive the safety briefing.13.30: Acquaint yourself with the five elements cuisine with lunch on board, while The Au Co cruises leisurely towards Lan Ha Bay area. 15:30 Visit Three Peaches Beach – Ba Trai Dao for swimming and other water activities. 17:30 Take part in the Vietnamese food cooking demonstration. 18:00 Enjoy Happy Hour (buy 1 get 1 free). 19:15 Savour our five elements signature dinner of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water while the boat is anchored for our overnight stop. 20:30 Relax with a drink at Lan Ha bar or join our crew and try squid fishing on the deck.
Day 2: Cat Ba Island - Lan Ha Bay - Bai Tu Long Bay - Halong Bay (B, L, D)
07:00 Start the day with a Tai Chi class on the sundeck or enjoy the breathtaking views of the bay while the ship begins slowly cruising. 07:30 Have breakfast onboard while The Au Co cruises in Ha Long Bay. 09:00 Visit the famous Surprise Cave, Hang Sung Sot. 11:15 Take a tour at the Captain’s Bridge and the Engine Room12.00: Enjoy lunch in Ha Long restaurant while The Au Co cruises towards Cat Ba Island. 13:45 Join a guided biking or hiking excursion through the national park of Cat Ba Island and visit The Au Co organic farm in Viet Hai Village. Another option is to use the electric cart service available (at a bit of extra cost). 16:30 Kayak & swim in the Viet Hai Lagoon. 17:00 Make the most of an extended Happy Hour (buy 1 get 1 free). 19:15 Try the barbeque buffet in the restaurant while the boat is at anchor. 20:30 End the day with a drink at Lan Ha bar or join our crew and try squid fishing on the deck. 21:00 Join our kitchen staff for the fruit carving sessions.
Day 3: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B)
06:30 Start the day with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck or enjoy the breath-taking views of the bay while The Au Co cruises leisurely in Bai Tu Long Bay. 07:00 Take your time over breakfast. 07:45 Visit Vung Vieng floating fishing village by traditional bamboo boat. 09:00 Prepare for check out: passenger’s bags must be put in the corridor. 09:45 Join a Vietnamese traditional tea ceremony then check-out. 10:45 Disembark in Tuan Chau and leave for Hanoi. 15:00 Return to Hanoi. End of service.