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Au Co Cruise Tour 3 Days

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Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi

Tour code: VBT-HCT05
3 days cruise trip in the Gulf of Tonkin, including Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay, Bai Tu Long bay with Au Co Luxury Cruise.
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Itinerary
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.
Cruise Rates
Prices quoted in US$ nett per person
Cabin Grade Double cabin Single cabin
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Trip Included

  • 3-day 2-night cruise onboard The Au Co in your chosen cabin type.
  • 1 night at five star Sofitel Metropole Hanoi Hotel in Premium room with breakfast (on your chosen date).
  • Round trip transfer Hanoi - Halong by shuttle bus (free upgrade to luxury van if available).
  • 1 hour of body massage per guest (adults only)
  • 20% discount on all drink & beverages during the cruise.
  • Welcome cocktail, entrance fee and sightseeing fee.
  • Accommodation in luxury air-conditioned en-suite cabin.
  • 2 lunches, 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts.
  • Bike ride on Cat Ba Island.
  • Visit to Vung Vieng by rowing boat.
  • Visit to Sung Sot Cave.
  • Regular tea, coffee and drinking water during the cruise.
  • Kayaking equipment.
  • Onboard insurance, taxes and service charges.

Trip Excluded

  • Airfares
  • Visa arrangements
  • Beauty & spa services not cleary noted as Included
  • Other beverages, tips and personal expenses
  • All other services not clearly noted as Included
Cruise Information

Facts and Figures

  • The Au Co strives to provide minimum impact on the local invironment and will operate under the concept of sustainable tourism. It's the owners' major goal and commitment to support local communities and conserve the beauty of the Gulf of Tonkin for future generations.
Factsheet
  • No of vessels: 02
  • Length: 56m
  • Width: 10.43 m
  • Depth: 3.20m
  • Crew: 45
  • Passenger cabins: 32 all with French balcony, floor-to-celling sliding glass doors
  • Passenger berths: 66
  • Build: 2011
  • Launch: Mar 2012

Cabins and Suites

  • The first thing that strikes you about each of our 32 luxury Cabins and Suites is the sense of space, the abundance of light and the level of refinement in the elegant interiors.
  • Large floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors in the cabins and cabin bathrooms allow natural light to flood in and offer panoramic views of the Gulf of Tonkin. Most cabins and suites provide additional space and comfort in the form of your own private balcony - the ultimate place to relax and enjoy the fresh air, day or night.
  • Each of the cabins and suites is tastefully appointed with timber floors, handcrafted wooden mosaic furniture and elegant interiors. Each cabin features individual climate-control thermostats, telephone, MP3 speakers, in-cabin refrigerator, safe box, and hair dryer. Meanwhile the luxurious bathrooms are extremely well appointed with deluxe bathroom amenities.
Deluxe Cabins:
  • Located on the main deck, The Au Co Deluxe Cabins, at 20 square metres, are furnished in a minimal style with a choice of double or twin beds, flanked by large bedside tables and two lounge chairs with a coffee table. They also feature a MP3 speakers for your in-cabin entertainment.
  • The bathroom, finished in wooden and mosaic, features a vanity counter and a separate glass-enclosed shower stall, with the picture window offering magnificent views of the passing scenery.
  • Amenities: Well-appointed en-suite bathroom; In-house telephone; Natural hardwood floors, handcrafted mosaic furniture; Hair dryer; In-cabin refrigerator; Individually controlled air-conditioning; Complimentary driking water throughout the trip onboard; Bathrobes; Complimentary bottle of wine (01/cabin/stay); Deluxe bathroom amenities; MP3 speakers.
Grand Deluxe Cabin:
  • Commanding fantastic views from The Au Co’s bow, our two Grande Deluxe Cabins are perfect for family groups or those craving more space. Each cabin is 25 square metres and can easily accommodate a third bed. As with all our cabins and suites, the sense of space and luxury is enhanced by the elegant décor and minimal style.
  • Amenities: Well-appointed en-suite bathroom; In-house telephone; Natural hardwood floors, handcrafted mosaic furniture; Hair dryer; In-cabin refrigerator; Individually controlled air-conditioning; Complimentary driking water throughout the trip onboard; Bathrobes; Complimentary bottle of wine (01/cabin/stay); Deluxe bathroom amenities; MP3 speakers.
Executive Cabins:
  • Located on the upper deck, The Au Co executive cabins at 20 square metrers each offer extensive views of the seascape during your cruise thanks to their floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors. Their chic interiors and contemporary furnishings, including hardwood floors, handcrafted bed and tables, give a harmonious balance between modern design and traditional detailing.
  • Amenities: Well-appointed en-suite bathroom; In-house telephone; Natural hardwood floors, handcrafted mosaic furniture; Hair dryer; In-cabin refrigerator; Individually controlled air-conditioning; Complimentary driking water throughout the trip onboard; Bathrobes; Complimentary bottle of wine (01/cabin/stay); Deluxe bathroom amenities; MP3 speakers.
Long Quan Suites:
  • Named after the legendary father of the Vietnamese people, Lac Long Quan, and commanding a great position and views from the bow of the ship, the Long Quan Suites are avery generous 36 square metres. With their spacious private terraces on the upper deck they offer guests the utmost in luxury and privacy, combining sumptuous indoor and outdoor living spaces in which to relax.
  • Additional amenities & services for the Suites: Flower & fruit basket; Bottle of champagne/Suite/stay; Tea and coffee facilities; Bathtub and standing shower; Other special in-room amenities.
Au Co Suites:
  • Named after the legendary mother of the Vietnamese people, Au Co, it is only fitting that the largest suites on the boat are named after her. Occupying an unrivalled position at the aft of the boat with unparalleled views, both of the Au Co Suites are an extremely generous 40 square metres. With their spacious private terraces on the upper deck they offer guests the utmost in luxury and privacy, combining indoor and outdoor living spaces in which to relax.
  • Additional amenities & services for the Suites: Flower & fruit basket; Bottle of champagne/Suite/stay; Tea and coffee facilities; Bathtub and standing shower; Other special in-room amenities.
  • DinningUniquely located on the spacious third deck of The Au Co, and designed along Feng Shui principles, our restaurant and two bars offer the perfect spaces for guests to connect with their surroundings while savouring an incredible array of fresh dishes or simply relaxing with a drink.
  • While designed in very different styles, both the restaurant and the bar have been created to ensure the ultimate in comfort, luxury and style.
Restaurant:
  • The elegant and luxurious The Au Co Restaurant has been carefully arranged according to the generating principle of Wu Xing, with the dining room featuring both wood and metal elements. On arrival, guests will notice that the interior elements of the wooden furniture and polished wooden floor help air flow, harmonizing the natural light and wind with the surrounding landscape and mountains, giving guests the feeling of being immersed in nature, satisfying the senses of sight and taste. Meanwhile, metal elements in the dining room, representing fire, are minimized by reducing kitchen and other electrical appliances in the room, which would just distract from the meal. According to the principle that water nourishes wood, the sight of the Gulf’s water and the sound of soft music are simply used to create a calm, gentle atmosphere, which should stimulate guests’ appetites.
Bar:
  • The terrace deck of the Au Co Cruise features not one, but two wide, open-air bars; again designed with the Feng Shui principle of Yang - Movement - Flexibility, as a counterpoint to the Yin - neutral - Earth element. The spacious bars, with their light rattan furniture are the perfect place to relax and while away your day accompanied by a range of food, beverages, and snacks. Alternatively, they are the place to meet after a busy day of activities for a pre-dinner cocktail as the sun sets over the Gulf of Tonkin.
  • The Au Co Bar stocks a full complement of aperitifs, wines, cocktails, drinks and snacks, and serves visitors until late at night.
  • If guests are seeking more privacy and comfort each cabin has its own in-cabin refrigerator, which we can stock with your choice of beverages

Services and Facilities

  • Spa: For complete stress relief, why not pamper yourself with a therapeutic massage either in the tranquility of the Spa room or in the open-air Spa area - drifting off into bliss as the cruise drifts along.
  • Jacuzzi: After an exciting day of adventurous activities and excursions what better way to relax and unwind than in The Au Co’s open-air Jacuzzi. Feel any aches or pains simply drift away as you sip a cocktail while taking in the fantastic views of the seascape as you voyage at sunset. Reserve the open-air Jacuzzi together with our on-board spa services.
  • Other onboard services and facilities include:
    • Reception
    • Safety box in cabin
    • Boutique Library
    • Doctor on call and first-aid kits
    • 24-hour security
    • Baby sitter
    • Conference & meeting facilities
    • Tender for sightseeing
    • Car rental service with driver
    • Theme party on request
    • Kayaking, swimming, snorkeling and fishing equipment
    • Gift Shop
    • Sound proof system, noise reduction measures
    • Portable DVD
    • DVD and CD selections
    • Board Games

Onboard Safety

  • The boat itself was designed by the Industrial Ship Designing Institute and is inspected by the local Maritime Registration Authority annually and certified accordingly. It is the only steel boat in Halong Bay built to meet seafaring standards (though it is registered as a river going craft). It is designed to be balanced even with a 23-degree list. The Vietnamese Marine Authorities certify all materials and equipment used in the construction of the boat construction from the steel, electrical cables and generators. Every vessel is fitted with professional marine safety equipment: VHF Radio, GPS Plotting, Two-way radios, Water Ingress Alarm System, Anti-sinking Pump System, Fire Alarm system System and Fire Extinguishers. The Au Co boats have double the safety coefficient required by the authorities.
  • All The Au Co vessels operate under professional daily technical supervision and ongoing maintenance schedules. Each vessel maintenance schedule includes regular monthly and bi-annual routine maintenance and an annual dry-docking to ensure all aspects of seaworthiness and accommodation are in good condition.
  • All The Au Co vessels are covered with maximum vessel insurance based on the vessel certification, including total Crew and Passenger capacity.
Safety on board
  • The Au Co places the highest priority on the safety and security of our vessels and all Passengers, Crew and Staff onboard.
  • All The Au Co vessels are commanded by a Captain, and manned by a professional Deck Crew and Cruise Staff. All Crew and Staff have training certificates or recognized expertise accredited by the relevant Vietnamese Government Authorities.
  • Our Cruise Managers conduct a safety briefing prior to departure, which includes onboard procedures and clear instructions in case of emergency.
  • All The Au Co Crew are trained for SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) and dealing with emergencies. Refresher training and live drills are conducted every 6 months.
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