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3D2N Cruise (3-Star) | Halong & Bai Tu Long Bay route **Overnight on Cat Ba Island, Trekking & Cycling

By Vega Travel

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At a Glance

At a Glance

3 days 2 nights
Group trip (18 travellers per group)
You will cruise to Bai Tu Long Bay that is lesser-known by travellers but offers magnificent seascapes. This is a great escape from the crowd as you will kayak through the narrow lanes of limestone karsts in a hidden area, see the ancient stalactites in Trong Cave (Drum cave) and Trinh Nu (Virgin Cave). On the second day, you will be transferred by a small boat to Cat Ba Island and indulge in its wilderness: trekking to a cave plus cycling in Viet Hai Village. Lastly, visit the highlights in Halong Bay - Titop Island and Sung Sot Cave on the 3rd day. Vega Cruise's Chef prepares authentic Vietnamese cuisine onboard and he's able to cater to vegetarians and other dietary requirements too.

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You're looking for an escape for the crowds, and a more active itinerary with cycling and trekking on Cat Ba Island

Trip Highlights

Visit Floating Villages
Explore Caves
Kayak

What's included

What's included

From US$ 245 5,746,398 VND
  • Accommodation - 0 nights at Hung Long Hotel - Double/ Twin Room, 2 nights at Vega Cruise - Superior Double or Twin Room
  • Round trip shuttle-bus transfer via highway
  • 1-night ensuite superior room on the cruise
  • 1-night stay in Hung Long Hotel
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees
  • Cycling and trekking trip in Cat Ba Island
  • Meals onboard (3 Lunch, 2 Dinner, 2 breakfast)
  • Drinks
  • Tips for guide and crew
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Accommodation

Accommodation

Transport

Transport

Pick-up
07:30AM
Your Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter.
Drop-off
04:30PM
Your Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter.

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Scheduled Trip Dates

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Itinerary

Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary and may be weather-dependent. Start/end times may depend on transport chosen.
Day 1: Hanoi – Bai Tu Long Bay - Ha Long bay
Hanoi – Bai Tu Long Bay - Ha Long bay

Today you will cruise in Bai Tu Long Bay, kayak in hidden lagoons and visit Trong Cave (Drum cave) and Trinh Nu (Virgin Cave)

Accommodation: Vega Cruise - Superior Double or Twin Room

  • 07:30am - Pick-up at
  • 07:30 – 08:00 The guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel (in Hanoi Old Quarter) for the 3.5 hour drive through the Red River Delta to the wharf of Halong Bay.
  • 12:00 – 12:15 Check in to your room. Cruise out to the bay. Sit back on the boat restaurant or the sundeck to relax as Vega cruises past the hundreds of islands and islets of Bai Tu Long Bay area that is lesser travelled by tourist and well-known for its magnificent seascapes Enjoy freshly prepared lunch served by Vega’s boat staffs. The cruise will make a right turn to a less-visited area where you will enjoy kayaking, exploring the peaceful beauty of Halong Bay. Paddle in the 2-person kayak through the narrow lanes of limestone mountains and karsts being broken by wind and time.
  • 15:00 Visit Trong Cave (Drum cave) and Trinh Nu (Virgin Cave). You can take a dip in the emerald waters.
  • 19:00 Anchor in a tranquil lagoon among Bai Tu Long Bay, Ha Long bay for dinner and a peaceful night.
  • Overnight on the cruise.
Day 2: Halong Bay - Cat Ba Island
Halong Bay - Cat Ba Island

Today you will hike up to Titop Island, cycle in Viet Hai Village and trek to a cave in Cat Ba National Park.

Accommodation: Vega Cruise - Superior Double or Twin Room

  • 7:00 Early Breakfast on the boat
  • 8:00 Visit the most beautiful cave of the bay called Hang Sung Sot ( the Surprising cave)
  • 9:00 Walk up 340 constructed terraced steps to the top of Titop Island for a 360-degree amazing view of Ha Long Bay. Walk down to Titop beach, a naturally formed sand beach, for a refreshing dip in the bay.
  • 10:00 Transfer to a small junk that will bring you to Cat Ba National Park. The boat will stop at Viet Hai Dock. You will then cycle for 30 minutes to Viet Hai Village, explore the countryside of the island. From the village, trek for 1.5 hours; discover the tropical forest and the national biosphere of Cat Ba. You will feel rewarded as soon as you get to the viewpoint on top of the hill.
  • 13:00 Lunch on the junk boat.
  • 15:00 Free time to kayak around, visit the floating villages and swim if you wish to.
  • 16:00 Watch sunset over the bay.
  • 17:00 You will be transferred to the hotel in Cat Ba Island.
  • Overnight in Hung Long Hotel.
Day 3: Cat Ba Island - Halong Bay - Hanoi

  • 7:00 Early buffet breakfast in the hotel.
  • After breakfast, you will take a small boat back to Vega Cruise.
  • 9:00 Continue cruising along Halong Bay. Spot the Dog stone, Fighting Cock islet, the Couple islet and local fish farms. If time and tide permit, you will stop for a while in a peaceful place for relaxation on the boat deck.
  • 11:00 Enjoy brunch before packing up to leave.
  • 11:45 -12:00 Disembark and take a land trip back to Hanoi.
  • Estimated arrival time 16:00 – 16:30.
  • 04:30pm - Drop-off at

Meet your guide

Meet your guide

Vega Travel

Vega Travel has been showing travellers the beauty of Vietnam since 2000. They are one of the pioneers in Halong Cruise and Sapa Travel. Travellers can trust them on the trip organisation given their extensive experience in the field.
20 years experience
Basic English
Refuse Plastics
Litter-Free

What others are saying

What others are saying

4.9 out of 50 helpful reviews
Aronaki, California
11 Dec 2020 on TripAdvisor
I spent hours online trying to figure out which travel company to go with for an overnight in Ha Long Bay. For some reason, my gut told me to go with Vega Travel. It was moderately priced and seemed to offer more active options like kayaking. This past December (2019), we were SO happy to find ourselves aboard. The organization is extremely professional and well run in all aspects. From the emails exchanged far in advance to how we were first greeted when we arrived at their offices, I knew we were in good hands. My feelings were reinforced by the quality of the staff, the lovely character of our boat, the amazingly delicious food that was served. But most importantly, the mix of individuals on our tour was just fantastic. We made new friends all over the world (from Australia to the Basque Country of Spain, from London to New York). We really loved being together and finding out about each other. I don't think that the boat could hold more than 20 guests which makes it ideal to get to know each other. This wonderful mix of people then got to drink and eat fabulously together. We had the chance to kayak and swim. We were anchored almost alone in this beautiful setting overnight. I especially liked viewing the dawn as it came up. So settling. I can't recommend this more highly!
Mark1200, Australia
11 Dec 2020 on TripAdvisor
We had an amazing time on our cruise with Vega over the December break. Our guide Duy was awesome and was incredibly attentive, answered all our questions and took us to great spots. The itinerary for the 3 days is busy but is very well organised and orchestrated. We did a night stay on the boat and a night stay on Cat Ba Island and thought it was a great balance of experience. The food on the boat was good (just be sure to be clearly communicate any dietary restrictions if you have them). Overall, the experience was exceptional and we met amazing people along the way too. We would highly recommend it!!
SunnyTraveler1212
11 Dec 2020 on TripAdvisor
My cousin and I booked a three day and two night cruise after seeing it in Lonely Planet. We both had an amazing time in the cruise. The food was amazing and there were plenty of activities, we loved kayaking and cycling. It was a great atmosphere and we felt that we thoroughly saw the bay. We were also taken to more quiet spots with less boats and were taken to the caves early to beat the crowds. Dem was an outstanding guide. He was super friendly, knowledgeable and funny and we couldn't have asked for a better guide! I learnt a lot about the bay and also Vietnamese culture and daily life from him that I would not have got from a museum or book. If you have Dem as your guide, you are very lucky. You will have a great time and will be well taken care of!
Bluemoon1991
18 Feb 2020 on TripAdvisor
We had a great time on the two day one night Halong bay tour. Dem our tour guide was awesome , very helpful, informative and friendly :we learned a lot about Vietnamese culture. The bay was beautiful and we really enjoyed the activities included. It was great that Vega took us away from other more tourist spots so it was quiet. We liked the boat on the whole although paid for deluxe room and felt it wasn't worth the extra overall as the other rooms were nice and ours had an adjoining glass panel door to the room next door who we didn't know, so a little askward- a solid door would be better to minimise noise and ability to see light on etc. Overall recommend Vega and the tour.
geotravelgeo, Minnesota
13 Feb 2020 on TripAdvisor
My wife and I chose to do the 3D/2N Ha Long Bay cruise with Vega Travel because their itinerary included more adventurous activities than most other tours. Day 1: - We were picked up from our hotel in Hanoi old quarter and driven by bus to the Ha Long City cruise terminal. - The first day included two small caves with viewpoints of the bay and a couple hours of kayaking with optional swimming in between. Day 2: - The second day included one giant cave which our guide Tiger got us first in line so we could have the whole place to ourselves before being flooded by other tourists. - One stop at Ti Top (Titov) island for spectacular 360 views of the bay and optional swimming. - We transferred boats to move to the Cat Ba region where we hopped on bicycles and pedaled through small jungle villages before trekking a few kilometers through the jungle (and partaking in local rock climbing). - We arrived to the resort side of Cat Ba island where we had a group dinner (not included in price of tour) and relaxed after a busy day. Accommodations are at a hotel on the island. Day 3: - The third day took us back through Ha Long Bay to more beautiful scenery before arriving back at the port for the bus ride back to Hanoi. Note there are not any activities on day 3. Massive buffet meals were served for breakfast (day 2 - boat and day 3 - hotel), lunch (day 1, 2, and 3), and dinner (day 1). There were many food options for all types of diets. Overall, this option was great for us and allowed us to experience multiple parts of the bay through various activities. Our guide Tiger was fantastic! He was very enthusiastic and was very organized getting us to each location and activity on schedule. You could really tell he loved his job and he made an effort to get to know everyone in the group! We would recommend this tour to anyone looking for a more adventurous Ha Long Bay experience.

Vega Travel Policies

Vega Travel Policies

Child Pricing
Infants (age 0 - 3) will not be charged. Children (age 4 - 7) will pay a discounted price
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Strict Cancellation Policy
As Vega Travel pays for your trip’s logistics in advance, you can only cancel for free within 24 hours of your booking, provided that this is at least 2 weeks before your trip starts.
Change of Date
You may also change your trip date once up to 3 days before your trip starts. Any date change are subject to availability.

Other Things to Know

Other Things to Know

Packing list for the trip
Camera
Cash (for purchasing drinks during happy hour, buying souvenirs or tips)
Change of clothes
Electrical adapter
Flipflops
Hat (it gets sunny!)
Passport (required for registration on the boat)
Sunglasses
Sunscreen
Swimsuit
Toiletries
Umbrella and/or light rain jacket
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