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Halong Bay and the Red River

This 10-night adventure travels well off the beaten track into the highlands and mountain villages of northern Vietnam. In contrast visit bustling Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital, plus an overnight cruise in the amazing limestone island scenery of Halong Bay

Cruise Only
10 nights from £2560pp

River Adventures Holiday
  • Viet Tri, Vietnam
  • Halong Bay
  • Musicians
  • Hanoi
  • Da River Terraces
  • Lower Red River
  • Upper Red River

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday

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No single supplement! Applies to 1 Jun; 16 Aug and 4, 16 Dec 2019 and 17 Jan; 2 Mar 2020 departures. Subject to availability

Halong Bay and the Red River Special Offer

For the first time cruise travellers can explore Northern Vietnam by river ship, traversing the Red River delta and its main tributaries. Starting at the scenic wonders of Halong Bay, experience downtown Hanoi, and then venture on into the interior, well off the beaten track.

Our river expedition starts in amazing Halong Bay with an overnight cruise amongst the limestone islands and floating villages. Following the river to Hanoi, from our mooring visit highlights including the notorious 'Hanoi Hilton' Vietnam war prison and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

Cruising deep into the highlands of northern Vietnam discover the mountain scenery and villages home to many of Vietnam's ethnic communities. Travel as far as is navigable up the Red River and then down the little known Da or Black River.

The itinerary for this expedition is indicative only - as it travels into remote areas changes to the itinerary will inevitably occur. A flexible approach is required if you book this cruise.

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April to November Itinerary

Day 1 - Hanoi - Halong Bay (Vietnam)

Arrive in Hanoi. You'll be met at the airport and transferred to Halong Bay to embark your ship. Set sail late afternoon with a welcome cocktail before dropping anchor in a sheltered bay.

Day 2 - Halong Bay

Today sail around Halong Bay with its 1,500 dramatic limestone islands and extraordinary rock formations dating back 20 million years. Enjoy a stop at Viet Hai Village and explore on mountain bike or electric buggy. Visit the village's farm and admire the traditional houses, before cruising towards Lan Ha Bay for a visit to a floating fishing house. Weather permitting, end the day with cocktails at a stunning beach.

Day 3 - Halong Bay

Visit the 'Dark and Bright Cave'. Board a kayak or a local basket boat to enter this incredible cave where bats can be heard and stalagmites hang from the ceiling. This afternoon, the chef onboard will demonstrate fruit carving and how to make Vietnamese spring rolls.

Day 4 - Kinh Thay River

Spend the morning sailing on the Kinh Thay river. Enjoy a lecture on Vietnam in the dining room. This afternoon, join the excursion to Thanh Ha for a traditional water puppet show and village tour. Back onboard, cruise upstream, dropping anchor late evening.

Day 5 - Bat Trang Village

Whilst cruising towards Hanoi, call at the ancient pottery making village of Bat Trang. On your return to the ship, watch a unicorn and lion dance at the jetty.

Day 6 - Hanoi

Docked in the bustling Vietnamese capital city of Hanoi, you will visit highlights of this Asian metropolis. See the notorious Vietnam war prison known as the Hanoi Hilton, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the temple of literature of Confucius fame. In the afternoon enjoy a walking tour of the city and visit a coffee shop to learn about Vietnam's coffee-making industry.

Day 7 - Lower Red River

Sail from Hanoi up the Red River to Viet Tri, an excellent base for going deeper into highland Vietnam. Around here is a timeless Vietnam, with emerald green rice paddies punctuated by lime stone rock formations. See the Thay and Tay Phuong Pagodas, before visiting a carpenter village. Evening arrival in Viet Tri.

Day 8 - Lo River

Cruise to the hat making village of Gia Thanh before continuing by bus to Hung Lo Temple.

Day 9 - Da River

Enjoy a day sailing downstream admiring the unspoilt beauty of the Da River. Pass the Ba Vi National Park with its rich and diverse tropical and sub tropical flora and fauna before arriving at Hoa Binh. Visit the ancient village of Duong Lam. This afternoon, enjoy a tour of the ship.

Day 10 - Hoa Binh

Hoa Binh is home to the Muon ethnic group and the site of a major battle with the French in 1951 and 1952. Take a speedboat ride on the reservoir of the largest power station in South-East Asia and visit a local village. Tonight there will be a performance by the local hill tribe people.

Day 11 - Hoa Binh - Hanoi

Disembark ship then visit a museum and local village to see the villagers in their traditional dress. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before being transferred to Hanoi airport.

The itinerary for this expedition is indicative only - as it travels into remote areas changes to the itinerary will inevitably occur. A flexible approach is required if you book this cruise.

December to March Itinerary

Day 1 - Hanoi - Halong Bay (Vietnam)

Arrive in Hanoi. You'll be met at the airport and transferred to Halong Bay to embark your ship. Set sail late afternoon before dropping anchor in a sheltered bay.

Day 2 - Halong Bay

Today sail around Halong Bay with its 1,500 dramatic limestone islands and extraordinary rock formations dating back 20 million years. Enjoy a stop at Viet Hai Village and explore on mountain bike or electric buggy. Visit the village's farm and admire the traditional houses, before cruising towards Lan Ha Bay for a visit to a floating fishing house. Weather permitting, end the day with cocktails at a stunning beach.

Day 3 - Halong Bay

Visit the 'Dark and Bright Cave'. Board a kayak or a local basket boat to enter this incredible cave where bats can be heard and stalagmites hang from the ceiling. This afternoon, depart Halong Bay and enter the river, dropping anchor near Hai Phong.

Day 4 - Kinh Thay River

Spend the morning sailing on the Kinh Thay river. This afternoon, join the excursion to Thanh Ha for a traditional water puppet show and village tour. Back onboard, cruise upstream, dropping anchor late evening.

Day 5 - Day River

This morning, cruise the Lower Red River and Day River. This afternoon, visit the Dien Xa Bonsai Village where you'll enjoy a walk and meet with local artists. Later, cruise towards Ninh Binh City.

Day 6 - Ninh Binh

This morning you'll enjoy a visit to Tam Coc, boarding a rowing boat to visit 'Halong on land' in Ninh Binh. This afternoon, head to the village of Pham Phao where you'll walk around and visit a host family who make and repair musical instruments. You'll also visit local Woodworking Artisans, a century old covered bridge, and have the opportunity to try BBQ Pork Skewers and Rice Cake Rolls at the markets, weather permitting.

Day 7 - Lower Red River

Cruise upstream on the Red River to Phat Diem Cathedral and visit the magnificent stone cathedral of Pat Diem. Continue to Hanoi.

Day 8 - Hanoi

Docked in the bustling Vietnamese capital city of Hanoi, you will visit highlights of this Asian metropolis. See the notorious Vietnam war prison known as the Hanoi Hilton, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the temple of literature of Confucius fame. In the afternoon enjoy a walking tour of the city and visit a coffee shop to learn about Vietnam's coffee-making industry.

Day 9 - Hanoi

Morning visit to Bat Trang cereamic village. Later, sail from Hanoi up the Red River to Viet Tri, an excellent base for going deeper into highland Vietnam. Around here is a timeless Vietnam, with emerald green rice paddies punctuated by lime stone rock formations. See the Thay and Tay Phuong Pagodas. Evening arrival in Vinh Phuc.

Day 10 - Upper Red River

This morning, visit the UNESCO-listed village of Duang Lam. This afternoon, head to the carpenter and smith village of Ly Nhan. Continue upstream to Viet Tri, enjoying traditional dances on board.

Day 11 - Viet Tri - Hanoi

Disembark after breakfast and visit the hat making village of Gia Thanh before continuing to Hung Lo Temple. Lunch at a local restaurant followed by a transfer to Hanoi airport.

The itinerary for this expedition is indicative only - as it travels into remote areas changes to the itinerary will inevitably occur. A flexible approach is required if you book this cruise.

Price Includes

  • 10-night full board cruise
  • Overseas transfers
  • All sightseeing, tours and entrance fees as outlined in itinerary
  • Local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas and tisanes on board
  • Onboard gratuities

Price Does Not Include

  • Return flights from the UK - we can arrange these for you, please contact us
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa required for Vietnam
  • Premium wines, premium spirits, branded soft drinks, speciality coffees on board
  • Tips to tour guides, bus, boat and cycle operators
  • Port taxes

Cruise Extensions

  • We can arrange additional nights in Vietnam
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2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • May
    • May 8th - Halong Bay to Hoa Binh - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2560
      Main Deck
      £2560
    • May 20th - Hoa Binh to Halong Bay - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
  • June
    • Jun 1st - Halong Bay to Hoa Binh - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • Jun 11th - Hoa Binh to Halong Bay - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • Jun 23rd - Halong Bay to Hoa Binh - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
  • July
    • Jul 3rd - Hoa Binh to Halong Bay - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • Jul 15th - Halong Bay to Hoa Binh - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • Jul 25th - Hoa Binh to Halong Bay - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
  • August
    • Aug 6th - Halong Bay to Hoa Binh - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • Aug 16th - Hoa Binh to Halong Bay - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • Aug 28th - Halong Bay to Hoa Binh - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
  • September
    • Sep 7th - Hoa Binh to Halong Bay - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • Sep 19th - Halong Bay to Hoa Binh - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • Sep 29th - Hoa Binh to Halong Bay - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
  • October
    • Oct 11th - Halong Bay to Hoa Binh - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • Oct 21st - Hoa Binh to Halong Bay - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
  • November
    • Nov 2nd - Halong Bay to Hoa Binh - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • Nov 12th - Hoa Binh to Halong Bay - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • Nov 24th - Halong Bay to Hoa Binh - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
  • December
    • Dec 4th - Hoa Binh to Halong Bay - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • Dec 16th - Halong Bay to Hoa Binh - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • Dec 26th - Hoa Binh to Halong Bay - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690

2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • January
    • Jan 7th - Halong Bay to Hoa Binh - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • Jan 19th - Hoa Binh to Halong Bay - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
  • February
    • Feb 7th - Halong Bay to Hoa Binh - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • Feb 19th - Hoa Binh to Halong Bay - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
  • March
    • Mar 2nd - Halong Bay to Hoa Binh - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • Mar 14th - Hoa Binh to Halong Bay - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • Mar 26th - Halong Bay to Hoa Binh - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
  • May
    • May 10th - Halong Bay to Hoa Binh - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • May 31st - Halong Bay to Hoa Binh - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
  • June
    • Jun 10th - Hoa Binh to Halong Bay - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • Jun 21st - Halong Bay to Hoa Binh - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
  • July
    • Jul 1st - Hoa Binh to Halong Bay - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • Jul 12th - Halong Bay to Hoa Binh - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • Jul 22nd - Hoa Binh to Halong Bay - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
  • August
    • Aug 2nd - Halong Bay to Hoa Binh - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • Aug 12th - Hoa Binh to Halong Bay - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • Aug 23rd - Halong Bay to Hoa Binh - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
  • September
    • Sep 2nd - Hoa Binh to Halong Bay - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • Sep 13th - Halong Bay to Hoa Binh - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • Sep 23rd - Hoa Binh to Halong Bay - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
  • October
    • Oct 4th - Halong Bay to Hoa Binh - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • Oct 14th - Hoa Binh to Halong Bay - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • Oct 25th - Halong Bay to Hoa Binh - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
  • November
    • Nov 4th - Hoa Binh to Halong Bay - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • Nov 15th - Halong Bay to Hoa Binh - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • Nov 25th - Hoa Binh to Halong Bay - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
  • December
    • Dec 19th - Halong Bay to Hoa Binh - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • Dec 29th - Hoa Binh to Halong Bay - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690

2021 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • January
    • Jan 9th - Halong Bay to Hoa Binh - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • Jan 19th - Hoa Binh to Halong Bay - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • Jan 30th - Halong Bay to Hoa Binh - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
  • February
    • Feb 9th - Hoa Binh to Halong Bay - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • Feb 20th - Halong Bay to Hoa Binh - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
  • March
    • Mar 2nd - Hoa Binh to Halong Bay - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • Mar 13th - Halong Bay to Hoa Binh - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
    • Mar 23rd - Hoa Binh to Halong Bay - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690
  • April
    • Apr 3rd - Halong Bay to Hoa Binh - Sailing on: Angkor Pandaw From: £2690
      Main Deck
      £2690

Price Information

  • Prices shown are a guide price
  • Upper Deck cabin upgrade supplements are available
Map for Halong Bay and the Red River