THE AU CO ITINERARY 3-Day-2-Night Discovery of the Gulf of Tonkin
DAY 1: HANOI – LAN HA BAY (L/D)
7:45-8:00 Meet your tour guide at suggested places around Old Quarter for Ha Long Bay.
( If you start from NinH Binh /Tam Coc about 6:30 am by tourist bus, or 7:30 am by limousine bus –but you must to pay extra 8 USD )
12:30 Arrive at Bhaya Cruise Center, located within the Tuan Chau International Marina. Relax in the private lounge that is exclusively accessible to The Au Co’s passengers with amuse-bouche and lemon tea.
12:45 Board The Au Co and visit the cabin before heading to the Halong Restaurant for a safety briefing as well as to meet the Cruise Manager and the crew while enjoying a fresh welcome drink.
13:00 The journey begins with a Vietnamese fusion lunch while The Au Co cruises towards the southwest of Halong Bay.
15:30 Take a dip in the green emerald water in Ba Ham Lake. When kayaking around the area, find yourself a tranquil stretch of white sandy beach which is perfect for sunbathing.
*If the weather does not allow, the cruise will turn to Ang Du Area
17:30 Participate in a MasterChef “Halong Bay Edition” Competition and fruit carving demonstration on the sundeck (or in the restaurant, depending on the weather). Try your hand at creating authentic Vietnamese dishes, with the winner of the competition awarded surprising gifts. Make sure to admire the sunset over enchanting Halong Bay while The Au Co anchors for the night.
18:00 Enjoy Happy Hour deals with complimentary snacks at Lan Ha Open Bar with buying one get one free on a vast selection of drinks.
19:30 Savor the beautiful set-menu dinner in the restaurant while admiring the Vietnamese cultural dances.
21:00 The evening is at leisure to watch a film at Moonlight Open Cinema, sip cocktails on the sundeck or play board games at the reception area.
DAY 2: LAN HA BAY – HALONG BAY (B/L/D)
06:15 Rejuvenate the body and spirit with a refreshing Tai Chi lesson as the sun rises over the acclaimed UNESCO Heritage Site. Complimentary coffee and tea are served in the restaurant at this time for who might need a pick-me-up.
07:00 Start the day with a hearty breakfast buffet in the restaurant as The Au Co cruises towards Lan Ha Bay.
09:00 Enjoy swimming at the beautiful beach in Lan Ha Bay named Ba Trai Dao Beach.
10:30 Return to The Au Co for some time at leisure to relax or try the jacuzzi and onboard spa or join the Bridge and Engine room tour to discover the boat.
12:15 Lunch is served in Halong Restaurant while The Au Co passes beautiful karst
towers of Lan Ha Bay to reach Cat Ba Island.
The area is easily recognized by its three rounded peaks of equal height, said to
resemble peaches when viewed from afar.
The sea floor does not drop off quickly here, making it ideal for swimming.
14:30 Arrive in Cat Ba Island. Choose a bicycle and pedal to Viet Hai Village – a small village nestled in the heart of Cat Ba National Park with Bhaya Cruises’ in-house tour guides. While there, tour a Vietnamese ancient house and learn about “Viet Hai Community Farm” & “Save the Langurs”, two of Bhaya Cruises’ corporate social responsibilities projects.
17:00 Return to The Au Co for some time at leisure to relax.
17:30 Enjoy Happy Hour deals with complimentary snacks at Lan Ha Open Bar with
buying one get one free on a vast selection of drinks.
19:30 Join in the signature Barbecue Party to enjoy exquisite fusion cuisine onboard. 21:00 Relax in your cabin, chat with new friends at the Lan Ha Bar or join a fruit-carving
session with the kitchen staffs in the restaurant.
DAY 3: HALONG BAY - HANOI (B)
06:15 Take advantage of a second chance to start the day with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck with complimentary tea and coffee.
07:00 A full breakfast buffet is served in Ha Long restaurant.
08:00 Sight-see around Cua Van Floating Village well-known for its location in the heart of Halong Bay, by kayak or traditional rowing boat. The area is considered one of the most beautiful destinations in the world by Travel & Leisure Magazine.
09:00 Back to the vessel to return to harbor.
09:30 Join a traditional Vietnamese Tea Ceremony while The Au Co cruises back to
10:30 Disembark from The Au Co at Tuan Chau International Marina. Hẹn Gặp Lại!
Air-conditioned en-suite cabin
Entrance and sightseeing fees
Kayak & Bicycle
2 lunches, 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts
Onboard insurance, tax, and service
Airfares, transfer to and from Halong Bay Beverages, spa, and personal expenses All other services not clearly mentioned
in the inclusion list
Inclement weather, tide levels and operating conditions at sea may force changes in cruise itinerary and schedule at any time. Kayaking and swimming excursion, in particular, may be canceled due to rough weather.
The cruise offers fusion cuisine: international, seafood and Vietnamese. Please advise Bhaya Cruises at least one (01) week ahead of departure about any specific food preference, dietary or food allergies.
Port authority insists on advance registration including full name, gender, date of birth, nationality and passport number. At check-in, a valid passport is required. Port authority may deny boarding if these conditions are not met.
Free Wifi available on terrace deck, but note that the internet signal at sea suffers frequent interruption.