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Halong Bay and the Red River (Upstream)

Halong Bay and the Red River (Upstream)

From USD $4,092

Description

For the first time travellers will be able to explore the key sites of Northern Vietnam by river ship traversing the Red River delta and its main tributaries, connecting the wonders of Halong Bay with the excitements of down town Hanoi, and then on into the interior, well off the beaten track. This is a combination of scenic beauty, lively and interesting (sometimes industrial) life of the river and exploring rivers where no other tourist craft operate.

Sailing deep into Highland Vietnam we will discover the mountain villages and a number of tribal areas. We will go as far as is navigable up the Song Red River and then down the little known Da or Black River. Note this is a new river expedition and itineraries and schedules very much subject to change due to uncertain local conditions.

Note that in the winter months December to March we move onto an alternative itinerary covering a larger inland water cruising area on the coastal plain area. Some sections can be industrial, others very rural. Note that in the winter the daily temperature range can be from 7C to 21C and the visibility can be poor with mists.

PLEASE NOTE: Voyage prices are indicative and can fluctuate

Trip Name
Halong Bay and the Red River (Upstream)
Days
11
Overview
Vessel Type: Luxury River Cruising Length: 42.2 m Passenger Capacity: 32 passengers Built: 2012 Angkor Pandaw is a handsome two-deck riverboat, a luxurious yet unostentatious replica of a colonial-era vessel dating from 1865. It is a K-class ship. The K-class dated back to the 1880s and were comprised of stern wheelers designed to reduce draft, their boilers placed in the bow to improve trim. Smaller than the great line steamers of the age, the K-class ships were used on the Chindwin and upper reaches of the Irrawaddy. Where possible we have reused the old IFC names and many of these original K-class ships had fascinating histories, through times of war and peace. ACCOMMODATION 10 main deck and 6 upper deck staterooms - Air-conditioned panorama dining room - Spacious, open-air lounge - Observation deck - Lounge bar - 24hrs hospitality bar - Fair-trade Shop - Guest relation desk - Library with contemporary and classic literature - Hair Dryers in all cabins WINING & DINING Local master chef heading an experienced international culinary team - Semi-buffet breakfast, Semi-buffet lunch, and seated theme dinners - Daily lean & light menu options - Complimentary coffee, water, tea, soft drinks, local beer, local spirits, juices - Extensive wine list with premium wines - Series of cultural performances, educational talks, cooking classes, and ship tour - Welcome drink on arrival - Welcome cocktail - Farewell Reception - Theme dinners - Lounge bar - 24hrs hospitality bar - Onboard bakery with daily freshly baked breads and rolls ON EXCURSIONS Admissions - Shoe cleaning after excursions - Bottled drinking water - Cold towel service after excursions - Refreshing drink following excursions - Full-size motor coach on all excursions - 1st aid trained assistant guide to follow all tours and excursions SAFETY & SECURITY All onboard crew is trained and certified as per international marine standards (VIRES)  - Fire alarm system in all cabins, public areas and back areas - Fire fighting system in all ship areas - Expert marine superintendant - 24 hrs watch on duty - Certified hygiene standards for all areas (Johnson & Diversey) ONBOARD STAFF Captain - River Pilot - First Officer - Chief Engineer - 1st Engineer - Electrician - Bosun & nautical crew - Ship manager - Housekeeping - Dining - Bar keeper - Chefs - Local tour guides PUBLIC SPACES Guest relation desk - Shop, supporting fair trade - Library with contemporary and classic literature - Wireless internet in all public areas

Itinerary



Day 1 - DAY 1 HALONG BAY
Transfer from Hanoi International Airport/Meeting point to Halong Bay to embark the cruise with a stop for lunch enroute. Cast off in the late afternoon for an evening sailing to drop anchor in a sheltered bay amidst the amazing island scenery.
Day 2 - DAY 2 HALONG BAY
Morning sail around Halong Bay and beyond with its 1,500 dramatic limestone islands and extraordinary rock formations, dating back 20 million years. We make a stop at Viet Hai Village and continue our journey by mountain bike or electric buggy to visit the village’s vegetable farm and typical village houses. It is a breathtaking trip along a small road winding its way through the limestone rocks.In the afternoon we will continue cruising towards Lan Ha Bay for a visit to a floating fishing house.Weather dependent, we will end the day with cocktails at a beautiful beach in Halong Bay.
Day 3 - DAY 3 HALONG BAY
Our exploration of Halong Bay continues and we stop at the so called “Dark and Bright Cave”. Take a kayak or a local basket boat rowed by fishermen and enter this remarkable cave into an enclosed area similar to a crater. Bats can be heard in the cave and massive stalagmites hang from the ceiling.In the afternoon, we leave Halong Bay and are enter the river where we drop anchor near Hai Phong.
Day 4 - DAY 4 THE KINH THAY RIVER
Observe the lively and interesting life of the Kinh Thay river, a key commercial waterway. Afternoon excursion to Thanh Ha Commune with village walk and a private water puppet show set under shade by a beautiful pond of lotus and lilies. We continue cruising until late evening and drop anchor midstream.
Day 5 - DAY 5 BAT TRANG VILLAGE
Today we will be cruising towards Hanoi. Enroute, stop at Bat Trang, a ceramic village, in the afternoon. Before returning to your ship after the excursion you will enjoy a traditional unicorn and lion dance at the jetty.
Day 6 - DAY 6 HANOI
Dropped anchor in the bustling city of Hanoi, passengers will visit some highlights of this Asian metropolis, must see’s like the notorious Vietnam war prison known as the Hanoi Hilton, temple of literature where Confucius did his thinking and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Afternoon walking tour of Hanoi including a visit to a coffee shop where we learn about Vietnam’s famous coffee making industry.
Day 7 - DAY 7 THE LOWER RED RIVER
Morning sail through day from Hanoi up the Red River to Viet Tri, not the most picturesque of towns but an excellent base for going deeper into Highland Vietnam. Going ashore we visit a timeless Arcadian Vietnam with emerald green rice paddies punctuated by lime stone rock formations. Of particular interest is the Thay and Tay Phuong Pagodas, hardly known, yet with exquisite temples dating from the 8th and 11th century and home to some fine Buddhist statuary carved from jackfruit trees. Afternoon excursion to a carpenter village.We will arrive in Viet Tri in the evening.
Day 8 - DAY 8 LO RIVER
In the morning cruising to Tien Du ferry station to the conical hat making village of Gia Thanh. Take in the sights and sounds of the bustling river with all kinds of craft and activity. By bus we continue to Hung Lo Temple.
Day 9 - DAY 9 THE DA RIVER
Enjoy a day sailing downstream admiring the unspoilt beauty of the Da River. We pass the Ba Vi National Park with its rich and diverse tropical and sub-tropical flora and fauna before arriving at Hoa Binh. We will visit the UNESCO praised village of Duang Lam.
Day 10 - DAY 10 HOA BINH
Hoa Binh was the site of a major battle with the French in 1951 & 1952 and is home to the Muong ethnic group.This morning we will take a boat ride on the reservoir of Hoa Binh power station and visit a local village and tonight you will enjoy the traditional performance of local hill tribe people.
Day 11 - DAY 11 DISEMBARKATION & HOA BINH
Disembark after breakfast (08.30am) and visit a museum and local village where villagers still wear traditional dresses. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant, followed by a transfer to Hanoi airport or drop off point Pan Pacific Hotel Hanoi.

Trip Dates

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19-12-202029-12-2020USD $4,092Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
19-12-202029-12-2020USD $4,872Main Deck Single Use. From
19-12-202029-12-2020USD $5,040Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
19-12-202029-12-2020USD $6,000Upper Deck Single Use. From
09-01-202119-01-2021USD $4,092Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
09-01-202119-01-2021USD $4,872Main Deck Single Use. From
09-01-202119-01-2021USD $5,040Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
09-01-202119-01-2021USD $6,000Upper Deck Single Use. From
30-01-202109-02-2021USD $5,040Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
30-01-202109-02-2021USD $6,000Upper Deck Single Use. From
30-01-202109-02-2021USD $4,092Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
30-01-202109-02-2021USD $4,872Main Deck Single Use. From
20-02-202102-03-2021USD $4,092Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
20-02-202102-03-2021USD $4,872Main Deck Single Use. From
20-02-202102-03-2021USD $5,040Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
20-02-202102-03-2021USD $6,000Upper Deck Single Use. From
13-03-202123-03-2021USD $4,092Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
13-03-202123-03-2021USD $4,872Main Deck Single Use. From
13-03-202123-03-2021USD $5,040Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
13-03-202123-03-2021USD $6,000Upper Deck Single Use. From
03-04-202113-04-2021USD $4,092Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
03-04-202113-04-2021USD $4,872Main Deck Single Use. From
03-04-202113-04-2021USD $5,040Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
03-04-202113-04-2021USD $6,000Upper Deck Single Use. From
17-07-202127-07-2021USD $4,092Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
17-07-202127-07-2021USD $4,872Main Deck Single Use. From
17-07-202127-07-2021USD $5,040Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
17-07-202127-07-2021USD $6,000Upper Deck Single Use. From
07-08-202117-08-2021USD $4,092Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
07-08-202117-08-2021USD $4,872Main Deck Single Use. From
07-08-202117-08-2021USD $5,040Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
07-08-202117-08-2021USD $6,000Upper Deck Single Use. From
28-08-202107-09-2021USD $4,092Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
28-08-202107-09-2021USD $4,872Main Deck Single Use. From
28-08-202107-09-2021USD $5,040Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
28-08-202107-09-2021USD $6,000Upper Deck Single Use. From
18-09-202128-09-2021USD $4,092Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
18-09-202128-09-2021USD $4,872Main Deck Single Use. From
18-09-202128-09-2021USD $5,040Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
18-09-202128-09-2021USD $6,000Upper Deck Single Use. From
09-10-202119-10-2021USD $4,092Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
09-10-202119-10-2021USD $4,872Main Deck Single Use. From
09-10-202119-10-2021USD $5,040Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
09-10-202119-10-2021USD $6,000Upper Deck Single Use. From
30-10-202109-11-2021USD $4,092Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
30-10-202109-11-2021USD $4,872Main Deck Single Use. From
30-10-202109-11-2021USD $5,040Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
30-10-202109-11-2021USD $6,000Upper Deck Single Use. From
20-11-202130-11-2021USD $4,092Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
20-11-202130-11-2021USD $4,872Main Deck Single Use. From
20-11-202130-11-2021USD $5,040Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
20-11-202130-11-2021USD $6,000Upper Deck Single Use. From
11-12-202121-12-2021USD $4,092Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
11-12-202121-12-2021USD $4,872Main Deck Single Use. From
11-12-202121-12-2021USD $5,040Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
11-12-202121-12-2021USD $6,000Upper Deck Single Use. From
01-01-202211-01-2022USD $4,092Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
01-01-202211-01-2022USD $4,872Main Deck Single Use. From
01-01-202211-01-2022USD $5,040Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
01-01-202211-01-2022USD $6,000Upper Deck Single Use. From
22-01-202201-02-2022USD $4,092Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
22-01-202201-02-2022USD $4,872Main Deck Single Use. From
22-01-202201-02-2022USD $5,040Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
22-01-202201-02-2022USD $6,000Upper Deck Single Use. From
12-02-202222-02-2022USD $4,092Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
12-02-202222-02-2022USD $4,872Main Deck Single Use. From
12-02-202222-02-2022USD $5,040Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
12-02-202222-02-2022USD $6,000Upper Deck Single Use. From
05-03-202215-03-2022USD $4,092Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
05-03-202215-03-2022USD $4,872Main Deck Single Use. From
05-03-202215-03-2022USD $5,040Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
05-03-202215-03-2022USD $6,000Upper Deck Single Use. From
26-03-202205-04-2022USD $4,092Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
26-03-202205-04-2022USD $4,872Main Deck Single Use. From
26-03-202205-04-2022USD $5,040Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
26-03-202205-04-2022USD $6,000Upper Deck Single Use. From
16-04-202226-04-2022USD $4,092Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
16-04-202226-04-2022USD $4,872Main Deck Single Use. From
16-04-202226-04-2022USD $5,040Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
16-04-202226-04-2022USD $6,000Upper Deck Single Use. From
09-07-202219-07-2022USD $4,092Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
09-07-202219-07-2022USD $4,872Main Deck Single Use. From
09-07-202219-07-2022USD $5,040Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
09-07-202219-07-2022USD $6,000Upper Deck Single Use. From
30-07-202209-08-2022USD $4,092Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
30-07-202209-08-2022USD $4,872Main Deck Single Use. From
30-07-202209-08-2022USD $5,040Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
30-07-202209-08-2022USD $6,000Upper Deck Single Use. From
20-08-202230-08-2022USD $4,092Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
20-08-202230-08-2022USD $4,872Main Deck Single Use. From
20-08-202230-08-2022USD $5,040Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
20-08-202230-08-2022USD $6,000Upper Deck Single Use. From
10-09-202220-09-2022USD $4,092Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
10-09-202220-09-2022USD $4,872Main Deck Single Use. From
10-09-202220-09-2022USD $5,040Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
10-09-202220-09-2022USD $6,000Upper Deck Single Use. From
01-10-202211-10-2022USD $4,092Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
01-10-202211-10-2022USD $4,872Main Deck Single Use. From
01-10-202211-10-2022USD $5,040Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
01-10-202211-10-2022USD $6,000Upper Deck Single Use. From
22-10-202201-11-2022USD $4,092Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
22-10-202201-11-2022USD $4,872Main Deck Single Use. From
22-10-202201-11-2022USD $5,040Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
22-10-202201-11-2022USD $6,000Upper Deck Single Use. From
12-11-202222-11-2022USD $4,092Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
12-11-202222-11-2022USD $4,872Main Deck Single Use. From
12-11-202222-11-2022USD $5,040Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
12-11-202222-11-2022USD $6,000Upper Deck Single Use. From
03-12-202213-12-2022USD $4,092Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
03-12-202213-12-2022USD $4,872Main Deck Single Use. From
03-12-202213-12-2022USD $5,040Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
03-12-202213-12-2022USD $6,000Upper Deck Single Use. From
24-12-202203-01-2023USD $4,092Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
24-12-202203-01-2023USD $4,872Main Deck Single Use. From
24-12-202203-01-2023USD $5,040Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
24-12-202203-01-2023USD $6,000Upper Deck Single Use. From
14-01-202324-01-2023USD $4,092Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
14-01-202324-01-2023USD $4,872Main Deck Single Use. From
14-01-202324-01-2023USD $5,040Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
14-01-202324-01-2023USD $6,000Upper Deck Single Use. From
04-02-202314-02-2023USD $4,092Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
04-02-202314-02-2023USD $4,872Main Deck Single Use. From
04-02-202314-02-2023USD $5,040Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
04-02-202314-02-2023USD $6,000Upper Deck Single Use. From
25-02-202307-03-2023USD $4,092Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
25-02-202307-03-2023USD $4,872Main Deck Single Use. From
25-02-202307-03-2023USD $5,040Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
25-02-202307-03-2023USD $6,000Upper Deck Single Use. From
18-03-202328-03-2023USD $4,092Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
18-03-202328-03-2023USD $4,872Main Deck Single Use. From
18-03-202328-03-2023USD $5,040Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
18-03-202328-03-2023USD $6,000Upper Deck Single Use. From
08-04-202318-04-2023USD $4,092Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
08-04-202318-04-2023USD $4,872Main Deck Single Use. From
08-04-202318-04-2023USD $5,040Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
08-04-202318-04-2023USD $6,000Upper Deck Single Use. From

Inclusions

    • Explore the wonders of Halong Bay
    • Visit some highlights of the Asian metropolis
    • Hanoi
    • Sail deep into Highland Vietnam
    • Enjoy a UNESCO recognized "Hat Xoan" performance.
    • Visit a timeless Arcadian Vietnam with emerald green rice paddies punctuated by lime stone rock formations.

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