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Hanoi with two night Au Co boat cruise in Halong Bay - 5 days/ 4 nights

Vietnam land portion ONLY (Excludes flights to and from Vietnam)





Flight out: If passengers want to depart Hanoi airport right after the cruise on Day 5, the flight time should be after 1700 (5 pm). Shuttle bus will reach Hanoi around 1500 (3 pm). One hour is needed to travel from Hanoi City to Hanoi airport.


Typical cabin on the Auco


 The ship is 55.29m in length and 10.43m in width. Each of the 32 spacious cabins has its own private balcony or terrace – allowing unparalleled private views of the surrounding seascape. On the upper decks, the elegant restaurant and open-air bars are designed along principles of Feng Shui (or in Vietnamese ‘Phong Thuy’) to heighten our passengers’ sense of connection with the wonderful environment of the surrounding Gulf of Tonkin, as well as giving them a taste of the Orient and Vietnamese culture.



Dining room of the Auco


DAY 1: ARRIVAL HANOI                                                                                (No meals)

Pick up at the airport. Private transfer to Sofitel Legend Metropole, Hanoi.

Accommodation in Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi (Premium Room)


DAY 2: HANOI AT LEISURE                                                                            (B)

Breakfast at hotel

Accommodation in Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi (Premium Room)


DAY 3:   HANOI – HALONG BAY                                                                       (B/L/D)

Breakfast at hotel

Pick up at 07.45 am by shuttle bus for for Halong Bay transfer (4 hours drive)

The first day of your cruise provides an introduction to the amazing scenery of Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay. Cruising through Halong Bay will literally take your breath away. Depart from Tuan Chau, meet the on board team and receive a safety briefing. Acquaint yourself with the five elements cuisine with lunch on board, while The Au Co cruises leisurely towards to Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave. After a visit the wheel house and engine room. Then, participate in a guided tour of Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave.

Back to The Au Co to join a Cooking demonstration then enjoy Happy Hour with “Buy One Get One Free”: Beer, House wine (by the glass), Soft drinks, Long drinks, Cocktails

Savor our five elements signature dinner of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. After that, enjoy squid fishing from the main deck.


Accommodation on board Five Star cruise: The Au Co (Deluxe Cabin)

Don’t forget to reserve the time for one hour of body massage (One  hour per person) and Jacuzzi for two persons (One hour)


DAY 4: HA LONG BAY – CAT BA ISLAND                                                               (B/L/D)

Breakfast onboard

Start the day with Tai Chi - physical movements designed for relaxation, balance and health - on the sundeck of the boat while enjoying the panorama. After breakfast on board; visit Vung Vieng fishing village by rowing boat for one hour. Savor a delicious lunch in the Halong Restaurant while the ship cruises towards Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba Island for walking excursion in the national park of Cat Ba Island and visit of The Au Co organic farm. Swim and kayak in Viet Hai Lagoon.

Back to The Au Co to enjoy an extended Happy Hour for two hours (half price drinks). Try the barbeque buffet in the restaurant while the boat is at anchor. The day ends with a drink at Lan Ha bar or join our crew and try squid fishing on the deck.


Accommodation on board Five Star cruise: The Au Co (Deluxe Cabin)


DAY 5:  HALONG BAY – HANOI – AIRPORT TRANSFER                                               (B)

Breakfast on board

Halong Bay, designated a UNESCO world heritage site for its limestone rock formations, is home to about 2,000 isles and islets of different shapes and sizes, creating a truly breathtaking seascape. At its heart is the highest concentration of limestone rocks in the area and caves and grottoes abound. Take your time over breakfast and join a Vietnamese traditional tea ceremony.




Check out of the boat in Halong Bay for the four hours transfer to Hanoi in shuttle bus. Then private car from Hanoi City to the airport.

End of services.



-          2 night accommodation in twin/double Premium Room at Accommodation in Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi with daily breakfast (check in at 2 pm and check out at noontime)

-          2 night cruise on board The Au Co with sightseeing in double/ twin (Deluxe Cabin)

-          Airport round trip transfer by private car

-          Round trip transfer Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hanoi by shuttle bus

-          2 lunches, 2 dinners & 2 breakfasts on board

-          1 hour body massage on board per person

-          1 hour of Jacuzzi for 2 persons

-          All Entrance fees as stated in the program

-          1 bottle of mineral water per person per day on bus and in room




-          Kayaking in Halong Bay.

-          Biking tour in Cat Ba Island.

-          Vietnamese cooking demonstration on board.

-          Tai Chi exercise in the morning on board.

-          Vietnamese tea introduction on board.




-          Airfares (international and domestic).

-          Meals (other than mentioned in the program).

-          Beverage, tips or gratuities.

-          Visas for Vietnam(if any required), insurances.

-          Mineral water beyond that supplied.

-          Early check in or late check out.

-          Private car Hanoi – Halong - Hanoi

-          Optional excursions and activities.

-          Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation.

-          Items of a personal nature (Phone calls, laundry, beverages…).

-          Peak season surcharges (if any).

-          All not mentioned above.





  • On boat: Child below 6 years old stays with parents on existing bedding only. Child from 6 to 12 years old stays with parents with extra mattress on floor only. No extra bed is available on board. Maximum two adults and one child below 12 years old are allowed to stay in same cabin.
  • On boat: Two children up to 12 sharing a private cabin are charged at 75% of full cabin rate. Child from the age of 13 must solely occupy a cabin and pay full cabin rate.
  • In hotel: No additional charge (room and breakfast) for one (1) child up to 12 years old sharing room with parents without extra bed. Baby cot is available and free of charge.



  • Availability: All bookings are based on availability at the moment of booking of both the cruise and the hotel. Alternative dates are proposed in case of unavailability.
  • Cruise itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions. Swimming or kayaking excursions or visit, biking on Cat Ba Island may be cancelled and replaced by alternative activities. Unused services are not subject to a refund.
  • In case of poor weather conditions that could disrupt the cruise, accommodation and meals onboard the cruise shall be replaced by hotel accommodation inHanoiof similar star rating to Accommodation in Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi (Premium Room) without meals. No sightseeing or excursion will be organized a replacement. The hotel to be booked is subject to availability.
  • Meals onboard are fusion: Vietnamese, seafood and international. Guests should advise any special food preferences, allergies or dietary requirements at least one (1) week prior to the cruise date.
  • Advance registration is required with full name, date of birth, nationality, gender, passport number and visa expiry date for all passengers. A valid passport is required upon check-in. Otherwise, boarding may be denied by port authority.
  • Flight out: If passenger departs to Hanoi airport right after the cruise on Day 5, the flight time should be after 1700 (5 pm). Shuttle bus shall reach Hanoi around 1500 (3 pm). One hour is needed to travel from Hanoi City to Hanoi airport.
  • Massage reservation: Unused massage is not subject to refund. Massage on board can be reserved either on day 3 or day 4.
  • Insurance: Insurance is not included in the package, passenger is recommended to purchase their own insurance prior to the departure from home country.






Note: This is a suggested itinerary. It can be amended to suit your own particular requirements. For example, we can include alternative accommodation or can add  to or omit the suggested sightseeing.

Also, the Shipping company reserves the right to change the Itinerary to suit weather, tides  and sea conditions, the route or places visited may differ to ensure your safety. 



Price indication for 2016

For this 5 Day 4 Night package featuring the Hanoi Sofitel, one of the finest hotels in Asia and the Au Co cruise is based on:-

Premium room at the Sofitel Legend Metropole, Hanoi,

and Deluxe cabin on the Au Co cruise boat.

For travel from 08 Jan - 30 Apr 2016 (This cost excludes flights to and from Vietnam)

HK$ 6,720 per adult based on two adults sharing one room/cabin twin or double bed as available.

(For child prices please see the above notes).




For travel  from 01 May - 30 Sep 2016 (This cost excludes flights to and from Vietnam)


HK$ 5,860 per adult based on two adults sharing one room/cabin twin or double bed as available.




Prices are correct at time of publication but are subject to change withot prior notice, by the Hotel or the Cruise boat operator.