Ultimate Halong Bay: Seaplane and Overnight Junk Boat Cruise

Tours Type / Small group tours
  • Ultimate Halong Bay: Seaplane and Overnight Junk Boat Cruise
  • Ultimate Halong Bay: Seaplane and Overnight Junk Boat Cruise
  • Ultimate Halong Bay: Seaplane and Overnight Junk Boat Cruise
  • Ultimate Halong Bay: Seaplane and Overnight Junk Boat Cruise
  • Ultimate Halong Bay: Seaplane and Overnight Junk Boat Cruise
from $718.75
Duration

2 days (approx.)

Depart from

Your Hanoi city hotel

Return to

Returns to original departure point

Time of departure

8am
Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time

Transportation

Seaplane & cruise

Tour description provided by Viator

Soar from Hanoi to Halong Bay on a seaplane, and board a beautifully restored traditional wooden junk for a 2-day cruise around the UNESCO World Heritage site. Fly on a 12-seat, fixed-wing aircraft and splash into the emerald waters dotted with 2,000 spectacular limestone karsts. You’ll explore islets and hidden lagoons along with the Cave of Surprises, with ample time to swim, snorkel and kayak with informative guides. Full meals are served in the boat’s dining room, and deluxe cabins feature private bathrooms and prime window views.

Receive personalized service from your crew on the small-group cruise, limited to 24 people.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Breakfast included
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Lunch included
  • Dinner included
  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Qualified and professional pilot
  • Scenic air tour

Soar above the natural wonders of Halong Bay — sprinkled with impressive limestone karsts and caves — and join a 2-day cruise aboard a traditional wooden junk called L’Azalee. Dine on traditional Vietnamese fare and international dishes, with one breakfast, two lunches and one dinner included. Enjoy a hot shower in your en suite bathroom, a dining room and licensed cash bar with an extensive wine list, a sun deck with adjustable sun lounges, and the attention of a professional crew.

Schedule details

Departure Point:
Your Hanoi city hotel

Departure Time:
8am
Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time

Duration:
2 days (approx.)

Return Details:
Returns to original departure point

Pricing information

Inclusions:

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • One-way transport to Halong Bay by seaplane
  • Return transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Overnight cruise on junk boat
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Professional guide

Exclusions:

  • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Information:

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Passport information is required in order to reserve your plane tickets. Failure to provide operator with passport information within 3 days of your departure date may lead to cancellation with no refund
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Itinerary subject to change or cancellation due to weather conditions
  • A maximum of 7 kg (15 lbs) of carry-on luggage is permitted on the plane. Luggage exceeding this limit will be subject to additional fees

Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi — Halong Bay (L, D)

Upon morning pickup from your hotel in Hanoi, settle into an air-conditioned shuttle bus for the 1-hour transfer to Noi Bai International Airport. After checking in at the seaplane counter, hop aboard your 12-seat, fixed-wing aircraft — a Cessna Grand Caravan 208B-EX capable of taking off from and landing on water.

Leave the noise of the city behind as you put on your audio headset and listen to informative commentary from the professional pilot. Once you’re up in the air, take in the impressive views of Hanoi and beyond as you fly 45 minutes to Halong Bay.

Called the ‘Bay of Descending Dragons’ in Vietnamese, Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage site with almost 2,000 islands and jungle-clad limestone pillars rising from the emerald-green waters. Marvel at sweeping aerial views over this magnificent landscape, spotting the islands of Cong Do and Ba Ham with their lovely lagoons before flying out toward Dau Be on the edge of the Gulf of Tonkin.

Experience the thrill of a water landing at the Tuan Chau Marina, where you’re taken to a comfortable lounge to wait for a small tender to transport you to your overnight cruise. Enjoy perks like water, a cold towel and complimentary WiFi before you’re whisked away at midday with an expert crew to L’Azalee, a beautifully restored traditional wooden junk.

Take a seat in the dining room for a lunch of Vietnamese and international cuisine. A selection of beers, cocktails, wines and other beverages can be ordered from the bar (own expense).

If you’d like, spend your afternoon sunbathing on the spacious deck, and admire the sublime beauty of the limestone karsts jutting out of the jewel-like bay. Or explore the region by kayak, discovering sea caves and secluded lagoons with an expert guide who describes the rocky promontories dotting the bay. You’ll also have the opportunity to fish, snorkel and swim, and visit a fish farm for an authentic glimpse of local life.

In the evening, dine on fresh seafood for dinner before retiring to your cabin for the night, with window views of the bay and mountains. Each room has wooden flooring and features a private bathroom with a shower and complimentary toiletries.

Overnight: Traditional wooden junk boat on Halong Bay

Day 2: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B, L)

Wake with the sun and watch as the dawn breaks over Halong Bay. You might like to take an early morning dip or do a bit of tai chi before breakfast.

Then venture off to the Cave of Surprises (Sung Sot Cave) located on Bo Hon Island, which is actually a set of linked limestone islets. The largest grotto in Halong Bay, the cave features fascinating formations created over time, including multiple stalactites hanging from its high ceiling.

After walking along lit pathways on a guided tour, enjoy another delicious lunch aboard the junk boat.

Then cruise back to the Tuan Chau Marina and bid your crew a fond farewell. You'll transfer to an awaiting shuttle for the roughly 4-hour drive back to Hanoi, arriving late in the afternoon. End your tour with hotel drop-off upon reaching the capital.

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