HOURS CRUISE – SURPRISING CAVE – BEST ROUTE KAYAK/SAMPAN ROWING / Lunch on boat / Sunset finger food-snack
08.00: Hotel Pick up
Our English-speaking Guide will pick up guests from hotels at Hanoi Old Quarter, for an on time trip and not impact to other guests, please be ready at 08:00.
Our English speaking Tour guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel as scheduled. Use the NEW EXPRESSWAY Hanoi – Haiphong - Halong in comfort and time saving. On the way, you could see the local beauties of rice fields, road-side lifestyle, longest sea-cross bridge… and we also skip the commercial shopping center as usual.
10.50-11.15: Visit Pearl Workshop
Halong bay is famous with some floating pearl farm, the products for exporting. Visit pearl farm is interesting activity, however in one day tour, we don’t have enough time to do it. So we could visit a workshop on land to see the process of pearl collecting and see craft-man create the jewels from pearl
11.45: Boarding cruise
The bus will arrive Tuan Chau marina, easily get on Genesis Cruise by private pier, and then the crew will serve you welcome drink following Cruise Manager’s briefing. Genesis uses Expressway to go, so early reach Halong bay before the crowd to be ‘’lonely in the bay’’.
12.40: Lunch on board
Enjoy a nice set-menu lunch. By local flavors in each dish, it vitally helps to recuperate after a 4-hour-car drive. In the meantime, Genesis boat goes among islets that make Halong become a wonderland.
After lunch, you are free to relax on sundeck. While the light of afternoon decreases slightly, hundreds of islands with different shapes definitely amaze you by their natural beauty. What Genesis makes your trip different is not the sights of Halong, but the line that you are on. It is the best to watch unparalleled sceneries of Halong in slow motion.
14.00: Kayaking / Sampan rowing boat
The boat will move to Hang Luon (three tunnels) area, a water cave for kayaking, rowing bamboo boat or just stay on board for relaxing and the boat will slowly move around to sightseeing more on the bay.
You will discover the area’s tranquility by kayaking – an indispensable water activity in Halong, for those who love challenging themselves or sitting on bamboo boat (Sampan), for those who love being gentle and sophisticated, to admire breathtaking scenes. This is moment you get closer to Halong’s nature. If you do not join any above activities, you could stay on sundeck for relaxing, then the boat will take you around the bay, do sightseeing other beautiful islets, such as Human head, Horse seat… Normally, this area is full of Cruises and tourists, but Genesis is one of the first cruise come here for afternoon, so it is really peaceful and less-touristic.
15.05: Discover Surprising Cave – Core area of Heritage site
You will leave the boat and have around 01 hour to explore Sung Sot (Surprising) cave. This cave locates on a remote island, which is rare in cave-lake seascape. The compartment in the heart of Sung Sot cave is surrounded by extremely beautiful niches. The outside section has a high ceiling with lots of stalactites. In particular, the second compartment suddenly expands immensely with curved domes printed in streaks of very smooth hats, wholly over the head like a large, wide theater. This is the hugest and most beautiful cave in Halong bay, locates in core area of heritage site.
16.15: Sunset watching in afternoon tea break
This is moment for a rest after activities and capture the sunset on the bay. You also have time to enjoy other amazing sceneries of the wonder. A break with cocktails, fruits, snack, egg coffee (included) will be served to full fill the romantic ambience.
17.15: Get on bus
It is the time to say goodbye to Halong bay. Disembark to get on the bus to get back Hanoi.
18.15: Short break
Short stop for rest room if needed, only 5 minutes.
19.30-20.00: Hotel / Farewell
Say goodbye to you and hope you just enjoy the trip with us, see you again.