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Experience the stunning natural wonder of Halong Bay on this four-day trip. Travelling independently, you’ll see the surreal limestone karsts and brilliant blue-green waters of this South East Asian jewel on an overnight boat cruise that puts you right amongst the beauty. Beginning and ending in Hanoi, you’ll have plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere of Vietnam’s capital, visiting the local ceramic industry of Dong Tieu on your way back.

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Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam
Physical rating
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 4

Why we love this trip

  • Discover Hanoi and its extraordinary mix of Eastern and Western influences

  • Get insider tips from your guide on the best places to eat and the most interesting areas to explore

  • Enjoy a boat cruise on Halong Bay, where you'll discover beautiful limestone islets and dine on delectable seafood

  • The luxury of a small, exclusive boat gives you the best possible experience of Vietnam's famous emerald seascape

  • Visit a local village to mingle with the locals and gain an insight into local artisan industry

Is this trip right for you?

  • Designed for independent travellers, this trip has a mixture of free time and included activities.

  • Staying overnight on a small vessel that's exclusive to Peregrine, you may have the boat all to yourself and your crew.

  • There's a cave visit in the Halong Bay area which involves a number of steps, and these can get slippery at certain times of year.

  • Halong Bay is great to visit at any time of year, but it's worth considering the seasons. Generally it's cooler and drier from November to April, and hotter and rainier from May to August.


Welcome to Vietnam. A Peregrine representative will be there to meet you at the airport. Transfer to your comfortable hotel, settle in, and meet your guide. You'll be given tips on how to spend your first day in Vietnam's bustling capital, including some recommendations for good places to dine this evening.
  • Lan Vien Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Leave your luggage behind at the Hanoi hotel and pack an overnight bag for your trip. Enjoy some breakfast, then be driven to the famous Halong Bay (approximately 3 hours). This World Heritage-listed wonder is one of Vietnam's true gems. The views of sailing junks navigating past some 3,000 limestone islands are nothing short of spectacular. You will travel to Bai Chay (Halong City West). Here, board a boat and head for a cruise along the bay, sailing leisurely past its many islands and exploring its myriad coves. You'll also visit one of the caves in the area. In the warmer months, there's the chance for a swim at Ti Top Beach. Settle in for one magical night on board. Delicious fresh seafood will be served for lunch and dinner.
  • Halong Bay Overnight Boat (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Halong Bay - Overnight boat cruise
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
All boats used by Peregrine have twin-share cabins, ensuite facilities and air-conditioning. Non-seafood options are available for meals.

Swimming in the bay from the boats is banned by the local authority. Kayaking is restricted to designated zones within the bay.
In the morning, sail back to the port, disembark and transfer back to Hanoi. You will stop off at Dong Trieu village en route and visit an intriguing ceramic workshop. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you please. Walking or riding a bike is best for exploring Hanoi. The shopping is fun and the many lakes and parks provide enjoyable escapes from the city. Perhaps visit the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda and the former residence of Vietnam’s most famous revolutionary, Ho Chi Minh. Explore the ancient '36 streets' and discover an amazing selection of shops that sell everything from souvenirs to exquisite silk clothing, jewellery and beautifully embroidered tablecloths. The Vietnam Fine Arts Museum is also highly recommended. In the evening, you might like to attend a traditional water-puppet performance.
  • Lan Vien Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your trip comes to an end after breakfast. You will be transferred to the airport or train station for any onward travel. For those staying longer, additional accommodation is available.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast


3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner


Boat, Private vehicle


Comfortable hotel, Overnight Boat

Included Activities

  • Halong Bay - Overnight boat cruise

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Important notes

1. Arrival and departure transfers are included. Please provide your flight details to your booking agent in advance.
2. Peregrine can assist with booking your transport between each Experience. Please ask your booking agent for more information.

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