THE AU CO ITINERARY
The experience of a lifetime in the Gulf of Tonkin
Experience the stunning sceneries of all three of the beautiful bays in the Gulf of Tonkin and explore the amazing island of Cat Ba on board The Au Co.
Enjoy an invigorating bike ride in the rainforest of the National Park on Cat Ba Island, join our guide on a kayaking excursion in the hidden lagoons of Lan Ha Bay or visit a peaceful area in Bai Tu Long Bay on a traditional rowing boat. While aboard, discover The Au Co’s signature five elements cuisine, re-energize with Tai Chi, unwind on the sundeck or pamper yourself in the Jacuzzi or with a Traditional Vietnamese massage.
Day 1: Hanoi - Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay (L/D)
08.30: Transfer to Halong Bay from your hotel in Hanoi
12.30: Arrive in Halong Bay. Check-in at the cruise centre.
12.45: Depart from Tuan Chau Island, meet the onboard team and receive the safety briefing.
13.30: Acquaint yourself with the five elements cuisine with lunch on board, while The Au Co cruises leisurely towards the Vung Ha area.
15.30: Visit the Vung Ha Beach for swimming and water activities. 17.30: Take part in the cooking demonstration.
18.00: Enjoy Happy Hour (buy 1 get 1 free).
19.15: Savour our five elements signature dinner of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water while the boat is anchored for our overnight stop.
20.30: Relax with a drink at Lan Ha bar or join our crew and try squid fishing on the deck.
Day 2: Bai Tu Long Bay, Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba Island (B/L/D)
07.00: Start the day with a Tai Chi class on the sundeck or enjoy the breathtaking views of the bay while the ship begins slowly cruising.
07.30: Have breakfast onboard while The Au Co cruises in Bai Tu Long Bay. 09.00: Visit Vung Vieng by traditional bamboo boat.
11.15: Take a tour at the Captain’s Bridge and the Engine Room
12.00: Enjoy lunch in Ha Long restaurant while The Au Co cruises towards Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba Island.
13.45: Join a guided biking or hiking excursion through the national park of Cat Ba Island and visit The Au Co organic farm in Viet Hai Village. Another option for visiting the island is to use the electric trolley service available (at a bit of extra cost). 16.30: Kayak & swim in the Viet Hai Lagoon.
17.00: Make the most of an extended Happy Hour (buy 1 get 1 free). 19.15: Try the barbeque buffet in the restaurant while the boat is at anchor.
20.30: End the day with a drink at Lan Ha bar or join our crew and try squid fishing on the deck.
21.00: Join our kitchen staff for the fruit carving sessions.
Day 3: Halong Bay (B)
06.30: Start the day with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck or enjoy the breath-taking views of the bay while The Au Co cruises leisurely in Halong Bay.
07.00: Take your time over breakfast.
07.45: Visit the famous Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave.
09.00: Prepare for check out: passenger’s bags must be put in the corridor. 09.45: Join a Vietnamese traditional tea ceremony then check-out.
10.45: Disembark in Tuan Chau and leave for Hanoi. 15.00: Return to Hanoi. End of service.
• Welcome cocktail, entrance fee and sightseeing fee.
• Accommodation in luxury air-conditioned en-suite cabin.
• 2 lunches, 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts
• Bike ride on Cat Ba Island.
• Visit to Vung Vieng by rowing boat.
• Visit to Sung Sot Cave.
• Regular tea, coffee and drinking water during the cruise.
• Kayaking equipment.
• Onboard insurance, taxes and service charges.
• Airfares, transfers to and from Halong Bay.
• Visa arrangements.
• Beauty spa services.
• Other beverages, tips and personal expenses.
• All other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusion list.
Notes: Cruise itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions.