Silversea Luxury Cruises To HA LONG BAY

Silversea Luxury Cruises - Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
HA LONG BAY
HA LONG BAY

The extraordinary, mossy limestone mountains that rear from the waters of Ha Long Bay form one of the most spectacular natural landscapes on the planet. At least 1,600 green islands rise over a flotilla of strung-together fishing boats and floating villages. Spectacular at any time, sunset bathes the remarkable limestone formations in warm, honey-coloured light, adding an extra layer to the seascape's heart-stirring beauty. Emerald green sea washes around this immense network of islands and limestone outcrops, which you can explore at leisure on junk boats and by sea kayak. View more

Local legend says the islands were formed when a dragon descended, spitting fire and emerald and jade jewels across the water to deter invaders. The sheer scale points to the supernatural – but scientists stubbornly maintain that this collection of towering sculptures was the result of various forms of erosion and a flood of seawater following the ice age. The water continues to chip away at the islands, and you can venture into the mouths of caves hollowed out by the relentless wash of the waves. Dau Go Cave and Sung Sot Caves are adorned with rows of spectacular stalactites, descending like dragon teeth from above. Investigate via boat, and find island jewels like Ti Top - a sharp, slope of land decorated with a crisp fringe of gleaming sand. The seaplanes that soar overhead, offer a magnificent bird's eye perspective. Located in Vietnam's northeast, the unique topography that forms the islands continues into neighbouring national parks like Cat Ba - which rises and falls in a similar, jaggedly undulating fashion, just without the flooded seawater in-between.

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Excursions in HA LONG BAY

Cruising Ha Long Bay by Junk

Long Bay ranks among Vietnam's most celebrated attractions and has been designated a World Heritage Site. Explore this wondrous seascape aboard local junks.

The name Ha Long Bay, meaning 'where the dragon descends into the sea,' has its origin in an ancient legend according to which a huge dragon appeared, aiding the local people in their fight against northern invaders. After victory was achieved, the dragon and its young remained, turning into a fence of rocky islets as protection from further invasion. Even today, sailors and locals still claim sightings of a giant sea monster.

Ha Long Bay's famed seascape offers fantastic images of fragmented limestone outcroppings, sheer cliffs, huge rock arches and tranquil coves. Some of the rock formations rise from the sea up to a height of 900 feet (274 metres), projecting strange images.

Explore this magical scenery onboard traditional junk. You will take a short ride from the pier where the ship docks to the local wharf where you will board the local junks. Then head out on your cruise and relax as the vessel glides through breath-taking seascapes of fragmented limestone outcroppings, past huge rock arches, sheer cliffs, picturesque coves and islets rising out of the sea like green-clad monsters. Watch this amazing scenery unfold while enjoying some green tea. A guide will point out and explain the most interesting sights.

Your outing into the magic of Ha Long Bay concludes with your return to the local wharf and a short ride back to the ship.

If weather permits an optional visit to Thien Cung cave will be done. After entering a narrow gate, the grotto's 130-meter-long girth opens up. Getting in we are astonished by the very animated and splendid beauty which is made from stalactite. On the east wall of the grotto, there is a grandiose and imposing picture with characters of heroic tales.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full day)

Explore Halong Bay and its environs at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half day)

Explore Halong Bay and its environs at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full day)

Explore Halong Bay and its environs at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your driver and English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half day)

Explore Halong Bay and its environs at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

The Zen Monastery in Ha Long Bay

Experience the insight of Zen Buddhism during this half-day tour.


Giac Tam Buddhist Zen Monastery

After tendering ashore, board the coach and drive for approximately one hour and 30 minutes towards the Giac Tam Buddhist Zen Monastery. Along the way, enjoy the views of the scenic countryside of Ha Long, passing villages surrounded by bamboo fences and lime stonewalls.


Learn of the history of Vietnamese's Buddhist Zen, set up by the Tran Kings who destroy the Kublaikhan troop in the 13th century. After their victory, they climbed into this primitive forest and dedicate their life to Buddhism. Visit the monastery; listen to the Zen lesson given by one of the monks as he demonstrates the proper techniques for Zen meditation.


Local Village

Leaving the monastery, drive towards the Limestone Mountains, where you stop briefly for photos, before arriving at a local village and farm. Walk into the village made up of small roads, houses, village temples, street barbershops and village coffee shops. At a local home, chat with the resident farmer, interact with the children and learn of their lives and ways of worship, while you sip a cup of tea. Visit the farmers' gardens, full of fruit trees from the north of Vietnam. Then, reboard the coach for the hour's return to the pier.

Land programmes in HA LONG BAY

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure - Hanoi In-Depth

Fascinating Hanoi is nearly 1,000 years old and the proud capital of Vietnam. With its many attractions, an overnight stay is a must on any visit to this dynamic destination. Situated on both sides of the Red River, the city with a population of roughly 6.5 million is the country's economic, cultural and political centre. Beautiful French colonial buildings stand next to traditional houses, and thousands of scooters, motorcycles and bicycles clutter the streets, vying for space with cars and buses. Take in a little of both its ancient and modern history. Upon your return to Ha Long Bay, experience the natural wonder of this UNESCO site on your junk cruise, before re-joining the ship.


02MIDHAL-E Hanoi In-Depth

Departure: Halong Bay on the 18th December

Duration: 2.5 Days/2 Nights

Rejoin ship: Hong Kong on the 20th December

Reserve: A minimum of 90 days prior to sailing


This Silver Shore Mid-Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis. Tickets are available in limited quantities, and participation cannot be guaranteed for those guests not booking well in advance. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, 90 - 0 days prior to the initial sailing date: 100% of the programme fare per person is due.

Payment-in-full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. Booking made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme.

All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable within 90 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.


VISA INFORMATION:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Israel. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas before cruising.


LOCAL CURRENCY:

Viet Nam Dong and US dollars are well-accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited.


Guests must bring one passport-sized photos (2"X2") with them.

Explore ancient and modern Hanoi with more time to take in the many sites that make Vietnam's capital and second largest city a bucket-list destination for so many.


DAY ONE - Ha Long Bay / Hanoi


Ha Long Bay, approximately 580 square miles (1,500 square kilometres) area means "Bay of the Descending Dragon". It consists of about 3,000 limestone monolithic islands, rising from the ocean with their thick, jungle-like vegetation. Several of these islands are hollow, while other appear to be floating on the water, their bases having eroded over thousands of years. It is no wonder this was listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1994.

A cruise by local junk offers a wonderful opportunity to fully enjoy this magical scenery. After lunch onboard your ship, transfer to the local wharf where your junk is ready for boarding and then you head out for a cruise past craggy outcrops and strange images that rise from the sea.

Disembark the junk for the 2 ½ hour drive to the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi. Boasting of glorious French colonial architecture and numerous lakes, the city is the jewel in Vietnam's crown. A little blending of east and west with bicycle-cluttered streets. The very good road from the pier to Ha Noi offers ample chances of photos of buffaloes, ricefields, farmers working together on the cooperatives, mountians, coal mines, old factories, old battlefields, cemeteries,..

On arrival in the city, check in at a five star hotel. Relax and have dinner at the local restaurant


DAY 2: Hanoi full day

Breafast at the hotel

Depart for Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ba Dinh Square). Taking photo in front of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Walk through the garden located behind the Mausoleum. Stroll past tranquil lotus ponds to Ho Chi Minh's stilt house. The cottage is a simple teak building resembling the homes of the ethnic hill tribes. Visit One Pillar Pagoda, one of the symbol of Ha Noi.

Your next stop is a visit to the Temple of Literature dedicated to Confucianism and founded in 1076 during the Ly Dynasty. The temple complex is the site of the country's first university, which is the pride of the nation and the most important educational center.

Drive on to Hoa Lo, translated as 'Hell's hole', it was built by the French in the late 19th century to house Vietnamese prisoners. Nicknamed 'Hanoi Hilton' by the Americans during the Second Indochina War, much of the prison was demolished in 1996. What remains is a museum depicting the horrors of the imprisonment of the Vietnamese and many American pilots including Senator John McCain.

Drive to a local restaurant for lunch.

Drive to the city's Old Quarters. Walk with the guide to the Ha Noi Old House - 87 Ma May Street. Visit inside the house and chat with the locals. Leave the old house and walk back to Ha Noi Old Quarters for free time to explore and shopping. Named for the original 36 streets that formed the quarters, this is the most crowded and busy part of downtown. In the streets, each named after a particular trade they once represented, merchants and buyers carry out a flurry of activities. Today, this is a shopping mecca for visitors and residents alike. While walking through this maze of alleys, you may well find a nice souvenir at a good price

Drive back hotel for freshen up and relax.

Drive to Thang Long Water Puppet theatre to enjoy the water puppet show then to the local restaurant for your dinner.

DAY 3: Hanoi / Hong Kong

Breakfast at the hotel before heading to the airport & take a flight to Hong Kong by VN592 @ ETD1030-ETA1330.

Met and transferred from Hong Kong airport to the port

Please Note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking and climbing of steps at all sites visited, making the tour unsuitable for guests with limited mobility or those utilizing a wheelchair. This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm/hot, humid and/or wet weather and insects; please pack accordingly in a small overnight case. Casual, lightweight clothing, comfortable shoes, a sunhat, sun block and sunglasses are imperative. Remember also to bring your camera. US dollars are well accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited. The tour sequence may vary and traffic patterns may affect tour timings; order of sites may change. Anticipate crowds at Ba Dinh Square. The duration of the drive between Ha Long Bay and Hanoi is approximately 2 ½ hours in each direction. Comfort stops are made along the way and drive time can vary. Operation of the junk cruise is subject to favorable sea and/or visibility conditions.

Pack one small bag for the program, dress is casual and comfortable. It will not be possible to enter Ho Chi Minh's tomb on Monday and Friday.

Program Includes:

· Two-night stay at the Intercontinental Hotel (or similar), deluxe category- Hanoi

· 2 breakfast, 2 lunch, 02 dinners with drinks included

· All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

· Entrance fees

· Private (for the overland group) junk cruise


Not Included:

· Any meals and drinks not specified above, personal charges incurred at the hotel (a credit card must be registered prior), gratuities to drivers and tour guides, shore side visa, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance and other personal items.

· Vietnamese visa upon arrival at first Vietnamese port. This fee will be charged automatically to your ship account.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.