Silversea Luxury Cruises A Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay

A visit to the north is not complete without a trip to Halong Bay, where placid waters give way to more than 3,000 limestone karsts and wind-sculpted limestone formations that jut from foggy lagoons. Dotting the bay are tiny islands bordered by white sandy coves and hidden caves, adding to the majestic landscape of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Adding to this naturalist’s dream is the biodiversity of islets, grottos, and Cat Ba Island National Park. View more

The bay, however, shows tourism’s impact: the clearing of mangrove forests to make way for jetties and piers, marine life threatened by game fishing, and garbage from passenger boats and fishing villages washed up on the shores.Beyond its geological uniqueness are activities like hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, or exploring one of the many floating villages where fishermen bring in their daily catch. The downside to all this allure is the large number of unlicensed boats it draws to the bay each day.Boat trips out onto the bay are the main tourism stock in trade farther north, but a more multifaceted side of the area can be experienced at Cat Ba Island. The largest island in Halong Bay, Cat Ba is very much its own entity. Its national park offers incredible biodiversity, with more than a thousand species of plants having been recorded here. Animal life is slightly thinner on the ground, but alert visitors may spy inhabitants such as the endangered golden-headed langur, wild boar, deer, civets, and several species of squirrel. Trekking through the wilderness is a highlight with a number of fascinating trails to follow.Cat Ba Island has also become a firm favorite with the adventure sports set. Indeed, along with Railay Beach in Thailand, it is recognized as one of the top spots in the region for rock climbing. Other outdoor pursuits include sailing and kayaking around the karsts. Although Halong Bay has arguably been tainted by over-exposure, Bai Tu Long Bay farther east toward China, retains all the majesty of Vietnam’s premier bucket-list natural attraction but sees a fraction of the traffic of its immediate neighbor to the west. Here, visitors will find islands of substantial size with deserted beaches and untamed jungle. Halong Bay's 3,000 islands of dolomite and limestone cover a 1,500-square-km (580-square-mile) area, extending across the Gulf of Tonkin nearly to the Chinese border. According to legend, this breathtaking land- and seascape was formed by a giant dragon that came barreling out of the mountains toward the ocean—hence the name (Halong translates into "descent of the dragon"). Geologists are more likely to attribute the formations to sedimentary limestone that formed here between 300 and 500 million years ago, in the Paleozoic Era. Over millions of years water receded and exposed the limestone to wind, rain, and tidal erosion.Today the limestone formations are exposed to hordes of tourists—but don't let that discourage you. Hundreds of fishing trawlers and tour boats share space on these crystal waters, yet there seems to be room for everyone. Most people use the main population center, Halong City, as a base from which to venture into the bay. Although it's now officially one municipality, Halong City was, until 1996, two separate towns: Bai Chay is now Halong City West, where Halong Road winds its way around the coast and past the lifeless central beach; Hon Gai is the grimier Halong City East, where a coal transportation depot dominates the center of town and covers nearby roads and buildings with a sooty film. Locals still refer to the towns by their old names, but they are now inexorably lassoed together by a bridge. Boat trips through Halong Bay are the main attraction. Little of the majesty of this region can be found in the city, so head out onto the water and start exploring. Countless 10- and 30-foot fishing boats have been converted into Halong Bay's formidable tourist-boat fleet. Hotels or travel agencies in Halong City or Hanoi can arrange boat trips for you (often they are part of organized tours from Hanoi). It is still possible to go down to the wharf and bargain yourself onto a boat for the day, but you are likely to be charged (sometimes significantly) more than you would pay for a prebooked tour, so this is not advised. Self-sufficient travelers have fallen victim to the old bait-and-switch: they've arranged a next-day boat tour with local fishermen, only to be told in no uncertain terms the following morning that they could not board their chosen boat, but they could take a different one for quite a bit more money. You may have no choice in the end. Usually travel agencies, however, have their tried-and-true favorites.

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Excursions depuis Ha Long Bay

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.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

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.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

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.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

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.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Hanoi by Van

Explore the notable sites in the historical capital of Vietnam during this full-day outing with your exclusive guide in your air-conditioned van.


Stretching along the banks of the Red River, Hanoi is a city of lakes, boulevards, parks, and a curious blend of colonial architecture and modern economic resurgence. Relax and enjoy the countryside during your mini-van drive to Hanoi, getting a glimpse of the scenic Red River Delta and its farming activities. Along the way, make a stop at Dong Trieu Ceramic Village and observe the age-old process of making traditional ceramics.


Hanoi

With its French-colonial style buildings, tree-bordered boulevards, numerous pagodas and scenic lakes, this thousand year old city offers many attractions. With a population of roughly three and a half million, Hanoi is the country's economic, cultural and political centre. Its unique atmosphere derives from a blend of East and West, with beautiful French colonial buildings standing next to traditional houses, historical monuments and revered temples. The city's streets teem with thousands of bicycles, vying for space with cars and buses. Upon arrival, enjoy an orientation drive while heading to Hanoi's main square, which you explore on foot.


Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Area

The huge square is dominated by the monumental shrine containing the embalmed body of the "Father of the Country". Opposite stands the impressive former Presidential Palace and one-time residence of the French Governor. There is time for photographs before walking to Ho's garden, located behind the mausoleum. Stroll past tranquil lotus ponds to Ho's cottage, a simple stilt house resembling the style of the ethnic hill tribes. Take a look inside this humble abode, which Ho preferred to living in the palace. Nearby stands the "One Pillar Pagoda", shrouded in local legends.


Temple Of Literature

Next, drive to this ancient temple complex, a pleasant retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Founded in 1076 during the Ly Dynasty, the temple complex is the site of the country's first university and the pride of the nation. The unique entrance gate and 82 stone steles bear witness to an early high level of education at the time when the country gained independence from Chinese occupation. Walk through walled courtyards with ancient pavilions and enter the ornate main shrine dedicated to Confucius. Leaving the Temple of Literature, head to the Hanoi lunch venue for a local fare mid-day meal at guests own expense.


Fine Arts Museum

After lunch, proceed to Hanoi's Fine Arts Museum, housed in a building that once served as the French Ministry of Information. The structure, while very classical, has oriental touches to the roof and other details and the collections within its two wings range from ancient antiquities to contemporary art. The ground floor of the main wing houses the oldest artefacts. These include the sandstone sculptures of the Champa and Funan kingdoms. Among them is the elegantly carved Amitabha Buddha image, produced in 1057.


Encounter a touch of old Hanoi with a stop at a tiny island located in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake (Lake of the Restored Sword) and a visit to the Ngoc Son pagoda, reached by an arched footbridge. Experience the charming Old Quarter, which has survived surprisingly intact, and considered the most beautiful area of the city. Drive through the narrow streets, named for the products sold on each (Basket Street, Paper Street, Silk Street, Jewelers Street). The crafts of the past have given way to new products,but the fascinating color and activity of the old city endures. Enjoy free time to explore on foot before meeting your guide at the appointed time and beginning the journey back to Ha Long Bay and the ship.

Please note: This programme is sold per vehicle and will accommodate up to 6 guests. Only one person in your party need request this programme by selecting one ticket, which represents the vehicle and not the number of guests. This tour requires an extensive amount of walking, with many steps to climb. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. We suggest you wear comfortable walking shoes. The order of sites seen or visited may vary, this is a suggested itinerary and you reserve the right to make changes after speaking with your exclusive guide. Traffic may cause delays. The drive to/from Halong Bay and Hanoi is approximately 3 hours along a bumpy road and it is not recommended for guests who might suffer from back and neck problems.

Hon Gai Highlights

Discover the local colour and flavour of the bustling mining town of Hon Gai during this half-day outing.


Located at the foot of Bai Tho Mountain between China and Hanoi, the mining town of Hon Gai is centred around the huge local coal deposits found nearby, but is also active in the seafood and industrial manufacturing industries.


Seafood Market

Depart the pier with your local guide for a pleasant stroll along the bustling main street. You will observe the locals conducting their business in much the same way as centuries past. This setting is made even more colourful by all of the commotion of bags, luggage, ducks and chickens being carried. Next, will walk to a local seafood market to browse the colourful merchandise for sale.


Long Tien Pagoda

Then, board a coach for a drive to Long Tien pagoda, which was built in 1941, Long Tien is the biggest pagoda and a well-known historical place in Ha Long City. The pagoda is situated at the foot of Bai Tho Mount in the Chua Long Tien street, near the seafood market.


Afterwards visit the stone church which is the oldest church in Hongai town.


Following your tour, a brief stop will be made at a local coffee shop for refreshments, before returning to the pier and your awaiting ship.


Please note: Tour involves moderate walking and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or for those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests should dress in seasonal attire and wear flat walking shoes. Order of sites visited may vary.

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.


Please note: This tour involves moderate walking for approximately 2 hours with many steps to climb. The ground in the village may be unpaved with an uneven surface. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or for those who utilise a wheelchair. We suggest you wear flat, comfortable walking shoes. Please remember to bring your camera. The Zen lesson is given by the monks depeding on their availability, otherwise guides will do the lesson presentation. The drive to/from Halong Bay and the Zen Monasery is approximately 1,5 hours each way and can be uncomfortable due to the local road conditions.

Silver Shore Privato: Hanoi by Car

Explore the notable sites in the historical capital of Vietnam during this full-day outing with your exclusive guide in your air-conditioned car.


Stretching along the banks of the Red River, Hanoi is a city of lakes, boulevards, parks, and a curious blend of colonial architecture and modern economic resurgence. Relax and enjoy the countryside during your mini-van drive to Hanoi, getting a glimpse of the scenic Red River Delta and its farming activities. Along the way, make a stop at Dong Trieu Ceramic Village and observe the age-old process of making traditional ceramics.


Hanoi

With its French-colonial style buildings, tree-bordered boulevards, numerous pagodas and scenic lakes, this thousand year old city offers many attractions. With a population of roughly three and a half million, Hanoi is the country's economic, cultural and political centre. Its unique atmosphere derives from a blend of East and West, with beautiful French colonial buildings standing next to traditional houses, historical monuments and revered temples. The city's streets teem with thousands of bicycles, vying for space with cars and buses. Upon arrival, enjoy an orientation drive while heading to Hanoi's main square, which you explore on foot.


Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Area

The huge square is dominated by the monumental shrine containing the embalmed body of the "Father of the Country". Opposite stands the impressive former Presidential Palace and one-time residence of the French Governor. There is time for photographs before walking to Ho's garden, located behind the mausoleum. Stroll past tranquil lotus ponds to Ho's cottage, a simple stilt house resembling the style of the ethnic hill tribes. Take a look inside this humble abode, which Ho preferred to living in the palace. Nearby stands the "One Pillar Pagoda", shrouded in local legends.


Temple Of Literature

Next, drive to this ancient temple complex, a pleasant retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Founded in 1076 during the Ly Dynasty, the temple complex is the site of the country's first university and the pride of the nation. The unique entrance gate and 82 stone steles bear witness to an early high level of education at the time when the country gained independence from Chinese occupation. Walk through walled courtyards with ancient pavilions and enter the ornate main shrine dedicated to Confucius. Leaving the Temple of Literature, head to the Hanoi lunch venue for a local fare mid-day meal at guests own expense.


Fine Arts Museum

After lunch, proceed to Hanoi's Fine Arts Museum, housed in a building that once served as the French Ministry of Information. The structure, while very classical, has oriental touches to the roof and other details and the collections within its two wings range from ancient antiquities to contemporary art. The ground floor of the main wing houses the oldest artefacts. These include the sandstone sculptures of the Champa and Funan kingdoms. Among them is the elegantly carved Amitabha Buddha image, produced in 1057.


Encounter a touch of old Hanoi with a stop at a tiny island located in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake (Lake of the Restored Sword) and a visit to the Ngoc Son pagoda, reached by an arched footbridge. Experience the charming Old Quarter, which has survived surprisingly intact, and considered the most beautiful area of the city. Drive through the narrow streets, named for the products sold on each (Basket Street, Paper Street, Silk Street, Jewelers Street). The crafts of the past have given way to new products, but the fascinating color and activity of the old city endures. Enjoy free time to explore on foot before meeting your guide at the appointed time and beginning the journey back to Ha Long Bay and the ship.

Please note: This programme is sold per vehicle and will accommodate 2 guest. Only one person in your party need request this programme by selecting one ticket, which represents the vehicle and not the number of guests. This tour requires an extensive amount of walking, with many steps to climb. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. We suggest you wear comfortable walking shoes. The order of sites seen or visited may vary, this is a suggested itinerary and you reserve the right to make changes after speaking with your exclusive guide. Traffic may cause delays. The drive to/from Halong Bay and Hanoi is approximately 3 hours along a bumpy road and it is not recommended for guests who might suffer from back and neck problems.

Hanoi on your own

Experience the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi at your leisure during a full-day, self-guided excursion to this historic city.


Scenic Drive to Hanoi

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 3.5-hour drive past the Red River Delta to Hanoi, with a comfort stop made en route. Upon arrival, take an orientation drive through the city, which stretches along the banks of the Red River. Afterward, disembark the coach in front of the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, located in Hanoi's Old Quarter, for approximately four hours to explore the city at your leisure.


Hanoi City

Hanoi is a curious blend of Old World traditions and modern economic resurgence. With its French-Colonial style buildings, tree-lined boulevards, historic monuments, numerous pagodas and temples, lovely parks, and scenic lakes, this 1,000-year-old city is the nation's economic, cultural and political centre. Hanoi offers many attractions, and its streets overflow with thousands of motorbikes, scooters, cars and buses.


During your visit to this bustling city, you can stroll through the Old Quarter, browse the many landmarks and colourful markets, relax with a cup of tea or coffee at a sidewalk café, and dine at your own expense at a local restaurant. At the pre-designated time, return to your coach in front of the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and commence the approximately four-hour drive back to the pier, with a comfort stop made en route.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Walking in Hanoi is at the discretion of each guest; city maps are provided. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least six years old to participate on this tour.

Explore the notable sites in the historical capital of Vietnam during this full-day outing.


Stretching along the banks of the Red River, Hanoi is a city of lakes, boulevards, parks, and a curious blend of colonial architecture and modern economic resurgence. Relax and enjoy the countryside during your mini-van drive to Hanoi, getting a glimpse of the scenic Red River Delta and its farming activities.


Hanoi

With its French-colonial style buildings, tree-bordered boulevards, numerous pagodas and scenic lakes, this thousand year old city offers many attractions. With a population of roughly three and a half million, Hanoi is the country's economic, cultural and political centre. Its unique atmosphere derives from a blend of East and West, with beautiful French colonial buildings standing next to traditional houses, historical monuments and revered temples. The city's streets teem with thousands of bicycles, vying for space with cars and buses. Upon arrival, enjoy an orientation drive while heading to Hanoi's main square, which you explore on foot.


Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Area

The huge square is dominated by the monumental shrine containing the embalmed body of the "Father of the Country". Opposite stands the impressive former Presidential Palace and one-time residence of the French Governor. There is time for photographs before walking to Ho's garden, located behind the mausoleum. Stroll past tranquil lotus ponds to Ho's cottage, a simple stilt house resembling the style of the ethnic hill tribes. Take a look inside this humble abode, which Ho preferred to living in the palace. Nearby stands the "One Pillar Pagoda", shrouded in local legends.


Temple Of Literature

Next, drive to this ancient temple complex, a pleasant retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Founded in 1076 during the Ly Dynasty, the temple complex is the site of the country's first university and the pride of the nation. The unique entrance gate and 82 stone steles bear witness to an early high level of education at the time when the country gained independence from Chinese occupation. Walk through walled courtyards with ancient pavilions and enter the ornate main shrine dedicated to Confucius. Leaving the Temple of Literature, head to the Hanoi lunch venue for a local fare mid-day meal.


Fine Arts Museum

After lunch, proceed to Hanoi's Fine Arts Museum, housed in a building that once served as the French Ministry of Information. The structure, while very classical, has oriental touches to the roof and other details and the collections within its two wings range from ancient antiquities to contemporary art. The ground floor of the main wing houses the oldest artefacts. These include the sandstone sculptures of the Champa and Funan kingdoms. Among them is the elegantly carved Amitabha Buddha image, produced in 1057.


Encounter a touch of old Hanoi with a stop at a tiny island located in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake (Lake of the Restored Sword) and a visit to the Ngoc Son pagoda, reached by an arched footbridge. Experience the charming Old Quarter, which has survived surprisingly intact, and considered the most beautiful area of the city. Drive through the narrow streets, named for the products sold on each (Basket Street, Paper Street, Silk Street, Jewelers Street). The crafts of the past have given way to new products, but the fascinating color and activity of the old city endures. Enjoy free time to explore on foot before meeting your guide at the appointed time and beginning the journey back to HaLong Bay and the ship.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking, with many steps to climb. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. We suggest you wear comfortable walking shoes. The order of sites seen or visited may vary. Traffic may cause delays. The drive to/from Halong Bay and Hanoi is approximately 3,5 to 4 hours and can be uncomfortable due to the local road conditions.

Ha Long Bay Kayak Exploration

Ha Long Bay is made up of 1,969 islands of various sizes, 989 of which have been given names. This densely concentrated zone of stone islands, world famous for its spectacular scenery of grottoes and caves, forms the central zone of Ha Long Bay, which has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This tour offers a great opportunity to paddle a two-person kayak on a unique adventure in Ha Long Bay.


Board a junk boat from the barge alongside the ship for the hour's cruise to the kayaking location on Ha Long Bay. Once in your kayak, explore the dramatic natural scenery and see Luon Cave and the fishing village.


After working up an appetite, re-board the junk to enjoy a delicious lunch. The adventure concludes with the visit to Hang Co cave before the relaxing cruise back to the tender pier.


Please note: This tour requires approximately 1.5 hours of paddling and is only recommended for guests who are physically fit. We recommend wearing a swimsuit under your clothing; bring sun protection and a towel from the ship. Waterproof cameras are also highly suggested. Kayaks accommodate one or two people. Life jackets are provided. Operation is contingent upon favourable weather and sea conditions.

Cruising Ha Long Bay by Junk

Ha 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 junks (also known as sampans). The boats will come alongside the ship to be boarded with the help of a barge. 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 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.


Please note: This excursion requires a minimal amount of walking; however, there are three to six steps between the barge and the junks to negotiate. We recommend wearing flat, rubber-soled shoes. Depending on the weather, you may wish to bring a sweater or windbreaker. A small selection of souvenir items is offered for purchase aboard each junk. There are 120 steps in Thien Cung cave. Guests might stay on board the junk if do not want to visit the cave.

Programmes d’excursions à terre depuis Ha Long Bay

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure - Vietnam World Heritages

Take in many of Vietnam's UNESCO World Heritage Sites on this spotlight overland. Sail aboard a junk in Ha Long Bay amongst its 1960 islands. Visit Hanoi, uniquely Vietnamese, with its Ancient Quarter, shrines and squares, intertwined in this modern capital.  Travel to Hue to see the Imperial City and its monument, temples and pagodas from the Nguyen dynasty. Complete your exploration of Vietnam in Hoi An; the Ancient Town is most attractive with its Japanese-built bridge and Chinese Assembly Hall.


01MIDHAL-A Vietnam World Heritages

Departure: Halong Bay

Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights

Rejoin ship: Ho Chi Minh City    

Reserve: A minimum of 90 days prior to sailing

This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by the applicable booking deadline specified above. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.


Explore ancient and modern Hanoi with more time to take in the many sites that make Vietnam's capital and second largest city. Vietnam's culture and heritage fascinate all who visit.


DAY ONE - Ha long/ 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 appears 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 tendering ashore, your junk is ready for boarding as you head out for a cruise past craggy outcrops and strange images that rise from the sea.

Disembark the junk for the four-hour drive to the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi, a light snack lunch will be served along the way. Boasting of glorious French colonial architecture and numerous lakes, the city is the jewel in Vietnam's crown.  Blending of East and West with bicycle as they clutter the streets.  The very smooth road from the pier to Ha Noi offers ample chances of photos of buffaloes, rice fields, farmers working together on the cooperatives, mountains, coal mines, old factories, old battlefields, and cemeteries.

On arrival in the city, walk into the old quarters of Hanoi of 36 streets.  You will see arrays of shops and many local things.  The old quarter is full of colors and is very crowded. Enjoy dinner at the Local restaurant before walking to the Water Puppet Theater to enjoy a charming water puppet show.  The folk live music accompanying the water puppet shows is very enjoyable.  Transfer to the Inter Continental Hanoi Hotel for check-in.


Overnight at the Inter Continental Hanoi Hotel - Hanoi

DAY TWO - Ha Noi - Da Nang

After breakfast, drive to Hanoi's imposing Ba Dinh Square which is dominated by the impressive marble and granite tomb where the father of the country lies in state.   Visit President Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum area including his tomb, stilt house and one pillar pagoda.  

Continue to visit the Temple of Literature, dating from 1070, it is dedicated to Confucianism. In 1076, Vietnam's first national university was built next to the temple.  Enjoy walking through the tranquil five walled courtyards and see the pavilion where 'men of letters' once recited their poetry.  

Continue to drive to Hoa lo prison.  Here you will see all rooms where the French imprisoned many Vietnamese  patriots.  The prison is famous because this was also a place to imprison many American pilots including Senator John McCain.

Transfer to a local restaurant for lunch with Vietnamese food.  After lunch, transfer to airport for your scheduled flight to Da Nang.


Upon arrival in Da Nang your guide will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to the hotel.  Dinner this evening will be served at the hotel's restaurant


Overnight at the Grand Mercure - Da Nang

DAY THREE - Da Nang/ Hoi An/ Hue

After breakfast an check out begin the full day exploration.  Travel for approximately 15-minutes via coach from the Hotel to the Cham Museum in Da Nang, with its ornate temples and colonial-style buildings. Stroll through its outdoor exhibits of sandstone sculptures and temple decorations created between the 4th and 14 centuries by the Cham people. The displays are grouped into four time periods, and named after the regions in which the sculptures were discovered.


Your next destination is Hoi An, a pretty river town that has earned a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation. Your walking tour begins along its colourful streets, which have remained largely unchanged for centuries before you enter the Hoi An Museum. Housed in a traditional merchant's house, this museum is known for its fine collection of objects relating to the town's heydays as an important trading port.


Visit the Phuoc Kien Temple, a structure built in honour of Thien Hau, the goddess of the sea.


Perhaps one of the most intriguing and beautiful of Hoi An's sights is the Japanese covered bridge. Built in 1593 over a stream, it is a wonderful amalgamation of Chinese, Vietnamese, and Japanese architectural characteristics. Appropriately, it connects Hoi An's Japanese and Chinese districts. At the centre of the bridge stands a small temple.


Following lunch at a local restaurant, return to the town and its busy streets for some shopping in the lively open-air market.


Before traveling to Hue City, pause to take photographs at Marble Mountain, the famous collection of five marble and limestone formations that take the shape of a dragon at rest.


Arrive in Hue, check in Hue Le Residence Hotel on the back of Perfume River.  Some time is given to freshed up before driving to a local restaurant for dinner.


Overnight at the Hue Le Residence Hotel - Hue City

DAY Four - Hue/Saigon

Located eight miles (thirteen kilometres) from the coast and close to the Laos border, Hue has long been known as the 'Imperial City of the Nguyen Emperors'. The Emperors rose to glory during their reign from 1802 to 1945 and were the last ruling family of Vietnam. The city's fascinating treasures include the Imperial Citadel, Kings' Tomb, temples, and pagodas.


After breakfast and you have checked out you will begin the day.  Functioning as the centre of imperial activity for 13 emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty, the city boasts impressive buildings and a sense of history. Gain an appreciation of that history with an exploration of the Royal Citadel.  Built by Emperor Gia Long in 1804, the citadel features what is called the Noon Gate, or 'Ngo Mon'. This is the spot where kings announced the yearly calendar and the names of new doctors of philosophy.


The Palace of Supreme Harmony and adjoining Esplanade of Great Salutation were equally important in imperial life, hosting coronations, emperors' birthday parties, and court proceedings. Having been restored, the early-19th-century palace retains much of its original grandeur.


Continue your walking tour of the Citadel with a look at the Imperial Enclosure. The Citadel's comparison to China's Forbidden City will be apparent as you observe this intriguing citadel within a citadel.


Next, visit Thien Mu Pagoda, located a short drive from the Citadel. Founded in 1601 by Lord Nguyen Hoang, the governor of Thuan Hoa Province, Thien Mu is the symbol of the city and one of the holiest pagodas in all of Vietnam. With its days as a hot-bed for anti-government protests long past, the pagoda today is a serene place where novice gardeners tend bonsai and monks deliver incantations.


Awaiting you in front of the pagoda is your dragon boat. Climb aboard and cruise on the Perfume River in a similar manner to that of the kings who travelled this route before you. Take in the sights and savour the tranquility as you relax. At the conclusion of your cruise, witness skilled workers crafting fine pieces of embroidery as you visit their workshop. Afterwards, transfer to the lunch venue, where Vietnamese cuisine is offered.


After lunch there is one more stop, a visit to the magnificent tomb of Emperor Minh Mang. Considered to be the most brilliant emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty, Minh Mang had his tomb built on the west bank of the river. The tomb features unique green and yellow tiles.


Re-board the coach and travel to the Phu Bai airport for the scheduled flight to Ho Chi Minh City.  Meet your tour guide and bus at the airport for transfer to the ship.


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 utilising a wheelchair. An overnight Vietnamese visa will be issued upon departure and is included in the cost of this program. This 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. The duration of the drive between Ha Long Bay and Hanoi is approximately 3.5-4 hours in each direction. Comfort stops are made along the way and drive


Programme Includes:

·        One-night stay at the Inter Continental Hotel (or similar) - Hanoi

·        One  night  at  Hue Le Residence Hotel (or similar) - Hue

·        One  night  at  Grand Mercure Hotel (or similar) - Da Nang

·        Three breakfast, four lunches, three dinners (lunch and dinner include choice of two local beers, soft drinks, bottled water; beverage at dinner also includes house wine)

·        Water Puppet Show experience

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

·        Entrance fees as per itinerary

·        Private (for the overland group) junk cruise

·        Shoreside overnight visa


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, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance and other personal items.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. 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. Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect. All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older. This description is a general overview of this programme. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government activities, and weather, require. The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

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.


01MIDHAL-F Hanoi In-Depth

Departure: Halong Bay

Duration: 1.5 Days/1 Night

Rejoin ship: Halong Bay

Reserve: A minimum of 90 days prior to sailing

This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by the applicable booking deadline specified above. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.


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

Disembark the ship for the four-hour drive to the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi. For your comfort, guests travel in small groups, generally in vans. Boasting of glorious French colonial architecture and numerous lakes, with a little blending of east and west amongst bicycle-filled streets, the city is the jewel in Vietnam's crown. The upgraded road from the pier to Hanoi offers ample chances to take photos of buffaloes and rice fields, farmers working together on the cooperatives, mountains, coal mines, old factories, and former battlefields, as you pass through the countryside.


On arrival to the city, begin your exploration with an orientation drive en route to a local restaurant for lunch of traditional fare. Afterwards, continue with your sightseeing program, covering some of the city's major highlights including Ba Dinh Square which is dominated by the impressive marble and granite tomb where the Ho Chi Minh lies in state. The huge square is dominated by the monumental shrine containing the embalmed body of the 'Father of the Country.' Together with the former Presidential Palace and one-time French governor's residence, the square offers great photo opportunities. Due to long lines and frequent closures, a visit to the mausoleum is not planned. For the Vietnamese, filing past 'Uncle Ho' in his glass sarcophagus is a somber experience in this spiritual center of their independence.


Continue your tour with a walk through the garden located behind the Mausoleum. Stroll past tranquil lotus ponds to Ho's stilt house. The cottage is a simple teak building resembling the homes of the ethnic hill tribes. Take a look inside this humble abode, which Ho preferred to living in the palace.


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. The unique entrance gate and 82 stone steles bear witness to an early high level of education at a time when the country gained independence from Chinese occupation. Take a walk through walled courtyards with ancient pavilions and enter the ornate main shrine dedicated to famous teachers and Confucius, where 'men of letters' once recited their poetry.


Carry 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.


Proceed from here to the city's Old Quarter. Named for the original 36 streets that formed the quarter, 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.


Your final stop for the day is the Thang Long Theater where you will be treated to a delightful performance of a unique Vietnamese tradition. The water puppetry was created by kings of the Ly Dynasty, a form of entertainment that is still very popular. The puppets are handled by artists pulling strings and poles under water. Acting out legends, the show is accompanied by folk music and special lighting.


Check-in at the Hanoi Intercontinental and after freshening-up, meet for a relaxing dinner within the hotel.


Overnight at the Hanoi Intercontinental Hotel (or similar) - Hanoi


DAY TWO - Hanoi / Ha Long Bay

After an early breakfast at the hotel, check-out and commence the 3.5-4 hour drive to Ha Long Bay.


Ha Long Bay is among Vietnam's most celebrated attractions and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its seascape offers fantastic sites of fragmented limestone outcroppings, sheer cliffs, huge rock arches and tranquil coves. Many of the rock formations rise from the sea to heights between 300 and 900 feet like green-clad plaster monsters.


The name Ha Long Bay, or 'where the dragon descends into the sea,' has its origin in an ancient legend, according to which a huge dragon descended and assisted the Vietnamese in their fight against northern invaders. After victory, the dragon and its young remained, turning into a fence of rocky islands to protect the locals. Even today, sailors and locals still claim sightings of a giant sea monster. Some of the outcroppings, caves and grottoes have a most exotic appearance. They have been given such names as Face Island, Isle of Wonders and Isle of Surprise, among others.


On arrival in Ha Long, climb aboard your authentic 'junk' and explore the bay. A cruise by local junk offers a wonderful opportunity to fully enjoy this magical scenery before you return to the ship.


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 utilising a wheelchair. An overnight Vietnamese visa will be issued upon departure and is included in the cost of this program. This 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 3.5-4 hours in each direction. Comfort stops are made along the way and drive time can vary. Operation of the junk cruise is subject to favourable sea and/or visibility conditions.


Programme Includes:

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

· One breakfast, one lunch, one dinner (lunch and dinner include choice of two local beers, soft drinks, bottled water; beverage at dinner also includes house wine)

· Water Puppet Show experience

· All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

· Entrance fees as per itinerary

· Private (for the overland group) junk cruise

· Shoreside overnight visa


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, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance and other personal items.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. 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. Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect. All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older. This description is a general overview of this programme. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government activities, and weather, require. The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.