Silversea Luxury Cruises À HA LONG BAY

Silversea Luxury Cruises - Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
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.

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.

croisières visiting HA LONG BAY

vos résultats de recherche :
12
croisières
tune Fermer clear
Supprimer tous les filtres
Sort by
Sort by close
Durée
Durée
Départ
Départ
prix
prix
destination
destination close
Afrique & Océan Indien
Alaska
Amérique du Sud
Antarctique
Arctique & Groenland
Asie
Australie & Nouvelle-Zélande
Canada & Nouvelle-Angleterre
Caraïbes & Amérique Centrale
Europe du Nord & Îles Britanniques
Extrême-Orient Russe
Iles du Pacifique Sud
La Côte Ouest Américaine
Méditerranée
Transocéanique
Îles Galápagos
Départ
Départ close
juin
juillet
août
septembre
octobre
novembre
décembre
janvier
février
mars
avril
mai
juin
juillet
août
septembre
octobre
novembre
décembre
janvier
février
mars
avril
mai
Durée
Durée close
1 - 8 Jours
9 - 12 Jours
13 - 18 Jours
19+ Jours
Navire
Navire close
Silver Muse
Silver Moon
Silver Explorer
Silver Galapagos
Silver Shadow
Silver Spirit
Silver Whisper
Silver Wind
Silver Discoverer
Silver Cloud
type de croisière
type de croisière close
Croisières Silversea
Silversea Expeditions
Caractéristique
Caractéristique close
Ecole des Chefs/ Gourmet Cruises
Venetian Society
Wine Series Voyage
Bridge Sailings
Gentlemen Hosts
Wellness Cruises
Masquer la liste d'attente Afficher la liste d'attente
exclusive offer
HONG KONG À SINGAPORE
  • Départ
    nov. 04 2019
  • Durée
    14 Jours
  • Navire
    Silver Muse
à partir de US$ 6 930
access_alarm avec 10% Early Booking Bonus
airplanemode_active VOL EN CLASSE ÉCO GRATUIT
HONG KONG À SYDNEY
  • Départ
    nov. 04 2019
  • Durée
    32 Jours
  • Navire
    Silver Muse
à partir de US$ 12 400
exclusive offer
SINGAPORE À HONG KONG
  • Départ
    déc. 07 2019
  • Durée
    14 Jours
  • Navire
    Silver Spirit
à partir de US$ 5 940
access_alarm avec 10% Early Booking Bonus
airplanemode_active VOL EN CLASSE ÉCO GRATUIT
SINGAPORE À SINGAPORE
  • Départ
    déc. 07 2019
  • Durée
    28 Jours
  • Navire
    Silver Spirit
à partir de US$ 11 500
exclusive offer
BANGKOK (Laem Chabang) À HONG KONG
  • Départ
    déc. 11 2019
  • Durée
    10 Jours
  • Navire
    Silver Spirit
à partir de US$ 4 050
access_alarm avec 10% Early Booking Bonus
exclusive offer
SINGAPORE À HONG KONG
  • Départ
    janv. 04 2020
  • Durée
    14 Jours
  • Navire
    Silver Spirit
à partir de US$ 5 940
access_alarm avec 10% Early Booking Bonus
airplanemode_active VOL EN CLASSE ÉCO GRATUIT
exclusive offer
BANGKOK (Laem Chabang) À HONG KONG
  • Départ
    janv. 08 2020
  • Durée
    10 Jours
  • Navire
    Silver Spirit
à partir de US$ 4 770
access_alarm avec 10% Early Booking Bonus
exclusive offer
HONG KONG À SINGAPORE
  • Départ
    févr. 15 2020
  • Durée
    14 Jours
  • Navire
    Silver Spirit
à partir de US$ 6 930
access_alarm avec 10% Early Booking Bonus
airplanemode_active VOL EN CLASSE ÉCO GRATUIT
exclusive offer
SINGAPORE À HONG KONG
  • Départ
    déc. 19 2020
  • Durée
    16 Jours
  • Navire
    Silver Spirit
à partir de US$ 8 460
access_alarm avec 10% Early Booking Bonus
airplanemode_active VOL EN CLASSE ÉCO GRATUIT
exclusive offer
HONG KONG À SINGAPORE
  • Départ
    janv. 16 2021
  • Durée
    10 Jours
  • Navire
    Silver Spirit
à partir de US$ 5 490
access_alarm avec 10% Early Booking Bonus
airplanemode_active VOL EN CLASSE ÉCO GRATUIT
Les tarifs sont indiqués par personne

Excursions depuis HA LONG BAY

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.bathrooms are availalbleabord 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.

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, a towel and a change of clothes 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.

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.


Hoa Lo Prison ("Hanoi Hilton")

Visit to Hỏa Lò Prison was a prison used by the French colonists in French Indochina for political prisoners, and later by North Vietnam for U.S. prisoners of war during the Vietnam War


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 2,5 to 3 hours and can be uncomfortable due to the local road conditions.

Hon Gai Highlights

Discover 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.

Old Images of Red River Delta & Hai Phong

Haiphong is the third largest city of Vietnam with a population of over 1.2 million, with a heavy industrial economy. It used to be heavily damaged during Vietnam war. However, this city is famous for its maritime and trade center in the Northern Vietnam at present. There also remains many ancient temples, communal houses as well as cultural activities in traditional hamlets and villages.


Dong Minh Village, Woo

From the port, make your 1 ½ hour drive, passing the rural area of the Red River Delta before reaching Dong Minh village, a famous traditional village and considered as the cradle of the wood carving; wooden statue sculpture career in Hai phong. You will stop by a local house they do typical wood carvings.


Bao Ha Temple, Linh Lang God statue, local tasting

Continue walking along the village paths to Bao Ha temple, which was founded since 15th century. It is dedicated to Linh Lang God, the God of the village and the Master of the traditional career of wood carving.

Inside the temple you will be very surprised at a precious statue of Linh Lang God. It can stand up or sit down by its self. Let find how!

Enjoy the local sweet potatoes and local green tea right served on the yard of Bao Ha temple while watching the local cultural activities performed by the villagers.

Return drive to Ha Long port via the orientation drive passing the center of Hai Phong city where a photo stop at the Hai Phong Flower Market and City Theater is made.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking, with many steps to climb. The ground in the village may be unpaved with an uneven surface.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 Hai Phong is approximately 1,5 hour and can be uncomfortable due to the local road conditions. Confort stops are by the villages, facilities are very basic.

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.


Hoa Lo Prison ("Hanoi Hilton")

Visit to Hỏa Lò Prison was a prison used by the French colonists in French Indochina for political prisoners, and later by North Vietnam for U.S. prisoners of war during the Vietnam War


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 2,5 to 3 hours and can be uncomfortable due to the local road conditions and it is not recommended for guests who might suffer from back and neck problems.

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.


Hoa Lo Prison ("Hanoi Hilton")

Visit to Hỏa Lò Prison was a prison used by the French colonists in French Indochina for political prisoners, and later by North Vietnam for U.S. prisoners of war during the Vietnam War


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. The price of this tour is for four guests; additional passengers (up to 6) will be charged an additional cost of 249USD per person. 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 2,5 to 3 hours and can be uncomfortable due to the local road conditions and it is not recommended for guests who might suffer from back and neck problems.

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: 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.

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 optional steps to climb approx. 170 steps with no hand rails. There is a slide path of 300 meters that is wheelchair accessible to the first wing of the monastery than there are 4 steps to climb to the entrance.

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.

Programmes d’excursions à terre depuis 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:

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

· One breakfast, one 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.