The Au Co Cruise
DAY 1: HALONG BAY – LAN HA BAY (L/D)
08:00 – 08:30: Pick up at your hotel by shuttle bus or private car. It takes 3,5 hours to transfer to Halong Bay.
The first day of your cruise provides an introduction to the amazing scenery of Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay. Cruising through Halong Bay will literally take your breath away. Relaxing at secluded beaches.
Depart from Tuan Chau, meet the on board team and receive a safety briefing. Acquaint yourself with the five elements cuisine, with lunch on board, while The Au Co cruises leisurely towards the Lan Ha Bay area. Enjoy your time at Three Peaches Beach – Ba Trai Dao for swimming in the emerald waters and other recreational activities on the beach. Enjoy the magnificent seascape from sundeck.
Back to The Au Co to join a Cooking demonstration then enjoy Happy Hour with “Buy One Get One Free”: Beer, House wine (by the glass), Soft drinks, Long drinks, Cocktails…
Savour our five elements signature dinner of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. After that, you could relax with a drink at Lan Ha bar or enjoy squid fishing from the main deck with crew members.
The boat will anchor for the night in a peaceful location.
DAY 2: HALONG BAY, LAN HA BAY and CAT BA ISLAND (B/L/D)
Start the day with Tai Chi – physical movements designed for relaxation, balance and health – on the sundeck of the boat while enjoying the panorama. After breakfast, take a short guided tour to visit Sung Sot (Surprise) Cave – one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay. Then, come back to the boat and take a tour of the Captain’s Bridge and the Engine Room. After that, savour a delicious lunch in the Halong Restaurant while the ship cruises towards Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba Island for a guided biking or hiking excursion in the national park of Cat Ba Island and a tour of The Au Co Organic Farm. Another option for visiting the island and the organic farm is to use the electric cart service available (at a bit of extra cost). After that, kayak and swim in Viet Hai Lagoon.
Biking on Cat Ba National Park.
Back to The Au Co to enjoy an extended Happy Hour for two hours (drinks at half-price). Try the barbeque buffet in the restaurant while the boat is at anchor.
The day ends with a drink at Lan Ha bar or join our crew and try squid fishing on the deck.
Last but not least for the day, join our kitchen staff for a fun fruit carving session.
DAY 3: BAI TU LONG BAY – Hanoi (B)
Halong Bay, designated a UNESCO world heritage site for its limestone rock formations, is home to about 2,000 isles and islets of different shapes and sizes, creating a truly breath-taking seascape. Halong Bay is also attractive for beautiful beaches on the small islands. Awake early and join the Tai Chi session on the sundeck or enjoy the breath-taking views of the bay while The Au Co cruises leisurely in Halong Bay.
After breakfast on board, visit the Vung Vieng by rowing traditional bamboo boats for about an 01 hour. Then, go back onboard to prepare for check out: your bags must be put in the corridor. You can also join a Vietnamese traditional tea ceremony. Finally, the ship disembarks in Tuan Chau and return to Hanoi by shuttle bus/private car.