Paloma Cruise Itinerary 3 days

The PalomaPaloma-HaLong-Cruise is a Chinese wooden junk crewed by a professional, loyal and dedicated team. Spread over 4 decks she has 16 en-suite fully equipped luxury cabins, a bar with soft seating and plasma TV, gourmet restaurant, outside dining area, sundeck and luxury spa.

Come onboard Paloma Cruise. Be charmed by her exquisite luxury, intimate setting and unrivalled home from home service. An unforgettable way to witness the serene, calm setting of Halong Bay’s exceptional natural beauty.

Paloma Cruise is your home while you are in Halong Bay. Good service is the key. Our crew consists of 20 dynamic, passionate and enthusiastic individuals who are committed to making your stay with us special and unforgettable.

Day 1: HANOI – HA LONG  (L, D)
• 07:30-08:00 Pick you up at your hotel and transfer to Ha Long.
• Enjoy the peaceful scenery as we travel through the countryside, farmlands and Red River delta. You will have a chance to take photos. Comfort break. The distance from Hanoi to Halong bay is approximately 4 hours.
• 12 noon approx: Arrive Halong Bay. Welcome aboard The Paloma.
• Check into your cabin. Time to refresh and unwind.
• 13:30 Have lunch while cruising in the magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay.
Afternoon:
• While we make our way to Bai Tu Long Bay, relax on the sundeck and watch the world go by or take an afternoon nap in your cabin.
• Early afternoon arrive at Vong Vieng floating fishing village. Drop anchor.
• Disembark and travel on the sampans rowed by the local people. They will be your guides through their fishing village where you can meet the locals, visit the school and pearl farms. See at first-hand what life is like living on the water.
• Back on board The Paloma we head towards Halong Bay.
• We drop anchor in the calm waters surrounded by islets
• Opportunity to go swimming in the clear warm waters or go kayaking.
• For those who prefer a relaxing afternoon, make the most of sunbathing on deck or pamper yourself with a massage and sauna in our luxurious spa.
• Early evening Back on board, enjoy the sunset with evening cocktails and fresh fruit.
• Take an opportunity to refresh and then join friends for a pre-dinner drink in the bar.
• Dinner is served in the restaurant or outdoor dining area, which is a gastronomic delight. After dinner, unwind in the bar where there is a selection of books, magazines and board games or relax in the spa; watch a movie on our plasma TV; join some of our team to go cuttle fishing at night or take a late night swim under the stars.
• Accommodation and overnight on junk.

Day 2: HA LONG  (B, L, D) 
• 06:30 For the early risers join us for a Tai Chi session on the sun deck. Tai chi helps focus the mind and condition the body and there is no better environment to practice this than amongst the limestone peaks and islands.
• Take an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay or have an early morning swim.
• Breakfast, coffee or tea is served.
• After breakfast transfer from The Paloma to a smaller boat which will take you to one of the more remote and secluded parts of the Lan Ha Bay waters and islands.
• Our guide will take you on a kayaking tour of the waters. There is no better way to discover the lagoons, the coral reef, beaches and limestone peaks.
• Or sunbathe on one of the secluded beaches, go swimming.
• During the morning our chef and crew prepare a special BBQ lunch on the private beach (depends on the weather).
• After lunch we discover Ho Ba Ham Islet in Lan Ha Bay which borders the Gulf of Tonkin.
• Our local guide will take you on a tour of the local community, Van Gia fishing village and lagoons.
• 16:00 Back on board The Paloma, take time to refresh and relax.
• Early evening, enjoy the sunset with evening cocktails and fresh fruit.
• Dinner is served in the restaurant or outdoor dining area.
• After dinner, unwind in the bar where there is a selection of books, magazines and board games or relax in the spa; watch a movie on our plasma TV; join some of our team to go night fishing or take a late night swim under the stars.
• Accommodation and overnight on junk.

Day 3: HA LONG – HANOI  (B, L) 
• 06:30 For the early risers join us for a Tai Chi session on the sun deck. Tai chi helps focus the mind and condition the body and there is no better environment to practice this than amongst the limestone peaks and islands.
• Take an opportunity to view the sunrise over the Bay or have an early morning swim.
• Breakfast, coffee and tea and served.
• After breakfast we sail through the waters and pass by a number of caves including Trong (Drum) cave, Trinh Nu (Virgin) cave, Coc Ngoi (Toad) cave and we drop anchor at Surprise (Sung Sot) Cave.
• Disembark and visit Surprise Cave located on Bo Hon Island. It is one of the widest grottoes in Ha Long Bay with thousands of stalactites and stalagmites.
• 10:00 Back on board. Take time to refresh and relax before checking out. Bags can be left in the luggage store. An early lunch is served.
• 12 noon Return to the shore and disembark from The Paloma as our crew say farewell.
• Transfer to minibus or private car and return to Hanoi.
• Arrival back at your hotel approximately 16:30/17:00

Roundtrip transfers from Hanoi to Halong and vice verse
• Private transfer: will pick up and drop off guests at your hotel
• Shuttle bus transfer (sharing bus): will pick up and drop off guests at hotel inside the Old Quarter only

Rate for children:
• Only one child under 4 years old free of charge, sharing fully-paid cabin, limited to one children per cabin.
• Children aged from 4 -11 years old will be charged 75% of adult price, sharing fully-paid cabin, limited to one children per cabin.
• Children from 12 years old will be charged as the same as adults.
• Baby cots available free of charge for every cabin – on request

Other Notes:
• Cruise schedules are subject to change without prior notice.
• Advance registration is required with full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number, visa expiry date for all passengers.
• Surcharge of 25% will be added for cruises on December 24 & 31 and Lunar New Year Eve.
• A valid passport is required upon check-in on board. Children whose traveling documents are attached to parent’s passport must travel with the parent.
• Major credit cards are accepted onboard.

Inclusions:

• Full equipped luxury en-suite cabin with A/C, hot water
• All meals onboard
• Complimentary mineral water
• Complimentary morning tea and coffee
• Welcome drink
• Teambuilding games
• Cookery demonstrations (on request)
• Entrance and sightseeing fees
• Kayaking
• Fishing equipment
• English speaking guide

Exclusion:
• Mini bus per person round trip (see costs above)
• Private car (upon request)
• Beauty Spa and massage
• Additional drinks
• Tips and other personal expenses
• All other services not clearly mentioned above

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