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Small-Group Day Tour in Halong Bay with Luxury Shuttle and Highways
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Small-Group Day Tour in Halong Bay with Luxury Shuttle and Highways

By Genesis The Luxury Cruises
Recommended by 98% of travellers
98% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
The new expressway makes Halong Bay’s stunning rock formations more accessible than ever before. Experience this UNESCO World Heritage Site on a comprehensive cruise package, with a maximum of 12 travelers per guide. Follow the route that many overnight cruises take, with a kayak adventure around Hang Luon, a Sung Sot Cave tour, plus lunch and afternoon tea. Travel direct from your downtown Hanoi hotel or board at Tuan Chau Harbor.

Ages 1-80, max of 24 per group
Duration: 12h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Enjoy a lengthy day cruise around Halong Bay on a traditionally styled junk
  • Paddle a kayak—or ride a sampan—around the hidden arches of Hang Luon
  • Savor an elegant lunch and afternoon tea as karst seascapes drift by
  • Upgrade for speedy, comfortable 2-way transfers from central Hanoi hotels

  • Sharing luxury transfer from Hanoi
  • Kayaking / Bamboo boat
  • Local taxes
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon tea and snacks
  • Visit Cave
  • Professional guide
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - Halong Bay
  • Entry/Admission - Sung Sot Cave
What's not included
  • Drinks order on board
  • Tips and personal expenses


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Option 1
    1 P. Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 10000, Vietnam
    This option is for customer who join the trip from Hanoi in the morning with transfer
  • Option 2
    Tuan Chau Island, Tuần Châu, Hạ Long, Quảng Ninh, Vietnam
    This point for customer who join the tour in Halong bay, Tuan Chau marina, withour transfer from Hanoi
Pickup details
  • We do pick up tourist at hotel that locate in center. If it is out of center, please go to meeting point is Hanoi Opera House by 8.20 AM. Contact us one day before travel date.
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Infants must sit on laps
      • Near public transportation
      • Infant seats available
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 55803P1

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Dress code is smart casual
      • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
      • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
      • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
      • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
      • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travellers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 55803P1

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      Itinerary
      • You’ll have 2 starting options
        Or, you can also get picked up
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      • Pass by
        Hanoi
        Hai Phong
        The Bach Dang River
      • 1
        Tuan Chau Island
        Stop: 20 minutes
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      • 2
        Halong Bay
        Stop: 6 hours - Admission included
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      • 3
        Sung Sot Cave
        Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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      • You'll return to the starting point
      About the operator
      Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator:
      • Genesis The Luxury Cruises
        1,069
        Halong Bay, Vietnam
        Joined in October 2017
      • 841adrianr
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Glad we did this
        A fantastic excursion. The bay is such a beautiful place, and it was a very peaceful experience watching it slide gently by outside our cabin. Value for money was excellent. In terms of the accommodation and state of repair, the boat was equivalent to a 4* hotel in my estimation. Though it was full (I think) it wasn’t at all crowded. The staffing level was generous and we were looked after well. There were various activities and trips for those who wanted them, and an onboard masseuse (extra charge but not unreasonable). All this for around £150 per person per night cruising through Ha Long Bay is great value in my book. The food, whilst by no means gourmet, was plentiful and perfectly nice. Drinks weren’t included in the deal and were perhaps a little overpriced, but not enough to detract from the excellent value overall. The minibus collection and drop-off before and after the cruise was smoothly done and convenient (cost included in the price stated above). All in all, a great experience and thoroughly recommended.
        Written 4 February 2024
      • ET3121
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Highlight of Vietnam
        So glad we paid a bit extra and choose this cruise. Even gladder we went with 2 nights over 1 night (all our co passengers who stayed for one night regretted it). The excellent service started pre cruise via correspondence with a sales representative via WhatsApp. It than continued with the luxurious small bus that picked us up from our hanoi hotel. The cruise itself was such an amazing experience with friendly and helpful staff who went the extra mile including decorating our room for our anniversary and providing a cake at dinner. The meals were absolutely delicious. We thoroughly enjoyed our activities off the ship and each night we returned I had fun with others jumping off our catamaran and swimming. The squid fishing at night was another unexpected highlight. The happy hours watching the landscape at night was another highlight.
        Written 16 January 2024
      • leschairer
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        3 day 2 night cruise on Ha Long Bay - great experience!
        Wonderful cruise - did the 3 day 2 night and would recommend staying the extra night to get some time on Cat Ba island and spend more time on the serene bay. Food was great, bed was comfortable, views were amazing! Highly recommend!
        Written 28 December 2023
      • Skostakis
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        An amazing experience around Halong Bay
        I booked this tour months in advance after spending a few days choosing and reading reviews online. This particular cruise ship seemed different from the rest and attracted my attention. I was definitely not disappointed as the cruise was probably the best experience we had in Vietnam. They picked us up (booked with extra fee) from our hotel in very comfortable vans and drove us to the pier from where we embarked on a small boat that took us to the Cruise ship. Staff was extremely friendly and polite from the moment we got on board and the rooms were just wow. Nothing can be compared to that view. Food was excellent, especially the night we had the lobster. Drinks are extra, but not very expensive. I would recommend the two night option as you can have a bit of time to relax and enjoy the beauty of Halong Bay. The excursions we did were nice, mostly because of Ken who made us laugh when we visited the local village and when we tried to catch squid at night. Staff was in general very attentive, one night my fiancé didn’t like the wine and one of the waiters noticed and approached us to check why and offered alternatives. There was a bit of confusion with the vans taking us back to the hotel and Ms Chee was kind enough to book for us free of charge taxis to take us to the airport for our departure from Vietnam. Overall, a great experience that I would highly recommend
        Written 3 December 2023
      • ET3121
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Bucket list perfection
        We had always wanted to experience a cruise on Halong bay and we finally made it here. The transfer from our hotel thru the cruise company was easy and stressfree.. the check in process at terminal was very quick and easy. The experience aboard the cruise itself was amazing and one of the highlights of our trip. The food for lunch and dinner was absolutely amazing and the staff went the extra mile to make stay enjoyable including a surprise anniversary cake during dinner for my wife. The excursions were fun and swimming off the tour craft at the end of day was an unexpected highlight. The only downside was the patchy wifi but that in a way added to enjoyment bcos it made us less a slave to technology. The upstairs bar during happy hour is a place we had many fun times with our fellow cruise members. TIP: book the 2 night cruise instead of 1.. everyone we knew who went with the 1 night cruise regretted it
        Written 3 December 2023
      • Kiira A
        0 contributions
        2.0 of 5 bubbles
        Spend your money elsewhere
        Honestly pretty disappointing. None of this feedback would be that big of a deal if the price wasn’t so expensive, but since we paid SO much more for this than anything else in Vietnam, I expected the “luxury” name to ring true. I think there are way better ways to spend your money in Vietnam and unless you’re looking for instagram photos, I wouldn’t recommend this. Service: The service was altogether fine, at times over bearing and others forgetful. At dinner, your water glass might get filled and it might not, while your napkin will be placed on your lap for you. When you get back from excursions (which I’ll get to) you’re given a welcome back drink, but expected to drink it right there and hand the glass back. Which seems odd and pretty uncomfortable. The intercom in the rooms for the activities and meals is uncomfortable and doesn’t allow you to sleep through something, which could be good if your up for everything including 7:30 am kayaking and a 6:30 start for breakfast. Excursions: I had high hopes for these and they fell flat. Kayaking isn’t really in a bay, or anywhere that stunning given that there are big boats parked around you while you paddle and nothing super interesting to look at. Also given the schedule of the boat, you only have an hour on the water which means you can’t get anywhere interesting. Biking in town was good, not great. Definitely let the fish eat your feet, that was fun. The “private” beach, was not private. Food: The he food was bad. Have low expectations. They try hard and miss the mark serving lots of fried foods. The breakfast buffet was the best, but not sure why they don’t roll it into brunch and let guests enjoy at their leisure. Don’t buy drinks on board unless you’re ready to pay U.S. prices. Room: This was the best part. The rooms are nice, with bathtubs that have an incredible view. We spent most of our time in our room and honestly made up for all the other negatives on board. Overall: Overall, disappointing due to how expensive it was. I would spend that money hiring a private boat instead and zipping around for a day. Our boat only moved back and forth from the same spot to the same spot. With tweaks to the food, itinerary, and price I could see this being a cool excursion but until that happens spend your money else where. We have feedback on the boat and the manager came to talk to us, but left us feeling more uncomfortable since he got on the defensive about the feedback we were giving.
        Written 16 November 2023
      • jhansel
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Beyond Expectations Cruise
        I can’t say enough good things about our Genesis 3-day cruise on Halong Bay. The ship and cabin were beautiful, the crew were very friendly and accommodating, the food was fantastic and the activities nicely balanced with time to relax and enjoy the scenery. There are tons of cruises in Halong Bay, but this was perfect for us. So nice to do 3 days versus 2.
        Written 9 November 2023
      • Ansix12
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Pleasant cruise
        Went for 2 night 3 day cruise. Halong Bay is touristy for sure. However, the sights are truly amazing and well worth going. Pickup and drop off at Hanoi was punctual and efficient. Cruise itself was quite pleasant. Activities were typical of cruises operating in Halong Bay. Staff was friendly and helpful. Service was execellent. Food was good. Room was well appointed. The ship could use a little bit of sprucing up.
        Written 20 October 2023
      • caddersph
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Halong bay in luxury
        Lovely experience cruising around Halong Bay Boat was very comfortable and itinerary even though busy was fantastic. We loved the food and the staff were so friendly and helpful
        Written 19 October 2023
      • 509beccaj
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Best boat, best service, best activities
        Cannot recommend this tour enough! The boat is BEAUTIFUL and nicer than most others we saw out on the bay. The food was delicious. The activities and tours they took us on were really fun and special. And the staff were absolutely lovely, very professional, attentive and thoughtful. My 12 year old twins did not want to leave and are already talking about when they can come again.
        Written 30 September 2023
      • juliekC2790SF
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great cruise
        The best two nights away, the boat, staff, food and activities all fantastic. You will not be disappointed.
        Written 13 September 2023
      • bluedolphin0502
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A gorgeous boat floating in stunning surrounds!
        PROS: - Absolutely incredible service from all staff, in particular Food and Beverages. The way they attended to our particular intolerances and vegetarianism was up there with the best we've ever encountered. - Huge amount of food provided (almost too much, at times LOL). - The ship is beautifully decorated. - Halong Bay is absolutely incredible. I've seen many references to rubbish, but we saw three (yep, we counted) pieces of litter only. I've also read negative comments about how many ships are on the Bay, but really, it doesn't matter (besides which, all the people that complain about too many ships are actually on a ship themselves, which is rather hypocritical!) - Lifejackets were enforced. - I loved that the squid fishing was done with authentic bamboo fishing poles. CONS: - All drinks (even soft drink) have to be bought... which adds up after a while. I think at least soft drinks should be provided during meals. - All the food was lukewarm at best. This was quite disappointing, as it was such delicious food! I mentioned this to the head Food and Beverages manager, so hopefully they've worked out a way to keep the hot food warm at the very least. - The tender boat is extremely stuffy. They need to get more air flowing through somehow, as our entire boatload felt on the verge of heat exhaustion. - The beds are a bit hard. - The food is really not suitable for children/teenagers. A lot of way too fancy items which our children just had to skip over. It would be great to have a separate Kids Menu for 18 and under. ALL IN ALL, I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS GORGEOUS BOAT TO ANYONE (IN FACT, I HAVE ALREADY DONE SO TO MULTIPLE PEOPLE). THE BAY IS SERENE AND THIS BOAT WAS, TOO.
        Written 5 September 2023
      • Nicky085
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fantastic cruise
        This was a fantastic cruise and would definitely recommend. The food was amazing. The service from the staff was wonderful and so attentive. We had the senior suite which was beautiful.
        Written 12 August 2023
      • gaurangsinghania
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        One of the best cruise liner in Halong Bay, the rooms were top notch, service and food were also excellent !!
        We got amazing 6 coarse vegetarian meals, rooms were spacious and well appointed, highly recommended for anyone visiting Halong Bay
        Written 24 July 2023
      • NatashaBtraveller
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Brilliant cruise with amazing staff
        This was absolutely brilliant. The staff could not do enough for us, including Allan, the customer service manager. The food was amazing and the rooms beautiful
        Written 16 July 2023
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      Hoanghuy
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2020 • Friends
      I would highly recommend this tour to other visitors. We did not at anytime feel rushed throughout the trip and the tour guide (Mr. Bien) offered exceptional customer services. We were accomidated for all our needs and had a fun day. Overall, the tour was well-planned, there was no "filler" activities that waste time.
      Written 28 January 2020
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      Kdlovesoccer
      Oceanside, CA2 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2020 • Couples
      Wow what a fun day. Our guide Dinny was so wonderful and friendly. We had a very small tour, for our 1 day trip 17 total due to the Corona virus but even if the tour was full it would have been great.
      I could not believe the quality and quantity of food served. They were very accommodating to any food request, vegetarian or no seafood, etc. Beautiful presentation too.
      The rest of the crew were very nice and attentive too. The bus was very comfortable and free wi-fi on the bus and the boat.
      I highly recommend this tour and hope you get the same guide that we had.
      Written 7 February 2020
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      Anthony B
      4 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2020 • Couples
      Good parts: Our tour guide Bien was great, friendly, funny and very knowledgeable. Our bus driver was excellent, by any standards (can’t say that often in Vietnam). Lunch was nice albeit very niche. I didn’t like it as much as all the other food i had previously had in Vietnam and on tours. Just my taste though. There was a lot of waste from the serving of the food, possible a buffet style would have been better. The caves were great. The cruise was beautiful. Worth it and i would recommend

      Bad bits: the stop at the pearl place was unnecessary and could have done without this. I’m guessing the company gets a kick back from taking people there. It wasn’t pushy, but just did not need it and could have spent the extra time on the water. Just be aware.
      Only got 20/25 minutes at the first wet cave. Could have done a bit longer there.
      The company bills the tour as small group, 12 in a group and 24 on the boat. We had 14 in our group and 31 on the boat. This was okay. Anymore would have been pushing the limit of the comfort zone on the boat and sundeck. I’d like to see them advertise it differently, it’s better to expect more people in a group and then there be less. Rather than expect a small group and be crowded.

      Overall good tour, the staff really carried the tour and the company Genesis are lucky to have such great staff. I did have a bit more expectations of the bay and cruise part. Would have loved to fit one or two more activities in on the water.
      Written 10 January 2020
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      Alan
      Toronto, Canada33 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nov 2019
      We booked a one day Ha long bay tour because they take the highway which is only 2hrs each way instead of the 4 hours on local roads.

      We had a great time with this tour, our guide Tony was really good. He was fluent in English and was funny.

      We stopped at a pearl place where you can see how pearls are extracted and shop for jewelry as well.

      The boat was pretty nice, the 1st deck is enclosed so you can sit in there to avoid the weather. Food was served as well and was delicious.

      During the tour, was saw lots of islands and made a stop for a kayak/boat tour and a cave tour.
      The boat tour was alright, it gets old after seeing the same thing, I think a day tour is long enough, I wouldn't spend multiple days here. The cave tour was kind of interesting as it was quite big.

      Overall great experience.
      Written 21 February 2020
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      Angelique T
      2 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2020 • Friends
      Ben was a hilarious and charming tour guide. Our entire group loved him because he cracked jokes the entire way! #misterben #ben2020

      Food was delicious; you get a 5 course meal with afternoon tea and fruit. Going kayaking and seeing the monkeys was also a highlight! Afterward, you go to the largest cave in halong bay. I’d recommend wearing some shorts or water resistant clothing if you’re kayaking.

      Drinks were also delicious. Welcoming vibe and overall great crew!! We’re all fans of Mr. Ben :D
      Written 21 February 2020
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      Nana_JP
      Washington, DC439 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      In spite of some limitations inflicted by the coronavirus scare, Genesis managed to offer a first class experience in Halong Bay. The coach to the bay was very comfortable and piloted by a driver skilled in managing the often scary traffic. Two short bathroom stops were provided during the 2.5 hour trip, one at a oyster farm site, but we had the option to skip the info talk and have tea/coffee at the cafe instead. That was welcomed.
      The boat was lovely. There were 20 passengers on our “small group” experience and that was just right. No one had to angle for photo space, meals were served at table with plenty of space and great views. Above deck was a sitting area with plenty of chairs and lounges for open air viewing. The bathroom was very clean!

      We were absolutely delighted in the lunch. We were served six courses of small plates of delicious regional food, each beautifully presented. The only expense above the ticket price was beverages, everything else is included in the ticket.

      All staff from the coach and the boat were friendly and helpful and concerned for our safety and comfort. Genesis is first rate!
      Written 23 February 2020
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      Susan
      3 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2020 • Solo
      The Genesis tour of Halong Nat was excellent! The bus to and from the bay was very comfortable. The cruise was truly small group, with less than 30 guests. The food on the boat was excellent; they did a great job accommodating a vegetarian diet.

      The sightseeing stops were interesting and very beautiful. Each stop felt like the right amount of time, neither rushed nor too long.

      Mr. Ben was a great guide! He was informative, funny, and very helpful (he ensured everyone got good photos at every stop). I learned a lot! Thank you!
      Written 11 February 2020
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      dog dog
      5 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Out of the options out there to get to Halong Bay, I’m glad I chose this one. Our guide, Roy, was charismatic and brought on the humor from the moment we entered the bus; which was very swanky, fit with charging ports, leather seats and Wi-Fi. He was informative and kept a positive attitude throughout the journey. Our driver as well, who’s name I failed to get, was exceptional (if you’ve been to Vietnam, you’ll know how intense these roads can get). Upon arrival to the boat, our bartender and host, Nam, made us quality drinks and helped prep us a great 8 course meal consisting of seafood, steak, curried chicken, and a variety of tropical fruit. The journey as a whole was far more enjoyable than I initially prepared for, and would gladly come back for another cruise around the islands in the afternoon sun.
      Written 26 February 2020
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      mamamiacarol
      Luzon, Philippines13 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Our Tour guide picked us up promptly as scheduled. Mr Bien was very pleasant amd always gives a ready smile. HE was excellent. The Van ride was very Nice and was suppose to be around 2 hours to our first stop in a Pearl farm where we learned How Pearl were Cultured. Then we went to halong bay Marina and rode a very Nice boat with a very delicious lunch. Halong bay cruise was relaxing. Then we went to 2 amazing caves. One we rode a boat for around 12 people Or you can also opt to Go kayaking. Then the 2nd cave was an enormous and magnificent cave with incredible formations.
      Overall it was an enjoyable Day! Worth going!
      Written 29 January 2020
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      Travel McGee
      4 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2020 • Friends
      This was an excellent tour, which was well paced. The highway and limousine bus made the journeys very comfortable and once on the boat, we were treated like queens. Food excellent and the ride home having cocktails on the upper deck whilst enjoying the sunset over the islands was truly unforgettable. Mr Ben, our tour guide, was sweet and accommodating and an consummate professional. Could have done without the stop at the pearl farm.
      Written 1 January 2020
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      Small-Group Day Tour in Halong Bay with Luxury Shuttle and Highways provided by Genesis The Luxury Cruises