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Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Vietnam-port

Hanoi is gateway to Halong Bay and the Red River Delta. This region, "the Bay of the Descending Dragon," is dotted with more than 3,000 mountainous islands, each with its own unique landscape. The islands are famous for their dolomite and limestone rock formations. At the western end of Halong Bay is Cat Ba Island, where Chinese and Vietnamese pirates settled during the late 19th century. Today a large section of the island is devoted to a protected national park.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Cruise the Monoliths
    Seated Tour
  • Daily Life in Hong Gai
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Full Day to Hanoi
    Light Activity /WalkingMeal
  • Halong's Countryside
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Halong's Countryside
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Kayaking in Halong Bay
    Most Active or Strenuous
  • Water Puppet Show
    Light Activity /Walking

Cruise the Monoliths

Seated Tour

Duration: 3 hours

Tour Code: HNG-006

Halong Bay, set in the clear, emerald green Gulf of Tonkin, is where there are found some 2,000 magnificent and imposing islands rising out of the sea. These limestone and dolomite formations cloaked in tropical foilage rise majestically from the ocean. These wonderful shapes, each with a name, like islands of the 'marionettes,' 'monkeys,' or 'toads,'- the names firing the imagination as does the legend which gave Halong Bay its name. 'Ha Long' means 'dragon descending into the sea,' and there is said to be a huge sea monster still residing in these waters!

During the gentle cruise through the greener than green water and around some of the islands, you will see caves worn into the rock by the waves and the wind, little grottoes, and golden sandy beaches. The islands actually stretch for some 80 miles and cover 1,000 square miles.

A variety of craft sail these waters - everything from big sailed Chinese junks to little flat-bottomed boats selling all kinds of wares. Your cruise around Halong Bay will give you the opportunity to view Vietnam's greatest natural wonders.