NINH BINH HIGHLIGHTS FROM HANOI (2 DAYS 1 NIGHT)
Day 1: Visit Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel – Cycling to Mua Cave – Cooking class. Overnight at Tam Coc Bungalow (L/D)
8:00 – 8:30: Our guide and bus pick you up from hotel and start driving to Ninh Binh, on the way, stop for a short break to stretch your legs. You arrive at Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel to visit King Dinh and Le Temple. Then approach Tam Coc Wharf for buffet lunch with Vietnamese Cuisines in our restaurant.
In the afternoon, we cycle to Mua cave with stunning rice fields with buffalos, goats…along the road till approaching Mua cave. You walk up to the top of the mountain, visiting lovely stalactites and stalagmites inside, then take a spectacular view from the top to the valley. You cycle back to the Bungalow check in then attend our Cooking class of how to make local cakes and swim before the dinner around 19:00, then enjoy the night there with bar opposite to the Pool.
Day 2: Local market – Exciting boat trip in Tam Coc – Cycling to Bich Dong – Hanoi (B/L)
6:30: Welcome a new day with sunrise Tai Chi and a breakfast then visit morning local market to see how local people exchange goods that you have never seen in the tourist places then enjoy the exciting boat trip on Ngo Dong river with sampan boat through caves on the stunning river surrounded by Karsts with rich fauna and flora. You finish the boat trip and check out, clear the bills then savoir authentic lunch made by our chef.
In the afternoon, you cycle through peaceful villages with rice fields to visit Bich Dong Pagoda surrounded by lotus lake. You walk up to the top and enjoy the panoramic view of dramatic limestone ridges and dotted hamlets and a particularly refreshing moment, then have afternoon tea to highlight a lovely day and get on bus to Hanoi.
From 19:00, you are in Hanoi, we drop you off at your hotel, trip ends.
Note: Your itinerary can be changed due to weather conditions.
Hoa Lu is the legendary ancient capital of Vietnam. The old capital was built more than 10 centuries ago under the reign of Dinh Dynasty and Le Dynasty. It was its capital for just 41 years (968-1009). The capital then was moved to Thang Long under the Ly Dynasty (1010). With the size of 3000ha, Hoa Lu is protected by a natural wall with surrounding Trang An limestone mountains and Hoang Long river. The combination between mountains and rivers make Hoa Lu surroundings very picturesque. Hoa Lu is famous for the number of palaces, pagodas, tombs and pavilions that were built by different dynasties. Bao Thien Tue Palace that was plated with gold and silver is very popular with its architecture. There were also two famous temples that were built in the 11th century to dedicate King Dinh Tien Hoang and his successor Le Dai Hanh.
Mua Caves (Hang Múa – Ninh Bình) is one of the most famous attractions in Ninh Binh.
The cave brings you one of the best panoramic view of one of the nicest sceneries in Vietnam- that’s Ninh Binh- which is known as a wonder of the world, the Telegraph from UK said “It’s an area known locally as Vietnam’s “Inland Halong Bay” or Mua Cave – The Vietnamese “Great Wall of China”
This can’t be denied since more and more foreigners choose Mua Cave (Hang Mua – Vietnamese name) for their short holidays while being in the north of Vietnam.
Tam Coc is known to travelers as Vietnam`s Halong Bay without water. Halong Bay on the rice paddies (a striking resemblance to Guilin and Yangshuo in China). Tam Coc has huge rock formation jutting out of rice fields. Tam Coc means “three caves”.
Bich Dong is the most second beautiful pagoda of Vietnam, after Perfume Pagoda. It is a couple of kilometers north of Tam Coc. The Lower Pagoda is located at the foot of the outcrop, from which it’s a climb of about 100 steps to the Middle Pagoda, then a shorter but still steep ascent to the upper Pagoda. Inside each cave temple, looming statues and the smoke of burning incense create an otherworldly atmosphere. Outside the reverse couldn’t be more true: there are some incredible views of the countryside.
All rates are US Dollar per person.
|Accommodation||Price per person||SINGLE ROOM|
|3 stars hotel||120.00 USD||20 USD|
|4 stars hotel||130.00 USD||30 USD|
+ Pick-up from hotel/ accommodation in the Hanoi Old Quarter.
+ Transfer by A/C modern bus, Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Hanoi.
+ English speaking guide during the trip.
+ A lavish buffet lunch with Vietnamese dishes.
+ 2 bottles of water per person on bus, water after cycling.
+ All entrance fees indicated in our itinerary.
+ Cycling in Tam Coc.
– Beverages, travel insurance & tax.
– Tips for tour guide and personal expences.
– Pick up from hotel/ stay outside Old Quarter of Hanoi.
– All not indicated in our itinerary.
> Free of charge for children under 5 years
> 70% rate of adult for children (5-9 years)
> From 10 years is adult’s rate
* Special request (diet or vegetarian,…) should be sent before your departure date.
* The itinerary can be changed due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions.