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$39 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Hoa Lu and Tam Coc Tour from Hanoi, Including Lunch

You’ll depart Hanoi in the early morning and head to Ninh Binh province where you’ll visit the ancient capital of Hoa Lu. Later, on arrival at the Tam Coc wharf you’ll explore the caves by sampan boat. Cycle to Bich Dong before returning to Hanoi. A Vietnamese buffet is included.Detailed Itinerary07:45: Pick-up at your accommodation in Hanoi’s Old Quarter08:15: Head out on the drive to Ninh Binh province10:00: Arrive at the ancient capital of Hoa Lu10:15: Visit the temples of King Dinh and King Le11:30: Arrive at Tam Coc wharf11:45: Buffet lunch featuring Vietnamese cuisine13:00: Sampan boat trip through the caves (90 minutes including rowman)15:00: Return to Tam Coc wharf for a short break15:15: Bike around countryside villages16:00: Shuttle leaves for Hanoi18:30 to 18h45 pm  Arrive at your accommodation in Hanoi’s Old Quarter

$115 Cultural & Theme Tours

Ninh Binh and Ancient Hoa Lu Temples Tour from Hanoi

Tam Coc means three caves and is the start of our journey in the Ninh Binh Province, it is a two hour drive from Hanoi to the South. On our arrival we take a cruise along the Ngo Dong river for several kilometers to visit the 3 caves. The limestone mountains here can remind you of Vietnams more famous Halong Bay or it has also been compared to Guilin in China. The caves have been created by wind and water from a legend time, while the sea had occupied this area. The tide-mark is still on the rocks about 2m above the water, and on the higher mountain walls the erosion have carved some strange shapes that are now filled of green grass, which can delicious food for the local goats. If you are lucky, sometimes you can also see mischievous monkeys. The river trip is a fantastic journey and gives a real insight into local life. Enjoy watching the local farmers harvesting their paddy fields along the river, or when they transplant seedlings for the next crop. We then move on to Hoa Lu the ancient capital, which is not far from Tam Coc. Here the remains of the temples are dedicated to King Dinh and King Le, the two heroes who lived in 10th century and chose Hoa Lu to build the citadel of the capital city. From time to time, archaeologists have excavated buried parts of this citadel and found rusty weapons and ceramics. The temples are said to be built on the old foundation of their original palaces in 11-12th centuries and restored in 17th century. Though the temples are not maintained entirely some precious antiques are well preserved, like the whole-stone dragon thrones, wooden bas-reliefs and lacquered statues of King Dinh, Kinh Le and Queen Duong Van Nga. We then take a couple of hours bike ride in the countryside and discover regional villages. As our ride comes to an end we head back to Hanoi arriving around 6.30pm. Your day will be filled with beautiful Vietnam memories and the whole day is a photographer dream with lush green valleys, limestone mountains, ancient temples and the opportunity to look into the lives of the local people.

$45 Walking & Biking Tours

Ninh Binh and Hoa Lu Acient Citadel with Optional Biking

7:30am – 8:30am: Pick up by our tour guide and private transporation. Then depart for Ninh Binh province. Half way, you take a short break of 20 minutes for refreshments and shopping. You will have an opportunity to experience Vietnamese handicraft products such as lacquer wares, paintings, and embroideries. Arrive in Ninh Binh around 10:30am. Stop at Hoa Lu ancient citadel built in the 10th century. Then visit temples of two dynasties Dinh and Le with unique architecture in the old time. After that, you will be off to visit the excavation area beside Le Dai Hanh temple. Here you can witness the vestiges of Royal Palaces dating back to the10th Century. Then back to the bus and go to Tam Coc. Optional biking: Those who love to experience real images of Vietnam countryside can take a 40 minute cycling tour from Tam Coc to Bich Dong Pagoda around 5 km (2 ways) along country lanes with the beautiful scenery of lush paddy fields. Finish the cycling tour at Tam Coc dock in time for a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. 2:00pm: You will board the sampan boat (2 people share a boat) in Tam Coc dock to drift down the river among the villages, mountains and lush rice fields. Passing through 3 caves (Hang Ca – First Cave, Hang Hai – Second Cave, Hang Ba – Third Cave) to get strange feelings. You also have chance to visit film studio of King Kong Skull Island  then Boat returns to the dock for driving back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi at around 6:00 – 6:30pm.

$109 Cultural & Theme Tours

Discover Ancient Hoa Lu and Trang An from Hanoi

Discover the Hoa Lu ancient capital and Trang An - Eco tourism complex.We will pick you up at your hotel and our journey to Ninh Binh Province will take two hours. There, we will stop to visit Hoa Lu, the Ancient Capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries. The city stood as the capital for 41 years (968 - 1009), the first 12 years of which were under the Dinh Dynasty of King Dinh Tien Hoang. Later the Le Dynasty under King Le Dai Hanh ruled for 29 years. Both King Dinh and King Le have temples dedicated to them here.After lunch at a local restaurant, we will take an amazing boat trip to visit Trang An Grottoes, which is known as Vietnam’s “Inland Halong”. With 31 valleys and 50 cross-water caves, Trang An is home to 600 different species of flora and over 200 types of fauna, many of them rare and endangered. Rowing through Trang An Grottoes is a one of a kind experience. The quiet fresh air of the highlands is broken only by the sound of birds chirping and the oars stirring the clear water. Look closely as you float to see the wild white goats grazing on the forested mountains that rise up from the water. Trang An Grottoes is truly one of the most beautiful sights in Vietnam. After the boat trip, we will return to Hanoi.

$85 Day Trips & Excursions

Ninh Binh, Hoa Lu, Tam Coc, Trang An Tour by Limo from Hanoi

07.15 – 07.45 Approx – You will be met by Aclass Bus Line tour guide at your hotel in Hanoi.08.00 – Start two-hour road journey to Ninh Province via express way aboard ultra-luxuriouschauffeur-driven limousine. 10.15 – Rowing-boat ride Tam Coc without tourist crowds          - Leave all the other travel fellow behind and explore Tam Coc without crowds. Embark on arowing-boat ride gently gliding on exquisite Ngo Dong river amid dramatic natural sceneries of amaze of Limestone Mountains rise majestically out of flooded –rice paddy fields covered by lustjungles.         - The highlights are secret passages of stalagmite caves so-called Hang Ca, Hang Hai, and HangBa leading into hidden valleys and opening up views of one stupendous vista after another. Thetranquility - except the soundtrack of the mirrored water lapping against the oar as if stepping backin time to another world. 12.15 - Savour a mouth-watering lunch         - Lunch is served in a standard restaurant from 4-star hotel. Here, mouth-watering Vietnamesedishes are perfectly accompanied by flawless attentive service and drinks while the stunninglandscape of countryside is always in views through expanded windows. 13.45 –Visit temples complex in Hoa Lu           - Visit Dinh & Le Temples in Hoa Lu en-route. The 2 main sanctuaries are dedicated to theDinh and Le dynasty dated back in 11th century and also are historical significance of Ninh Binhprovince. Here, visitor are enthralled by the stunning architectures, meet the people and live a partof interesting history14.45 - Cycling off the beaten track in Trang An          - Chauffeured to Ancient land of Trang An that recently listed world heritage site. Famed forendless stunning vista of abundant valleys, extensive canal network and especially the magicalbackdrop of rugged krast Limestone Mountains dotted with red-roof local houses. Apart from out-standing atural beauty, Trang An also is rich of culture and indigenous people here have maintainedtheir traditional way of life from beyond centuries.         - After a basic instruction by our expert guide on how to cycling safely at your comfort, we take a5km bicycle ride off the beaten track through gorgeous sceneries of Trang An on a village road andencounter buffaloes, ducks and goats on the way.16.00 – Savour magical afternoon tea at sunsetOur tour finished with a magical afternoon tea served by our white-gloves chauffeurs, admire sunsetover magnificent mauntains before embarking on another ultra-comfort limousine ride back Hanoi. 19.00 – Arrive Hanoi. Drop off at your hotel door-steeps to end servicce.

$117.50 Private & Custom Tours

Hanoi Phat Diem Cathedral Tam Coc Private Tour

Morning7.00AM: Our driver and guide will pick you up at the Hanoi and depart for Ninh Binh city to the South of Hanoi.9:30AM: It takes 2,5-hour drive to get Phat Diem Cathedral - one of the most beautiful and unique cathedral in Vietnam, it become the centre of Catholicism in north Vietnam.The whole Phat Diem cathedral complex were built by by stone between 1875-1899.  It has been classified as a historic and cultural relic in Ninh Binh specifically and in Viet Nam in general. The cathedral is the main focus of worship for Ninh Binh Province's 140,000 Roman Catholics11.30AM : Get back to the car to transfer to Tam Coc grottoes to take a boat trip tour and  have a delicious lunch at the outside Tam Coc Grottoes.12.00PM: You will be served  a delicious Vietnamese lunch in here at local restaurants.Afternoon13.30: After lunch, enjoy small rowing boats on Ngô Đồng (Ngo Dong River) at Tam Coc dock to drift down the river among villages, mountains and lush rice fields. It takes you about 2 hours to pass through all three caves at Tam Coc (Hang Cả – First Cave, Hang Hai – Second Cave and Hang Ba – Third Cave). During this time, you also visitBích Động (Bich Dong Grotto), which is dubbed as “Vietnam’s second nicest grotto”. Bich Dong Grotto has been long known as an attractive place for visitors with a unique beauty combination of nature, mountain, grotto and temple.- 16.00: Arrive back to Tam Coc by biking and get back to Hanoi.- 18.30: Arrive in Hanoi. Tour ends.

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