OVERVIEW

Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh was the first capital of the feudal state in Vietnam from about 10 centuries ago. Nowadays, Hoa Lu is worldwide known as the famous destination in Vietnam with its remain architecture objects, such as King Ding and King Le Temple, the Halong Bay on land - Tam Coc, Bich Dong pagoda, Co Vien Lau, etc. Beside this tour also provide you the wide knowledge about Vietnam's stunning landscapes, long history, amazing culture and friendly people and fresh you to your imagine of peaceful moments

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Experience the tour in a small group with maximum personal experience
Joined by your-self in the real local life at a morning food market and learn how the local people trade their daily stuff.
Enjoy a home-dinner at with Vietnamese food by the host family and learn the Vietnamese culture through their daily activities.
Discover Tam Coc – the “Halong Bay on land” on sampan boat rowed by local people. Dropped your-self between the picturesque landscape of limestone mountain and rice field along the river. 
Visit Thung Nham bird preserved garden which was well-known as the home of over 40 different nature bird species with over 50.000 individual.
Widen your knowledge of Vietnam history at King Dinh and King Le temple, the two great heroes of the nation who lived in the 10th century in Hoa Lu which was chosen as the first capital of Vietnam independent feudal kingdom.
Unique and unforgettable biking route passing through villages, rice fields and karst mountain on a high quality sport bikes.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Hanoi – Tam Coc – Cycling – Thung Nham (Meals: L / D )

07.15 – 08.00: Tour guide pick up from your hotel or private address in Hanoi Old Quarter and departure to Ninh Binh by airconditioned-bus/minivan 
Have a short break at a stop-over in Dong Van, Ha Nam province.
Arrive in Tam Coc start your first visit on a sampan boat rowed by a local for about 1.5 hours.  Known as “Halong Bay on land”, Tam Coc is the name of the limestone caves area stretching along Ngo Dong river. The boat trip is a nice journey along the river with the peaceful scenery of limestone mountains, rice paddy and the sight of some temples along the way. If traveling during harvest season, you may have chances to see the yellow rice carpet along the river banks.
Enjoy delicious lunch served at the bungalow’s restaurant with Vietnamese cuisine.
Check-In Bungalow/ Hotel 
Visit a local family in Tam Coc. They are a traditional Vietnamese family with three generations living together. Here you will get the chance to see the house architecture and their daily life and their handicraft job of making traditional embroidery. 
Leaving the family, you will take a bike and start riding to explore the rice fields and limestone mountains with an unique route.
Explore Hang But (Buddhist Cave) The cave 500m in length, magical view of the stalactites and stalagmites, including a big Buddha-shaped stalactite sitting beside an underground river. Then get on a small sampan to visit Thung Nham bird park, discover the most features of this area with more than 50,000 birds of 40 species flying to inhabit every day. You have your best chance to take nice photos.
Cycling back to the host family for free time relax with afternoon tea break.
Dinner served with Vietnamese food by the local family host. Then stay overnight at the bungalow or the hotel.
Overnight in Ninh Binh

Day 2: Hang Mua / Local Market – Cooking Class – Hoa Lu Ancient Capital – Hanoi (Meals: B / L)


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

What to bring: Sunglasses, Sun cream, Hat, Camera and film

Inclusions:

+ Bungalow/Hotel Accommodation 

+ Local English speaking guide on day tour

+ Pick up & drop off in Hanoi Old Quarter area

+ Air-conditioned transport as mentioned in tour

+ Meals as mentioned (L = lunch, D = dinner, B = breakfast)

+ All sightseeing and boat fees

+ 03 bottle of water per person (02 on the bus, 01 for cycling time)

+ Cooking class

+ Cycling

+ Domestic insurance within Vietnam

+ Government taxes & services charge

 

Exclusions:

Pick up & drop off outside Hanoi Old Quarter area (15 USD fees for a group)

Motorbike option (7 USD/pax)

Animal Cart option (7 USD/pax)

Travel insurance

Tipping for tour guide/driver

Personal expenses

Other optional activities or tours