Back in 968 and until 1009 (under the Dinh Dynasty), Hoa Lu was the capital city of Vietnam. And even though the title was taken by Thăng Long in 1010, the city remains a treasury of historical interest to this day. The Hoa Lu - Tam Coc Day Trip takes you on an exciting adventure through natural and cultural landmarks. After hotel pick up in Hanoi, you will head to Ninh Binh, visit Hoa Lu and Tam Coc and learn more about the northern Vietnamese countryside, history, and culture on a full-day tour.
Visit the ancient capital of Hoa Lu
Visit the King Dinh and King Le temples
Discover Tam Coc – the “Halong Bay on land” on sampan boat rowed by local people
Widen your knowledge of Vietnamese history
8h00 – 8h30: Tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in Old Quarter to depart to Ninh Binh city
10h30 – 11h00: You will reach Hoa Lu Ancient Capital.
In 968, Dinh Bo Linh declared himself as the King. Since then Hoa Lu existed as the capital for the next 41 years (968 – 1009), of which 12 years was under the Dinh dynasty – King Dinh Tien Hoang, the country named Dai Co Viet, and 29 years later was under the Le dynasty – King Le Dai Hanh. In 1010, King Ly Thai To moved the capital from Hoa Lu to Thang Long – present day Hanoi. Hoa Lu became the old citadel. In Hoa Lu there are now 2 temples have been built on the ground of the old royal palace, one is dedicated to King Dinh Tien Hoang, the other is to King Le Dai Hanh. The visit offers a chance to know more about part of feudal dynasties and historical periods in Vietnamese history.
12h00: You will enjoy buffet lunch at local restaurant in Tam Coc. The food is served with Asian style, local dishes, and organic vegetable. The restaurant is located on the river overview Tam Coc, you can enjoy the view of overall riverside until you finish your lunch
13h30: After finishing your lunch, you will be taking the rowing boat at Tam Coc Harbour. Arranged by local people here, the boat is rowed by both hand and legs. The boat will take you to 3 specular caves with hundreds of limestones on the way. The boat rowing will be in around 2 hours. Not only you could see the peaceful scenery of mountain, rice paddy fields, temples, you also have chances to learn about local people cultures on their daily life.
16h00: Leave Tam Coc and drive back to Hanoi.
18h30: We drop you off at your hotel in the Old Quarter. Trip ends.
What should bring:
– Comfortable long sleeve clothes
– Hat or umbrella
– Sun cream
• Transportation with A/C
• English speaking tour guide
• Entrance fees & Mineral water bottle
• Buffet lunch
• Beverages, Tips( not compulsory), and Personal Expenses
• Other things are not mentioned clearly in the packages
• Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities (typhoon, floods), flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes etc
• The tour price above is for a group tour.
• Please contact us if you want to do a private tour.