Deluxe Option – Small Group Tour Introduction
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. The deluxe day tour with small group has unique route and itinerary which offer you the most wonderful experience.
Group size is 9 pax with maximum personal experience.
High quality transfer service with latest modern A/C shuttle (Business-class D-car limousine or Luxury model of Ford Transit )
Home-lunch with local family to learn the culture through their cuisine and daily activities
Widen your knowledge of Vietnam history at King Dinh and King Le temple
Discover Tam Coc – the “Halong Bay on land” on sampan boat rowed by local people. Unique biking route through villages, rice fields and mountains on a high quality sport bikes
07.15– 07.45: Pick up from your hotel or private address in Hanoi Old Quarter and departure to Ninh Binh by comfortable transfer.
09.00: Have a short break for relaxing at a stop-over in Dong Van, Ha Nam province.
10.00: Arrival Tam Coc area. Start the journey by visiting 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.
Option1: You will take a bike and start riding to explore the rice fields and limestone mountains for about 1 hour with an 8 km unique route.
Animal Cart or Motobike is available for those who can’t ride bike or want to try different version. (Surcharge: 7USD/person)
Option2: Learn the traditional embroidery with the host family.
11:30 Come back to the host family to enjoy a special lunch prepared by the home chef with the local cuisine featuring the yin-yang balance of the Asian culture. After lunch, a break with a cup of Vietnam green tea or coffee will be served before you continue the journey of discovery Tam Coc- the “Halong Bay on land”
13.30: Visit Tam Coc by a small boat rowed by a local for about 2 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.
15.30: Arrive at Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam in the 10th century; visit the temple of King Dinh. Under the introduction of our local guide, you will get to know more about the Vietnamese history. Hoa Lu existed as the capital of Vietnam for 41 years (968 – 1009), of which 12 years was under the Dinh dynasty – King Dinh Tien Hoang, when country named Dai Co Viet.
16.30: Leave Hoa Lu and drive straight back to Hanoi.
18:30 Arrive in Hanoi, drop you back to your hotel or private address in Hanoi Old Quarter. Trip ends.
• English speaking guide
• Pick up & drop off in Hanoi Old Quarter area
• Meal (Vietnamese family lunch)
• All sightseeing and boat fees
• All air-conditioned transport as mentioned in tour
• 03 bottle of water per person (02 on the bus, 01 for cycling time)
• Pick up & drop off outside Hanoi Old Quarter area (10 USD fees for a group)
• Travel insurance
• Tipping for tour guide/driver ( not compulsory)
• Other optional activities or tours
• Personal expenses
What to bring
• Sunglasses, sun cream, hat
• Comfortable walking shoes and clothes