Hoa Lu and Tam Coc
HOA LU & TAM COC 1 DAY TOUR
Located about 100 kilometers from Hanoi, it is easy to visit the ancient capital of Hoa Lu. This large 3,000 hectare complex was built more than ten centuries ago during the reign of the Dinh and Le dynasties. Though it was the capital for just 41 years, Hoa Lu became famous for the many palaces, pagodas, pavilions and tombs that were constructed over the years. The Bao Thien Tue Palace was plated with gold and silver, made even more impressive by the picturesque scenery. Surrounded by a natural wall, the ancient capital is surrounded by the Trang An Mountains.
Tam Coc, known as the “inland Halong Bay” is just a short drive from Hoa Lu. Relax in a traditional sampan boat while the driver works the oars by foot, gliding through the calm waters, passing tranquil rice fields on the way to three caves, which you will pass through while on the boat.
ONE DAY TOUR TO HOA LU AND TAM COC ITINERARY
08:00 - 08:30: Pick up at Hanoi Family Homestay and depart for Ninh Binh province. We’ll have a short stretch break when we are about halfway there. You can relax or shop for Vietnamese handicraft products, if you wish.
10:30: Arrive at the ancient capital of Vietnam, Hoa Lu, built in the 10th century AD.
11:00: Visit the two temples of the Dinh and Le dynasties, noting the unique and ancient architecture.
11:30: Visit the excavation area beside the Le Dai Hanh Temple. You will see the vestiges of the Royal Palaces there.
12:00: Enjoy the intense flavors of Vietnamese food at a lavish buffet lunch in a local restaurant. After eating, we will then go to Tam Coc for a stunning boat trip.
13:00: Board the sampan boats (2 people per boat) for a unique and scenic glide along the river, past villages, mountains and rice fields. The boat will pass through three caves: Hang Ca, Hang Hai and Hang Ba.
15:00: We'll take a leisurely bicycling trip along rural roads, verdantly green rice paddies, canals and through small villages set among the maze of spectacular limestone mountains.
16:00: It is now time to board the bus for the return trip to Hanoi. You should be back at Hanoi Family Homestay around 18:30 PM.
$43 US per person
50% Discount for children under 9 years old
WHAT TO BRING:
- A hat or umbrella
- Vietnamese dong
- Transportation to and from your hotel by air-conditioned bus and experienced driver.
- Professional English-speaking guide.
- A lavish Vietnamese buffet lunch.
- All entrance fees and boat fees.
- Two bottles of water on the bus and water after cycling.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:
- Beverages, travel insurance, tax.
- Bicycle rental ($3)
- Other expenditures not indicated above.