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 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
07:45 - 08:30 Pick up at hotel 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. Then return to the bus for the drive to Tam Coc, followed by a delicious Vietnamese buffet lunch.
CYCLING RIDE (optional):
Those who love to explore the beautiful countryside of Vietnam can take a 40 minute, 5 kilometer cycling ride along country lanes from Tam Coc to Bich Dong Pagoda. The countryside here is peaceful as you pass by verdantly green rice paddies and small villages. Finish bicycling at Tam Coc dock in time for your lunch.
14:00 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. After the third cave, you'll return the same way back to the dock and board the bus for the drive back to Hanoi.
18:00 Drop off at your hotel in Hanoi. End of tour.
$35 US per person
WHAT TO BRING:
-A hat or umbrella
-Transportation to and from your hotel by air-conditioned bus and experienced driver.
-Professional English-speaking guide.
-Vietnamese buffet lunch, entrance fees and boat fee.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:
-Drinks, travel insurance, tax.
-Other expenditures not indicated above.