Hoa Lu ancient capital is the tourist destination which will bring you to a few of culture and history of Vietnam capitals in the ancient and medieval eras. The area is also one of outstanding beauty natural with limestone peaks whose splendor is often said to surpass that of Ha Long bay. Hoa Lu & Tam Coc is regarded as the Ha Long bay on land.
07:30 – 08:15 am Pick up guests at the hotel and depart to Ninh Binh. Stop on the way to take a short break (20 minutes) for refreshments and shopping.
10:30 am Arrive to Ninh Binh. Stop at Hoa Lu ancient citadel built in the 10th century. Then visit temples of two dynasties Dinh and Le with unique architecture in the old time. After that, free time to visit the excavation area beside Le Dai Hanh temple. Here you can witness the vestiges of Royal Palaces ground dated back 10th Century. Then back to the bus and go to Tam Coc.
Optional biking: Those who love to experience real images of Vietnam countryside can proceed a 40 minute cycling tour from Tam Coc to Bich Dong Pagoda around 5 km (2 ways) along country lane with the beautiful scenery of lush paddy fields. Finish the cycling tour at Tam Coc dock in time for a buffet lunch at a local restaurant.
02:00 pm: You will board the sampan boat (2 people share a boat) in Tam Coc dock to drift down the river among the villages, mountains and lush rice fields. Passing through 3 caves (Hang Ca – First Cave, Hang Hai – Second Cave, Hang Ba – Third Cave) to get strange feelings. Boat returns to the dock for returning to Hanoi by bus. Arrive to Hanoi around 06:00 – 06:30 pm. End of tour.