HOA LU – TAM COC – BICH DONG HOA LU – TAM COC – BICH DONG
Tour Code: VDE –HL3C
    Journey Map
Hoa Lu was the first capital of the independent Vietnam, under the Dinh dynasty and the early Le Dynasty (968-1009). There are two sanctuaries devoted to the emperors of these two dynasties set into a landscape of limestone mountains. In Tam Coc, you can take a rowing boat tour on the river which is used by local villagers to access their rice fields tunnels several times into the same type of mountains.
TOUR HIGHTLIGHTS
   Back to Vietnam history more than 1000 years ago with the visit to temple of the
     two King the Dinh and the Le and the citadel traces

   Enjoy riding on a private rowing boat along the river surrounded by karst valleys
    and mountains

   Visit pagodas and boating inside amazing deep tunnel caves

Itinerary:
Pick up at hotel and depart for Ninh Binh in the morning. It is a two and half hour drive southeast of Hanoi to the former Vietnam’s capital city – Hoa Lu (968 – 1009). The ancient Hoa Lu Citadel (most of which has since been destroyed) once covered an area of three square kilometers. Visit Hoa Lu with the Dinh and Le Temples as well as Citadel traces. Apart from the historical importance, keep heading to Tam Coc Town for lunch. Along the way stop where you wish to take photographs of local villages and the stunning landscape. After lunch, board your private sampan*(see options below) to amazing site of Tam Coc referred as “Halong Bay on land”. As the boat gently slices through the water, notice the enormous limestone karsts and take a deep into dramatic scenery.
If time allowed, we can also pay a visit to Bich Dong – A Pagoda set in to the limestone cave in greenness as Jade. Get back to our car for the drive back to Hanoi approximately by 6 pm.

Option 1:
Trang An: situated near to Tam Coc, Trang An is a nature reserve similar to Tam Coc however currently less visited. Limestone hills surround a peaceful river which passes through a series of caves (one which takes 15-minutes to pass through in darkness). An 'eco tourism' area, the only interruptions here are the sound of birds and the gentle paddle of the oar upon the crystal clear river.

Option 2:
Thung Nang: Similar to Tam Coc though not as spectacular, Thung Nang is off the tourist trail and a pleasant alternative. Pass through a cave, fields of lotus (in summer) and reach a quaint pagoda before returning on the same route.
INCLUSIVE:
Private air-con transportation
English speaking guide
Lunch at local restaurant
Entrance fees and permits where applicable
Sampan with rowers
EXCLUSIVE:
Transfers beyond the itinerary
Tips and Personal expenses such as drinks
Travel insurance
PRICING:
Price per person in USD 2 PAX 3 - 5 Pax Single Supplement
Standard 0 0 0.0000
*The above prices are based on the group from 4 - 6pax and valid until Sep, 2008. All prices might be changed subject to your group size and travel period. Some tours have Deluxe Option available. Please contact us for further information.
Note:

   We will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel and set a schedule at your convenience

   This tour must be booked at least 48 hours in advance of your travel date


Related information:

   Ninh Binh Vietnam travel guide

   Ninh Binh photos

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