The landscape around Hoa Lu and Tam Coc is particularly stunning with the 2 hour drive from Hanoi to Hoa Lu exposing the rural countryside of Northern Vietnam. In Hoa Lu you will explore the temples dedicated to Emporer Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh Dynasty and Emporer Le Dai Hanh of the Le Dynasty. After learning about the history of the area through its stunning architecture we travel to Tam Coc.
Enjoy sumptuous Vietnamese food in Tam Coc and don't forget your camera to take pictures of local villages and the stunning landscapes. Board a sampan boat and cruise through the water, passing majestic limestone karsts the jut upright out of the water, creating a dramatic and mesmerizing landscape. For the adventure seekers it is possible to end the day by climbing up Bich Dong Pagoda on the nearby Ngu Nhac Mountain. This pagoda is comprised of three structures dating to 1428: Ha, Trung, and Thuong Pagodas, in ascending order.
You also spend on-board a junk boat cruising around the spectacular limestone islands of Cat Ba Island and Halong Bay's breathtaking waters. Dine on fresh seafood as you admire the panoramic views from your boat. In the afternoon your boat will return to Halong City where a vehicle awaits to transport you back to Hanoi.
Destinations: Hanoi - Hoa Lu - Tam Coc - Cat Ba Island - Halong Bay
- - Enjoy a boat trip on Ngo Dong river on the way to Tam Coc and beautiful scenery in land and in sea.
- - Discover the miraculous beauty of imposing caves and grottos in Tam Coc - Ninh Binh and in Cat Ba Island and Halong Bay.
Day 1: Hanoi - Hoa Lu Tam Coc(L,D)
7.00: Our driver and guide will picks you up at your hotel in Hanoi and departs to Ninh Binh.
9.30: Take 2,5 -hour driver, we will arrive to Vân Long Kênh Gà (Van Long Kenh Ga) floating village (Ninh Binh Province). Kenh Ga (literally: Chicken canal) is considered as one of the most characteristic of rural areas of the Red River Delta. Take a small boat to visit this Natural Preserve area and enjoy a wonderful view which is similar but more ecological than Ha Long Bay. It takes about 2 hours to visit Kenh Ga.
Continue going to Hoa Lu - the former capital of Vietnam, which is around 2km from Tam Coc by bike. Visit two temples dedicated to King Dinh and King Le, the two heroes who lived in 10th century and chose Hoa Lu to build the citadel of the capital city of Dai Viet.
12.30: Go to Tam Coc and have time for a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.
13.30: After lunch, enjoy small rowing boats on Ngô Đồng (Ngo Dong River) at Tam Coc dock to drift down the river among villages, mountains and lush rice fields. It takes you about 2 hours to pass through all three caves at Tam Coc (Hang Cả – First Cave, Hang Hai – Second Cave and Hang Ba – Third Cave). During this time, you also visit Bích Động (Bich Dong Grotto), which is dubbed as “Vietnam’s second nicest grotto”. Bich Dong Grotto has been long known as an attractive place for visitors with a unique beauty combination of nature, mountain, grotto and temple.
16.00: Arrive back to Tam Coc by biking. Overnight at Hoa Lu Tam Coc.
Day 2: Hoa Lu Tam Coc - Hai Phong Cat Ba (B,L,D)
6.00: You will get up early and have a breakfast before get to car depart for Hai Phong at 7.00am
9.00: After 2 hours driving from Hanoi to Hai Phong, you take the speed boat from Hai Phong to Cat Ba Island (45 minutes).
10.00: Come to Cat Ba, check-in Cat Ba hotel. You can free to take around Cat Ba Town or go shopping to local market in Cat Ba.
12.00: You will have a lunch in prestige Cat Ba restaurant.
13.00: You will take motorbike to discover Cat Ba Town, have free time to swim at nearby beaches.
Overnight Cat Ba Town.
Day 3: Full day trekking Cat Ba National Park(B, L,D)
7.30: Have a breakfast then you will check out the hotel.
8.00: Our guide will pick up you at the hotel to start Full day trekking Cat Ba National Park tour. Take a minibus or motorbike to the national park. It takes 5 hour hike through the mountain rain forests and valleys to Frog Lake. Along the way you have a chance to see native cats, squirrels, spotted dear, snakes, thousands of butterflies, and if you're lucky, a Cat Ba Langur.
13.00 : Arrive at remote Viet Hai village and meet the friendly local people who live inside the National Park. Lunch will be served at a local house with home cooked food at Viet Hai Village. You will have a wonderful time to get to close to nature and know more about local people in here. Overnight in Viet Hai villages.
Day 4 Viet Hai Village - Lan Ha Bay - Halong Bay - Bai Tu Long Bay (B, L,D)
07:00: You will start leave Viet Hai village to take a dock to visit Lan Ha Bay.
8:30 Start cruise to Lan Ha Bay
09:00 Arriving Lan Ha Bay, start kayaking tour for activities such as visiting fishing village, swimming, roam in the labyrinth of the rocks, kayaking.
12:00 Lunch serves on boat with seafood
13:30 Cruise from Lan Ha Bay to Ha Long Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay
Activities: Visiting Dau Be village, roam around Ha Long Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay. Overnight on boat
Day 5: Halong Bay - Hanoi(B, L)
7.00 - 11.30 Have a breakfast on boat. Your boat will suft to visit remains places of Halong Bay.
12.00 Check out on boat to prepare getting back Hanoi. You have a lunch and prepare to return Hanoi.
17:00 Return Hanoi. End of Tam Coc tours discovery going on an excursion in Hoa Lu Tam Coc Cat Ba Halong Bay 5 days 4 nights tour
- Private round-trip transfer with A/C
- English speaking guide
- Meals as mentioned in program (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner) in the local restaurants or picnics where no suitable restaurant available.
- Boat trip, kayak and entrance fees, sight seeing fee for all visits as mentioned in the program.
- International flight tickets and airport tax.
- Drinks, tips, gratuities and personal expenses.
- Other things not clearly mentioned in the included list.
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