DAY 1 : HANOI – TRANG AN BOATING – CYCLING TO MUA CAVE (L/D)
08:00 - 08:30 Our guide and bus pick you up from hotel and start driving to Ninh Binh. On the way, you experience the peaceful scenery along the Highway 1A, stop for a short break to stretch your legs.
You arrive in Trang An Wharf – the most exciting boating trip with sampan boats through caves and visit stunning river surrounded by Limestone Karsts with rich fauna and flora.
Then you have buffet lunch with Vietnamese Cuisines in our restaurant.
In the afternoon, we cycle to Mua Cave with stunning rice fields with buffalos, goats…along the road till approaching Mua cave. You walk up to the top of the mountain where Mua cave is located, visiting lovely stalactites and stalagmites inside, then take a spectacular view from the top to the valley.
You relaxingly cycle back to Trang An through the villages with daily life, then visit Tuyet Tinh Coc (the on top pagoda inside the cave) from there you can see the romantic lake surrounded by Karsts and jungles.
You cycle back to the Bungalow and check in.
Then you have your own time to relax, read books or swim
19:00 Diner then enjoy the night there with bar opposite to the Pool.
DAY 2: HOA LU ANCIENT CITADEL – BAI DINH PAGODA (B/L)
From 6:30, welcome a new day with sunrise Tai Chi and a breakfast.
Then you will visit Hoa Lu which is the site of a 10th-century capital of an ancient Vietnamese Kingdom called Dai Co Viet. This small Kingdom covered an area of only 300 hectares, and reigned from the 10th century, during the Dinh and Le dynasties, to the 11th century, during the Ly Dynasty. The Kingdom was enclosed by a citadel. The citadel and the Yen Ngua limestone hills provided good defence for this kingdom against the invaders. There are two 17th century temples, modelled after their 11th-century originals that are on most itineraries to Hoa Lu. They are the Dinh Tien Hoang Temple (King Dinh temple) and Le Hoan Temple (King Le Temple).
Then you will enjoy the Cooking Lesson of how to make the authentic cakes with simple available ingredients at home taken place. Have lunch, check out and clear the bills.
In the afternoon, bus pick up to visit the glimmering Bai Dinh pagoda complexes, the largest pagoda, not only in Vietnam but also in Southeast of Asia. Scenically set on the foot hill of Dinh Mountain surrounded by amazing views of the exquisite river valley below and dotted and the limestone karsts dotted around which will take your breath away. This pagoda complexes stunningly boast an array of the most massive and magnificent architecture of Vietnamese tradition refined ever built that it take a full day to explore all. So you will visit some of the highlights that owned the national: 500 stone statues of “La Han” (Arhats), 2 huge bronze bells, one weighs 27 tons, other weighs 36 tones and Three bronze statues of Tam The (50 tons each).
You get on the bus back to Hanoi.
From 19:00, you are in Hanoi, we drop you off at your hotel, trip ends.
Note: Your itinerary can be changed due to weather conditions.
Pick-up from hotel/ accommodation in the Hanoi Old Quarter
Transfer by A/C modern bus, Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Hanoi
English speaking guide during the trip
A lavish buffet lunch with Vietnamese dishes
2 bottles of water per person on bus, water after cycling
All entrance fees indicated in our itinerary
Beverages, travel insurance & tax
Tips for tour guide and personal expences
Cycling * (Optional)
Pick up from hotel/ stay outside Old Quarter of Hanoi
All not indicated in our itinerary
99 USD/person (travel by bus)
128 USD/person (travel by train)
125 USD/person (travel by bus)
155 USD/person (travel by train)
The visit of Bac Ha market is possible on Sunday only.
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