Start from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, it takes you about 100km. If you don’t have much time, Ninh Binh 2 days 1 night tour is for you. This is the best for tours in Ninh Binh. This province is famous for Hoa Lu-the ancient capital of Vietnam. And Tam Coc means 3 caves. It is also called “Ha Long Bay on land”. Visitors are conveyed by rowboat along the peaceful Tam Coc stream past green fields in April & yellow fields in May. End of May or at the beginning of June, rice fields will be cut off. So you shouldn’t miss it!
Pick up time: 7h00 – 7h30
Visit some cultural and historical relics of Hoa Lu ancient citadel as a world cultural heritage and Trang An as a world natural heritage. Mua Cave brings you a chance for viewing the picturesque landscape of Tam Coc from the peak above. An active tour of biking is an excellent way to explore the area, stay out of the tourist areas and immerse yourself into the beauty of nature.
Day 1: BAI DINH/HOA LU – TRANG AN – MUA CAVE (L,D)
07:00 – 07:30 – Our guide will meet you at your hotel/stay and start a 110km modern Bus-journey through the verdant landscape of the countryside. Short brake en route.
10:30 – Arrive at Glimmering Bai Dinh pagoda complexes, the largest pagoda, not only in Vietnam but also in Southeast 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.
These pagoda complexes stunningly boast an array of the most massive and magnificent architecture of Vietnamese tradition refined ever built that takes 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 tons. Visit The Quan Yin statue with thousands of arms and eyes, Visit the Gautama Buddha statue.
10:30 – Visit Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel with Dinh King Temple and Le King Temple dating back to the 17th Century.
12:00 – Enjoy lunch at our restaurant with great local cuisine.
13:00 – Leave for the Trang An Grottoes, an outstanding natural beauty of majestic limestone massif at 20 square kilometers rise dramatically out from rice paddy fields. Deep into the linked chains of towering mountains are pristine places of mystical valleys, numerous freshwater ponds, and jungle.
Embark on a traditional sampan gently rowed down the exquisite river through numerous caves: Lam Cave, Vang Cave, Dai Cave, Thanh Truot Cave,...and Cao Sơn Temple, Suoi Tien Temple, Vu Lam Temple…
15:30 – Visit Mua Cave and start an amazing trek up to the top of Ngoa long mountain for watching the spectacular rice valley with a precious view of nature.
17:00 Check in Homestay/Bungalow and then you have your own time to relax, read books or swim before dinner around 19:00, then enjoy the nighttime with a pool view bar. (Tour guide not available until next afternoon)
DAY 02: TAM COC- CYCLING – HANOI ( B, L)
In the morning: Breakfast is served at Bungalow. Free time for swimming, relaxing, or cycling by yourself 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. This will recall you of your childhood.
11:30 Lunch at the bungalow and check out.
In the afternoon: Our tour guide welcome you and start an excursion on the Ngo Dong River in Tam Coc– the most exciting boating trip with sampan boats through caves (Hang Ca – Hang Hai and Hang Ba) and visit the stunning river surrounded by Limestone Karsts with rich fauna and flora.
16:00 You cycle through peaceful villages with rice fields to visit Bich Dong Pagoda surrounded by a lotus lake. You walk up to the top and enjoy the panoramic view of dramatic limestone ridges and dotted hamlets and a particularly refreshing moment, highlight a lovely day, and get on the bus to Hanoi.
Note: Your itinerary can be changed due to weather conditions.
17:00 Get on the bus back to Ha Nội
19:00, you are in Hanoi, we drop you off at your hotel, and the trip ends.