Ninh Binh, Tam Coc, Hoa Lu Day Tour
From the beautiful city of Hanoi you’ll discover the softer side of Vietnam. Venture outside of the city center to explore Ninh Binh’s Tam Coc area. You’ll bicycle your way through a serene landscape and a slower pace of living as you explore villages, rice fields, and limestone karst mountains. It’s the moment of tranquility you didn’t know you needed.
up to 20 days in advance
- Duration: 8 hrs
- Available Days: Every day
- Schedule: 7:45 AM
- Hotel Transport Included
- Free cancellation up to 20 days prior
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English,Vietnamese
The bustling city of Hanoi is one of Vietnam’s most popular destinations, and for good reason — the beauty of Old Quarter, the French architecture from the colonial era, more street food vendors than you can possibly visit in a single trip, and interesting museums are just a few of the wonders that await you in this ancient city. However, venture a little farther out and you can enjoy day trips to the rural areas outside of town. You’ll be amazed at the contrast!
A Simple Adventure, A Big Experience
Sure, you want to see the sites and have a grand adventure on this vacation, but this tour encourages you to slow down, unplug, and live your life off the screen and in real time. This tranquil itinerary includes:
Pick up from your hotel or private address to depart for Ninh Binh.
Upon arrival, you’ll visit a local family in the Tam Coc area. Three generations share this home, as is typical; your gracious hosts will allow you to admire their traditional home’s architecture, introduce you to daily life, and teach you about their handicraft career of traditional embroidery.
After bidding the family farewell and thanking them once more for their hospitality, it’s time to begin your bicycle excursion. During this ride, you’ll take a unique route which will allow you to (carefully) explore the region’s rice fields and limestone mountains.
You’ll have the privilege of returning to the local family to share a special lunch with them, featuring local dishes which showcase the Asian culture’s belief in yin-yang balance. After your meal, you’ll enjoy a bit of time to relax with a cup of tea before continuing to explore Ninh Binh.
Time to switch modes of transportation! Go from bicycle to boat as you make your way through Tam Coc (the Halong Bay on land) in a small rowboat powered by a local. This journey requires a fair amount of stamina on oarsman’s part, as you’ll be gliding along the river for approximately 90-minutes. You’ll see limestone mountains, and perhaps a rice paddy or two if it’s harvest season.
Hoa Lu was the capital of Vietnam in the 10th-century; here, you will visit the temple of King Dinh. A local guide will teach you about Vietnamese history, and the enduring importance of Hoa Lu.
Time to leave Ninh Binh. To get you back to Hanoi as promptly as possible, you’ll be driving straight back to the city.
Once back in Hanoi, it’s time to return you to your individual hotel or private address, officially ending your tour.
An Effortless Journey All Around
Book this extraordinary Ninh Binh, Tam Coc, Hoa Lu Day Tour to experience the side of Vietnam you’ll miss if you don’t venture outside of the city. Exploring the outskirts is authentic and easy when you let your Anywhere Local Expert manage all of the details. So, put down your phone and pick up your favorite outdoor shoes, it’s time to spend your vacation in the fresh air!
What to Bring
Sunglasses, sun cream, hat, camera, and film.
- English speaking guide and a small tour group. - Pick up & drop off in Hanoi’s Old Quarter area. - All air-conditioned transport. - All sightseeing and boat fees. - Bicycle. - Vietnamese lunch. - 3 bottles of water per person (2 on the bus, 1 for cycling).
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