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Ninh Binh and Hoa Lu 2-Day Small Group Tour from Hanoi

1. Ninh Binh and Hoa Lu 2-Day Small Group Tour from Hanoi

Get back to nature and explore the ancient cultures of Vietnam on a 2-day tour of Tam Coc and Hoa Lu. Spend the night at a luxury homestay and learn about the everyday life of the locals. Day 1: Hanoi – Tam Coc Depart Hanoi and travel to Ninh Binh in the Red River Delta. Visit the limestone cave of Tam Coc on a boat trip down the Ngo Dong River. Enjoy the peaceful scenery of limestone mountains, rice paddies, and local temples. Check-in to your luxury bungalow accommodation and chat with the locals. Savor the local cuisine, including a refreshing green tea or coffee. Then, explore Ninh Binh by bike and cycle past rice fields and mountains. See the Bich Dong Pagoda, and learn about the Buddhist culture of Vietnam. Return to the bungalow and enjoy some free time before dinner served by the local host family. Day 2: Mua Cave – Hoa Lu – Hanoi Enjoy breakfast at the bungalow before cycling to Mua Cave. Hike to the peak of Ngoa Long Mountain and get amazing views of Tam Coc and the Ninh Binh area. Check out before lunch, and then visit the ancient capital of Hoa Lu. Admire the temple of King Dinh before the drive back to Hanoi.

From Hanoi: Ninh Binh & Cuc Phuong National Park 2-Day Tour

2. From Hanoi: Ninh Binh & Cuc Phuong National Park 2-Day Tour

Get back to nature on a guided tour of Vietnam's first national park and marvel at the lush landscape of the Red River Delta. Visit the ancient capital of Hoa Lu and see the amazing pagoda temples of Bai Dinh. Day 1: Hanoi – Ninh Binh Province – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc (L, D) Depart Hanoi and relax on the 2.5-hour journey to Ninh Binh, where you will check into your homestay before a lunch of local food. Then, explore the ancient capital of Hoa Lu before continuing to Tam Coc to row around the rice fields by boat. Marvel at the caves and Bich Dong pagoda temples among the limestone mountains. Take a bike tour of the village to experience the sights and sounds of everyday life, before dinner at your homestay. Day 2: Cuc Phuong National Park – Hanoi (B, L) Get back to nature on a morning drive to Cuc Phuong National Park via a prehistoric cave. Visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Center before taking a guided walk with lunch inside the park. Return to Hanoi and get dropped off at your hotel on arrival.

Ninh Binh Daily: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, Tam Coc, Bike & Swimming

3. Ninh Binh Daily: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, Tam Coc, Bike & Swimming

You will be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter then drive to the ancient capital of Hoa Lu. Discover the former capital of Dai Co Viet in the 10th and 11th Centuries. Next, visit Mua Cave and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views. Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese set menu lunch at a local bungalow. After lunch, you will go on a sampan boat trip in Tam Coc, passing through three caves: Hang Ca, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba. Then, cycle through the rice fields and villages to visit Thai Vi Temple. Enjoy a sunset party with tea and fruit at a swimming pool; relax and swim before you return to Hanoi.

Hanoi: 3-Day Ninh Binh - Ha Long Bay, Cave, kayak, Swimming

4. Hanoi: 3-Day Ninh Binh - Ha Long Bay, Cave, kayak, Swimming

After being collected from the Hanoi Old Quarter, you will embark on your 2.5-hour journey to the Ninh Binh Province. You will eventually arrive at the Bai Dinh Pagoda complex, where you'll see the largest pagoda not only in Vietnam, but also in Southeast Asia. Leaving the pagoda, you will then climb up to the summit of the mountain to see the 100-ton bronze statue of the Buddha Sakyamuni. Once there you will take a rest whilst enjoying panoramic views of the picturesque landscape, dotted with limestone mountains. Following lunch at local restaurant, you will take a boat trip to explore the cave complex in Trang An. This is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, many of them partly submerged and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs. You will later spend the night at a home-stay/hotel in Ninh Binh. Following breakfast on the second day, your bus will pick you up at your accommodation for the 4-hour transfer to Halong Bay. Upon arrival at the Halong Wharf, you will have time to stretch your legs and take some photos. You will then board your cruise boat for a welcoming drink and cruise briefing, before enjoying lunch whilst cruising to Bai Tu Long Bay and admiring the fascinating rock formations along the way. It will then be time to transfer by tender boat to Thien Canh Son Cave to visit the cave which boasts many interesting stalactites and stalagmites in different amazing shapes. After about half an hour visiting, you will go back to the tender and return to the boat to relax, sunbathe, or to enjoy a cool drink on the sundeck. You may also like to spend half an hour kayaking to discover first-hand some of Bai Tu Long Bay's landscape. Following all these activities there will be the opportunity to join the fun with an onboard cooking class. After you've worked up an appetite, you will enjoy a Vietnamese-style set dinner which will be served on board. To end the evening you may like to spend some time chatting in the bar or enjoy some night fishing, before you stay overnight on the boat at a peaceful anchorage. After breakfast and enjoying the sunrise on the third day, you will visit the ancient Vung Vieng floating village. Here you will not only be immersed in the quiet and peaceful atmosphere, but will also be surrounded by the limestone mountains as you are transported by a small bamboo boat for an hour. Following that, you will return to the cruise for some relaxation and lunch. The boat will then return to the Halong Wharf for disembarkation and your return to Hanoi by bus, where your trip eventually ends.

Hoa Lu-Mua Cave-Tam Coc-Bich Dong-Thung Nham National Park

5. Hoa Lu-Mua Cave-Tam Coc-Bich Dong-Thung Nham National Park

On day one you will be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter between 7:30 AM and 8:00 AM and head to Hoa Lu arriving shortly after 10:00 AM. You will explore Hoa Lu the ancient capital of Dai Co Viet before heading off to see Mua Cave where you will enjoy breathtaking panoramic mountain views. You will then visit a local bungalow to enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch. After lunch you will go on a sampan boat ride in Tam Coc, passing through three caves: Hang Ca, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba. In the mid-afternoon, you will go on a bike ride through the rice fields and villages. Then enjoy a swim and sunset party with tea and fruits before checking into your homestay. Once you have checked in you will have dinner and then have free time in the evening. On day two you will start your day at 7:30 with breakfast and depart for the Bich Dong Pagoda at 9:00 AM. Once you arrive at the Pagoda you will climb up the 200 steps to explore it. After you visit the pagoda you will head to Thung Nham National Park where you will have lunch before exploring the magnificent caves found in the park. Later enjoy a sampan boat ride to see the bird park. At 4:30 PM you will leave Ninh Binh for Hanoi arriving back in Hanoi at 6:30 PM.

Private Full Day Tam Coc, Cuc Phuong National Park W/ Lunch

6. Private Full Day Tam Coc, Cuc Phuong National Park W/ Lunch

Arrive at Tam Coc and take the sampan that goes along the Ngo Dong River to visit three different caves. After you finish visiting Tam Coc, bike around the Tam Coc area and enjoy a Vietnamese tea break. Next, enjoy a lunch of Vietnamese cuisine. Then get back into your private car and continue on towards Cuc Phuong National Park to visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Center. The primate center was established in 1993 with the help of the Frankfurt Zoological Society. Afterwards, visit the cave of Early Man. It is one of the nice cave in this forest, then going to visit some symbal old trees of Cuc Phuong National Park.

Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave and Trang An Day Tour with Lunch

7. Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave and Trang An Day Tour with Lunch

Start the day with a drive through rural Vietnam, passing stunningly green fields and buffalos on your way to the beautiful Hoa Lu Temple. Take your time to explore this beautiful temple, dating back to the 10th century. After the temple, explore the hidden secrets of Mua Cave, and trek to the top of the Mua mountain. From the top you will admire the impressive panoramic views of Tam Coc, Trang An, and Ninh Binh city.  Relax after the trek with a traditional Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant. Then you'll travel to Trang An to discover the exciting nearby cave complex via boat, including Sang Cave, Too Cave, and Ba Giot Cave.

Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Trang An, and Hang Mua Hiking Private Trip

8. Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Trang An, and Hang Mua Hiking Private Trip

Embark on a full-day tour of the Ninh Bình province. Explore the Vietnamese ancient capital of Hoa Lu to understand the history of the country. Marvel at the scenic landscape of Trang An. Hike to the top of the Mua Cave for incredible views from the top. Start your day at 7:45 AM with a hotel pickup. Meet your guide and leave for Hoa Lu. Pass by green fields and villages. Have a 20-minute break to stretch your legs. At 9.30 AM, arrive in Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam in the 11th century. Visit the Dinh Tien Hoang and Le Dai Hanh Temple. Appreciate the unique architecture. Delve deep into history and learn about the first Vietnamese government. Explore the excavation area. Experience the vestiges of Royal Palace ground dated back to the 10th century. Then, hop back on the bus at 10 AM for a drive to Trang An. Artfully crafted by nature, Trang An is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get on a bamboo boat for a 2.5-hour tour rowing through the majestic cave complex of Bright Cave, Dark Cave, Ba Giot Cave. Glide along the river, crossing villages, mountains, and lush rice fields. At 12:45 PM, stop at a restaurant to feast on local food. Get back to the bus and leave for Mua Cave. Hike up the mountain and see the Ngo Dong River. Climb 486 steps to reach the top of Lying Dragon Mountain. Enjoy a panoramic of Tam Coc. At 3:30 PM, say goodbye to the countryside and get on a 2-hour bus ride back to Hanoi. Get dropped off at your hotel.

Hoa Lu, Mua Cave and Trang An Small-Group Boat Tour

9. Hoa Lu, Mua Cave and Trang An Small-Group Boat Tour

Depart from Hanoi in the early morning and take a short 15-minute break along the way to Ninh Binh province. Your first stop is Hoa Lu where you'll have almost an hour to listen to interesting historical stories about King Dinh and Le. Afterward, go to Mua Cave and challenge yourself with a 500-step hike up Dragon Mountain. Enjoy the great panoramic view of Tam Coc River and rice fields from the top of Dragon Moutain. At approximately 12:00 PM, stop for lunch and have the opportunity to try local specialty dishes at a quiet restaurant in the Trang An area. After lunch head out to the most popular attraction in Ninh Binh, the Trang An Grottoes. Take a 2-hour rowboat trip to visit the cave complex which includes Lam Cave, Vang Cave, Dai Cave, and Thanh Truot. Ponder as you float through the mysterious, yet alluring landscape, and admire the scenery of mountains and rivers. From your boating trip, travel to a local house to watch a Vietnamese folk music show performed by talented artists, playing traditional instruments like the monochord Dan Bau, the two-stringed Dan Nhi, and Dan Day flute. Get to know more about the spiritual life of the Vietnamese during a sunset party with fruit, green tea, and some traditional candy. Head back to Hanoi in the late afternoon where your tour will conclude at approximately 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM.

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Wonderful experience, from the communication through WhatsApp when we first arranged the trip, to the final drop off back at our hotel, we felt is safe and very competent hands. A wonderful trip exploring some of Vietnam’s highlights

Very well organized and interesting tour! Our tour guide Rose did a very good job and traveled with us in a small group of 6 people. The hiking part of 500 steps was amazing! Would do the same tour again :) very good restaurant.

Very friendly guide and driver My daughter and I are delighted with this day: the passage through the cave by boat and the panoramic view.

Breathtakingly beautiful, beautifully organized and the best ever guide.

very nice accommodation, cool guide (hieu), great program