Ninh Binh: Citadel & Karst - DT03
Travel Route: Ninh Binh
Detailed ItineraryThe ancient Vietnamese capital of Hoa Lu lies in Ninh Binh Province, Vietnam. The area is one of rice fields broken by picturesque limestone mountains. It was located in a flat valley between small but steep limestone mountains that created virtually impenetrable barriers to human traffic. Even today, many of the mountains are accessible only to the mountain goats that roam the area.
IN THE MORNING
Depart from your hotel in Hanoi early in the morning, the drive to Ninh Binh takes you about 2,5 hours through the fertile land of the Red River Delta. Upon arrival, you will take 2-hour sampan boat trip at Tam Coc (Three Caves). This area is considered as “Inland Halong Bay” featured with karst formations. It is very beautiful scenery along the row with vertical sides of Limestone Mountains and rice paddy-fields. The local rowers will take you gently through three beautiful limestone caves with hundreds of stalactites above your heads. Back to the dock and transfer to a local restaurant for a Vietnamese lunch.
IN THE AFTERNOON
After lunch, you will jump on a bike for a stunning ride along the back roads through the beautiful scenery of towering karsts on the ground of ponds, rice paddies and rural villages to Hoa Lu Commune. Hoa Lu was chosen as the capital of ancient Vietnam in the 10th century, located in a flat valley between small but steep limestone mountains. Arrive at Hoa Lu, walk to visit a beautiful temple, which dedicated to a Vietnamese heroic king, Dinh Tien Hoang, who reigned the ancient Vietnam in the 10 century. Strolling around and learn the typical architecture of Vietnamese religious buildings and a bit about Vietnamese history after a thousand years under the Chinese domination.
Climb to the nearby Yen Ma Mountain for the panorama view over the karst landscape in the area, then back to your private vehicle for returning to Hanoi. End this day tour at your hotel.
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- Private air-conditioned vehicle
- Pro tour guide
- Bicyles and Helmets
- Boat row in Tam Coc
- Vietnamese lunch
- Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time
- Insurance of any kind (Compulsory)
- Tips and gratuities
- Personal expenses and others that not clearly mentioned
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