The 4-day tour includes such highlights as Tam Coc river boat trip, Tam Coc countryside cycle, Halong bay cruise and kayaking tour. Both standard budget and luxury options are offered by the Hanoi based tour operator Lotussia Travel. Spending two nights in Hanoi and one night on board junk in Halong bay. There is also the opportunity to spend one night in Tam Coc instead of Hanoi for a better experience. Contact your travel consultant for more details.
Day 1: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Hanoi.
We leave Hanoi at 08:00 and head south for the three-hour drive along Highway One.
Arrive in Tam Coc, Ninh Binh around 11:00, we then take a two-hour boat trip along the Boi River. This area is rightly often referred to as the “Ha Long Bay on land” due to the similar topography.
Lunch will be provided in a local restaurant in Tam Coc.
After lunch, we move on to Hoa Lu enjoying one hour countryside cycling through peaceful countryside villages.
We spend one hour visiting the Dinh and Le sanctuaries. These are the two remaining temples of the ancient citadel of Hoa Lu. The first is dedicated to Dinh Tien Hoang (also known as Dinh Bo Linh), an Emperor from the Dinh Dynasty. The second commemorates the rulers of the Le Dynasty.
Return back to Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi – Halong bay. Cruise. Kayaking.
Transfer from your hotel to our departure point will be arranged on your own.
At 8:00: get on our sharing shuttle bus & depart for Halong bay (without guide). Enjoy the journey through the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life. Arrive in Halong around noon and board the Bai Tho traditional sailing junk (or similar junk).
Whilst cruising the exquisite waters sample the regions fresh seafood. Round over Thien Cung cave (palace of heaven), Dau Go ( grotto of wood ), Tuan Chau island, Dog island, Dinh Huong, Ga Choi (fighting cock mountain), Turtle island. Visit Sung Sot cave and enjoy one-hour kayaking trip or have a swim at Titop beach or Soi Sim beach.
Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner.
Overnight on board junk.
Day 3: Halong bay cruise with kayaking.
Breakfast on board junk.
Continue visiting Halong bay while the boat cruise through Man’s head island, Tortoise island. Visit Luon cave by a small bamboo rowing boat.
Lunch will be provided on board.
In the afternoon, enjoy one more hour kayaking tour while the boat goes through Ba Ham lake, fishery village,Cua Van, swimming at Ba Trai Dao beach.
Having dinner and overnight on the junk.
Day 4: Halong bay – Hanoi.
Breakfast on board.
Then we continue our cruise while the boat is going back to shore. Arrive at Ha long wharf about 11h00 and join our vehicle again for journey back to Hanoi (sharing shuttle bus; no guide).
Arrive in Hanoi about 15:00. End.
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