Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary
Cycle North Vietnam Tam Coc Cuc Phuong is one easy road bike tour, starting with car transfer from Hanoi to Ninh Binh province where you bike through and visit Hoa Lu, Tam Coc, Phat Diem Cathedral, Cuc Phuong National Park.
DAY 1: HANOI -> HOA LU -> TAM COC
7:00 AM: You will be met up with Lotussia Travel team at your hotel in Hanoi. Depart for Ninh Binh enjoying beautiful landscape of the Red River Delta and firstly visit Hoa Lu old capital (968-1009) with two temples of two Kings. After visiting these two temples, you start cycling to Tam Coc through the beautiful villages and landscapes. You will arrive in Tam Coc around noon. Lunch will be provided in a local restaurant in Tam Coc. After lunch you will take a two-hour boat trip to see Tam Coc that means ”three lakes” and is called ” Halong Bay on land ”, really amazing with the rocky mountains, and you will be completely dazzle when paddling through the green paddy fields on two sides of the lakes and more interesting to go through three caves. It takes about 2 hours to discover the beauty of the nature here before getting off boat to visit an old temple (Thaivi Temples), That is located on a nice scenery and more interesting to know about its history. Alternative option is to enjoy a sampan cruise in Thung Nang that is less touristy. Discuss with your tour guide on the spot and let him/her know your preferred option. You may have time to cycle around Tam Coc area, to pedal through Tam Coc rural villages. Dinner in town and overnight in Tam Coc in a hotel.
DAY 2: TAM COC -> PHAT DIEM -> CUC PHUONG
Phat Diem Cathedral is the centre for Vietnamese Catholicism and one of 30 churches in the area built by French Jesuits. The cathedral blends Chinese with Western styles in its solid grey stone and wood architecture. Its peaceful gardens and magnificent bell towers attract thousands of Vietnamese Catholics from surrounding dioceses. A 28km bicycle ride will take you through striking rural scenery where you will see rural churches of grand proportions and a rare Japanese covered bridge. Once you arrive in the village of Phat Diem, you will be able to take a break and cool drink in one of the local cafes. The streets of Phat Diem are worth exploring for their numerous sewing shops, a great local market and the majestic Catholic Cathedral, which illuminates the surrounding streets. Visit the Cathedral and enjoy some more ride if you like before being picked up by your vehicle and transferred to Cuc Phuong National Park. Dinner and overnight in Cuc Phuong National Park in the park’s guesthouse.
DAY 3: CUC PHUONG NATIONAL PARK -> HANOI
After breakfast you will have some pedal to the “Cave of Prehistoric Man” where locals still pay homage to prehistoric artifacts that have been found in the cave. Departing the National Park you will have the rare opportunity for a guided tour of the Endangered Rescue Primate Centre by one of the German zoologists. Inside reside 15 of Vietnam ’s 25 species of primates including the extremely rare Cat Ba Langur. The primates are brought to the centre for rehabilitation before being set free in the National Park. Depending on your park’s discovery, you can have lunch either in the park or on the way back to Hanoi. Arriving back in Hanoi in the afternoon, you will be dropped off at your hotel in town (own arrangement).