Day 1: Hanoi – Tam Coc – Hoa Lu - Cuc Phuong Park (L, D)
From 8h00, be picked up at your hotel for 2.5 hours drive south of Hanoi to Tam Coc, where we stop at a local restaurant and start cycling around. You would be guided through villages, lush rice fields and rocky outcrops (rice harvesting time: May and Sep) until lunch at the local restaurant with scenic view over the river.
We take a sampan ride along a river, just relax and enjoy the sensation of being gently paddled by hand in a little boat. Lose yourself in this unique experience, along a stretch of blue-green river, and marvel at dancing water refractions under the coolness of passing Tam Coc (three caves).
Upon arrival back in the boat dock, drive to Hoa Lu – Vietnam capital city (968 – 1009) for the King Dinh and Le Temples as well as ancient citadel traces. Keep driving through a fascinating limestone area to Cuc Phuong Park. Diner and overnight in the park headquarter.
Day 2: Cuc Phuong Park - Hanoi (B, L)
Awake gently and savour the early morning sounds of the surrounding forest and the singing of gibbons in nearby Rescue Center. Have breakfast then drive to the Cave of Prehistoric man, where human skeletons and stone tools there dated back to 7.500 years old. Keep driving into the forest (20km) then start hiking up loop trail (7km) to see the 1000 years old tree, discover the secrets of nature.
After lunch, we visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre – one of the highlights of Cuc Phuong Park, where we will observe a home to more than 140 primates in 15 species, including six species which are kept only at the EPRC and in no other facility in the world. Afterwards, leave the park for Hanoi. Trip ends at your hotel around 17h00.
Our price includes:Pick up and drop off at hotel / All entrance fees /English speaking guide /Cycling and rowing boat in Tam Coc /01 night in the National Park / Local guide at National Park (park ranger) / Meals as specified