You will take part in farm works together with local inhabitants, gardening, bonsai trimming, finding out about popular medicinal plants, but very useful for our daily life. In particular, the well-known and experienced oriental doctor will examine and consult you free of charge about the use of medicinal plants in the best treatment of common diseases.
Day 1: Hanoi (45 km by transfer). Arrival in Hanoi, transfer to hotel. Walking orientation of the old city and Hoan Kiem Lake. This evening we introduce you to Vietnamese cuisine at a local restaurant.
Day 2: Hanoi city tour. After breakfast a half-day city tour to visit some of Hanoi's historical sights. The beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake, the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum set deep in the bowels of a monumental edifice that has become a popular local and foreign pilgrimage. Ho Chi Minh's house, a stilt house built in the style of the ethnic minorities, where Ho Chi Ming lived simply between 1958 and 1969. One Pillar Pagoda a small but significant pagoda with a Buddhist representation of the world and the Temple of Literature originally built in 1070. Afternoon free to shop and explore Hanoi's old quarter at leisure. HCM Mausoleum is closed Mondays and Fridays. Includes: (B).
Day 3: Hanoi-Perfume Pagoda (70 km biking). Drive to the outskirts of Hanoi before beginning your cycle ride to the Perfume Pagoda, it includes a 3 hour boat trip along the scenic waterways. The Pagoda itself is at the top of a steep walking path. It is built into limestone cliffs of the Huong Tich Mountains (Mountain of Fragrance) it is a famous shrine for Buddhist pilgrims. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Perfume Pagoda to Ninh Binh (60 km biking). Again we access small roads and water canal trails to cycle to Ninh Binh. Often described as the Halong Bay on the land, Ninh Binh is a peaceful settlement with long waterways rich with paddy fields stretching through the mountains. It is superb landscape for cycling exploring by boat. Includes a 2 hour boat trip through the rice field canals. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Ninh Binh to Phat Diem. Option 1: 35 km biking. Phat Diem is the site of a cathedral, remarkable for it's vast dimensions and unique Sino-Vietnamese architecture. The vaulted ceiling is supported by massive timber beams and the main alter a single block of granite. It has a huge bell tower and nearby is a 19 century covered bridge. Includes: (B), (L), (D). Option 2: 40 km biking. After early breakfast we transfer to Dong Dao plantation, where we start cycling. Today we cycle about 30 km on the panoramic road to Cuc Phuong National Park. We will go through the pineapple plantations, valleys, villages, and meet friendly locals along the way. We arrive at Cuc Phuong National Park at around noon, and enjoy our packed lunch here. Afterwards, we cycle about 2 hours through the National Park and make a couple of stops to visit the Cave of Ancient Men, and take a walk before heading back to Ninh Binh. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 6: Ninh Binh-Kenh Ga-Nam Dinh (60 km biking). After breakfast we continue our trip towards Tam Coc which is situated in a wonderful and spectacular setting of limestone rocks rising between the magnificent green rice paddies. This place is also called the "Ha Long bay of the Land". By boat we sail through stunning tunnel grottoes where you can enjoy the serenity of the environment. In the afternoon, we bring a visit to Kenh Ga floating village by boat. The sightseeing is fantastic, we witness an isolated village in a vast flooded field surrounded by water canals after on the road, you will visit Tuc Mac temple, reserved for the co- worship of various Kings of Tran, a grand and powerful dynasty in the Vietnam history. This dynasty had forced the Yuan to yield for three times in 1258, 1285 and 1288, respectfully. Then, visit Pho Ming pagoda, where various Kings of Tran dynasty had ever sit in religious meditation at their old age where we spend the night in our hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Nam Dinh-Hai Phong (50 km biking). An early morning start to pedal through the rich farming land of the Red River Delta to Hai Hau district. Visit Co Le pagoda, characterized by the West's original architecture, reserved for the worship of a well-known medicine monk. Arrival to Hai Phong commune, the wagon will take you to the local inhabitant's house. Dinner and overnight in Hai Phong. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Hai Phong-Hai Hoa (45 km biking). Morning: Finding out about various kinds of popular medicinal plants and their effects on the daily life. In particular, you will be examined free of charge by the well-known and experienced oriental doctors as well as consulted about the use of medicinal plants in the treatment of common diseases. Afternoon: Riding a bicycle to Hai Hoa district (15km far from Hai Phong). Photographing and enjoying beautiful views on the road. On arrived, visit the salt-marsh, participation to harvest the salt with the inhabitant.Bathing in the sea and sporting together with local inhabitants. Dinner and overnight in Hai Phong. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Hai Phong-Ha Long (70 km biking). We continue our journey to Ha Long Bay (70 km). Views of sailing junks navigating past over 3,000 limestone islands and out crops jutting out of the clear and emerald water of the bay are nothing short of spectacular. Overnight in Ha Long. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 10: Ha Long-Cat Ba-Boat Cruise. Ha Long Bay boasts one of Vietnam 's most impressive scenic sights. After a short transfer from the town, we embark on a cruise out to explore the world natural heritage dotted with some thousands of rock formations. Along the way we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and a seafood lunch. Overnight in Cat Ba. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 11: Cat Ba Island (45 km biking). The primeval forest and the tranquil town make Cat Ba Island one of Vietnam 's delightful places. We spend a half day cycling in Cat Ba, visiting the national park, the central market and the fishing port. The reminder of today is free to relax on a beach. Overnight in Cat Ba. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 12: Cat Ba-Hai Phong-Ha Noi (65 km biking). In the early morning we take public ferry back to Hai Phong. Upon landing we continue our bike trip back to Ha Noi (100 km),stopping at Bat Trang Pottery village. Overnight in Ha Noi. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 13: Ha Noi-Departure (45 km by transfer). There is a free time to further explore Ha Noi. The tour ends after your transfer to Noi Bai Airport for departure. Includes: (B).
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