Co Loa Citadel Cycling Tour features a full-day cycling journey to the beautiful rural area in the outskirt of Hanoi. You will cycle across the red river, through local villages, rice and vegetable fields. Meeting and interact with the best friendly local people you have ever seen. Destination to Co Loa citadel - The ancient, spiral-shaped citadel dates back to the third century BC, with a few of the ancient ramparts remaining. There's a reflecting pond with a statue of King An Duong Vuong shooting a bow and arrow. The weapon had magical powers and he was supposed to use it to fight off Chinese invaders, but his enemy got hold of it and used it to defeat him, ushering in nearly a century of Chinese rule.
- There is no better way to explore the captivating natural beauty and tranquil village life of Vietnam than on bicycle. See another side of Hanoi with a day cycling trip that takes you away from the busy chaos of Hanoi’s city centre and into the nearby countryside.
- Co Loa was the first ancient citadel of Vietnam. Lying to the north of Hanoi, the area offers beautiful rice paddy fields, old villages, and many pagodas & temples. This is one of the closest places where you can see the real countryside of Northern Vietnam.
08:00am: We depart from your hotel in Hanoi City Center and head down hidden back alleys to see where the real Hanoi lives. After winding our way through we leave the concrete of the city behind to open farmland along the banks of the Hoang Giang River. We visit a broom making village as we head towards Co Loa, an ancient spiral-shaped citadel that dates back to the third century BC.
Cycling on the banks of the Red River on a quiet dyke road. We pass through flower and vegetable gardens, village lanes and alongside lotus lakes to give you a whole new view of Vietnam’s capital city. We meander around Hanoi West Lake and stop at one of the most popular temple in the city. You will be surprised at how little traffic we’ll encounter as you explore a side of Hanoi that’s well off the beaten path.
12:00 After riding around the citadel and a stop at An Duong Vuong King Temple we'll have a break for a local lunch. We next cycle on top of the dike along the Red River, named for the reddish-brown heavily silt-laden water, where we will see where two great rivers meet. Here we board a small ferry to cross the Duong River as we pedal to the north side of West Lake, the largest of many lakes in the city.
13:30 - 15:30 We ride along the water’s edge to one of the most important places of worship in Hanoi, Tay Ho temple, and learn the legend of the golden buffalo calf. We’ll pedal on through quiet back streets, admiring the colonial architecture. To make sure we don’t miss an important cultural event, this itinerary may be adjusted if there is a festival or other special activity nearby.
17:00 Trip ends at your hotel in Hanoi City Center.
Activities: We ride approximately 42 km on good quality flat tarmac roads. There’ll be plenty of opportunities for taking photos and just taking in the wonderful scenery.
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Price & Inclusion
|2 pax||3 - 4 pax||5 - 7 pax|
|Private Tour||USD $59||USD $45||USD $39|
NOTE: PRICE PER PERSON
* Please contact our travel consultants at firstname.lastname@example.org to get discount for big group OR special price for children (under 10 years old).
* Private tour for a solo traveler is also available with a surcharge. Single supplement: applies for those who travelling with others but requires an single room for him/herself.
* The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this detailed program which has been handcrafted by our product experts to include the best of every destination. Our travel consultants are also happy to customize this journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel: longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades, or add an extension to additional places of interes
Vegetarian Meal is available, please request at the time of booking.
Cycling Distance: 42km
Duration: 4 hours cycling
In case you cannot (or don’t want) ride a bike, you can choose a backseat on motorbike.
- All entrances to museums and sites mentioned
- Vietnamese English speaking guide
- 01 bottle of water each 2 hours cycling
- Fresh local lunch at family host house
- International Flights
- Departure Tax
- Visa Fees
- Alcoholic and other beverages in the evenings
- Personal travel insurance
- Any services not mentioned in itinerary