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Ninh Binh Tours1 Day Hoa Lu Citadel & Tam Coc Boat Trip

Destinations: Ninh Binh

Activities Tour: Sightseeing , Cultural, Boat Trip, Cycling

Transportation with A/C, boat trip, lunch and more


The one of the most popular day trips from Hanoi. A full-day tour to Hoa Lu - Tam Coc brings you great value with highlight attractions of the Northern Vietnam. The ancient capital of Hoa Lu is the first capital of Vietnam in the tenth century. In Hoa Lu there are now 2 temples have been built on the ground of the old royal palace. Tam Coc means three caves, the outstanding natural beauty with limestone peaks whose splendor is often said to surpass of Halong Bay. When the boat goes along the river and comes into three caves, tourists will feel pure atmosphere with special smell of fresh rivers water and cool air from karst mountains.


  • Widen your knowledge of the Vietnamese history by visiting the temples dedicated to King Dinh and King Le
  • Discover Tam Coc – three caves or the “Halong Bay on land” on a small boat rowed by local people
  • Enjoy special Vietnamese lunch in local restaurant with local food
  • Cycling along country lanes to enjoy the beautiful scenery of lush paddy fields and discover the real countryside of Vietnam.
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Tour itinerary

Full day

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8:00 – 8:30: Tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in Old Quarter to depart to Ninh Binh city
10.30-11.00: You will reach Hoa Lu Ancient Capital. In 968, Dinh Bo Linh declared himself as the King. Since then Hoa Lu existed as the capital for the next 41 years (968 – 1009), of which 12 years was under the Dinh dynasty – King Dinh Tien Hoang, the country named Dai Co Viet, and 29 years later was under the Le dynasty – King Le Dai Hanh. In 1010, King Ly Thai To moved the capital from Hoa Lu to Thang Long –present day Hanoi. Hoa Lu became the old citadel. In Hoa Lu there are now 2 temples have been built on the ground of the old royal palace, one is dedicated to King Dinh Tien Hoang, the other is to King Le Dai Hanh. The visit offers a chance to know more about part of feudal dynasties and historical periods in Vietnamese history.
12:00: Today you will enjoy lunch at local restaurant in Tam Coc. The food is served with Asian stype, local dishes.
13:30: After finishing your lunch, you will be taking the rowing boat at Tam Coc Harbour. Arranged by local people here, the boat is rowed by both hand and legs. The boat will take you to 3 specular caves with hundreds of limestones on the way. If you travel during harvest season, you will see many terrace rice fields in golden colours. The boat rowing will be in around 2 hours. Not only you could see the peaceful scenery of mountain, rice paddy fields, temples, you also have chances to learn about local people cultures on their daily life.
Take a short break before cycling along country lanes to enjoy the beautiful scenery of lush paddy fields and discover the real countryside of Vietnam (if you don't want to bike you can enjoy a cup of tea in a local restaurant by yourself)
16:00: Leave Tam Coc and go back to Hanoi.
18:30: Arrival Hanoi. Drop you off at your hotel.


What's included?

  • Meals as mentioned in the itineraries: Vietnamese food, Asian Food basic.
  • Transfers within the tour by air-conditioned vehicle, including pick-up and drop-off at hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter.
  • Boat trip on Ngo Dong River rowing by local people
  • Enthusiastic, experienced English-speaking guide
  • Cycling
  • All entrance and sightseeing fees as mentioned
  • All taxes & services charged.

What's excluded?

  • Airfare, visa arrangements, international travel insurance
  • Beverages, tips (not compulsory), and other personal expenses
  • All other services NOT clearly mentioned in inclusions.
  • Upgrade to limousine bus at 8USD per person ( please inform us when you process booking)


  • Daily departure
  • Our pickup and drop off service at the hotels located in centre of Hanoi Old Quarter
  • If you have ten or more adults travelling together, please contact us to get advantage of special pricing, extras like private transfer, etc...
  • Please inform us in advance if you have any allergies or dietary requirements.
  • Please contact us if your travel dates fall on Vietnam Public Holiday. A small amount of surcharge will be applied for these periods
  • Tour is group tour. If you want to do private tour, please contact us. We can customize at your request and guarantee the best price available.
  • The itinerary and schedule can be changed by reasons beyond our control such as unusual weather condition, traffic condition, …
  • When you visit any temple, pagoda or shrine, you should wear long pants or short under the knees and a T-shirt. It is respectful to cover your knees and your shoulders.
Children Policies
  • Infants under 3 years old are FREE of charge, sharing seat/meals with parents. (parents pay any incurred expenses)
  • Children from 3 to 9 years old are charged at children’s price on our website
  • Children from 9 years old and above are charged as adult.
$43 /Per Person

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Departure Date: 26/07/2024

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