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Full Day Hoa Lu -Tam Coc DELUXE Tour from Hanoi Including Lunch

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Full Day Hoa Lu -Tam Coc DELUXE Tour from Hanoi Including Lunch

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icon10 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Learn about northern Vietnamese history and rural life on a full-day tour to Hoa Lu and Tam Coc from Hanoi. See the Hoa Lu temples in the ancient capital of Vietnam, then go to Tam Coc for a sampan ride on a slow-moving river with a landscape of karst formations and caves. Finish up with a bike ride through rural villages. Includes buffet lunch, transportation and guide, all activities, and hotel pickup and drop-off in the Old Quarter of Hanoi.
  • Full-day tour of Hoa Lu and Tam Coc, from Hanoi
  • Visit the Hoa Lu temples and take a sampan ride through the caves in Tam Coc
  • Buffet lunch included
  • Led by a local guide
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Pick-up and drop off at your accommodation in Hanoi’s Old Quarter
Round-trip transport between Hanoi and Hoa Lu/Tam Coc
Complimentary bottles of water on the bus
lunch featuring Vietnamese cuisine
English-speaking tour guide during the trip
Biking from Tam Coc to Bich Dong
Boat trip on the Ngo Dong River
Pick-up and drop off outside Hanoi’s Old Quarter

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8:00 AM
We pick our all our clients if they staying in hotel,hostel,airbnb in old quarter city center If out of city center please contact us for appointment at meeting point
After early morning pickup in Hanoi, head to Ninh Binh province, a scenic drive that takes about one hour.

Start by visiting the ancient capital's Hoa Lu temples, built for the Dinh and Le dynasties. Then go to Tam Coc wharf where you enjoy a buffet lunch of Vietnamese cuisine. 

Next, step into your sampan boat and relax as your guide rows you to the caves, a ride of 90 minutes. When you return to the dock, take a short break before hopping on the provided bicycle for a leisurely 45-minute ride through picturesque rural villages to Bich Dong.

In the late afternoon, return to the city where your tour ends with drop-off at your accommodation in Hanoi’s Old Quarter.
Stop At:  
Tam Coc
7h45 – 8h15: Pick up at your hotel then depart to Ninh Binh on the way you can see the picture of rural in VietNam with fertilizer green fields, buffalos are eating grass, ducks are swimming… 10h00: Arrive Hoa Lu that is the first capital of VietNam in 10th century. The guide will take you to inside Dinh’s Temples and Le King’s Temple where you can have more understanding about our history. 11h30: Get on bus to Tam Coc,then have luch with special Vietnamese foods. 13h00: Get on small boat for visiting Tam Coc about two hours and haft.The local people will take you to discover beauty of landscape where is called”Ha Long Bay On Land” and sightseeing two green rice fields with great lime stones and wonderful caves. Finish visting by small boat you have about 30 minutes for biking to visit Bich Dong pagoda or shopping at some embroidery shop where they sell handcraft goods. 16h00: Get on bus to come back Ha Noi, Arrive Ha Noi at 18h30 bus take you back your hotel.The end of the tour.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hoa Lu temples of the Dinh & Le Dynasties
Explore Vietnam's ancient capital city, Hoa Lu, on an immersive 10 hour adventure Take stunning photos on the Tam Coc river voyage – a true treat for budding nature photographers Discover the full diversity of Vietnamese natural landscapes as you pass through limestone karsts and stone caves Visit the temples of Dinh and Le dynasties and explore ancient relics remaining from when Hoa Lu was the country’s capital Enjoy convenient roundtrip hotel transfers from Hanoi and the services of an informative guide
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Be sure to bring sunglasses, sun cream, and your camera. You’ll also need shoes and short trousers for the cycling part of the tour.
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Halong Hanoi Transfer
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  • "Lunch is provided so need no worry where to have your meal." See review
  • "A long day tour but worth the journey- the driver was very professional and the guides were awesome." See review

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A great time!
, Feb 2020
Very interesting, and fun. The guide was great. The history, the bike ride through the rice field, and the river trip, must see. All for $ 39!
Mates travelling
, Feb 2020
A long day tour but worth the journey- the driver was very professional and the guides were awesome. Lunch was delicious. The bikes 🚲 used were awful and service at the bike shop dreadful.
, Feb 2020
Transport was efficient what was disappointing was our bus had 3 tours going on which was a little frustrating. The sites we visited was good. Description said water on bus, please note they only give you one bottle at start of day. Lunch was a massive "sizzler" style food hall, which wasn't very nice.
Tam Coc
, Sep 2019
We were caught in a bad weather on our trip to Tam Coc. Socked wet! However the boat trip is still on and we were taken out during the downpour. Cant see much of the Majestic Tam Coc due to the weather. In general the trip is worth going with reasonable price and simple food.
choose this one (if you have to choose between this and Halong Bay)
, May 2019
if you have to choose between this and Halong Bay, choose this one. the experience is more profound and intimate. it feels surreal to see the outcroppings as you float along the river. the biking experience around town was also a good experience to cap the whole trip. highly recommended.
Very Disappointing Experience
, Jan 2019
This tour involved a 2 1/2 hour bus trip in each direction which was fine except that the bus was cramped and uncomfortable and completely unsuitable. Too much time was wasted on a "bathroom break" at a souvenir outlet and at lunch. The bicycle ride in Tam Coc involved the use of old, rusty bikes with ill fitting seats. No bike helmets were provided. My husband and I elected not to participate in the bicycle ride as a result. The only redeeming feature of the tour was the boat ride which was very picturesque. Was it worth the 5 hour journey in cramped conditions? We think not.
Tam Coc
, Oct 2018
Temple & history by Duc very interesting boat ride good would have been better when water level was down & rice paddies could be seen only on June July. Bikes were crap but still fun. We new the drive there & back was going to be long & it was unfortunately takes the shine of the day. Didn’t get back to Hanoi till 7/30 big day & the traffic was supposedly good.
Great experience with amazing Vietnamese lunch !
, Aug 2018
Must do when in Hanoi. The drive and boat ride was great fun ! The guide was friendly and knowledgeable.
Tour Guide by the name Duc who...
, Aug 2018
Tour Guide by the name Duc who speaks fluent English. Hoa Lu and Tam Coc a must visit in Hanoi. An enjoyable boat ride with awesome scenic route in Tam Coc, but quite hot sunny weather so an umbrella is allow on boat and also enjoying the bicycle riding. Lunch is provided so need no worry where to have your meal.
I am not very good at the...
Doug C
, May 2018
I am not very good at the description. I uploaded four photos to help you see what you will during this tour.
Love the Bike ride through the Padi...
Jessica L
, May 2018
Love the Bike ride through the Padi fields. Highlight of the day!
Excellent value for money and very...
Jonathan E
, Apr 2018
Excellent value for money and very good tour guide Quoc... Ninh Binh Province with Tam Coc and Hoa Lua provided an excellent insight into the areas and also history. The food was good and the bike rides, river rides and photo opportunities were superb. All in all, an excellent trip.
We had an excellent young guide who...
Alan d
, Apr 2018
We had an excellent young guide who was very knowledgeable about the history of Vietnam. He was happy to chat with any and all of the people on the tour, and organised our entry into each of the sites that we visited, quickly and efficiently. The smorgasbord lunch was fine and the overall experience was good value for money.
When staying in Hanoi for a few days...
Jeroen B
, Apr 2018
When staying in Hanoi for a few days this is a good tour to add to see something outside Hanoi. We booked this tour based on the Viator reviews and we weren't disappointed. This tour is value for money. It is a full day tour. It might even last a bit longer then indicated due to traffic etc. The tour guide asked us if there was someone in the group that had to be back at a specific timing. Depending on your hotel location in the old quarter the tour will pick you up from the hotel. Some hotels can't be reached by bus. During the ride the guide provided us with all sorts of information. It was good and entertaining. The tour will make a pit stop at a souvenir store/ restaurant when disabled people make all sorts of nice souvenirs of good quality. There is no pressure to buy. First attraction is the ancient capital of Hoa Lu with two temples. This was nice to see but a bit crowded since all tours pass this point. Next stop is Tam Coc wharf where you can enjoy an extensive buffet lunch. There really was a lot of food choices. The highlight of the tour is the Sampan boat trip through the caves . This is really amazing. Since it is quite sunny we did buy a hat from one of the many shops to protect us a bit from the sun. It can become a bit crowded since more tours will do the same boat ride there. It is usually 2-3 persons per boat. You can tip the rowman which is quite a common practice. Downside is a bit that they ask for more tips even when you tip. Last attraction is a bike ride through the countryside. This is only a short ride. The country side roads aren't the best. They provide all sorts of bikes. It is best to choose a mountain bike. During the bike ride you can stop to take pictures of the beautiful surroundings. Then the tour returns to Hanoi with a pitstop at the same souvenir shop so if you haven't bought in the morning you can still do so in the afternoon. The return trip might take a while due to traffic. Overall the tour is value for money and a good choice to do while staying in Hanoi.
Good and friendly guide, nice...
Balazs F
, Apr 2018
Good and friendly guide, nice experience, beautiful landscapes. Highly recommended.
Tour guide really made the trip...
, Mar 2018
Tour guide really made the trip something, however I was disappointed by the quality of the boat we were on as every other boat that passed by us looked like yachts. However, we were there for the bay and it doesn't dissapoint.
This was an excellent excursion that...
, Mar 2018
This was an excellent excursion that shouldn't be missed. The scenery is amazing and the opportunity to ride a bicycle through the area is a memorable one. However, it was a LONG day on a crowded minibus. Fortunately, I was the last traveler picked up and the first one dropped off!
Fantastic places to visit, but the...
, Mar 2018
Fantastic places to visit, but the weather was poor grey and cold with a little rain and the service was disappointing. The guide was also the owner of the restaurant and this felt like a money-making operation rather than a well-established tour with customers as its focus. Examples: bus was dirty when arrived, making it harder to see out, yet the bus stopped for a wash on the way back there was little commentary as we drove along or when we arrived at the two destinations the journey back took ridiculously long snarled up with holiday traffic drop-off at the end of the day was chaotic and the lunchtime food, whilst plentiful, was poor quality. Better service would have gone a long way to make the weather and traffic more bearable!
Great tour and wonderful sights, the...
, Mar 2018
Great tour and wonderful sights, the guide gave every opportunity to give everyone the best photos. The 90min boat ride was amazing, just to watch them row with there feet is truly mesmerising. Cycle is none too strenuous and the buffet lunch is very good.
This was a very good value day out...
, Mar 2018
This was a very good value day out and well organised by the operator. Although we were picked up about 15 minutes late from our hotel we were telephoned so we knew that the pick-up would be delayed. The small bus used was a little cramped but our English speaking guide was very clear an informative as he showed us round the Hoa Lu Temples. The lunch buffet was very good and we had free use of the restaurant's toilet facilities throughout the afternoon while we were at Tam Coc. The boat tour lasted around an hour and a half with just two of us per boat and we saw some great scenery as we passed through rice paddy fields flanked by karst outcrops and through three caves. Some went on a bike tour for around one hour while we went for a walk along paths shown us by our guide. The day started at around 8.30am and we didn't get back to Hanoi until around 7pm.

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