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

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

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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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
Buffet 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

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
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

Departure Time

8:00 AM
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
Program: 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 (Worship Dinh King) and Le King’s Temple (worship Le King) 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. Price: Included: A/C bus, boat, entrancefees,Buffet lunch, English speaking guide. Excluded: Drinks. Note: Please wear long dress when you visit Temples and bring rain coat in rainny season.
Duration: 11 minutes
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: 5 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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
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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.

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