Full Day Hoa Lu And Tam Coc Tour From Hanoi Including Lunch

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Tour Details

Overview

Visit Hoa Lu and Tam Coc and learn more about the northern Vietnamese countryside, history, and culture on a full-day tour. Hoa Lu is an ancient capital, and Tam Coc, which means “3 caves,” features karst formations and caves you’ll explore by boat.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Excellent value for money
  • All-inclusive tour
  • Buffet lunch included
  • Led by a local guide
  • Small-group tour

Know More about this tour

You’ll depart Hanoi in the early morning and head to Ninh Binh province where you’ll visit the ancient capital of Hoa Lu. Later, on arrival at the Tam Coc wharf you’ll explore the caves by sampan boat. Cycle to Bich Dong before returning to Hanoi. A Vietnamese buffet is included.

Detailed Itinerary
07:45: Pick-up at your accommodation in Hanoi’s Old Quarter
08:15: Head out on the drive to Ninh Binh province
10:00: Arrive at the ancient capital of Hoa Lu
10:15: Visit the temples of King Dinh and King Le
11:30: Arrive at Tam Coc wharf
11:45: Buffet lunch featuring Vietnamese cuisine
13:00: Sampan boat trip through the caves (90 minutes including rowman)
15:00: Return to Tam Coc wharf for a short break
15:15: Bike around countryside villages
16:00: Shuttle leaves for Hanoi
18:30: Arrive at your accommodation in Hanoi’s Old Quarter

Inclusions for Full Day Hoa Lu And Tam Coc Tour From Hanoi Including Lunch

  • Pick-up and drop off at your accommodation in Hanoi’s Old Quarter
  • Round-trip transport between Hanoi and Hoa Lu/Tam Coc
  • All entrance tickets to sites indicated in the description
  • 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

Exclusions for Full Day Hoa Lu And Tam Coc Tour From Hanoi Including Lunch

  • Beverages
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses and those not clearly mentioned as included
  • Pick-up and drop off outside Hanoi’s Old Quarter

Itinerary:

7:45: Pick-up at your accommodation in Hanoi’s Old Quarter
8:15: Head out on the drive to Ninh Binh province
10am: Arrive at the ancient capital of Hoa Lu
10:15am: Visit the temples of King Dinh and King Le
11:30am: Arrive at Tam Coc wharf
11:45am: Buffet lunch featuring Vietnamese cuisine
1pm: Sampan boat trip through the caves (90 minutes including rowman)
3pm: Return to Tam Coc wharf for a short break
3:15pm: Bike around countryside villages
4pm: Shuttle leaves for Hanoi
5:30pm: Arrive at your accommodation in Hanoi’s Old Quarter

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not recommended for participants with back problems

Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions

Not wheelchair accessible

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.

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • The boat ride was ruined when the lady kept saying she was too tired to row the entire ride, got pestered at the end of the caves to purchased food and when you said no, they would throw food and drinks in your boat for the lady rower and demand that you pay them and at the end the lady driving the boat demanded for a tip. When we said we didn't bring any extra cash, she didn't bring us to shore for a while and we receive no assistance getting out. Once you finish your ride, you then get hounded by the local people who took photos of you to buy them and when you say you don't want to - they follow you forever and don't leave you alone. The guides did nothing to prepare or help us in these situations. Frankly, it hindered on the entire experience.

  • Had an amazing time, trip was exactly what we wanted

  • Not our best day in Vietnam. If you have the money to spend and time you absolutely need to fill, then book this trip.

    Pros: Bike ride through the rice fields is interesting.
    Cons: Boat ride on river is not that scenic
    Rowers use their feet to row, if I looked right or left I had a bare foot in my face
    At the turn around point, there is a floating market one of at least three or four times to purchase goods
    Bikes are old, and some are unreliable
    Lunch buffet was terrible not at all the GREAT food Vietnam is known for

    Save your money.

  • Tam Coc was pretty beautiful. Hoa Lu was just OK. After the boat ride we rented a motorbikevery cheap instead of the bicycle that was included and had a lot of fun with that. Duc, the guide, was great. The only complaint was the bus trip. It was a hot day and we had people on the bus that don't know what deodorant is.

  • Enjoyable tour. Our guide, Duc, was friendly and knowledgeable but a bit of a chain smoker. The temples of the Dinh dynasty were more historical rather than spectacular. Lunch was reasonable. The sampan boat ride was great. You've to give it to the folks that row the boat with their feat for a solid 6 kms. The only sour note was the mini scam the fruit and drink sellers pull on you at the turning point. They would ask if you want drink or fruit and would you buy some for the person rowing the boat. If you say yes, they would pass a few items to the boat rower and then ask you for 100,000 - 200,000VND. The bicycle ride around the area was fun. Enjoyable day.

  • The trip was, generally, fine, but some comments are appropriate. Dont misunderstand, I dont suggest not goingthe trip would be difficult to arrange outside of such a tour grouphowever just be aware.
    The tour guide was good, but not exceptional. One felt that his script was somewhat worn thin by time.
    The lunch was disappointing. Second rate buffet with at least ten other, similar tour groups in the same dining room. Altogether a bit of a scrum and not at all tasty or relaxing. Definitely tourist fodder.
    The boat trip itself was really amazingly goodreally beautiful scenery. Unfortunately the pit stop to buy gifts for the oars woman was contrived, and the final, quite generous tip in lieu couldnt drum up even a smile.
    Again, this is not to say, dont go, rather just be aware of the tours somewhat conveyor belt approach to things.

  • The tour is amazing I can say, the view/environment is amazing but affect a bit by the rainy day. Tour guide very nice, responsibility to make sure everyone is in the group and giving instruction very clear. Worth for value.

  • Trip was good, but not great.

  • The experience was disappointing as our guide, T, did not give any explanation on the bus trip up or back on any interest points on the way.He also gave us limited explanation at the temple we visited. I would recommend visiting the area as worth the 3 hour bus trip but not with this company.

  • One of the worst tour experience we had in Hanoi. The tour guide isn't helpful in answering questions, particularly when we asked how was the weather in Tam Coc, to which he replied he will have no idea without bothering to check. Basically, he drops us off to row and bike and just waits in the restaurant and that is it for the tour. When it was time to go back to our hotels and understandingly, the roads were closed for the night markets, but he won't even drop off the customers at the correct drop off points but instead will request them to walk around a huge turn to get to their hotels rather than making a turn, just for their own convenience. If you dont stay in the old quarter they will just drop you off the old quarter and request you get a taxi back to your own hotel.

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