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

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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

Youll depart Hanoi in the early morning and head to Ninh Binh province where youll visit the ancient capital of Hoa Lu. Later, on arrival at the Tam Coc wharf youll 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 Hanois 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 Hanois 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 Hanois 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 Hanois 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. Youll 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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  • Already prepared for the dire weather but did not let it hamper the trip. Beautiful region and peaceful temples. However the tour operator itself was not the best. Not great transport, a confusion with one of the guests left us sitting for some time on the side of the road, buffet lunch which was OK, drinks not provided and was violently sick that evening on return. Tour guide was knowledgable but spoke little english. Boat trip was pleasant but over crowded with tourists as you would imagine. Would love to revisit in the summer but maybe consider a private, smaller tour.

  • While the lunch was mediocre, the bike ride and the ride down the river was a great experience. Great experience outside Hanoi!

  • Pros: awesome guide who let us do our thing and was just like be back at blah blah time. Tam Coc is BEAUTIFUL. The lunch was buffet style and fantastic.
    Cons: The boat is very uncomfortable and the bikes are worse. Only one break and a broken pedal. And the ladies nag you to buy stuff at the end.

  • We were collected from the hotel 45mins before the agreed time and then spent 60mins driving around Hanio collecting other people ,who it turned out to be two trips going on the same coach.The coach was totally full with the guides sitting in the ailes.
    The trip appart from the above was OK , the guide was not very good and just went through the process of taking and dropplng peope off.

  • This was an amazing trip. The tour guide Mr.Quin gave lot of informations about the place and history. The lunch was good. Bamboo boat ride in the Tam Coc river was wonderful.

  • Great tour, boat ride down the river and through the 3 caves was awesome. The scenery was beautiful, including the dragon temple on top of the mountain. Tour Guide Duc was outstanding, he did a great job keeping track of all 29 tour participants and provided some good historical and cultural information on the sites. Highly recommended tour.

  • Trip was interesteing. Tour guide was not good. I was a single traveler. Group members were never asked to introduce themselves to each other. On bike part of trip, people just took off. Dont know where guide was. I would rate trip a 4 star, guide a 2 star. Also Viator offered a 15 discount for new trip members but when I registered, it never appeared and there was no way to contact Viator. I would not choose to travel with Viator again.

  • Is there such a zero 0 rating? If so, this should be the one. How dare of the tour guide named Duc of harassing the non-English speakers when in fact he can't even speak English himself. He initially laughed at these two Indian tourists on front of everyone in the bus who flagged him that they do not speak English hence, they couldn't understand him. He also thought nobody understood both of the languages that he tried to speak, so he attempted to squeeze a family of 4 onto one single boat and the rest can sit in pairs or no more than 3 people per boat. When asked why we couldn't sit together in two grps of 3 since we also had 2 American friends with us, he replied that there was not enough boats. If that is the case, shouldn't he reported it back to his company to refund us if the company didn't book enough boats in advance for the tour although we reserved the tickets way before? He made it sound like this was the tourists' fault therefore, he couldn't treat everyone the same? Such a BIG Liar!!! After he found out that I spoke both languages, he quickly said Look at your friends. This referred to my friends of being a bit overweight, which was very unprofessional of him. Well, is he assuming all foreigners supposed to be petite like him or so? He should go to hell if that's what he has been thinking. He didn't pay for our tour, so how dare him of acting and saying these things when in fact he's just a fool who was simply trying to provide the services to his tourists? We all felt intimidated by the way Duc treated us so unprofessional while he was on the clock. By the way, the long introduction was annoying. Nobody seemed to care of what he said. He should have received his last pay check immediately after this trip. As the free advertisements, we have been sharing about this horrible customer service experience with our family, relatives, friends and co-workers as soon as we got back home, to include the name of the tour, tour guide, and its company.

    To improve the service, perhaps the company should get rid of those tour guides who can barely speak English and replace them with the ones who actually do speak English, and to include their job duties of being able to treat all their tourists/guests with dignity, respect, fair, and professional.

  • Great English speaking guide. Hoa Lu is nice to see but not very interesting compared to other pagodas in Vietnam. Tam Coc boat ride is nice but do not expect that you see an overview as given in the picture above. A normal sight just from the 'ground level' in the boat is the only view you get. You do not go to a higher place with an overview of the whole river as given in the picture. The bike tour is nice. Really fun to cycle both in the country as through the rice fields. Overall, one of the best tours we had in Vietnam, but if you only are interested in a Tam Coc boat ride, than it might be a good idea to look for another tour. Altough we can very recommend the bike tour!

  • Great English speaking guide. Hoa Lu is nice to see but not very interesting compared to other pagodas in Vietnam. Tam Coc boat ride is nice but do not expect that you see an overview as given in the picture above. A normal sight just from the 'ground level' in the boat is the only view you get. You do not go to a higher place with an overview of the whole river as given in the picture. The bike tour is nice. Really fun to cycle both in the country as through the rice fields. Overall, one of the best tours we had in Vietnam, but if you only are interested in a Tam Coc boat ride, than it might be a good idea to look for another tour. Altough we can very recommend the bike tour!

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