Hoa Lu And Tam Coc Full-Day Tour From Hanoi Including River Boat Ride - Ha Long Bay

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Enjoy a cultural journey through the Ninh Binh region of Vietnam on a full-day tour from Hanoi. Visit Hoa Lu, the ancient capital, and learn historical facts. Stop for a local lunch of goat meat, then ride a boat to visit the 3 limestone caves of Tam Coc.


  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • All-inclusive tour
  • Buffet lunch included
  • Vegetarian meal option available
  • Led by a local guide

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Take a full-day trip from Hanoi and travel through the Ninh Binh region, visiting Hoa Lu and Ta Coc.

Your first stop will be in Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam. Learn about its founding and tenure as the capital. Visit the 2 temples built on the ground of the old royal palace, and find out more about feudal dynasties and historical periods in Vietnamese history.

Continue to Tam Coc, stopping for lunch at a local restaurant along the way. Your meal will include goat meat, which is the area specialty. Then board a boat to Tam Coc, known as the Ha Long Bay on land. See these 3 limestone caves on the Ngo Dong River, and take in the peaceful scenery of limestone mountains, rice paddies, and temples. After visiting Hang Ca, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba, you will begin your trip back to Hanoi.

Inclusions for Hoa Lu And Tam Coc Full-Day Tour From Hanoi Including River Boat Ride

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (Hanoi Old Quarter hotels only)
  • Round-trip transportation
  • Buffet Lunch
  • Boat trip on the Ngo Dong River
  • English-speaking guide (other languages on request)
  • All entrance and sightseeing fees
  • Biking from Tam Coc to Bich Dong

Exclusions for Hoa Lu And Tam Coc Full-Day Tour From Hanoi Including River Boat Ride

  • Food and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuity (optional)
  • Pick-up and drop off outside Hanois Old Quarter

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Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

Hotel pickup and drop-off in Hanoi Old quarter (any other location out of city center can be arranged for an additional cost, or you can meet at 12 Cau Go -Coffee Chill between 8:05am and 8:15am)

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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  • Hard to communicate with guide. Spent too many hours stuck in traffic. Felt nauseated in the van.

  • We were picked up on time even though our hotel was not in the Old Quarter. Quite a long day as trip there and back is quite long. This was not helped by having another tour group in our bus that meant we went slightly out of our way to drop them off and pick them up. If our tour had been full this probably would not have happened.Trip up the river was interesting and relaxing and the bike ride following it gave you a chance to look at the county from a different perspective.
    On return to Ha Noi traffic in the centre was very congested so guide put us in a taxi back to our hotel at their expense.

  • Excellent trip. Both places were worth visiting. The boat trip was amazing the scenery around is amazing. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and funny. My only complaint relates to the lunch. The quality of food wasn't great and hygiene level in the restaurant was poor. Overall it was a very good tour. I would highly recommend to anyone.

  • The scenery at the river boat ride at Tam Coc was really beautiful and was what we expected. The ride itself was nice. But at the end of the river before turning around, there were many boats with merchandise pressuring you to buy things from them and the prices were not cheap compare to what's the usual price in Vietnam. The worse part of this tour for me was the bus ride to go in and out of Hanoi. It was more like a full size van with narrow seats, not a coach bus. They packed the 24 seats van full with another tour group and it was a 2 hrs ride plus 45 minutes going around old quarter hotels to pick up people. We were the 1st ones to be picked up. So, it was 2hrs and 45minutes on those narrow seats for us. It was very uncomfortable to me. Also, I thought this tour does not include bike ride since the description did not mention the biking as several others do. But it still included 1 hr bike ride. So, we had to wait around.

  • The tour was nice and the agenda pretty much respected with correct time for each activity. The only not so great point is the transport, that could have been a more comfortable for a 2h30 ride each way: chairs are very close to each other, not reclinable and also the clima was not working properly.

  • We went on this tour after reading the many reviews on Viator. While it was a lovely experience on the river boat the river we went on certainly wasn't the area where we were. The 2 hour bus ride was on a cramped bus with little to no leg room. My husband is quite tall and his shoulders almost touched the guys across the aisle from us. The toilets at the travel stop were dirty and smelly. The lunch was advertised as a buffet with goat meat the local delicacy. The only goat meat was a few pieces floating around in a soup. The lunch restaurant was a large area with seating for approximately 200 and there was a constant coming and going of buses leaving and arriving. I find it hard to believe that this is the only available restaurant in the area. I would have preferred an a la carte restaurant where we select and pay for our own meal. The river boat ride was enjoyable but we were told by the guide that as it was a 2 hour ride we should tip the rower. We were happy to do this but the majority of the people on the bus were backpackers with limited funds and their thoughts were that for Vietnam the tour was expensive and they shouldn't have to pay extra on the day. At the end of the oat ride it had started to rain and we were the last boat to arrive back to the starting point the tour guide met us with nobody wants to go on the bike ride do you. It didn't particularly worry us but there were 2 people on the bus who would have liked the bike ride but were told nobody wanted to go. We would have been happy to sit at the restaurant and have a rest while they had their ride which they had paid for and were entitled to do. I felt for the quality of the bus ride, lunch, boat ride with a requirement to tip and no bike ride it wasn't as described in the advertisement.

  • The photos advertising this tour are deceiving, it looks like rice paddies when it is not. The people rowing the boats are amazing in how they do it with their feet. When you get through the last cave its like a whole group of women in boats gang up on you and try and get you to buy something and for the lady rowing the boat. had already seen this on TripAdvisor and here and we declined. they were not happy. Then the women in all the boats try and get you to buy some handicraft thing they have in a bucket on the boat. Then our lady did a side track to a duck farm and purchased 3 ducks for her dinner, that was kinda cute. we got back and tipped her 1 US and she got upset with us and kept demanding more, we walked away.
    The temple was interesting enough but partner was templed out by then. The puh bike ride was hard case, the bikes were terrible and partners one eventually gave up and he had to double me back to town in the heat, boy that cold beer was well earned. if asked would I do it again I would say no! the hill's in Ha Long bay were way better. The guides were very good.

  • This was a very worthwhile trip, as it is BEAUTIFUL on the river boat ride. Unfortunately some of the boat drivers are aggressive and not only pester for tips at the end, but also at the half way point they aggressively pester you to buy drinks and snacks for them but this is luck of the draw and not something the vendor can control. The boat ride itself is very peaceful and wonderful. The lunch wasn't very good, but the destination was worth the trip.

  • Wonderful services.Great trip with awesome tour guide.This is a great Hoa Lu Tam Coc Day tours. It's an easy bus ride from Hanoi and well worth the money. The guides take really great care of you and the sites we visited were very interesting. Hanoi can be seen in one day so take advantage of your stay to go on tours outside Hanoi.Highly recommended

  • Great tour, well coordinated, great lunch with a nice tour leader. Well done Duc.

    Thank you

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