Small Group Tour From Hanoi To Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu -Trang An By Boat And Bike

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 11 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    8:00 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    Hanoi Opera House, Số 01 Tràng Tiền, Phan Chu Trinh, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
  • Return Details :
    Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Explore the exquisite Vietnamese countryside by bike and by boat on this small-group tour from Hanoi. Visit the ancient capital of Hoa Lu, home to the first emperor of Vietnam, Dinh Bo Linh. Following your guide, enjoy a leisurely bike ride along gorgeous back roads and through picturesque rice fields. After lunch at a local restaurant (included), cruise the waterways of Tam Coc in a traditional wooden rowboat and take in the spectacular scenery dotted with limestone karsts.


  • All entrance fees included
  • All necessary equipment included
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Led by a local guide
  • Lunch included

Know More about this tour

Leave the hustle and bustle of Hanoi behind and embark on a 2-hour drive to the province of Ninh Binh and the ancient capital of Hoa Lu. This city, built in the 10th century, was once the economic and cultural hub of Vietnam and is home to a temple honoring Dinh Bo Linh -- the first emperor of Vietnam.

When you arrive, jump on your bike for a 7.5-mile (12- km) leisurely ride through some of the most stunning landscapes in the country. Cycle on picturesque back roads, through rice fields and along streams before stopping for lunch at a local restaurant (included).

Afterward, board a traditional wooden rowboat and travel down the labyrinth of waterways of Tam Coc. Known locally as the Halong Bay of the land, this winding riverway is dotted with gorgeous limestone karsts (rocky outcrops). Enjoy endless photo opportunities of the breathtaking scenery as you cruise for two hours and pass quaint local villages.

At the end of your tour, youll be transferred back to Hanoi.


Use of all necessary equipment


Local guide

Transport by air-conditioned minivan



Food and drinks, unless specified

Pick up and Drop Off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Minimum age is 12 years

Small-group tour limited to 12 people per tour

Bicycle and helmet provided

Easy paced cycling suitable for all fitness levels

Dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing, especially when visiting temples. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate.

From 1st April 2018, this tour will start from the new meeting point

Traveler Reviews

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  • 26-Apr-2019

    We had a great day with San (sorry for spelling it wrong :). He is a very knowledgeable guide who knows when to talk and when to just let you enjoy the views.

    The bike ride was great and the lunch was truly excellent. The one complained I had for the day was the harassment of the vendors during the boat ride, but that is unavoidable and nothing to do with the guide and this trip :)

    Oh, and it's hot. Dear god was it hot. If you go in summer bring a lot of water :)

  • 06-May-2018

    This tour with San was just spectacular. The scenery is incredible and unique. The bike ride through the village and rice paddies was everything we could hope for. Mother Nature stepped in and delivered a water show the likes of which I've never seen but her shinanigans only served to make this trip more fun and memorable! If you're looking for some fun, light activity not far from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi then definitely give this tour a whirl. It's a lovely, peaceful way to spend a day.

  • 31-Mar-2018

    The tour was wonderful
    We enjoyed the biking and the boat ride and lunch at a private home was great

  • 08-Jan-2018

    Nice guide and a lovely tour in the Ninh Binh area. We stopped by a local family for lunch, It was great.
    I'd love to have a bigger and faster bike tour.

  • 06-Jan-2018

    Wonderful way to see the countryside, Tam Coc and the limestone karsts! Our guide was delightful and shared many interesting facts about his country and region. Bikes were in good condition and the lunch was overwhelming! Take an appetite! Also take bottled water with you! not many vendors there in November.

  • 03-Jan-2018

    A really enjoyable day. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Boar ride in the caves was awesome. The lunch that was arranged in the home of the villagers was scrumptious and they welcomed us with open arms. All-in-all an excellent package. The only word of caution is to be mindful of the weather as it could get a bit uncomfortable during the rainy season. Would definitely recommend!

  • 07-Dec-2017

    Really enjoyed this trip, about an hour on a comfortable pushbike and and hour on a row boat through some stunning landscapes. Guide was very helpful and informative.

  • 29-Nov-2017

    A great day from start to finish .. our wonderful friendly and funny guide Dong called me the night before to let me know what time he would be picking me up in the morning. His happy face greeted me as I came down the stairs and the smiles and laughter continued through the day as we rode, walked, ate, experienced and floated our way around some of the most beautiful scenery I have seen in Vietnam. No wonder Tam Coc is called Halong Bay on land .. serenely stunning. A great day with a fab guide in a beautiful part of Vietnam.

  • 27-Nov-2017

    Best tour. So much to do and see. Guide was really great.

  • 19-Nov-2017

    I chose this instead of a one-day Halong Bay tour, mostly to avoid the 2x4 hour bus rides. I'm so glad I did! The bike ride was incredibly scenic (some gravel roads so be sure you know what you're doing!), the home-cooked lunch was delicious, and the boat ride was spectacular! Small group perfect.

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