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  1. Vietnam
  2. Hanoi
  3. Hanoi Old Quarter

Full Day Hoa Lu & Tam Coc: Small Group Tour & Buffet Lunch

Product ID: 27339
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.
About this activity
Duration: 1 day
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide

Pickup included

Free pickup is available if your hotel is located in Old Quarter area. Pickup time is between 7:45 AM and 8:30 AM.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Visit the ancient capital of Hoa Lu
  • Visit the King Dinh and King Le temples
  • Explore caves on a sampan boat
  • Bike around countryside villages
Full description
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
7:45 AM - 8:30 AM: Pick-up at your accommodation in Hanoi’s Old Quarter (if your hotel is located out side of Hanoi Old Quarter Area, the meeting point is at the office)
8:30 AM: Head out on the drive to Ninh Binh province
10:00 AM: Arrive at the ancient capital of Hoa Lu
10:15 AM: Visit the temples of King Dinh and King Le
11:30 AM: Arrive at Tam Coc wharf
11:45 AM: Buffet lunch featuring Vietnamese cuisine
1:00 PM: 1.5-hour Sampan boat trip through the caves and countryside landscape
3:00 PM: Return to Tam Coc wharf for a short break
3:15 PM: Bike trip taking around 30 - 40 minutes around countryside villages (if you don't want to bike you can enjoy a cup of tea in a local restaurant or visit a local market)
4:00 PM: Shuttle leaves for Hanoi
Around 6:30 PM: Arrive at your accommodation in Hanoi’s Old Quarter
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.

Please note that you will be sitting in a bamboo sampan boat for around 1.5 hours, with a local rower, on the visit to Tam Coc Cave.
  • 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
What’s Not Included
  • Beverages
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses and those not clearly mentioned as included
  • Pick-up and drop off outside Hanoi’s Old Quarter
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
Not allowed
  • Pets
Know before you go
• The tour departs daily from Hanoi's Old Quarter
• If you do not want to join the biking segment of the tour you can relax in the restaurant with a cup of coffee or visit a local market
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 568 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.3 / 5
  • Organization
    4.4 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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The tour was great! One if the highlights of my trip to Vietnam. It was a super rainy day. The whole boat ride that lasted for 1,5h it was pouring rain. But for me it actually made the experience even more unique and fun. We also did the biking tour in rain. The buffet lunch had a lot if options and was very tasty. Only minus is that the tour guide didn't speak that good of an English. So pretty much the whole group had problem understanding what he was saying. Great value for the money!

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January 13, 2020

The trip was good, the guide excellent, the bus comfortable. We really enjoyed the trip. After we booked online the travel agency called us and offered an upgrade for a limousine with more privacy. We agreed, but on the trip we went by bus with a small groups written in the original description. There was no bigger bus going to these destinations, as the streets are that narrow that a bigger bus couldn't pass. We felt a bit cheated by the agency.

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December 2, 2019

Very good day, perhaps too much detail when visiting the temples but other than that an excellent day

February 16, 2020

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Product ID: 27339