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From Hanoi: Tam Coc, Hoa Lu & Mua Caves Full-Day Trip

1. From Hanoi: Tam Coc, Hoa Lu & Mua Caves Full-Day Trip

Travel by air-conditioned bus from Hanoi to Tam Coc and ride a Sampan boat to impressive caves. Experience local life as you cycle through picturesque villages, explore ancient temples, and enjoy a Vietnamese lunch. Start your tour early with pickup at your hotel in Ha Noi Old Quarter. Hop into the luxury van to visit Hoa Lu, an ancient capital of Vietnam. Visit Dinh king Temple and Le king Temple from the 10th century, and hear about the heroic histories of the two Kings during the Chinese Wars. At midday, sit down for lunch with Vietnamese cuisine at a local restaurant. Continue to Tam Coc and take the sampan go (traditional river boat) along the Ngo Dong river to visit Tam Coc's three caves. Head back to Tam Coc wharf, take your bicycle, and cycle around traditional villages and Tam Coc town. Visit Mua cave, which attracts visitors with its many interesting stories. Climb 500 stone steps to see all the way to Tam Coc, and enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the countryside and Ngo Dong river. In the evening, return Ha Noi.

2 day Trang An - Mua cave - Cycling with Bungalow stay

2. 2 day Trang An - Mua cave - Cycling with Bungalow stay

Day 1: Hanoi - Hoa Lu - Trang An boating - Mua cave - Overnight in bungalow (meal included: lunch, dinner) From 7.30 - 8.15 am, you are picked up at hotel then go to Hoa Lu ancient citadel. Arrive at Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel and take some time to visit King Dinh's temples, and then enjoy a lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will board a sampan to visit Trang An - the wonder of the world by boat to see many underwater caves and beautiful scenery with limestone mountains. A short drive to Mua cave to trek up to dragon mountain with "love valley" with a million dollar view. Then you will check in bungalow to relax and have dinner there. Overnight in bungalow. Day 2: Cycling to local market - extra boat trip with less tourists - Tuyet Tinh Coc - Hanoi (meal included: breakfast, lunch) After breakfast, local guide will take you to visit a local market to see how local people exchange goods. Have lunch and check out then cycle to old trang an to get on a boat trip to the less touristy place then visit Tuyet Tinh Coc - the pagoda on the mountain where Queen Duong Van Nga retired and became the monk. 16.00 pm, go back to bungalow to relax and get on car to the big bus to go back to Hanoi. Trip ends

Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, Tam Coc & Bich Dong Pagoda Tour

3. Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, Tam Coc & Bich Dong Pagoda Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter. Drive to the ancient capital of Hoa Lu and then continue on to visit the King Dinh Temple. Next up, discover Mua Cave Cave and enjoy a mountainous overview from the top. Savor a set lunch with Vietnamese cuisine at a bungalow beside Tam Coc river. After lunch, enjoy a Sampan boat trip through the three emerald water caves on the beautiful river and admire the countryside landscape. Cycle through the peaceful country roads to Bich Dong Pagoda and spend some time here before you return to Hanoi.

Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Trang An Caves, & Mua Cave Day Trip and Lunch

4. Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Trang An Caves, & Mua Cave Day Trip and Lunch

Travel in an air-conditioned van from Hanoi to Hoa Lu on this day trip to uncover the ancient temples of Dinh King and Le King. Savor local flavors with a buffet lunch and travel by boat on the Trang An river admire stunning natural scenery and visit the Trang An cave complex. Start your tour with hotel pickup in the early morning and depart for Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam. Visit the Dinh King Temple and Le King Temple from the 10th century, and hear about the heroic histories of these two Kings during the Chinese Wars. At around midday, sit down for a buffet lunch at a local restaurant, before you head to Trang An Wharf to take a boat trip along Trang An Stream. Visit Trang An cave complex, including Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave, Nau Ruou, and marvel at the scenery of mountains and rivers.  Then, head back to Trang An wharf to board the luxury limousine, and visit Mua Cave. Climb 500 stone steps to see all the way to Tam Coc, and enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the countryside and Ngo Dong river. Finally, hop back onto the bus to return to Hanoi, arriving back in the early evening.

Hanoi: Ninh Binh Tour and Ha Long Bay Cruise 3-Day Trip

5. Hanoi: Ninh Binh Tour and Ha Long Bay Cruise 3-Day Trip

Experience the beauty of Ninh Binh and Ha Long Bay on a multi-stop 3-day trip from Hanoi. Ride a traditional bamboo boat, kayak to scenic caves, join a Vietnamese cooking class, and go squid fishing. Most meals, entry fees, and overnight accommodation are also included. Day 1: After morning pickup in a spacious and climate-controlled bus, relax on the scenic drive through the countryside on the way to the ancient capital of the Lê dynasty at Hoa Lu.  Get free time to climb to the Hang Mua Viewpoint to capture pictures before sitting down for lunch. Later, experience traditional travel with a bamboo boat ride. Explore one of the pristine karst caves in Tam Coc before checking in to the ecolodge. Swim in the lodge pool, try more local food, or rent a bike to explore the village during your stay (costs not included). Day 2: Hop on the shuttle bus in the morning and transfer from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay (no guide during the transfer). Pause for a 15-minute rest stop at the Hai Duong Province and arrive at the cruise ship in the early afternoon. Enjoy a welcome drink once you board the boat. Sample fresh, local seafood for lunch while cruising through Ha Long Bay. Admire views of Incense Burner Island, Fighting Cock Islet, and the Stone Dog rock formation. Soak up some sun onboard or go kayaking to marvel at sights like the Limestone Mountains, the Luon Grotto, and Titop Island. Join a sunset party onboard the ship and pick up some new skills with a Vietnamese cooking class. As day turns to night, indulge in a set-menu dinner of Vietnamese food. Afterward, join a squid fishing outing with the crew. Get hands-on while cooking fresh squid with the cruise chef. Continue the fun onboard with activities like card games or sing your heart out during karaoke. Sleep overnight in a cozy cabin. Day 3:  Wake early and admire the sunrise over the bay from the sundeck. Take in the morning views of Halong Bay with a cup of tea or coffee and a hearty breakfast. Transfer by boat to Surprise Cave, the biggest cave in Halong Bay. Dig into a traditional Vietnamese lunch while cruising back to the pier before being transfered back to your accommodation in Hanoi.

Daily Ancient Hoa Lu, Hang Mua Hiking, Tam Coc Boat Tour

6. Daily Ancient Hoa Lu, Hang Mua Hiking, Tam Coc Boat Tour

Explore Hoa Lu, former capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries, and Tam Coc. 07:30: Pick-up from the Old Quarter of Hanoi, relax in air-conditioned comfort on the 2.5-hour journey southeast, approximately 70 miles (100 kilometers) from Hanoi. Upon arrival, see the 2 main temples of the former royal city, including the main temple to Emperor Dinh and the temple to Emperor Le in the foothills of the Den Mountain. Explore the historic sites of the Outer Citadel, separated from the Inner Citadel by the limestone mountains. it’s ideally to visit Mua cave for you to catch a panoramic view of ripe rice fields - challenge with hiking 500 steps. Admire peacefully imposing and stunning beauty of Ninh Binh. Continue to Tam Coc for lunch before cruising the Hoang Long River by traditional sampan. Pass the curious karst mountains carpeted in lush vegetation, and paddle into hidden caves to see geological formations. Round off your day with an air-conditioned transfer back to Hanoi.

Ninh Binh and Hoa Lu 2-Day Small Group Tour from Hanoi

7. Ninh Binh and Hoa Lu 2-Day Small Group Tour from Hanoi

Get back to nature and explore the ancient cultures of Vietnam on a 2-day tour of Tam Coc and Hoa Lu. Spend the night at a luxury homestay and learn about the everyday life of the locals. Day 1: Hanoi – Tam Coc Depart Hanoi and travel to Ninh Binh in the Red River Delta. Visit the limestone cave of Tam Coc on a boat trip down the Ngo Dong River. Enjoy the peaceful scenery of limestone mountains, rice paddies, and local temples. Check-in to your luxury bungalow accommodation and chat with the locals. Savor the local cuisine, including a refreshing green tea or coffee. Then, explore Ninh Binh by bike and cycle past rice fields and mountains. See the Bich Dong Pagoda, and learn about the Buddhist culture of Vietnam. Return to the bungalow and enjoy some free time before dinner served by the local host family. Day 2: Mua Cave – Hoa Lu – Hanoi Enjoy breakfast at the bungalow before cycling to Mua Cave. Hike to the peak of Ngoa Long Mountain and get amazing views of Tam Coc and the Ninh Binh area. Check out before lunch, and then visit the ancient capital of Hoa Lu. Admire the temple of King Dinh before the drive back to Hanoi.

From Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave and Tam Coc Full-Day Trip

8. From Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave and Tam Coc Full-Day Trip

Escape the hustle and bustle of Hanoi for the day and spend the day in the breathtaking nature of Southern Vietnam. After getting picked up from your hotel or meeting in point in Hanoi Old Quarter, travel south to the province of Ninh Binh. Stop in the former capital of Hoa Lu and enjoy 1 hour to explore this breathtakingly beautiful ancient city. Next, hike to the top of the Mua Caves Viewpoint and enjoy panoramic views of Tam Coc before sitting down to a delicious Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, board a traditional sampan boat and enjoy a 1.5-hour boat ride on the Ngo Dong river through 3 of Tam Coc's most famous caves: Hang Ca, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba. Begin the journey back to Hanoi in the late afternoon, arriving back just in time for dinner

Hanoi: Full Day Tour of Hoa Lu, Tam Coc, and the Mua Cave

9. Hanoi: Full Day Tour of Hoa Lu, Tam Coc, and the Mua Cave

07h30 – 8h00: Get picked up by our friendly guide then depart for Ninh Binh province. Have a short break for 15 – 20 minutes to relax. After 2 transferred hours, arrival Ninh Binh province, visit Hoa Lu ancient capital of Vietnam between 968 and 1010. You have a chance to learn about Vietnamese history in the feudal system under Dinh, Le, and Ly Dynasty Having buffet lunch in the restaurant with many local foods such as goat meat, fish, chicken, and fried rice…Vegetarian foods are always available in the buffet lunch. In the afternoon, continue to visit Tam Coc by 1.5-hour on bamboo boat. You will be surprised by the charming beauty here with paddy fields, river, water, cloud, sky, and a stunning cave system during the boat trip. All make a masterpiece that the Vietnamese people called “Ha Long Bay on land”. Back to the land, taking 45 mins – cycling around the village to discover the life of the local people. Get back to Limousine Bus then leave for Mua Cave (Dancing Cave). Walk up almost 500 steps, you can reach the top of Lying Dragon Mountain & have an amazing panoramic view of Tam Coc from here. Late afternoon, get on the bus to return to Hanoi. Arrival Hanoi at around 18h30. Finish your trip.

Ninh Binh Tour: Full-Day Hoa Lu and Tam Coc Boat Tour

10. Ninh Binh Tour: Full-Day Hoa Lu and Tam Coc Boat Tour

7h30 start with pickup from your hotel in Hanoi before departing to Ninh Binh province. Meet your tour guide and travel by coach to Hoa Lu, a journey of approximately 2.5 hours with a short break. Explore the historic capital of Vietnam and visit the famous ancient temples of the Dinh and Le Dynasties. After some time exploring the city, arrive at Tam Coc for lunch around at 12:30 PM. After lunch, take a boat trip to Tam Coc - Bich Dong, which is part of the Tràng An Scenic Landscape Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the beauty of the karst formations as you pass along their base and row into one of the many water caves carved through the limestone. Joining biking though rice paddies to the countryside area during 45 minutes. Afterwards, drive back to Hanoi and return to your hotel at approximately 6:30 PM.

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Incredible day trip to Ninh binh that includes hotel pick up, biking around the village and rice patties, joining a local family for tea in their home, and a 1 hour boat ride to see the caves. Alex our tour guide was the highlight of the experience, he was so nice, friendly, and knowledgeable about Hanoi. The home visit is a super fun and unique experience. The biking was so fun as well. Boat ride was relaxing. We were told this was better for a day trip than Halong Bay because it is closer. so glad we chose Ninh binh over Halong Bay. it's a must.

The tour was so much fun! There were so many interesting things we got to do in so many awesome places, but at the same time it didn't feel like we were rushing through anything. Beforehand, I was a bit worried about the intensity of climbing the 500-step staircase, but it was totally ok - anyone with average stamina can do it. Apart from all the other sights we saw, our guide Bob was also a sight of his own. Hyper energetic and very passionate about his country. He definitely added another memorable element to the trip

Highly Recommended. Both the locations and the quality of the menus. The Lavender Cruises ship is also great. There are bigger and more luxurious ships out there, but I doubt that makes it any better or more authentic. The guides were very helpful and entertaining. Contact regarding the pick-up was also easy, nice and direct.

A great day out and value for money! Perfect balance between activities and learning about the culture. Big shout out to our tour guide Franky who was very informative and knowledgeable, but with a very relaxed manner, meaning we never felt rushed. A great tour guide!

This was a lovely trip. Enough time was given to all activities and our guide was speaking good english, giving useful background information. Really appreciated that no time was wasted for commercial purpose.