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Private Full Day Tour to Hoa Lu & Tam Coc from Hanoi

3.8 / 5 total 16 reviews
Duration: 7 to 8 hours
Tour ID: 1302
Overview

Located in Ninh Binh province 100 km southeast of Hanoi, Hoa Lu and Tam Coc are two of the most picturesque spots in all of the north.

For 41 years, from 968 to 1009 CE, Hoa Lu was the ancient capital of Vietnam.

Nearby Tam Coc is often referred to as “Ha Long among the rice paddies.”

Visitors are conveyed by rowboat along the peaceful Tam Coc stream past green fields and the feet of mountains into the mouths of caves, where they encounter new surprises, like stalactites and stalagmites that shine.

Highlights
  • Round-trip coach transport included.
  • Opt for a countryside bike tour to Bich Dong Pagoda.
  • Enjoy Vietnamese cuisine for lunch.
  • Float along the Ngo Dong River from Tam Coc to three caves.
  • See temple remnants of the ancient royal dynasties at Hoa Lu.
  • Full-day Hoa Lu and Tam Coc tour from Hanoi, led by an informative guide.
Good to Know
  • Languages offered on activity/tour Languages offered on activity/tour: English, German, French
  • Duration Duration: 7 to 8 hours
  • Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Instant Confirmation Instant Confirmation
  • Live Guide Live Guide
    English, French
  • Pick-up service Pick-up service
    Pick-up and drop-off at hotel in Old Quater of Hanoi
  • Easy Cancellation Easy Cancellation
    There is no cancellation fee once Customers Cancel at least 7 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
    There is 50% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 3 and 6 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
    There is 100% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 2 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
Inclusions
  • Entrance fee
  • Buffet lunch
  • Mineral water on transfer
  • Entrance fees Boat cruising
  • Bicycle around the famer
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Bus transfer by air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Pick-up and drop-off at hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter
Exclusions
  • All things are not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Tipping/ Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Beverages
  • Pickup outside Hanoi Old Quarter
Itinerary
Hours

You will be picked up by our driver/guide to start your tour

About 10:30am, arrive at Hoa Lu Ancient Capital.

In 968, Dinh Bo Linh declared himself as the King. Since then Hoa Lu existed as the capital for the next 41 years (968 – 1009), of which 12 years was under the Dinh dynasty – King Dinh Tien Hoang, the country named Dai Co Viet, and 29 years later was under the Le dynasty – King Le Dai Hanh.

In 1010, King Ly Thai To moved the capital from Hoa Lu to Thang Long – present day Hanoi. Hoa Lu became the old citadel.

In Hoa Lu there are now 2 temples that have been built on the ground of the old royal palace, one is dedicated to King Dinh Tien Hoang, the other is to King Le Dai Hanh.

The visit offers a chance to know more about part of feudal dynasties and historical periods in Vietnamese history.

11:30am leave Hoa Lu to Tam Coc

12:00pm. Have lunch in Tam Coc in a local restaurant and enjoy lunch served with goat meat which is famous as the local specialty.

  • Lunch

1:30pm, 5 minute-walk to the boat station and start the 2 hour-boat trip to visit Tam Coc.

Known as “Halong Bay on land”, Tam Coc are three limestone caves stretching along Ngo Dong river.

The boat trip is a nice journey along the river with peaceful scenery of limestone mountains, rice paddy and the site of some temples along the way from Hang Ca (first cave) to Hang Hai (second cave) and Hang Ba (third cave).

4:00pm leave Tam Coc and drive back to Hanoi.

Arrive Hanoi at 6:30pm.

Finish unforgettable full day trip at your hotel in Hanoi!

Meeting Point
Pick up from Hotel in Old Quarter in Hanoi
Know Before You Go
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability.
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Reviewed by Elenor Evans GB   May 10, 2018
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A great day, the tour was such an amazing experience. I would do this tour again, the guide was so friendly and knew so much of the history it was wonderful to hear.
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Reviewed by Danielle Gibson GB   April 09, 2018
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I booked this town when I was in Vietnam, I wanted to experience the Hoa Lu caves, and all the package had to include was brilliant. The day was great, the weather was just nice, the boat ride was so much fun. So glad I did this tour.
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Reviewed by Martina Johnston GB   March 16, 2018
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The scene was so beautiful, and the view of the area was terrific. We had the boat ride and then we had the experience of Bicycle for the local village visit. The temples that you visit on this tour are impressive, but not outstanding like others we have seen. The boat ride was also exciting but most photos show bright yellow grass like marsh on either side of the small river. That only happens once a year, other times just water and green marsh, so we didn't see it. All in all, the day was exhilarating, but if you have time for one tour like this, I will rank Ninh Binh tour as much better.
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Reviewed by Tracy Davies US   March 10, 2018
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The Hoa Lu private day tour was lovely. The guide was so nice and knowledgeable, we had a great day. The whole experience was so good.
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Reviewed by Michael Watts GB   March 08, 2018
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My wife and I booked this tour at home before we arrived in Vietnam. We decided it was the best thing to do. The tour of the caves and the scenery of the mountains were unbelievable. We had a great time on this tour. We would highly recommend this tour.
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Reviewed by Tracey Smyth IE   February 19, 2018
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The tour was great, but I feel the duration of it was too long, to be out on a boat. Bring a nice light rain jacket and an extra cardi. Had a brilliant experience, I am glad we did this tour.
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Reviewed by Janet Fosterq US   February 09, 2018
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I booked this Hoa Lu private day tour, with two friends. We had an absolute ball, the tour was brill, the boat experience was fab. Overall it was a great day!! 8/10 for us!!
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Reviewed by Laurie Anderson US   February 07, 2018
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My girlfriends and I booked this private day tour of the Hoa lu while in Vietnam. We loved every minute of it. The scenery was amazing, we enjoyed the experience so much.
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Reviewed by Louisa Lewis GB   January 07, 2018
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The tour of the Hoa Lu caves was fantastic, really had a great time on this tour. The experience of it all was unreal. Such great memories were made.
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Reviewed by David Harris John AU   January 05, 2018
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Good trip and experience. The tour start from Hanoi oldquarter.
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Reviewed by Nelle Baker US   October 26, 2017
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Magnificent attractions and our guide Sara was so helpful. Due to the weather conditions, we could not part take in the bicycle ride, which was a letdown for us, but we made the most of the boat trip. Which we also thought would not go ahead, because of the rain. It did go ahead, make sure to bring an umbrella or sunscreen, depending on the time of the year you go. If the weather got any more substantial, the boat tour would have ended, and no alternative was on offer. We were disappointed by this, so also make sure you go with a tour company. We know for next time, the trip was nice, but we could not enjoy it as we would have like to!!
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Reviewed by Jen#review CH   June 10, 2017
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This full day tour of the caves, were so interesting. Such an enjoyable tour! So well organized, from pick up to the guided tour. The price of food and drinks on the small boat, was just so disgraceful. No fault to our tour company. Always nice to read reviews beforehand.
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Reviewed by Robert Smith US   April 08, 2017
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We came to Vietnam, knowing of this tour. We booked the tour while here in Vietnam. The experience of the Hoa Lu caves was really beautiful, but the day was not the best. We had more of expectations. Overall the experience was nice.
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Reviewed by Beth Mc Cillian GB   January 06, 2017
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We did this private tour of Hoa Lu in Hanoi - my partner and I had a fabulous day. We enjoyed the boat ride along the mountains.
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Reviewed by Barker couple GB   April 16, 2016
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I choose this full day of Hoa Lu and Tam Coc, as we heard so many great things of this tour. We also did the required amount of information check on the tour and the companies to go through. We were so pleased with the tour operators, we got in touch we. The communication we had with them was so nice. We had the choice of a bike tour, we opted for it, it is optional. If you want an amazing day, definitely give this tour a chance. Thank you to our wonderful tour guide, Mr. Hio
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Reviewed by yanisa anuwat TH   January 01, 2010
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we live in Thailand, so we know of this cave. we were so happy we came for this tour. we loved this experience. thank you to our guide hing so nice.
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