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Hoa Lu Ancient Capital and Tam Coc Caves Tour

Hoa Lu Tam Coc Tour


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1 Day Hoa Lu Tam Coc Tour

Entrance Fees and Lunch All Covered

Explore Hoa Lu, the ancient capital, and Tam Coc, the three caves with karst formations, and discover the history, culture, and countryside of the north of Vietnam – all in one day in this full-day tour. You’ll do so many things on tour: sightseeing at the ancient capital of Hoa Lu and the King Dinh and King Le temples; discover the caves on a sampan boat; and ride a bike all around the countryside villages.

Hoa Lu is just 100km south of Hanoi. The city was the ancient capital of Vietnam from 986 to 1009. Tam Coc, which means “the three caves”, is also known as Ha Long Bay on land. With a visit to both Hoa Lu and Tam Coco, you’ll truly have the peaceful yet exciting adventure of a lifetime. Enjoy and relax in the journey along the Boi River, feeling the rowing of the boat, as you look on at the green paddies and fields on the riverbanks. You’ll learn more about the history of Vietnam on the way, too.


745am to 8am Tour Guide Arrives to Take You to Your Accommodation in the Old Quarter in Hanoi

815am Go on a Ride to Ninh Binh Province

10am Visit the Ancient Capital of Hoa Lu

1015am Sightseeing in the Temples of King Dinh and King Le

1130am Take a Break at the Tam Coc Wharf

1145am Indulge in a Buffet Lunch Full of Vietnamese Cuisine

1pm Sampan Boat Trip in the Caves

3pm Back to Tam Coc Wharf for Another Break

315pm Exploring and Biking Through the Countryside Villages

4pm Shuttle’s Scheduled Departure for Hanoi

630pm Return to Your Accommodation at the Old Quarter of Hanoi

Day 1

The tour guide and drive will come to your hotel in Hanoi, very early in the morning from 745am to 8am to accompany you on a two-hour ride to Ninh Binh province. There, you’ll first get the opportunity to explore the ancient capital of Hoa Lu and two temples built to honor KIng Dinh and King Le. The two heroes, who lived in the 10th century, built a citadel on the current location of Hoa Lu for the capital city of Dai Viet.

Next, after getting off at the Tam Coc wharf, you’ll also get to see inside the caves on a sampan boat. Tam Coc is also known as “Halong Bay on land” and features amazing, eye-opening scenery and landscapes. In the middle of all the movement and activity, take a break for lunch in Tam Coc. Sample Vietnamese cuisine and dishes in the buffet included with the tour.

After getting your fill of lunch and the local flavors, you’ll ride small rowing boats for the trip on the river. Explore all three caves in the two-hour mini-tour. Afterwards, enjoy the cycling trip to Bich Dong, before going back on a drive to your hotel in Hanoi.

Make sure you have sunglasses, sun cream, and a camera with you on the trip. For cycling time during the tour, bring shoes and short trousers. Also, keep in mind that you will be sitting on a sampan boat made of bamboo rowed by a local, for close to 90 minute, en route to Tam Coc Cave.

Your tour includes an English-speaking local tour guide (speakers of other languages can join you instead by request, private transportation (cars and buses) with air conditioning, the pick-up and drop-off at your place of accommodation in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, a round-trip boat ride between Hanoi and Hoa Lu and Tam Coc, all entrance fees for the places officially listed as part of the tour, bottles of drinking water supplied on the bus, a restaurant buffet lunch with generous helpings of Vietnamese cuisine, an English-speaking tour guide, and a bike from Tam Coc to Bich Dong.

You can choose which meeting point you prefer, before the date of your trip; either at our office in Hanoi or your hotel in Hanoi’s old quarter. The tour leaves every day from the Hanoi Old Quarter.

Your accommodation in Hanoi, travel insurance, drinks, tips, personal expenses, other expenses not mentioned, and pick-up and drop-off in places outside of the Hanoi Old Quarter, is not covered by the tour program.

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