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Hoa Lu and Tam Coc Tour from Hanoi

Hoàn Kiếm, Vietnam
Hoa Lu and Tam Coc Tour from Hanoi

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Take a day trip to Ninh Binh province, a region of historical significance and outstanding natural beauty. Your knowledgeable guide describes the tombs of Hoa Lu, an ancient capital of the Dinh and Le dynasties. Enjoy a buffet lunch in Tam Coc and hop in a sampan for a ride past a World Heritage–listed landscape dotted with caves, pagodas and jagged limestone formations.
  • Ninh Binh day trip from Hanoi
  • Hear fascinating commentary about the UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Visit temples of the Dinh and Le dynasties at Hoa Lu
  • Ride a sampan from Tam Coc to ancient caves
  • Enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant
  • Hotel transport included
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Boat trip
Air-conditioned vehicle
Drinks / Beverages, personal expenses, travel insurance, tax
Tips for tour guide and driver.

Departure Point

9a Trung Yen Lane, Đinh Liệt, Street, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam

* If you stay outside of the Old Quarter, please visit our meeting point: BC Family Tour, Address: 9A Trung Yen Lane, Dinh Liet Street, Hang Bac Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "Do get a photo taken by a photographer, its cheap." See review


21 Reviews

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Informative tour of Hoa Lu and Tam Coc
, Dec 2018
An interesting and visit to the old capital of Hoa Lu with a knowledgeable guide, and a peaceful ride on small boats of 2 passengers each down the river at Tam Coc, with a fun bicycle ride around a village after that. The road trips were in very nice and comfortable small buses. However the buffet lunch was not great.
We took this tour on Saturday, October...
, Oct 2018
We took this tour on Saturday, October 13th, 2018. The guide said we could call him Sam. He was a very charismatic, likeable young man with a lot of potential, but sadly, he was a terrible guide. He talked about his love life - which was okay as an introductory aside, but then told us nothing about the sights we were passing, the history of where we were going, or the amazing geography we were seeing. He failed to point out where toilets were located even when asked, and we paid to use a very dirty toilet about 5 minutes before arriving at the place where we had lunch that had large, clean, modern restrooms because we had no idea when or if another bathroom break would occur. What could have been a very nice day, was mostly boring and long because the guide was so inadequate. He slept on the way back to Hanoi, then dumped us out about 12 - 14 blocks from our hotel at the end of the day in spite of the tour description stating hotel pickup and return. The guide told us to ask the locals how to find our hotel. After 35 minutes of feeling lost and abandoned, thanks to the help of some policemen and a couple of street vendors, we finally found our hotel, but the fear and frustration of having to do so after an 11-hour tour was maddening. I have taken tours booked through Viator all over the world, and nearly all have been excellent, but this one was a disaster. As other reviewers have stated, the food is not great, but there is plenty of it. The activities were okay, but would have been so much better if we had known what we were seeing and experiencing.
Fantastic tour of the ancient...
Rajeshkumar B
, Aug 2018
Fantastic tour of the ancient capital and the river ride through the three caves. Do get a photo taken by a photographer...its cheap. And don't forget to buy a Vietnamese cane hat
The restaurant and food choice was...
Daniel K
, Apr 2018
The restaurant and food choice was very mediocre and poor. For a luxury tour, it was very crowded.
Well organised visit with a very...
Syazana H
, Mar 2018
Well organised visit with a very knowledgeable and friendly guide from region itself! Enjoyed the tour immensely
The tour was good. However we...
, Feb 2018
The tour was good. However we had booked the luxury tour...limousine bus and "better lunch" they said. Well to put it bluntly lunch was pathetic, tasteless and poorly prepared. The offerings on the cheaper buffet downstairs looked better!
Brilliant trip Sunny was our very...
, Oct 2017
Brilliant trip Sunny was our very knowledgeable guide. Shame the weather wasn't sunny but the rain stopped on our return boat trip at Tam Coc .Be aware as you will see from other reviews about tipping ,stand your ground with the food sellers but you might want to tip the person who rowed your boat. The weather did not detract from the amazing scenery.
*They were an hour late picking me...
Frozan F
, Sep 2017
*They were an hour late picking me up. *The tour really didn't start until after lunch (1:45pm) *THE PICTURE THEY USED TO ADVERTISE THIS TOUR WAS NOT TAM COC! It was Ninh Binh. I only booked this tour to see that scenery, but it wasn't even part of the tour. *Very boring tour and such a slow pace!
The limestone mountains and caves...
Hannah O
, May 2017
The limestone mountains and caves were beautiful, but the 1.5hr bumboat ride felt a little too long and the Hoa Lu temple tours weren't well managed or explained - you pretty much walk in and out in 5 minutes. The buffet spread at the restaurant was not great, either. In hindsight, we would have explored Ha Long Bay more, instead...
I had a thoroughly enjoyable day...
Russell C
, Sep 2016
I had a thoroughly enjoyable day both visiting Vietnam,s first capital and during the boat trip in the afternoon. Travel in the bus was comfortable, lunch was enjoyable and the guides were informative. In my opinion the itinerary was well suited to the locations visited and the travel time to and from.

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