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Excursion to Hoa Lu and Tam Coc - Private Tour

Visit the remaining temples and sanctuaries of the ancient Hoa Lu citadel. Surrounded by towering limestone peaks, this area is considered one of the most beautiful in Vietnam.

The ancient capital Hoa Lu is a destination which will take you back to the medieval eras in Vietnams past. This region called Ninh Binh is known for its landscape and outstanding natural beauty, with huge limestone rocks emerging from the ground surrounded by paddy fields. This is why Hoa Lu & Tam Coc are considered as Halong Bay on land, and whose splendor is often said to surpass that of Halong Bay.

At 8:00am you will be picked up at your hotel by your guide and driver and depart for Hoa Lu. The drive will take 2 hours through picturesque countryside. Upon arrival, visit the historic capital of Vietnam, Hoa Lu and the famous ancient temples of Le and the Dinh Dynasties, the two heroes who built this citadel in the 10th century. The architecture here is unique and well worth taking your time admiring. From here, it’s onwards to Tam Coc for a traditional hearty lunch at around 12:30.

After lunch, embark for a sampan boat trip to visit Tam Coc to see the beauty of the geological formations. With Halong Bay-type views of majestic limestone cliffs and mysterious caves, as well as countryside landscape like peaceful streams, rice paddies and deserted green fields, Tam Coc has earned the reputation of being called "Halong Bay on land".

After disembarking the sampan boat, take off on two wheels and set off for a one-hour cycle journey. Cycle about 5 kilometers on quiet roads through villages, rice fields, rivers and rocky outcrops in Tam Coc - Bich Dong. This is the perfect chance to admire nature at a different pace and meet the locals in their environment.

The day ends with a private transfer back to Hanoi with a drop off at your hotel at around 5:30pm.

Experience Includes

  • Private tour exclusive for your party
  • Pick-up and drop off from Hanoi hotels
  • Visit to the ancient citadel of Hoa Lu
  • 60-minute cruise along the beautiful Boi River
  • Lunch (food only)
  • 1 Bottle of water per person
  • English-speaking guide
  • Air-conditioned transportation

Experience Excludes

  • Refreshments
  • Optional gratuities
  • Personal expenditure


Daily, year round.

Departure location


Start times



Approximately 9.5 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • The itinerary may be changed due to weather, unforeseen building closures, tidal and other operating conditions without notice.
  • Children aged 2 and under may travel for free.
  • Cancellation Policy: If you cancel at least 72 hours in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 72 hours of the scheduled departure, there is a 100% cancellation fee.
  • During festivals, crowds and queuing may be experienced.
  • Special request (diet or vegetarian …) should advised at time of booking and may not be available.
  • Please be on time for the pick-up at your hotel.
  • Dress code: Revealing clothes such as shorts and skirts above the knees are not allowed.