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Small-Group Tour: Citadels and Karsts
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Journey into rural Vietnam for a memorable day exploring an ancient capital, caves and awe-inspiring limestone outcroppings, as well as rice paddies and lush greenery during a boat ride along the Red River Delta.
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From $84.00 each  Travelers (12 & older) *
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Your tour begins with a two-hour drive from hectic Hanoi to the quiet province of Ninh Binh. Visit Hoa Lu, the location of the capital of Vietnam during the Dinh and Le Dynasties (968-1009 AD). Once an ancient citadel covering over 740 acres (300 hectares), the passage of time has left few remains of this once glorious capital. Your guide leads you through the Dinh and Le Temples, restored in the 17th century, these temples were dedicated to the emperors of the same name.

Next jump on a bike for a 7 1/2-mile (12-km) bike ride through the area, lime karsts towering above you as you ride along backroads and through beautiful scenery.

Stop for an included lunch at a local restaurant before heading on toTam Coc (Three Caves). Similar to Halong Bay, this area offers spectacular scenery including the karsts (limestone landscapes) towering over the region. Here, board a row boat for a 2 1/2-hour journey along the Red River Delta through caves, passing local villages, and enjoying the scenery of lush green rice paddies during the growing seasons and the surrounding karsts that create a stunning backdrop.


Approx. 9-10 hours

Inclusions :
  • English-speaking guide
  • Citadels and karsts tour
  • Lunch
  • Applicable entrance fees

Departure time and location:
Approx. 8 AM-8:30 AM; from the lobby of your hotel. Guests are asked to email Hanoi Urban Adventures at to confirm pick up hotel at least 24 hours prior to departure.

Return time and location:
Approx. 5:30 PM-6 PM; to the lobby of your hotel

Redemption instructions

After you book your activity, follow these 3 easy steps:
1. Print your voucher; locate the voucher in your travel confirmation e-mail or in the My Trips/My Itineraries link on the site.
2. Follow the redemption instructions on your voucher; it is critical to do this before you depart.
3. Take all vouchers with you; you must redeem one voucher per person.

Exchange your voucher for activity:
Reservation confirmation is required. Please email Hanoi Urban Adventures at least 24 hours prior to your activity date to ensure your reservation and avoid delays. Contact email is provided on your printed voucher. Please be ready for hotel pick-up at 7:45 AM (15 minutes before your tour starts) and present your voucher(s) and photo ID to your driver in exchange for service.
Terms and conditions

Cancellations and Changes: This Activity can be changed or cancelled without penalty at any time prior to two days before the scheduled start of your trip. The scheduled start of your trip is defined as your hotel check-in date, your departure date of the originating flight, or the date of the Activity if the Activity was booked without a flight or a hotel.