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Gaze in wonder at the historic temples of Hoa Lu, feel your pulse rise as you cycle through the rural Vietnamese countryside, and breathe in the cool air of ancient caves on the Red River Delta. On foot, by bike or by boat, this full-day tour gives you a truly immersive exploration of Vietnam.

Leaving Hanoi, enjoy the 2-hour ride to the serene Ninh Binh province; catch a glimpse into Vietnam's past at Hoa Lu, the capital of the country in the 10th and 11th centuries. You're led by your guide to the scattered stone ruins of the city’s ancient citadel, as well as the restored Dinh and Le Temples.

Next, strap on a helmet and hop on a bike for a 7.5 mile (12 km) ride through the lush green Vietnamese countryside. Take a break from pedaling to take in the spectacular limestone karsts that tower above the trail.

Refreshed after lunch at a local restaurant, visit Trang An, a new addition to UNESCO’s list of heritage sites, before boarding a waiting row boat. A guide expertly steers your boat on the rivers that make up Tam Coc, or Three Caves, while passing local villages and lush rice paddies. Feel the crisp air on your skin as the boat follows the calm river and enters the darkness of the caves.

After navigating the river for more than 2 hours, your boat is guided towards the grassy shore. Before you head back to the bustling streets of Hanoi, close your eyes and reflect on a day spent experiencing another side of Vietnam.

Gaze in wonder at the historic temples of Hoa Lu, feel your pulse rise as you cycle through the rural Vietnamese countryside, and breathe in the cool air of ancient caves on the Red River Delta. On foot, by bike or by boat, this full-day tour gives you a truly immersive exploration of Vietnam.

Leaving Hanoi, enjoy the 2-hour ride to the serene Ninh Binh province; catch a glimpse into Vietnam's past at Hoa Lu, the capital of the country in the 10th and 11th centuries. You're led by your guide to the scattered stone ruins of the city’s ancient citadel, as well as the restored Dinh and Le Temples.

Next, strap on a helmet and hop on a bike for a 7.5 mile (12 km) ride through the lush green Vietnamese countryside. Take a break from pedaling to take in the spectacular limestone karsts that tower above the trail.

Refreshed after lunch at a local restaurant, visit Trang An, a new addition to UNESCO’s list of heritage sites, before boarding a waiting row boat. A guide expertly steers your boat on the rivers that make up Tam Coc, or Three Caves, while passing local villages and lush rice paddies. Feel the crisp air on your skin as the boat follows the calm river and enters the darkness of the caves.

After navigating the river for more than 2 hours, your boat is guided towards the grassy shore. Before you head back to the bustling streets of Hanoi, close your eyes and reflect on a day spent experiencing another side of Vietnam.

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Small-Group Citadels, Cycles & Karsts Tour

Activity/Location

Hao Lu


Highlights

  • A guided walk among ancient citadels & temples of Hoa Lu

  • Cave exploration & breathtaking river views from a row boat

  • Bike ride through lush & rural Vietnamese countryside

  • Authentic Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant

  • Limited capacity - maximum 12 people per group


Inclusions

  • Guided walking tour of Hoa Lu

  • Guided bike tour

  • Guided row boat tour along Red River Delta

  • Bicycle rental and helmet

  • Lunch

  • Roundtrip transportation to and from your downtown Hanoi hotel

  • Live tour commentary provided in English


Know Before You Book

  • Children 11 and younger are not allowed.

  • You must be able to ride a bicycle on your own.

  • Maximum group size is 12 people.

  • A Tam Coc boat trip will be offered as an alternative to Trang An on selected days when the place is too crowded or during peak season.


Cancellation Policy

You can cancel free of charge until 4 days before your reservation starts. After that time, no cancellations, changes or refunds will be made.

Location

Hao Lu, Vietnam