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Hanoi Day Tour: Hao Lu and Tam Coc (Ninh Binh) (full day) Adventure Tour


  • Vietnam

Go back in time on this day tour to the Ninh Binh Providence and explore Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam, surrounded by limestone mountains and pristine green fields. Visit the Dinh and Le dynasty temples, palaces, and monuments. Discover the interesting history of the mesmerizing Nhat Tru Pagoda where a princess was sentenced to nunnery and lost her life down a well. Top it all off with a sampan boat ride through three caves! Have your camera ready because these are sites you'll never want to forget.

Finishing Point Instructions  

End Point:
6:00pm Hotel drop-off.

Packing List  

Health & Safety:
• Hand sanitizer (required)
• Face masks (Clients will be only be required to wear a face mask where it is mandated by local regulations.)
• Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.)
• Quick Covid Test/Antigen Test


Hoa Lu ancient temples of the Dinh and Le dynasties. The mesmerizing Nhat Tru Pagoda with interesting history. A visit through 10th century royal palaces. Cycle through the Vietnam countryside of rice fields. Sampan boat ride down Tam Coc River through three caves.

What's Included  

Pick up/drop off by modern air-conditioned bus. Professional English speaking guide. Cycling. Local lunch. Entrance fee. Sampan boat ride through 3 caves.


A/C Van, Cycle, Walking, Sampan Boat

Minimum Age  

You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

International Flights  

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Emergency Contact  

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Emergency Contact
G Adventures Office Bangkok, Thailand
From outside Thailand: +66 92 338 9222
From within Thailand: 092 338 9222

G Adventures Local Representative (Vietnam)
Ms. Alice
Emergency number: +84 90 430 5130

If you are unable for any reason to contact our local office, please call the numbers listed below which will connect you directly with our Sales team who will happily assist you. Hours of operation by region can be found here.

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Group Leader  

Professional English-speaking local guide

Meals Included  

1 lunch

Optional Activities  

No optional activities

Group Size Notes  

Max 25, no minimum

Joining Instructions  

Meeting Point:
8:00am Hotel lobby

(pick-up/drop-off available from centre hotels in Old Quarter area only)

Day 1 Hanoi

Duration: 8-10 hours

Meeting Point: 8:00am Your Hotel in the Old Quarter

Finish Point: Hotel drop-off

Leave the modern Hanoi city life behind and go back in time on this day tour to the ancient city of Hoa Lu surrounded by green limestone mountains. Meet the tour guide in your hotel lobby and depart for the Ninh Binh province, a 90km (60mi) drive south, with a 20 minute break halfway to stretch your legs. Arrive in Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam from the 10th century, in the Red River Delta with a scenery of green fields and karst mountains. Visit the temples of two dynasties - Dinh and Le - with ancient intricate architecture. Learn the history of the mesmerizing Nhat Tru Pagoda where a princess was sentenced to nunnery and see the well that took her life. Study the various monuments honouring several Vietnamese royals. Learn about the culture through an excavation of vestiges of royal palaces. Arrive at Tam Coc in the afternoon to relax and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Those who enjoy cycling can opt to explore the countryside images of Vietnam on a 5km ride from Tam Coc to Bich Dong Pagoda (3mi). You will be amazed by the beautiful scenery of lush paddy fields. Afterwards, board the sampan boat in Tam Coc and float along the river among the villages, mountains, and rice fields, passing through 3 caves - Hang Ca, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba. The boat returns to dock for a bus ride back to Hanoi for an estimated arrival of 6:00pm.

Note that this Day Tour is operated by one of G Adventures preferred suppliers and will be a shared service with other non-G Adventures travellers.

Please note that Hoa Lu Tam Coc is closed for repairs and groups will go instead to Hoa Lu Trang An until further notice.


Prices from: €39.00

Duration: 1 Days

Travel Style: Classic

Trip Type: Day Tours

Physical Grading: 2 - Light

Call Us: 01 2311889


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