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Hoa Lu - Mua Cave - Tam Coc - Bich Dong - Biking and Boat Day Trip from Hanoi provided by Vietnam Open Day Tours

Hoa Lu - Mua Cave - Tam Coc - Bich Dong - Biking and Boat Day Trip from Hanoi

Hoa Lu - Mua Cave - Tam Coc - Bich Dong - Biking and Boat Day Trip from Hanoi
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Tour snapshot
Choice of private, small-group, or group tour of Ninh Binh Province
Duration:
10h 30m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
22
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
  • Duration:
    10h 30m
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    22
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
About
The landscapes and historic monuments of Ninh Binh Province, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lie just south of Hanoi. On this tour, visit the ancient capital of Hoa Lu then venture off-road on a boat cruise around the karst cliffs and grottoes of Tam Coc and a scenic bike ride through the countryside. Choose from four options to suit your budget and interests.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 10h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Magnificent views of the Tam Coc caves from a boat on the river
  • Great value: lunch, entrance fees, and all activities included
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup and round-trip transport from Hanoi
What to expect
  • After pickup from your hotel in Hanoi's Hoan Kiem district, journey south into the Ninh Binh Province by air-conditioned bus, minivan, or private vehicle (depending on tour option selected). Stop in Hoa Lu, the capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries, and explore the historic city on a guided tour, admiring its ancient Le and Dinh dynasty temples. With the Classic option, continue to Tam Coc, where you are welcomed with a delicious buffet lunch of typical Vietnamese cuisine. After lunch, set sail along the Ngo Dong River and cruise through the stunning landscapes of Tam Coc, with its jagged karst cliffs, lush rice paddies, and atmospheric caves, often called the 'Ha Long Bay of the interior.' After the cruise, cycle around the surrounding countryside on a bike ride, following a scenic route through rural villages and along the riverside. For the Superior option, follow the classic tour and visit the Mua Cave on Dragon Mountain. The Deluxe option includes a hike up Dragon Mountain to the Mua Cave viewpoint, a delicious set menu lunch, a sampan boat ride on the Ngo Dong River, plus a bike tour that stops at the Bich Dong Pagoda. The Folk Show option includes a visit to ancient Hoa Lu, a hike up Dragon Mountain to Mua Cave, a set menu lunch, a sampan boat ride in Trang An, and a folk music show with tea. All tours en with drop-off at your Hanoi hotel.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 10h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Magnificent views of the Tam Coc caves from a boat on the river
  • Great value: lunch, entrance fees, and all activities included
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup and round-trip transport from Hanoi
What to expect
  • After pickup from your hotel in Hanoi's Hoan Kiem district, journey south into the Ninh Binh Province by air-conditioned bus, minivan, or private vehicle (depending on tour option selected). Stop in Hoa Lu, the capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries, and explore the historic city on a guided tour, admiring its ancient Le and Dinh dynasty temples. With the Classic option, continue to Tam Coc, where you are welcomed with a delicious buffet lunch of typical Vietnamese cuisine. After lunch, set sail along the Ngo Dong River and cruise through the stunning landscapes of Tam Coc, with its jagged karst cliffs, lush rice paddies, and atmospheric caves, often called the 'Ha Long Bay of the interior.' After the cruise, cycle around the surrounding countryside on a bike ride, following a scenic route through rural villages and along the riverside. For the Superior option, follow the classic tour and visit the Mua Cave on Dragon Mountain. The Deluxe option includes a hike up Dragon Mountain to the Mua Cave viewpoint, a delicious set menu lunch, a sampan boat ride on the Ngo Dong River, plus a bike tour that stops at the Bich Dong Pagoda. The Folk Show option includes a visit to ancient Hoa Lu, a hike up Dragon Mountain to Mua Cave, a set menu lunch, a sampan boat ride in Trang An, and a folk music show with tea. All tours en with drop-off at your Hanoi hotel.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 8638P3
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
  • Hotel pick-up (pick up and drop off at hotels in Hanoi Old Quarter area, Hoan Kiem district only. otherwise kindly go to our office at No 9 Hang Huong at 7:45am or contact our hotline after making reservation for best arrangement)
  • English speaking guide
  • Transported by model AC bus
  • Boat trip
  • Detail itinerary mentioned in the selected option
  • Biking trip around the countryside area (not applied for OPTION: ITINERARY 5 & 6)
  • 0.5l Bottled water on bus per person per day
  • Lunch (with local food - Vietnamese cuisines)
  • Admission tour included mentioned at option tour you choose
Exclusions
  • Drinks, Gratuities, What not mentioned clearly
  • Pick up and drop off at hotels located outside of the Old Quarter area
Duration
10h 30m
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Pick up and drop off offerred if your hotels located in Old Quarter of Hanoi. Please provide your hotel address (exactly pick up time will be confirmed after we received your booking & hotels' address)
  • Vietnam Open Tour, 9 Hàng Hương, Hàng Mã, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam We will pick you up at hotels in Old Quarer. or If you are staying outside of the Old Quarter of Hanoi, please go to our office at 7:45am to join the tour
  • Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam We will pick you up at hotels in Old Quarer area of Hoan Kiem disctrict. Please advise us your hotel name and address.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • There are 5 attraction: Hoa Lu ancient captital, Mua Cave, Tam Coc, Bich Dong pagoda, Bai Dinh Pagoda, and Trang An. Depending to the tour option you choose, the itinerary will included: 2 of 4 or 3 of 4 attractions mentined at What to expect (Ex. Classic itinerary: 1- CLASSIC ITINERARY: HOA LU + TAM COC AND BIKING. 2- ITINERARY 2 – NEW SUPERIOR: HOA LU – MUA CAVE – TAM COC AND BIKING. 3- ITINERARY 3 – NEW DELUXE : MUA CAVE + TAMCOC + BICH DONG PAGODA AND BIKING. 4 – ITNERARY 5 - NEW SUPERIOR: BAI DINH PAGODA – MUA CAVE – TRANG AN BOAT TOUR)
  • Itinerary can change due to the weather condition
  • Sunscreen, a hat, and comfortable shoes are recommended
  • We recommended bringing a hat, umbrella, raincoat, sunglasses
  • After the tour, If you want to stay in Tam Coc in the few days, Please advise us when you do want to come back Hanoi. Daily we have bus at 15:30 from Tam Coc to Hanoi. Surcharge for this service is 7usd/way/pax
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travellers
Inclusions
  • Hotel pick-up (pick up and drop off at hotels in Hanoi Old Quarter area, Hoan Kiem district only. otherwise kindly go to our office at No 9 Hang Huong at 7:45am or contact our hotline after making reservation for best arrangement)
  • English speaking guide
  • Transported by model AC bus
  • Boat trip
  • Detail itinerary mentioned in the selected option
  • Biking trip around the countryside area (not applied for OPTION: ITINERARY 5 & 6)
  • 0.5l Bottled water on bus per person per day
  • Lunch (with local food - Vietnamese cuisines)
  • Admission tour included mentioned at option tour you choose
Exclusions
  • Drinks, Gratuities, What not mentioned clearly
  • Pick up and drop off at hotels located outside of the Old Quarter area
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Pick up and drop off offerred if your hotels located in Old Quarter of Hanoi. Please provide your hotel address (exactly pick up time will be confirmed after we received your booking & hotels' address)
  • Vietnam Open Tour, 9 Hàng Hương, Hàng Mã, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam We will pick you up at hotels in Old Quarer. or If you are staying outside of the Old Quarter of Hanoi, please go to our office at 7:45am to join the tour
  • Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam We will pick you up at hotels in Old Quarer area of Hoan Kiem disctrict. Please advise us your hotel name and address.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
10h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • There are 5 attraction: Hoa Lu ancient captital, Mua Cave, Tam Coc, Bich Dong pagoda, Bai Dinh Pagoda, and Trang An. Depending to the tour option you choose, the itinerary will included: 2 of 4 or 3 of 4 attractions mentined at What to expect (Ex. Classic itinerary: 1- CLASSIC ITINERARY: HOA LU + TAM COC AND BIKING. 2- ITINERARY 2 – NEW SUPERIOR: HOA LU – MUA CAVE – TAM COC AND BIKING. 3- ITINERARY 3 – NEW DELUXE : MUA CAVE + TAMCOC + BICH DONG PAGODA AND BIKING. 4 – ITNERARY 5 - NEW SUPERIOR: BAI DINH PAGODA – MUA CAVE – TRANG AN BOAT TOUR)
  • Itinerary can change due to the weather condition
  • Sunscreen, a hat, and comfortable shoes are recommended
  • We recommended bringing a hat, umbrella, raincoat, sunglasses
  • After the tour, If you want to stay in Tam Coc in the few days, Please advise us when you do want to come back Hanoi. Daily we have bus at 15:30 from Tam Coc to Hanoi. Surcharge for this service is 7usd/way/pax
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Itinerary
  • You’ll have 2 starting options
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Hanoi Opera House
  • 1
    Ninh Binh
    Stop: 8 hours
    There are 6 attraction: Hoa Lu ancient captital, Mua Cave, Tam Coc, Bich Dong pagoda, Bai Dinh Pagoda, and Trang An. Depending to the tour option you choose, the itinerary will included: 2 of 4 or 3 of 4 attractions mentined at What to expect (Ex. Classic itinerary: 1- CLASSIC ITINERARY: HOA LU + TAM COC AND BIKING. 2- ITINERARY 2 – NEW SUPERIOR: HOA LU – MUA CAVE – TAM COC AND BIKING. 3- ITINERARY 3 – NEW DELUXE : MUA CAVE + TAMCOC + BICH DONG PAGODA AND BIKING. 4 – ITNERARY 5 - NEW SUPERIOR: BAI DINH PAGODA – MUA CAVE – TRANG AN BOAT TOUR) Note: After pick up in Old Quarter area (or the meeting point), the Bus will head to south of Hanoi (short break in middle way for 15 minutes)
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Teodor Cotet
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg1 contribution
It is a nice tour, a little bit boring. The guide was very nice. It is ok to go solo in this tour...
Written 29 January 2021
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Malcolm H
Hoi An, Vietnam7 contributions
Feb. 2020
Contacted day before to confirm pick up time. Bus arrived promptly, older vehicle but vary spacious and clean. Guide was informative and easy to understand. Took a while to negotiate our way out of Hanoi. Hoa Lu was a let down Very little to see but we did get a good history of the country from the guide. Short ride then to Mua cave. Its a climb up steep steps. There are in fact two peaks on is severely steep the other just steep. It took us 22 minutes to get to the top absolutely amazing view and the chance to take lots of spectacular photos. There is no health and safety, barriers at the summit you can move along the ridge away from the crowds awesome. Unfortunately there's lots of litter and plastic bottles stuffed in the rocks and crags which spoils it so much. 10 minute detour to the other peak and then back down. Easily manageable in 60 mins. We only saw one other couple from our group on the hill no one else ventured up and the guide stayed in the cafe at the foot of the stairs. Lunch in a local restaurant. Everything cooked freshly buffet style grab what you want and eat. Very tasty but not that clean. We cycled for about 40 minutes through the paddy fields and along the side of the river (yes it does look just like in the photos in the guide book) The bikes were awful. The handle bars came off the first one I picked up. Believe it or not it actually made it perversely more enjoyable on a ancient bike with one working brake and no suspension. The boat ride was tranquil with the boatsman rowing with his feet. They do require a tip at the end so have some local currency available. Non eventful journey back to Hanoi. Its a full day but worth it.
Written 8 June 2020
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Daryl Pollard
Rugby, UK29 contributions
The day trip was well organised, a wonderful day of sightseeing away from busy Hanoi. Our guide Nghia spoke excellent English . He was informative, polite and courteous at all times. To mention a few of the activities, the Temples were beautiful. Climbing the 500 steps to the pagoda was well worth the effort to see such amazing views. Bike riding was fun with the added bonus of a wonderful lunch stop along the way. We loved the boat trip, the only uncomfortable part were the sampan sellers who were very persistent in wanting you to buy there goods and also at the end of the boat trip the rower became quite vocal, regarding the tip that he expected. This was a shame because otherwise a wonderful great value money day.

Written 14 March 2020
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Odyssey59060
1 contribution
Mar. 2020
I just returned from a short trip to Jordan. Bridge Travel was the local agency I used. They went out of their way, particularly Jacob, who was available 24/7. He was very warm and helpful constantly trying to make our trip outstanding, and he was successful.
Written 13 March 2020
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LaurentCL2
Alassio, Italy1,983 contributions
Feb. 2020
It took 45 minutes to collect everyone from all the different hotels in Hà Nội before we finally started the tour. The bus smells like mildew...from the AC? That was the most unpleasant part of the trip.
Our guide Nghĩa was very extremely friendly, bubbly, a great entertainer on the bus, knowledgeable, very good and clear English and he always made sure we were comfortable and knew what to do. The best guide from all the tours I have done in Vietnam!!!
The visit in Hoa Lư was interesting and well organised.
Good buffet lunch at Đức Tuấn 2 Restaurant.
The boat ride in Tam Cốc was the highlight of the day in a beautiful and peaceful setting.
Then the bike tour with Nghĩa through the beautiful landscapes of Ninh Bình. OK, the bikes would need LOTS of TLC...at this point, they should buy new bikes because the ones we had had seen many bottoms in their life of a bike.
A full day that you will remember!
Written 11 March 2020
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Olivia M
1 contribution
Mar. 2020 • Couples
Ninh Binh was beautiful. The buffet lunch started the day off to a great start. Our boat trip was breathtaking, the landscape was so pretty it looked like a screensaver. But the best part was our tour guide Nghia. He spoke clear English and was so engaging. He made our entire group excited and brought us together.
Written 7 March 2020
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Claire M
1 contribution
This was an amazing experience! Our guide Max was so hospitable and spoke great English. He was very knowledgeable and allowed for flexibility in the schedule. The landscape is breathtakingly beautiful. Just watch out for the people who take you for a boat ride...tips are NOT required at all here, and our guide made that very clear, but the boat rowers get very angry and can be very rude if you do not tip them the amount they demand upon finishing the boat day trip part of the tour. However, the experience as a whole easily outweighed the momentary negativity from our boat rower. Max did a great job navigating the situation and made us feel much better about the experience. I can’t recommend him highly enough! If you’re in Hanoi, this is a fun way to spend the day for couples, friends, and solo travelers alike!
Written 6 March 2020
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Sherry C
Seattle, WA41 contributions
Feb. 2020
We started our tour with a comfortable 2 hours bus ride from our hotel to Ninh Binh. There you will climb a little under 500 steps to a breathtaking view of rice fields and rivers. Lots of people are participating in the same tour although with many other companies. Therefore, avoiding patrons on the staircase can be challenging. We then rode bikes to a Buddhist temple built on a side of a cave. Make sure you explore the stairs up to the cave behind the shrine. Another part of the tour is a two-hour boat ride down the river with a local. Great experience since I can speak the language and learned a lot of facts along the way. The newest movie of “King Kong” was filmed here in 2017 and many plots of rice fields along the way are past down from one generation to the next. Highly recommend the tour for all those visiting Hanoi.
Written 27 February 2020
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Renae J
Marysville, WA3 contributions
Feb. 2020
What a great tour! So many amazing places to visit and experiences that were very memorable! The climb wasn't too bad and the views were very rewarding! The bike ride was lovely and the pagoda was nice until we discovered the path behind it that led us up to the cave and scenic view then it became epic! Be sure to ask your guide about that!! The lunch stop was delicious and the boat trip was beyond wonderful! Nghia was very informative and we really appreciated him being available to take our group photos! He knew the most scenic spots for Wow photos!
Written 25 February 2020
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Stef
46 contributions
Dec. 2019
We took this tour on Christmas day, and it was one of the most memorable christmas days ever. This tour was incredible, everything about it was magical. Our guide was very informative about not only the areas we were visiting, but also about Vietnam in general. It was activity after activity, but it never seemed rushed in any way. The climb up the mountain was difficult but worth the effort for the views, which was paid off even more later in the tour. The bike ride felt like a dream, going in that beautiful scenery on a bike was fascinating. The pagoda was beautiful, and I still remember the amazing smell. The restaurant they took us to was also very good. The last thing of the day was the boat ride, which seemed to go on forever, further and further, incredible view after incredible view. Absolutely worth it for everything on this tour. I don't really want to say much more, because part of the wonderment came from the surprise. Choose this tour, you won't be disappointed.
Written 23 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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simonjx
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amazing tour, sadly the beautiful place is ruined by over tourism
I did the tour with my group of students as part of an educational excursion from university and was supposed to be
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Great tour - highly recommend!
We had a wonderful experience on the full-day trip! Our guide was very fun and informative, and we got a very thoro
lindsaym716
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A GREAT TIME
What an amazing time. We had a great tour guide, Nghia. He taught us so much about the culture, history, and locati
LaurentCL2
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No need to do a tour to visit Hà Nội!
It took 45 minutes to collect everyone from all the different hotels in Hà Nội before we finally started the tour.
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Great visit - just really foggy that day and hidden charges
Tour guide was good, the cruise and caves part was nice. The cruise charges for drinks but were not upfront about t
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Nghia
Such a comedian. Lovely, kind tour. Very willing to help out anyone with a problem. Made my stay on silversea very
v_roniqueb666
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Im Nghia great guide!
We had an excellent day thanks to your great guide Im Nghia. Very nice discovery of the bay, we loved the caves.
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Nice experience
We spent a very day , good service and nice and efficient organization , very impressed by the cave. Nghia was a gr
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joytraveler2015
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Amazing Ha Long Bay's tour
What's a spectacular sceneries! Ha Long Bay was much more than we expected. Visiting the Tien Cung Cave was a great
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Great day, excellent guide and amazing experience.
Nghia was a fabulous guide who spoke excellent English. He was very friendly and helpful and ensured everyone enjoy
Geoff M
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Good organisation
Trip well organised and the guide knew his stuff. Kept to time, which is important and not always the case. The onl
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ninh binh one day tour with Nghia
Excellent tour guide, accommodating and approachable. He made sure everyone is comfortable and have a very memorab
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Ninh Binh one day tour with Nghia
He is very good, accomodating and approachable. He ensures everyone safety first and will enjoy the trip.
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One day trip to Ha Long with tour guide Samson
We have decided long time if go there for one or for two days. Finally we have gone for one day and I would say tha
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Very well organized one day trip
This trip was very well run, all on schedule and quite convenient. The guide was kind enough to wait for us when we
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