Multi-day trip

Ninh Binh and Hoa Lu 2-Day Small Group Tour from Hanoi

4.6 / 5

37 reviews

Activity provider: Journey Vietnam
Multi-day trip

Ninh Binh and Hoa Lu 2-Day Small Group Tour from Hanoi

Activity provider: Journey Vietnam
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From US$ 199 per person

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Discover the scenic landscapes of Ninh Binh on a 2-day tour of Tam Coc, Hoa Lu, and Mua Cave from Hanoi. Explore an ancient capital and ride a bike along rural roads past rice paddies.

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Duration 2 days
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup possible from hotels and accommodations in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Pickup from areas outside the Old Quarter is possible, subject to a US$10 surcharge per group.
Small group
Limited to 9 participants


  • Discover the Tam Coc caves by traditional boat
  • Visit Buddhist temples and learn the ancient history of Vietnam
  • Bike among the rice fields and limestone mountains of Ninh Binh
  • Enjoy a home cooked dinner of Vietnamese food prepared by a host family
  • Experience everyday life and visit a local market
Full description
Get back to nature and explore the ancient cultures of Vietnam on a 2-day tour of Tam Coc and Hoa Lu. Spend the night at a luxury homestay and learn about the everyday life of the locals. Day 1: Hanoi – Tam Coc Depart Hanoi and travel to Ninh Binh in the Red River Delta. Visit the limestone cave of Tam Coc on a boat trip down the Ngo Dong River. Enjoy the peaceful scenery of limestone mountains, rice paddies, and local temples. Check-in to your luxury bungalow accommodation and chat with the locals. Savor the local cuisine, including a refreshing green tea or coffee. Then, explore Ninh Binh by bike and cycle past rice fields and mountains. See the Bich Dong Pagoda, and learn about the Buddhist culture of Vietnam. Return to the bungalow and enjoy some free time before dinner served by the local host family. Day 2: Mua Cave – Hoa Lu – Hanoi Enjoy breakfast at the bungalow before cycling to Mua Cave. Hike to the peak of Ngoa Long Mountain and get amazing views of Tam Coc and the Ninh Binh area. Check out before lunch, and then visit the ancient capital of Hoa Lu. Admire the temple of King Dinh before the drive back to Hanoi.
  • English-speaking guide
  • Pickup and drop-off in the Old Quarter or Hanoi
  • Luxury bungalow accommodation
  • All meals (2 lunches, dinner, and breakfast)
  • All sightseeing and boat fees
  • All air-conditioned transportation, as per the itinerary
  • 3 bottles of water per person (2 on the bus, and 1 for the bike ride)
  • Bike ride
  • Pickup and drop-off outside the Old Quarter, available subject to an additional fee of US$10 per group
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for the guide and driver
  • Optional activities or tours
  • Personal expenses

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  • This is a small group tour of no more than 9 people
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4.6 /5

based on 37 reviews

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This tour has been the highlight of our trip to Vietnam. The ride in the limousine van from Hanoi to Ninh Binh was pleasant and comfortable. The boat trip down the river and the bike rides featured stunning views and we visited some very interesting locations such as a bird’s sanctuary in an eco-lodge. Our accommodation and the food were excellent. Alex has been an absolutely amazing guide- very thoughtful, knowledgeable and accommodating. He was engaged, organized and genuinely concerned with making sure we had a good time. Overall it was a wonderful experience. I would strongly recommend Alex and the tour to anyone.

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January 12, 2023

Vuong was a great tour guide. The tour bus was comfortable. The bikes we rented were good quality. Vuong catered the tour towards our interests, for example: we enjoy biking so vuong made the bike portion of the trip longer. All the food was great and were preset menus. Some of the places provided too much food and we get a bit bad about being wasteful. Vuong helped us know what was appropriate, for example how much to tip the rowers. Tam Coc region was beautiful. The limestone rocks will always be a fond memory for me.

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December 20, 2022

First. I love our tour guide, Fun! He is a man that wore many hats during our short but sweet visit to Ninh Bình. A tour guide, an entertainer, a teacher, and a photographer! We picked the 2d1n option and I love that he was so knowledgeable and familiar w the area. You'll be in good hands booking this tour and if you're lucky, you'll get Fun. Have fun :)

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October 2, 2019

Product ID: 131307