Hoa Lu Tam Coc Day Trip

The one that helps you to escape from bustling city to the splendid beauty of Hoa Lu Ancient Capital & epic panoramic view in Tam Coc, Ninh Binh Province for ONE day.

US $28/pax ​


FREE Hanoi City Tour


86400 seconds, 1440 minutes, 24 hours, ONE day. What do you expect for a day? One day trip to Ninh Binh is definitely a wonderful choice that nobody should count it for the journey to beautiful S-shaped country.

Escape from the bustling city to immerse yourself into the ancient beauty of Hoa Lu Ancient Capital and epic scenery in Tam Coc. If you want to see the beautiful Tam Coc rice fields surrounding Ngo river, you need to visit Tam Coc at the end of May or at the beginning of June. See our itinerary for Hoa Lu Tam Coc Day Trip as below to plan your trip in Ninh Binh now.


  • Duration: 1 day
  • Starting time: 07:50 am – 08:30 am
  • Transportation: Mini Van/Limousine
  • Pick up service: Hotel in the Old Quarter Center
  • Easy cancellation: 3 days before
  • Tour type: Standard (Contact us for more options)
  • FREE Hanoi City Tour by Hanoi Free Local Tour



  • Understanding of Vietnamese history and culture through Hoa Lu Ancient Capital – Capital of Vietnam in the 10th to 11th century
  • Visit the temples of Dinh and Le dynasties and explore ancient relics remaining from when Hoa Lu was the country’s capital
  • Get a meaningful day in a famous place, only 2 hours from Hanoi to Ninh Binh
  • Immerse yourself on the stunning landscape with natural limestone formations in Tam Coc
  • Experience Tam Coc Boat Tour
  • Cycling to explore pretty villages
  • Try local dishes in Ninh Binh
  • Go with a passionate guide




Start Pick-up

Welcome tourists coming to Hoa Lu Tam Coc Day Trip!

7:30 am – 8:00 am: Tour guide will pick up you and your group from your hotel or at the confirmed meeting point in Hanoi Old Quarter. This will be a 2-hour drive to Ninh Binh, which is about 105 kilometers to the South of Hanoi.


Hoa Lu Ancient Capital

10:15 am: The first destination is Hoa Lu ancient capital. This is the first capital of Vietnam.

Come to visit Hoa Lu, you will learn about why the capital was moved to Hanoi nowadays. You are impressed on an outstanding architecture when entering temples of King Dinh and King Le, the first and second emperors of ancient Vietnam, built in the 17 century. Try to feel ancient atmospheres in Hoa Lu ancient capital.

Founded in 968, it remained capital until the early 11th century when Emperor Ly Thai To moved it to today’s Hanoi. Arriving in this beautiful mountainous landscape, you’ll walk 300 meters to the temples of the Dinh and Le Dynasty.

Constructed in the 17th century, these temples are nowadays to worship King Dinh Tien Hoang of Dinh Dynasty and King Le Dai Hanh of Le Dynasty, the iconic heroes making a great contribution to the construction and preservation of the country. Moreover, tourists can listen to intriguing stories about Vietnam history from elderly locals.


Time for lunch & exploring Tam Coc

11:30 am: Arrive in Tam Coc near Tam Coc wharf after visiting Hoa Lu

11:45 am: Time for lunch, you are served with traditional Vietnamese food in a local restaurant. Relax in 20 minutes.

13:00 pm: At Tam Coc wharf, you get on a rowing Tam Coc River Tour with maximum 4 people on a boat to discover the beauty of Tam Coc – Bich Dong. Within 1.5 hours on the boat, local boat riders will orderly take you to visit three Tam Coc caves: Hang Ca (the first grotto), Hang Hai (the second grotto) and Hang Ba (the third grotto).


Cycling Along The Roads Of Tam Coc

14:30 am: Ninh Binh is one of those places you definitely need to get your own transport if you don’t want to miss out tremendously. After spending time in Tam Coc, if you want to explore more the charm of this mountainous area, take a bike tour, wandering along the rural routes of Tam Coc.

Cycling around the idyllic village to explore around sceneries, you can also cycle to Bich Dong Pagoda or Thai Vi temple near Tam Coc wharf. This experience will take your breath away.

Tourists will be overwhelmed with the ripen rice paddy fields during the harvest season and limestone mountains. Don’t forget to bring your camera for beautiful photos.


Hanoi Return

16:00 pm: Relax and get on the minivan our driver will take you back to Hanoi.

18:30 pm: On arrival in Hanoi, we will drop you back to your hotel.

Take a Closer Look



  • Pickup and drop off in Hanoi Old Quarter
  • Transportation with air conditioner for round-trip Hanoi – Hoa Lu/Tam Coc
  • English-speaking tour guide during the trip
  • All entrance tickets and fees to sites indicated in the itinerary
  • Complimentary bottles of water on the bus
  • Lunch featuring Vietnamese cuisine
  • Biking


  • Accommodation
  • Visa arrangement
  • Drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses


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