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Full-Day Cycling Tour to Hanoi's Citadels and Karsts with Lunch

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Surround yourself in the rich history and breathtaking scenery of Vietnam. Step back through time at the ancient citadel of Hoa Lu, Vietnam's first capital. Cycle amongst the lime karsts and surrounding scenery. Then explore the spectacular scenery of Trang An complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • See the breathtaking scenery of Vietnam
  • Visit Hoa Lu, Vietnam’s first capital, and learn about its rich history
  • Explore magnificent caves and be amazed with the region's spectacular karst country


Begin your Hanoi cultural adventure with a two hour drive from the hectic capital of Hanoi to the province of Ninh Binh (approximately 100 kilometers). Our first destination is Hao Lu, the location of the capital of Vietnam during the Dinh Dynasty (968-980) and early Le Dynasty (980-1009). The ancient citadel once covered 300 hectares of land, however the passage of time has left but a few remnants of this once glorious capital of Vietnam.

Upon arrival, our local guide will take us through the Dinh and Le Temples which were restored during the 17th century. The temples are dedicated to emperors Dinh and Le and believed to be built on the original foundations of the old palaces from the 11th and 12th centuries, which can help you delve into Vietnam's history as you might wish.

Next, jump on a bike for a 12 kilometer ride through the area, limestone karsts towering above as you ride along backroads and beautiful experience you don't get on other Hanoi tours. Then we stop for lunch at a local restaurant before visiting Trang An*, a recently added UNESCO World Heritage Site. The complex consists of three areas of interest: the Trang An - Tam Coc - Bich Dong ecological site, the Hoa imperial capital and Hoa Lu primitive forests. The area is often referred to as the Halong Bay of the land due to its spectacular scenery. Limestone Karsts rise up from the ground like towers covering the whole region...a true Hanoi travel wonder!

Here we board row boats for a 3 to 3.5 hour journey through caves, pass by local villages along the river system of the Red River Delta. The scenery comprises of lush green rice paddies during the rice growing seasons and surrounding limestone karsts, making for a stunning backdrop to the journey and presents many photo opportunities for the keen photographers amongst the group. At the end of the boat trip, it is time to return to Hanoi and rest after a day full of adventure.


  • Bicycle rental

  • Lunch

  • Helmet

  • Admission

  • English-speaking guide
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Duration: 11:30 hour(s)
Available: Daily
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Inclusions: Bicycle rental / Lunch / Helmet / Admission / English-speaking guide
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  • 07:45

    Check-in at Hanoi Opera House

  • 08:00

    Hoa Lu

    Take a 2-hour drive from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, where ancient capital Hoa Lu is located. Be amazed by the ancient citadels that once covered 300 hectares of land during the Dinh Dynasty (9968-980) and Le Dynasty (980-1009).

  • Dinh and Le Temples

    Explore Dinh and Le Temples, dedicated to Dinh and Le emperors of those dynasties and have been restored in the 17th century.

  • 12 Kilometer Bike Ride

    Go on a unique adventure and hop on a bike for a 12-kilometer ride through backroads and among towering limestone karsts. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery along the ride.

  • Limestone Karsts

    Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before proceeding to Trang An. With its towering limestone karsts and amazing scenery, this recently added UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to fascinating ecological sites like Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel and Tam Cốc/Bích Động Landscape.

  • Boat Ride Through Caves

    Ride a rowing boat for 3 1/2 hours and journey through caves and local villages along the Red River Delta. Admire the scenery of lush green rice paddies and surrounding limestone karsts.

  • Head Back to Hanoi

  • End

    Drop-off at Specific Hotels in Hanoi

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  • Children 12 years old and above can participate in this activity.

  • Guests must know how to ride a bicycle to participate in this activity.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Casual

  • No clothing that exposes a large amount of skin

Additional Note(s)
  • During peak season or selected days when the Trang An is too crowded, a Tam Coc boat trip will be offered as an alternative.

  • Starting April 01, 2018, the new meeting point is at the front entrance of the Hanoi Opera House.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a minimum of 1 and maximum of 12.

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