Hanoi Citadels, Karsts and Cycle Small Group Tour

This was a great active tour. I was the only one one it that day. I was picked up on time at my hotel. It was a bit of a long drive from the city due to the traffic, about 1. 5 hours each way, but the city views, the country views, and the vibrant traffic scenes were quite good. ...Anonymous, – See more reviews
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Rolling boat.
Rolling boat.
Going around.
Going around.
Farmers harvesting rice.
Farmers harvesting rice.
Cycling among Karst.
Cycling among Karst.
Going into the cave.
Going into the cave.
On the way back.
On the way back.
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What To Expect

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


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daily at 8:00 AM
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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 scenery...an 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.


  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

  • English speaking guide

  • Lunch

  • Bike and Helmet

  • Entrance fees


  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

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

  • Participants must be at least 12 years old to join this tour.

  • Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 12 guests.

  • Tour takes approximately 10 to 11 hours.

  • Pick-up time may range between 08:00 and 08:30.

  • Please be aware that dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means that your clothing must cover your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is advisable in the predominantly hot Asian climate. In many rural areas in Asia, women will need to wear modest clothing even when swimming. Singlets, tank tops and topless sun bathing are all unacceptable. When visiting religious sites men often need to wear long trousers and women a long skirt or sarong.

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  • Free cancellation: 4 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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