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Lonely Planet Experiences: Boat and Bike Tour of Hoa Lu-Trang An from Hanoi

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Lonely Planet Experiences: Boat and Bike Tour of Hoa Lu-Trang An from Hanoi

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Discover the spectacular Vietnamese countryside by bike and boat on a captivating small-group tour from Hanoi. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and embark on a bike ride through beautiful back roads and verdant rice fields; visit the majestic ancient capital of Hoa Lu to see the home of the country’s first emperor; and revitalize with a traditional Vietnamese lunch. Cruise the sparkling waters of Tam Coc in a traditional wooden rowboat and capture magnificent vistas dotted with limestone karsts. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour.
  • Take a rowboat through the UNESCO site of Trang An
  • Cycle through villages, rice fields, and limestone karsts
  • Enjoy a traditional local lunch at the home of a local family
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 ensures a more personalized experience
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Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Bike and helmet
Boat trip
Green tea, local drink
Food and drinks, unless specified
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Departure Point

01 Tràng Tiền, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam

Front entrance of the Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Hanoi, Vietnam

Drop off at centrally located hotels in Hanoi

Depart from Hanoi in a spacious vehicle and relax during the scenic 2-hour drive to the ancient capital of Hoa Lu. Listen as your knowledgeable guide sets the historical scene of the city and directs your attention to monuments commemorating Dinh Bo Linh, Vietnam’s first emperor.

On arrival, jump onto your bike and set off on a leisurely 7.5-mile (12-km) ride through some of the region’s most luscious landscapes; meander through quaint back streets and follow the route of winding streams before visiting a local family home for a traditional lunch. 

After lunch, make your way to Trang An, a new addition to UNESCO’s list of heritage sites. Honored as of June 2014, the 10,000-hectare Trang An complex comprises three areas: the Trang An ­– Tam Coc – Bich Dong ecological site, the Hoa Lu imperial capital, and the Hoa Lu primitive forests. Weave your way around beautiful limestone karsts (rocky outcrops) and capture photographs of the spectacular scenery that surrounds. Pass rural local villages and gain insight into the rich culture of the region from your guide. 

When your cruise concludes, return to your comfortable vehicle and relax during the return journey to Hanoi.
Stop At:  
Hanoi Opera House
We will meet our guide there.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hoa Lu Ancient Capital
Our first destination is Hoa 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 few remains of this once glorious capital of the Vietnam. On arrival, dive into history at the Dinh & Le Temples. Restored in the 17th century, the temples are dedicated to the Dinh and Le emperors and believed to be built on the original foundations of the old palaces from the 11th and 12th centuries. Next it's time for the biking part of the tour, as you hop on a bike for a 12 kilometre bike ride through the area, lime karsts towering above you as you ride along backroads and beautiful scenery... experiences you just don't get on other Hanoi tours! We'll stop and visit a local family for home host lunch in this area and learn the Vietnamese culture through their daily activities​
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Trang An Landscape Complex
We will visit Trang An, a new addition to UNESCO’s list of heritage sites. Honoured as of June 2014, the 10,000-hectare Trang An complex comprises three areas: the Trang An – Tam Coc – Bich Dong ecological site, the Hoa Lu imperial capital, and the Hoa Lu primitive forests.  It is often referred to as the Halong Bay of the land due to its spectacular scenery: lime karsts rise up of the ground to tower over the region, and is a truly wonderful sight to see. Here, we’ll board row boats for a 3 to 3.5-hour journey through caves, passing 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 the surrounding limestone karsts make for a stunning backdrop, presenting many photo opportunities for the keen photographers amongst the group.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people per tour
  • Easy paced cycling suitable for all fitness levels
  • As we will visiting temples, clothing must cover your shoulders and knees. Also loose, lightweight clothing with comfortable shoes for a 12 km cycle​ is recommended.
  • We highly recommend you bring a reusable water bottle on the tour as we are on the way to reducing single-use plastic. A local drink or water is provided at one stop during the cycling route and at a local family home at lunch time
  • A Tam Coc boat trip will be offered as an alternative to Trang An on selected days when the place is too crowded or during peak season.​
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures - Indochina
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the social distancing policy during Lonely Planet Experiences: Boat and Bike Tour of Hoa Lu-Trang An from Hanoi ?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Lonely Planet Experiences: Boat and Bike Tour of Hoa Lu-Trang An from Hanoi ?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Great guide and a great day.
, Apr 2019
We had a great day with San (sorry for spelling it wrong :). He is a very knowledgeable guide who knows when to talk and when to just let you enjoy the views. The bike ride was great and the lunch was truly excellent. The one complained I had for the day was the harassment of the vendors during the boat ride, but that is unavoidable and nothing to do with the guide and this trip :) Oh, and it's hot. Dear god was it hot. If you go in summer bring a lot of water :)
This tour with San was just...
, May 2018
This tour with San was just spectacular. The scenery is incredible and unique. The bike ride through the village and rice paddies was everything we could hope for. Mother Nature stepped in and delivered a water show the likes of which I've never seen but her shinanigans only served to make this trip more fun and memorable! If you're looking for some fun, light activity not far from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi then definitely give this tour a whirl. It's a lovely, peaceful way to spend a day.
The tour was wonderful We...
Jeffrey K
, Mar 2018
The tour was wonderful We enjoyed the biking and the boat ride and lunch at a private home was great
Nice guide and a lovely tour in the...
, Jan 2018
Nice guide and a lovely tour in the Ninh Binh area. We stopped by a local family for lunch, It was great. I'd love to have a bigger and faster bike tour.
Wonderful way to see the...
Susan S
, Jan 2018
Wonderful way to see the countryside, Tam Coc and the limestone karsts! Our guide was delightful and shared many interesting facts about his country and region. Bikes were in good condition and the lunch was overwhelming! Take an appetite! Also take bottled water with you! not many vendors there in November.
A really enjoyable day. The guide...
Angelina F
, Jan 2018
A really enjoyable day. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Boar ride in the caves was awesome. The lunch that was arranged in the home of the villagers was scrumptious and they welcomed us with open arms. All-in-all an excellent package. The only word of caution is to be mindful of the weather as it could get a bit uncomfortable during the rainy season. Would definitely recommend!
Really enjoyed this trip, about an...
, Dec 2017
Really enjoyed this trip, about an hour on a comfortable pushbike and and hour on a row boat through some stunning landscapes. Guide was very helpful and informative.
A great day from start to finish...
Vicki D
, Nov 2017
A great day from start to finish .. our wonderful friendly and funny guide Dong called me the night before to let me know what time he would be picking me up in the morning. His happy face greeted me as I came down the stairs and the smiles and laughter continued through the day as we rode, walked, ate, experienced and floated our way around some of the most beautiful scenery I have seen in Vietnam. No wonder Tam Coc is called Halong Bay on land .. serenely stunning. A great day with a fab guide in a beautiful part of Vietnam.
Best tour. So much to do and see...
, Nov 2017
Best tour. So much to do and see. Guide was really great.
I chose this instead of a one-day...
John T
, Nov 2017
I chose this instead of a one-day Halong Bay tour, mostly to avoid the 2x4 hour bus rides. I'm so glad I did! The bike ride was incredibly scenic (some gravel roads so be sure you know what you're doing!), the home-cooked lunch was delicious, and the boat ride was spectacular! Small group perfect.

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