Ninh Binh city is located about 90km south of Hanoi in the Red River Delta and is the capital of Ninh Binh province. The area is truly breathtaking, with green rice fields in the delta area and famous for its limestone mountain and karst sceneries, best seen during a boat ride. Most visitors choose the small village of Tam Coc, a short ride from Ninh Binh, as their base for exploring the area.

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07:45 – 8:30 Pick up at your hotel in the old quarter of Hanoi.

08:30 Depart from Hanoi on the way to Ninh Binh Province (on the way there will be a stop of about 20 minutes).

10:00 Arriving at Hoa Lu Ancient Capital.

10:15 Visit the temples of the two kings of the Dinh and Le dynasties.

11:40 Arriving at Tam Coc Wharf at around lunch time.

12:00 Great lunch at a local restaurant over looking the Ngo Dong river. You’ll have the chance to enjoy Ninh Binh’s specialty of goat meat and elderberry.

13:00 Board the sampan boats, rowed by locals as you gently make your way along the Ngo Dong river. Take in the breathtaking scenery of karst hills, villages and seasonal rice fields while passing through three caves, Hang Ca, Hang Hai and Hang Ba.

15:00 Back to Tam Coc Wharf to chill out.

15:15 Enjoy a cycling tour from Tam Coc to Bich Dong along the countryside rivers and paddy fields.

16:00 Getting on the shuttle bus to go back to Hanoi.

18:30 We say goodbye to you at your hotel in the old quarter, Hanoi. Trip ends.

  • Pick up from your hotel in the old quarter, Hanoi
  • Transfer by A/C modern bus
  • English speaking guide for the duration of the trip
  • Buffet lunch, Vietnamese cuisine
  • 2 small bottles of water per person
  • All entree fees, biking trip
  • All indicated in our itinerary
  • All other (alcoholic) beverages and travel insurance
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • All not indicated in our itinerary
  • Booking voucher from us
  • Cash for personal expense
  • Wide brimmed hat or umbrella, this rain coat or poncho
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses

Specific food requests

Please let us know if you have specific eating restrictions, allergic for certain things or if you are vegetarian, we can take that into account during the trips.

Useful information

Especially for the north and central Vietnam;

In the period between November and April, the weather is variable, from sunny to cold and rainy. It is advisable during this period to bring some rain gear with some warmer clothes. In the period from April to November, it is good to pack a hat with a wide brim, sunscreen (at least SPF15) and a reliable insect repellent. A thin rain poncho is useful all year round.

Get Up And Go Vietnam does everything to make your trip an unforgettable experience. Unfortunately, we have no control over weather conditions. Our apologies for that!