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Authentic Hanoi: A Cycling Tour With A Difference

From US$ 75 per person
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highlights
  • Enjoy the fascinating natural beauty and rich history of Vietnam
  • Gawk at stunning limestone karsts in karst country
  • Visit the ancient citadel of Hoa Lu, the first capital of Vietnam
  • Explore the magnificent caves of Trang An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
This Hanoi tour is perfect for all kinds of travelers. It excites the fitness freak and delights the adventure lover in you, while making sure that keeps the explorer stays interested. The tour includes a mysterious rowboat ride through hidden caves and a 12 km cycling session that sounds weary, but is actually a breeze. It takes you through ancient villages, beautiful rice paddies and majestic limestone karsts and introduces you to the Hanoi of yesterday, a far cry from the chaotic scenes that you usually associate with the capital of Vietnam.

Our Hanoi tour begins with a two-hour drive from the hectic capital of Hanoi to the province of Ninh Binh, approximately 100 kilometres away. 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 few remains of this once glorious capital of the Vietnam.

On arrival, dive into history at the Dinh & Le Temple. Restored in the 17th century, the temples are dedicated 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 is 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 back roads and beautiful scenery... experiences you just don't get on other Hanoi tours!

Following our bike ride, we'll stop for lunch at a local restaurant before visiting 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.

At the end of the boat trip, we’ll return to the city and finish our Hanoi tour.

Note: 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.
what’s included
  • Local english speaking guide
  • Entrance fees as indicated
  • Transportation as indicated
  • Bike and helmet
  • Lunch.
what’s excluded
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips / gratuities for driver or guide.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 10-11 hours
Tour Type Group Tour  
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Hanoi, Vietnam
customer reviews
4.6 - Excellent Based on 2 reviews
Excellent
Mrs. Cheryl K. At
5 - Excellent
“Fantastic day with Cuong who was a great guide. He was informative and funny. The bike ride was the highlight of the tour- I'm not a great cyclist but was able to manage and the group waited when I was a bit slow. We weren't bothered by touts which was a relief. The scenery on the bike and boat trip was superb. The boat area was quite crowded with locals being a Sunday. Highly recommended.”
Very Good
Mr. ED L. At
4.5 - Excellent
“This tour was very good overall. I had done a previous tour in Hoian with a tour operator recommended by our intrepid tour guide for a 15 day tour which I thought compared very favourably with this one. However the site was outstanding even though i had been to Han lon bay. The guide was excellent but I thought she might have given us a little more of a heads up on the scams being conducted by the rower for our boat. The rower had a scam with one of the other boats selling food and drinks at the far end of the boat ride where we were sort of forced to buy a drink and food for our rower even though we ourselves did not want any. As always this sort of scamming detracts from the experience but I still enjoyed the row. Also on this trip we paid the tip for the rower ($5) which on our other intrepid 15 day tour would have been covered. So I was a little surprised by that. The information we got from our tour guide was excellent and I was happy to give her a tip however I must say that for both trips the (15 day tour and this one) I think it is a little sad that as an Australian company where we generally expect that people get paid enough so that tipping is not required in our country Intrepid/peregrine depend on the traveler to provide a tip to the guide to give them enough to provide reasonable remuneration. Having said that I though both of the tour guides were of exceptional ability overall though I heard of some gides who were not so good.”
Good to know Dress standard: When packing 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 clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate. In many rural areas in Asia women will need to wear modest clothing even to swim. 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.

Child Policy: Children under age 12 are not permitted to join this tour.

Closure: 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.
Cancellation Cancellation for this product is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given.
If cancelling less than 48 hours before the chosen start date no refund applies.
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