Tour Route: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Trang An Eco-tourism Site – Hoa Lu Ancient Capital – Hanoi
 1 Day
Date: Advice on booking
Start/End: Hanoi/ Hanoi
Tour Category: Hanoi Tours, Ninh Binh Tours
Tour Customizable: Absolutely (Tell us what you wish to do in the inquiry form)

Hanoi – Trang An – Hoa Lu Adventural Tour – 1 Day

1-day Trang An and Hoa Lu tour take you to an area of astounding natural beauty with limestone peaks and the centuries-old capital of Vietnam. From Hanoi, a leisure boat trip passing towering limestone karsts covered by lush plants along Trang An River will definitely make your tour to Trang An and Hoa Lu a truly memorable experience.

Highlights of 1-day Hanoi – Trang An – Hoa Lu Tour

  • Take a boat tour to visit Trang An – the UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Discover the magnificence of Trang An Eco-tourism Site
  • Savor the culinary delights of Ninh Binh province
  • Gain an insight into the Vietnamese history and the ancient architecture

Experience our day tour to Trang An and Hoa Lu with

  • Guides: Hand-pick from our best guides, mature, acknowledgeable, all are licensed, great senses of humor
  • Drivers: friendly, responsible, reliable with many years of driving experience, door-to-door services
  • Vehicles: comfortable, spacious, air-conditioned, big window
  • Viet Vision Travel Office: 24/7 customer service, accommodate all your needs
Detailed Itinerary

A Glimpse of Trang An & Hoa Lu in Ninh Binh

Trang An Eco-tourism Site is globally renowned by its natural setting of limestone peaks, evergreen jungles, and vivid emerald water. Recognized as the World Heritage Site in 2014, Trang An is a relic of the Earth’s history dating back to millions of years ago.


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The scenery of Trang An is actually the legacy of karst topography revolution in tropical climate around 250 million years ago. Throughout the time, continuous geological collapses and movements of the Earth’s crust formed these charming limestone mountains, enigmatic caves, and the complex waterway system.

Located 7 km from Trang An, Hoa Lu was the ancient capital of Vietnam after King Ly Cong Uan had moved the capital to Hanoi (Thang Long that time) in the 11th century. Hoa Lu witnessed many striking historical events of the country: the union of Vietnam after “12 Lords Rebellion”, the war against the Chinese Tong dynasty and the formation of Hanoi. Today, Hoa Lu which belongs to Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex is an attractive place that history lovers should not miss out in Ninh Binh tours.

Hanoi – Trang An – Hoa Lu Tour Itinerary

Trang An in the Morning (L)

Our local tour guide will meet you at 7.00 am at your hotel lobby to start our day tour to Trang An and Hoa Lu. From Hanoi, you are transferred to Ninh Binh by a one hour drive. On arrival, we take a small sampan wooden boat trip slowly rowing through serpentine streams, between the blooming mountains and valleys.


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The 3-hour rowing boat takes you to sacred sites and through 12 mysterious water caves. Along the way, there are spectacular transitions as you get into a dark cave and a whole new picture appears right in front of your eyes at the exit. Follow the boat’s schedule, you can drop off the sampan boat to visit some on-land attractions.


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We can enjoy the fresh air, clean and clear water with underwater grass. Experience ourselves the feeling and emotion when we are in the water caves. After discovery in Trang An, we are transferred to a local restaurant to enjoy a tasty lunch which features specialties of Ninh Binh.

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital in the Afternoon

After our lunch and taking some rest, we move to Hoa Lu Ancient capital situated 7km from Trang An to continue our day tour in Ninh Binh. Upon arrival, ornate temples that worship the Emperors will catch your eyes at first sight. These temples were constructed to honor King Dinh Tien Hoang, King Le Dai Hanh, and King Ly Thai To. On the site, you are told about the story of the first three centralized feudal states of Vietnam: the Ding dynasty, the Le dynasty, and the Ly dynasty.


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Next, you have the chance to see the ancient fortress built more than 1000 years ago and was a very interesting place to visit. Inside the fortress is marvelous scenery for photo-taking and sight-seeing.

4.00 PM: Drive back to Hanoi and drop off at your hotel. Finish off our day trip to Trang An and Hoa Lu.

  • All private transportation and transfers
  • Sampan trip
  • English speaking guide (other languages upon request)
  • Lunch
  • Admission fees and permits where applicable
  • Services charges and government taxes
  • Pre & post accommodation
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance