Discover Ancient Hoa Lu and Trang An from Hanoi

Cultural & Theme Tours in Ninh Binh Province

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Discover Vietnam’s ancient former capital at Hoa Lu, the center of power during the imperial period in the 10th and 11th centuries. Then take a boat-trip to explore the captivating caves, towering karst limestone cliffs and grottoes of Trang An, this area is known to be Vietnam’s “Inland Halong”.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, Ninh Binh, Ninh Binh ProvinceWe will pick you up at your hotel and drive two hours to Ninh Binh Province. There, we will stop to visit Hoa Lu, the Ancient Capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th century. The city stood as the capital for 41 years (968 - 1009), the first 12 years of which were under the Dinh Dynasty of King Dinh Tien Hoang. Later the Le Dynasty under King Le Dai Hanh ruled for 29 years. Both King Dinh and King Le have temples dedicated to them here.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Trang An Grottoes, Ninh Binh, Ninh Binh ProvinceAfter lunch at a local restaurant, we will take an amazing boat trip to visit Trang An Grottoes, which is known as Vietnam’s “Inland Ha Long”. With a gathering of 31 valleys and 50 cross-water caves, Trang An is home to 600 different species of flora and over 200 types of fauna, many of them rare and endangered. Rowing through Trang An Grottoes is a nice experience. The quiet fresh air of the highlands is broken only by the sound of birds chirping and the oars stirring the clear water. Look closely as you float to see the wild white goats grazing on the forested mountains that rise up from the water. Trang An Grottoes is truly one of the most beautiful sights in Vietnam. Duration: 2 hours

What’s included

  • Transfer and transportation as per itinerary
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Boat
  • Lunch
  • English speaking tour guide (other languages available upon request)
  • Travel insurance
  • Entry/Admission - Hoa Lu Ancient Capital
  • Entry/Admission - Trang An Grottoes

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses such as: shopping, telephone, beverage, etc.


  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Lunch included