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Hanoi Tour Citadels Karsts Cycle

Citadels, Karsts & Cycle

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Mix it up on this Hanoi tour that includes a 12 km cycle session and a sneaky rowboat ride through caves, and past rice paddies, villages, and limestone karsts. 

  • Surround yourself in the rich history and breathtaking scenery of Vietnam
  • Step back in time at the ancient citadel of Hoa Lu, Vietnam’s first capital
  • Cycle amongst the lime karsts and surrounding scenery
  • Take a row boat through Tam Coc, to explore magnificent caves and get up close to the region’s spectacular karst country

Tour style:Local Life & Culture, History & Heritage, Cycling

Local English speaking guide, entrance fees as indicated, transportation as indicated, bike and helmet, lunch.


Items of a personal nature, tips / gratuities for driver or guide.

Group size:Maximum 12
Schedule details:
  • Duration: 9-10 hours
  • Pickup location:

    Pick up at centrally located hotels in Hanoi.

  • Pickup Time: 8.00 AM-8.30 AM
  • Drop off location:

    Drop off at centrally located hotels in Hanoi

Additional information :
  • Voucher exchange details:

    Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the tour.

  • Confirmation of booking:

    If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at your hotel for pick up. Please check your hotel details are correct on the voucher.

    If your details are not correct, it is very important to please email us to confirm your correct pick up hotel using the contact details on the voucher. If you prefer you may also phone the change through to us during business hours.

  • 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:

    Travellers must be 12 years or older on this trip.

  • Language: English


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'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!

Following our bike ride, we'll stop for lunch at a local restaurant before visiting Tam Coc (which translates as "Three Caves").  The area 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 board rowing boats for a 2 to 2.5 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, it is time to return to Hanoi as we finish our Hanoi tour.

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Traveller Feedback:

Want to check out what other travellers think of their Urban Adventure experience? See below for our traveller feedback. 

Citadels, Karsts & Cycle has an average customer care rating of 4.63 (out of a possible 5). The scores for each parameter are:
  • Your overall experience ...................................................................................... 4.63
  • Your guide’s enthusiasm, local knowledge and communication skills........................................................................................................................ 5.00
  • The level of opportunity to learn more about the culture, interact
    with locals, and experience their way of life......................................................4.50
  • The Responsible Travel philosophy implemented on your
    Urban Adventure................................................................................................... 4.50
  • Did the trip match your expectations?.............................................................. 4.50

Mr. Pam R.
Australia ~ 12 Nov 2014
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Over the past three weeks, I have been on 6 Urban Adventures in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Hanoi. CITADEL KARST AND CYCLES has been by far the best one to date giving an insight into the history if Vietnam at the Citadel, a thoroughly fun hour cycling through the villages and rice fields, culminating in an amazing trip through the Karsts by boat. Keep up the good work Intrepid.


Mr. Scott B.
South Africa ~ 13 Aug 2014
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Loved the boat ride - better than anticipated!


Julie G.
USA ~ 13 Jun 2014
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We did three events in one day; each of them very interesting. Our guide, Thoa, was the best! His English was superb, and he shared so much knowledge about the past and present ways of life in Vietnam.


Mr. Jerome A.
Australia ~ 28 Mar 2013
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Our guide was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The Citadels, Karsts and Cycle tour was a great way to get out of the bustle of Hanoi for a day in the country. The cycle was the best part, loved it. Thanks.


Ms. Alison C.
Australia ~ 03 Jan 2013
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Tau was a great guide and despite the misty weather the tour was fantastic. The bike ride was a great way to warm up, though the seats are a bit hard and some of the road was loose so it was quite a bumpy ride! The boat trip was fun, with a very lovely lady rowing the boat. Would recommend!


Mr. Vera 1.
Australia ~ 13 Nov 2012
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In general it was a nice tour, we had a great time. But unfortunately we had not that much time to cycle, so just 20 minutes and then had to go back to Hanoi.
I think the cycling was the best thing of the whole UA,because of the amazing landscape. The citadel and the karsts are a very touristy thing, very crowded and have kind of a sales-tour character because of all the tourists and locals trying to sell something, so these parts could have been shortened to have more time to cycle.
We first went to the Citadel, then had lunch (which was not really tasty but okay), then went on the boat and then cycling.
I talked to the other clients on this UA and they also thought, that the best part was the cycling and that this activity was way to short(just 20min instead of the 12km).
Our guide Quang was really great, he had such a huge knowledge about the people, history and culture of everything and was really entertaining.


Your trip:

This tour is offered on a "join-in" basis. Maximum group size is 12.


If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides and drivers a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.

  • Cancellations made more than 2 days prior to travel receive a full refund
  • Cancellations made 2 days or less prior to travel attract a 100% cancellation fee.

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