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Our most recommended Ninh Binh Cruises & boat tours

Hanoi: 3-Day Luxury Ninh Binh & HaLong Bay 5-Star Cruise

1. Hanoi: 3-Day Luxury Ninh Binh & HaLong Bay 5-Star Cruise

On this 3-day excursion, discover the incredible landscape and sights of the Ninh Binh province and enjoy an overnight stay in an eco-lodge. Then, ride your shuttle bus to Tuan Chau Island and take a luxury boat for a tour around Ha Long bay and spend the night on board. Sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery on your limousine bus as you make your way to Ninh Binh. Savor the tranquility of the lodge’s amazing location - surrounded by mountains and rivers..  Visit the ancient city of Hoa Lu or climb to the Hang Mua viewpoint, for a breathtaking panorama over the limestone mountains and rice fields of Valley. Enjoy a boat ride to explore Trang An's natural heritage. Check in to the Trang An Ecolodge and head off by bike or on foot to see the local sights, or relax by the pool or in the peaceful gardens.  Rise bright and early and enjoy a delicious breakfast before leaving for Tuan Chau Island with your shuttle bus. After arriving at the dock, take a small boat to reach your luxury cruise ship, where you will be welcomed aboard with a drink and a refreshing cold towel.  After check-in, enjoy lunch in the onboard restaurant as the boat sails up the winding canals on its way to Ha Long Bay. Then, hop into a canoe or a bamboo boat to explore the dazzling white limestone karsts, emerald green waters, and dark mystery of the Dark and Light Caves. Back on deck, unwind, and admire the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin from the pool or at the bar. Then, choose from a range of activities: join a traditional cooking class, get a massage, or work out in the high deck gym with panoramic views. After dinner, you can enjoy the landscape of the bay at night from the top deck, relax with romantic music, or sip refreshing drinks at the bar. You can also try your luck at squid fishing, watch a movie, enjoy a spa treatment, or simply relax in your room. Wake up to an early breakfast before stopping off at a charming local fishing village. After returning to the boat, finish your trip with a hearty brunch while the ship sails back to the harbor. Wave goodbye to the boat from the port and ride in back to Hanoi at the end of the afternoon.

Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, Tam Coc & Bich Dong Pagoda Tour

2. Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, Tam Coc & Bich Dong Pagoda Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter. Drive to the ancient capital of Hoa Lu and then continue on to visit the King Dinh Temple. Next up, discover Mua Cave Cave and enjoy a mountainous overview from the top. Savor a set lunch with Vietnamese cuisine at a bungalow beside Tam Coc river. After lunch, enjoy a Sampan boat trip through the three emerald water caves on the beautiful river and admire the countryside landscape. Cycle through the peaceful country roads to Bich Dong Pagoda and spend some time here before you return to Hanoi.

Hanoi: Ninh Binh Tour and Ha Long Bay Cruise 3-Day Trip

3. Hanoi: Ninh Binh Tour and Ha Long Bay Cruise 3-Day Trip

Experience the beauty of Ninh Binh and Ha Long Bay on a multi-stop 3-day trip from Hanoi. Ride a traditional bamboo boat, kayak to scenic caves, join a Vietnamese cooking class, and go squid fishing. Most meals, entry fees, and overnight accommodation are also included. Day 1: After morning pickup in a spacious and climate-controlled bus, relax on the scenic drive through the countryside on the way to the ancient capital of the Lê dynasty at Hoa Lu.  Get free time to climb to the Hang Mua Viewpoint to capture pictures before sitting down for lunch. Later, experience traditional travel with a bamboo boat ride. Explore one of the pristine karst caves in Tam Coc before checking in to the ecolodge. Swim in the lodge pool, try more local food, or rent a bike to explore the village during your stay (costs not included). Day 2: Hop on the shuttle bus in the morning and transfer from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay (no guide during the transfer). Pause for a 15-minute rest stop at the Hai Duong Province and arrive at the cruise ship in the early afternoon. Enjoy a welcome drink once you board the boat. Sample fresh, local seafood for lunch while cruising through Ha Long Bay. Admire views of Incense Burner Island, Fighting Cock Islet, and the Stone Dog rock formation. Soak up some sun onboard or go kayaking to marvel at sights like the Limestone Mountains, the Luon Grotto, and Titop Island. Join a sunset party onboard the ship and pick up some new skills with a Vietnamese cooking class. As day turns to night, indulge in a set-menu dinner of Vietnamese food. Afterward, join a squid fishing outing with the crew. Get hands-on while cooking fresh squid with the cruise chef. Continue the fun onboard with activities like card games or sing your heart out during karaoke. Sleep overnight in a cozy cabin. Day 3:  Wake early and admire the sunrise over the bay from the sundeck. Take in the morning views of Halong Bay with a cup of tea or coffee and a hearty breakfast. Transfer by boat to Surprise Cave, the biggest cave in Halong Bay. Dig into a traditional Vietnamese lunch while cruising back to the pier before being transfered back to your accommodation in Hanoi.

Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, and Trang An Tour and Boat Ride

4. Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, and Trang An Tour and Boat Ride

Begin the tour with pickup from your hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter. Embark on a two-hour drive. Discover the Hoa Lu ancient capital and then visit King Dinh Temple and Le King temple. Then set off to Mua cave for hiking 500 steps. Climb to the top of the mountain and enjoy the mountain, river, and city views. Spend one hour there to enjoy the views and take photos. After that enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. The tour ends with a boat trip to Trang An for nearly 3 hours. Cruise through emerald water and beautiful caves. The tour concludes back in Hanoi.

Daily Ancient Hoa Lu, Hang Mua Hiking, Tam Coc Boat Tour

5. Daily Ancient Hoa Lu, Hang Mua Hiking, Tam Coc Boat Tour

Explore Hoa Lu, former capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries, and Tam Coc. 07:30: Pick-up from the Old Quarter of Hanoi, relax in air-conditioned comfort on the 2.5-hour journey southeast, approximately 70 miles (100 kilometers) from Hanoi. Upon arrival, see the 2 main temples of the former royal city, including the main temple to Emperor Dinh and the temple to Emperor Le in the foothills of the Den Mountain. Explore the historic sites of the Outer Citadel, separated from the Inner Citadel by the limestone mountains. it’s ideally to visit Mua cave for you to catch a panoramic view of ripe rice fields - challenge with hiking 500 steps. Admire peacefully imposing and stunning beauty of Ninh Binh. Continue to Tam Coc for lunch before cruising the Hoang Long River by traditional sampan. Pass the curious karst mountains carpeted in lush vegetation, and paddle into hidden caves to see geological formations. Round off your day with an air-conditioned transfer back to Hanoi.

Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Trang An, and Hang Mua Hiking

6. Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Trang An, and Hang Mua Hiking

Embark on a full-day tour of the Ninh Binh province. Explore the Vietnamese ancient capital of Hoa Lu to understand the history of the country. Marvel at the scenic landscape of Trang An. Hike to the top of the Mua Cave for incredible views from the top. Start your day at 7:30: with a hotel pickup. Meet your guide and leave for Hoa Lu. Pass by green fields and villages. Have a 15-minute break to stretch your legs. 10:00. Arrive in Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam in the 11th century. Visit the Dinh Tien Hoang and Le Dai Hanh Temple. Appreciate the unique architecture. Delve deep into history and learn about the first Vietnamese government. Explore the excavation area. Experience the vestiges of Royal Palace ground dated back to the 10th century. Then, hop back on the bus at 11:00 for a drive to Trang An. Artfully crafted by nature, Trang An is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get on a bamboo boat for a 2.5-hour tour rowing through the majestic cave complex of Bright Cave, Dark Cave, Ba Giot Cave. Glide along the river, crossing villages, mountains, and lush rice fields. 13:00: Stop at a restaurant to feast on local food. Get back to the bus and leave for Mua Cave. Hike up the mountain and see the Ngo Dong River. Climb 486 steps to reach the top of Lying Dragon Mountain. Enjoy a panoramic of Tam Coc. 16:30: Say goodbye to the countryside and get on a 2,5 hours bus ride back to Hanoi. Get dropped off at your hotel about 19:00 - 19:30

Hanoi: 3-Day Ninh Binh - Ha Long Bay, Cave, kayak, Swimming

7. Hanoi: 3-Day Ninh Binh - Ha Long Bay, Cave, kayak, Swimming

After being collected from the Hanoi Old Quarter, you will embark on your 2.5-hour journey to the Ninh Binh Province. You will eventually arrive at the Bai Dinh Pagoda complex, where you'll see the largest pagoda not only in Vietnam, but also in Southeast Asia. Leaving the pagoda, you will then climb up to the summit of the mountain to see the 100-ton bronze statue of the Buddha Sakyamuni. Once there you will take a rest whilst enjoying panoramic views of the picturesque landscape, dotted with limestone mountains. Following lunch at local restaurant, you will take a boat trip to explore the cave complex in Trang An. This is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, many of them partly submerged and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs. You will later spend the night at a home-stay/hotel in Ninh Binh. Following breakfast on the second day, your bus will pick you up at your accommodation for the 4-hour transfer to Halong Bay. Upon arrival at the Halong Wharf, you will have time to stretch your legs and take some photos. You will then board your cruise boat for a welcoming drink and cruise briefing, before enjoying lunch whilst cruising to Bai Tu Long Bay and admiring the fascinating rock formations along the way. It will then be time to transfer by tender boat to Thien Canh Son Cave to visit the cave which boasts many interesting stalactites and stalagmites in different amazing shapes. After about half an hour visiting, you will go back to the tender and return to the boat to relax, sunbathe, or to enjoy a cool drink on the sundeck. You may also like to spend half an hour kayaking to discover first-hand some of Bai Tu Long Bay's landscape. Following all these activities there will be the opportunity to join the fun with an onboard cooking class. After you've worked up an appetite, you will enjoy a Vietnamese-style set dinner which will be served on board. To end the evening you may like to spend some time chatting in the bar or enjoy some night fishing, before you stay overnight on the boat at a peaceful anchorage. After breakfast and enjoying the sunrise on the third day, you will visit the ancient Vung Vieng floating village. Here you will not only be immersed in the quiet and peaceful atmosphere, but will also be surrounded by the limestone mountains as you are transported by a small bamboo boat for an hour. Following that, you will return to the cruise for some relaxation and lunch. The boat will then return to the Halong Wharf for disembarkation and your return to Hanoi by bus, where your trip eventually ends.

From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay 3-Day 5-Star Cruise with Meals

8. From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay 3-Day 5-Star Cruise with Meals

DAY 1 Receptionist welcome guests at the Hạ Long International Harbour. Captain welcomes guests to cruises by tender. Check in cruise, whilst enjoy a welcome drink, safety briefing and check in cabin. Leaving Halong International harbour, discover the Halong Bay - natural wonders of the world. Have lunch with special foods while cruising through famous sights by limestone karchs. Cruises stops at Bồ Nâu cave, the core area of the world natural heritage. Transfer by tender to Suprise cave - one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay. Leaving Suprise cave, transfer by tender to the Titov island was named by Uncle Ho, after Gherman Stepanovich Titov - the Soviet astronaut who visited in 1962 Enjoy swimming, relaxing on the beach or climb the steps of the Rock to the top of the island. On the top of the mountain, you can see corner of magical Halong Bay. Back to the cruise. Relax and enjoy sunset on the sun deck. Go to the overnight place - Titop HAPPY HOUR. Enjoy Vietnamese cooking demonstration. Have set menu dinner, after dinner enjoy with squid fishing and relaxing DAY 2 06:00 Morning call (if you request). Enjoy Tai Chi instructions on the sundeck in 30 minutes. Enjoy light breakfast in the restaurant (coffee, tea, fresh milk, water, pastries, bread, egg, fresh fruit, cereals will be served in the dining room). Enjoin your trip on our Cruise! Transfer to dayboat to discover others new destinations of Halong bay. Visit Tung Sau areas and used kayaking free. Traditional Vietnamese cuisine will be served in lunch. Visit Me Cung cave Back to the Cruise. You can choose relaxing at the outdoor and sunbath on sundeck or experiences a spa treatment…. HAPPY HOUR - Enjoy Vietnamese cooking demonstration. Have set menu dinner. Evening activities include, film entertainment (in the dining room); squid fishing; massage (contact with cruise manager for service price) DAY 3 Morning call (if you request). Enjoy Tai Chi instructions on the sundeck in 30 minutes whilst cruising to Luồn cave. Enjoy light breakfast in the restaurant (coffee, tea, fresh milk, water, pastries, bread, egg, fresh fruit, cereals will be served in the dining room). Visit Luồn cave by kayak - .one of the cave open to the form beautiful about endemic the vegetation of the Halong Bay. Visit Luồn cave by a traditionally woven (bamboo) boat rowed by a local boatman. Then come back to Athena cruise, relax and check out of cabin. Please put your luggage outside the door. Our porters will collect and get them ready on the Pier for you. Finally, the cruise disembarks in Hạ Long International harbour. Check out cabin. Enjoy brunch buffet menu served in the dining room. Settle bills in the dining room after brunch (if you have). Transfer by tender back to the Hạ Long port and disembarkation. Then shuttle bus will transfer back to Hanoi and the end trip in Hanoi around 15:00-15:30PM at Hanoi hotel.

Ha Long: Bai Tu Long Bay 2-Day Cruise on a 4-Star Boat

9. Ha Long: Bai Tu Long Bay 2-Day Cruise on a 4-Star Boat

Option 1: Bai Tu Long Bay Day 1: Explore Bai Tu Long Bay,Thien Canh Son, Cap La, and Tra San 8 AM: Pickup from your hotel in Hanoi. Drive to Ha Long City through the green fields in the Red River Delta. 12:30 PM: Boat cruises on Ha Long Bay. Enjoy a welcome drink and cruise briefing. 1:30 PM: Have lunch while cruising to Bai Tu Long Bay 3:30 PM: Transfer to Thien Canh Son cave. Our tour guide will take you to a huge cave with many interesting stalactite and stalagmite in different amazing shapes. Return to the cruise; join sunbathing, enjoy swimming in the crystal clear water, or join a cooking class with the cruise's chef. 7 PM: Vietnamese-style set dinner 9 PM: Make new friends at the bar, or try some night fishing Day 2: Explore Bai Tu Long Bay and Vung Vieng Floating Village 7:30 AM: Enjoy breakfast with the sunrise 8 AM: Visit the ancient Vung Vieng floating village. Enjoy the peaceful ambiance of nature on the village, surrounded by rocky mountains. See the small bamboo boats and the ancient village, then return to cruise. 10 AM: Pack suitcases and prepare for the end of the tour. Enjoy lunch, then say goodbye to the crew. Option 2: Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay Some time cruise overbooked, we will offer free upgrade other cruise same class or higher class in Ha Long Bay or Lan Ha Bay then operator will send details Lan Ha Bay itinerary to you.

Hoa Lu-Mua Cave-Tam Coc-Bich Dong-Thung Nham National Park

10. Hoa Lu-Mua Cave-Tam Coc-Bich Dong-Thung Nham National Park

On day one you will be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter between 7:30 AM and 8:00 AM and head to Hoa Lu arriving shortly after 10:00 AM. You will explore Hoa Lu the ancient capital of Dai Co Viet before heading off to see Mua Cave where you will enjoy breathtaking panoramic mountain views. You will then visit a local bungalow to enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch. After lunch you will go on a sampan boat ride in Tam Coc, passing through three caves: Hang Ca, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba. In the mid-afternoon, you will go on a bike ride through the rice fields and villages. Then enjoy a swim and sunset party with tea and fruits before checking into your homestay. Once you have checked in you will have dinner and then have free time in the evening. On day two you will start your day at 7:30 with breakfast and depart for the Bich Dong Pagoda at 9:00 AM. Once you arrive at the Pagoda you will climb up the 200 steps to explore it. After you visit the pagoda you will head to Thung Nham National Park where you will have lunch before exploring the magnificent caves found in the park. Later enjoy a sampan boat ride to see the bird park. At 4:30 PM you will leave Ninh Binh for Hanoi arriving back in Hanoi at 6:30 PM.

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Everything went great. They were very punctual. Mai was our tour guide and she was awesome. Told interesting things and we could rely on them. The tour is very nice and you experience a lot of impressions in a short time. We would do the temples, the boating & the bike tour all over again.

It is a very fulfilling tour. However, please be careful as the rower woman of the boat tour attacks the tip and the man who sells the photos taken without permission is persistent.

Fantastic Tour and Guide. Asia Fun Adventures is a great travel agency. Easy to connect, quick response, very flexible and helpful. My experience Fantastic. Thank you.

All was executed except a transfer from village to the pier)) but it didn’t spoil our whole experience

Mr. Trung and driver did a great job getting the group to all the points of interest.