Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is located on the banks of the Red River with the tranquil Hoan Kiem Lake at its heart. Just a few footsteps north of the lake are the bustling streets of the Old Quarter, a maze of streets each named after the trade that used to take place there. This full day tour of Hanoi will take you on a cultural discovery of the vibrant and charming city.
Tour code: BB 80E
Departure date: Everyday
Destination: Hanoi, Vietnam.
Duration: 1 day
You will be collected from your hotel between 08:00 and 08:30. First, you will visit the mausoleum of the national hero Ho Chi Minh where you can enjoy the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-place. You will also be able to view Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts that can be found next to the mausoleum.
Also nearby is One Pillar Pagoda which was constructed by King Ly Thai To in 1049 and has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. The tour will continue with a visit to Quan Thanh Temple, a Taoist temple constructed during the Ly Dynasty, followed by the Buddhist temple of Tran Quoc Pagoda on West Lake which is one of the oldest in Vietnam. You will then stop for a delicious Vietnamese lunch.
After lunch, you will visit the Ethnology Museum where you can learn about the rich cultural diversity of Vietnam. This will be followed by a visit to the Temple of Literature and Quoc Tu Giam. Constructed in 1070, this was Vietnam's first university, and the architecture and gardens have been beautifully preserved and offer a glimpse into the world of Confucianism and Vietnamese academia. You will then venture to Hoan Kiem Lake to visit Ngoc Son Temple, before returning to the Old Quarter where the tour will end at around 15:30.
NOTE: If you book the Deluxe Tour, you will enjoy a water puppet performance from 15:30 to 16:15, before returning to your hotel
NOTE: On Monday and Friday mornings the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Ethnology Museum are closed – A visit to Bat Trang pottery village will be arranged as a substitute. On Saturday and Sunday, you can enjoy a water puppet show in Museum of Ethnology followed by a 1-hour cyclo tour of the Old Quarter.
- We take you to the parts other can't reach!
From July to September, the climate is usually humid and hot.
From October to June brings cooler and more pleasant weather.
Our experienced and friendly Tour Guide(s) speak excellent English or French.
They are extremely knowledgeable about local cultures, history and the environment.
- No breakfast
- 1 lunch
- No dinner
We choose local ingredients, typical of the way people eat in the area, at local restaurants, markets or homes.
We also cater for Vegetarians but please request this at time of booking.
Tour price includes
+ Full transfers
+ Entrance fees
+ Local English speaking guide
+ Boat trip
Tour price excludes
+ Travel insurance
+ Personal expenses
What to take
+ Pack essentials, including light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, comfortable walking shoes. Take a small day pack for hiking and trekking.
+ It is essential to bring your passport on this trip. We also recommend packing: insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat and sun hat...
Have a good journey!