Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the country’s second largest city. As the capital of Vietnam for almost a thousand years, Hanoi is considered one of the main cultural centers of Vietnam. Delve into the city's history on a full-day tour.
What to Expect
The itinerary is as follows:
8.00: Your tour guide will pick you up from hotel and take you to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, a large memorial in Hanoi. It is located in the center of Ba Dinh Square, which is the place where Vietminh leader Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence on September 2, 1945, establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Enjoy the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-palace. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts where he used to live in the past. Lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda; built by King Ly Thai To in 1049 the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi.
9.30: Continue to visit Tran Quoc Pagoda known as the oldest pagoda in the city, originally constructed in the sixth century during the reign of Emperor Ly Nam De, thus giving it an age of 1,400 years. Keep walking to Quan Thanh Temple, formerly known as Tran Vu Temple, a Taoist temple in Hanoi. It is one of the Four Sacred Temples of the capital, Quan Thanh Temple, and is located near West Lake.
11.00: Move on to the Temple Of Literature, constructed in 1070, it is a temple of Confucius in Hanoi, northern Vietnam. The temple hosts the "Imperial Academy", Vietnam's first national university.
12.30: Have lunch at a local restaurant
13.30: Proceed to visit the Ethnology Museum which focuses on the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam, it is widely considered to be the finest modern museum in Vietnam and a tourist attraction in Hanoi.
15.30: Next you will be taken to Hoan Kiem Lake, enjoy Cyclo tour, one of the most typical vehicles in Hanoi. It is a human-powered vehicle with a seat at the front for passengers and the driver at the back. Enjoy an hour cyclo tour around the Old Quarter of Hanoi to experience the bustling, real lifestyle of this exciting and vibrant neighborhood.
16.30: Drop off at your hotel by Cyclo or car. Free time to relax or you can book a ticket for a popular traditional form of entertainment; water puppetry.
- Round-trip transfer
- A free cyclo ride around Hanoi Old Quarters
- Tours and activities in itinerary
- English-speaking guide
- Entrance fees
What's Not Included
- Lunch at local restaurant
- Travel insurance
- Extra food and beverages
- Tips and personal expenses
Know Before You Go
• Inform the supplier in advance if you are vegetarian
• Bring a hat, raincoat, good shoes and cash
• Do not wear shorts, dresses or skirts, or tops with low-neck lines and bare shoulders to temples, pagodas and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
• All customers must obey the instructions of your tour guide for your own safety
• Passengers are advised not to bring big luggage for convenience
• Please note that Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum opens 5 mornings a week and 10 months a year. The mausoleum is closed every afternoon, all day Monday and Friday, and from early October to early December for scheduled maintenance