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Hanoi Morning Highlights - Small Group Tour

Just arrived in Hanoi? Need an introduction to this buzzing city? Leaving soon and haven't seen any of the highlights yet? Never fear, take a private tour of Hanoi and ensure you cover the historic hot spots, must-see monument, and special spaces that you'd kick yourself for missing.

Start the city tour with a visit to the Temple of Literature. Originally built in honour of Confucius by King Ly Thai Thong in 1070, a university was added to the grounds six years later. The university provided education to the royal family and children of the aristocracy or "mandarins" and remained here until King Gia Long moved the country’s administrative capital from Hanoi to Hue at the beginning of the 19th century.

Drop into a traditional teahouse to taste some of the best Vietnamese flavoured green teas and listen to thousand-year-old stories explaining the significance of tea leaves to local cultures. Tea is even better when served with some authentic snacks such as sweetened lotus seeds and green bean cake.

Continuing our Hanoi tour, we’ll head to the Hoa Lo Prison museum. Used by French Colonists for political prisoners till 1954 and later by North Vietnam for American POWs, the prison complex was sarcastically nicknamed the “Hanoi Hilton” by American pilots during Vietnam War (1954-1975). Famous ex-prisoners of war include Pete Peterson (the first US ambassador to a unified Vietnam in 1995), and US Senator John McCain.

Our next stop will be the largest and oldest church in Hanoi. St Joseph’s Cathedral was built in 1886 with an architectural style often compared to the Notre Dame de Paris, this Gothic Revival church is not only a religious site but is also a popular photo shoot backdrop for local teenagers.

We’ll continue to the heart of Hanoi - the Hoan Kiem Lake, with its magnificent The Huc Bridge and Ngoc Son Temple. Experience the spiritual harmony of different religions coexisting in the same place. We then stop for lunch for a traditional bowl of Pho before ending the tour, which is a must-do while you're in Vietnam.

You may then continue your own exploration of the area or our tour guide will assist you in getting a taxi back to your hotel.

Experience Includes

  • Explore Hanoi including the 1,000-year-old university at the Temple of Literature
  • Discover the soul of Vietnam in its traditional tea arts
  • Visit the so-called “Hanoi Hilton” – the infamous Hoa Lo Prison that housed POWs during the Vietnam War
  • English-speaking guide
  • One-way transportation
  • Stroll along the legendary Sword Lake to admire the reflections of its stunning bridge and Ngoc Son Temple
  • Vietnamese green tea with green bean cake
  • Entrance fees
  • Eat lunch like the locals do and taste our traditional pho

Experience Excludes

  • Optional gratuities
  • Additional refreshments
  • Hotel drop off

Departs

Daily, year round.

Departure location

The front entrance of the Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.

Start times

8.00am.

Duration

4-4.5 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • To ensure a more hands on experience, the group sizes are limited to 12 passengers.
  • There is a minimum age requirement of 6 years.
  • Please note transportation back to your hotel is not included.
  • 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.
  • This tour ends at Ngoc Son Temple, Hoan Kiem lake.
  • Cancellation Policy: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled prior to your holiday departure date. No refunds are given for cancellations made post departure.