Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, ranks amongst the world’s most attractive and interesting cities. It was first the capital of Vietnam in A.D. 1010, and though the nation’s capital moved to Hue under the Nguyen dynasty in 1802, the city continued to flourish after the French took control in 1888. In 1954, after the French departed, Hanoi was declared Vietnam’s capital once again. The remnants of over 1,000 years of history are still visible here, with that of the past few hundred years wonderfully preserved.
This Hanoi city tour is designed for you to have deeper insight into unique culture and ancient atmosphere of the legendary city. Do not miss the chance to enjoy the cyclo tour around the Old Quarter, water puppet or Ca Tru show as well as historical attractions, which bring you from surprise to surprise!
Hanoi Highlights Full Day
Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi at around 8:00 to start this full day city tour. Firstly, you will head to the Ho Chi Minh Complex to visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum which is a great lively illustrator of the national unity, and then Uncle Ho's House and the One-pillar pagoda - one of the two most iconic temples in Vietnam.
The next destination of Tran Quoc Pagoda located by the dazzling West Lake will give you a real look at one of the picturesque attractions in Hanoi formed by a harmonious architecture taking advantage of the watery landscape. After that, we'll move to visit the the Temple of Literature which reveals the Hanoians’ spirit of study in the past, and then stop for a lunch at a local restaurant nearby.
Following the break, you will visit the Museum of Ethnology where you can get a glance of different ethnic minorities living in Vietnam. Then, with the next 1-hour Cyclo around Hanoi's Old Quarter, the bustling Old Quarter, is a magnet for visitors – it’s noisy and hectic, but definitely a ‘must-see’ attraction. The Old Quarter is a maze of shopping streets and restaurants with a hotchpotch of architecture - traditional tube houses, religious buildings, artisans’ workshops and cottages, colonial houses and modern concrete edifices. . After that, you will to relax and enjoy a cup of special coffee in a local coffee shop while looking down the streets, viewing the bustling life of Hanoi
You will then have tickets for a performance of traditional Water Puppetry – an art form in which puppets are suspended over water, directed by puppet masters who must sit semi-submerged for hours at a time. The tradition of water puppetry is at least 1,000 years old, originating with peasants in the Red River Delta of the north. The puppets, which the French used to call “the souls of the Vietnamese rice fields,” are made of the water-resistant wood of the fig tree and depict villagers, farm animals, dragons, and more.
After the show, you will be transferred back to your hotel. Tour ends
We’ll arrange your programme to avoid the busy times at popular destinations, but if there’s anything you particularly want to see, let us know.
The Ho Chi Minh mausoleum is closed every Monday and Friday (outside grounds and garden area will be open on these days) and normally closed from September 4 through November 5 for preservation and maintenance of the building.
On Mondays, the Museum of Ethnology is closed. If our tour of Hanoi is on a Monday, our visit to the Museum of Ethnology will be replaced by a visit to Hanoi's History Museum or Fine Arts Museum.
- Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services.
- Travel in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced safe driver.
- The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary
- Lunch (as specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants
- All sightseeing tickets.
- VAT and other taxes
- 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
- International flight tickets and airport tax.
- Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
- Travel insurance
- Surcharges for Peak seasons (if any)
- Vietnam visa stamp fee
- Other services not mentioned above.