Discover Hanoi’s Morning Highlights Half Day Tour
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Discover Hanoi’s Morning Highlights Half Day Tour

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Stop At: Hanoi Opera House, 01 Trang Tien, Hanoi 100000 Vietnam

We will meet our guide there.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Temple of Literature & National University, Quoc Tu Giam Street Dong Da District, Hanoi 100000 Vietnam

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". The University remained here until King Gia Long moved the country's administrative capital from Hanoi to Hue at the beginning of the 19th century.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Trà đạo Trường Xuân, 13 Phố Ngô Tất Tố, Văn Miếu, Đống Đa, Hà Nội, Vietnam

Drop into a traditional teahouse to taste some of the best Vietnamese flavoured green teas, and listen to thousand-year-oldstories 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.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Hoa Lo Prison, 1 Hoa Lo St Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000 Vietnam

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.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: St. Joseph's Cathedral, 40 Nha Chung Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 100000 Vietnam

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.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Cau The Huc, 603 L_c Long Quan, Hanoi Vietnam

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.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Hoan Kiem Lake Walking Street, Around Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi 100000 Vietnam

We stop for lunch with Pho which is one of Vietnam must do before ending the tour.​

Duration: 15 minutes

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  • 1 way transport with minivan
  • Snacks
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Temple of Literature ticket
  • Hoa Lo prison ticket
  • Ngoc Son temple entrance fee
  • Lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Temple of Literature & National University
  • Entry/Admission - Trà đạo Trường Xuân
  • Entry/Admission - Hoa Lo Prison
  • Entry/Admission - Cau The Huc
  • Entry/Admission - Hoan Kiem Lake Walking Street
Not included
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - St. Joseph's Cathedral
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Maximum group size is 12
  • Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
Shirley_Chong SL
4 | 2018-08-04

A young llady tour guide called her as Tham is friendly and informative, visited few historical places. Brought us to taste local foods and have a tea at a local restaurant. Places visited are around city area. Is a lovely and enjoyable tour.

4 | 2018-06-08

Small group tour in a comfortable bus with a good guide, eager to answer questions and knowledgeable. Great way to experience Hanoi which at times can be overwhelming.

Tze Tze L
1 | 2018-04-03

Waste of money. Do this one yourself! We had a temperamental tour guide who got annoyed when we didn't remember historical facts she'd told us. We didn't get to try the lotus seed cake which was mentioned in the tour. Note that lunch included means only food. You have to buy your own drinks.

david n
4 | 2018-03-20

This was a very informative tour, guide was excellent. Prison tour was good as was lunch and tea.

4 | 2017-12-23

This tour was quite wonderful. It was a very quick synopsis of some of Hanoi's main highlights. Learning the Vietnamese tea drinking ritual and eating pho at family run restaurant were the particular highlights. Our guide was pretty funny and nice.

5 | 2017-12-01

Our tour guide, Tham, was fun and knowledgeable she took her time to answer our questions. I would highly recommend this if you want to know more about Hanoi and its history. The tea break and lunch were excellent. Great job!

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