Hanoi Highlights Morning Tour with English-Speaking Guide

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Explore the heart of Hanoi in this extensive city tour! Delve into the heart and history of Hanoi. Visit Hanoi's thousand year old university, Hanoi Hilton which used to be the infamous Hoa Lo Prison, the Sword Lake and the Han Kiem Lake.

Highlights
  • Explore the 1000 year old university at the Temple of Literature
  • Discover the soul of Vietnamese in its traditional tea arts
  • Visit the infamous Hoa Lo Prison that housed POWs during the Vietnam War, the Hanoi Hilton
  • Stroll along the legendary Sword Lake to admire the reflections of its stunning bridge and temple
  • Marvel at the largest and oldest church in Hanoi, famous for its resemblance to the Notre Dame de Paris

Description

Dive in to the sights, sounds and smells of the bustling city of Hanoi! Start the tour with a visit to the Temple of Literature. Originally built in honor 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'. It remained here until King Gia Long moved the country's administrative capital from Hanoi to Hue at the beginning of the 19th century.

Drop by a traditional teahouse to taste some of the best Vietnamese flavored 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.

After that, 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.

Next, visit 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.

Continue on 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. 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.

Includes

  • Hotel pick-up

  • Lunch

  • Admission

  • Transportation fee

  • English-speaking guide
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Hanoi Highlights Morning Tour with English-Speaking Guide

Duration: 3:30 - 5 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Available
Inclusions: Hotel pick-up / Lunch / Admission / Transportation fee / English-speaking guide
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Schedule

  • 08:00

    Pick-up at Your Hotel in Hanoi

  • Temple of Literature

    Visit this 100-year-old temple which hosts Vietnam's first national university. It was originally built by King Ly Thai Thong in 1070 in honor of Confucius.

  • Authentic Vietnamese Tea House

    Learn more about Vietnam by listening to thousand-year-old-stories about the importance of tea leaves in their culture. Have a taste of some of the best Vietnamese flavored green teas, best partnered with Vietnamese snacks such as sweetened lotus seeds and green bean cake.

  • Hoa Lo Prison Museum

    Know more about the Vietnam War through a stop at Hoa Lo Prison Museum which was used for political prisoners during the war. Famous ex-prisoners of the war include Pete Peterson (the first US ambassador to a unified Vietnam in 1995) and US Senator John McCain.

  • Saint Joseph's Cathedral

    Don't miss out on Saint Joseph's Cathedral, Hanoi's oldest and largest church. Built in 1886, its architectural design is often compared to the Notre Dame de Paris. The church is also a popular photo shoot backdrop.

  • Hoan Kiem Lake

    Last stop is at Hoan Kiem Lake, also known as the heart of Hanoi. Admire the stunning scenery of the Huc Bridge and Ngoc Son temple as you feel the spiritual vibe emanating in the area.

  • Hoan Kiem Lake (Optional)

    You may choose to explore more of Hoan Kiem Lake on your own or head back to your hotel. Your friendly tour guide will be happy to assist in getting you a ride.

  • 12:00-13:00

    Tour Ends at Ngoc Son Temple

  • (For Check-Out) Hoan Kiem Lake (Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam) Time: 12:00:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Hoan Kiem Lake (Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam) Time: 12:00:00

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Restriction(s)
  • Children 6 years old and above can participate in this activity.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Casual clothing

  • No clothing that exposes a large amount of skin

Additional Note(s)
  • Tour ends at Ngoc Son Temple, Hoan Kiem Lake. You are free to continue exploring the area or your guide will assist you in getting a taxi back to your hotel.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a minimum of 1 and maximum of 12.

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