Hanoi Highlights - Small Group Tour

We really enjoyed this tour and it was a great way to cover many of the highlights in Hanoi. Enjoyed seeing the graduating students celebrating at the Temple of Literature.Kate P., – See more reviews
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Hoan Kiem Lake
Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature
St Joseph's Cathedral in Hanoi - shutterstock
shutterstockSt Joseph's Cathedral in Hanoi
Huc Bridge from the Ngoc Son Temple - shutterstock
shutterstockHuc Bridge from the Ngoc Son Temple
Hoa Lo Prison Museum - Flickr : Michael Coghlan
Flickr : Michael Coghlan Hoa Lo Prison Museum

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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.


  • 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


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4 hours and 30 minutes
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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.


  • Hotel pick-up

  • English-speaking guide

  • Transport and entrance fees as indicated

  • Lunch


  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Participants must be at least 6 years old to join this tour.

  • Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 12 guests.

  • Dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this (and for your own comfort as well), we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means that your clothing must cover your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate.

  • Pick-up time may range between 08:00 and 08:30.

  • Tour takes approximately 4 hours to 4 hours and 30 minutes.

  • 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.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 4 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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