Charming Full-Day Hanoi City Tour

Hanoi, Northern Vietnam, Vietnam
Charming Full-Day Hanoi City Tour
9 hours
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  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Lunch included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included


With strong remnants of the French colonial influence, culturally-rich Hanoi is one of the most charming cities of the country and also known as the “bright Paris” of Asia. A rich blend of Old and New Vietnam, the city is known for its tree-lined, leafy boulevards, its many lakes and green open parks. All this entwined with a plethora of restaurants and bars, offering a delightful array of what Vietnam has to offer. It will captivate you by the charm of its people, its cityscape, and the atmosphere when we bring you around the capital of Vietnam. A perfect introduction to this thriving city with a French colonial feel.

After enjoying breakfast, your English-speaking guide will welcome you in your hotel lobby, ready to show Hanoi to you. Accompanied by a local driver with an extensive knowledge of the capital, the morning starts with a visit to Ba Dinh Square where silent sentries guard the marble and granite mausoleum where Ho Chi Minh lies in state. (Subject to opening times and annual renovation work at the Mausoleum - between October and December- the interior of the mausoleum can be visited). See the simple cottage where Uncle Ho lived and worked,  Nearby, visit the Ho Chi Minh Museum, an extraordinary tribute in abstract form to the life of the 'father of the country' and the evolution of Vietnamese independence. 

French architecture is a feature of Hanoi, and the nearby former Governor's Residence is a fine example.  See also the One Pillar Pagoda, and hear the legend of its construction, born from the love of an emperor in the 11th Century and the Temple of Literature. The "temple" was founded in 1070 by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong, and is dedicated to the Chinese philosopher Confucius. Six years later, Vietnam's first university was founded here to teach the children of royalty and aristocracy (generally called mandarins).

Experience Hanoi's famous Old Quarter from a different perspective as you enjoy a local rickshaw ride. This densely populated corner of the city was once a center of commerce where goods were sold under the street name of a particular guild.  Still a thriving community of sellers today, you will see street names such as Sugar Street, Tin Street and Paper Street. Ancient homes and temples are interspersed with stores, small cafes and quaint little restaurants in this souvenir hunter's paradise!

Finishing off this day will be at the Water Puppet Show theatre – a uniquely Vietnamese traditional art form taking its roots from festivals and myths. This tradition dates back in the 11th century and has its origin in the villages of Northern Vietnam. The theme of the 45-minute show is rural and has a strong reference to Vietnamese folklore and makes a charming end to a perfect day out and about in Hanoi before we transfer you back to your hotel in Hanoi.


  • A full day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. 
  • Transportation by car / mini-van / coach with professional driver.
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)
  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations, otherwise supplementary charges will be applied
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)
Additional Info:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Child rate may only apply to one child per booking. Adult pricing applies to all other travelers.
  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Hanoi city centre. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside the capital, harbour and the Hanoi International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • The Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh City is closed very afternoon, on Mondays and Fridays and during the months of October and November. Visits to the Mausoleum are restricted to outside visits only and/or alternative sightseeing may need to be offered.
  • Customers are advised that during the TET celebrations (celebration of Vietnamese New Year), excursions and tours may be subject to supplementary charges and/or may see longer waiting times than normal. We appreciate your understanding on this.
  • We regret that we cannot guarantee in any way, confirmed pre-seating for the water puppet show. The final seating arrangement will be determined on spot.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • This excursion includes obstacles of various kinds that may not make this excursion suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 48 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 48 hours may be on request.

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Your booked Hanoi Hotel (conditions apply)
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Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

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