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Hanoi: Half-Day Small Group Tour

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Hanoi: Half-Day Small Group Tour

Activity provider: Crossing Vietnam Tour
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From US$ 42 per person

Experience Hanoi's local culture while seeing the city's highlights and mingling with locals on this half-day tour by van. Choose from either the morning or afternoon departure.

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  • Visit the sacred site of Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and the One Pillar Pagoda
  • Be guided around the mausoleum grounds learning about the history of the revolution
  • Visit the Temple of Literature, the first university of Vietnam
  • See the Hanoi Opera House and learn about the period between France and Vietnam
  • Visit the Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest pagoda in Hanoi which is more than 1,500 years old
Full description
Begin your tour at the Hanoi Opera House in the French Quarter, modeled on the Palais Garnier, which is considered to be one of the architectural landmarks of Hanoi. The next stop is the Temple of Literature, the first university of Vietnam which was built in the 10th century under the Ly Dynasty and greatly influenced by Confucianism. Next, visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex, an important place for many Vietnamese pilgrims. A traffic-free area of botanical gardens, monuments, memorials and pagodas. Stop outside the Ba Dinh Square and take a look outside the mausoleum, then continue to explore the One Pillar Pagoda. Next stop is Tran Quoc Pagoda, one of the oldest pagodas in Hanoi, before stopping at St. Joseph's Cathedral to learn about religion in Vietnam. The church was one of the first structures built by the French colonial government in Indochina when it opened in December 1886.
  • English speaking guide, other languages on request
  • Transfers by air-conditioned vehicle, including pick-up and drop-off at your hotel (within the Old Quarter area)
  • All entrance and sightseeing fees (Temple of Literature, Ba Dinh Square and outside Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Tran Quoc Pagoda, outside Opera House, Catholic Church, St. Joseph's Cathedral)
  • All taxes and services
  • Bottle of water
  • Food tasting (fresh fruits, snacks)
  • Other beverages and meals
  • Travel insurance
  • Electric car and water puppet show
  • Entrance ticket for Ho Chi Minh Museum or Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping and gratuities

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Your hotel in Old Quarter

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Important information

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  • This trip includes visits to temples/pagodas and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, travelers wearing shorts and miniskirts will not be allowed to enter
  • Tour program is subject to change due to weather and operating conditions
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4.8 /5

based on 29 reviews

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The guide was on time at the hotel pick-up with a good knowledge of the various sites. Excellent car transportation to the opera house, temple of literature and school, gardens, lake, HCM mausoleum, pagoda by the lake and the unique egg coffee restaurant at the end of the tour. Luckily, our guide was with us crossing the various roads where the traffic was horrendous. We are not used to just cross in the middle of a stream of cars but we eventually fund the courage with our guide to just hold up an arm and surprisingly the motorbikes and cars weave around you, something we eventually got used to. Good value for money.

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November 20, 2019

Exactly the tour we were looking for.

Tracy took us on a private tour through Hanoi. It was exactly what we were hoping for and so much more! The experience was a true immersion into the culture. While we had a little knowledge of history and traditions before, this tour truly widened our horizon. We've absolutely loved trying egg coffee. Tracy also gave us some dinner recommendations and we very much enjoyed dining like a local.

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October 18, 2019

Very interesting tour, it gave us the opportunity to see the main beauties of Hanoi in a short time. We were only 2 so it was actually like taking a private tour. Our guide Tom was a competent and nice guy. On the tour we were hungry, so he recommended a great place to eat their Bahn me sandwich. We ended the tour with a tasty egg coffee

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September 5, 2019

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