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  • Tour code: HNPC
  • Tour type: Private tour
  • Tour Valid: December 31st 2018
  • Duration: 1 Day
  • Destination: Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum - Temple of Literature - Ethnology museum - Hoan Kiem Lake - Hanoi Old quarter

Hanoi is an ancient city, which originated from a small village by the Nhi river. Surviving thousands of years of national development and fighting against invader, the city of Thang Long – Hanoi has become a sacred land hosting a variety of cultural festivals.

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Hanoi city with private tour.

Tour cost in USD per person.

Class Private tour
Pax 2pax 3-5 pax
Superior $60 $50
Deluxe $75 $65

Trip inclusive:

  •  Private car.
  • Car pick up from hotel around Hanoi City Tour & finish at hotel.
  •  English speaking Tour Guide
  •  Entrance fees & sightseeing tickets
  •  Lunch in local restaurant with local Vietnamese traditional Cuisines

Excluded: drinks and tip

 

8:30 AM  Our car & guide ready at your hotel for Hanoi City Tour today. Firstly visit Ho Chi Minh Complex: Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, his house on stilt, the botanical garden and the Presidential palace while learning about his life and revolutionary activities. This used to be the residence of the Governor of Indochina. After 1954 it was named the Presidential Palace and became the place where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked until he passed away in1969.

On the way out visit One Pillar Pagoda. The pagoda was constructed in 1049 by King Ly Thai Tong according to his dream of Bodhisattva seating on a lotus flower and led him to the pagoda. In 1954, the pagoda was destroyed by the French before their withdrawer. After taking over the city on October 10th 1954, Vietnam Ministry of Culture restored the pagoda. The pagoda of today remains since this restoration.

Around 11:00: Arriving at the Temple of Literature. This is the combination of the Confucius Temple worshiping Confucius which was built in 1070 and the first Royal National university in Vietnam built 6 years later in 1076. Considered as “an escape” from the bustling city, this temple and its beautiful garden provide an opportunity to learn more about education in Vietnam since 1000 years ago until recent history.

12:00: Lunch time in local Restaurant with local Vietnamese traditional Cuisines.

13:00: Continue to visit the interesting Ethnology Museum. Located west of the city centre, this museum offer informative and well-documented display on the country’s 54 ethnic groups, include elaborate and colorful hill-tribe costumes, weaving designs, musical instruments, fishing implements, work tools and other functional objects. The display continues on to the garden outside with fascinating examples of minority housing from the King’s to the ones of the ethnic groups in Central Highlands.

15:30: Visit Hoan Kiem Lake (Restored Sword lake) and Ngoc Son temple. Situated in the heart of Hanoi, the lake got its name according to a legend story. In the 15th century during the Ming Chinese invasion, general Le Loi was presented with a holy sword. With the help of this sword he expelled the Chinese from Thang Long, present-day of Hanoi and proclaimed himself as king Le Thai To. One day, when the king was sailing on the lake, suddenly a golden turtle emerged from the water and claimed back the sword which has been believed given to him by God. Since then, the lake has been known as Ho Hoan Kiem or the lake of the Restored Sword.

On as island at the northern part of the lake stands Ngoc Son or Jade Mountain temple, one of the most beautiful and religious site in the capital. The temple was established by a mandarin named Nguyen Van Sieu and is dedicated to the spirits of the soil, medicine, literature, and also to Tran Hung Dao, the general who defeated the Mongols in the 13th century.

16:00: Take the 1hour-cyclo tour around the Hanoi Old Quarter through its streets which are named after the guilds that used to represent such as Hang Bac (Silver Street), Hang Gai (Silk Street), Hang Tre (Bamboo Street) etc…

17:00: Return to hotel. Finish unforgettable full day Hanoi Sightseeing!

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  1. Andrew says:

    Booked a city tour with HTS Tour company and the guide and a driver picked me up from the hotel. Went straight to the mausoleum complex and saw Ho (looked like he was asleep), and his house on stilts, the one pillar pagoda and the old palace. My guide was very good with explanations and answers, and the driver ensured the a/c was given a good workout in the hot weather. The gardens surrounding the Temple of Literature were manicured but the Museum of Ethnology was the highlight of the day. Just as well we went after lunch or I would have been there all day!

  2. Catharine says:

    our Hanoi city tour was very good as we were guided by a funny guy named David. Not only did he explain things well but he joked with us all day. The time went very quickly… so it must have been good.. and he didn’t skip any places. Our cyclo ride in the old quarter seemed scary at first but our riders just cruised slowly in the dense traffic.