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Hanoi City Tour

  • Full Day
  • Calendar Departures
  • Transfer
  • Meals


Hanoi is the best entry point into Northern Vietnam. Having served as the cultural and historical capital of the country for a thousand years, the bustling city is a contemporary metropolis of ancient secrets tucked down twisting alleyways. 

Hanoi nowaday is the center of culture, economy, education, and politics of Vietnam. Along with the many thousand years of civilization, many ancient and modern works, the special historical sites, unique sidewalk cultural experiences will all make your day. 

If you only have one day, our Hanoi City Tour’s handpicked activities below didn’t just give you amazing moments of multi-layered Hanoi but provide great photo opps.

Price Includes

  • English-speaking guide
  • Full transfers by A/C tourist car
  • Free pick-up and see-off in Hanoi Old Quarter Area
  • 0.5l bottle water per person/ day
  • Entrance fee
  • Set menu seafood lunch

Price Excludes

  • Visas to Vietnam (clients can apply E-visa online with USD $25 fee) How to apply
  • Drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expense, tips & gratuities
  • What not mentioned in the itinerary


Morning Pick-up, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Bat Trang Pottery Village

From 7:45 to 8:15 AM, We free pick-up at your hotel. Then visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to explore the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-place.

Just next door is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts and lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda, which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. From far away it looked like a giant lotus flower rising out of the pond with the pillar as its stem. The pagoda’s structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi.

Then continue on to the Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda at West Lake With a history that can be traced back 1,500 years, the Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi is of the oldest and most famous pagodas in Vietnam. It was the center of Buddhist activity in ancient Vietnam, where emperors of yore would often come to pray and sightsee. Today, it remains a major landmark of the capital city.

After that, we visit Bat Trang Pottery Village (applied on Mon, Wed & Fri). Bat Trang is well-known as the traditional porcelain and pottery village with history of seven centuries with many other kinds of high-quality pottery products have been exported worldwide. Visiting Bat Trang, you will get the chance to contemplate workers making pottery products by hand. What’s more, you can also try it yourself. Many our foreign tourists & families are extremely interested in pottery-making experience here.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

AfternoonEthnology Museum, Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, Old Quarter

After lunch, we proceed to visit the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (apply on Sun, Tue, Thu & Sat). Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, located on a large area of more than 40 thousand square meters, is the great place to display the culture heritage and offers an insight into the 54 Vietnam’s tribes. 

The visit Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university, constructed in 1070. It’s gardens and well-preserved architecture will offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. The site is one of the oldest in Hanoi and a national symbol of Vietnamese education and architecture. There’s a local story that touching statues of turtles in the temple are said to bring students good luck in their exams.

We take you past Hoan Kiem Lake to see the peaceful waters and the beauty of Ngoc Son – the classic Vietnamese structure was built in honour of the intellectual scholar Saint Van Xuong, and national hero General Tran Hung Dao.

In the end, journey through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, a single square kilometre comprising 36 streets. Since the 15th century, each street has been home to artisans and craftsmen who traded in the specific merchandise for which their street was named. Today, the charm of these streets still remains. Prepare to marvel as you wander from silver street to bamboo street, silk street to decoration street, all within a stone’s throw of each other.

We see you off and the tour ends around 15h30 – 16h00 PM.

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Tour Note

  • Itinerary ChangeThe itinerary can be changed due to weather, tide levels, and operating conditions.
  • Special Request Your special requests (diet, vegetarian,...) should be sent before your departure date.
  • Pick-up Pick-up time in the Old Quarter Area, Hoan Kiem district takes 40-60 minutes, pick-up time will be confirmed after you make a reservation. If you do not want to wait for so long on the bus, please go to last pick-up point: Hanoi Opera House (Nha Hat Lon) at 8:20-8:30 AM.
  • Drop-off The drop-off point is back at the original pick up point on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. There is only 1 drop-off point (the Thang Long Water Puppet Show Theatre at 57 Dinh Tien Hoang, Hoan Kiem) if the tour departs on Friday.
  • Walking StreetSaturday or Sunday is only for walking due to the Night Market at weekend in Hanoi Old Quarter Area (most of the street in the Hanoi Old Quarter area does not allow vehicles).
  • SurchargeSurcharge USD $5/ person if travel date falls on Lunar New Year.

Important Info

  • Closing Time Of AttractionMost museums are closed on Mondays and partly on Fridays and some public holidays. The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi is closed every Monday and Friday and during the entire months of September and October. The Ho Chi Minh Residence in Hanoi is closed every Monday and Friday.
  • Road TrafficVietnam being a developing country is in full process of upgrading its infrastructure. Therefore, driving overland can be cumbersome due to ongoing road constructions.
  • Cyclo Ride ApprovalPlease note that cyclo rides are subject to government approval.
  • Flight/ Train ChangeWe advise that due to frequent flight changes, delays and cancellations by the various domestic airlines and trains we cannot fully guarantee that the proposed itinerary can be carried out as planned. Based on our experience, changes of departure times and/ or cancellations can occur at very short notice even after confirmation of a flight has been received. The same applies for train travel: schedule changes occur frequently; often without prior notification. In case of schedule changes or flight cancellations we always try everything possible to arrange an alternate programme within the framework of the original quoted costs. However, we reserve the right to charge any cost exceeding the original budget to the tour operator/ travel agent or to the participant of a tour after consultation with the agent.
  • Price ChangeProgrammers, prices, services and conditions are based on those valid at the time of proposal submission and are subject to change thereafter without advance notice until all services have been paid in full.
  • Property SafetyWe strongly advise to leave valuable items (money, passport, credit cards, jewellers, sensitive documents, laptop computer, etc) in the hotel safe. During excursions and roundtrips, personal belongings, especially money and valuables should never be left on vehicles, even during short breaks, and carried around at all times. VNHolidays is not responsible for any loss or theft.
  • VN Holiday' ResponsibilityCertain parts of the tours on offer are provided by independent third parties, such as airlines, hotels, transport operators and local tourist offices. VN Holidays is therefore not responsible for any loss, injury or damage caused thereby to the tourists, including those occurring outside of the normal touring programmers. Additional expenses incurred due to delay, accident, natural disaster, political actions and unrest shall be borne by the tourists.
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