Hanoi City tour

Spend a day learning about the culture of Hanoi and taking in the city’s top sights. Start by exploring Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum complex, home to his former stilt house residence, the presidential palace, and the one pillar pagoda. From here, you can walk to the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, an archaeological site dating back to the 11th century. After a stop for lunch, visit the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university and Long Bien Bridge, built during the French occupancy. Then, take a cyclo ride around Hanoi’s Old Quarter. End the day trip with a chance to talk to your local guide while enjoying a coffee in a local café overlooking HoanKiem Lake. There’s so much to see and do when you embark on a Hanoi tour for the day - book your Vietnam trip now for an unbeatable tourism experience.

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Spend a day learning about the culture of Hanoi and taking in the city’s top sights. Start by exploring Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum complex, home to his former stilt house residence, the presidential palace, and the one pillar pagoda. From here, you can walk to the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, an archaeological site dating back to the 11th century. After a stop for lunch, visit the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university and Long Bien Bridge, built during the French occupancy. Then, take a cyclo ride around Hanoi’s Old Quarter. End the day trip with a chance to talk to your local guide while enjoying a coffee in a local café overlooking HoanKiem Lake. There’s so much to see and do when you embark on a Hanoi tour for the day – book your Vietnam trip now for an unbeatable tourism experience.

This morning you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the Ho Chi Minh Complex where your guide will tell you all about the history of Ho Chi Minh. The complex contains a number of relics from Ho Chi Minh’s time as president from 1954-1979 as well as his former stilt house residence and the presidential palace. From the complex continue on and walk a short distance to the archaeological site of the central sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long.

The Citadel was built in the 11th century by the Ly Viet Dynasty and was the centre of regional political power for almost 13 centuries without interruption. To understand better this World Cultural Heritage, you will visit the excavation area where intensive research is in progress. Follow this with a visit to the remaining Citadel, standing proudly with many buildings in very good condition. Check the quaint little museum hidden on the premises, full of interesting artifacts collected through the ages. Continue on to Cua Bac, the Northern gate of the Citadel, and see how the citadel resisted the French cannons. Board your vehicle and drive to the lovely restaurant where lunch will be served.

After lunch visit the Temple of Literature, Hanoi’s first university. Originally built as a temple dedicated to Confucius, it became th site of Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070. Inside are the stone steles mounted on the backs of turtles, engraved with the names of the university’s graduates. The complex is divided into five courtyards with different paths that would originally have been reserved for the Emperor and his mandarins. One of the courtyards contains the statue of Confucius guarded by two beautiful bronze storks standing on turtles. The temple highlights the importance that Vietnamese society placed on education.

From the Temple of Literature you will be transferred by vehicle to Hanoi’s Old Quarter where you will visit Long Bien Bridge. Constructed from 1899 – 1902 whilst Vietnam was under French occupancy, Long Bien Bridge crosses the Red River. Your guide will tell you the story of the bridge and take you across to the other side where you can see how close Hanoi is to countryside life.

Next take a 30 minute cyclo tour through the Old Quarter. A cyclo (pronounced see-clo) is a Vietnamese version of a cycle rickshaw, originally used as the main form of transportation in Vietnam. The Old Quarter, also known as the 36 streets, is a bustling area of narrow streets home to literally thousands of small businesses, shopkeepers and street vendors, selling everything from bananas to books. Originally each of the 36 street names was related to the products being sold there. For instance you can walk from Fish Street to Tin Street to Bamboo Street. We will provide you with a map for the tour so you can spot the sights along the way.

Finally end your day with a Vietnamese coffee in a local café overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake. Here you can spend some quality time with your guide and ask him questions about all the sights you have seen throughout the day.

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