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Hanoi: Full-Day City Tour with Lunch and Optional Extras

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Hanoi: Full-Day City Tour with Lunch and Optional Extras

From US$ 35 per person

Explore Hanoi and its attractions on an 8-hour tour to the Ho Chi Minh Complex, Ba Dinh Square, One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, and more. Enjoy lunch and then an optional cyclo tour of Hanoi or tickets to the famous water puppet show.

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Duration 8 - 9 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup optional
From your hotel in the Old Quarter area of Hoan Kiem district.
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  • Learn the culture and history of Vietnam from your local guide
  • Visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex and Bat Trang village
  • See many of the top tourist attractions in Hanoi
  • Enjoy a great lunch of Vietnamese cuisine
  • Take an optional cyclo tour of the city
  • Experience the famous water puppet show (optional)
Full description
Start the day in the early morning from the convenient meeting point or with a pickup from your hotel in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Meet your guide and driver and depart for the visit to the Ho Chi Minh Complex, consisting of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House, and Ba Dinh Square. See the final resting place of Uncle Ho and the One Pillar Pagoda, an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Next up, continue on to the Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda at West Lake, one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam. Then, depending on the day of your tour, visit either Bat Trang village, an old village famous for its tradition of making porcelain and pottery items, or the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology for an insight into the 54 different ethnic groups of Vietnam. Afterwards, return to the Old Town and savor a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, proceed to Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam — the Temple of Literature — and Vietnam’s first university, constructed in 1070 with its gardens and well-preserved architecture offering a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. You will also go past Hoan Kiem Lake to see the peaceful waters and the beauty of Ngoc Son Temple, the most visited temple in Hanoi, also known as the Temple of the Jade Mountain. Continue your day of discovery with an optional visit to the world-famous Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre in Hanoi for a unique 45-minute water puppet show starting around 4:30 PM. Enjoy one of Vietnam's most memorable and traditional art forms exploring the country’s traditions, folklore, ancient legends, and myths through music and a live puppeteer performance. If you would prefer to further explore the city, there is an optional cyclo tour taking in around 36 street during a 45-minute ride on a traditional Vietnamese rickshaw known locally as a xích lô.  This was the most popular means of transportation in Vietnam during the French colonial period and was used as luxury transportation for the French and a small number of Vietnamese people at that time. Nowadays, the cyclo has become a special experience for tourists who want to learn more about the period of French occupation in Vietnam.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from the Old Quarter (optional)
  • Transport by air-conditioned bus
  • Admission fees as per itinerary
  • Bottle of water
  • Set menu lunch at local restaurant in the Old Quarter
  • English-speaking guide
  • Water puppet show (optional)
  • Cyclo tour (optional)
  • Pickup and drop-off outside of Old Quarter
  • Drinks (other than bottle of water)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Meeting point

Vietnam Open Tour, 9 Hàng Hương, Hàng Mã, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam. Please arrive at the meeting point at 7:30 AM.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Short skirts
  • Shorts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • Children under 3 years old are not allowed to get inside Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed on Monday and Friday morning and from Sep. 5 to October 31
  • The itinerary may change due to bad weather conditions
  • Bat Trang pottery village will be visited on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (without Ethnology Museum)
  • Ethnology Museum will be visited on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday (without Bat Trang village)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 10 reviews

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Everything you need to know about Hanoi's main landmarks. Guide explained everything about the city and about the Viet culture including a lot of random unrelated wuestion that came from my tour colleagues. The next day even though we wanted to visit any other landmarks by ourselves ..we realised that the tour covered everything important so there were no other objectives left for us to visit which we haven't already seen. The puppet show was a nice finish to the tour and I have considered it some sort of conclusion for all you witnessed and learned during the tour.

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