Guided tour

Hanoi: Morning or Afternoon City Highlights Tour

4.8 / 5

55 reviews

Activity provider: Crossing Vietnam Tour
Guided tour

Hanoi: Morning or Afternoon City Highlights Tour

Activity provider: Crossing Vietnam Tour

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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Duration 4 hours
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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

Explore Hanoi and see its highlights on a morning or afternoon city tour by van. See the Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh Complex, Tran Quoc Pagoda, and more.

Begin your tour at the Hanoi Opera House in the French Quarter and wonder at one of the city's main architectural landmarks. Then head to the Temple of Literature, the first university of Vietnam built in the 10th century under the Ly Dynasty and greatly influenced by Confucianism.

Make your way to the Ho Chi Minh Complex, an important place for the Vietnamese. The complex is a traffic-free area full of botanical gardens, monuments, memorials and pagodas. Stop outside Ba Dinh Square and take a look outside the mausoleum, then continue to explore the One Pillar Pagoda. Go to Tran Quoc Pagoda, one of the oldest pagodas in Hanoi, before concluding your tour 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
  • One drink for each person
  • Other beverages and meals
  • Electric car and water puppet show
  • Entrance ticket for Ho Chi Minh Museum or Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House
  • Tips

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Important information

Know before you go

  • This trip includes visits to temples/pagodas and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, travelers wearing shorts and miniskirts will not be allowed to enter
  • Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum is closed on Mondays and Fridays, and for at least 2 months (June 15-August 15) for annual maintenance but you can still take pictures of the Mausoleum and walk around the area
  • Tour program is subject to change due to weather and operating conditions
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4.8 /5

based on 55 reviews

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My brother and I did the half day tour in the afternoon. We both really enjoyed all the stops and also felt like our guid Phuong went above and beyond. He was bombarded with numerous questions which he was able to answer fully for the most part and even after the tour offered suggestions on places to eat and go for the rest of the trip. I would highly recommended this tour.

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March 28, 2023

We had a great time with Haley! She is very knowledgeable and kind. During the tour we visited the oldest Pagoda and the Mausoleum. At the end of the tour the egg-coffee was fantastic. I would higly recommend this tour and especially with Haley. Thank you Haley for the wonderful day!

March 28, 2023

Bruno was an excellent guide, providing useful information and insights throughout. Lots to see, and makes a big difference with a guide to understand the background. Temple of literature a must see. One issue timing, we ran out of time to complete your. Now as it turned out we Couldn’t get into or near mausoleum which was disappointing as international president visiting. I not sure if your company should or could know this was happening or could / should have had another option. Enjoyed tour

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March 28, 2023

Product ID: 202912