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Half-Day Morning Tour of the Highlights in Hanoi with Lunch

Half-Day Morning Tour of the Highlights in Hanoi with Lunch

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Hoàn Kiếm, Vietnam
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icon4 hours to 4 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds
Safety measures
icon4 hours to 4 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Safety measures
icon4 hours to 4 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Follow in the footsteps of one of Vietnam’s most famous men as you explore the streets of Hanoi on this small-group adventure tour. Pay a visit to the Temple of Literature and the notorious Hanoi Hilton prison. Follow your expert guide on a walking tour of the Old-Quarter and enjoy the expertise and knowledge that comes from being led by a local.
  • Gain insight into the life of Hanoi
  • Visit the Temple of Literature and the infamous Hanoi Hilton
  • Traveling in a small group, maximum 12 passengers allowing a unique and intimate adventure experience
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1 way transport with minivan
Snacks
Local English speaking guide
Temple of Literature ticket
Hoa Lo prison ticket
Ngoc Son temple entrance fee
Lunch
Hotel pick up and drop off
Gratuities

Departure Point

01 Tràng Tiền, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam

Front entrance of the Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Kick things off with a visit to the famous Temple of Literature, which was built by King Ly Thai Thong in 1070 to honor the late Confucius. A university was later added to the original grounds, where children of local aristocrats were educated. 

Experience service at a traditional teahouse, where you’ll sample flavored green teas grown in the hills of Vietnam. Listen to thousand-year-old stories and learn about the significance of this drink on local cultures and traditions. Snack on sweetened lotus seeds and green bean cakes as you relax with fellow travelers. 

Pay a visit to the Hoa Lo Prison, nicknamed Hanoi Hilton by American pilots during the Vietnam War. This notorious prison was used by French Colonists for political prisoners until the mid-1950s. Your expert guide will share stories and history as you tour the grounds. 

After witnessing the horrors of war, take in the beauty of St Joseph’s Cathedral—the largest church in Hanoi. Built in 1886, this stunning structure has been compared to Notre Dame in Paris. Once you’ve explored the interior you’ll follow your guide to Hoan Kiem Lake where you’ll get an up close look at The Huc Bridge and Ngoc Son temple. Continue to explore the area on your own, or ask your guide for assistance getting a taxi back to your hotel after this cultural tour of Hanoi.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Hanoi Opera House
We will meet our guide there.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Temple of Literature & National University
Start the city tour with a visit to the Temple of Literature. Originally built in honour of Confucius by King Ly Thai Thong in 1070, a university was added to the grounds six years later. The university provided education to the royal family and children of the aristocracy or "mandarins". The University remained here until King Gia Long moved the country's administrative capital from Hanoi to Hue at the beginning of the 19th century.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Hiên Trà Trường Xuân
Drop into a traditional teahouse to taste some of the best Vietnamese flavoured green teas, and listen to thousand-year-oldstories explaining the significance of tea leaves to local cultures. Tea is even better when served with some authentic snacks such as sweetened lotus seeds and green bean cake.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Hoa Lo Prison
We'll head to the Hoa Lo Prison museum. Used by French Colonists for political prisoners till 1954 and later by North Vietnam for American POWs, the prison complex was sarcastically nicknamed the "Hanoi Hilton" by American pilots during Vietnam War (1954-1975). Famous ex-prisoners of war include Pete Peterson (the first US ambassador to a unified Vietnam in 1995), and US Senator John McCain.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Joseph's Cathedral
Our next stop will be the largest and oldest church in Hanoi. St Joseph's Cathedral was built in 1886 with an architectural style often compared to the Notre Dame de Paris, this Gothic Revival church is not only a religious site, but is also a popular photo shoot backdrop for local teenagers.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Cau The Huc
We'll continue to the heart of Hanoi - the Hoan Kiem Lake, with its magnificent The Huc Bridge and Ngoc Son temple. Experience the spiritual harmony of different religions coexisting in the same place.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Hoan Kiem Lake Walking Street
We stop for lunch with Pho which is one of Vietnam must do before ending the tour.​
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Maximum group size is 12
  • Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • As the Delta variant of COVID-19 has proven to be highly transmissible and poses significant increased safety risk, effective September 1, 2021, travellers aged 18+ must produce proof of COVID-19 vaccination on Intrepid Urban Adventures tours. Children aged 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test, proof of recovery, or proof of vaccination. View full policy at urbanadventures.com/vaccine.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures - Indochina

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Half-Day Morning Tour of the Highlights in Hanoi with Lunch?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Morning Tour of the Highlights in Hanoi with Lunch.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Half-Day Morning Tour of the Highlights in Hanoi with Lunch?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Morning Tour of the Highlights in Hanoi with Lunch.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Half-Day Morning Tour of the Highlights in Hanoi with Lunch?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Morning Tour of the Highlights in Hanoi with Lunch.

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star-5
Fantastic morning
Kylie A
, Aug 2019
Mike was great. Very friendly and knowledgeable. He even accommodated my vegan diet for lunch. Would definitely recommend.
star-4
A young llady tour guide called her...
Shirley_Chong SL
, Aug 2018
A young llady tour guide called her as Tham is friendly and informative, visited few historical places. Brought us to taste local foods and have a tea at a local restaurant. Places visited are around city area. Is a lovely and enjoyable tour.
star-4
Small group tour in a comfortable...
piyali14
, Jun 2018
Small group tour in a comfortable bus with a good guide, eager to answer questions and knowledgeable. Great way to experience Hanoi which at times can be overwhelming.
star-1
Waste of money. Do this one...
Tze Tze L
, Mar 2018
Waste of money. Do this one yourself! We had a temperamental tour guide who got annoyed when we didn't remember historical facts she'd told us. We didn't get to try the lotus seed cake which was mentioned in the tour. Note that lunch included means only food. You have to buy your own drinks.
star-4
This was a very informative tour...
david n
, Mar 2018
This was a very informative tour, guide was excellent. Prison tour was good as was lunch and tea.
star-5
Tham was our tour guide again for...
Michael T
, Jan 2018
Tham was our tour guide again for this tour. As in the previous walking city and food tour, she continued her excellent presentation. There was just myself and another tourist from England. The small group was prefect. She was knowledgeable in the historical facts and the tea presentation was fun!
star-4
This tour was quite wonderful. It...
Lilly
, Dec 2017
This tour was quite wonderful. It was a very quick synopsis of some of Hanoi's main highlights. Learning the Vietnamese tea drinking ritual and eating pho at family run restaurant were the particular highlights. Our guide was pretty funny and nice.
star-4
Wong our guide was lovely, and a...
christineshaw.313
, Dec 2017
Wong our guide was lovely, and a very interesting sense of humour, showed us all the sights as detailed and we had lunch in a little side restaurant that you would never venture into by yourself, but lovely food and every now and then a moto would wizz past behind your table. Was a really great day.
star-5
Our tour guide, Tham, was fun and...
dj10187
, Dec 2017
Our tour guide, Tham, was fun and knowledgeable she took her time to answer our questions. I would highly recommend this if you want to know more about Hanoi and its history. The tea break and lunch were excellent. Great job!
star-4
The tour was very informative and...
Stephen B
, Oct 2017
The tour was very informative and our guide was knowledgeable. The lunch was very primitive. The only other concern was about the timing. Everything just seemed rushed.

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