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  • Location:Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Duration:4-5 hours

Ho Chi Minh's Hanoi Small Group Adventure Tour

Walk in the footsteps of Ho Chi Minh and discover the sights of Hanoi on this half day tour. Visit the Temple of Literature, the world famous Hanoi Hilton prison and enjoy a walking tour of the Old Quarter.


  • An insight into the life of Ho Chi Minh
  • Visit the Temple of Literature
  • Visit the infamous Hanoi Hilton
  • Hotel pickup in a air-conditioned mini-van
  • Traveling in a small group, maximum 12 passengers allowing a unique and intimate adventure experience
  • Local English-speaking guide

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What You Can Expect

Ho Chi Minh's Hanoi Small Group Adventure Tour

Ho Chi Minh's Hanoi Small Group Adventure Tour

Start your city tour with a visit to the Temple of Literature. Originally built in honor 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.

Drop in to a traditional teahouse to taste some of the best Vietnamese flavored green teas, and listen to thousand-year-old stories 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.

Continuing on our Hanoi tour, 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 nicknamed the “Hanoi Hilton” by American pilots during Vietnam War.

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 in Paris, this Gothic Revival church is not only a religious site, but is also a popular photo shoot backdrop for local teenagers.

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. You may then continue your own exploration of the area or our tour guide will assist you in getting a taxi back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our guide was very knowledgeable and answered all of the questions we threw his way. The Pho we ate, too, was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The guide was excellent in his historical and cultural information, conduct, hospitality in taking guests to local Pho bo eatery. Could not recommend him highly enough- thanks Cong. The behaviour conduct and what could be taken in (rules) were quite strict at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and a little confusing but Cong navigated us through. We had a nice and friendly group of Aussies and a Brit lady. Would recommend to others.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Excellent tour and well worth taking. Very knowledgeable guide whose English was excellent. Small numbers so easy to get around quickly, and ask lots of questions.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Very good, included attractions not walking distance from old quarter, good craft store stop and very good guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

My husband and I were the only people on the tour and we had a great day with our fabulous guide Trois. He gave a great mini history lesson of Ho Chi Minh's life and work. Lunch was good but it is a LOCAL restaurant so be prepared - no fancy tables and chairs, no a/c. It was fine and the food was good. Ladies make sure your shoulders are covered and your top is not revealing when visiting the mausoleum, as this will be considered disrespectful. Highly recommend this tour (base company is Intrepid Travel).

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

There were just 2 of us on this tour so it felt like a personal tour. Everything was carefully explained to us and we were able to move at our own pace. The guide was very good. Each of the locations we visited were interesting and significant locations in Hanoi. The guide was a delight.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

Excellent overview of Hanoi. Our guide was excellent. He was able to work seamlessly through the logistics and he provided enlightening and highly interesting information throughout. A very memorable day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

In spite of the rain, our guide ensured that we got the maximum out of our tour. The line to enter Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum was miles long and we decided to skip it. But we saw the museum, the houses he lived in, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature. We had a great lunch of Pho at a small restaurant. In the afternoon, we visited the Museum of Ethnography. We had asked to be directed to a water puppet show but in spite of his best efforts, our guide couldn't get us tickets for that day. Fortunately, there was a water puppet show on at the museum and we got a taste. Our guide was knowledgeable and shared some interesting details I had not found in guide books.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2011

There ended up only the two of us, so it became a private tour...even better!!! Very good tour.

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