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Half-Day Tour of Ancient Hanoi

Hanoi, Vietnam
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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


See the highlights of historic Hanoi on a 4-hour tour of the city that includes the Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about Vietnam’s history and traditions at a series of landmarks, then take a traditional 'cyclo' ride through the Old Quarter on a three-wheeled, bike-powered pedicab. This small-group tour is limited to 10 participants for a personalized experience, and all entrance fees are included, as well as pickup and drop-off at Hanoi hotels.
  • 4-hour Hanoi tour
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Learn about imperial history and culture
  • Ride a 'cyclo' pedicab through the Old Quarter
  • All entrance fees included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Hanoi
Choose a morning or afternoon departure, then start with pickup at your hotel in Hanoi at 8am or 1:30pm. You’ll cover a “best of” in historic Hanoi during this 4-hour tour, covering sites that include Hoan Kiem Lake—whose name recalls a 15th century legend about a magical sword—and Ngoc Son Temple, also known as the Temple of the Jade Mountain.

Learn about the intellectual and religious heritage of Hanoi at Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam, the Temple of Literature, an imperial school which was built during the dynasty of King Ly almost a thousand years ago.

Stand at the food of the Pagoda But Thap, among the oldest pagodas in Vietnam, then see Dai Nghien, a carved, stone ink stand that rests on the backs of a trio of frogs. Visit the red-painted Huc Bridge, and take a cyclo ride through the winding streets of the Old Quarter, one of Hanoi’s most atmospheric neighborhoods. This 4-hour tour concludes with return transfer to your hotel in Hanoi.
Stop At:  
Temple of Literature & National University
With ochre-colored colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes, Ha Noi is full of charms. Visit some of Ha Noi’s heritage sites such as Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature), the first Imperial school in Vietnam, built in 1070 during the dynasty of King Ly.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
We will also visit Hoan Kiem Lake
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ngoc Son Temple
Ngoc Son Temple (Jade Mountain Temple), But Tower (Pen Shaped Tower), Dai Nghien (Inkstone Stand) and The Huc Bridge (Wooden Bridge painted in red). Then, we will take a cyclo (pedicab) ride around “the 36 meandering streets” of Ha Noi’s historic Old Quarter to enjoy the bustling local life.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Old Quarter
The history of Ha Noi dated back for over one thousand years, and Ha Noi has different cultural characteristics compared to other areas in Vietnam. The lifestyle, cuisine, fashion… of Ha Noi folks bear special features and through this journey, we can perceive these. It is very interesting in discovering Ha Noi in the morning, when the life has just started and we can enjoy the busy atmosphere. Hanoians are very friendly and hospitable. Hopefully, this is the most remarkable memory of your trip to Vietnam.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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What is the maximum group size during Half-Day Tour of Ancient Hanoi?
This activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.

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Great guide
, Mar 2019
Really enjoyed this tour - Will was a great knowledgeable guide who shared lots of interesting information with us. Only issue was with the cyclo driver at the end who tried to bully us to give a larger tip. Thankfully the guide appeared and sent him off.
The trip was really enjoyable with...
Elizabeth W
, Oct 2017
The trip was really enjoyable with the guide we had, accommodating and providing great information on the sights we visited. would recommend using this company if you only have half day to enjoy Hanoi

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